IrishBoy (4237) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 25, 2006
Bomber; Nose is yeasty with only a tiny bit of caramel and spice; clear gold with a medium beige head; flavor like a kind of watery Belgian, with cloves, caramel, and fruitiness led by banana esters. FlacoAlto (4221) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 13, 2007
Sampled May 2007 Nuffield (4202) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 20, 2013
Pours with a lightly cranberry tinted, brilliantly clear, copper color and is topped by a frothy, initially two-finger thick, amber tinged, light tan colored head that leaves a touch of lacing on the sides of the glass. Interesting, well balanced nose that is a mix of spice, malt and fruit. Earthy spice notes of clove, coriander, white pepper and hints of orange peel that at times cut through the finish with their zesty citrus aromatics. Toasty, cracker-like notes of biscuit malt round out the grain flavors, though there is perhaps a touch of caramel. Fruit notes of apple and pear also play a role here in the aroma. This really has quite a well integrated nose; it is really well crafted.
Lightly sweet, with a clean, malt sweetness that for some reason seems American to me. The beer finishes with a dusty spiciness that is a mix of coriander like flavors as well as notes of clove. Sweet honey notes meld with notes of red-delicious apples and a hint of orange blossom in the finish. Not nearly as spicy in the flavor as I might like; I can taste non-descript ester notes, as well as flavors of clove, a touch of ginger, hints of white pepper and some spicy higher alcohols are noticeable in the finish. The flavor is not quite as well balanced and integrated as the aroma. All of the components are here they just seem a little muted and the beer is a bit thin somehow. Ultimately this is a satisfying brew that I am quite happy to have stumbled across.
This has a lot of complexity, and all the hallmarks of a tripel, but much more as well. It may be the yeast, that drives some of the most interesting notes, lightly sour and a restrained alcohol. Good. (on tap, Toronado, S.F.) Crit (4065) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 27, 2009
Hazy gold,fast fading white head.Light metallic spicy yeast nose.Fruity start,soft carbo,spicy yeast mid somewhat sweet.Noticeable hop end.Good example of the style DYCSoccer17 (3712) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 3, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2007 Sampled with SoCal RB guys...thanks to whomever who brought this..Fruity citrus peppered lemon aroma. Doesnt really smell like a triple---more like a wit. Still smells refreshing. Moderately hazy golden/yellow color with a small white head. I’d like this to be darker and hazier. Lemon citrus astringent flavor. Very smooth and malty. Yummy, and perhaps not true to the style, but still very enjoyable. Update: 2006 bottle. beer has a significant peppery clove flavor with a bit of sweet sugariness going on as well. Mild banana hints with an ethanol burn present. I decreased the palate from a 5 to a 3 and overall from a 15 to a 13. When i initially sampled this, my palate was rahter fatigued and I overrated it. I still think that giving it a 3.3 might be a bit too generous...-----re-rate-& vintage bottle purchased at BevMo in Sacramento Natomas. Aroma is peculiar. I smell a fair amount of gumballs as well as some root beer. More spiciness and a little banana is here. Light ethanol burn in the nose. Lacks harmony. Mild-moderately hazy honey-colored nose with a quickly dissipating off-yellowish head and feeble lacing. Sweet, grainy, sugary, malty flavors to start. Definite ethanol burn in the middle with some more banana-like sweetness to finish. Bleh. Above rating is based on this sample. This is a second re-rate and I like this less and less each time.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 6, 2007
22 oz bottle. Poured a slightly hazy orange color. Head was bubbly and off white. It gradually reduced to a steady height of one finger. Aroma was of fleshy fruits and light clove without anything assertive. Pretty sweet and fruity on the tongue. Tasted of yeasty bread dough, light fruity white wine, clove, and peach. There was occasional lingering caramel at the end. Not a bad beer, but unlike any tripel I’ve had. Eyedrinkale (3235) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUN 11, 2004
Gold pour with nice head that dissapears pretty quick. Mild pepper and candy sugar arome. Taste is very mellow with a slight bit of frutiness. Nothing too special. A bit too sweet and not enough yeasty taste. mjg74 (3189) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 25, 2005
Bomber. 2005. 10.1%. Pours a light orange color. Yeasty apple juice like aroma. Tastes sort of like a yeasty apple juice. Some alcohol present. For the flavors that are present and there are a few, they seem to combine in a way that makes this brew seem bland. Drinkable, but it needs more flavor. Maybe I’m drinking it too warm, I don’t know. DarkElf (3067) - La Jolla, California, USA - APR 4, 2004
(2004 bottling) Very disappointing effort from a brewery that generally does a nice job; This beer may be the worst tripel I've ever tasted; This beer is sweet and spicy as expected from a tripel, but it's all downhill from here; Overly bitter for the style, which clashes with the sweetness; The combination just doesn't go well together; The bitterness is most dominant late and completely out of place in the poor finish; The aroma is just weird, and hard to describe, but is in fact an accurate lead-in for the flavor; The elevated alcohol content is definitely not masked very well; Golden in color and completely clear; The best thing about the beer is the palate, which is rich, sticky and full body; No sediment in the bottle; Off white head fades away incredibly quickly and there is absolutely no lacing; Worst part of the beer is that it comes in a 22 ouncer, so you either have to suffer through a lot, or drain pour a lot, so either way, it's a waste of hard-earned beer money Snojerk321 (2984) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 8, 2006
Poured a hazy amber color, flavor is quite yeasty with some fruit. Also found a hint of appricot.