BMan1113VR (7922) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 20, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to ilovedarkbeer. Pours with a large, foamy white head and a hazed yellow body. Good lacing. Aroma is alcohol first, with candi sugar, must, pear and pepper following. Taste is sweet with a bit of diacetyl, pear, and alcohol. Good tasting but very hot (alcohol forward). Light bubbles, alcohol on the palate and a dry mouthfeel. This vintage would be stellar with another 3 years of age on it.
lusikka (7793) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught @ Rogue Ales Public House, San Framcisco. Rated on 17.10.2012.
Pours a hazy bright yellow colour with a small head. Aroma of caramel, sweet orange and some yeastiness. Flavour is rather smooth with caramel, orange, lemon zest, yeast and subtle honey notes. Medium bodied, smooth mouthfeel with a warming fruity finish. Good.
Ernest (7598) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 5, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Head is initially small, frothy, white, mostly diminishing.
Body is hazy dark yellow, bottle conditioned.
Aroma is moderately malty (toasted grain, caramel), lightly hoppy (flowers), moderately yeasty (basement), with notes of wood/cork, alcohol, pear syrup, metal.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, velvety/watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
A nearly impossible beer to rate. Bottles are all over the place wrt quality and character. I’ve had 4+ bottles, but most are high 2s to mid 3s. Too expensive to gamble with until they make this more reliable.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 25, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL bottle.. some of the hardest wax to get off with a cork beneath.. dirty liquid made its way through the cork onto the top, and the damn cork broke halfway out. Eventually I get this f*er in the glass.. poured nearly clear bright golden with a short cap of white head.. a few Rogue chunks of cork made it into the glass as well. The aroma picked up tart lighter fruit skins and a lovely dose of floral and grassy hops over honey and more fruit.. warmth brought out dirty white pepper and vanilla.. excellent nose! The flavor couldn’t quite hold up to the aroma, but it was still quite tasty.. tart light fruits and floral bitterness opened as expected, with biscuity malts joining semi-sweet honey on the middle.. earth and white peppery spice on the edges.. finished with the tasty spices over honey.. all of the elements came together well, but they didn’t pop like in the aroma. Medium-bodied with a sweet overall complexion on the palate.. nothing but tasty stuff here.. greatly exceeded my expectations!
FROTHINGSLOSH (7490) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled on draft at Smokin’ Joe’s this beer poured a medium yellow color with a large fluffy white head that left good lacing. The aroma was citric and a bit yeasty with a sugary undertone. The flavor was tart orange and lemon with a bit of butter and bread and touches of Sweettart candies , pepper and chalk. The finish was long, tart and dry with lingering sugar and citrus. Light body. Ok.
jonas (7397) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - FEB 26, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Fruity with clear wooden and horseblanket notes on top. Hazy orange, lacing layer. Tropical fruits, cider, spice. Dry sparkly mouthfeel, medium body. Quick tart apple finish. Nice, not sure it lives up to the price though.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 5, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear, golden bronze with a nicely-lacing white head. Aroma of bready Belgian yeast and some sweet pale maltiness and coriander. Starts lightly pale malty and sweet with a nice balance of coriander spice and black peppery yeast. Exhibits pretty good balance and authenticity. A nice abbey tripel.
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle: Dull straw, quite hazy, moderate sudsy white head, dies quickly making it appear fairly still, hardly any lacing.   Doesn’t look all that appealing.   Dull grassy notes, semi-sweet, hay and oats.   No floral aspect that I can detect.   Combination sweet straw, grassy malts, a little barnish, with a slight cheese funk on the backside.   Not what I expected for a "Belgian Style Triple".   Body and mouthfeel are at best moderate.   Finish has a little oat/hay funk, cereal oriented sweet twang.   I think I paid around $14 for a 750ml of this... and now I feel cheated.   I know Arlen could do a better job than this.   This was too much like homebrew!
Braudog (6582) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - OCT 7, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This wins the prize for the most secured bottle of beer I’ve ever had to break into ... corked, capped and wax-sealed. Damn, I was thirsty by the time I got in there. This poured a lightly hazy orange-yellow, quietly active but without much of a staying head. The aroma is very, very sweet, almost like a syrupy fruit salad or a can of mandarin oranges. This drinks as one would expect for a tripel ... yeasty, lightly fruity (mostly blood orange-like sweetness) and a pulpy body. Nice tangy finish. This drinks quite well and would go well with an Asian salad or a plate of mild cheeses. (#3126, 10/7/2007)
blutt59 (6558) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle, thanks to ilovedarkbeer, golden coloed pour with loose fading head, a sugary fruit nose, bitter sour metallic flavor, finish is medium and some heat