zoucrew102 (2148) - - DEC 5, 2017 ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reviewed 1/6/2013. Portion of a 750mL bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a cloudy light gold color betraying strong carbonation behind the hazy body. The head is a one finger white shade that retains itself nicely for 11%. Also, it never fully fades away.
S: The bourbon influence is moderate here. It really comes across as oaky more than anything, though you do get subtle vanilla and coconut qualities in the aroma. The tripel qualities that pop up are very neutral - not really sweet, but not bitter smelling, either.
T: Sweeter than the aroma. The base tripel comes through more strongly here, as well. Initially, there’s a neutral oaky tannin quality (which pops up in the finish as well), while most of the tripel flavors appear in the midtaste. Tons of candied sugar occupy the aforementioned middle of the palate. Finish is a combination of bread-like malt, spicy yeast, and oak tannins, while the bourbon contributes a subtle presence throughout. I’m amazed how well the booze is hidden given its dryness. While that disappointingly doesn’t give it the dangerous drinkability it could have, it really gives it a sense of finesse. Sure, a sliiight heat is evident, but this isn’t hot at all - if you told me this was 7%, I would have believed you completely.
M: A bit heavy and sweet - but when the booze is hidden this well, it doesn’t really matter. Dry at first, but the syrupy nature builds up after a while. Healthy carbonation tries to aid drinkability some, but the thick, sweet flavor renders this a slow sipper.
O: I don’t know if its better than La Fin Du Monde, but it’s really damn good regardless. The booze is hidden (almost) so brilliantly I can’t help but applaud - especially given its BA roots. Is it worth $18-20? Not really, there isn’t quite enough Holy Shit Quotient in the flavors here. Then again, I’m not a massive fan of the style. Having said that, it’s an excellent choice for those who love tripels and bourbon barrel aging.
750ml corked bottle, 2017 vintage. Spicy Belgian yeast aroma with notes of clove, coconut, vanilla, bourbon, oak and a bit of banana. Pours cloudy pale golden colored with half a finger of white head that has excellent retention and lacing. Starts with spicy Belgian yeast and clove flavors with a bit of banana sweetness along with a lively mouthfeel. Finishes dry and smooth with coconut, vanilla, oak and bourbon flavors and a hint of warming booze at the very end. Very nice Belgian! sinfull (1817) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2017 Slightly hazy, golden color. Wide range of fruits , vanilla and wood in aroma. Moderate sweetness wit finish more dry. Pleasant bourbon notes in aftertaste. ironcontra (493) - ATL, Georgia, USA - NOV 26, 2017
Fruity nose, berries, fairly thick mf, bready, somewhat lemony, perhaps even herbal, hay, flavor is light, somewhat dry, alco is well hidden. not getting much of the BA Adamsville (396) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 23, 2017
Apparence : Dorée/jaune, légèrement trouble, beau col blanc aéré, bonne carbonatation et belle dentelle. thepatrickman (1503) - Lewes, East Sussex, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2017
Nez : Fruité (poire, orange) et épicé (coriandre, poivre). Pas de traces de fut ici.
Goût : Malt fruité, levure belge épicée, vanille, légère acidité, notes plus chaleureuses et profondes lorsque la bière se réchauffe.
Sensation : Corps moyen, longueur moyenne, léger piquant sur la langue en finale.
Bref : Avoir su, j’aurais profité plus amplement de cette bière en la dégustant davantage à une température plus… tempérée. Chambrée, elle ne perd rien de ses fruits, de sa levure phénolique ou encore de son malt et gagne en vanille, en équilibre et en profondeur. Vraiment, le fut ici n’est pas une couverture pour une base mal exécutée; au contraire, cette dernière est encore ce qui domine dans le profil.
Many bottles over many years. This beer suffers most from being widely available. It's amazing how people's estimation of a beer drops when it is available on a supermarket shelf. That makes it easy to overlook how delicious this is. The big, boozy triple at the heart of this is great, with a huge, Belgian spiciness and malt sweetness that works for the style. And the bourbon barrels add oak and bourbon notes and some nice complexity. Great stuff (even if you don't have to wait in line for it!).
gripweed57 (2914) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - SEP 24, 2017
750 ml corked and caged bottle. Bottled on 3/15/17 and tasted on 9/24/17. Hazy honey gold color. Large rocky white head. Earthy, woody, coniferous nose. Bittersweet herbal flavor upfront. Notes of honey, cedar, lime, candied citrus peel, anise seed and Tahitian vanilla bean. Finish turns semi dry with spicy, boozy notes. Complex, yet smooth with subtle hints of bourbon. Bacchus66 (967) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 30, 2017
On tap at ADT (Allagash takeover). Hazy golden-orange with a frothy white head. Wheat, lemon curd, light citrusy hops, bread, Belgian banana flavors, spice, funky yeast, oak. Full bodied, mild carb. Bourbon-barrel finish. Very tasty. NORSAND (118) - Lillestrøm, NORWAY - JUL 17, 2017
1.5 year old (bottled Nov 2015) laiti (8522) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 17, 2017
Nose: Buttery sweetness, maize, bourbon, vanilla.
Taste: Slightly sweet, medium to full bodied, grain and bourbon dominated, in a positive way. Quite nice and very drinkable. The 11% ABV is scaringly well hidden, it’s really impossible to notice while drinking it.
Draught @ Meisterstück, Münich. Aroma has sweet bourbon tones, vanilla and mild alcohol. Flavour has strong bourbon tones, vanilla, chocolate(!) and non-disturbing alcohol. Also some fruits. Tripel is very well hidden here, I can only taste some tripel-like maltiness in the finish. Intensive stuff. olio (10593) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 17, 2017
Tap @ das Meisterstück, Munich.
Pours clear golden color with a huge white head. Alcohol comes through the thick layer of froth, grainy, some toffee and yeasty spice notes, nice bourbon-vanilla notes too. Surprisingly pleasant toffee-infused soft flavor at first, malty and grainy with yeast tones, alcohol eventually burns a bit. Okay.