Wheatsheaf (104) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 16, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sep 08 03 bottling, about seven months old. A hazy, golden-yellow ale with a medium-sized head that is mostly diminishing. Would fare well against Cooper’s Sparkling Ale for the tricky-to-pour-without-disturbing-the-sediment award. Lightly sweet and fruity aroma, not as pronounced as you might expect. Medium body with a creamy, slightly syrupy body. Lovely flavour that is reminiscent of honey drizzled over honeydew melon. Sweet and fruity, with a restrained orange-peel spiciness. The alcohol is hidden, and the hops only make a small appearance at the finish, if at all. My guess is that this would continue to age quite gracefully. Very tasty.
Rastacouere (6159) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 15, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice cloudy golden honey body, but pours with almost no head and I don't really like that for a tripel. The aroma is pretty quiet which is a shame because what I get seems to be truly pleasant, but I wish it was more expressive. It seems quite yeasty not unlike an apple pie crust and with a deep malt profile (fresh harvest oranges, pears, bananas, melon bubblegum), honeyish and spicy (ginger mostly). There is a restrained alcohol suggestion in the back as well. The first sip surprises by the lively carbonation which is very tongue-cleaning and complements the banana/honey/yeasty palate interestingly to my liking. Very flowery, herbal and appealing taste, with obvious but well contained warming alcohol notes. Oh yeah, the mouthfeel fits the overall experience like a charm, not so thick, but plain clean and silky. Great, if not exceptional, american rendition.
BearBrewer (86) - New York, east village, New York, USA - APR 13, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Mild, herbal aroma. Pours a cloudy yellow/brassy color with a small fizzy white head. Very carbonated, mild flavor. Not much hop character. Was not a huge fan of this one, was expecting more spicey/uniqueness.
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2007 Pours hazy golden yellow color with fizzy white head. Aroma is bananas dough yeast and spices. Flavor is reflective but a bit more tart. overall, very enjoyable and well priced.
DocLock (8500) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Trippels are not my favorite styles. Thus one pours frothy dark golden. Aromas of herbs, candi sugar, yeast, spice, and malt hit the nose hard. Tastes extremely sweet, with hints of candi sugar, spice, honey, yeast, and herbs. Finishes very smooth, with a final burst of heavy sweetness and malty fruitiness on the palate.
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - APR 2, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden, translucent apple juice color with lots of sediment floating in the vody. I put v instead of b for body because of how vicious the alcohol kick is. Aroma is faint but I pick up apples and grapes. flavor is potent and of alcohol with tart and sweet endings.
BigSkyman007 (202) - USA - MAR 28, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Finally tried this fine Victory beer. Cloudy, golden color. Starts off with an interesting ginger spice nose, then the body is quite interesting, with very noticeable flavors of banana, cotton candy, and a hint of caramelized sugar. Warms the body going down. A fine beer!
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 28, 2004
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I just dont get this one. Golden hazy and cloudy with a thin white head. Th nose is malty and sweet. the taste is sweet but one nasty kick of yeast and wheat. Overall, interesting but I just dont dig it.
squiggs07 (2) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 22, 2004 does not count
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Suprisingly sweet fruity taste. Cloudy golden beer. Almost too sweet to have more than one
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2006 Pure gold, clouded, glowing; massive frothy head astounds, rivals Duvel in its own glass...okay, not quite. Aromas are everywhere and not at all subtle: apples, honey, banana, bubblegum, candied ginger, spiced black tea. I could linger over the aromas all day, but the awesome flavor is far too seductive. Sensual sweet, toasty malts that carry wonderful spiced fruit and floral flavors across the tongue on a creamy smooth, full palate. I had no idea before today how much I love this style of beer! Another great beer from a great company.
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