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

bottled
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 748   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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A strong, abbey-style ale, clean and complex.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thedm (5034) - Fort Wayne, USA - SEP 9, 2003
This brew poured a very large head of foamy finely sized white mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a minimal lacing and a hazy yellow colored body with yeast freely floating in it. The aroma is fairly complex with notes of fruit and flowers in it. The mouthfeel is smooth thinck and finishes tingly with a lingering coriander/cloven taste. The flavor changes as time goes on. Initially is tastes like bread and a bit on the thick side, then it changes into amore of a corander/clove flavor as the finish in the mouthfeel takes over. Very interesting brew thia one is.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2003
Good. Your typical belgian ale. I think it might be one of the lower ABV ones I've had.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 29, 2003
This beer pours with a white head that disappears quickly. It is a hazy straw color. Smells of cheddar cheese, a hint of alcohol, and of lightly funky socks. Tastes lightly sweet, with a slightly peachy flavor, followed by a cheesy after taste. Fairly light bodied, which is on style for a tripel. Some astringency that finishes the beer off. I am not sure that this was the freshest sample, but I sort of liked the cheddar notes that I found in this beer, it added a bit of character that I found lacking in some of their other brews.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 21, 2003
Light orange color, minimal head (not like this picture that's for sure). Honey, apple flavors, medium body, not very complex, lacking some spice and yeast. Too much carbonation for me. Not amongst my favorite Belgians.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
McWhite (108) - Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2003
Poured a nice gold color with a large white head. Smelled a bit like wine and spice. Taste was slightly spicy but dry. Drank smoothly.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bob32256 (171) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - AUG 7, 2003
slightly sweet smell, with hints of peach; the taste is also sweet, with a finish much like sherry

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 1, 2003
Aroma of spices and alcohol. Pours straw yellow, very large (and annoying) head, slightly cloudy. Sweetness in the flavour and a dry finish. Slight hops and alcohol. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Overall lacking complexity but not a bad beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
presario (4828) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 1, 2003
I have finally found a beer with too much head. Took me more than 5 minutes to empty a 25cl bottle into a Duvel glass. Plenty of carbonization which settles down before head. Dark straw colour. Strong aroma when you open the bottle but rather light in the glass. Hard to pick out specific flavours. Alcohol flavours are strong from start to finish. Almost malt liquor like. Dry and light candy finish with some bitterness.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2003
A mild and light tripel. Unfortunately it is very yeasty. Otherwise it would probably have been a fine brew.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - JUL 4, 2003
Appearance exactly like the picture (including the mile-high foamy head). Aroma gave away nothing but the taste was a complete fruit basket (peach, apricot, cranberry, etc) topped off with LOTS of alcohol. Personally I thought there was too much alcohol and it spoiled what was an otherwise very enjoyable beer.


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