NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz bottle. Hazy orange, with little semblance of a head. Wow, very bright and intense nose, like sugar-coated flower petals. Honey, sour green apple, and not a whiff of EtOH. This must be what ambrosia smells like. Cotton candy malt, quite sweet, but intersected by black pepper, corriander, other spice, and a subtle hoppiness. The finish is lightly bitter, semisweet, and rather dry with a touch of alcohol. Perilous drinkability, considering the kick it has. In a head-to-head with New Belgium Trippel, this one wins hands down. I’m left grinning from ear to ear. Astounding!
whooh (13) - mt. holly, New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2002
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
smell of spices aparent with my first taste.little to no head.heavy thick taste of banana,pineapple,and lighter taste of cinnamon, and nutmeg. better warmed close to room temp.different.a once a year experience
nlanza (18) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Spicy enough to be interesting, but not so much that it tastes like a novelty beer. Great smell, and a smoother taste than the alcohol level would indicate. The only real downside is that the color and lack of head make it appear a bit weak and unappealing. It’s definitely worth plowing past that first impression and trying one, though.
boto (1848) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - DEC 20, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2003 Very much like Duvel. Mine didn't pour with much head. Wonderful taste and mouthfeel. Complex, yet mellow taste. Alchohol evident, but subtle in taste. I've convinced my local packy to carry this! Re-rate: Just had the draught version at Victory. Much better head this time. Still a superb beer!
dukefan (214) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 19, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
My all-time favorite Tripel. Spicy, flavorful, dry and crisp. I want more and more of this beer!
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - DEC 17, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Someone could really hurt themselves on this.Had on tap at aa local brewpub, cloudy golden yelloww color with a frothy white heat that lasted through every glass. Sweet fried banana and honey, flowery spices, oh and did I mention banana? Flavor was delicate and soft yet overwhelming at the same time. Soft banana and snappy spice, warm alcohol and sweet honey. Taste keeps going for eternity. This beer is incredible.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 16, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2004 I've had this rated at 2.3 for the last year or so because i repeatedly got infected and soured bottles and it was disgusting...but since i've been buying the 750ml bottles, i havent had any problems...and when this beer is in good condition, it is superb in every way. the aroma is amazingly fruity with a mysterious brett character though im not too sure theres any brett in there...the yeasty flavors blend perfectly with the spices and the mandarine orange fruitiness glows...Its very very very similar to beatrix actually.
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Where to start... This beer is one of the most flavorful Belgians I have ever tried. The honey sets it apart. To me, it has the perfect level of carbonation and a very impressive head. Try it!
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured hazy golden - I expected more yeast. Big fluffy head and good lacing. Spices are there - not peppery, more soft, and perfumes. Everything was well balanced, but the alcohol was a little too apparent. Thanks Jsquire!
PTomkinson (50) - Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Perfect golden straw appearance with stylistically appropriate large head. Sweet, spicy, fruity (apples, pears, something citrusy) flavor. Slighty tart; more than expected. 9.5% abv well hidden. Too bad I have to drive 150 mi to find this beer.