BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 7, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber bottle aged over a year and served in Duvel snifter:
Tasted side by side with Ommegang Tripel Perfection and Straffe Hendrik Brugs Tripelbier 9°
App: Amber orangy hue with almost no head nor lace, nearly lifeless. Even with the etched glass this struggled to produce any bubbles, sort of ugly compared to the other two. (2)
Aroma: Heavy toffee, candi sugar and bready malts, plummy, pitty, almonds, herbal, flowery and even a tad meaty. Much more different than the other two, smells simply sweeter and less fruity. (6)
The taste starts with some honey and sugary components, rich layers of malt and even some marizpan. Slight pop of leafy and grassy hops before lingering clove like spice and fruit nut cereal finish. Seems actually the most rustic and traditional tasting of the three. The aging does bring out some yeasty rustic notes as it warmed but that was welcomed. (7)
Mouth Feel and Overall: Very smooth alcohol presence on the palate, lush, oily and forgiving (4) Well it has it moments and shows some tribute to the classic style, this brew can not hold up the critic nor the old school tried and tested recipe. Ultimately the biggest knock I have of this brew is this unwillingness to go for the gold, seems happy being what it is. (13)
Pailhead (6385) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - AUG 15, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Courtesy of Duane via trade. Aroma is pretty light with some banana and spice. Pours a hazy yellow with a small white head. A tad sour (lemon) with some light banana. Banana increases in the finish along with some spice.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 23, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours gold with a white head. Smells sweet with some honey hints. Tastes sweet and spicy with a grassy, perfumy, peppery finish.
Braudog (6290) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - SEP 20, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours like you think a tripel should ... deep golden, without too much fluster. Same with the aroma -- rich and sweet, full of grape-laced fruitiness. Very nice rounded flavors, sweet, fruity, candied. None of the funky farmhouse-ish-ness that turns off some, this instead is just a nice fruity (and strong) Belgian beauty. (#3678, 9/20/2009)
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 18, 2009
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
In short: A really messy sweet beer of some kind. Really bad.
How: Bottle 22oz. Tasting session with Montreal crew.
The look: Cloudy dark dirty yellow topped by a very small white head
In long: Nose of rot, butter and flowers… what the… Taste is just weird and off. Too sweet, flower juice, buttery pie crust, honey, perfume. No need to expand on my limited notes, this is bad, really bad. Oh Brother! What the hell was that? I hope this was a bad bottle. This thing had more problems than a squirrel on a six lane highway.
riversideAK (6098) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from yem25 I think. Thanks. The aroma is pretty yeasty with hints of oranges, banana, and spice. Some sweet bread and some sugars too. Pours a golden orange tone with no head really. The flavor is sweet and fruity. Yeast, orange, apples, sugar, pilsner malts. No pepper or bitterness at all, just a mild alcohol warmth in the finish. Sweet, fruity, one dimensional, but not bad.
notalush (5716) - 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.
JK (5652) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUL 15, 2008
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Wheaty. Banana. Way too much coriander in the aroma and the flavor. It dominates the beer and destroys any subtleies. Very much like a wit. Sweet.
vyvvy (5646) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 13, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazy orange / gold with a soapy white head. The aroma has sweet malt, light cotton candy / bubblegum, earthy Belgium yeast, some spice and banana. Medium / full rich body with gentle soft carbonation. The flavor starts a bit rich with big malt, earthy yeast and the rest of the aroma traits. The finish is quite phenolic. A decent American version of a tripel.
thedm (5610) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 20, 2009
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a small sized head of foamy finely sized off-white colored bubbles that were mostly lasting and left behind a hazy with with yeast swirls dark orange brown colored body and a good lacing. The mild aroma was hoppy malty and caramel malt. The crisp mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The balanced flavor contained notes of malt hops and caramel. Delicious and one I would certainly buy again.