KapitiCritique (379) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 3, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Hashigo Zake
- Nose is like a bitter caramel with other subtle spices and dark pecans;
- Dark brown but translucent and clear minimal lacing and head;
- Bitter and sweet;
- Low carbonation, slightly sticky after, and a tad astringent, full bodied;
davidm (2072) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 3, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tap. Top-class beer. Aromas of butter, vanilla, and caramel. Flavour is sweet, with bitter notes, and lasts for long in the mouth. Creamy palate, and full-bodied. Amber colour, with a frothy long-lasting head.
phaleslu (9779) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at the brewpub. Pours a cloudy brown with a small off-white head. Aroma of dark fruit, spices, alcohol, herbal notes, yeast, hops, malt, nuts, and bubblegum. Flavor is equally complex, and smooth from the lower carbonation due to the cask conditioning. Full bodied, malty, fruity, nutty, with warming alcohol and a dry finish. I liked this one a lot; probably a slight edge to the POW IPA overall at Galbraith, but this is a very nice tripel for a place that seems to specialize in English-style bitters.
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - APR 9, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Galbraith’s Alehouse, Auckland. Pours dark copper with a creamy beige head. Great aroma of fruit, spice, bubblegum and a little yeastiness. Pleasant flavour of fruit and spice, I was also detecting slight alcoholic notes coming through. A nice surprise at the brewpub.
kempicus (343) - Bakewell, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ahhhh another late night finisher....one of my favourite memories of this beer is Matt’s wife drinking 6 in 2 hours and us having to carry her to the taxi! Pours a deep red in the glass with hints of spice in the aroma, herbal and winey in the palate...a lovely drop!
tyrrell (10) - NEW ZEALAND - OCT 11, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Being a big fan of the Belgian styles I was keen as mustard to try this (being from Wellington I had to wait for a suitable occassion to drop into Galbraiths to try) It didn’t dissapoint, I could have easily have supped on this all night if it wasn’t for it’s 8.7 strength. Probably slightly overly hopped for my palate for this style (imho) but this didn’t detract from a gorgeous colour and rich aroma and beautiful creamy head which lasts most of the glass. I think the big challenge for beers like this is to avoid the overly volatile alcohol flavours - Ressurrection succeeds - definately one of my fav New Zealand beers in my favorite style.
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 11, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
It’s been a long time coming this rating - the consequence of this ale typically being the perfect end of the night tipple when your palate is no good for rating any more. Draught from the brewpub of course, sitting a cloudy copper brown in its large and very heavy dimpled glass goblet. A sweet malty aroma, with plums and slightly nutty. A warming and malt palate that carries nutty flavours with hints of oranges. A good hoppy presense which brings apricot and berries to the mouth, with touches of yoghurt. The finish is nicely bittering and dry. A beautiful beer for a beautiful pub.
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(On tap) Clear, dark amber - almost orangey brown - with a tiny, off-white head. Surprisingly subdued aroma - perhaps a little licorice and and yeast. Also surprisingly the body only feels medium and very unusual for a Belgian style ale the carbonation is rather low. Broad palette of flavours though, a little yeast, a little aniseed and some oranges. The alcohol is scaringly well hidden and the low carbonation makes it terribly quaffable. The finish is dry and lightly astringent and the alcohol really starts to show. 070208
DiscoForever (71) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 15, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bloody heck! This is an impressive NZ-made Belgian beer. I could drink too much of this. Actually 8.7% now and served in a huge chunky goblet. Winey aroma with fruit preserves. Chewy bubblegum, viscous... Firm, strong dry and yeasty, full taste, sweet and bitter and lightly sour too. It’s big and balanced - I was reminded of Delerium Tremens. Good cold, a fireside treat. Will have to try again and not after so many other beers...
omhper (24333) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 8, 2006
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draught at the brewpub. Clear dark amber, small head. Almondy and syrupy, full bodied and really sweet with thick mouthfeel. Lightly roasty with somewhat raw mouthfeel and salty licorice finish. Seems a bit rushed, perhaps longer lagering could help?