henrikb (1263) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 14, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden orange body, huge creamy white head, thick lacing; Good, not huge special nose: citrus, some dries nuts and eucalyptus; Huge a bit sharp carbonation, balanced fresh body; Into very long finish, incredibly present alcohol, very harsh orange peel, fresh nuts and again eucalyptus.
Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 14, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2007 (Bottle at delirium cafe, Göteborg) Very hazy orange with a big white head. Pretty fast decreasing with big bubbles. The aroma is interesting. Belgian yeast and sweetness. Violet. Bubblegum-ish. Smells like a young beer. Marzipan. Strong flavour that leaves a peppery feeling in the mouth. The alcohol shines through. Tastes young and straggly. Champagne carbination. Little soapy. Good afterbitterness. Marzipan and some fruits. Yeast. Cool bottle.
3fourths (9296) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 11, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2012 33cl bottle, vintage unknown
Consumed at Bier Circus, Brussels, May 2006
Cloudy, deliciously glowing with a light amber murkiness. Has a firm, well-supported white head. Nose of gummy sour fruity, a sharp scent of alcohol, some pineapple and bubblegum. Well-carbonated, very light on the tongue but with a thick body. Full of a fight between sweet and sour fruits. One of the best tripels I’ve had.
Rating updated to 4.7 based on 4-5 year old bottles... the dry cobweb character of these aged bottles is nearly-perfect.
Skinnyviking (9247) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 10, 2006
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. White lasting head. Orange hazy body. Fruity yet spicy aroma. Sorry mates but I do not like your flavor of alcohol and hops.
alkione (6) - De Panne, BELGIUM - JUN 8, 2006 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep hazy golden beer with massive head that doesn’t quit. Aroma winey, with sauvignon blanc notes of gooseberry, pineapple and mango. Second whiffs revealed the almost raw barely underneath. Flavor is complex, layers of thick tropical fruit, sweet malt.
OldMrCrow (2433) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 8, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2006 From the bottle.
Pours a hazy light brown amber with an ample head. The aroma is orange and spice with some yeast; the flavor follows with the addition of strong coconut tones. This one has a (too-)notable alcohol burn early on and corresponding alcohol flavor; the hop finish is not particularly dry or exagerated.
While this is nice, head to head with the 7.5% and lower-rated Abbeye des Rocs Blond, this one comes in second place (for everything except the huge amounts floating matter in the des Rocs.)
thornecb (5776) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 7, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a cider-like, cloudy brown into a tulip. Earth and spicy citrus notes. Microbubble head lasts and continues. Full and bubbly. Upfront gorganzola that turns to sweet dried apples and pears with a lasting bitter yeast and hop finish.
eaglefan538 (3039) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 5, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I’m a huge fan of tripels (maybe my favorite style). And I was pleased to import this for about $1 while travelling in Belgium. However, this one wasn’t all I thought it was going to be initially (having been impressed by some other De Dolle selections). Poured with a humungous head. After the first pour into my Westvleteren glass, I waited five minutes, returned, and then poured.... still about 50ml in the bottle. So, I took an initial aroma whiff of the poured beer and then sipped away straight from the bottle. It was a bit ridiculous: harsh high abv presence with a rather bitter hoppy finish. So, I took the goblet and went to the family room. The carbonation was really high and the bubbles rather entertaining to watch as they rose up the amber-wheat colored (cloudy) beer to the pillowy REALLY big head (which was persistent). The aroma was vinous more than anything else, although not lacking some candy sugar. After another five minutes or so, the flavor was harsh, vinous, with a hoppy bitter finish - aggressive all the way around. Allowing it to warm, though, things got a lot better and the apples and citrus flavors came through with a rather nice yeasty and hoppy bitter finish. Still a little on the aggressive side for a tripel (and very thick mouthfeel), but a nice tripel. If you’re sitting on one of these, let it sit for a few years, maybe things will work out even better for you.
pivnizub (10408) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - JUN 4, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (donated by bierkoning !): Cloudy, orangey coloured, small lacing off-white, creamy head; strong orangey nose, combined with traces of sweet malt and caramel; sweet (fruity) flavour; sweet and - towards the end - strong spicy bitter finish, very well hidden alcohol. Deceptive, moreish.............
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - MAY 29, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
330 ml bottle. Pours to a hazy, deep golden color with a thick, creamy, white head, and a soft to moderate carbonation. The nose on this beer is excellent with fragrant aromas of sweet malt, candy sugar, earthy/spicy yeast, and peppery alcohol. The palate is firm, with good pale and sweet malt flavors, spice, funky yeast flavor, and flavors of candy sugar. This beer finishes with more of those complex malt, yeast, and candy flavors up front, then ends with a soothing, peppery burn. Very well done abbey triple from the Mad Brewers of Belgium. A great after work or after dinner brew to sip and savor.