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 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2008
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Courtesy of Storm. Hazy yellow with tiny floating impurities and a small white head. Very sweetish spicy and floral aroma. Medium body, a little low in carbonation with plenty of coriander and floral notes. Almost no bitterness. 201008

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Grovlam (4208) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2008
Bottle. [Tasting @ Papsoe 20-10-2008] Small fizzy white head that mostly diminished. Spare display of lacework. Light cloudy golden color. Aroma of herbal juniper berries, with a heavy flower feel. I imagine this is how tulip tastes like. Quite perfume like but still kind of smooth. Medium bodied with an average carbonation and light dry texture. Light sweet flavor with a hint of bitterness. Flower like sweet herbal finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - OCT 8, 2008
12 oz bottle. I see why this is a base beer. Spicy spicy spicy. Spicy aromas and spicy flavors. Lots of clove and allspice. More spice on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - OCT 6, 2008
Bottle shared by fordest. Wierd but in a good way. Lots of floaties. Easy to drink with some spice and clove.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StefanSD (2445) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2008
12 oz bottle courtesy of fordest (thanks). Poured a golden color with a small white head and some white floaties. The aroma was very light with Belgian yeasts and spices. The taste was extraordinarily spicy with cloves, allspice, nutmeg and wheat. Malty mouthfeel. Long, dry, spicy finish. Overall: Lots of big flavors in this little beer. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 23, 2008
Pours a slightly hazy dull yellow with a thin white head and some lace. Aroma is lemony, ctirus, pine needles, and sap- pine sol and wierd esters, peppery, tanguerey-like juniper-gin-like but also some wierd citrus and earth. Flavor is a bit on the sweet sugary wide, with some beet sugar burn and earthy kick, more jiniper citrusy and pine, and yeasty phenolics, a bit too sticky sweet, low carb, and not much of a belgian tripel at all. Just a strong golden ale with some spices- light on the belgian character overall. Meh- I just wasnt into this one too much..

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 17, 2008
Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a small white head that receded to a ring immediately leaving no lacing. The aroma that jumped out at me was the juniper with some bananas and spices, especially coriander. This is all accompanied by the Belgian yeast and light malt backbone. The taste has an initial sweetness of candied sugar and a hint of hops. This is followed by biscuity malts and the juniper which lingers through the finish along with a healthy dose of spices. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with very little carbonation and pretty dry. This is a drinkable offering from Troegs but not one that knocked my socks off.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (13054) - Escondido, California, USA - SEP 3, 2008
12-oz bottle received via Secret Santa July 2008. Pours hazy orange with a small, fizzy, white head, mostly diminishing with spare lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, straw, meal), average hops (flowers, herbs, grass), heavy yeast (horse blanket, barnyard) with notes of banana, pear, apple, and wood. Full bodied, sticky and gritty texture, lively carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 4, 2008
Seems like a classic witbier aroma of coriander with a little flowery/herbal kick to it. Fairly tart, and a little heavy on the spice flavor with a rather sweet/tart finish. Quite think on the palate. Reminds me of a good witbier that needs to go to fat camp and lose about 50 lbs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - AUG 3, 2008
This poured golden in color with a thin head. Aromas were of banana, rock candy and spice which continued into a medium-bodied beer that was concentrated but also rather simple.

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