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Brewed by Bavik-De Brabandere
Style: Abbey Tripel
Harelbeke, Belgium

bottled
common

on tap
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 730   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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A strong, abbey-style ale, clean and complex.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Panzuriel (1378) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2003
Full foamy white head with a honey golden liquid beneath. Nice aroma of fruity malts and evident alcohol. Taste is of alcohol and hops with a tad of sour bitters in a bad way. Texture is nice and fluid on the watery side. Alcohol content is evident.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - APR 27, 2003
Hazy pale gold w/ large frothy head. Mildly sour nose w/ vinous character & some citrus, cloves, & spice. Good carbonation, though slightly syrupy feel. Smooth flavour w/ yeast, banana, & cloves. Finish is nicely bitter w/ a warm alcohol tingle.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - APR 3, 2003
golden color with huge white head. light fruity aroma, malty with fruit and hints of spice. a nice tripel

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (8200) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAR 7, 2003
Golden colour, white, good head. Nose made up by pale malts, grain, chaff. Very dry impression, alcohol, slightly perfumed and peppery. There is a slight sweetness underlying. Aftertaste is sweet. A good triple - but I estimate the old name, Cuvée St. Amand, was more colourful.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ekarmst (44) - Ames, Iowa, USA - MAR 5, 2003
I was impressed with this beer, period. Malty, light bodied, effervecent, smooth finish. Restrained belgian character. The malt really stands out in this beer. Now, it was oxidized, but what imported beer isn't oxidized. Very well balanced. Wow, I like this beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Frank (3202) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2003
Lightly fruity aroma with a slight hint of spice. Light golden-orange in appearance. Medium, long-lasting head. Spunky carbonation bite. Medium bodied. Somewhat syrupy mouthfeel. Tastes of sweet white wine. Some alcohol lingers pleasantly in the finish along with just a touch of hop bitterness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11863) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 2, 2003
Big white head atop hazy golden body. Aroma is spicy, fruity (citrus), and light bubblegum. Taste is moderately bubblegum sweet, lemon, some spiciness. Sticky palate. Mild alcohol burn in the swallow.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
21iceman40 (1732) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 28, 2003
Looks like dirty water. A huge amount of head, at lest from this one, much made it onto my computer table. Head vanishes immediately though. A yeasty sour smell to it. A thick malty flavor to it, more bitter than sour. Some spices are also aparent as is a lil bit o alcohol. All around this is a very nice tripel, not what I expected, but still respectably good.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aubrey (3481) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 25, 2003
Murky gold with orange hues. Head seemed to die rather quickly; just a thin film left. Nose is sweet; makes me think of wet, sugar-coated candy. Nice mouthfeel: dense carbonation with a somewhat malty backbone. Yeast actually contributes nicely to the flavor; earthy and chewy in a way. Some spicy notes here and there. A hint of bitterness too. Salty and bitter notes seem to outweigh the sweetness, my only major complaint.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CapFlu (4684) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 15, 2003
UPDATED: APR 19, 2004 (25cl bottle) I am feeling like the jolly, bald monk on the bottle. Laughably huge head – ¾ of the glass. Unbelievable frothy, like opening the washing machine during the initial cycle. Pale gold colour. Hoppy nose, perhaps some citrus. Tastes of a Belgian Strong’s alcohol, spice and hop mix. Finishes dry and tart. Very good Belgian Ale!


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