johndoughty (3960) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This one hits you and it hits you hard!Not for the faint hearted it is a bottle conditioned tripel.Lovely golden appearance, spicey and powerful it cries out to be drunk, preferably slowly so as you can appreciate its complexity. Strong but not overpowering it has subtle flavours that make it a highly recommended beer.
BillKismet (3335) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 1, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
For the initial glass, 9/10 of this beer was head. The 1/10 was of an appealing orange color though. Orange citric, tingly yeast smacks the nose intermingled with an artificial smelling lemon-pine freshener twinge. Rather citric/acidic flavor with clouds of yeast and grass snippets as if thrown my a lawn mower. Sour alcoholic finish does not help.
mmather (145) - Colorado, USA - JUL 28, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Nice, smooth, slightly spicy. Very well balanced, world class beer. Very easy drinking for a higher alcohol beer.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 26, 2003
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
This is an embarrassing attempt at a Belgian Tripel, laughable. Sweet, sweet bready malts, really sticky, toilet cleaner flavours, one dimentional and boring, i liked the yeast character though, but thats the only positive. The yeast tastes Belgian, but the rest of the beer doesn't, seems a bit out of place to me.
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - JUL 24, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2003 Pours a hazy yellow, not much head (which quickly disappears). Aroma is spicy with definite alcohol. Tons of stuff happening with the flavor, some apple flavor up front but then the alcohol and and yeast and malt come to the party. Very interesting.
rauchbier (3598) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 25, 2004 Bottle conditioned. Amber gold colour, initialy good white head soon drops leaving thin cover, low to moderate condition. Aromas of honey, perfumy spice (possibly aniseed, despite it listing corriander on the label)), yeast and alcohol vapours but toward the end a slight suggestion of oxidation set in (but in a nice way). Soft and sweet in the mouth with honey, apple and yeast along with some hop flavour. Long finish with malt, spice and a dry chalkiness. I thought it more of a Dutch than a Belgian Tripel, which is good.
RobBestwick (585) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 21, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
citrusy/wheaty nose, pours with a slightly cloudy golden hue with no head, spicy and yeasty flavour, coriander hints and a dry finish, interesting.
PBOYNY (316) - Westchester, New York, USA - JUL 21, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
very strange yellow cloudy mystery beer,with complex spices and a high alcohol content, this was the brew that took me over the edge! try slamming a six pack some night
Kinz (3279) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUL 21, 2003
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
It just wasn't all that. Nice golden color, the head diminished rapidly into almost nothingness. I didn't note complex flavors here. A sort of indistinct Belgian yeastiness, some sweetness, and then the bitter taste of saccharin at the finish. This is dwarfed by Allagash.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUL 17, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloudy, light orange color, (looks like orange Easter egg dye) with a white, loosely connected, short-lived head of bubbles. Smell is lead by a bitter hop fragrance, then grapes, yeast, clove, alcohol and underlings of butterscotch sweetness. When I tasted the beer the first thing that came to mind was that this is a perfect combination of the Aventinus and the Allagash White flavors. If you've had those beers that should make sense to you. For those who haven't had them: apple, clove and yeast are up front, followed by hints of banana, coriander, varied spices, and drying from the alcohol. There is a good amount on the palate here, though it isn't a marriage made in heaven and the taste suffers because of it. I can see how this beer would appeal to many because of its complexity and innovativeness, but it fails in the area that counts most to me: taste.