Nate (4279) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2003
Sweet and spicy wheat aroma with some nice citrus. Light golden amber cloudy with light head. Silky body with medium-heavy champagne carbonation. Alcoholic with spices and herbs. Wheat, grass. Light hops. Sweet finish and after, with light bitterness. A brandy-like smoothness in the after. fishonmyplane (505) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - JUL 12, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2015 Nice golden color with a tall, white head. Lots of carbonation; more than I expected. The flavor is very sweet & lingers very nicely; like other raters have said, it has an almost candy-like flavor. There is a definite alcohol presence in the finish, but it’s still very smooth; not harsh at all. A very impressive beer.
Edit: Just tried a 2-year cellared bottle. It’s smoother, with a fuller, more yeasty mouthfeel. The fruit is a little muted - it might’ve lost a little bit of flavor. 1 year of aging should be just about right for this beer. Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 5, 2003
Hazy, gold, small but "lacey" head; Earthy aroma of wet stone drying in the sun and dried herbs. Creamy palate with a wide array of fruit flavors, I'll go with tangerine, white peach, nectarine and, YOU GUESSED IT, strawberry. Nice prickle on the tongue from well integrated carbonation with a nice little marshmallow and blueberry interplay on the mildly warming finish...is this secretly contract brewed in Belgium? The highest rated US triple, and with good reason. MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JUL 3, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2005 Bright golden, a bit cloudy. Darker color than expected. Nose is lovely, a bit bready, quite spicy, hints of lemon and orange peel. Nice yeasty flavor, good roundness. Has a spicy zippiness, has a slightly pine character to it. Finishes dry. Chewy and sweet, bubblegumlike with lots of candy sugars. Nice palate. The best tripel in the world, and it comes from Maine? Who woulda thunk it. AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 28, 2003
Rocky, slowly diminishing head. Slightly hazy honey color. Lots of carbonation. The cork came out with some decent force. Yeasty, estery aroma. Soft mouthfeel. Yeasty. Dry finish. One of Allagash's great offerings.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - JUN 26, 2003
Batch #33: Cloudy orange color with a nice white head. Aroma and flavor consisted of some nice fruity tones...clove, banana, bubblegum, sweaty body odor, old lady's perfume, grass. Bubbly feel, dry finish. beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2003
Batch # 32 750ml bottle - Nice pale gold yellow color, got a tall white head of fluffy smooth stryrofoam that falls apart in sections leaving huge clumbs and ledges of foamy stringy lace. Smell is lots of bright citrus, orange, lemon, and lime, dulled a bit with some nice yeast and spicyness. Taste is subtle and complex in layers with a nice flow of citrusy lemon, orange, a bit of banana, nice leveled yeast, some grainyness squeezed in as well and lightly dancing spicyness of citrus rinds and black pepper with a good sweet malt balance the whole way through. Finishes with a light hop hold and alcohol warming. Full body, pretty rich, bold, creamy even, and a nice hold of bittering fruitness and spice. Nice complexity to this triple and is quite a nice offering in the style CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 9, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2008 Batch #105: Pours a deep golden bronze with a nicely-lacing froth of white head. Aroma of sweet biscuity pale malt and Belgian yeast and a touch of grassy hops. Body starts rich and light caramely biscuity sweet with some light fruity esters and authentic doughy yeastiness. Finishes lightly bitter, full and sweet with some pear and strawberry notes. Has good complexity and balance, a true to style Abbey Tripel. Superstar (45) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 8, 2003
Pours a golden apricot color. Nose is banana/oranges/peaches with some herbal and spicy aromas as well. Taste is sweet candied sugar up front followed by some fruitiness as well as a subtle spice kick. A perfect way to celebrate my last Saturday night on the East Coast. deprogram (115) - Renton, Washington, USA - JUN 6, 2003
.75 liter bottle Nice presentation, lovely aroma. Taste is reasonably yeasty, but there was too much bitterness this time. Dunno. Still a good beer.