notalush (5560) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 10, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[draught at The Map Room] - somewhat cloudy gold, with almost no head or lace (appears almost flat) - mild, yeasty aroma, with a touch of lemon/orange, clove, maybe - a little peppery as others have noted, with enough sweetness to cut it, but not to overpower - fairly balanced, but really not all that interesting or different - there are lots of great american-made tripels, but this is just run-of-the-mill.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a nice drink, but not "extreme or unusual" as advertized. It pours a slightly hazed golden body with a very short-lived fizzy white head that couldnít care less about lacing. Itís got a soft, yeastily fruity aroma - bananas, cherries, orange (?) - and is a little tart. Lively in the mouth, it has a sweet malt and citric flavor backed up by cloves and white pepper. Itís got a sticky-dry, peppery finish. Despite itís 8.5% abv, this comes across more like a Belgian golden ale than it does an abbey tripel.
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Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 30, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle. pours a light gold cloudy pour, with little head to show off. Nose shows off a variety of amazing notes right off the bat... banana, cloves, big time pepper. Taste expands on that pepper taste, as well as other aromas. Yeastyness? if thats a word pushes its head through upon my first sip. Very nice brew, especially for a local.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 30, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle, [fresh 2005 bottling]: cloudy, dusty peach colored body with an almost non-existent champagne colored head. Clove and banana flesh effervescence tingle my eye lashes as well as my nostrils. Spicy yeast mixes with orange rinds and cracked pepper to release an incredibly complex and deep flavour, that has a wonderful balance. A long sourness in the finish also lends well to the initial spice. White grape skins and another dose of ground cloves wraps a wonderful beer from the brothers in Warrenville. Thanks guys!
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 28, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy golden body with a moderate, white, quickly diminishing head. Sweet, spicy and slightly sour aroma of coriander, clove, lemon, banana, bubblegum, sourdough bread, peach skins, other fruity esters and some whole, moderate grains. A little time to breathe, really brings out a lot of the beautiful aromas that are missing at first. The body isnít too thick, actually it could use a little more heft, but is very smooth, almost silky. The flavors highlight all of the complexity and beauty of the aroma. The sweet, fruity aromas match perfectly with the spices and yeast elements. The finish is long, but enjoyable and not too cumbersome in the middle of an extreme heat wave. The alcohol is all but non-existent. All told, this is easily the best beer Iíve had from Two Brothers. A true treat.