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Brewed by De Brabandere
Style: Abbey Tripel
Harelbeke, Belgium

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RATINGS: 888   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Bottle: Filtered
A strong, abbey-style ale, clean and complex.

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3.5
LinusStick (3520) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2007
Nice tripel, if not ordinary. Pour was a light gold color with a 2 finger head that lasted the whole drink. Aroma and taste were of sweet fruit and yeast with a hint of orange. The mouthfeel was crisp and dry but had a sweet aftertaste that was not overpowering.

3.1
BINGEBOT (240) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 21, 2007
Weiss beer style, super thick head! Lively, spicy, sweet and complex. Fruity and sweet with slight malty undertones.. very nice.

3.4
cathcacr (647) - Oregon, USA - FEB 19, 2007
One of the "clear" Tripel types, but with a massive pour-head with a square-ish rock top akin to those formations at that national monument in Colorado. Or is it New Mexico? No matter, it’s like those big rock thingies, not quite the intensity of that rock thingy in Close Encounters. Not quite that aspect ratio, if you get my meaning. I dwell on the head, because that’s the highlight. The rest is not nearly as memorable.

2.4
Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 12, 2007
Considering the style, Scores ranging from 1 to 5, 5 being the most intense


Appearance:

Body:   Clear(1)->Murky(5) : 2     Pale Yellow(1)->Copper(5) : 2     Still(1)->Volcanic Sparkling(5) : 3


Head:   None(1)->Large(5) : 3     Lasting: 2     Lacing : 2


Aroma:

Intensity : 3  

Yeast : 3   Bread : XX   Dough : 2   Esters : 2   Phenols : 1   Dusty : 3   Spicy : 3   Apple : 2   Banana : XX   Tropical Fruits : 2   Brett : XX   Barnyard : XX   Leather : XX   Wood : XX   Vinous : 3   Cheese : XX   DMS : XX   Diacetyl : XX Sulfur : 3

Malt : 1   Pilsner : 3   Pale : XX   Vienna : XX   Biscuity : XX   Toasty : XX   Hay : 2   Caramel : XX   Honey : XX   Cereals : XX   Grainy : XX   Wheat : XX

Hops : 1   Noble(1)->American(5) : 1   Leafy : XX   Perfume : XX   Orange : XX   Floral : XX   Lemon/Lime : 2   Herbal : XX   Grassy : XX   Piney : XX

Notes : Pepper : XX   Cloves : XX   Coriander : XX   Ginger : XX   Orange : 2   Earth : XX   Vanilla : XX   Oxidation : XX   Bubblegum : XX

Flavor:

Initial Flavor : Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 4   Finish Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 2   Sourness : 3   Acetic : 2   Lactic : 3   Bitterness : 1   Farmy : XX   Complex : 2   Length : 2


Palate:

Light(1)->Full(5) : 2   Flat(1)->Fizzy(5) : 4   Clean : 0   Sharp : 2   Watery : XX   Oily : XX   Chalk : XX   Astringent : XX   Alcohol : XX   Mineral : 1



Comments: Strange interpretation, with considerable sulfury and kinda lactic (yogurt) leanings which meddles into the fruit salad esters and make a rather lean triple that one likes or don’t. I can’t say I found it overwhelmingly pleasant.

3
MartinT (10102) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 5, 2007
My Bottom Line:

This unusual, light Tripel’s combination of whispering tart fruitiness and simple bready yeast was initially unsettling, yet the appropriate mouthfeel and high drinkability factor eased it into the realm of enjoyment after a few sips. This one does not aim for mind-expanding complexity.



Further Personal Perceptions:

-Ample foam dwindles into the lightly hazy blond.

-The fluffy carbonation and decent maltiness create a efficient, pleasurable mouthfeel.

-White pepper spiciness decorates the fruity esters.

-A dusty, chalky, sulphuric note bothers the overall flavor profile.



Bottle; no date.

3.5
bhensonb (15848) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 1, 2007
Very light aroma showing yeast and non-stone fruit. Thin golden color with a minimal white head. Starts with citrus and light stone fruit (I know, but it was not in the aroma), and arguably there’s a sour note, but not much of one. The mouthfeel swishes to substantial, and the finish is very clean with a barely discernable sweetness and a very nice but light bitterness. Believe it that every mouthful has a lot going on.

2.7
vanvenlo (1913) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JAN 23, 2007
25 Jun 2006 - Hoppy light fruit aroma. Light yellow colour, good sheet lacing and reasonable head. Light fruit hop flavour. tart finish and a bit thin but unique balance and aftertaste.

3.3
Aurelius (5590) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2007
Cloudy pear-gold with a pumice white head. Slightly cereal, slightly chemical, peach ester aroma. Tangy, fruity, slightly astringent, apple peel flavor. Frothy mouthfeel, medium-light body, tangy finish. Medium-light bittering. Very drinkable, a bit indistinct.

3.5
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - JAN 20, 2007
Sweet aroma of apples and fruit. Golden color with frothy white head. Sour fruity taste with slightly bitter twist and lightly musty duration. Strongly carbonated. Not bad.

3.6
Belial (71) - BELGIUM - JAN 17, 2007
Golden transparent colour with a beautiful creamy head. Fuity and lemony taste, very light, almost no bitterness.


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