TheAlum (6053) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rating #100 of Illinois brewed beers. 22 oz bottle purchased from Party Liquors (Steger, IL). Bought on a whim and because it was in the cooler and was to be promptly drank. Pours a hazy amber hue, with bits of gold nestled into the body. Medium white head that sticks around, laces, and continues to grow as the bottle is continously poured in. Aromas are fruity and belgian yeasty spice in a nutshell, a touch of estery presence, banana and citrus, mix well with some belgian candy sugar and spice. Taste is similar, lighter bodied, but still a presence. Dry yet fruity sweetness, interesting, but not a favorite. Finishes with a bit of a remembrance of the flavor. Cheers!
Braudog (5939) - Phoenix, Arizona, 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)
riversideAK (5701) - 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.
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 couldn’t care less about lacing. It’s 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. It’s got a sticky-dry, peppery finish. Despite it’s 8.5% abv, this comes across more like a Belgian golden ale than it does an abbey tripel.
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Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a pale yellow body with a mostly white head. Sweet and malty up front with loads of fruit. Tart cherries, citrus, sweet alcohol latent candied sugars, bananas and a hint of lemon. Apple and some chewy sweetness with a light tart finish. A mild spiciness also finds its way in here as well. This beer was all over the place, i enjoyed it.
Skyview (5282) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUN 4, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at Cellars Wine & Spirits in St Paul, Minnesota. Pours a hazy golden brew with a thick white head that has some nice retention, spotty lacing that dissipates toa fine film and thin ring. Aroma of golden multi-grain malt, coriander, banana ester, candi sugar and a touch of orange zest. Taste is creamy, malty, light carbonation with flavors of Belgian yeast, candi sugar, coriander and some orange peel. Finish is slighlty spicy, some banana esters and a touch of white pepper. According to past ratings from two years ago it looks like Two Brothers have tweaked the recipe making this a fine Tripel to come out of America. Nice to see Two Brothers brought this one out of retirement after two years.
Pailhead (5278) - Brownstown, 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.
Strykzone (5213) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden honey color. No head at all. Aroma is yeast, sugar, fruit, and alcohol. There is a lot going on from the first sip. All of the aroma flavors along with some mildly bitter hop, yellow apples, wheat, and a hint of spice. No carbonation in the mouth. Yeast had settled to the bottom of the 22 oz. bottle and the pour was much darker upon emptying it. That must cause considerable difference between the bottle and draft. Aroma and flavor became more "wit-ish" with clove and banana. Not among the best of its style but still quite enjoyable.
EithCubes (5138) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 31, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber, my 35th ’Tripel". Sweet and chalky, very yeasty nose, soft pale malts with just a little vanilla. Light spice and pepper. Hazy golden pour with a creamy beige head. Taste is sharply tart but not really all that acidic, gradually breadening out with some soft malt. Faint coriander and medium-strength pepper with a touch of orange rind and slightly harsher spice, perhaps a bit of booze toward the end, as well. Honey and phenols! Mediumish body. Wholly agree with the reviews that consider this a big Belgian Golden rather than a Tripel. And, though I’m dinging this a bit with a "low" rating (at 3.0), I still rather enjoyed drinking it.
heemer77 (5138) - 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.