durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 10, 2009
Bottle generously shared by Ethan. Dusty funk, but more dust and less funk. Not as wild as many De Dolles... perhaps this has mellowed with age? Tons of apple... reminds me of caramel apples or calvados. Really good but not very typically of this brewery, which is a favorite of mine. trevor211 (1681) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 3, 2009
Bottle from the cellar at Bottleworks, brought up shortly after their 10th. Pours a hazy orange with a thick, bubbly head. Aroma has orange, oak, candi sugar, cider and light caramel. Wow, does the flavor ever take off! Oak and brandy, yeasty, bready notes, black pepper and maybe even a dry red wine. Boozy - this is a very hot brew, even after sitting around all these years. It definitely didn’t lose its "aggressive carbonation and dryness," either - plenty of both in here, and I ended up swirling out quite a bit of fizz. Very good, just too hot to handle - it can’t cover that kind of strength. JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 2, 2009
Huge thanks to Ethan for sharing this ’03 bottle. Very nice pour, hazy orange, with a subtle nose that seems to bear the mark of the beer’s age. Specifically, the ripe apple notes come across more to me than the barrel or the brandy. Very pleasant. The carbonation is light but still prickly, and the mouthfeel is a bit thin. Sweet and yeasty, this one’s not as complex as other De Dolle offerings but is still a real treat. emacgee (4680) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 2, 2009
Pours an amber yellow with a frothy white head. The nose is earthy and mellow, pungent character, rich, yeasty, candy, barrel character. The flavor is spicy and warming alcohol, mellow, yeasty, barrel character shows. Very interesting. The palate is dry and spicy, warming alcohol. Lively. IrishBoy (4211) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 18, 2009
Bottle shared by someone at Woodshop Quad. Nose was lightly sweet with contrasting tartness and spicy notes. Orange with a big off white head Flavor was lightly tart with some oakiness.
GilBier (75) - Dendermonde, BELGIUM - DEC 15, 2008
Slight hazy orange golden beer with a big white head. This massive Triple is very aromatic and rich in the nose, it has a soft malty aroma with hints of spices, honey, bread-dough, flowers, hops and some white pepper. There is also some spicy heat, and a complex touch of boozy Calvados. The taste is outspoken Triple like, silky and rich. It has smooth roundings, a nice touch of sweet bread and apple-cake caracteristics. This mega Triple is full-bodied, soft, rich and ends with an interesting heat of spices, wood and Calvados. Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2008
2003 to cask, bottled 2005, aged over 3 years. A cloudy, glowing, dusty orange colored body is crowned with a small, tight layer of cream colored foam. Soapy sheets of lace break apart quickly and slip back down into the body. The calvados influence is strong on the nose, notes of apple brandy, vanilla, oak, and woody spice abounds. Aromas of caramel and candy sugar push their way through the fruity, spicy, alcoholic veil. The flavor is seemingly more intense and concentrated. Golden raisons and candy sugar show prominently, as do notes of spicy cinnamon stick, oaky vanilla, and warm, spiced apple brandy. A smooth, nearly full mouthfeel tops things off, lightly carbonated and sweet, but never cloying. There’s just a hint of alcoholic zing on the finish, which is quite the accomplishment for an 11% ABV concoction. Beautiful beer. It reminds me a lot of Captain Lawrence’s Golden Delicious, only less hot. It is a shame this is retired, as I would love to make it a recurring special occasion or holiday brew. jbuzz (832) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 20, 2008
Very Nice Abbey. Hidden sourness.. nice fresh feel. spice and fruit with a nice dry finish fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - OCT 18, 2008
Lots of malty sweet aromas off this beer. Nice head left decent lacing too. Flavors were some spice, and some fruity maltiness. Finish was alcohol and bread. Pretty yummy douglas88 (9422) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 9, 2008
Big thanks to hopdog for this bottle. 2003 version drank in 2008. Pours a clear orange color with some reddish tint. A large white head that goes down a bit. The aroma is very nice; loads of yeast, apples and citrus notes, some wood, and a hint of sourness. The flavor is very nice; not as sweet as the original, this version is more fruity and has lots of yeast. A large barrel aged character, and a strong alcohol presence. Pretty mellow though, the five years aging, plus two in the barrel will do that. A lot of apple cider flavors here, some sweet sugary notes too, but not too much. Very nice.