PrimeMinister (138) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 25, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Intense gold color fairly clear with intense head retention. Somewhat fruity with dry finish. Subtle alcohol presence. A very nice trappist!
SpringsLicker (3120) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 24, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Westmalle produces a huge creamy head that floats on a hazy medium yellow body. Lightly malty with a a spicy, clean, lemon scent. The flavor is slightly sweet followed by a touch of sour bitterness. Typically light bodied with a dry finish. Clean and refreshing.
presario (4596) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 23, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloudy gold with big lasting head. Quiet subdued aroma, light fruit juice and yeast. First taste sends alcohol fumes to cleanse the sinus. Heavy spice, pepper and cloves are very sharp on the tongue and in the finish. Some sweetness and light grape quality. They may not be monks but the brothers at Unibroue do a better take on Belgian beers.
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 23, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma of alcohol, spices, a yeasty combination of fruit juice and alcohol. Pours a golden yellow, cloudy, thin head and lacing. Commercial description is bang on. Strong alcohol presence. Spices dominate and a dry finish. For a trappist ale, a disappointment. Not very complex, much better beers in this category to sample.
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 23, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours light golden yellow with a huge white head. Vanilla, yeast, and orange on the nose. Spices, orange, banana, and lemon zest on the tongue. Nice job of covering up the alcohol. This was a good tripel.
heykevin (1274) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - MAR 21, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I haven't had one of these in at least 4 years, so here we go. Golden, with billowing head. Light yeast spice in the aroma, a touch of hops, and not much in the way of alcohol. Some very light phenolics are low and lurking. Bright and clean malt, stunning really. Alcohol is present, but superbly integrated. Well-attenuated, but definitely not thin. Hop flavor is low in intensity, but quite nice. I'm stunned by this one. This is without a doubt the gold standard when it comes to tripels.
maltdog (616) - Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Glowing gold in the glass, with a pillowy white head. Spicy aromas of clove and spearmint, tropical melon and coconut, marshmellow, and ocean breeze. Upon further reflection, I could also describe it as urinal puck. Flavor starts with a flash of spiciness and quinine bitterness, then yeasty sweetness, and explosive fizzy carbonation reveals bitter citrus rind (the white part) and searing alcohol. Dry finish with a carbonized sugar aftertaste. Interesting beer, but the truck stop mens' room smell and blatant alcohol are a turnoff.
beerguy101 (5277) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 19, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium golden color. Small head. Aroma is malty, fruity and sweet. A medium bodied triple. Malts are sweet and rather spicy and earthy. Kind of hoppy, but the floral tones goes well with the malt earthiness. The 9% alcohol is evident, but doesn’t really detract too much. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is dry and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly spicy, with a noticeable alcohol bite.
Eructoblaster (2956) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 16, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice golden orange cloudy body with a white foamy head that could be thicker. Amazing and unusual cherry, banana and bubblegum aroma that perfectly hides the alcohol. Carbonation feeling in the mouth. Complex fruity, spicy and moderately bitter flavor. The final is long and bears some hints of alcohol. Deserves to stand in the Tripels top-ten.
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAR 15, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2004 (Pizza Port Belgian Beer Party in Carlsbad, CA) Sweet and spicy flavor is balanced by a moderate bitterness and this balance remains consistent to the finish; Spicy, banana nose is fairly light; Dark golden color and completely cloudy; Very carbonated mouth feel, and the palate is fairly sticky and heavy, and a bit cloying; Off white head has very good retention