RATINGS: 108   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 303   ABV: 10.1%
Revisiting Scratch #3, we take the same Tripel recipe, add beet and cane sugars to the kettle, and run the wort through our hopback brimming with juniper berries, coriander and yarrow flowers.

Inspired by the herbaceous nose of gin, the berries and flowers give a slight pine/citrus aroma with floral undertones. Scratch #8 has a dry, yeasty finish and noticeable alcohol warming when consumed.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2008 12 oz bottle: beer pours slightly hazy gold into the glass with about a finger of head. Aroma is interesting in a good way... floral and spicy reminiscent of ginger, with definite coriander, and some esters. Flavor is absolutely delicious as the beer warms. Flavor is lots of coriander at first with a bit of an herbal quality. As the beer warms it really does take on slight notes of gin on the back of the mouth. Flavor also has some triple elements, good bit of esters perceived in the taste from the aroma. Really smooth mouth feel with gentle tiny bubbled carbonation. I really liked this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 16, 2008
Pale golden beer thin white head. Sweet herbal aroma. Minty and lightly fruity over a light belgian/pils malt base. Fruity and lightly herbal. Some lingering bubblegum sweetness. Herbal and lightly spicy. I like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
adrian910ss (2571) - Doylestown, PA, USA - MAR 16, 2008
Pours a hazy golden yellow with a small white head. Spicy aroma of ginger, honey, yeast and cloves. Taste of ginger, yeast, honey, cloves and candied sugar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - MAR 15, 2008
Shared, thanks to dickinsonbeer. Yellow pour. Aroma is meaty / spicey, fruity, and with some sweet malt. Flavor is sweet banana, bubblegum malt, and lightly smoked malt. Interesting beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (9296) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2008
UPDATED: APR 3, 2008 draft rating: hazy, cloudy yellow with a tall white, pillowy head. Nose of alcohol, a strange mix of spices, some wheat, some hefeweizen yeast, etc. - not exactly a trippel but also not spiced to all hell like I was expecting. Texture is smooth overall but with an alcohol harshness/greenness, and the yarrow is noticeable, I imagine that’s what I was picking up as wheat in the nose - while the juniper is not overdone, thankfully, but the whole multiple sugar thing is lost on me, I don’t see any of it in this beer. So, overall, an interesting take on a tripel, and hopefully it mellows out enough to not be so hot. Right now, though, it’s a nicely spiced, unique beer, with a decent depth of complexity and a freshness and vividness that makes me want to drink it on the front porch in the spring, even if it is 10% and a little hot.

bottle rating: it sucks

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopdog (12083) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2008
12oz bottle. Poured a medium and lighlty hazy yellow color with a small sized white head. Aromas of apples, spices (I can’t quite make them out, maybe ginger), yeast, and some berries. Tastes of fruitiness, spices, citrus, and yeast. Some alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
egajdzis (6316) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2008
Poured a hazy orange gold color with a small, white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of cardamom, coriander, juniper, yeast, toast, candi sugar, citrus, and a bit of alcohol. Taste of more spices, yarrow / cardamom, ginger, citrus fruits, honey, with yeast, and a bit of alcohol. I wasn’t a huge fan of Scratch 3, and I like intentionally spiced Belgians even less.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAR 13, 2008
Bottle. Pours a lightly hazy golden with a smaller bubbly white head. Aroma of I guess a yarrow flowers. Never smelled one and this has something in the aroma that I never really smelled before. Almost reminded me of ginger. Very floral, almost dandilion smelling. There is some tripel spiciness in there, Belgian yeast easters, touch of citrus, gin, Juniper Berries and bready. Flavor was better. The spices are toned down, not getting as much of the ginger/floral notes. More of the tripel coming through in the flavor, still on the sweet side.

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