VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 10, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
33cl bottle. Hazy peach littered with yeast particles. Thick, frothy off white head. Streaming tiny bubbled carbonation. Aroma of pale Belgian malts, Saaz and Styrian hops, light plastic and spicy yeast. Fizzy, bubbly and sharp. Spicy sweet with feisty yeast notes. Solid hop dose mixes with the spicy, but not apparent, alcohol. Light bodied due to the carbonation. Mild sweetness. Warming automatically, from the alcohol and spiciness. Fizziness settles but this remains fluffy until the end. Not a bad thing, as it hides the ABV well. Nothing really stands out here but the moldy, powdery yeast flavor. Finishes harsh, drier and funky. Funky like licking the armpit of a flannel shirt after a sweaty day of raking leaves. Weird. Nothing I would search for.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 23, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear gold in color, the head is generous, white as is the lace that clings in sheets. Nose is maly, hint of fusel alcohol, even a bit bubble gummy. Front is sweet, the top light, the finish is nicely hopped, dry, mildly acidic, and a fair to midlin belly warmer. Ranks #589 on my current 1000 beer master list.
joet (2290) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - SEP 13, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A fruity tripel that screams ’Chimay yeast’ with its nose. Tangy and some alcohol pepper. It’s missing some brightness and crispness.
gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice, spicy, hoppy and malty.
caesar (5500) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - SEP 4, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2003 Smells like cheese. Golden color. Bit spicy, fruity, malty. Decent triple.
jerohen (2049) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - SEP 4, 2002
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2003 I enjoyed the Tonicum Finiboldhus, so i was looking forward to this one. However, this trippel is not very convincing. Alcohol is a bit overwhelming in the aftertaste.
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 7, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
More faintly hazy honey gold under a huge foaming off-white lasting head. Faint caramel, hops, some fruit and hardwood sawdust. Somewhat overly carbonated. Medium to large bitter spicey n’ yeasty body. Alcohol shows through fairly early in the piece and lingers into the sharp bitter middle and finish, with a sweetish aftertaste. Amusing at most, otherwise an average high ABV Belgian.
RAUCHFEST (122) - PROSPECT PARK, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
these little people got it happening with the beer
NeroFiddled (105) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hops and spice in the nose with some sweet malt as well. Very nice. Pours with a hazy golden-orange color with a fluffy white head. Some spiciness in the flavor along with a full, sweetish maltiness. Some clove, some candy - bubblegum? Well balanced bitterness. Alcohol is well cloaked, but becomes apparent at the finish; and is definitely present mid-goblet. Good firm body and carbonation level. An exceptional beer in all regards.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 12, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Whoosh! This one’s a major foamer! Nevertheless, a very nice strong ale, and the alcohol is fairly well-hidden. Strong pepper, clove and other spice notes permeate this beer. Much like a shot of Absolut Peppar I once did in college (served to me by Ralph Lauren’s snobby nephew, Brad, BTW, but that’s another story). Very nice.