Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Pours a hazy dirty orange with a nice spumous Belgian style head. An absolutely magnificent color on this one. A great sticky lace as well left on the glass. Nice head retention and a feast for the eyes.
Light fruits rise in the nose. Lots of banana, clove, grapes, lemon, some spicy fruits like pineapple. Smells yeasty as well with the faintest hint of alcohol. Nice nose on this one!
Nice flavor. I’m beginning to love the style. BIG flavor but very mellow and smooth. Starts out sweet and then shifts to in onslaught of juicy hops that was almost overbearing but ended up being very pleasing. Lots of light fruits similar to the aroma. Starts out with the light fruits and then leads to the sour ones on the finish. Nice brew!
Metalhead (644) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2004
Batch #51 bottled on 3-03-04. Cork popped with a loud bang. If I hadn’t such a good grip it would have put a dent i the ceiling. Served at 50-55 F. Color was a sickly pale gold not unlike many macro brews. Thick puffy head. Slightly strange aroma of yeast,citrus and hints of dish soap(not from me). It was semi yeasty,fruity(citrus,possibly passionfruit), no banana or honey but it was sweet,crisp and slightly dry. Alcohol presence was not mask very well as this was quite warming going down. UUUURPP,fizzy too. Not bad but IMO needs to sit another year. Can’t see why this avgs. a 4 rating. Goes well with cheesey cubes and ritz tho.
The St. Bernardus I had yesterday was a whole lot better and the same price for 2 330 ml bottles. Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - SEP 29, 2004
Bottle: Batch 53
Dense white head that sticks to the sides of the glass. Looks cloudy and intense, even a little threatening. Very sharp with the bitterness, but so many yummy and spicy flavors. I’m a new fan of this BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 26, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2005 Bottle: Batch 54. Pours cloudy, light, golden yellow in color with a large, creamy white head. Aroma: Light honey, banana, pear, yeast, and the slightest of alcohol vapors. Taste: Initially the champagne-like carbonation and some bitterness hit your tongue. It was a bit more bitter than I expected at first, but that only served to prepare my palate for the change to sweet towards the middle, then to dry & bitter, spicy aftertaste. There’s bitter banana, yeast, white pepper, pineapple, honey, caramel, malt, bread, citrus, and even red clover in this taste. The alcohol is hidden very well until it gives the finishing spice just a bit of a kick. This beer seems to get better and better with each sip. It is a bit more bitter than most Tripels I’ve had, which makes it very easy to drink.....you’ve been warned. goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - SEP 26, 2004
Goldern color with medium head. Aroma is fruity, yeasty, and a little spicy. Sweet flavors of fruit and sugar. Spice on the finish. Medium body.
mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - SEP 21, 2004
I love it when my parents travel because they bring me stuff like this. The bottle poured a deep golden colour. I smelled a bit of honey and a strong fruitiness. This beer got better on each sip with lots of tropical fruit flavours and a complementary yeastiness. mmmmm good. MullMan (1099) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 4, 2004
golden yellow in color and lots of microbubble carbonation. very creamy/rocky tall white head, fairly lasting and good lacing arcs. pretty clear color on first pour, more cloudy at second pour. yeast & malty nose, super-faint honey nose but I couldn’t smell any fruit - maybe faint lemon rind. very faint candi sugar nose too. sweet malty honeyish start. little bit of the bready/doughy mouthfeel, then very balanced alcohol/hop burn. spicy white pepper afertaste. enjoyable summer evening belgian tripel style. AcctError14093 (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 2, 2004
750ml bottle. Batch #42
Pours a cloudy golden color with a fine white head, silky lace and nice pearling. The head diminished rather quickly ? leaving a fine film. The clouding reduced some, but never completely cleared. Aroma of fruit and very yeasty?not very complex or aromatic, but still pleasant. The taste was tart with some sweetness and a dry biting finish. The mouthfeel was rather flat ? not a lot of body and quite one-dimensional.
IMHO: Not a lot of character or body. Numerous qualities that can work in a well balanced beer were either under or over represented. It looks as if there have been other batches of this beer that have been much better. roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2004
Chose this beer as I try and find an outstanding tripel. Bottle says "Batch #50", if that makes sense to someone. After removing the cork, there is nothing written on the cork except maybe a sideways, and somewhat deformed, number 6 or 9. The beer pours (in Westmalle glass) a cloudy, light orange-yellow golden colored liquid with a small amount of white head that dissipates quickly, but leaves a thin film. Aroma is of citrus, banana, fruits, sweet. Flavor is citrus sweet, fruity and somewhat hoppy. Good mouthfeel. Not my kind of beer, but a good tripel as rated by others, I guess. Sampled at refrigerator temp and as it warms. jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - AUG 21, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2008 Gold color with a large white head. Spicy aroma and flavor, with orange peel and cloves in the latter. Full-bodied and incredibly smooth for the abv. An excellent beer.
UPDATE: My god, this is an incredible beer. If you leave it in your mouth long enough, the spices mix with the alcohol and burn your tongue a bit, like biting into a pepper. I like it a lot.
Had a four year old sample tonight. Still kicking, but there’s a light oxidized note that some people may find off-putting. I thought it added a great sherry-ish nuttiness. Spice has calmed down, and the finish is all yeast and light sherry.