hoorayforbeer (105) - Denton, Texas, USA - FEB 3, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours cloudy pale yellow with big white head. Very carbonated. Light and fruity smell and a very spicy fruity, grassy flavor. Clean light body with a fruity malt aftertaste.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - FEB 2, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pale gold, cloudy, fine head and lacing. Effervesent in the glass and on the sides of the tongue, paired with a strong malt down the middle. Bright, sweet, clean finish. Refreshing.
boto (1937) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - FEB 1, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A somewhat cloudy straw yellow color. A fairly good copy of a Belgian Tripel. It has the same aroma & taste of banana that you would expect of this style. Not quite as good as Allagash, but still enjoyable. Very drinkable.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 1, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a cloudy golden with thin fizzy head. Aroma of malted wheat, banana and clove. Tastes a lot like a thin weissbock. Has light fruity esthers, but not very much complexity. Goes down very smooth though, and has a very light alcohol burn in the finish.
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - JAN 30, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Unibroue is rapidly becoming a favorite brewery. These folks just can't miss. Wonderful wheaty character and subtle alcohol warmth mingled in a tight-lipped forbidden dance (not sure where that came from, just transcribing last night's notes). Evervescent and complex, this beer is deceptively drinkable.
Suttree (5424) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 30, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A tale of two glasses. I poured half in a goblet, thinking that the Bride was going to drink the other half. It was clear, finely carbonated, and a fruity (banana) flavor and crisp, dry finish. The bride decided she didn't want any, so I poured the rest. this glass was cloudy, a much fuller flavor and messier finish. What a difference the sediment makes.
tomseaman (35) - Alpine, California, USA - JAN 29, 2003
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Unibroue knows how to do it right. This is like a cloudier version of its wonderful Fin du Monde. Both are perfectly brewed in the true Belgian style.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Glowing golden color. Light, crisp, and champagne-like on the palate. After the pour you can hear the crisp cracking sound of the bubbles. Dry finish.
DallasBryan (111) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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WISEGUY572 (1374) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Almost don't need to taste the beer to rate it. Another flawless copy of a Belgian abbey tripel ale from Unibroue in Quebec. Golden orange cloudy yeasty triple, with white head. Mine was so carbonated that instead of a large head I got a large puddle and a small head. Usual combination of bread, wheat, yeast, dough, coriander, orange peel and wheat beer lemon; I would prefer more hops and more acid bite and less yeasty doughy taste and aroma, but then it would not be a Belgian abbey tripel. So ... with individual scores this high, why isn't the overall rating higher? Partly despite how good the beer is, it does not deliver any surprise ... after seeing the label and looking at the pour, I could have written the same review that I ended up writing after actually drinking the beer. Partly the pieces just don't work together perfectly. Is it too much alcohol? Or is there some other VOC at work with a throat-cloying effect most extreme in a Piraat? And as good as the beer is, at 9% I can't imagine sitting down to too many of them during the week!