SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Best before "08. Very dark brown/ruby. Big, dense, off white head is solid enough to be a building foundation. If I were small I would walk across it because I would be able to. Aroma of dark fruits, roasty caramel malt, yeast, bit of must. I love this beer. Flavor is royal malt, regal roastiness, saier(?)-like sweetness, aloof alcohol only shows up for the finish, delectable dark fruits, and yummy yeast. Bewildering brew. Full smooth body. Roasty aftertaste with a touch of alcohol. Outstanding. Have to get some to lay down.
IndianaRed (4143) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 12, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle Pours a hazy redish tan with a huge light brown head. An awful lot of chunkys suspended in mine. I even poured carefully leaving an ounce in the bottle. Plum raison and lime in the aroma. Pineapple too. Flavor is not so much the fruity notes and more of the belgian musty notes. The ABV comes through but not much for %10. I can feel the yeast bits and it puts me off a bit. remember that psudo-soft drink from the mid ’90s called "Orbitz"?
A nice BSA though.
GregClow (3340) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Premier Gourmet, Buffalo. Foamed out of the bottle as soon as it was opened - good thing I had the glass ready! Pours a slightly hazy ruby-brown with a lage tan head. Aroma of dark rye bread and various fruits - apple, raisin, and a lot of pineapple. More pineapple in the flavour - strange, as none of the other reviews I’ve read seem to mention it, but it was definately there for me. Also some mild red wine notes, a bit of spice and sugar, and a nice finish that is moderately dry. The alcohol didn’t become noticiable until nearly the bottom of the glass. This was a surprise find and an impulse buy at Premier - glad I grabbed it!
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured amber with a thick tan head. Very creamy head with good retention. Aromas of courant, port, vanilla, cloves, banana, caramel and toffee. Taste was pleasant and had apple cider in it a long with the other flavors in the aroma. The Port was a bit too much creating too much sweetness. Otherwise I can’t complain. An impressive and unique Dark Triple.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a bottle into a snifter. Pours a clear, medium amber with a small, creamy, white mostly diminishing head. The aroma is really pretty: Moderately malty of fully-roasted grain, lightly hoppy with a note of pine/resin and a moderate yeasty note of cellar and full of compelling miscellaneous aromas of rosehips, clove, corriander and -- maybe I’m crazy -- there seems to be a note of aspen bark/sap lightly present as well. The flavor starts heavily sweet and lightly bitter and goes into an average-length finish that is both lightly bitter and lightly sweet. The palate is pure meow. The body is full-to-medium, the texture is cream and the carbonation is fizzy. The high-alcohol content is nearly imperceptable. Danger. :) The last signal-flare of carbonation and creamy texture matches well with the mellow, balanced finish and just sends me. B-e-a-utiful!
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 6, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Turbid rusty brown, thick tan creamy head. Deep rich complex nose of dates, port, brown sugar, berry, and raisin, with soft chocolaty undertones. The flavor bursts forward with caramelized dark fruits, brown sugar, and robust vinous notes throughout. Full bodied, moderate carbonation, lightly bittersweet finish. What else is new.....just another great Belgian beer found in my own backyard. Loved it!
Kingsley (26) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 5, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Damn, this stuff is good! Yes, stubby, I agree, this is dark for a triple, but I don’t mind, since it’s great. Had it for New Year’s Eve, after polishing off Trader Joe’s 2005 special brew (9% abv, brewed by Unibroue of Canada) and Unibroue’s 10% abv 2005 ale, and Abbaye des Roc T.I. blew those respectable brews away with intensively good quality.
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nose of yeast rolls. Huge, explosive head. Pale, murky brown w/ too much yeast. Sweet with notes of bread and fruit. Odd.
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - JAN 3, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark and thick for a triple. Am I misinterpreting the style? RB has it as a Belgian strong. Very good stuff, with a wonderful dried fruit aroma. Raisins and Belgian yeast on the flavors. Great New Year’s Eve bottle.
ervan (37) - Redwood City, California, USA - JAN 2, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bursts forth out of the bottle and all over the table. Nice aroma and color, but too much sour taste.