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.
Braudog (6014) - 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 (5738) - 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.
Pailhead (5633) - 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.
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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Strykzone (5526) - 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.
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.
JaBier (5485) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUN 1, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the Two Brothers tasting at Blacklick Wine & Spirits on 5/21/09. Cloudy/chunky orange-ish copper pour with a medium off-white head. Yeasty and spicy aroma with a bit of tartness. Sweet and sour flavor with plenty of malt and citrus fruit. I liked this one a lot better than I thought I would.
notalush (5351) - 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.
Skyview (5310) - 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.