schuimkroaat (415) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JUN 30, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2006 33 cl bottle, bbe March 2007. Amber with peach and straw hues and pretty cloudy. The glass is filled by plenty of middle-sized bubbles which climb to the surface in irregular paths. A quite stable head, leaving thick lace. Hoppy, flowery, spicy and light creamy aroma. Rich honey sweetish flavour with alcohol unassertively in tune giving a hint of cherry liqueur. Also fruity and hoppy, although the hops are less pronounced than in the nose. Full bodied, satisfying palate; tongue caressing, decent carbonation, too. Strong and subtle.
blankboy (6046) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 30, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2006 Rerate: Bottle. Pours a clear, very bubbly dark gold with lots of floaties and a huge fluffy white head. Aroma is yeasty and fruity along with some malt, spices and faint hops -- quite nice. Flavour follows the aroma, itís a little boozy but itís really good. Medium bodied. Another quality Westmalle beer.
Original rating: 7*4*6*4*12=3.3
Bottle at beerbistro. Pours a murky golden with a small white head. Yeasty aroma of banana, cloves and a strong alcohol presence. The alcohol is too present in the flavour as well, making it a tad unpleasant and brings my rating of it down a bit. Flavour is yeasty and spicy. Nice amount of carbonation. Plenty of trappist beers that Iíd get over this.
Ughsmash (7135) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 28, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy golden pour with light white head. Decent lacing. Spicy aroma with notes of Belgian yeast, candi sugar, and plums. Bready and spicy flavor with banana, some citrus, and some dark fruits in there. Quite complex and well-balanced, with a rather heavy malt backbone for the style (well-done, though). Alcohol warms a little as it goes down, and there was a nice long spicy banana finish. Well done!
GregClow (2891) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 25, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Sample at beerbistro Summer Beer Festival 2005. Hazy golden colour with a pillowy white head that leaves lots of lace. Warm aroma with notes of yeast, peaches and spice. Creamy mouthfeel. Flavour starts fruity, and a little spicey, and finishes pleasantly sharp and warm. Nice stuff.
Tejas (872) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 24, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear golden color, puffy white head, tons of lacing & loads of beautiful bubbles from below that keep a steady 1 finger head. Slightly spicy yeasty flavor. Very smooth palate. Light & extremely drinkable. Iíd never guess this was 9.5% ABV. A very high quality beer. Possibly the best Tripel Iíve tasted thus far.
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 20, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Golden pour, bubbly but quickly dissipating head. Lots of alcohol in the aroma. Malt and spices/dried fruit as well. Alcohol is very strong in the flavor, too. Unpleasant, even. Malt is complex and complimented by a lot of nice esters, but you have to seal your mouth to get to it through the alcohol. Full bodied in spite of the alcohol issues. Just needs some aging, I would guess.
ABUSEDGOAT (2389) - California, USA - JUN 17, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another great Belgian. Pours a darker golden color, slightly cloudy. Head is fairly large. Various spices in the taste, dry finish. What made this interesting was the alcohol percent. As it warmed some sips it was easily noticeable, and others not at all. A very enjoyable session.
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fat lasting head, good smell, a crisp smooth taste, pours golden, such a mellow for 9.5% alcohol. This beer is beautiful, i love it.
BlueDevil0206 (122) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 16, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2005 Bottled. Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a small quickly dissipating head that leaves a ring of head around the snifter. Aroma is of sweet malt and bready yeast with a substantial ester profile. Some irritating alcohol vapors hit the back of your throat if you inhale too deeply as well. Flavor is very hot and alcoholic upfront with develops nicely into a floral ester profile (banana, citrus, spiciness) with adequate sweet malt (not cloyingly sweet though) and yeastiness for balance. A slight sourness lends a refreshing character. I found that taking a faster and larger sip bypassed the alcohol edge in the begining and got right to the complex middle and finish. Finishes fairly dry with a bit of tannic astringency. Body is fairly full for a Tripel with more than adequate carbonation. If only the alcohol wasnít so overpowering upfront.
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - JUN 13, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A tastefull golden trappist ale, with a nice head, wondefull aroma and a lot of taste, a really good beer.