pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
OK beer, but actually a disappointment. Probably won't order a second time. Slightly stale aroma and flavor ("aged" hops? or just poor storage?). Belgian yeast twangy taste is more twingy than twangy. The brewers should have worked a bit more on the recipe and production process before releasing for sale
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 5, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy golden yellow color with a small whitish head that dimished quickly to a thin ring and fast dripping lace, nothing sticking really. Smell has a good yeasty aroma, somewhat spiced and thick with sweet malts, citrusy lemon thats dulled down with some clove and band-aid plastic-like notes and a hint of alcohol. Taste is quite good with dulled lemon and candish malts with a soft front, creamy feel and medium body thats pretty hefty in the middle with a yeasty fresh grab which adds some spiced zest and drying notions late. The finish has some interesting complexity with the drying with grassy notes, raw melon husk, lemon peels; a cottony fluff coats the inside cheeks and tongue in a later aspect well after each sip. This was extremely close to getting 9 in smell and taste, I want to give it those numbers but something makes me want more from it so a solid 8 it is. The alcohol is extremely well hidden, it hit my head about 3/5 of the glass as it is a very drinkable triple and I just kept drinking it
Andrew196 (1290) - Katy, Texas, USA - NOV 2, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma was of yeast, ginger, citrus, and hops. Translucent orange in color. Tasted of oranges, clove, and sweet, fruity malts. I like the subtle spiciness on the back of the tongue....it all came together nicely. A very drinkable beer, full of flavor.
Darkover (1534) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 16, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly cloudy golden color with a white head. Aroma is sweet, yeast and spice. Flavor is sweet and malty. Finish is very dry and a little tart.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 11, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden color, fluffy white head. Yeasty aroma. Body is a little thin. Flavor is dry and yeasty with hops perdominating the finish. Slight spiciness and sweetness.
jsquire (4061) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This poured a clear gold out of the bottle with a thin, quickly dissappearing white head. Nose of honey and spice. Lots of candy sugar sweetness with an almost too syrupy mouthfeel. Very sweet, and a little too one dimensional for me. Alcohol is present but not obvious, and there is a darker, apricot flavor, but it is just beaten up by the sugar. If I had another bottle, I would put it in the closet for a year and see what happens.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - SEP 26, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy, golden body with a medium thick, creamy head (long lasting). Bubbles are clung to sides of glass and rise from the bottom like your favorite soda. Smell is mild hops, caramel and a little bananna. Taste is big time sweet and complex. Caramel, apple, cloves, cinnamon, banana and alcohol sop onto the palate. My only gripe about this beer is that it feels sticky, ala fountain drink syrup. Aftertaste is cloying with cloves and honey.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - SEP 21, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
the label depicting the furtive, apparently inebriated monks lurking about the closed door--perhaps merely merry mischeivious peeping toms, or perhaps contemplating breaking and entering-- is not an appealing visual appurtenance to this fine beer. the beer is attractive however, bright yellow as polished turkish brass. the modest head, like an oreo cookie filling, is there fat and tempting, but suddenly some kid seemingly has scrapped it off. grass and banana aroma, twinkies, some malt liquor notes. retsina and candy sugar leads the flavors-- on be-bop soda pop carbonation, then barrenjager honey liquer and frosted flakes. strong citrus bitters with gin and tonic authority still can't cut the enormity of sweetness, and so it lingers there, chewing away at your tooth enamel, gouging out cavities like microscopic and frenzied coal miners. "cloying" i guess they call that phemomena. nice buzz tho. excuse me now, i gotta brush...
1more4dessert (334) - Upstate, New York, USA - SEP 8, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
cloudy pale yellow with small fizzy and nearly instantaneously vanishing head. complex mixed frutiness, mellow and well blended complexity, no singly dominant flavor note. not as sweet as many in the style which I like, reminded me some of Allagash white but the yeastiness in this brew is better tamed.
freekyp (1838) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 6, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 19, 2006 Strong grape and slight apricot in nose. Hazy maize color with pure white, but quickly diminishing head. Initial swallow is very tart, opening up to sweetness as the swallow goes on. Slight bitterness appears in middle, fading quickly to be replaced by a very sweet, slightly sour finish. Nice maltiness rises in aftertaste. A wonderfully complex, yet fairly light Tripel.