VAYankee (338) - Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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!
JMerritt (1915) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
WabashMan (1023) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAR 8, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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!
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 2, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
JorisPPattyn (8915) - Ursel, 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 (3940) - 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 (1377) - 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.