ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2013daiverson (1) - Anderson, South Carolina, USA - JUN 8, 2017 does not count
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, thereís 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. Iím amazed how well the booze is hidden given its dryness. While that disappointingly doesnít give it the dangerous drinkability it could have, it really gives it a sense of finesse. Sure, a sliiight heat is evident, but this isnít 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 doesnít 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 donít know if its better than La Fin Du Monde, but itís really damn good regardless. The booze is hidden (almost) so brilliantly I canít help but applaud - especially given its BA roots. Is it worth $18-20? Not really, there isnít quite enough Holy Shit Quotient in the flavors here. Then again, Iím not a massive fan of the style. Having said that, itís an excellent choice for those who love tripels and bourbon barrel aging.
Aroma: lightly leather, earthy and roasty.
Appearance: golden amber
Taste: Very light sweetness and slightly salty
Body: medium body, creamy, average carbonation
Im fairly new to specialty beer, but this one satisfies my preferences in alcoholic beverages across the board. I enjoy Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc wines; full-bodied bourbons; and stout and Belgian influenced beer. Itís like a perfectly blended mixture of all of these and is my current favorite. tapefuzz (477) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 31, 2017
Draught. Pours a nearly clear yellow-gold with a small white head. Aroma is vanilla, oak, raisins, yeast, spice, light bourbon, some coconut, toffee, and earth. Taste is coconut, vanilla, some bourbon, some oak, a hint of honey, and Trappist-like yeast. Fairly sweet. Lightly bitter. Light-medium body. Soft carbonation. Slick, smooth mouthfeel. erikaraeb (138) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 25, 2017
Starts with the well-known sweetness of a Belgian tripel, but then finishes with a sudden bold, sour woodiness or resin. Mild yeasty, sour aroma. Very fine, scant head and rather carbonated for a tripel. Definitely does not seem like 11% ABV, goes down way too nicely. Really interesting tripel take overall. thorongil2 (2998) - , Ontario, CANADA - MAY 2, 2017
(Tap) hazy, bright yellow colour with a small white head; brief aroma of honey, then slight sourness and woodiness; thick palate; balanced flavour with a long, light bitter sweet finish pictoman (1084) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 14, 2017
Poured from 750mL bottle (bottled on 11/02/16). Clear yellow with full bubbly white head. Yeast and coriander with mild wood, finishes with a smooth bourbon flavour, alcohol mostly hidden. Very smooth, well balanced. Not a traditional abbey tripel by any stretch, but still quite good.
Tide (3830) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 12, 2017
Draught at Beer Hall SF. Hazy yellow color, white head. Bitter taste with citrus, yeast, a bit of hops, toffee, earthy notes, ripe fruits, oak and grass. Bitter finish with citrus, yeast, earthy notes, ripe fruits, oak, spices and grass. Exquisite tripel. Westy1130 (87) - New York, USA - APR 12, 2017
picked up a bottle at Costco for $17.99 (bit expensive for something aged for only 8 weeks/ not disappointed though). Poured a hazy gold with less than a finger of head. Citrus and tropical fruit aroma. Strong bourbon and vanilla flavors with a malty/hop finish. Very well balanced Tripel. ScottWallace82 (97) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2017
Bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a hazy straw yellow with a quick-dissipating white head. Lemon, spice, and Belgian yeast on the nose. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a slight harshness from the carbonation. Good tripel flavors week a slight woodiness. Not bad, but very little bourbon flavor. ALIBALI (1989) - Kiel, GERMANY - FEB 16, 2017
Klassisch kršutriger Tripelmann mit zartem Strong Ale Verlangen. Alles richtig gemacht, allerdings auch kein outstanding AusreiŖer. 0,1/Tap. TAPHOUSE MŁnchen. ca. 3 Euronen. hman43 (1540) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - JAN 20, 2017
Hazy light golden in appearance with a white head. Lemon, spice, crisp, earthy flavors. Pepper