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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 2.96/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.91/5   EST. CALORIES: 312   ABV: 10.4%
Our Traditional Tripel aged with oak chips that were conditioned with rye whiskey. If you’re not familiar with it, rye whiskey is a subtle flavor, distinct from bourbon or whiskey in that the rye tang makes it through the distillation process and it is not as sweet as a bourbon or whiskey can be. To make this beer we age the oak chips with the rye whiskey until it achieves the aromas we’re looking for. The beer then is aged with these chips for an additional period of time to absorb their flavor and aroma into the Tripel. The resulting beer is a balance of light malts, vanilla, oak, rye and cracked pepper. The finish is an almost light bodied, dry crispness that belies the overall ABV.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Tripplebrew (778) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAY 11, 2012
Pours a semi hazy but clear orange copper with thick frothy egg white like head. Aroma is very earthy with a mix grass, hay, bread and fall leaves and wet wood. Flavor is very balanced with caramel notes, some bourbon notes, vanilla and a hint of spice. Body is creamy with active carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pinto1993 (45) - Revere, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 8, 2012
22oz capped bottle with age date of April 2011 poured into Tripel Karmeliet goblet. Pours a hazy gold color with a 1 ½ finger white head that dissipates slowly leaving some Belgian lace. Smells of lemon with hints of coriander and rye bread. Taste is of citrus and lemon up front and then spicy oak flavors kick in with a warm boozy finish. Medium body with medium to high carbonation. Has a bit of an acidic bite to each sip. It’s not as smooth and fruity as I would like in a Belgian style tripel and lacks the wine like qualities I would expect from oak barrel aging. This is an average beer for the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (6301) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 1, 2011
22 oz bottle from Gary’s in Portsmouth, NH. $9.99. Hazy straw color. Nose is light clove and spicy rye notes. Taste of Belgian yeast, light spiced rye, banana and light wood. A nice balance of spice and rye wood. I don’t pick up the high ABV, it is hidden well. I looked at the other reviews and people got some real bad bottles or they are overly critical. The only two complaints I have are: 1 the body is a bit thin and 2: the price. If I’m going to spend 10.00 for a 22 oz bottle, it should be much better. But overall, I think it is still decent. Has some nice subtle rye flavors that I like.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johnnnniee (3816) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 23, 2011
Bottle from July 6 2010 Batch 1 Bottle 31 of 84 sampled 10/23/2011 This bottle pours a crystal clear deep golden straw color with a decent sized bubbly white head that shows moderate retention and lace. I normally joke about the clarity with White Birch beers, but sitting in my basement for a year cleared this one right up. although now it looks like a dead ringer for a macro lager. Spicy aroma in the form of rye with a strong bite of phenols from the yeast. Light fruit in the form of lemons and green apples and hints of bready malt round out the aroma. Taste is a bit sweeter than the aroma would have suggested. Sweet bready malt balanced by tart fruit apricots, apples, lemons come to mind and spicy Belgian phenols. There’s a hint of rye character but it is very subtle. Light to medium body, moderate to high level of carbonation with a sweet slick almost sticky mouthfeel. Decent tripel that is quite drinkable. I could use a bit more body and some of the darker juicier fruit aromas that I often associate with a tripel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
italianjohn (2908) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2011
Batch One April 2011 1335 bottles made .... Cloudy blonde pour nice layered white head .... aroma is oaky with some fruity belgian yeast and floral/spicy ..... taste is of spicy rye, whiskey, vanilla and oak and as it warms the fruity belgian tripel qualities come out with a fruity yeast ..... finishes dry and malty with a nice spicy rye ..... the abv is hidden well .... a really great brew I think its underrated

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2011
Reviewed from notes. Thanks to rpstevens for handing this over to me as an extra during an in-person trade at KTG 2010. Pours a slightly hazed bright straw color with a nice bone white head and some good lacing. The nose brings forward a bit of oak as well as some clove and spice. A bit of grain and booze. Some light banana notes. A bit of cardboard. The taste is a bit grainy with some pepper, clove, and spice. Hints of oak. Then comes quite a bit of a vegetal taste and a weird cardboard character; this is all really hard to get overall. The mouthfeel is nice and dry with a good body and carbonation level. Feel was quite nice, but the nose and taste weren’t quite up to par. Kudos for the style choice, however. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 10-21-2010

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stangger (619) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2011
Aroma is champagne like, light, some vanilla. Fruity, banana esters, very well hidden alcohol. Hard to believe it’s 11 percent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2010
Shared at a recent tasting. I was told this was a rare jem, but I beg to differ. The color was piss yellow. The taste was somewhat watery. Very bland and pretty much not to style. I hope it was just a bad bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jtclockwork (14999) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 15, 2010
Bottle thanks to jcwattsrugger. Pours cloudy yellow. Nose of Belgian yeast, lemon zest and funk. Taste of Belgian yeast, light spiced rye, lemon zest and light wood. Taste is a bit unbalanced and malty at times. I’m not getting the nail polish that many people got on the nose and that’s a good thing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ibrew2or3 (8207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 28, 2010
Courtesy of RomaniIteDomum, thanks Stephen. Pours muddy hazy straw with nice white head. The aroma is spicy, caramel, ripe red apple, sweet pear and the some spicy oak in the background. The aroma takes on an odd earthy spicy funkiness that is interesting. The taste is smooth yet punchy with spiciness, yeastiness and mild spicy oak notes. It ends with pears and ripe apples.

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