ClarkVV (3891) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 3, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2007 Early 2003 bottleBright yellow color with some cloudiness and even some darker tinges.
This was a great beer. I loved the not too sweet body, with a great hop presence sometimes lacking in belgians. I wasnt challenged by the yeast or the spices, which I liked and this beer reminded me more of a an belgian pale in the nose and body. Towards the end, the alcohol kicked in and the taste rounded out with some dry peach notes and a little bit of banana clove in good balance. 7/4/8/4/18
2005 750mL bottle Downtown Liquors trippel tasting, 3/24/05. Pour reveals a bright, deep orange-golden-peach colored body, with a dense, white head, that is, sadly, quick to disipate. Aroma has some husky grains to it, biscuit, aromatic malt type thing going on. Definite apricot and nectarines esters provide a juicy, lightly tart, fruitiness, with a light hops bitterness. Flavor has some syrupy sweet pils malt, plenty of spice and a not-too-strong alcohol apparency. I can forgive the, IMHO, overuse of hops, but the body seems rather fizzy to start, and while I was hoping to come away with a thicker, fuller body, after it breathed and the carbonation died off, it just seemed lightly watery and rather dull. I do like the flavors, and it’s still a very well-made beer, slightly bucking tradition, but I would just ask for a bit more body and Belgian character.7/4/7/3/15
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JUN 2, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured out of bottle, bought at Sam's Wine & Spirits in Chicago, 6/2/03. Loose head of large bubbles that disappear quickly. Beautiful bright golden color with very hazy opacity and small bits floating about. Bright, fruity nose, almost like a sour ale. Lightly stinging with slight acidity and bitterness on initial yeasty taste. "Beer bread"-like yeast and malt flavors on long finish. Spicy and challenging throughout, with a little bit of green raisin on top and even a little rusty or tingling metallic sensation to the finish, like you drank it froma canteen or a spigot (I drank it from a pint glass, thank you very much). Pleasant fizziness all around, and lovely medium-full body with a smooth palate. Slightly warming sensation, and alcohol flavor is certainly there, but it's nicely attenuated and integrated into the overall bouquet. Very robust mouthful of a beer overall, and very enjoyable.
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 1, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
strong yeast aroma. golden yellow body. sweet honey and banana to the taste with a strong yeast flavor. alcohol bite when beer warms.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - MAY 30, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2008 oh, it’s golden alright: golden as a capital dome, golden as a mexican boxer’s front teeth, golden as coltrane’s horn; and the head fluffs up like a cotton and goose-downy comforter. but the bubbles were big and tight and fragile as christmas ornaments, they quickly vaporized to leave just a residual veil of cream as thin as cigarette paper. gorgeous aroma of chinese lacquer, pineapple juice and honey liqueur. carbonation is magical: whisks in with minute sparkles, like a flood of micro-disney tinkerbells, but you can feel those cunning little bubbles tempting every tastebud open to expose them to spicy ginger ale woody malted sweetness, some tartness and acidity, moderate bitterness and a strength of charisma that carves it’s initials and date of consumption right on your tonsils.
jjw2000 (72) - USA - MAY 29, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light gold with a rapidly diminishing pure white head. Extremely strong aroma of alcohol, yeast, and some spices.
Sweet and very smooth flavor in which banana and alcohol are both readily apparent. Mouthfeel is excellent - very full and
slightly heavy, but also very clean. Finish is also sweet and somewhat dry with a slight warming from the alcohol. Overall,
I find the flavor strong but not overpoweringly so, and I am very impressed.
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 29, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not much head to speak of. Hazy, golden color. Fair amount of carbonation. Yeasty, sweet aroma with some citrus. Some fine sediment suspended. It seems like the flavors all come out at once, rather than unfolding smoothly. The yeasty sweetness hits all at once. Overall, not a bad tripel, had a couple better, but a whole lot more that were worse.
GermanBrews76 (678) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 27, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Crystal clear golden body. Light and floral with yeasty notes, some bananna esters and pleasant pale malt character. Spices and citrus, as well as the alcohol his home. Sweet and dry, creamy smooth initially, then dries out and alcohol makes its presence known. Some bubblegum and friutiness on the finish. Very well balanced and a good deal of subdued complexity.
MMM...Beer (385) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 26, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enjoyable. Wouldn't have guessed that it was an Abbey Trippel though. It had a nice light orangish color, with a crisp (quickly fading) head.
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAY 25, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2003 Bottled 12/4/03-This is one fine american made belgian style triple.Aroma is yeasty(belgian)very spicy/malty.Nice hazy golden w/nice micro flaoties.The taste is great!A spritzy yeasty spicy/fruity/slighty hoppy(gentle)explosion on the palate.I see lots of bubbles rising but is properly carbonated.Glad I finally re-rated this one!Drinkability is top notch for the somewhat noticable 9.5%
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - MAY 19, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
strong yeasty, fruity aroma, thin yellow with lots of carbonation, straightforward creamy yeastiness with lots of alcohol and a hint of spice