checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2009
Bottle: Poured a orange color with not much head. This grand cru was sweet, fruity, spice, and caramel. The flavor was the same, which made this a pleasure to drink. They could brew this one yearly. ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 11, 2009
Hazy orange pour with a thin white head. Caramel and burning plastic aroma. Caramel, orange and spiced flavor. Minty finish Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2008
Light golden color with a small collar of white foam. Bottle conditioned. Sweet and heavily spiced, with notes of caramel, orange, peach, tangerine, herbs. Heavy spice and herb aroma. No apparent flaws, perhaps by being too sweet and overly spiced. Better than expected. bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2008
(12 oz. bottle, courtesy of BMan1113VR) Pours a cloudy orange body with a small beige head. Aroma of band aids, citrus, plastic, and menthol. Flavor of clove, mint, honey, florals, and plenty of alcohol. egajdzis (6589) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2008
Poured a hazy amber color with a medium sized, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel, anise, citrus fruits, honey, orange peel, and earthy yeast. Taste of caramel malts, spices, anise, dried fruits, orange peel, apple juice, molasses, and peppery alcohol in the finish. Thanks to CaptainCougar for the bottle!
ilovedarkbeer (2741) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 23, 2008
Bottle thanks to captaincougar via BMan113VR at bu11zeye’s place. Nose: mint listerine, band aide. Taste is hte same with an alcoholic bite. Mouthfeel is nice and syrupy. Weird beer. BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 22, 2008
Bottle thanks to captaincougar. Pours with no head and a hazy amber body. Aroma of bandaid, tiger balm, raisin, mint...Like a bad sports injury. Taste is mint, malts, and a sort of strong, belgian dark fruit and pleenty of alcohol. Slightly fizzy and syrupy. GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 20, 2008
Pours a murky orangish amber with tons of sediment. The head was small, off-white and lingered for just a short while leaving very little lacing.
The smell is super sweet with Belgian yeast and tons of sugary esters. Spices also dance around the nose behind the massive sweetness and a hint of alcohol burn is present as well.
The taste starts with the initial sweetness that dominated the nose. There is definitely the spices in the middle with a hint of licorice before giving way to a honey-like sweetness that lingers in the finish.
The mouthfeel is sticky sweet with little carbonation leaving the sugary coating in the mouth. It tastes more like a wheat wine to me. BossHossBikes (148) - California, USA - OCT 7, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2008 Bottle. Big thanks to the good men at Wooden Keg Liquors (Hagerstown, MD)NachlamSie (3485) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 14, 2008
First taste: without sediment.
Pours a translucent golden copper with hardly a head. The aroma is of orange with sweet caramel notes with some light spices. There are some difficult to describe notes I’m assuming are the esters mentioned in a few other ratings. The initial flavour is of a tart orange and mildly sweet caramel. As the brew passes, spices explode. The caramel sweetness also explodes, but falls behind the spices. Citrus is still noticeable in the background. Alcohol is quite noticeable and creates a nice warming sensation.
Second taste: with sediment.
Caramel seems to be a little more noticeable and now some very subtle hints of banana. The spiced finish isn’t nearly as harsh as before. The citrus is also a little more prominent in the finish. As subtle the banana is, it seem to be persistent even through the finish. It seems a little more balanced now.
As I drink this, I don’t think ’’Abbey Tripel.’’ Maybe that’s why it’s underrated. 53 percentile sounds harsh to me.
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2008 Bottle, big thanks to BossHossBikes! Pours a dark orange with massive, huge chunks of yeast all over the place. The aroma is very, very juicy with strong orange/tangerine character but no real bitterness. A pleasing level of spices is found in the background. Mouthfeel is nice and sticky, works well with all the fruity junk going on. I’m surprised to see this listed as a Tripel. I don’t get that at all. It seems more like a Belgian golden ale. No real funk or banana is here, just lots of juicy citrus, sticky sweetness, and a spiced finish. There’s hints at candy canes, oranges (lots of orange), cloves, and a slightly drying seltzer water sensation. I thought this beer was quite enjoyable, certainly better than the score indicates. I’ve had quite a few underrated beers lately IMHO.