OldMrCrow (2157) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 6, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2009 Fairly fresh bottle, initially served relatively cold.
Did I just give this a 4.5? That puts it in my top 1%. I wasnít expecting that, but I sure donít see where Iíve overinflating the scores. This is a stunningly good beer in every respect, and itís the best tripel (a personal favorite style) that Iíve ever had.
This beer pours a beautiful gold with a rich white head. The nose is a delight, strong spicy yeast aromas with honey and citrus, some passionfruit, and the faintest whisiper of alcohol.
This is the sort of aroma that makes it very hard to do anything other than dive right into a huge first sip. Much to my surprise and delight, that first sip was every bit as good as the aroma hinted it might be. A lively, spicy, and relatively dry tripel livened up with a light tropical fruitiness that makes the overall beer easy to drink, almost as if it were gently sweet but without the cloyingness that can come with a strong sweet Belgian beer. The hops kick in resolutely in the finish, leaing a lovely balanced bitterness on the long end of the flavor profile, accented by the lingering spiciness of the yeasts.
The mouthfeel is exceptional: impressively creamy, rich without being heavy in any way, a 9.5% that simply hnts at its presence, adding a fullness and graitas without any heat.
í06 bottle sampled Feb. í09. Wow. Glorious and mellowed at 3 years. Not sure Iíd go quite 4.5 but certainly close.
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 5, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy golden with a huge white head. Aroma has notes of banana, citrus and bubblegum, along with cardamom, and what I associate with Belgian yeasts. Flavor is more bitter than expected at the start. It was also bitter at the finish, which I did expect. Flavor is subtle, mixing most of what was in the aroma with the bitterness I described and sweetness in the middle.
jcr (2346) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - SEP 3, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy orange.yellow body with big white head. Fruity, spicy aroma ó coriander, banana, orange. The flavor is fruity as well though the alcohol and hops stick with the flavor throughout. Plum, orange and bitter hops. Peppery, warming finish from the alcohol. Ample carbonation and a moderate finish.
Phatz (225) - Paradise, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is as good as they get. A true Tripel straight from Belgium! It is more light and fruity than I would have expected but so remarkably easy to drink.
Appearance: Pours an orange yellow peach color.
Smell: This beer was very aromatic; filling the nose with zesty lemon, toasty malty and other sweet fruits.
Taste: Soft and fruity on the palate but with a nice mix of lively spices. Very balanced very smooth, lemony hops and sweet malts just sing.
Mouthfeel: Light weight but full and creamy in the mouth.
Drinkability: I have yet to have a better experience with any Tripel.
Hope this is helpful.
RickStedman (3) - USA - AUG 30, 2006 does not count
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle: in my mind, this is the definitive tripel, with all of the requisite characteristics: fruity and spicy nose, light-to-medium body, strong alcohol taste nicely balanced by the yeast and hop flavors, and a clean finish.
elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle. pale yellow color. large white dissapating head. lots of caps. hop aroma. lots of citrus. spicy alcohollic finnish.
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 27, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden hazed nectar. Cirtus and some yeast flavors. Good hop and fruit malt finish. Great tripel.
dnas2 (705) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled, Peterborough Beer Festival 2006. Cloudy and straw coloured, with no head. Hint of apple inthe scent, lots of apple and malt in the mouth. Very carbonated, and very dry.
waolsen (1370) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
golden pour with froth white head. nice carbonation. spicy hoppy aroma. spicy dry finish. very nice
RoyceH (1197) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - AUG 25, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, Peterborough BF 06. Hazy straw appearance, thin white head. Aroma is hoppy bitterness, apple, tannin. Rather carbonated, slightly sweet. Hides alcohol well.