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RATINGS: 110   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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A Belgo-American Ale brewed with special Canadian Honey Malt, generous additions of Simcoe, Amarillo, and Saaz hops, and an authentic Trappist Ale Yeast. Enjoy the tawny color, thick scent of tropical fruit and flowers, warming flavors of honey and clove, and clean, bitter finish.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmac (3757) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2011
750 ml bottle thanks to jtclockwork, thanks for sharing this one James. Poured a deep honey brown with a flat small light beige head that quickly disipates. Aroma is rather sweet and almost reminiscent of a barleywine,notes of caramel, toffee, vanilla extract, syrupy overall with an additional touch of honey. Smooth body with soft carbonation an average thickness on the mouthfeel but it all just coms together nicely. Flavors of grassy older hops, honey,yeast, grains, slight slight alcohol. This one aged awesome.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 12, 2008
The pour reveals a cloudy amber color with a thin white head. Good aroma of resinous hops and yeast. Good flavor of resinous hops, yeast, sweetness and citrus, thereís strong bitterness in the finish. The body is medium with a creamy texture and moderate carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - DEC 2, 2007
PP Strong Ale Fest Bottle 4/07 #1708 from Goldtwins. Pours orange with a thin off white head. Nose is citrussy and yeasty. Taste is sweet mild, hoppy, yeasty, nice and balanced. According to BBB63 this is the style of 2007 the hoppy belgian.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 26, 2007
Courtesy jayg. Bottle #259. Bottled 4/07. Abbey Tripel? Hardly. This one screams IPA in all respects. Orange-amber, cloudy body. Small, bubbly, off-white head. The aroma shows fresh, lively orange hops with hints of pine resin, faint caramel malts, and fruity yeast. Flavor shows primarily the same, with tons of crisp citrus fruitiness and acidity followed by caramel malts and a bevy of flowery tastes. Bitterness is moderate, though adequate enough to provide good balance. Smooth, medium mouthfeel and body with a clean citrus finish. Very ice brew, though it resembles a Tripel about as much as I resemble Shaquille OíNeal.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3340) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2008
750ml thanks to maxxdaddy.....pours a hazy amber brown with a very noticeable off-white head...iím getting mostly caramel malt in the nose with a very slight tropical fruitiness with emphasis on the maltiness.....flavors of sweet caramel malt and some bitterness thrown into the ring from the hops. finish has a little bitternes to it as well. flavorwise this one has more of a pale ale bent with an equal focus on the a sweetness coming from the malt.... interesting enough.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerbill (3274) - Laurel, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2007
750 ml bottle. Released April, 2007. Bottle # 1600. Pours a slightly hazy amber gold with virtually no head. Pleasant aroma of caramel, floral hops, and some light pine. The flavor is initially caramel, followed by some strong pine flavors. Resinous, bitter finish. I realize this is an attempt to mesh two styles, but I think the IPA attributes pretty much run over any of the Tripel characteristics. As an IPA, this beer is ok, as a Tripel, it is not very good.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zach8270 (3220) - Henrietta, New York, USA - NOV 19, 2008
(bottle - 750 ml) Copper pour with not much of a head. Very light carbonation and lacing. Aroma is sweet and yeasty with some good Belgian spices but also a light touch of hops. Lots of candied sugars and some pepper as well. Flavor is sweet and lightly bitter at the start that gives way to a malty and earthy middle and a light hoppy finish that blends well with the spice and yeast. Finishes clean, dry, and tart with a very light alcohol presence.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 22, 2007
750mL bottle, #080. Pours a clear, orangish ruby color; light tan head with good lacing. Nice dose of piney and citrusy hops in the aroma; some yeast and white pepper. Lively carbonation on the tip of the tongue, leading into a medium-to-full-bodied belgian tripel with a dose of piney hops; the tripel profile itself is quite nice and appropriate-to-style: somewhat dry and peppery, almost palate cleansing in its roughness, with some floral esters and plenty of yeast; the Simcoe profile adds a nice touch: somewhat resiny and chewy, melding well and giving a further dry pine and citrus earthiness to the rest of the beer; itís not quite the Houblon, but itís tasty and well-integrated. The deep pine notes linger for a while. Long, dry pine and citrus hop finish, with a dose of belgian sugars.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEpeeist (3189) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2008
25.4 oz bottle, 4/07. Murky orange brown with some forced white suds. Nose like a barleywine with caramel, spice and perfume. Body close to syrupy but unfortunately almost flat. Taste is honey and toffee, lemon tea, quinine and pine. Hops, as expected, play just a supporting role but still come through. Dry yeasty finish. In spite of the age, still pretty good.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - NOV 1, 2007
Bottle provided by Scraff. Hazy amber body with a small white cover. The nose is apricot, tangerine, cat urine and caramel. The flavor is moderately sweet with cotton candy, toffee, tangerine and grapefruit. Medium/full body is soft and sticky with light carbonation.


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