heykevin (1276) - 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 (617) - 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 (5282) - 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 (3014) - 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
sloth (2483) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAR 14, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium sized white head, good retention. Hazy gold color. Fruity, yeasty nose, do i smell onions? Medium body, over carbonated. Malty, earthy, Spicey, cinnamon with hints of dark fruits. Finish is medium dry with a touch of alcohol.
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Yeasty, salty aroma. Little note of spice also. Large foamy head. Slightly murky, pale orange in color. Taste is sweet up front with a dry, stinging finish. Not the best Trippel out there.
jayc (28) - USA - MAR 12, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A smooth tripel, great rebound with mixture of sweetness, spice and a bit of carbonation (perhaps from the import?). More spirited than the Chimay blonde but more sugary than the average belgian blonde. Perfect combo with a caesar salad, anchovies, flatbread and a hot spring day.
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 11, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I've had the import and the real westmalle brought back from belgium from a friend. Both are very similar except for the label. This was a very yeasty and complex beer. NIce golden color with complex and rich head whcih lasts and leaves nice lacing. Very malty aroma and flavors with spicy, yeasty and slight hay and leather. One of the better Tripels out there.
hotstuff (4092) - Indiana, USA - MAR 10, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. A huge sized head with a white hue that was frothy with fine-small sized bubbles that mostly dissipated. The body was cloudy with a yellow hue. The nose was malty, hoppy, sweet, fruity, spicy and some clove notes. The flavor was sweet and of alcohol. The mouthfeel was smooth and alcohol was detected. The lacing of this beer was sparse. This is definitely an Abbey Tripel worth trying in my opinion.