Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 9, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2005 July 8th 2004: First of a long series of sampling. Shining golden hue, honest rocky white head becomes a never disappearing 1cm foam. Superb noble hops in the aroma. It feels very natural, grassy and extremely floral. I smell a spice blend, but I can’t put any names. It smells very airy.. In mouth, once again this charming floral profile comes out very dry, champaigny almost. Spices flavor from the fermentation get a bit more defined (pepper, sage, cloves) while the malt base appear honeyish and fruity (but once again hard to put any names). Very bitter spicy and grassy finish. Pillow-soft mouthfeel, fluffy, creamy, round. Incredibly balanced and holding much more class than I can handle. I didn’t expect that much, this is a gem. Thanks Stephen!
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 5, 2005
Everytime I try this again I’m blown away. Vastly superior in terms of expanding creamy tiny bubbled velvety mouthfeel. If the nose was more expressive, this would be very close to perfection. It builds a superb foam that lasts as long as you’re willing to sit on it. The sides of the glass stay white all along while the core at the middle digs a crater. Is that rockiness or what? And the taste... woah, succulent honeysuckle, very spicy, complex and champaigny. Only a 10 renders justice. Too elegant, shining and well-edged to be true with just a hint of alcohol to remind you it’s a tripel. Classy and effortlessly among the best.
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2007 Batch #60: A creamy white head with massive bubbles interlaced forms quickly atop the cloudy yellow body in the pour. A bit of spritzy carbonation is noted as well, but not overly prickly. The aroma is deep and sweet, with notes of honey, floral, dough, banana and spice. This beer really expands on the tongue, giving a real ’full,’ chewy mouthfeel. Finishes long and dry, with a nice warming sensation at the end. Damn near great IMO! jcwattsrugger (12420) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - APR 30, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2005 750ml bottle,out of Batch #59, had along with an Ommegang Abbey Ale. Allagash was a smoother, creamier drink. Good flavor, nice head that held. KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2005
Low rating for aroma ’cause it’s hardly there. What little I detect seems to be yeast and grapefruit. Pours beautiful, full of life but with little carbonation. The cloudiness does not distract; rather, it adds intrigue to the imminent intake of this beverage. Palate is thin, taste is doughy and full of yeast, with a slight bit of coriander to finish it off. This beer reminds me of pumpkin pie. Interesting concoction; I would love to have this again, especially around Thanksgiving. paul9639 (116) - New Hampshire, USA - APR 11, 2005
Great beer. Floral aroma. Great pour. Perfect head. Remings me of Duvel, with a hint of honey. Batch 63
SayNoToCoors (65) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - APR 11, 2005
An awesome brew by Allagash! This one is almost as good as Allagash FOUR but at half the cost. Pours a nice looking golden color with big fat yeasties floating around, I love it! Nice rocky Belgian style head and good lacing rings wrap around the glass nicely. I was suprised at the amount of complexity this brew offers. There is the fruity Belgian notes that you would expect, but there is also this honey herbal tea flavor that I really enjoyed. This brew is full of body, it was better then I thought it would be! Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - APR 5, 2005
Bottle courtesy of BuckNaked in our first trade. Pours deep golden yellow with a big white head. Strong fruity citrus aroma with lots of yeast. Flavor has lots of bitter orange. Unique tripel. Boutip (6380) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 1, 2005
Bottle: Poured a light golden color beer with great carbonation and good head retention. Aroma is quite sweet with a nice floral background. Taste is sweeter then expected but well balance by some spices and wheat. Would have been better with a bit more kick (spices, it seems a bit light compared to Westmalle or De Dolle Tuve. Still very enjoyable but it seems a bit overrated compared to some other abbey tripel beer out there. SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - MAR 27, 2005
Batch 54. Opened this one as a nice complement for Easter dinner. Popped the cork, and got a quick aroma of citrus and banana. Poured slightly hazy golden with a good head that lasted and left a good lace. Good aroma with the aforementioned citrus and banana, along with peppery spices, some vanilla and some floral hops. First sip was dry with a substantial bite. Very floral flavor with some citrus (mostly grapefruit), some vanilla and quite a yeasty bite. It finished dry, astringent and a little bitter. Not too bad. As it warmed (or as my tastebuds started to numb from the 9%), it became sweet and dry. Honey, banana and vanilla flavors took over. When warmer, it finished very smooth. As far as tripels go, this is one of the better ones. jackamackson (127) - USA - MAR 26, 2005
hazy gold pour, a good amt. of white frothy head. aroma is spice, alcohol, yeast. taste is very yeasty, sweet, a nice amount of spice, and detectable alcohol, but not to a fault. smooth mouthfeel. quite good!