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Brewed by Van Den Bossche
Style: Abbey Tripel
St. Lievens-Esse/Herzele, Belgium

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RATINGS: 339   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle conditioned.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - AUG 12, 2005
Orange body, greyish darker portion on inch below head. Hazy. Foam is thick and white, lovely. Clove, spice, coriander, honey, and acidic citrus ping the nose. Big, full taste, lighter citrus fruits with plenty of spice, mlasses/caramel lightly, sweet on palate. Decent amount of dryness from hops and alcohol. Decent laccing. Aftertaste is drying but good.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 28, 2005
Lasting big-bubbled foamy white head tops the clear golden hue. Beautiful farmy nose, soft malt and hops reach a great balance, floral and spicy with just a touch of honey. Well included alcohol is not a factor. Citrusy palate, very soft on the tongue, floral and dry. Medium bodied, sweet and passionatemaltiness. Fluffy yeast accentuate the grains of paradise character. Apple and grainy malts mysteriously accentuates the freshness of the palate. Good stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 21, 2005
07.16.05 Bottle at BCTC. Pineapple and pears, wheaty, citrus, bubblegum. Flavor adds leather and must, cobwebs. Very nice but unfortunately hot.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12616) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2005
(750ml bottle) Pours a lightly cloudy amber body with a large white head. Aroma of musty leaves and citrus. Creamy mouthfeel. Flavor of apples, citrus, and mild spicies.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JonMoore (2062) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 22, 2005
Nice looking golden colour with a slim, then gone white head. Aroma is spicey and fruity. Quite highly carbonated with a foamy/spritzy mouthfeel, Taste is honey, fruit, malts and a bitter finish. Nice tripel.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SayNoToCoors (65) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - JUN 3, 2005
Hmm, not the worst belgian iíve ever had, but far from the best. It does have that belgian flavor that we have all come to know and love (ya know, that good and fruity flavor) but it just seems quite empty when compared to other high quality belgians. This beer had big fat chunks of sediment floatin around (which I really like). I was careful to not pour them into my glass until the last ounce of brew... then the taste seemed better because of the nutty flavor the last bit of sediment provided. Overall, not a drain pour, but I will probably not pick it up again.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 1, 2005
a sim rate: The aroma is strong and as Iím drinking it out of a Delirium glass (the Jan Van Gent and Rochefort glasses are dirty, so Deliriumís the closest!), itís great to smell as Iím sipping. The taste is characteristic of a true tripel and reminiscent of a Tripel Karmeliet (without the bite) or a St Feuillien Tripel, but perhaps more yeasty. There are lots of "yummies" floating around in the bottom of the glass and I didnít even pour in the last bit from the bottle! It smells better than it tastes (again, this may be enhanced by the Delirium glass), but itís a good tripel.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
schuimkroaat (427) - Leuven, BELGIUM - MAY 17, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2006 33 cl bottle, bbe Feb 06. Orange, quite clear, large bubbles, unstable head. Very fruity, a bit malty and vinous (port?) in the nose. Predominantly sweet taste with a certain slightly biting acidity and a good hint of alcohol. Juicy with a bitterish (Central European hops?) aftertaste. Too empty.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6537) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2006 I have not had the chance to try this one before, but I will definitely not forget to get back to this one again. Sampled from an 11.2 oz brown bottle this brew pours a bright gold with lots of floaters and a large white head. The aroma is marvelous. Sweet, fruity and spicy. One of the most appetizing smelling beers I have encountered. The taste did not quite live up to the aroma but was excellent regardless. Light sweet malts, a moderate yeasty presence and some light honey and fruit elements.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - MAY 1, 2005
Orange-amber color with some hazyness and a small white head. Nice fruity accents of stone fruits, spices, chutney and some earthy touches. Soft malty taste with some zesty bitterness and hints of fresh spices like corriander and mint. Nice nutty mouthfeel ending with a faint flowery and fruity afthertaste.


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