greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 21, 2009
11.2 oz bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with a bunch of floaties. Medium head with a ton of lacing. Aroma is your typical funky yeast with a mild sweetness. Flavor is somewhat malty, sweet and hints of fruitiness. Finish is a bit dry and has a lingering hop bitterness. Slight warming sensation, but the 10% is well hidden. Because it is a winter brew and the bottle states it’s brewed with spices I was expecting more spice. However, still a great beer.
OldMrCrow (2435) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 18, 2009
Bottle at fridge temperature (couldn’t wait for it to warm).
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 17, 2009
Lovely funky house character that was frankly somewhat unexpected in the beer, spicy, and just tons of melon / way-overripe pear, as others have observed. Pineapple sweetness / acidity in the middle, bread-dough in the late middle, tart cherry skins and pits on the closeout. I’m having a very hard time not just blasting through this one like a 5% beer. NICE!!!
11.2oz bottle. Pours hazy dark golden/orange with a small but nice white head. Aromas of pears mostly, but some yeast, candy sugar, slight spice and hops as well. Flavors are sweet fruit, spice, malts, Belgian yeast, and a very small amount of hops. Finish is slightly alcoholic. Plate is bubbly and nice. Koelschtrinker (20223) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - FEB 17, 2009
Nur ein leichter Geruch ist bei dem Bier zu erkennen, dennoch komplex, fruchtige, süße und hopfige Noten sind vertreten. Der Antrunk ist leicht säuerlich, dies erstreckt sich über das gesamte Bier und nimmt von Zeit zu Zeit kontinuierlich ab. Dazu ist das Bier besonders in seinen Anfangsphasen hopfig und super malzig, die dabei entstehende Süße passt hervorragend zu dem Bier! Eine schöne Fruchtigkeit ist zum Ende hin zu erkennen, der säß-saure Aromenmix ist besonders hervorzuheben. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 14, 2009
Bottle and served in my NB worthy snifter: Amber hue with lots of floaties, large fluffy head and good lace. The aroma has notes of candy sugar, rye bread, grassy hops, tangerine and pear esters, a hint of mint. The taste is quite fruity and sweet but not cloy. I expected lot of spice in this holiday brew but it is really quite reserved, pepper and coriander can be found towards the finish. The mouth feel is lively and a bit thin bodied for the genre. Not bad but honestly there is better IMO.
LinusStick (3447) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2009
Courtesy trade with Chewy. Thanks man! This beer is a perfect example of how far brewers can push the boundaries. This is a tripel but is very unique. Aroma was nice.yeast, funk and spices are strong. Pour was was a deep dirty orange with a one finger off white head. Taste was very fruity. Strong cantaloupe, melon and yeast with a thick and carbonated light fruit aftertaste. Hides alcohol wonderfully. The melon and fruit taste was a little too much for me, but shows how different beers can be made. Sammy (12099) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 8, 2009
Pricey bottle from Premiere Gourmet. Pours peachy golden with very white topping, and lace on the way down. Some spiciness in the nose, and certainly in the taste. Livey carbonation that adds to mouthfeel. Quite tasty and drinkable, dangerous 10% that is a bit boozy. bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 8, 2009
Bottle: Pours a dark brown with a minimal tan head. Seemed much darker than a typical tripel, but what the hell. Nose was heavily spiced but not in the traditional cinnamon/nutmeg sense...massive spruce, mint and herbal notes with some nice roasted malts to provide a backbone. Heavily carbonated, wonderful body. Flavor was much of the same from the nose with an added candied sugar sweetness lingering about. Very good brew, only wish I could have a whole bottle to myself at some point. porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - FEB 7, 2009
(330 ml bottle from McKean and Charles) Pours cloudy dirty orange-amber with quite a few small solids. One finger of biege head recedes to a thin layer. Aroma is surprisingly a bit muted and one-dimensional - mostly just sweetish and lightly candyish, perhaps some fruit. Mouthfeel smooth, fairly soft, fairly heavy-feeling for the style. Finishes a bit dry. Weepy, light rings of lacing persist. Flavor is sweetish and lightly fruity. Not much hint of the spices that are described on the bottle. No real particular flavors actually jumped out at me. Just a touch hot but ABV pretty well-hidden. Nice if not too remarkable. ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 7, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2009 Tap at Toronado SD. This is the best Tripel I have ever tasted, and perhaps the best Belgian style. Aroma of grape and Flemish sour. Flavors of light wheat, yeast, sour, oak, grape, apple juice, and sparkle. Just immaculate. I thought Struiselensis was the beer of theirs I would drink any day, but I was wrong. This is a masterpiece. Note two weeks later: the bottle version is not as good.