sayravai (4666) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 2, 2004
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden, hazy color with small head. Didn't make a very strong impression, although I must admit I sampled this from my wife's glass. Should get back to this for a proper review. Not among the best tripels, that's for sure.
skortila (4177) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JUN 29, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Spicy, citruslike nose. cloudy golden coloured with a nice frothy and remaining head. Taste is hoppy, floral, bitter, sweet and sour. More bitter palate. Good
JorisPPattyn (7547) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUN 28, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2005 Golden with cold haze. Very thick white head, reasonably stable. Slightly alcoholic nose, sweet malts, maize (?), winey (? is this suggestion?), whiff of coriander.
There IS white wine in the taste! Beer is sweet in a liqueurish way, medium-dry. Slight peachy, sourish taste, nothing to do with carbonation. Sourish-prickly sensation, no alcohol-burn. Soft basis. No new aftertaste, finish a bit empty (maize...). Witkap tipel has a break between the nose and the taste/finish. It gets mellow and lighter after the beginning. The question marks hail from the legends surrounding this beer. There is maize flake in the mash. As legend would have it, the brewery would add 9% white wine to the tanks. But it is legend...
omhper (18326) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 4, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Cloudy golden colour. Acidic fruity aroma. Freshly malty, more so than Witkap Pater Stimulo, but otherwise near identical.
rauchbier (3496) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAY 26, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle condition. Gold colour, excellent white head and good condition (in spite, or mabye because of the fact the bottle was filled right to the brim). Good hop and Orvaly brett notes (intentional?)mingled with some apple which becomes more apparent in the mouth. Moderately dry finish with some alcohol apparent. 20 minutes in, and a realy weird cheap perfume note develops in the finish.
The Etruscan (464) - Tuscany, ITALY - APR 13, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
White thiny weak head. Dark golden color. Aroma is hoppy with floral, spicy and orange notes, slightly sour and yeasty. Flavor turns its initial hoppyness in a sour sweetness, ending in a spicy finish slightly malty. Medium bodied.
jonas (5260) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - FEB 22, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Apricot, yeast a lot of the typical belgian ale background.
Hazy golden lowish head.
A bit sour, somewhat flowery. Sightly watery finish.
Ernest (5881) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 26, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2006 Head is initially large, frothy, white, fully lasting. Body is hazy medium yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain/bread), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), moderately hoppy (flowers, lemon), with a light note of soap. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Quite light for a tripel. Nice nose (though again slightly tainted with some soap as found in the Singel), nice balance.
diabel (1589) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - JAN 18, 2003
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2004 Clear blond colour. White fizzy head, good lacing and mostly diminishing. Yeasty flavour with some yoghurt. In the sourness, you can perceive some sourness of lambic-based beer, unfortunately this beer hasn't got the ideal formula of combining the several flavours to get a complex, well-balanced flavour. Sour-sweet initial flavour and finish.
pivo (2542) - GERMANY - JAN 4, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great tripel! Big yeasty nose, hazy pale khaki color, and a foamy, sticky head. Sweet orange and corriander tastes with a brief hop finish. Sugary at times in the middle. Full body, complex and spicy.