tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2008
Bottle. Minor gusher. Sweet, spicy and slightly tart aroma with a touch of metal. Grassy and herbal hop notes. A bit fruity with some bread crust as well. Some caramelly sweetness. Lots of fruity yeast esters as the beer warms. Nice. Pours a hazy, dark copper with a pillowy white head. Even a very careful pour yielded a bunch of suspended particulate. Flavor is delicate, spicy, herbal with some sugary sweetness. The malt and yeast really show their cards against the hops. Doughy and slightly dry, crackery malt. Loads of yeast phenolics: bananas and a touch of rubber. Dried, sugar coated citrus fruit. Delicate carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel. Lasting sweeter malt and yeasty finish. Definitely one of the better tripels Ive had. JAXSON (604) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2009 Bottle. The label is really stupid. Pours a medium to dark amber with billions of suspended particles and a small, soapy head. Fantastic aroma, light fruits, baked bread, and some cognac. So much like Stille Nacht at this point in every way, though a shade darker. Flavor is rich and elegant. Buttery rum cookies, peaches, kind of like a peach cobbler, and a slightly bitter finish. Kind of on the boozy side, but thats ok. Really good. The finish could be smoother, and I would like a little more complexity in the flavor, but awesome. Superb mouthfeel, just so silky and rich. Delicious and luxurious. BOLTZ7555 (3027) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2008
New copper penny color with hints of sunset orange and a small but dense meringue head. Lacing sticks defiantly to the inside of the glass. Yeasty aroma with candied sugar and a little citrus. Can definitely taste the alcohol, along with grape juice, malt, simple syrup, and spice. Medium to thick mouthfeel, for the style. Not bad. larsniclas (7036) - Billdal, SWEDEN - DEC 22, 2008
[Draught at Belgobaren, Sthlm]
Hazy deep golden. Small, white head.
Slightly sourish aroma with sugary notes; some vinegar.
Vinous and grassy; typical blonde, triple. Tmoney99 (14365) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2008
Bottle from Champane Wine. Poured clear copper color with a huge frothy off-white head that lasted with excellent lacing. Complex spicy fruit and yeasty aroma. Medium to heavy body with a smooth sticky texture and lively carbonation. Medium complex balanced flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration with a small alcohol bite. This is a standout beer.
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 20, 2008
On tap at the Essen Christmas beer festival. Pours cloudy light orange with a medium sized white head. Aroma is weak, light malt, orange peel. The flavors in this beer blew me away. Soooo good. Light and refreshing creamy malt mixed with a fresh hop bitterness and a barnyard flavor in the background. This is something I want more of. ilovedarkbeer (2737) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 19, 2008
Pours a honeyed copper color with a big creamy creme colored head that persists and laces the glass. nose: apples, yeast, tiny bit of funk, hint of booze. Taste is popcorn balls or caramel corn. Somewhere in between those too. Fairly syrup like mouthfeel, with a medium length carbonated finish. Enjoyable. gary07734 (500) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2008
Nice dark copper pour, lasting thick white head with lots of carbonation. Aroma is yeast, fruit, prunes, hops very appealing. Taste is very surprising, strong prunes and sweet fruit, oranges, cherries, quite syrupy and sweet but a strong tart and sour finish, almost like sour cherries. No real alcohol on the finish (especially for a strong beer). Very unusual beer, but tasty and enjoyable. MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 18, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2009 121808 - Hazy orange color shimmers with long-lasting, rich white head, lacing everywhere. Nose is fabulous: traditional tripel elements like apple, grass, pepper, and yeast are married to slight must, sweet malt, and a wonderful grape depth, so fruity and harmonious. Flavor adds a nice tart component to the yeast, apple, orange, alcohol, and that grape... just a delicious blend. The all star Struise palate sparkles on the tongue while the full body glides smoothly, finishing long in fruit, slight lactic, and alcohol. Ends with too much alcohol, but overall excellent. Unreal how Struise delivers beer after beer after beer. I do not even like tripels that much. 9410519
112509 - More malt than previous bottle, cloudier tangerine appearance, a little dirty. Still the bounty of fruit in the flavor, a little more alcohol than remembered. More yeast as well. Still really good, but the parts are more obvious now, and the yeast and malt unfortunately overwhelm more of the fruit elements. 949417 17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2009 Pours a thicker murky orange with a very thick and creamy off-white froth. Nice aroma for a triple, floral, yeasty, orange, strawberries?, honey and peanuts. Very dry and yeasty first taste, lighter than I was expecting from the look of it. Light orange, bitter alcohol, vitamin C, chalky, light tangy tangerines. Sweeter apricot finish with a noticeable noble hop bit, almost skunky. Seems a bit disjointed. Medium light body with crisp carbonation, lightly chalky.