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RATINGS: 2461   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
Enchanting and enlightening, this golden, frothy ale boasts an intriguing herbal aroma, warming alcohol esters on the tongue and light, but firm body to finish. Exotic spices add subtle notes to both the aroma and flavor. Strong, sensual and satisfying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VAYankee (338) - Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2003
This monkey has a golden color, short lived frothy white head, and a fruity flavor. As advertised the spices are subtle but distinctive. You can definitely taste the higher alcohol content. An excellent brew!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JMerritt (1915) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2003
Sampled at the Peoria International Beer Festival. Light golden in color, frothy white head. Fruity flavor (grapes). The sample I had, however, tasted a little off: mildly skunky and rather flat. I don't know if I was expecting something different and zeroed in on the imperfections, but I rate 'em as I drink 'em.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
WabashMan (1023) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAR 8, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2003 THIS is a GREAT tripel! A nice aroma and color, but the flavor conquers all and the palate is truly excellent. I was very impressed with this, my first Victory brew. RERATE: The above rating being from a very small festival size sampling, I decided that, now that it's accessible to me, this one deserved another look. The aroma is better than I remember...probably something to do with having more than 4 oz. and the proper glassware. Appearance seems unaffected from before...still quite nice. The flavor of this Tripel is very strong on the alcohol and also spicy. A pretty good flavor. Overall, this is still a very nice brew. Very well done!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 2, 2003
This tasty concoction starts with a fruity, alcohol aroma, a thin, white head, and streaming carbonation. Body is straw-colored (I guess you could call it golden), with a pleasant, smooth, fruity bite. There is also a touch of spice. Lasting aftertaste of malt and alcohol. Not my favorite style, but this one seems well-done.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorisPPattyn (8915) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAR 1, 2003
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2003
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 22, 2003
- 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nuffield (3940) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 10, 2003
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/

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 6, 2003
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2003
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.

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