fidemaster (296) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It has a light golden hue. The aroma is of fresh candied peaches. I love the complex flavor of peaches, apricots, caramel, tons of malt, and rich oak. It has a slightly dry, spicy finishes that leaves a clean palate. I am in the minority on this one, but it was fantastic beer.
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at clybourn. From notes. Loads of sweet fruits with a decently bitter finish. Some dark fermented fruit in there also. Very good.
ARH (1118) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap poured into a sampler nonic. This one smells crazy sweet ... so much sugary sweetness. Dried fruits, candy sugar, peaches, and some yeast round out the aroma. It pours a clear honey color with a soapy white head. Thereís an ok head retention with a light lacing down the glass. For as much sweetness comes off the aroma, thereís actually a relatively low sweetness - medium-low is probably fair - with a moderate bitter taste. The medium-full body is dry throughout with a thin-ish texture to it. Itís creamy with a citrus and roasty mouthfeel. Raisin and other dark fruits show up at the finish with a malty, caramel aftertaste.
zebra (1838) - Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
1st/flight of 4 on tap @ clybourn. gorgeous clear gold color. nice body. enjoyed the bigger fruit and sweet elements.
TheAlum (7041) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampler flight draft on tap at the Clybourn Brewpub (Chicago, IL). Pours a darker golden yellow hue, some gentle haze, thicker legs on the swirl with decent glow. Frothy whitish head dies to a mellow film, sticks around small and laces minimally. Aromas are sweet, fruity with bubblegum, estery fruit and gentle spice. Some rubbery elements, bread and cereal. Overripe fruit. Initial mirrors this, some rubber, big sweet fruit elements, apple and pear, bubblegum and banana. Touches of bread, a medium body and gentle stickiness overall. The backend tries to dry it up a bit, offer some spiciness but itís still a bit big and very sweet. American Tripels just arenít my thing. And I often struggle to find any redeeming factors in them. This isnít bad, but itís just not something I enjoyed drinking. The bigger fruit and sweet elements might be enjoyable to others.