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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.69/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
To round out our tribute to the great monastic breweries of Belgium this Abbey ale is golden in color with a rich, honeyed aroma and a dry, spicy finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3380) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 14, 2009
750ml bonus from hopdog. Shared at the J&J tasting with wetherl, denverlogan, giascar, lagunitasfan, toncatcher, and maybe other people, but I’m drunk. Pours gold with a bright white ring. Huge huge bread/sweet crackers nose, as soon as the cork popped. Taste is sweet and nice and citrussy, great trip for me, as I am one to openly shun most trips.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 13, 2009
A soft pour produces an almost three-finger thick, pale tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. As I pour this solid fruit aromatics of ripe pear, apple, over-ripe honeydew and some tropical fruit notes greet my nose. The beer is a amber color that shows a lightly hazed, orange tinged, straw-gold color when held up to the light. A deeper inspection of the aroma confirms the dominant fruit notes but there is also notes of black pepper, earthy coriander and over-ripe, not quite rotting ginger in the finish. Actually the over-ripe, not quite rotting description is a good one for the fruit character here in the nose as well. As my nose becomes accustomed to the fruit some spicy, phenolic notes of clove. Despite my somewhat off putting descriptors of the nose, I am really enjoying the aroma of this beer.

The beer is somewhat sweet tasting, but much of this is accentuated by the fruit esters found in this beer, it is also a touch tart which really adds a nice touch to the overall flavor profile. Fruit flavors of tart / ripe pear, star fruit, musk melon (so much more apt than cantaloupe here). There is a definite hint of mustiness here as well, something a bit like a sweet mushroom note, perhaps a bit like a moldy shoe lace (not quite moldy socks, but near there). There beer gets more fruit laden as the beer warms up with a concentrated, pear like note coming to the fore. The finish has a nice peppery, spicy ginger, lingering turpene piquancy, slightly herbal / grassy note and a touch of a hop bitterness to it all of which contribute to a nice bite towards the end of each sip. this has a certain richness to it with a velvety texture, but it is not overly heavy; it is perhaps a bit heavier than I would like a Tripel to be. The sweetness that is here is really well masked by the spiciness and the tartness.

I really like the character that this has picked up during fermentation; the ample esters, phenolics and spiciness is actually quite a bit more characterful than any Tripel I can remember having. At times this really has me thinking I am biting into a ripe, tart melon of some sort. This is quite interesting and quite the enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - NOV 30, 2008
Thanks to weeare138 for sharing this bottle. Pours a hazy golden/orange with a bunch of floaties and a bubbly white head...gusher alert! Flavor of candy sugar, banana, citrus, bubblegum, yeast, earthy and honey. Flavor of citrus, honey, sweet bready malt, citrus, spicy notes and apple juice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (11681) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2008
750ml bottle shared courtesy of weeare135654. Poured a medium and cloudy golden color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, fruity, hodeny and spices. Tastes of citrus, the same fruitiness (apples and pears), and vanilla. Light alcohol in the finish. Overall, a very nice American made Tripel

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (6136) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2008
Poured a murky golden color with a thin, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrus fruits, vanilla, honey, toasted malts, spices, and coriander. Taste of more coriander, vanilla, citrus fruits, green apple, white grapes, pils malt, and a bit of alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - OCT 27, 2008
750ml bottle. Cloudy amber color with a medium head. Fairly good lacing. Aroma was pome and citrus fruits, pineapple, yeasty spiciness and honey. A hint of funk. Has the ’sweet-n-sour’ thing going on in the taste. Quite refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2008
750ml Bottle: Sweet aroma of yeast, pear, apple, grapes, funk, and spices. Poured amber/dark gold in color with a large, creamy, rocky, off-white head that lasted throughout. Cloudy. Sparkling. Full of tiny particles. Very sweet flavor. Tastes of grapes, fruit, candi sugar, pineapple, resin, citrus, apple, pear, and honey. Full body. Average texture. Lively carbonation. Sweet, fruity finish. Very sweet. Almost like fruit juice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (10000) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2008
750 CC bottle from PUB’N. Pours turbid deep gold toward orange with 3-finger uniform, creamy white head. Huge cork pop and that lovely smokey waft upon cork pop. Great sticky concentric lace rings. Nose is rock sugar, yeasty spice, florals, peppery and hopcitric notes. Tastes rock sugar and syrupy apricotty at first, with backup hopcitrus, some honey, spicy peppery notes, and a hefty, fairly complex palate. This one is good, not great. The first half is a 3.7, the repour a 3.0, for the 3.3 average, as it gets hot late and falls apart a bit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 26, 2008
22oz bottle, courtesy of kmweaver. Thanks, Ken! Dark hazed gold, off white fizzy head. Soft bready spice aromas warm to hints of honey pear and citrus. Tart and sweet citrus flavors ride hints of brown sugared pineapple. Light bodied, soft carbonation , sweet spiced finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
argo0 (13318) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 14, 2008
(750ml bottle, thanks CaptainCougar) Medium off-white head atop cloudy light amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, candi sugar, some straw, grape, orange. Taste is medium sweet, orange, some lemon. Medium body, light acidity.

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