Cobra (1100) - - AUG 1, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
11.2 fluid ounce brown, European shaped bottle. Bottle has a glass donut ring around the lower part of the neck. Neatest looking European bottle I’ve ever seen. I think I’ll keep it for a bud vase.
Anyway, look, this beer rocks from the time it’s opened onward.
Poured out a beautiful, hazy golden yellow color. It has a humongous white head that won’t quit. Served in my Chimay chalice, excellent choice for this particular beer. Aromas are of fresh malts, sweet Timothy grass, Belgian funk, horse blanket, leather, tobacco, yeasty sourdough bread, and slight whiff of citrus, most likely lemon. Lychee fruit, and candi sugars round out the aromas. The tastes are exactly as the aromas are. Full of fruity esters, slight smoke, alcohols, and sugars. Man, the good Brothers at Westmalle sure did their homework on brewing this nectar. This beer is an experience, not just a regular old run of the mill brew. It sure gives Westvleteren a run for the money, that much is certain. At 1/2 the price of Westy, this could easily be my everyday beer. But, that would spoil the entire experience for me at least. Finishes sweet, dry, and fruity, all at the same time. A wonderful triple from Belgium. Seek it out at all costs, Grasshopper.
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 26, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2006 Cloudy golden color with a large dense white head. Aroma of coriander with a hint of pine. Flavor is hops and citrus
with a nice balance of malt.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 18, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. This is a good tripel style. Pours hazy golden orange with a few floaties and nice white head that lingered fairly well. Love that belgian aroma. The smell is dominated by yeast and spice, with sweet maltiness and citrus in the mix. Flavor is sweet with a balancing sour-tart character, yeasty bread notes, noticible alcohol and a mild hop finish with hints of pepper as well. Medium to full body, mildly creamy carbonation make for a good mouthfeel.
civforprez (229) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours golden, a little cloudy, with a significant head. Aroma is of yeast, lemons, orange peel, and roasted malt. Flavor is more of the same from aroma, with the peel coming through strong. Soft mouth feel, with a bite in the aftertaste. Alcohol not noticeable. Excellent.
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 15, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
33cl. Bottle. Wow. Great Belgian–yeasty aroma. Taste is right on the mark; rich, full, complex. Lotsa flavors to play with. Highly enjoyable, a fine, fine tripel.
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2005 Bottle. Hazy golden color, fruity, spicy aroma, sweet and bitter taste, full body, wine finish.
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - JUL 13, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice goldenblond color with a large creamy head.In the nose there are fine complex aroma’s of fresh stonefruit,exotic spices and well selected hops.It has a dry malty taste with a fine complex unthertone of noble hops and spices. It ends in a soft bitterness.
hopdog (9189) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2004 Poured a hazy golden color with a large white head. Large particles. Aromas of fruits, spices, candy and light alcohol. Starts of a little sweet and ends in a nice bitter taste. Fruity and spicey. Very good tasting beer. Dry finish with light alcohol (but not 9%).
AlphaOne (142) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 10, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Slightly hazy golden with a large pillowing head. Aroma is of fruity yeast: peach, red apple, a little cirtus and a little grassyness. Full in body, with a huge spicy, peppery, herbacious, a little sweet malty biscuity flavour. Warming alcolhol, whiskyish, fruity, passionfruit and lemony grapefruit, followed by a nice lingering bitterness(earthy and citrusy hoppiness) a bit of astringency.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 7, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bright golden orange, mildly hazy. Aroma has a strong alcoholic presence, plenty of yeast, a good foreshadowing of what is to come in the flavor. Initial sip is potently bitter, or strong, not sure, just unpleasant. Hints of pepper, but the alcohol dominates. Dry finish. Smooth carbonation, lacks the complexity, fruit, sweetness, and hops of some of the other greats in this style.Disappointing...
Some food pairing notes not incorporated into the rating numbers. Makes a decent complement to sushi (tuna roles), especially the ginger, and a nice green salad. Helped to temper the alcohol and bring out some of the peppery, and sweet, flavors.