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RATINGS: 608   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
Why is the Grim Reaper holding a mailbox? Well, that mailbox is from a dead Dark Horse beer. The Grim Reaper better know as "Death" was quite fond of our classic Sapient Summer Wheat Ale. When we changed it into a Belgian Style Triple, Death thought it would only be appropriate to bring something from that beer into this beer. So he picked the mailbox, and we weren’t about to argue with him. You can say what you want about him, but that Death sure has a big heart. So anyway...we brewed this beer with a Trappist yeast strain so it is very traditional. The flavors are incredibly complex with notes of mild fruit and finishes with a bit of clove. Although this beer is higher in alcohol it is very smooth and finishes dry on the palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (7558) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 9, 2005
On tap at Clarkston Union. This ginger-colored ale poured with a nice white head. The flavor started sweet with a bitter hoppy finish. Tastes like a Belgian Trippel (looking at the label, I guess that was the intent).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 13, 2005
Pours opaque golden yelow with big creamy white head. Head is lasting with some lacing. Aroma is citrus, bananas, yeast and clove. Flavor is sweet, candy sugar, orange, pineapple, and spice. Slight bitterness in the finish. Very easy drinking. Almost no alcohol presence. Texture is smooth, medium body, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 27, 2005
Strong perfumey, floral, spicy, fruity, yeast accented aroma. Clear deep golden body with fizzy white head that recedes to partial cover and thick ring with some lacing. Candy sugar, alcohol, fruity flavour with fair finishing bitterness and light floral and spicy tones. A bit on the sweet side but never cloying. Medium body with lively carbonation that prickles the tongue and awakens the taste buds. Tulip glass. Cellar temp. Nottle (Main Street Party Store, Ann Arbor, Jul-05).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cathcacr (643) - Oregon, USA - SEP 25, 2005
Very well suited to my Tripel hankerin’ as of late. Meets all reasonable qualifications for a well-made Tripel. Aroma very strong in corn-like qualities, but aside from that, an unbelievably large head initially and lingering froth/bubblage. Just the right kind of non-overpowering, sweet and spicy flavor that makes this beer dangerously easy to get drunk on. Palate was lacking a bit at first, just meeting expectations, but the lingering sweet aftertaste compensated for that.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - SEP 20, 2005
12oz bottle thanks to Sully. Hazy yellow/gold color with a huge white head. Yeasty, fruity aroma of mangos and coriander. Flavor was sweet, but the excessive carbonation kept it from being cloying. Coriander, citrus, yeast are the predominant flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 14, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2005 Couleur orange pale, apparence semi trouble et nuageuse sous une moyenne quantité de mousse blanche concassée. Arômes de curaçao, de sucre candi et d’agrumes sous une signature levurée. Le style visé et le modèle de référence semblent déjà évidents. Déceptivement sucrée en bouche, le sucre candi laisse une certaine place aux saveurs de zeste et d’écorce d’orange, puis les levures prennent le dessus, ne semblant pas tout a fait transparente en finale. Carbonatation active et piquante, corps d’épaisseur semi mince, finale légèrement métallique.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2005
Yum - smells like honey, spice, sweet malts and pepper. Gorgeous to look at; glowing golden, thick white head, great lacing. Thick malts in a softly carbonated body give this a nice palate, although it bordered on syrupy once or twice. Honey coated summer fruits followed by a dry peppery finish. Good stuff - but why’s the monk on the label carrying a mailbox?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2005
Pours out a very pretty golden pour with nice white creamy head. Aroma reminded me of a gimmick belgian, its all there, but just kind of to make sure it fits the bill. Banannas, yeast, cloves, spices, honey. Flavor kind of along the same line, spices step up more. Kind of sweet, overall above mediocre.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3251) - Tennessee, USA - NOV 7, 2005
Huge frothy head over a hazy medium yellow body. Excellent lacing follows a long lasting head. Typical Belgian aroma with bread dough and lemony yeast predominating. Lightly sweet flavor and a light palate that finishes with just the right amount of dryness. A decent brew and worth trying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - NOV 2, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2006 Acquired through trade with CJ at Siciliano’s Market, Grand Rapids, MI. Pours a hazy pale golden color with only a thin head that quickly fades away and leaves a thin ring. There’s only a little lacing. Smells; I can really smell the banana and cloves, bread dough, and spices. This smell really nice. Taste; yeasty bread dough, as with the nose the bananas and cloves really come through, and it has a bit of a citrus zing to it. Slightly sweet on the finish, with just a touch of bitterness. This was much better than I had anticipated. Mouthfeel was was full, and just a bit syrupy. Really good beer.

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