eaglefan538 (3009) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 5, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled in Ieper, Belgium. Poured a typical cloudy yellow color with a nice huge head that lasted quite well and laced quite well. The aroma was typical of a tripel, with sweet malts dominating. However, the flavor was a bit sweet, the mouthfeel thick, and the finishing flavors mostly sweet (lacking some hops). I think Victory’s Golden Monkey is as good as this one, unfortunately. Second tasting, 4/8/06: Sticky sweetness was completely non-existent (relative to the style). The hoppy finish was definitely notable, quite nice, actually. Flavor profile was apples with some candi sugar, v. light bananas, and a tingly hop finish. Excellent lacing. A nice tripel.
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - JUN 4, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at O’Brien’s. Poured in a Westmalle trapist glass. Buttery color with a foamy long lasting head. Hints of apricots, yeast and co2 on the nose. The palate is dryish and very well carbonated, lots of malts present. Flavors of apricots, butter, grass,vanilla, green apples and citric hops. Very nice lacing the glass looks as if coated with steamed milk. Very nice and dry finish with a tingly sensation on tounge and throat.
ghawener (1553) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - MAY 28, 2006
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Careful, may cuase dependency! Very fruity and spicy with notes of yeast, cloves, bananas, vanila. Finish is dry and plain. Alcohol well balanced not overpowering.
billb (245) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - MAY 28, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy, straw in color. Super carbonated which is normal for the style. Has that musty cellar aroma that is also characteristic. Big head, big lacing. A bit of a perfume taste up front with a spicy, alcohol finish. The spiciness lingers, the alcohol does not.
BrotherJoe1975 (11) - Iowa, USA - MAY 28, 2006
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wonderfully thick and chunky head.
Mildly spicy and slightly grassy aroma.
Very solid mouthfeel . Malty, light caramel, slight clove with a rasin and spice finish.
bkurtz (1018) - PERU - MAY 26, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle 750ml w/ cork. Wow! This is the motherload for me. Poured a cloudy golden with amazing lacing. So much is going on, fruity, yeasty, yummy; warming and smooth. The spices make it special. Heaven.
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 I’ve 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 I’ve had. Little high on the bitterness and dryness - and that tartness. I’d 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 (3203) - Ithaca, New York, 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.
morrdt (715) - Dirty Mo’, 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.