Noctilucus (98) - All over Belgium, BELGIUM - JUN 28, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Serious gusher, somewhere between blonde and amber, hazy with quickly disappearing foam.
Nose of subdued hops (maybe because it wasn’t cold enough), slightly fruity, a little sweet.
Taste of grains and quite some alcoholic warmth, bitterness but not too strong, almost a hint of honey in there. Apart from the alcohol not such a strong taste but nice overall. Smooth aftertaste, lingering afterglow and a mix of hops and again that grainy character. A slight, delicate bitterness adds complexity.
This was a pleasant surprise for me, nicely balanced; not overly complex but it has an evolving, rounded taste.
glennmastrange (2114) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JUN 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Moderate grain and caramel for the malt, light lemon for the hops, moderate dough for the yeast, with ripe pear, white wine, honey and a hint of clove in the background. Head is small, fizzy, white with no lacing and is fully diminishing. Color is hazy medium amber. Flavor starts moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. Palate is medium, oily with a carbonation between soft and lively and has a heavily alcoholic finish. There is a nice transition between all the flavors in this Tripel, this is a fantastic beer.
superspak (2117) - Michigan, USA - JUN 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle into chalice, 07/08 dating on the cork. Pours a very cloudy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Thin wisps of lacing on the glass, with slight carbonation streaming up from the bottom. Aromas of big apricot, lemon, bread, pear, pepper, earth, herbal, grape, apple, honey, floral, and white wine funkiness. Some pretty nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of big grape, apple, apricot, pepper, herbal, earth, bread, orange, grass, candi sugar, honey, and slight white wine tanginess. Very nice balance of flavors, with good complexity. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly slick and creamy mouthfeel as expected. Alcohol is very well hidden at 9% with only a slight warming after the finish. Very easy to sip on. Overall this is a very nice Tripel! Age definitely took some of the traditional peppery flavor from this; but it was still nicely balanced and very smooth. Too bad they discontinued this one, I would really like to try this fresh.
beernovice39 (3075) - Montana, USA - MAY 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours a hazy golden with a white head. Scent is fruit and booze. Taste is spice, yeast and malty.
BlackHaddock (3161) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown 33cl bottle, best before 07-2011, drank 02-2010, poured, including whatever was at the base of the bottle, into my Westmalle chalice.
A dull orange body, which was misty and murky filled the chalice, a clean, fairly thick, white head sat on top, the head soon fell to a thinner wispy covering with a lacing collar. Hunks of sediment could clearly be seen gambling through the cloudy body of the beer.
Belgian yeast esters could be sniffed, along with the sweeter end of the citrus fruits (oranges and pink grapefruits).
The taste was a heavenly mix of flavours, the aforementioned citrus fruits, Cloves? Cinnamon? and a sweetness that isn’t pushy like some Belgian beers, sugar is however listed as an ingrediant.
The body tries to counter the heavy alcohol and almost manages to hide it, but fails, so the 9% ABV rears its head mid-way through the mouthfeel, getting stronger as the mouth dries.
This is very drinkable, the alcohol is evident, but the whole package seems to cope well with it, sadly I don’t have another to follow this one (but I do have two more beers from this brewery to review, maybe even tonight).
olio (5125) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33 cl bottle @ Brussels.
Rated on 20100719.
Pours amber color with medium head. Aroma of spices, caramel malts, hoppy fruits and grass. Flavor of malts, fruits, spices and mild yeast notes.
Scrapersnbeer (1387) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 23, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big front nose of fruit - apricots and whatnot, and yeast. Orange peel hue, persistent head and pretty active. Sweet, sugary taste with an almost rummy backend, which is the only hint as to the strength. Medium body, minor zest. Another big one from the Belgian tradition. Not too big tough.
GBZ59 (937) - BARCELONA (Catalonia), SPAIN - MAR 22, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Botella de 330ml.Copa Trapense.Saboreada en may´11.Color bronce. Corona beige tostado y duración fugaz.Aromas de lúpulo y frutas oscuras.Sabor de fruta verde con dulzor añadido.Notas de especia. Matices especiados.Cuerpo intenso y carbonatación media.Calor alcohólico.Sin el equilibrio esperado de una Tripel. 330ml bottle. Trappist glass.Enjoyed on may´11.Bronze color.Toasted beige crown.Brief lasting.Hop & dark fruit aromas.Spiced notes.Green dark fruit flavor with added sweetness.Hints of spices.Full body,medium carbonation. ABV heat.Not a well balanced beer as expected from a Tripel one.
BeerViking (1993) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl bottle, a bit of a gusher... Cloudy dark gold. Apricot, spice and boiled sweets on the nose, dry and peppery yet fruity body, a bit yeasty (surprise!), dry finish with a little honey and apricot.
Billicus (286) - @RED BHUT JOIKIAS!, Paulsboro, New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
aroma, fruit nose, yeast, old maltness, all crecends into balance
color, amber, white foam, head is active,
taste, sweet fruits, some like banana and tropical, malty backend
overall had 25.5 ozer, bottle, nice artwork, very good triple, mellow not overpowering with the yeast!