FlacoAlto (4125) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 5, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled June 2004, Sampled December 2004
This beer pours a lightly hazy gold color and is topped by a frothy white head. The aroma is fruity with yeast notes and spice notes too, I get notes of lemon, banana, fresh herbs, and candied orange peel. The aroma is actually quite intrigueing, and I definitely like trying to pick out the various components of it.
The beer starts sweet, but finishes with an herbal dryness. This beer has a nice meld of flavors, with none of the spices being too dominant. This beer tastes a bit of orange, but has lots of other flavors going on that I cannot quite pick out; perhaps some vanilla, wild flower nectar, clove, and banana. It picks up some yeasty notes when I pour the rest of the contents of the bottle in.
This is quite a bit more enjoyable than I was expecting, most American interpretations of Belgian beers use too many spices, in fact much of the Belgian character is really derived from their yeast and not spices. That being said I do like the mix of spices and fermentation characteristics found in this beer.
PWalk (337) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pale gold in the glass. Aroma is is great offering hints at a number of different things. Tastes great when let to warm up slightly towards room temp. Nice and spicy with an excellent feel throughout.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours light golden almost like a witbier.Nose is a great complex blend of spices,sweet malt and fruit ,not dark fruit but more like bananas or citrus,hard to tell as it changes as it warms.Very spicey flavor and a little bitter fruit like a golden kiwi.Nice body as it is thick and tasty on the tongue.
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - NOV 22, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2005 Pours deep gold with a large creamy head and beautiful bubbling going on. Very spicy aroma and flavor. Also some citrusy notes, but the spices become more and more present as the beer warms. Alcohol is detectable, but not overpowering. Pretty darn good, but a little overboard with the Belgian spices.
rajendra82 (1023) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - NOV 20, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another result of a great trade from clvand0, the label indicated that this beer was bottled Nov 11, 2003. The appearance was picture perfect for a Tripel, with hazy pale body, and a pillowing tall head.
The aroma was very inviting, with banana esters, pale malts, and spices creating a sweet smell. The alcohol was evident on the nose in a perfumey kind of way.
The taste was a bit too spice driven for full enjoyment of this beer. Instead of serving as an enhancement, the spices masked the underlying light fruity flavors. The banana and lemon flavors were in the background, and the pepper and coriander flavors in the foreground. The candi sugar presence was also noticeable, especially as the beer warmed up.
The mouthfeel was airy and creamy, and the alcohol was most evident here in the form of a burn. Aftertaste was the lingering spices and astringent lemon peel, with deep lasting warmth in the belly. The after aftertaste (i.e., burps) was a revisit to the spice rack.
A raw and rollicking Tripel, but not for those who dislike things spiced up.
xray (50) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - NOV 18, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Man, Victory came close to getting this right but didn’t quite do it. It would be nice to have a great affordable Tripel from a 12 oz. bottle but, oh well. This brew has none of the bite expected of with a Tripel and way over does it with the spices. Can you say coriander? Too much of a good thing is too much.
Sammy (10565) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 17, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy yellow. Invigorating spicy taste. Yeasty, lemony. An above average beer as i like yeasty. But a below average tripel. Might be better from the bottle with lower carbonation and a bit of cellering..
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is golden orangey color with a nice long lasting bright white head...smell is very citrus (orange and grapefruit) and mild yeast, along with some pepper...taste is sweet and citrusy, nice malt flavor...finish is very dry, and a little peppery...definately some tasty spices going on, and the ABV is not noticable at all...quite dangerous...
Metalhead (643) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
How the fuck can a 9+% beer have such a watery taste to it is beyond me.
Poured(obviously) pale gold with little head. Mild yeast,fleshy and citrus fruits,spices and a faint herbal thing I picked up only after it warmed.
Pretty good but a trip should have something that stands out. This does not except the fact that at almost 10% it went down quick and smooth. I guess that can be a good thing.
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 14, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2008 Cloudy blonde color, thin white head. Very good aroma and flavor of spices, fruits and yeast. Full body, creamy and liquorous texture, soft carbonation. Very good tripel.