BlackHaddock (6974) - Shropshire, - APR 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
May 2009: Green 75cl bottle poured into a huge Tripel Karmeliet glass and two kasteel glasses.
Hazy golden amber body with large white head which stayed the distance, the last glass poured was cloudier and meaner looking taking all the sediment within.
The aroma was Grapefruit, Lemon and Hoppy.
The taste was sharp, tart and crispy. The hops and a grapefruit flavour took the taste stakes. The alcohol is well hidden and the hops take over the citrus flavours as the beer warms in the glass.
I got this at the brewery, I believe it is brewed for the USA market and unavailable in Europe apart from the brewery?
The beer seemed to get drier as the tasting progessed and the final (third pour) glass was a lot more hoppy than the first two, so the sediment must be heavy in the hop department.
Echon (494) - Århus, DENMARK - APR 20, 2017
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light amber. Spicy yeast, fruity esters, and caramel are at the center of this beer, with a bit of hops in the aroma. Full, sweetish taste that finishes with a dry, solid bitterness. The abv is completely hidden. Full body. Overall, a very good strong ale. This sample is not hoppy per se - it might be a bit dated - so it does not come across as an IPA hybrid, but the additional bitterness balances the tripel flavour very well, which is a little sweeter than usual. Now I just need to try a fresh sample.
vlada94 (134) - Nis, SERBIA - APR 18, 2017
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
hazy golden colour with medium white head, aroma is hoppy, spicy , sweet, taste is hoppy, sweet, with hints of spices and citrus, and it leaves realy hoppy and bitter aftertaste, carbonation is just perfect.
mmmeinike (94) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 16, 2017
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Gylden ale med højt karbonering. Duftnoter: Humle, gær, sødlige noter fra frugt og en anelse krydderi. Smagen var meget sød a la en trippel, men med sødme fra IPA humlen. Alkoholen er meget fremtrædende i eftersmagen.
Zilverenmaan (128) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - APR 15, 2017
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma of fine, spicy hops, some alcoholic sweetness too. Taste about the same, too much a tripel to really enjoy the noppyness. Mouthfeel rather thin.
Sircatis (231) - FRANCE - APR 13, 2017
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Achetée au E-Center en Allemagne. Bière dorée au nez herbacée. Le houblon est très présent en bouche, très fruitée et amère. Bonne bière. Belle découverte.
k92488 (451) - KVERNALAND, NORWAY - APR 13, 2017
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
DWF lys uklart med hvit flott skum som varer såpe. Aroma citrus frukt. Smak syrlig bitter balansert. Veldig god IPA.
AaronTDubs (455) - - APR 11, 2017
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden color. Highish carbonation. Intense aroma. Very hoppy and yeasty. Had some tropical fruit tones and some spices, yeast esters buried underneath it all. Smelled like a good mix of Trippel and IPA. Taste was spicy and hoppy, with some clear pine tones. There is a lot of sweetness, but it is hidden beneath a strong layer of bitterness, not just from the hops, but the spicy phenols as well. Some clove, nutmeg, pine, grass. Finish is quite intense, though the beer is overall quite balanced, in that everything is quite intense. It is challenging and pleasant at the same time. Very much what one would expect from a highly-hopped trippel. It’s a good beer, but might be too much. The alcohol come through, but I might just be sensitive to it. Definitely a one-and-done type deal.
Mmmaltyeasthops (5) - Messina, ITALY - APR 7, 2017 does not count
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, this is excellent, this is one I will remember, so fine...
A: lots of grapefruit, lots of tropical: ananas, papaya, mango, passion fruit, bit of grass, flowers, very bit of pine but at the same time you can smell the big sweetness of the belgian origin, the spiciness, the banana which differently then the classic la chouffe is just a remambrance, what I mean is that you can feel the chouffe base, you can feel is sweetness is pear apple and spicy aroma a bit but less the good chouffe banana. You can feel the american hops blend with the sweetness and spiciness of the Belgian beers, it is just the perfect mix for me that I love both americans hops and the estery, spicy, fruity sweet belgian strong ale characteristics, I also love the more sweet fruity tripels. Aroma is a 10.
A; well a little bit golden than the classic la chouffe, this is not deep golden, this is a lighter golden colour, a little bit less head too but maybe I poured it wrong, altough the consistency of the head is classic belgian, less hazy too. You can feel the hops giving that translucency (don’t know how to explain that). Appereance is a 4 out of 5.
Taste is... well simply excellent!. Sweetness and remambrance of the la Chouffe on the beginning, midpalate starts with the remambrance of the fruity esters and spices than at some point you have this awesome transistion to a more hoppy citrusy, big tropical, resiny, grassy taste, end is a development of that hop characteristic with warming alcohol presence. Lingering bitterness. That is a deserved 10 out of 10 on the taste.
Palate maybe just a bit too much carbonation, light body, light sourness. 4 out of 5.
Overall if you are accustomed to the bitterness level which is not to low altough blended with a belgian sweet base you need to try this. I changed my mind you just need to accustome your palate because this is an excellent beer and your missing a great experience.
GemmeDeReve (77) - FRANCE - APR 5, 2017
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bière blonde dorée avec une mousse blanche et pas mal de bulles. Un arôme très fleuri, où l’on sent le houblon, une odeur légèrement citronnée, un goût très houblonné, on est sur de l’IPA, bière assez pétillante., on est vraiment sur les goûts amers et d’agrumes. Elle est un peut trop pétillante pour moi, ce qui détruit un peu le goût et l’amertume
Gehbe (411) - Vilnius, LITHUANIA - APR 2, 2017
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Clear straw with a nice white head. Phenolic spicy aroma with herbal hoppy notes. Sweet and bitter taste with a crispy bitter finish. Medium body, nice warmth on finish. An excellent warmer, brilliant!