ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 15, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours with a two finger, rocky head, golden color; banana, pinapple/citrus, and slightly yeasty aroma...similar to a Duvel or Achel, nice; the taste, however, is dry, phenolic, peppery/spicey, with some hints of medicine and solvent; dry and lingering aftertaste.... a little disappointing, and not worth the price. Many others are better, even if this *is* the gold standard.
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 14, 2004
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not a good tripel. Pours a golden color with a white head. Smells of alcohol with a hint of fruits/spice. Tastes deep but the alcohol flavor - maybe it needed more aging, but then again 9% isn’t the biggest beer around. Better luck next time.
mockerboy (52) - Kansas, USA - MAY 11, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very much an evolving beer with complex fruitiness in the nose and almost bitter aftertaste in the beginning. A good trapist but not my favorite.
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 10, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2006 Art of Beer ’04: Golden yellow color with some haze and a big fluffy white head. Aroma is dry peachy and citrusy. Taste is lightly fruity with lemon and spice. Very dry and crisp. Damn good beer.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAY 8, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Color is of melted lemon or banana popsicles, thickly set and murky with a largely tall, whipped smooth white frothy foam on top. Lacing all over the snifter in thick sheets and a very hefty skim (basically a small cap of smoothened white foam) remains present the entire glass. Impressive cap and beautiful thickset color.
Aroma is simple yet delicate with a pleasingly dry yeasty edge darted with some lemon peels and sugary sweetness.
Taste is well mannered with a soft fruity front, well rounded and pleasant to the buds. Drops of lemon, maybe some tidbits of white or green grapes skins in there add some interesting little drying additions to the finish where the yeasty dryness floats off any reminiscent fruityness left over. Nice fading dry finish thats a bit complex and softly yeilding.
Feel is nearly full with a soft well rounded fluffyness thats really nice. A bit of sparkle in the carbonation and yeastyness really keeps a great attraction to thee lips. And the drying finish is alluring with very late spices making an appearance across the far back of the palate.
One finely put together triple. A trifecta, or trifold, if ya will, of an ale. Has a soft pleasing presense in each sip with just the right amount of everything to keep it interesting.
PetetheMeat (621) - Hove, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark golden tripel, unclear, white head with some laces. High carbonation. Powerfull sweetish flavour dominated by the strong ABV. Overall a powerfull tripel.
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - MAY 1, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very nice hazy apricot color with a fluffy white head. Sweet bready bubblegum and clove aroma. Very nice balance of sweet and spicey flavors. Sweet malt, banana, bubblegum, clove, and pepper. Very crisp, tingly feel with a dry finish. Most enjoyable!
desurfer (1186) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAY 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slightly hazy golden body, lively carbonation and frothy white head. Aroma of banana and bubblegum with moderate yeast/breadiness as well. Flavor is quite alcoholic with some acidity. Clove, spices and citrus fruit are all there. Palate is dry and sweet. It’s much more alcoholic in flavor than other Tripels I’ve had. Good.
Sammy (7709) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A world class beer. Champagne to my mates. Chewy yeast, and creaminess weight and barley malt. What Unibroue strives for. Get the right glass. Great with food. Balanced but alcohol is there. Carbonation, significant fruit and some spice.
Complex aroma and taste.
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - APR 29, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A wonderful tripel. I recommend allowing this to sit a while. Right out of the fridge and just poured the carbonation is distracting and the alcohol causes a distinct booziness. Allowed to warm and shed carbonation it turns into a sweet, spicy and complex tripel. Wheat, banana and candied malt. By the end all the parts were blending beautifully and there was a seamlessness about it that marks for me the difference between just having the right ingredients and processing them expertly. I would not have minded a bit more spice.