SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 11, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, many thanks to slob! Pours slightly hazy, light golden orange with a large white head that diminishes mostly and leaves heavy lacing. Aroma is frutiy-yeasty, banana, ripe pear, sweet bread and spice. Flavor comes on strong, initially sweet and fruity, with a strong tartness and alcohol presence toward the finish and a lingering sourdough aftertaste - a little unbalanced. Medium body and assertibe carbonation.
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 8, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Strong fruity aroma with plenty of sweet candy sugar and some light notes of alcohol. Hazy yellow straw coloured with fizzy white head that diminishes to thin cover. Sweet and fruity with light phenolics in the finish and a fair bitterness in the aftertaste. Alcohol is present in the flavour and also as a warming sensation. Fizzy carbonation is disappointing and texture is creamy if a bit oily. Bottle.
jercraigs (9253) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 5, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Golden yellow body, smallish white head. Sweet alcohol dominates the aroma. In the flavour, sweet malt gives way to a pushy dry alcohol. Touch of fruitness. Average palate. Disappointing, since I have high hopes for Weyerbacher stuff. Iíd rather have a Blithering Idiot though.
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - NOV 30, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2004 Outstanding hazy Gold-blond beer with a fine white fluffy froth. Very elegant aromaís of soft spices, fresh stonefruits, some pinewood and nice malt aromaís. Nose is a little sweet and has an outstanding freshness. The taste is very fine and has an outstanding tingling fruity frechness in the mouth. For all that high Alc Vol of 9,3% it is still a very refined brew. In the taste you can notice hints of malts, soft spices, some pepper, fresh fruits, like apricots and peaches, almonds, cassondade sugar, even some fresh mint and cakes. In the aftertaste you can notice an elegant alcohol touch that turns into an excellent sharp freshness that lingers on for minutes. I realy like this one and it makes my mouth water. I like to thank EYEDRINKALE for sending me this very original beer.
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 19, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy golden yellow. Very sweet and candy-like nose. There is no shortage of candi sugars in the flavor either, starting sweet and rich but thins out and is rather warming in the aftertaste. Missing the yeasty presence of many other similar brews.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - NOV 12, 2004
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
11.11.04 12oz bottle. Iíve had many of this beer looking for the one that hits the money. Maybe that bottle isnít out there. Thick looking golden with small head and no lace. Aromas of bubblegum and fruit salad and melting sugar. Falvors of limp fruits, some banana, some old citrus, nothing fresh of vibrant. Mulchy grass. Not at all exciting and maybe even overrated at a mediocre 3.5. A major disappointment to me from a favorite brewer. Palate sticky, sweet, and flat. A real let-down.
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 27, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The Candi Sugar and yeast are that of a Belgian Trippel, but everything else is so simple that there is little reason to get excited. The flavor was alcoholic and the finish carried the heat...equally as disappointing as the Weyerbacher Quad.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 22, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2004 (bottle, sampled at Akkurat, Stockholm) Slithgly hazy apearnace with a orange colour. Almost no head. Clean aroma of oranges, wet grass and candid sugar. Oranges, herbs, grass and sugar in flavour. Sweet orangey aftertaste with hints of herbs and sugar. Ok tripel.
Rastacouere (6166) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 18, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Merry Monks appears a totally clear dark gold with minimal head that sadly completely fades out after 10 seconds and then looks a bit dull. Expressive yeast on the nose reminds of raw pie crust. Good fruit esters range (melon, banana, mango). Floral and spicy(mint, jasmine) hops somehow manage to leave an impression despite all the other things happening while the aroma is not all that intense. Sweet initial taste, but thereís a firm hoppiness developping in a perfumey and herbal way, almost grassy. I donít know why I donít like it more, but the hypothesis is just the huge competition level in this particular style where you need big demarcative aspects (mostly complexity, appearance and balance) to be at the top. This one gives me the impression of a balanced ale with well contained alcohol which makes for a very decent american take on the style despite lousy looks. It was perhaps a tad overexpressive on the yeast though.
desurfer (1272) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - OCT 15, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A small white head sits atop a hazy, straw gold body. Aroma of grass and malt, little alcohol. Flavor is a bit too tart, very sharp and not lasting. Better Tripels Iíve had coat the mouth, but this is just one bite that fades too fast. Finish is bland and sweet.