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RATINGS: 131   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Arriving in time to greet the new year is our deceptively efficacious Belgian strong ale. Golden-straw color, effervescent condition, and commingling flavors and aromas of curacao orange, coriander, yeasty fruit esters and phenols, a subtle malt base, and a warming, slightly hoppy finish. Served proudly in its own tulip-shaped glass, this perennial was the first Belgian-style beer produced in American craft-brewing history according to the beer Hunter, Michael Jackson. Don’t miss it!

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3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
fidelis83 (2509) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - SEP 12, 2013
Hazy gold pour with a 1 finger, creamy white head that has decent retention. Aroma of citrus doughy yeast, fruity esters, banana, peppery phenols, light floral and spicy hops, more grassy. Flavor is full of doughy yeast, lots of spicy, some hot and peppery phenols, tree fruit esters, grassy hops and some spicy hop flavors and booziness to the finish. Medium body with a syrupy entry, leading to a slightly dry, slightly chalky and boozy burn to the finish. Decent, but phenols are a bit over the top which probably makes the booziness seem as fiery as it is.


3.9
ads135 (5031) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 4, 2017
Not a bad tripel, though nothing exceptional. Belgian yeasts lend the most character, some banana and clove. Very nice balance and the mouthfeel is smoother than expected.

3.3
jgb9348 (6480) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 20, 2017
Crisp copper coloured body with a nice lightly hazy glow and a good, three centimetre tall off-white head on top. Aroma of honey, flowers, pungent earthy malts and a good deal of sugars throughout, all with a noticeable alcohol bite near the tail end. Full-bodied; Strong pungent honey and sugars at first that give way to a strong robust malty flavour and a large alcohol presence with some apricots and other fruits noticeable towards the tail end. Aftertaste shows more of the pungency from the alcohol and sugars than the lighter notes, but there are some of the yeast and the lighter spice notes of coriander seed and a bit of some grain. Overall, a decent-ish tripel that shows some good sides, but nothing entirely enjoyable or cohesive throughout. Nice to sample, and at this price point/location, not a bad option! I sampled this 75 cL bottle purchased from Whole Foods in New York (Columbus Circle), New York on 11-April-2017 for US$9,99 sampled at home in Washington on 15-October-2017 in celebration of my oldest daughter's fifth birthday - Happy Birthday Claire!

3.3
hopdog (13102) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2017
22oz bottle. Poured a golden color with a small sized head. Fruits (apples and pears) and lighter spice with the alcohol content for 10% well hidden. Sweeter but not cloying.

4.4
malrubius (3020) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - AUG 2, 2016
Bottle. Golden orange hazy with long lasting head. Spicy fruity aroma with hints of honey and vanilla. Sweet honey and vanilla with some light peachy orange fruit and spicy finish that is very balanced sweet and dry. Medium full body soft and silky. heavier and more alcohol than I usually like in my tripels, but, damn, the aroma and flavor and texture and everything else are spot on. Guess I’m getting drunk tonight. Fuckin Excellent.

3.5
fonefan (51079) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAY 7, 2016

Bottle 1pt 6 fl.oz. @ home.

[ As Cambridge Tripel Threat ].
Clear medium yellow orange color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, white head. Aroma is moderate malty, pale malt, bread, cookie, light to moderate hoppy, moderate yeasty, fruiy yeast. Flavor is moderate to light heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, bread, sweet malt, fruity malt, fruity yeast, cookie, light yeasty. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20160502]

3.1
Skinnyviking (9720) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2016
75 cl. bottle. High creamy white lasting head. Hazy dark yellow body. Sweet apple pear coriander honey aroma and flavor with little hops bitterness, low carbonation and a short finish.

3.1
BrewBoxer (2664) - New York, New York, USA - APR 21, 2016
Bottle. Light tan color with a thin head that fades. Sweet bready and boozy. Boozy and pretty straight forward

4
Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - APR 16, 2016
This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a glossy burnt orange color with a slim finger-ed white foamy head that quickly dissipated. Stringy lacing running here and there. The smell had the typical qualities of a tripel - iced apples, slight Belgian spice, allspice, some ginger, spice cake. Really nice. The taste was a nice balance between the spice and the sweetness with a sly sweet grassy aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat between a light to medium in body. Sipping to sessionable quality roaming around the feel. Overall, for the first Belgian styled ale brewed in the USA back in the ’90’s, yeah, this still has it goin’ on. Great stuff, cheers to not reinventing the wheel!

2.9
kayres (888) - , Georgia, USA - APR 2, 2016
Hazy golden with a white head. But if a buttery yeasty aroma. Sweet and smooth flavors. But of banana ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
blutt59 (6579) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2016
Bottle from Jow in trade, Orange color with soapy head, nice banana and brown sugar aroma, flavor is malty candied sugars, tropical fruits no crazy hop treatment, nice trip


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