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This is the ultimate Belgian style. The very high gravity of this beer is balanced by the smoothness of its finish. Banana and Clove aromas come from the Belgian yeast strain combining with the generous dose of Belgian Candi Sugar. The Saaz hops help to give this beer a balanced bitterness with no noticeable hop aroma.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 24, 2003
An exercise in overpricing. Poured a fiery copper orange, with a thin off-white head. Estery banana aroma. This tasted like circus peanuts- strong banana flavors (like banana candy) dominated any malt complexity that may have existed. Alcohol was hidden well. A syrupy banana brew, and nothing more. It is my final absolution to never drink this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - DEC 15, 2003
spritzy clove and sweet aroma, transparent orange with a frothy head, floral, alcoholic, and strikingly similar to NB Trippel

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jaymobrown (1664) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2003
Funky rubber band, plum, banana chip, alcohol, and almond nose. Tastes like a loaf of banana bread with the muted fruit flavors and yeast. Tight alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeM500 (1905) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - SEP 22, 2003
Somewhat hefeweizen-like in nose, banana esters, but longer, fuller sweetness and hints of spicy alcohol. First sip is tingly and sweet. Sugary, rich middle, and long dry alcoholic, spicy finish. From the bottle this is a slightly complex, fun beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2003
This beer looked good, smelled good, and tasted like a freakin' banana. Sweet and syrupy, and pretty tasty, but it tastes too much like a banana daquiri for my tastes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6037) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 28, 2003
At MBG Summer fest: Dark copper hue that is slighty hazy, small creamy head. Taste was fruity and malty, hints of tawny port, wood, and spice. Taste was sweet with some bitter balance on the backend. Dry finish, touch of alcohol detected. Dry and soft mouthfeel, medium to full-bodied. I've had better triples and much worse (like Big Buck). Recommended if you are in the area.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 16, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2007 Fairly small white cream head. Super cloudy rusty/orange color. It looked heavy, if thats possible. It delivers a full flavor up front, quite sweet with lots of spices/banana coming through. I wasnt sure if i was drinking a tripel or a wit. Though it has no wheaty taste, tripels arent usually this sweet and round. No astringency whatsoever, and I can hardly believe, reading this now, that it is 10 abv, couldnt tell. Ends with an almost, but not quite, tart peach flavor with plenty of yeast on the palate. The saaz hops are present in the background of this beer, but do not really make much of an appearance. This beer would be wonderful to cellar, but was not cloying, like some notably sweet beers, so was delightful to drink new, just as well.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
hotstuff (4092) - Indiana, USA - MAY 20, 2003
Poured a small head that dissolved quickly in my glass. There was no lacing. It had a very cloudy appearance. The aroma was fruity. This brew was not to my liking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
thedm (4935) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAY 18, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2003 This brew poured a small head of fine to medium sized bubbles and a cloudy orange brown body. It had a fruity aroma with an apricot flavor which was not greatly to my liking.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2003
A truly wondeful beer. Sampled several times over at the Polar Beer Fest. A nice presence of clove, nutmeg and pepper spice up this yeasty, malty treat. This is a liquid meal that is filling and satisfying. Complex and delicious. A beer to have when you are having one. Well-done.

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