corby112 (2813) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2011
pours a dark hazy golden yellowish orange color with burnt orange hues when held to anlight and a frothy 1.5 finger white head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lace left behind.
Crisp golden fruit aroma with hints of apple, pear and grape balanced by earthy, floral hops, pale malt and champagne like yeast. Estery frui notes and sweet alcohol phenol dominate the nose.
Fuller bodied than expected with surprisingly prominent malt backbone and subtle creamy presence. This helps balance out the sweet alcohol flavor and crisp light fruit notes. There is an unexpected earthy hop character that countered the sweet apple, pear and grape notes. Very well balanced with sweet alcohol flavor but not much heat at all. An interesting interpretation of the style.
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2011
Poured into a snifter from the big ass 33.8 oz bottle.
3.0 A: Opaque brownish orange color. One finger of soapy head with less poor retention and some lacing.
4.5 S: Smells more like a farmhouse ale than a tripel. Hay-like funk off the top. Not as hoppy as I would have expected, but there is a healthy hit of citrusy hops. Overripe peaches and spicy, peppery yeast.
4.5 T: Taste is also saison like. Overripe fruit such as peaches, pears, and funk. Belgian spicy yeastiness with pepper and clove. Hops aren’t present very much, but there is a healthy bitterness (much more so than a regular tripel). With every additional sip, I switch between thinking this is a tripel or a saison.
3.5 M: Medium body. A little under-carbonation (even for the style) and smooth. Slight alcoholic bite, which complements.
4.5 D: This is a shitty IPA, a good tripel, and a great saison mixed into one. Very drinkable if you’re down with funk, which I am.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-31-2009 01:58:32 SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2010
Brewed a second time for election season! Batch #2 This is from the fresh 2008 batch just released on Saturday! Poured from the 1L bottle into my snifter.
A-Body is a foggy orange/light amber hue that pours with a small (1/2 finger) foamy white head that quickly subsides to a thin collar. No lacing left behind in the glass. Brew is moderately uniformly cloudy with some sediment floating in the bottom.
S-Perfect scent for a crazy collaboration of DIPA/Trippel. Belgian candy sugar and sweet, bready yeast come through first followed by a healthy offering of citrusy hops.
T- Lots of citrusy juicy hop flavor upfront with a solid sweet, bready yeast and candy sugar backbone. The finish shows evidence of its freshness with a good dose of alcohol astringency and a bit of resiny hop bitterness...but these disappear quickly. All that lingers is a bit of alcohol warmth.
P-Good...but could be better. Medium carbonation and a balanced body of alcohol astringency and smooth yeast. The third character is hop oils but not as strong as it could be (would be perfect if hop oils were most prominent instead of vaguely noticeable).
O- Great, Unique beer. My dilemma was to age or not to age? If one ages the clear alcohol astringency of the beer is lowered and the yeast has a chance to thrive and effect the flavor and mouthfeel...but the wonderful hop flavors...are gone. I drank this one fresh. I really liked this collaboration of two of my favorite styles-who happen to be opposites. I will try to buy a few more bottles of this to experiment with. My only complaint is that it could be a bit more hoppy. Very well done though. Great beer! I was super-excited when I found out it was being re-released!
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-17-2008 01:30:45 MeadMe (1683) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2010
A: Pours a cloudy yellow with a puffy white head. Okay retention and a few spots of lace.
S: Aroma of Belgian yeast, spice, and banana. Light citrus as well.
T: Very much like the aroma. Lots of yeast and spice. The banana stands out as well along with some candy sugar. The citrus comes out mildly in the finish. It is more Belgian than IPA
M: Medium in body, pretty smooth.
D: An average american version of the style.
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2009
Bottle:   Dark straw, dull and hazy, large frothy white head, lots of sediment showing up on this one.   Heavy bready nose.   Felt a bit more Belgian but as it warmed it became much more American in its heaviness.   Seems somewhat bright.   Certainly more hoppy than your average Triple.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Does seem a bit heavy tho.   Decent, but rather American like.   Wished it were more floral.   Just a heavy heavily hopped American Triple.   Not bad but, not as delicate as I would have wanted.   Thanks Trey!
Ibrew2or3 (8828) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 30, 2009
Courtesy of tpd975. Pours cloudy copper with a bit of tiny floaties and nice white head. The modest aroma brings a few malty notes mixing with apricot, oxidized prunes, spice and a bit of grassy to piney hops. The taste starts with a pleasing mix of grapefruit, pine and then apricot fruitiness. Midway the malts show up just pushing aside the other flavors enough to get noticed. Nice brew. markwise (5450) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2009
Thanks tpd975 for the share. Pours hazy yellow with a white head. Nose is yeast, bitterness, banana, some malt, and some funk/ vinegar. Flavor is the same with some sugar and a fairly noticeable banana-ness. Medium-bodied and pretty nice. jcwattsrugger (12525) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - SEP 20, 2009
@Tampa Wkly Gathering courtesy Greg/tpd975-1L bottle-pours a thin white head and cloudy yellow/gold color. Aroma is yeast, medium fruit-apricot, light malt. Taste is yeast, medium fruit-apricot, light malt, some tart lemon. gkost (1069) - Alaska, USA - SEP 17, 2009
POurs a hazy yellow. Nose is candy sugar, sweet spices, floral hops. Flavor is crisp citrus and floral hops, sweet sugars, cane sugar, honey, belgian yeasts, cloves. awesome trippel. Sonicdescent (388) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2009
This is from the fall 2008 batch, and as such, the hops have not mellowed much at all. This is a hoppy ass brew.
Looks great, a nice golden color with a crown of head that releases scents of pine and sugar. On an aside, what a great label.
Taste is very similar to the smell, though the hops are definitely the prevailing factor. With that said, it isn’t such a crazy amount of hops that it puts this brew off balance, but I wouldn’t recommend hop-averse or hop-newbies start here.
Mouthfeel is strong with a medium body and carbonation. The flavor is enhanced rather than overshadowed here.
Drinkability is good but a fair warning: this one will sneak up on you. A very good brew.