Additional notes 01/28/23 (pictured)
18 years later the head on this beer is now magnificent, with huge ice-cream foam, great retention and lace (contrast with the notes below). The head is frankly, perfection in 2023. The color still disappoints though (as noted in the original review).
As much as I love The Christmas, Easter and Blue Van Keizer Dark – they are all -time favorites of mine – the Tripel doesn’t quite do it for me. I’m always surprised at how I walk away from this beer, but it’s pretty consistently the case; this just isn’t my favorite Tripel, or even in the top few Belgian examples for me. Odd given the reverence I give (and afforded quite rightly), so many other Het Anker beers.
Original notes 12/13/05
750 mL corked & caged bottle.
Rather disappointing appearance, a bit flat and a very murky orange colored mess make up the body. I was hoping for a rather more yellow, clearer body. Some nice head, but it’s gone all too quickly. Appearance is this beers weakest link. (I am beginning to wonder how old this bottle really is).
Aroma and taste are typical for the style, with strong Belgian yeasts and fruits dominating the overall experience. Obviously there is the alcohol and the sugar, but these are lower-key than many others of the same style.
Nice mouthfeel with a tiny bitterness in the shortish finish.
Pretty ordinary example of the style, I enjoyed it but I expect more from an authentic belgian Tripel.