TAR (2382) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - AUG 13, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Faded gold. Foam rapidly subsides to form a dense ring. Yeasty, unripe banana, coriander, and white grape nose. Suggestions of fennel and leafy hops. Fuzzy, but semi-compact, carbonation. Slick and well rounded, but equally acidic, early on. Delicate rose petal, floral hop backdrop curtails the tanninlike tingle. Roundedness temporarily curbs the faint rummy sweetness and meaty, autolyzed yeast notes. Underlying dab of coriander-infused bread dough clings to the palate and worsens the sweetness, but eventually melts into the pervasive softness. Merely a trace of esters fail to compensate for the lack of dryness. Entirely characterless, wet finish shows raspy alcohol residing over a lingering tart apple fruitiness. Not only is the aroma quite typical in that itís overly yeasty and candy sugar-laden, but overall, this resembles little more than a Blonde ale fermented with an unexciting yeast strainÖand an average Blonde ale, at that. Rather pedestrian version.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 11, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Transparent and bright gold in color with some fizzy clusters. Did somebody accidentally keep the filter on this run? Aroma reveals starch, lemons, bananas, coriander, cloves, vanilla and staunch pils musk. Not very enticing as the tulip approaches the mouth. Oh brother, oh dammit! Pessimistic suspicions are confirmed, beginning with an intolerable, bright lemon juice citric shine. Pils malt is clearly evident and begs a bigger question than I donít have time to address here. Some orange peel and cloves, partnered with pepper thatís seemingly 20 years old. Underbelly of dishwasher tabs. Way too sweet and acidic. Some stinging on the palate, sheering the enamel off of my teeth. No cohesion, finishing with an aftertaste of lemonheads and sugar water. Iíve got to stop giving these brothers the benefit of the doubt.
JMerritt (1724) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Lightly hazy copper with a small white head. Light apricot, apple cider vinegar, black pepper, and molasses aroma. Flavor has a cloyingly sweet brown sugar flavor with some cardboard, lemons, and cloves - but that cloying, biting sweetness that hits you about 10% of the way into the flavor profile just sticks with you through to the end. Rather disappointing "extreme" beer from a usually excellent brewer.
jaymobrown (1586) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 3, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy light color. Really disappointing head. Small and fades very quickly. Nice fruity beer-nose spices. Bitter, nearly sour taste. Green apples, and moderate fruit -- pear, kiwi flavors. Tangy. A bit thin overall.
TerryR (383) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - JUL 31, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy straw color with virtually no head. Aroma primarily of spice. Lots of candy sugar in the flavor. Nice mouthfeel, short finish. A very good beer, but not outstanding within the category.
heemer77 (5060) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 26, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks for the bottle, Duane. I was expecting a lot after enjoying Hop Juice. Hazy medium gold colored body. The aroma is Granny Smith apples with cinnamon and some light mango. The taste is warm peach pie with cinnamon. There is also some tart cherries in the finish. This is toward the fruity end of tripels, but not overly sweet. The body is smooth and relatively thin for the style. This is a beer that begs to be savored. Decent.
barleyPops (1138) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bomber. pours a hazy straw gold color with virtually no head or lace. nose is lemony & fruity. flavor reminds me of lemon pepper with some candi sugar thrown into the mix. finish is somewhat crisp and dry. a decent brew but certainly nothing extreme nor unusual.
AmEricanbrew (5200) - Belcher, Louisiana, USA - JUL 20, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2006 Clear straw color with nice lacing.
Lagar yeast then peppery, musky smell.
Nice taste is grainy, yeasty, with an essence of oak. Finishes crisp and clean. A great triple
Metalhead (615) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured slightly hazy orangey gold with little head. Modestly yeasty and candied fruit. This stuff was no big deal and at $5.50 a bomber overpriced when you can get a 4 pack of pints of Sprechers Abbey trip for $1 and change more.
IMO this more akin to a strong Belgian golden. No where near a true triple.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 16, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle pours cloudy hazy bright yellow-orange with a small off white foamy head of small bubbles that doesnít last long, not much lacing either. Fruity and spicy yeasty aromas. Fruity and spicy yeasty flavors. Full bodied with soft carbonation, full and smooth mouthfeel, alcohol is hardly noticed. A very tasty tripel, I think I will pick up another bottle.