Baroque1977 (25) - Southeastern, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 9, 2004
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Kind of a cross between Chimay Blanche and Duvel. A bit heavy on the spices perhaps, but otherwise a very good interpretation of the style. 9.5 ABV well disguised.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My 600th rating is to be a beer that I have enjoyed many times but somehow have not yet rated. 750ml bottling date 3/5/03. Beautiful golden body with a good sized frothy white head. The carbonation looks very lively and pleases the eye as the bubbles make a race to the top. The aroma is spicy, coriander and cloves with a sweetish malt background. The flavor is sweet malt up front that then transitions into a panoply of spices. The body is thick and full. The alcohol is well hidden and is only really noticeable in the pleasant numbness that follows the first few sips. Definitely one of the best American examples of this style.
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
In the glass it looks like cloudy, orangish mountain dew. Tan/yellow head. Wheat, lemon and light clove aroma. Bananna, citrus, vanilla, clove and nutmeg flavor. Decent palate, but nothing special
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
For about a year, if I wasn't drinking hopdevil, I was was almost definately drinking a Monkey. This is the beer that really turned me on to Abbey Tripels. Cloudy golden body with a spicy vanilla nose. Vanilla and cinnamon both present in the taste along with just a little bit of banana and the belgian yeasts. Always a staple in my fridge.
shameusburp (171) - Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2005 Aroma is spice driven with the appearance of classic translucent Tripel with observable spices floating throughout. A mild sweet malt taste is the initial assault to the taste followed by the second wave of spices corriander and cloves. After a few sips the alchohol content becomes noticable but not overbearing. A fine fine beer, especially on hot summer days.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - FEB 1, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 16, 2005 Smalll dead head on tap of liquid goldness. Yeasty, spicy and citrus flavors all over this. Tasted like a Belgian IPA. Sweet without being too over the top. 9.5% masked very nicely.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 1, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light orange color-very small white head--I expected more of a lacey large Belgian head. Light yeasty aroma which is sweet and slightly spicey. Flavor is similar, light palate, and fuity. I can taste coriander? Taste is slightly watery, and I can't tell that there is any more than 4-5% abv. Weak for a tripel and for Victory whom I generally respect highly.
rafalski (6) - annandale, New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2004 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
golden ale with tons of herbal aroma. very firm and mouthfull body, with a hint of spices. alcohol a bit too forward tasting but i think that just adds to the character of this abbey ale. great taste with malty and spicy hops. lingering fruit on the finish.
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 30, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours a hazy golden color with a small short lived head and short lived lace sheets. The aroma is slightly yeasty and slightly sour. The flavor is of alcohol, sweet malt, sort of spicy, slightly yeasty, and of light hops. The body is fairly rich. Overall, I prefer many of the same style, but this is a good effort worthy of a good score.
SpringsLicker (3211) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 23, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2004 The head came and went quickly on this clear yellow beer. Yeasty aroma with citrus and spice in there too. Sweetly acidic, this light bodied brew was softly carbonated with a finish that was a little drier. Slight alcohol as well.