adrian910ss (2268) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a hazy golden yellow with a small white head. Spicy aroma of ginger, honey, yeast and cloves. Taste of ginger, yeast, honey, cloves and candied sugar.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - MAR 15, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared, thanks to dickinsonbeer. Yellow pour. Aroma is meaty / spicey, fruity, and with some sweet malt. Flavor is sweet banana, bubblegum malt, and lightly smoked malt. Interesting beer.
3fourths (7536) - Boulder, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 15, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2008 draft rating: hazy, cloudy yellow with a tall white, pillowy head. Nose of alcohol, a strange mix of spices, some wheat, some hefeweizen yeast, etc. - not exactly a trippel but also not spiced to all hell like I was expecting. Texture is smooth overall but with an alcohol harshness/greenness, and the yarrow is noticeable, I imagine that’s what I was picking up as wheat in the nose - while the juniper is not overdone, thankfully, but the whole multiple sugar thing is lost on me, I don’t see any of it in this beer. So, overall, an interesting take on a tripel, and hopefully it mellows out enough to not be so hot. Right now, though, it’s a nicely spiced, unique beer, with a decent depth of complexity and a freshness and vividness that makes me want to drink it on the front porch in the spring, even if it is 10% and a little hot.
bottle rating: it sucks
hopdog (8254) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Poured a medium and lighlty hazy yellow color with a small sized white head. Aromas of apples, spices (I can’t quite make them out, maybe ginger), yeast, and some berries. Tastes of fruitiness, spices, citrus, and yeast. Some alcohol in the finish.
egajdzis (5119) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured a hazy orange gold color with a small, white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of cardamom, coriander, juniper, yeast, toast, candi sugar, citrus, and a bit of alcohol. Taste of more spices, yarrow / cardamom, ginger, citrus fruits, honey, with yeast, and a bit of alcohol. I wasn’t a huge fan of Scratch 3, and I like intentionally spiced Belgians even less.
TomDecapolis (4340) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - MAR 13, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a lightly hazy golden with a smaller bubbly white head. Aroma of I guess a yarrow flowers. Never smelled one and this has something in the aroma that I never really smelled before. Almost reminded me of ginger. Very floral, almost dandilion smelling. There is some tripel spiciness in there, Belgian yeast easters, touch of citrus, gin, Juniper Berries and bready. Flavor was better. The spices are toned down, not getting as much of the ginger/floral notes. More of the tripel coming through in the flavor, still on the sweet side.