RATINGS: 401   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
We started with a Trappist Triple yeast culture and carefully blended Belgian pale barley malt with traditional malted wheat and oats to produce a delectable golden ale. This special brew is aged 12 weeks creating a fruity and refined taste with a huge bouqet, light body, and a very smooth, non-bitter finish. Best served at 55 degrees F.

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slothgar (39) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 28, 2005
Had this on tap. Reminded me of Leinenkugels Berry Weiss or 99 Blackberries. Too fruity, almost like taking a small inhale of perfume. Nice dark yellow color. Would not try again, just not my style.

gws57 (1276) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2008 Had this on draught in Milwaukee. Sickly sweet nose, deep and dark yellow color, alcoholy taste, quite hoppy. Not bad, but wouldn’t get it again. 3,3,6,3,10.

Rerated 3/2/08, had this one bottled, thanks Jon! Cloudy, dark orange pour, very bubbly, quite citrusy and spicy. This is a pretty good "new world Tripel."

StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 31, 2005
A descent beer from the folks at Sprecher. Usually, it’s a love or hate relationship with me and their beer, but this one was moderately enjoyable. Aroma wasn’t anything to brag about, but the beer looked good after the pour - a golden yellow. Taste was sort of grainy with accents of floral hops and wheat and banana nodes. The alcohol creeps up on you pretty fast. Don’t know if I’ll get this one again, but it was worthy of my taste buds for this trial.

thedm (6223) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 26, 2005
This bottled brew poured a medium, sized head of light brown colored foamy finely sized quickly disappearing bubbles that left behind a transparent carbonated light brown colored body. The aroma was mild with vinous malty notes. The mouth feel contained initially tingly mildly vinous notes with a lingering vinous finish. The flavor was strong with vinous caramel notes. This is one tasty brew!

BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 24, 2005
Bottle 04: Pours a clean apricot hue with a initial large fizzy head which fades to a long lasting ring and okay lace. The aroma has notes of honey, candi sugar, currant, apple, toasted malts and grains, yeasty esters and moderate phenols. The taste starts sweet and malty but never comes off cloy helped but a nice dose of citric fruits and bitters. The finish has a nice spicy touch too. The feel is lively and crisp, metallic and dry upon the finish. The alcohol is very well hidden, 9%? No way dude! Overall, this is close to tasting like a double than triple. Quiet enjoyable and a surprise. I did know Sprecher had it in them.

HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2005
Pours a hazy light orange with little carbonation and head. Aroma has lots of banana, spices, and Belgian yeast. Flavor is malty sweet with spices and yeast. Alcohol is well hidden but this one is a little boring.

hotstuff (5176) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 28, 2004
Bottle. Small off-white head that quickly diminished, fine sized bubbles, carbonated, transparent, and an orange hue. Malty, caramel, sweet, and spicy notes. Flavor was sweet, malty and caramel. For some reason, I did not pick up any vinuous taste even at 9%. Hmm. Smooth and somewhat thin mouthfeel. Light bodied beer.

pkbites (950) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 26, 2004
Is that correct? 9% alcohol? This does seem strong. I can feel the alcohol burn in my chest on the way down. Weak head, amber color, almost like a regular brew. But it’s not regular by a long shot. Warm peach flavor, like a sticky piece of hard candy, but not overly sweet. Not a brew to chug, but not a slow sipper either. It’s strong suite is that it’s sweet, but not too sweet. So many beers get that wrong, but not this. I received this as a gift from a buddhist friend of mine (true story). If this is how he finds inner peace, perhaps I’ll convert!

PhillyBeer2112 (2865) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Dated 3/25/03 tasted December 2004, its past its recommended 120 day drink by date, but shows little signs of age. At worst, its lost some carbonation, as this pour lightly carb’d with little to no head, odd for tripel. Appearance was also darker than expected with an almost pure amber color. Aroma highly caramelized and candyish with mild phenols. Flavor similar, starts very sweet leading to a lightly fuselly finish. As the beer warms the alcohol begins to overpower the sweeter malts. Fermentation profile is medium in phenols, not very fruity otherwise: pepper seems the dominant note. Perhaps age has increased the alcohol presence and converted the fruitier esters. No signs of oxidation but it may still be better when slightly fresher.

ClarkVV (6759) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 15, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2006 2004 bottle. Pour is medium orange with some deep yellows. Pretty colorful for a trippel (used to pale gold and the like). Small white head, that rapidly dissipates. Aroma of peach and banana esters, light hops and some muted wheat tones. Flavor is quite unique, I taste mainly a hard candy sweetness, with a hint of plastic phenols. It’s like sucking on a peach flavored hard candy. Lightly sticky texture, but fairly fluffy on the end. Medium body, very low yeast apparency, with some hops present. It seemed overly sweet, but the more I drank, it grew on me, the flavor was quite consistent and full. Alcohol noticeable, lightly spicy finish. Not tremendously to style.

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