JorisPPattyn (7677) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 1, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Colour: true to its name, golden, slight cold haze and maybe a touch orangey; good white head and not too regular-sized bubbles.
Nose: alcohol impression and malt sugars
Taste: sweet and dry at the same time. Sweetness links itself immediately to the thoughts of alcohol. Extreme dryness in the taste, however not tannin-like.
Aftertaste: after a few sips, a bitterness as from orange peel appears, but never comes to the foreground. The flavour betrays some spiciness, but it is unclear which particular ones.
Mouthfeel: warming - but alcohol makes it thinner than the final gravity probably is.
In Belgium, this beer would be called a Duvel-clone. There seems indeed little doubt as to the origin of its conception, the exotic spices nothwithstanding. Unlike some others, however, I really cannot find a real reason to prefer it to the real Duvel.
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer poured a cloudy gold color and formed a minimal white head that vanished quickly. Some carbonation and particles were present. The aroma was of citrus, bread and spice. The flavor was of citrus and spice. The finish was a touch light, but bready. Not really the most impressive thing that I have had from this brewer.
Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 22, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
- clear, golden color, very little head, steady stream of carbonation, nice fruity alcohol aroma, zesty fruitiness, a bit of a malty-sweetness as well; well-carbonated and bubbly, a fruity/alcohol flavor and spicy, a touch of wine, also a touch of maltiness, nice texture
Nuffield (3612) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 10, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
If beer were a barrel of monkeys, how many would be golden? Oh, never mind. I'm just enjoying a good tripel. Not much head on my pour, but a good flavor profile--spice, fruity (grape?) and a lively body. A bit too strongly alcoholic for my tastes, but nicely sweet. I can easily see the similarities with how they brew their V10--big Belgian flavors, no holding back/
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 6, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pale golden and cloudy colour. Complex and fruity aroma (mostly apples). Flavour is very acidic/citric, but this is balanced by a long sweet and bitter finish. Very interesting and fresh (for a triple). Still, I find this beer overrated as it is quite a bit too acidic for me.
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Looks like a tripel ... a little cloudy, bright golden color, crisp white head that laces the glass. Tastes of wheat, orange peel and coriander, maybe a little sharp spice; sweet and yeasty, a little fruity, but the cloying sweetness and yeast taste are not as pronounced as in Hennepin or Allagash Tripel. An easy drinking beer till the 9.5% alcohol bites you! I like this beer more than I did when I first learning about Belgian-style beers.
jgb9348 (4438) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Completely golden in colour with a tan coloured head. Sweet smell with hints of anise and bananas. The taste is completely complex with taste of fruit and spices. Full-bodied with lingering malt and a definate alcohol taste. Definately tastes better than it looks! After the pour, I was wondering how this beer had a rating so high....but after the taste, I realised! Great offering from a good brewery!
beerguy101 (5250) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 27, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden color, slightly hazy. Medium head. Aroma is fruity and a touch floral. Big bold beer with complex flavors. Tastes like a triple wit. Sweet and spicy with fruity and yeasty flavors. Sour apples, grapefruit, mango, coriander and etc etc. Tart and sweet. Both malts and hops and sweet and tart nicely balanced. Very tasty beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet and tart.
ConiseurofBeer (242) - Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2003
3.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not really taken with the aroma, but that is pretty much all I don't like about it. Nice look smooth flavor, hides the 9.5% alcohol very well.
robertjm (729) - Albany, California, USA - JAN 14, 2003
2.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Someone tell me that I got a bad sixpack please!! I’ve had two bottles now, and both of them taste like someone mixed grapefruit juice in with it. (And NOT the sweet pink version either). The beer itself seems a bit cloudy too, like there’s something in solution. No head to speak of. Don’t detect any clove at all. At $10.99 a six-pack here (California) I am disappointed.