WhiteSoxFan (152) - USA - MAY 26, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml bottle. Bottle conditioned. Drank on 5/20/06. First thing I notice is the bottle is really full. The most full bottle Iíve ever see. 1" of headspace. Clear other than some dregs floating. Nice yellow with a hint of orange. Big, thick, creamy 2" chunky white head. Falls to a big thick layer of foam. Big lacing. Big, huge banana aroma. Little bit of yeast character. Little bit of spice. Little sweetness, little bit of hops. Flavor is sharp and bitter as it hits your tongue. Then smooth and balanced in the mouth. Really crisp and really dry in the finish. Then a ton of banana and yeast flavor after the swallow. Little spice. Very tart after the swallow. Flavor (mostly the tartness) mellows a little as it warms, but not much. Palate is really light with lots of carbonation. Really dry finish. Overall it is good and plenty enjoyable. Definitely an interesting belgian. But it is definitely not the best tripel Iíve had. Little high on the bitterness and dryness - and that tartness. Iíd like to see some more complex flavors. Smell makes it seem like there will be more there. But it is good and I enjoyed it. Surely hides 9.5% very well.
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 23, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33 cL Bottle. This is a lost rating from 3/28/2006. Pour is a clearish yellow lemon with orange tinged core. Head of foamy off-white. Luxurious sweet lemon aroma with fresh cut tart granny smith apples. Flavor is a sweet, yet subdued silky wheat, lemons and spiced yeasts. Not a lot of expansive depth or character, but the flavors that are there are very strong and rich, with an appealing side. A touch phenolic. Alcohol is very well guised. Smacks light of plant stems.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - MAY 23, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. 11.2oz. Pours a clear, pale copper color with a big, frothy white head. Belgian yeast aroma with some fruity notes. Very dry mouth feel with a sweet, excessively dry flavor. Notes of spices and apples. Dry but lingering finish.
burpfrank (299) - carpinteria, California, USA - MAY 20, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had a nice head.Aroma was good.Color a medium amber.Tasted pretty good.Would buy again.
morrdt (715) - Dirty Moí, North Carolina, USA - MAY 22, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beer of the day at the beer festival. I was stunned to see that the distributor brought this one out to the show. Pours an cloudy gold color. Long lasting, nice head. The taste is lightly bitter with a hint of spices and pepper. Outstanding.
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours an orange-gold cloudy color. Long lasting, huge head. The taste is very dry, lghtly bitter with a hint of spice and pepper. All in all a pretty good beer with a fair amount of acohol.
sunevdj (3479) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - MAY 16, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clearish yellow with a white head. Sweet and bitter with aromas of alcohol, yeast, honey, pears and a hint of almond. Very soft carbonation. Fruity finish with a hint of alcohol.
mjg74 (2825) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAY 14, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Pours a hazy medium golden color. Big foamy white head. Slightly grainy/yeasty aroma. Creamy mouthfeel. Thick, rich yeasty flavor. Some graininess. Creamy and spicy as well with a hint of bitterness. Slight alcohol in the finish. Warming as it goes down.
Gmoney (442) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 10, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle .. very yellow pour with a huge head that sticks to the glass all day long . malty aroma with notes of citrus and hops . spicy pepper flavor and very dry . alcohol is noticable and warming , decent mouthfeel . not bad
unixweb (237) - Sherman, Texas, USA - MAY 8, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The commercial description of this fizzy brew fits quite well. It pours very yellow, with a huge, big-bubbled head that lingers with minimal lacing. It smells like coriander mixed with other herbs and spices, with a hint of band-aid thrown in. Someone earlier said it, and damned if itís not in there! The taste is immediately peppery, spicy, and very dry. This reminds me of the vegetable-type ales, itís so earthy and spicy, like the smell of fermented fruit or vegetable peel left in the sun. Lots and lots of smells and just as many components to the taste. The palate is a bit heavy, especially when the brew warms. Considering how complex this brew is, the finish is actually clean with warming alcohol. I donít dislike this brew, I just donít like it that much, either. I can see how some people would really like it. Maybe Iím just not a tripel fan...though I thought I liked all things Belgian...hmmm. I just donít really care for medicinal ale.