motelpogo (6111) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 17, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
amazing stuff. the 1 litre swingtop bottle was a good start. belgian sour ale character - wood and cherry aroma, deep murky brown and imposing. tastes initially of cherry with a big burst of sourness. some surprise chocolate and tomato juice flavours came through later in the glass. was just staggered by this - the hich alcohol was evident but not out of place. cultivated some of the yeast and it made a great batch of home brew so that was an added bonus rather than a subtracted bonus
Linc (737) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 9, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Leather and chocolate aroma, sour barnyard taste with a strawberry nuance, awesome, full mouthfeel and a super smooth palate.
BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours reddish-brown, like a dark dubbel, with barely any head. Looks a little cloudy too. Plums/raisins and slightly sour aroma. Flavor is bold with tartness, some fruit, a little yeasty. Not too carbonated. Very complex as with most good belgium style beers. Very good no doubt.
egajdzis (5169) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2003 Poured a dark amber, ruby color with a tan head. It had a sour citrus aroma, some cherries were detected in the aroma as well. The taste was dominantly sour, with lemon, plum and certainly citrus noted, I very good beer and I would love to buy this again. If I had to describe it, Yard's got 2/3 of the description correct, a mix between a dubbel and a tripel, but they left out the lambic qualities of this beer.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 15, 2003
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A truly wonderful experience. I have to admit i wasn't expecting much, only because i was paying attention to some of the more highly rated US beers we had at the tasting. But all that aside, this was a truly fantastic beer drinking experience. Love the bottle, huge one litre swing top bottle, ensured my experience lasted longer, because i got a bigger serving sample. This was a very mellow, yet complex beer. Lovely chocolate-ish malts, some sour fruit, maybe some cherries and grapes, defintiely a bit vinous. Beautiful tart refreshing sourness to finish off (a bit Rodenbachish), with a lingering finish. I won't ramble on about it to much, i think i did last night when having it, everyone was probably like "shut up, dickhead", coz i kept going on about it. What can i say, i loved it.
eczematic (1306) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 14, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
definitely the champ of the evening against some very highly fancied opposition - d head, celebrator, h of d, old horizontal, etc etc - this was a mother. the perfect combination of sourness with dark malts, what can I say. like goudenband blended with brooklyn black choc stout. definitely "purple" tasting as ringo says - dark grape juice all the way. not many discrete flavours popping out, just clean, smooth, rich maltiness + quenching tartness. sex in a barnyard.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 8, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This ale is a mix between a dubble and trippel. Flavor tart and fruity. Finishes dry and bitter.
fuchebu (146) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is an experimental effort to brew a dubble at tripel strength. It has a sugary taste at turns. But there are enough nuances to keep one drinking. I noticed a number of various fruit flavors in the beer. It hides the high octane well.
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 13, 2003
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Found this on a weekend in Jersey. Huge brown clamp-top bottle, perfect for homebrewing. Pours a thick milky brown, with a slightly tan white head. (You have to pour fairly vigorously to generate a decent sized head.) Aroma is very authentic. Fruity and estery. Flavor is very sweet and smooth, with hints of banana, grape, a bit of dry nuttiness, and a little plum. Very full bodied, almost thick. Tastes of caramel malt, with a touch of roastiness. An interesting style unto its own. I’d easily buy this again.
JFGrind (1799) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I had a small draft of the Trubbel. With an ABV of 9.6% I was surprised how well the high alcohol tasted was hidden. Aroma was strong, initially I had a "raisin" taste in my mouth, and some hop bitterness. It’s a big beer, worth sampling.