JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - OCT 20, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Peachy, yellow hazy body with hints of grey. Very few bubbles. Really, no head at all. Hate to say it, but it looks just like urine. Smells of clove spice, sweet citrus (orange & lemons), and yeast. Taste is sweet and peachy, almost like a chardonnay, nicely balanced with a citrus twang and clove spice presence. Medium bodied and silky mouth feel. Drinks easily. Aftertaste is light and refreshing. Sweet, but not sticky. This is a very good beer, delicately so. Sampled from a 750ml bottle purchased at Whole Foods in Falls Church, VA.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - OCT 18, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice light golden color,small fast fading head,that left little behind.Fruity mildly spicy aroma.Fruity sweet taste with a nice light feel,slight syrupy feel as well.This is a nice brew with a slight woodsy taste and a little bit of a hop presence.the after taste is fruity sweet with a slight hop bite but nothing to terrible or harsh.Thanks to Mr_K for this brew.
andy609 (143) - Auburndale, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 18, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Just as a 30-pack is a guarantee of a bad beer, a 750 mL bottle with a cork is a guarantee of a good beer. Pours a very cloudy yellow color with a small but attractive head. Heavy coriander aroma leaves me literally salivating. Some hops in there as well. Taste is mostly of coriander with a slight hint of hops initially and berries in the finish. This beer was out of the fridge for an hour and 20 minutes before I drank it. This is a good beer, but is not in the same league as Allagash Tripel Reserve. To be honest, it is quite similar to Hoeegarden, but with more malt behind the coriander.
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 14, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2007 2003 bottleAroma is incredible. Slightly sweet and creamy, but has plenty of spicy kick as well. Lots of head and a nice clouded yellow color. Begins very spicy and rich with some bitter alcohol notes, the finish is quite unique though, has almost a minty fresh appeal, like a cold shot of mint vanilla hitting the back of your throat. Then it turns in to a very fuzzy warm alcohol flavor with plenty of candied sugar and yeasty goodness. Moderately astringent up front and alcohol could be better masked. The beer dosent fair too well as it warms, slightly watery and gets a lemony flavor. Great beer overall though. 8/4/7/3/15
2004 bottle Trippel tasting, 3/24/05. Cloudy, white-golden body, quite pale, with very well-retained head. Aroma is very phenolic and quite dry as well, with lots of yeast, lemon peel and slight hops bitterness. Flavor is much the same, though this one seems to get too dry and bitter/acidic. Very champagne-like in both flavor and mouthfeel. Coriander and lemon-peel mix with dry yeast and light alcohol on the finish to create a strong sense of dryness, too much so, I thought.7/4/6/3/12
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - OCT 12, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy golden color with a moderate head and excellent lacing, bubbly. Nice aroma, peaches, oranges, grapefruit. Medium bodied, silky on the tongue with sweet/sour citrus flavors, a note of allspice and faintly musty. The finish lingered and was on the sweet side with some alcohol. Tasty.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - OCT 5, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
App: Hazy, lemon tea...poofy white head falls back to nearly nothing. active, solid bead...head does quickly return with a swirl. no lace
Aro: wonderful bouquet. Pears? friut blossoms(orange?), malt, slight carmel, cherries??
Pal: smooth & light. lingers w/ sweet, spice & a bit of alcohol
Flav:Lots of spice(yeast?) and alcohol blend together. some malt. it warms and swarms towards sweet nectar. It grows on my like an unwanted hair!...alcohol seems to hide more as I drink...but maybe only because I'm doing a side by side with a Duvel by myself!
Over:a nice, sweet beer with a bit of sass. I think I actually prefer it to Duvel, but only just a bit.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy, straw color and effervescent with a tight silky head. A broad beer with earthy depth. Specific characteristics include musty yeast, leather, bubble gum, bananas, honeysuckle, candy sugar and a touch of citrus. Subtle alcohol bite. Smooth and silky palate.
DavidP (1745) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 2, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2003 Light amber color with a creamy white head. No lacing, perhaps my glass was not clean enough. Sharp and citrusy, yeasty aroma. I taste apricot, plum, and malty yeast, and not much else. There's not this huge bouquet of flavors, it's just a very pleasant and enjoyable beer.
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This must be the champagne of beers. Upon opening the bottle, the beer started to climb out the opening. I poured it into a nice thistle style glass and was amazed by the fantastic head that seemed to only fade slightly. The nice creamy head atop the beautiful pale ale is a sight to behold. The aroma was delicate with a hint of vanilla and citrus. While being high in alcohol, it was not evident at all. This brew is well worth buying. One of my all time favorites.
Dogbrick (6824) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 26, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer is a hazy yellow color with a medium thick white head. Not very much head retention, and thin lacing. Aroma is yeasty and spicy. Rather light-bodied and bubbly, with flavors of spice, hops, citrus and vanilla. The finish is light and crisp with a hint of alcohol. This is a pretty good Tripel.