drjay44 (3709) - Salida, Colorado, USA - APR 5, 2017
750 ml. corked and caged bottle. Pours a thick, well retained white, head, with Belgian curtain lacing, over a slightly hazy gold (SRM 5) effervescent body......nose is heavy spice with ginger, clove, tones, moderate fruits, with citrus both lemon and orange, hints of banana, mild malts, minimal hops......taste is initially slightly sweet with light honey notes, moderate peppery phenols, moderate spice with light clove, fruits with lemon, orange, and light banana, soft malt with light bread, cracker, finishing dry with mild spice/hop bitterness......mouth feel, medium body, moderate alcohol warmth, high carbonation. This is a well done rendition of the style. It has complex phenols and esters in both aromas and flavors, with the result of a soft beer. This style is quite dangerous as the relatively high alcohol is hidden by the lovely drink-ability. The only flaw is the slightly hazy body in a style which should have good clarity. BJCP 9/2/17/4/8zoucrew102 (1871) - - JAN 29, 2017
Earlier Rating: 10/25/2012 Total Score: 2.9
750 ml. corked and caged bottle. Pours a huge, well retained white head, with extensive lacing, over a dark gold (SRM 6) body......nose is light citrus (orange, lemon), honey, hints of clove....taste is bitter and dry throughout, light citrus tones, hints of pepper, finishing with lingering spice bitterness.....mouth feel light of medium, slightly astringent, alcohol warmth present, with fusel tones, carbonation high. This is not a good example of the style. It is overly bitter from either the yeast or the hops. It does not have the soft esters often found in the best and perhaps was brewed at too low a temperature, or over pitched. At any rate, something is off, and the aroma is the best of this beer. BJCP 6/3/11/3/6 Retasting 1/18/2013. This particular bottle was much more aromatic, flavorful and typical of the style. Total score in the 3.5-3.6 range, with BJCP 35-36.
750ml corked bottle. Biscuity malt aroma with notes of citrus, Belgian yeast, clove and banana. Pours opaque golden colored with soapy white head that has excellent retention and lacing. Starts with biscuity malt flavor with notes of citrus and clove. Finishes dry and smooth with spicy Belgian yeast and a bit of banana flavor with the spice lingering on the palate. Nice tripel. phildorsey (161) - Fort Carson, Colorado, USA - OCT 25, 2013
750ml Btl. Pours clear, golden crisp and frothy. The taste is great...citrus, strong lemon flavor and high in alcohol content. Taste is bitter, dry and clean. Great beer.
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Clear golden color, fluffy layer of foam on top. Fruity nose, fruity flavor, honey, yeast. Trying to be a duvel or something. It’s not. bhensonb (15191) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 3, 2013
750 c&c from LetsPour.com. Pours translucent gold with a creamy/foamy off-white head. Aroma is fruity ester with a little spice. Med body. Flavor is bready with Belgian yeast spice. Arguably some banana ester. This is a rather "plain" tripel - which works really well. Finishes fruity/bready/dry with a little spice.
Ratman197 (14830) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 29, 2013
750 ml corked and caged bottle poured a clear gold with a lasting white head. Aromas of apple, pear, yeast, cookie, pineapple and light spice. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of straw, yeast, pear, light pineapple and light spice with a crisp dry lingering fruity finish. arminjewell (9646) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Pour out of bottle at the CO rare beer tasting 2012, hazy orange-yellow pour with white head, aroma brought notes of biscuit, bread, spices with some coriander, touch of fruit with pear, peach and grape notes, slightly funky smell as well. Taste is a mix of pear, cardboard, grape, some biscuit, bread and spice notes, finishing fairly sweet. cubs (10635) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2012
Bottle @ Rackhouse Colorado Rare Beer Tasting. Pours a hazy golden yellow appearance with a white head. Somewhat bubbly, spicy yeasty, light banana, a bit citrusy flavor. Kind of toasty malty, spicy yeasty, lemon, a bit earthy flavor. gnoff (10336) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 11, 2012
Sampled from bottle at Rackhouse Pub, Denver CO, on October 10, 2012, during the event Colorado Rare Beer TastingErnest (7695) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2012
Cloudy yellow color, white head. Phenolic scent. Spicy taste. Medium mouthfeel, low bitterness.
UPDATED: APR 16, 2017 Bottle.
Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium to dark yellow.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly hoppy (herbs), lightly to moderately yeasty (basement), with notes of alcohol, pepper.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, velvety/watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Certainly in the Westmalle vein, if not possessing much character. Very soft/faint aroma, but what’s there is tripel-like; it’s not even remotely an Americanized banana-bomb, which is a relief. It works better in the mouth, where the balance and mouthfeel are both good, and again appropriate for the style. Overall it’s a dull rendition that doesn’t show much, but they’ve avoided the usual American mistakes so that’s notable.