shrubber85 (11618) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 31, 2014
Draft. Cherry, apple, toffee malt, and alcohol aroma. Dark brown with small head. Very sweet cherry, raisin, and toffee malt flavor. Light alcohol finish. Not quite to the point of being cloying but close. hotstuff (5257) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 10, 2013
Backlog rating 1-24-2009 (Draft at Indiana Microbrewers’ Winterfest) When served, this beer has a small tan head with good retention, transparent body, very little carbonation, and a deep orange hue. The Aroma is malty, hints of candy, yeast, and sugary. The Taste is malty, caramel, mildly hoppy, sugary, and sweet. The Palate is lightly tingly and this beer is light-medium bodied. Overall, this beer is quaffable; however, it missed the mark for the style as it is too sugary tasting. thedm (6319) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 30, 2010
This draft brew from a beer festival poured a small sized head of frothy medium to large sized clear colored bubbles that were and left behind a uncarbonated very hazy brown colored body. The aroma was vinous and cardboard. The vinous thin mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The watery flavor contained notes of vinous and brown malt. Not one that I would likely drink again. Tmoney99 (14962) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2010
Sample at IBG 2010 Winterfest. Poured hazy golden color with an average frothy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate yeast, malt and small candy aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Good drinkable beer that is below average for style.
deyholla (12207) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 2, 2010
On tap at the 2010 Indiana Winterfest porter. Poured a clear light golden brown with an off-white head. Aroma was had spiced notes as well as notes of alcohol, and a bit light grains. Flavor had some spices, and sugar notes with lighter grains a coriander.
TearsforBeers (183) - Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2009
Notes from Indy Winterfest.
Pours slightly reddish amber.
Aroma is of apples and Belgian yeast notes. Flavor is complex! I get notes of cheese, apples, clove, bananas, and caramel. Mouthfeel is creamy. Overall, a very nice beer. SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - DEC 12, 2005
Draft: This year’s Rudolph is supposed to clock in at 11%. While the alcohol is hidden well, the beer is a sugary mess. I can’t believe this was done fermenting. The apple wine aroma is slightly appealing, but the cidery body is a real downer. Strong notes of saccarine, apple and pear take over and make it hard to finish a whole glass it is so sweet. If I could get a bottle I might try cellaring it for a year to see if it dries out. Kevin (2201) - Montana, USA - DEC 6, 2005
dark gold pour with light color head. aroma is hoppy and notes of corriander play with the cascade. lemony spice and gentle earthy yeast flavor. warming, dry raisin finish. Eladerman (82) - Newburgh, Indiana, USA - NOV 23, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2008 This a decent locally microbrewed Belgian Styled strong ale. Similar to Dark Horse brewery’s Sapient TripAle. The sweetness is a little cloying, but a decent attempt at the style. It’s worth getting a few goblets of this stuff during the Holiday season since, well, That’s the only time its brewed! TAR (2787) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - APR 21, 2004
Draft: Muddied rufous. Bubblegummy yeast-laden, rotting apricot aroma with spicy esters and subdued noble hop juiciness. Medicine and alcohol undertones. Mostly peach and yeast notes in the flavor followed by medicine, banana, nuts, and toasted malt flashes. Touches of perfume, coriander, and dough. Rather malty finish with notes of yeast and white grape skins. Semi-peppery, as well, with a muted mustiness. Overall, a lame attempt and lacks the zip of a true Tripel. Also desperately needs much more dryness to help with the overbearing sweetness. Maybe next year?