obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - NOV 29, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slight cloudy gold with thick white head. Coriander, vanilla, and lime come to the nose. Med-Heavey weight with sweet mid and lingering finish. Vanilla, roasted flavors, orange, and lots of sweetness throughout. Great triple!
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Right now, I’m in desperate need of relief from an excrutiating night at work, and this bottle just so happens to wait in the fridge. Let’s hope it does the trick!
Untwisting the wire cage, almost there, and POP!, goes the cork with no effort or urging at all! Someone could have gotten hurt that way!
It’s a foamy gusher, too, the suds filling the glass immediately, and spilling out of the sides, soI’ll take time to admire the appearance, while it dwindles down. Hazy golden color, gorgeous, lace-weaving head, crystalline, pure white, fluffy as they come.
Aroma: light and angelic, a sublime sweetness, distinct candi sugar, a little fruity, spicy, ethereal and ultimately uplifting.
Now, to taste: very sweet, candy-ish, with fruit notes, peach, apricot, and orange, in attendance as well. Light in body, but long in flavor, with the sweetness profoundly impacted upon the palate, stays on board and tickles the senses for a few sweet seconds, then lightly drifts off. Flavor gets lemony, more spicy, prickly and sticky, near the end of the first glass, but let’s not forget, this is a full 750ml bottle I’m exploring.
I consider what uses and occasions are ideal for this brew, and they can only be times when you need to bring up the happiness in your life, (like now, for weak and weary me), or when you’re already happy, but could stand a little extra joy, what the hell. It’s here in this bottle, just watch the cork, and get ready to slurp up some foam!
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - NOV 15, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice ocean spray of a head atop a sea of light copper goodness. Aroma of apple cider and a slight yeasty musty quality. Light flavor for the style but very well constructed. Apple and cheese complexity with a crisp champagne bite. Brie rind notes. This is a light version of the style, but I really enjoy it. Good, smooth, easy drinking. One of the most beautiful beverages to gaze upon.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 15, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy yellow colour with solid lasting head. Aroma is malty with some spices and fruit. Flavor is fruity with the lemon very clear.
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 13, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very soapy-clean aroma. One of the more substantial heads I’ve seen on a beer, perhaps corresponding with the cork-missile that should prompt a label warning! Flavor is very fruity, mostly banana with some strawberry and tart lime elements. Aftertaste is sort of like a Long Island iced tea. Though it has the tornadic bubbly appearance of a great tripel, too much of it "goes to the head" - the drink itself has bubbles but loses a bit of carbonation before it gets to the mouth (still quite adequate though). If someone was to offer me a Val-Dieu Tripel, hey, I won’t turn it down. And at 9%, I’ll drink the last couple or three ounces from the bottle itself despite the yeast!
hopdog (9994) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a hazy, medium yellow color with a smaller white head. Lots of carbonation bubbles on the side of the glass. Spicy and fruity aromas and tastes. Grapes. Some citrus. Sweeter tasting. Thinner body.
Shag (2698) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - NOV 9, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A murky yellow appearance with a moderate white head and some good lacing. The aroma is lemon, spices, and pears. The flavor is a bit on the sour side with a some lemon and apricots. It has a rather soft mouthfeel and a citrusy aftertaste. Quite a nice Tripel here.
heemer77 (5187) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 3, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2005 Pours from the 330cl bottle with a beautiful lght gold color. Has a small soapy looking head. Sweet fruity aroma of pears and red grapes. Also has hint of nutmeg. The taste is a bready cinnamon. A medium mouthfeel backs this up. The flavors also has apples and warming alcohol. A solid entry in the style.
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 1, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ML Bottle. Figured I would tackle this one tonight. Spicy aroma that matches the taste at first. Had a little citrus twist to it, but left a very smooth taste. Mild head that left quickly, white of course. I actually enjoyed this more than I thought I would granted the ratings. Gave a great buzz that dissapated quickly with no regret, granted the size of the bottle:) *watch out for that yeasty bottom. Will need to be spun*
Pailhead (5746) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - OCT 27, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap: Aroma is hard to pick up. A little spicey, a little hoppy I guess. Pours a hazy yellow with an ok head. Malty fruity flavor. Somewhat citrus with light hop finish. Lightly malty aftertaste.