KarmanGhia (276) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2006
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This pours a light amber/yellow with a big, fluffy white head. The head dies down rather quickly. The nose is grainy and lightly of alcohol. This beer is mostly malts and they are brewed to a light bitterness in the finish that is dominated in the front by an inititial burst of alcohol, a short hint of spice, and then a strong graininess. Any fruitiness is light and perhaps resembles flower pedals more than fruit. Overall, this is certainly a great tripple, but even Chimayís is better in my opinion.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - FEB 2, 2006
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2007 Out of the two Westmalleís I sampled, I favored the dubel. This was very enjoyable as well! Incredible light/hazy yellow coloring with a fluffy head. The aroma was peppery and yeast, which was awesome. Mouthfeel was a bit thick which I didnít care for, plus you could really tell you were drinking a higher abv. Flavor portion didnít really blow me away, but it was good. It finished crisp. Very good.
SHIG (3914) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - FEB 2, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber in color with a creamy head, Smell of bark and malt with a hint of lemon. Taste is of a sour fruit and a leafy ending. Lasting flavor throught.
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 1, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a nice golden blond with a medium frothy white head that quickly dissipates. Very strong aroma of yeast, lemon, apples and something a little musty. Taste is very interesting, fruity up front, more lemons and apples. Finish is hard to describe tastewise, but it is very dry like champagne. There is some nice earthy malt that lingers. Mouthfeel is unremarkable a slight bit carbonated.
zombywoof (457) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - FEB 1, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very nice nose-floral and citrus. Itís spicy and dry. Yeasty and crisp with a strong spiced citric character. The finish is peppery and brisk.
ryananderson (74) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rocky/frothy head which produces very good lacing. Amber in colour. Aroma is of grain, grass, lemon, and alcohol. Flavour is earthy but has quite a bit of alcohol. Medium bodied with lively carbonation.
NosirIwont (2119) - Aalborg Vestby, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden colour with a big white head. Sweetish aroma with notes of cereals and remote notes of plastic. Notes of yeast as well. Interesting flavour; sweetish, fruity and slightly perfumy. Also quite dry and it reminds me a bit of white wine. Slight notes of apple in the finish. 28-01-06.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JAN 29, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - poured golden with a fair white sudsy head. Aroma of yeast, honey, some apple, and a touch of alcohol. Flavor is a nice blend of yeast, apples, spice, and honey. Nice somewhat bitter dry finish. Palate is smooth, airy and creamy. Very pleasant mouthfeel. An enjoyable tripel...
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pure honey gold liquid makes me proud. A self-replesnish tiny fountain of bubbles in the center of the glass. Very inviting. Aroma of dry white wine at first, as it warms, morphs into cinnamon apples. Tastes is tart, with a dry finish, apples, bananas, cinnamon. Pleasing; complements a fine Italian meal with no difficulty. Not surprising at all that this has lasted and it needs not my little words to outlast me.
chicagobears (431) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 16, 2006 Peppery spices, sour bread, and tart fruitness does not hide the alcohol. Poured hazy dirty yellow with some carbonation. I appreciate the appearance more than the taste. Spicy and harsh bite. Finishes sharp and very dry. I will try again once Iíve tried some different Tripels to compare. 3.5
Re-Rate: After having this beer a few times again, I really enjoy the flavor a lot more. I developed more of a palate for Tripels and I think this is one of the best. Great hop variety and spicy banana bread. Love it. 4.5