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RATINGS: 1352   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
poolstar (30) - Staffordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2015
dark beer, high in malt,caramel, warming aftertaste but could do with having a bit more of a kick to it.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alengrin (3221) - BELGIUM - MAY 14, 2015
I remember this trappist being introduced onto the market and have enjoyed it many times since, but apparently I hadn’t rated it yet, so I bought a bottle for this occasion and will try to evaluate it like it’s the first time I taste it. Very sticky, cobweb-lacing, moussy, off-white head but (surprisingly) quite some gushing too, even continuing long after I’ve opened the bottle; colour is a warm deep bronze with ruby hue, initially clear with low fizz. Scotch-like aroma of cookie dough, caramel candy, candied figs, hint of iron, liquorice, industrial honey, hazelnut paste, milk chocolate, candied cherries, soapy and floral hops (Saaz?), brown sugar, banana ester, overripe pear, hint of port wine. Sweet onset, candied cherries, banana, raisins and candi syrup, fairly strong carbo for the style even tingling a bit, sourish accent, somewhat oily but full and ’fluffy’ mouthfeel, faint metallic hint, full caramelly and lightly nutty maltiness, spicy yeastiness over all of this and ending in a finish which combines the initial sourishness and prickly carbo with slick malt sweetness, leafy hop bitterishness and a warming, but otherwise very well-hidden presence of alcohol. I have the impression this has not evolved very much since the beginning, contrary to the Blond, which has become a bit more balanced and is now more widely available than this one; the aroma strongly reminds me of the Scotch style, which manifests itself in Belgium mostly in the form of Christmas beers, but without the spices in this case. Certainly decent, but still (after more than 15 years) a bit lacking the personality, profundity and complexity of the older Belgian trappist brands, I’m afraid. I prefer the ’Extra’ version and I cannot but feel that this one has become a bit neglected over the years... I do understand, however, the difficulty of achieving the same refinement as e.g. Rochefort 8 or Westvleteren 8 in a relatively short period of time.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ruuurd (135) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 13, 2015
Really nice brown trappist! Like the warmth of the beer, the sweet caramel tones and the color!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
charlotte (4742) - rødovre, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2015
Bottle.Muddy brown colour with medium head.Aroma is bready and malty with taste of yeast and caramel,medium mild fruity flavor with note of caramel and hops.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
veronneaupy (238) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 6, 2015
Au nez, c'est caramelisé, sucré, alcoolisé, typique d'une brune belge. En bouche, c'est puissant, pétillant, bcp de grains, caramelisé, presque sucre d'orge/cassonade. La finale est persistante, riche, alcoolisée. Tout ce qu'on s'attend d'une brune belge! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
blackmetal (179) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 5, 2015
Has the standard fruit/caramel Belgian overtone with a nice heavy malty composition.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
altonbrownd (3752) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - MAY 2, 2015
Body dark and coffee. Slight head. Nose is sweet and fruity. Lots of taste. Full-bodied. Alcy in the finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
HIGHB4LL (835) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 27, 2015
11.2 oz. bottle from Wilbur’s. Appearance: finger tan head, amber-brown to ruby color, clear, ok lacing. Aroma: light prune, slight anise aroma, floral hops, light grassiness, caramel. Palate: medium body, average carbonation, slightly dry finish, light alcohol warming sensation. Taste: sweet caramel with prune and cherry notes that are very well balanced out by a slight grassy and floral hop character, with an alcoholic warming finish. Overall, super smooth, very desirable tastes and aromas, amazing beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
jjsint (1383) - Ely, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2015
Bottle at the Elm Tree, Cambridge. Muddy light chocolate  colour with a small creamy khaki head. Berries, chocolate, a touch of cedar. Full sweet taste with a bitter/sour vinous coat. Delicious bittersweet finish. Of course it’s good, but not my favourite Trappist Dubbel.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ChtiBreizh (148) - Rennes, FRANCE - APR 13, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2015 I really love the blond but this is way too sweet. Interesting plum, dry fruits flavours though.


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