MarkR (68) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 7, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. Bottle - Bottled on date: Jul 24 03
Effervescent, pale honey with a hint of orange. Good clarity. Thin white cap with fair lacing. The aroma has a hefty amount of barnyard funk, along with some honey and apple fruitiness. A bit of spiciness as well. The flavor has much more tropical fruit complexity than what was hinted at in the nose. Lots of honey, apple, pineapple, and pear. The earthy funkiness that dominated the aroma is subdued here, and is noticeable mostly in it’s dry finish. Coriander, medicinal phenols, grass, and spicy alcohol round out the flavor. It’s lush, creamy mouthfeel is quite nice, but still a step behind the better Belgian examples. Adding the dregs brings another layer of complexity, with some lengthy, bready yeast character. The last bottle of this I had (several months ago) was horribly contaminated…good to see Victory’s QC has improved. Overall, this is a very flavorful domestic tripel, but still not quite as good as those from Southampton or Allgash.
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 6, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I decided to drink this while I put up my Christmas tree. I meant to rate it after I finished, but i decided to drink a 4 pack of Dogfish Head Midas Touch instead, and then I don't remember going to bed. But it pours a murky gold with a thick white head. The aroma is citric, sweet, and fruity. Peaches, lemon, and different spices could be detected. It was slightly bitter and tart, and the finish was a little dry. Overall this was a really enjoyable tripel.
SirTom (89) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 6, 2003
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2003 Had this on draft and in bottles. It was very different between the two, but it could have been because it was too cold on draft. The monkey is always a favourite. Beats the pants off of other belgians. FYI, I had this side by side with 5 seasons brune, and the 5 seasons was better. RERATE: pukey monkey. dropped from 16/20 to 12/20. too sour and terrible.
maltdog (621) - Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle date 10/17/03. Hazy gold with pillowy white head. Nicely complex spicy funky aromas- grass or chamomile, lemon or orange zest, ginger, szechuan peppercorn, yeast? Flavors are also spicy/bitter- candy and dandelion leaves- and flinty, ending with a flash of citrus candy or green apple acidity. Clipped finish with no aftertaste at all, but leaves a menthol coolness in the mouth. One of the best US attempts at Belgian flavors, but I thought the citrus was overdone.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 30, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours dark golden with a thick white head that lingered well. Aroma is yeast, sweet malts, dried summer fruits (apricot and pear) and spice. Flavor is sweet, spicey and a hint of bitterness in the finish. Medium body with creamy carbonation. Nice belgian triple!
kumite56 (473) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - NOV 27, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow. This is a great beer. Wonderful spicey (peppery) aroma with hints of malt. This is only to be suprpassed by the bold but complex flavors contained in each sip. A palate that is wonderul. Buttery, smooth with a wonderful mouthfeel. A wonderful brew. My only problem with this brew is that it is not available in my state. Thank you Boston for having this beer for me.
cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 14, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a great beer. It pours well. It has a nice dark amber color. The head is more of a light cream. The taste is very full. The spices are noticeable but not overwhelming. The ETOH is strong buy warming. I had this beer in a bottle from Beers of the World in Rochester, NY
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This like its namesake, pours a very dark golden color with a huge egg white head. The aroma is big and spicy. The taste like the aroma, is extremely spicy, but not enough to be annoying, a great mouthfeel with some very lively carbonation. A very nice trippel, that is slightly acidic, tart, and lightly peppery. I thought is was very unique.
tidiaguy (168) - Hawley, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Murky golden bronze with a thick head that settled fast leaving a minimal lace. Malty alcoholic fruit aroma. Nice smooth malty fruit taste with a bit of spice. Good beer for a cold night it, warms you up.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 7, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours like it's name: golden. A nice layer of head and lacing. Citrus (maybe lemon) and hop aromas. Yeasty flavors of hop and lemon. Creamy palate. Well balanced tripel.