TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 27, 2007
Bottle, a light but bright amber with a white foamy head. A warming sweet and alcoholic malt aroma withyeat and zest. The alcohol comes through strong at first, but then becomes smooth and fruity, and then comes strongly bitter and alcoholic in the finish. I’ve had better Tripels. norsedoc (248) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 26, 2007
Bottle. Pours cloudy gold. Good head formation which remains. Smells of orange, mint, light yeast. Pleasant flavor. Not overwhelming with alcohol. jalichio999 (502) - BRAZIL - JUN 26, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2008 Coloração âmbar, turva. Bom creme. Notas cítricas, possivelmente laranja, além de mel. Leve floral. Ao meu ver, o álcool é perceptível, o que prejudica o paladar e a drinkability. Final amargo. jason (1836) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2007
<b?750ml Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange body with nice head. Aroma is of spices, yeasty, dried fruit. Flavor is smooth, light fruitiness, lots of spices. This was very quaffable. Very low alcohol presence. Wobbler (46) - IRELAND - JUN 24, 2007
Pours an orangey goldy colour with a thick head which doesn’t last too long. Aroma is herbal, orangey and spicey. Tastes of booze at first. Lovely and boozey. It has a strange but fun mouthfeel and leaves a sagey aftertaste. Not my favourite tripel but darn close.
GreenWall (54) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUN 23, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2008 I have two different bottles of this of two different ages. From their website, I understand that the best-before date is three years after the brew date, so they are one and four years old respectively.
I don’t have two identical glasses, so the younger beer was in a Leffe glass and the older was in my dear Duvel glass. Served at about 5 degrees - 45 for yanks - and allowed to warm up to more civilised temperatures as we went.
Appearance: sparkly, thick smooth head, small bubbles. yellow-gold, nice lacing
aroma: peppery, fruity, yeasty notes. good. as it warms, grassy hops coming out mildly - saaz? becomes sweeter and even spicier; becomes less balanced, but richer
flavour: light, peppery, balanced yeast notes. flavour develops well as it warms.
mouthfeel: light, sparkly effervescent
Appearance: Darker, amber-gold, practically no head, thicker, cloudier. soapy film of head would disappear if not for etching in the duvel glass. no lacing
aroma: heavy, floral, almost cloying. not as nice as the new bottle. as it warms, syrup and floral, candied, gaining a hint of peppery phenolics, nice balance, port-ish now. less cloying than when it was cold. the hops come out more now that its warm, very mellowed, not grassy at all. english?
flavour: sweeter, thicker. not as peppery or sparkly. the fresh-fruitness of the first has become heavier, brandied, syrup. like a nicely aged cream sherry. opens up as it warms. black pepper notes. yeastier. alcohol comes through.
mouthfeel: thicker, heavier, chewy.
In short: a well-crafted, beautiful tripel, enjoyable for different reasons at different ages. jimhilt (2634) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 22, 2007
From my notes 5/28/07 - Pours a one-finger white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Cloudy, pale amber color. Slight malty nose. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is balanced to slightly sour. Finish has some alcohol and sourness. Not nearly as good as bottle. On-tap at Summertime Restaurant Scheveningen, NL. €5 ($6.85) for a 330ml glass. patrick767 (4474) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 20, 2007
11.2 oz bottle - Pours hazy yellow with a one finger fading head. It has a light yeast and citrus aroma. The flavor is similar with some mild spice in there too. It’s medium bodied and has a dry finish. this is a good beer, no doubt about it, but honestly I expected a bit more. I thought the St. Bernardus Tripel I had recently was considerably better. cbeers21 (693) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2007
pours a beautiful dark golden color with a generous milky head. Fruity, yeasty aromas with a tinge of cereal wheats. A bit hoppy for a tripel but it works well, orange zest tones are present in addition to an herbal spiceyness. Although lighter in body there is a malty chewyness to the ale which is wonderful. A crisping twinge adds to a delightful finish. a fine example of one of my favorite styles Bullit (4825) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 17, 2007
Golden colour, white foamy head. Rich, fruity aroma. Orange, hoppy flavors. Moderately bitter. Alcohol well hidden. Nice abbey tripel.