BBB63 (5694) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 27, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Hazy golden hue with small floaties that produced a soft frothy white head and very good lace. The aroma has notes of lemongrass, orange zest, banana, pepper and spice, barnyard yeast esters, oak, and moderate phenols. The taste starts very twangy with minor fruit liqour notes. Bitter and yeast undertone throughout. The finish is very spicy, woody, and has a noticeable alcohol presence. The feel is aggressive and biting with an asprin like finish. This tripel lacks the depth and complexity of the best in genre. Right at the "best before date", so itís not too young or old.
mohawksin (187) - Nebraska, USA - JUN 25, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Spicy smell, lemon with a hint of vanilla. Looks like apple cider. Nice frothy head, even after a careful pour. 9.5% alcohol and cannot taste a lick of it. Spicy, fruity and bitter to taste. Very happy after this one!!!
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tried in Blois, France. Gold Coloring. Spice. Remember as a great introduction to Abbey Tripels..
Schroppfy (2360) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2008 Wow - super bretty nose at first - love it! Farmy and spicy and piercingly pungent, some light anise notes, peppery, but a little sugar. The taste is perfectly bodied, not too sweet, a bit licoricey. A tad too highly alcoholic, but I had no idea it was 9%. I am soooooooo glad this is being reimported. I will get this again and again. My second fave tripe of all?
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JUN 20, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl bottle, dated 12/08/05. Pours deep golden bronze, big creamy white head, not much lace. Sweet malt aroma, banana, vanilla, not hugely aromatic, but subtle nuances abound. Full bodied, bitter finish, bit fizzy. Fruity, malty, bitter brew, well done, my only complaint is the boozy alcohol in the finish. Overall a nice, complex Tripel, amongst my favorite in the style, but it does lose a point for the alcohol burn.
Aurelius (3844) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 18, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lemony, yeasty aroma. Nice yoked bottle, citrine beer with a poofy head and a silty sediment. Nice alcohol and hop bittering. ABV evident. Tart and fruity, but not sweet to my taste. Finishes with a nice aspirin bitter. This was a good bottle of beer.
5000 (5981) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 18, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours a cloudy golden, small yeasty bits floating about, two finger frothy white head, nice lacing, with light carbonation. † Fruity, sweetness, clove, and some banana on the nose. † Forwardly spicy, light alcohol, with some floral esters. † Finishes slight strong, slightly bitter. † Gonna let this warm up a bit first.. † Some fruity flavors, flora, and alcohol on the finish. † Body and mouthfeel are decent, but nothing exceptional.   A good triple, but a bit too strong for my taste.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUN 16, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
As much as I hate to say this and as much as I was looking forward to drinking this, I was just not overly impressed. This was just a very averave Belgian trippel in my opinion. The pours is very nice and cloudy, and amberish orange color with a nice two finger head. The lacing is also really nice. The aroma is sweet and has a bit of mandarin orange zing to it. The flavor is just kind of sloppy and all over the place. Some nice acidity though. Finish is bitter. I will have to try it again when I am in a better mood.
arjoseph (634) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 10, 2004
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2005 3-6 year old bottle into tulip glass. Smells of orange peel, melon and yeast. Huge fluffy creamy head is white over a hazy yellow-orange beer. Malty and creamy in the mouth, fuller than expected, this tastes like malted milk and the white pulp between an orange peel and the fruit, only better than that. Slightly caramelly also. Finish is soft and slightly dry with some flabby sweetness. Warm and spicy in the middle, this has a perfect mouthfeel and hard-to-describe goodness. Words like "pulp" and "flabby" donít give the right impression, but Iím at a loss for a better spin. Really, the best triple Iíve ever had.
steview (1012) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 9, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
duvel tulip glass: initial aroma of the locker room, but then i poured it... huge and frothy white head than turns rocky and airy. the body is hazy and golden with yellow tint and yellow/orange highlight. great crystal laces. how about a real whiff? average; bread pudding, grapefruit/grass, musty. palate: lively, smooth, a slight sharp but very nice. the flavor is citrus, bread, spice, alcohol. itís slightly acidic. the aftertaste is yummy, a bit chalky. itís a good beer, but yes i expected better. i should spend more time with it.