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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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 13, 2010
750 ml bottle; thanks to Sammy for the trade; clear copper with sharp citrus and bananas on the nose; light bodied with a little buttery malt and stale hops; very smooth as it warms up and I can imagine how good this must have been when fresh; even now it has some fruity hops and syrupy sweetness

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmac (3924) - 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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcwattsrugger (11076) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2011
Apr 07-750 bottle-Small Gathering @my place-shared by James-pours a rich thin light tan head and hazy amber color. Aroma is sweet medium malt-caramel, secondary spice hops, medium fruit-honey. Taste is sweet medium malt-caramel, secondary spice hops, medium fruit-honey. Smooth. Soft pineapple.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (5979) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 14, 2007
Bottle (750ml) shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, tupalev & jerc -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Bottle 588. Pours a hazy amber with an average size somewhat-lasting bubbly white head. Nice aroma of hops and caramel malt, slightly sweet, along with some fruit and spices. Very tasty spicy hoppy flavour with a good amount of malt, some alcohol and yeast and a long bitter finish. Medium bodied. I am very surprised that this is by Ithaca -- wow! -- this is a fantastic beer!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GregClow (2858) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 19, 2007
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, blankboy, tupalev & jerc - courtesy of HogTownHarry. Bottle #588. Hazy dark amber colour with a small white head. Fantastic aroma - big, warm, sweet & hoppy. Flavour is dynamite, with sweet honeyish notes, hints of spice and yeast, and a long, dry finish. An interesting hybrid that I really enjoyed.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pinkzambia (1436) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 18, 2007
Bottle: Murky, cider brown with a small head. Mild juniper aroma with a hoppy taste. This is not your average Abbey Tripel and I love it! It leaves a fairly bitter aftertaste and is a great drink! Thanks Indiana_Red for sharing this Ithaca treasure!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckeyeBoy (2650) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 18, 2007
750ml bottle pours out a ligth haze amber topped with a off white hea. A great hop aroma. Abbey going on for me??? As and IPA very good. A nice bitter end. Thanks Indiana_red

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - AUG 24, 2007
Courtesy jayg. Pours a cloudy orange.red with a small off white head. Smells of juicy grapefruit hops, other citrus fruit. Maybe a little spice too. The taste has a big spice character to it as well, with a bunch of hops, and grapefruit citrus. Definitely get a good dose of caramel sweetness hanging around too. Mild bitterness in the finish and lingering in the aftetaste. I definitely dont taste any tripel characters, mostly all IPA characters. Mislabeled in my opinion. Pretty good beer though.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - MAR 15, 2008
750 ml bottle courtesy of beastiefan2k via theisti; enjoyed at csbosox’s tasting on 3/7/08. Pours a light, muddy, spiced tea brown with a thin, white skin at the surface. On the nose are bready malt and floral, piny and spicy hops. Medium-bodied and quite slick with a hoppy, bitter finish. The flavor follows the nose; a nicely balanced beer. This was my favorite of the evening, up to that point in the festivities. Thanks for sharing this one with us, Eugene!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
tomthompson89 (1897) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 28, 2008
nice copper color, some floaters, good white foam, nose is heavy hops, some sweet malts. Flavor is hops on the front again good malts to compliment itsome pepper and a little sweetness on the finish.


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