RATINGS: 154   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
Deep golden hued, with subtle hints of vanilla, clove, and cinnamon. Fruity, spicy, and warming with a complex but soft malt character. Editors Note: Limited edition summer seasonal for 2009 but pilot batches were available at fests and the brewpub prior to this release.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
madmitch76 (24324) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2012
24th May 2010
Clear gold beer. Little white head. Softish dry palate. Sweet dry malt, a little metallic and a little brandyish in its warmth. Some orange peeping through before a dry finish and a warm afterglow. Unsubtle and a bit clunky.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 30, 2012
Originally reviewed: 7/23/09. 22oz picked up at a grocery store while visiting in Charlotte. Poured into my tulip glass. Pours a dark rusty orange with a decent-sized off white head on top. Little retention, and little to no lacing present. Smells of yeast, pineapple, and light breads. The mouth is spritzy and well carbonated, as I would expect. Flavor is yeasty and slightly tart. Finishes slightly acrid and roasty. Thats a weird aftertaste. Alcohol is pretty well-hidden. Not a bad beer by any means. Id love to see how this ages. I may have to get another...

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
hopscotch (11030) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2012
Bottle Pours cloudy and orange with a small, creamy, off-white head. Decent retention. The aroma is an unpleasant mixture of warm brow perspiration and meat broth with a hint of apricot. Full-bodied and lightly oily with tingly carbonation. The flavor is minerally and bland. Finishes warming and a touch bitter. The only saving grace here is that the high abv is neither hot nor unpleasant. Otherwise, Bleh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
decaturstevo (6203) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 17, 2012
Golden/orange pour with white head. Aroma of orange zest, light abv. Flavor is brown sugar, resiny hoppiness like bitter, a citrus zest, and a nice abv warmth. A light medium body with no off flavors and a crisp clean flavor. A big beer with the deceptive air of drinkabiltiy. A creeper for sure. Nice carbonation

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (13546) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 23, 2012
2009 vintage bomber from Peace Street Market in Raleigh. Pours a hazy amber with floating particles. The thin creamy slightly off-white head shows no signs of going anywhere. The aroma is spice, candi sugar, pears, citrus and a faintly hoppy finish. The taste is bread, candi sugar, bubblegum, butter rum, raisin, spice, toasted notes and slight oxidation. Medium-full bodied, high carbonation and a faint bit of warmth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 20, 2011
Bottle:   Fiery amber, fairly clear, moderate frothy off-white head, light lacing, lighter carbonation.   Mealy sweet nose.   Pretty much what I expected, not bright nor floral, just this heavy sweet grassy breadiness.   Much the same on the tongue, heavy, warming... while not fiery you can certainly tell the 10% + ABV has some bite.   Heavy body, thick mouthfeel.   While I would give extra points on a beer for having a good body, this just is heavy with that mealiness I dont get in Belgian examples.   Thick, heavy, very bready.   Needs to be more floral and spritzy for me to really give a damn about it.   Not a really bad beer, but just like every other American example of the style.   Allagash is the only American one who seems to come even close.   Take that for what its worth.


   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
adnielsen (10594) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 25, 2011
Bottle @ home. Not exactly sure how long Ive had this but its surely been over a year. A touch hazy, burnt orange appearance with a white head. Dull citrusy, bready, slightly boozy aroma. Bready, slightly boozy, a touch spicy, a little bitter, lightly citrusy flavor. Not tasting all that great now.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rando7 (779) - Iowa, USA - JUL 14, 2011
Bomber pours clear orange with brief white head, not much of a head for a tripel. Aroma of cinnamon, citrus, cloves, bread, alcohol. Taste sweet malts, honey, oranges, clove, banana, Belgian yeast. Palate fairly thick and just a tad syrupy. Finish of spices and slight hops. Alcohol well hidden in the taste.

Odd tripel but pleasant, kind of a winter tripel almost. Worth a try but will not seek it out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 16, 2011
28-Aug-09 (22-oz frosted bottle, Bottled 21-May-09: Purchased 25-Aug-09 for $8.99 at K&B Wine Cellar in San Diego, CA) Clove, bubblegum and ripe banana in the nose along with a sweet breadiness in the background. In the flavor, clove really stands apart from the rest of the flavors, although the ripe banana sweetness is very strong as well. Mild bitterness emerges in the finish. Medium-full in body, though there is a significant sugary component as well, so the beer is somewhat cloying on the palate.. Medium in carbonation and oily on the palate. Dark-golden in color and slightly hazy in appearance (the beer is filtered), with a short-lived, off-white head that pours to a quarter-inch before dissipating to a thin ring. Not a bad tripel, but could use better balance and a little less sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Edmoe (241) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Orange in color. Some sediment present. Head quickly dissipated. Good lacing. Aroma is sweet and tart with apricots. Flavor is sweet with fruit. Some astringency. Cloyingly sweet lingering flavor. Decent body.

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