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Brewed by Brasserie Du Bocq
Style: Abbey Tripel
Purnode-Yvoir, Belgium

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RATINGS: 417   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Blond, living beer with a fine and generous head. Balanced association of green apple fruit and fine hop. Light bitterness, smooth, beer with character.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2006
Bottle. Slight plastic characters noticed in the first sniff and first tastes. Citrusy, yeasty, with some raw alcohol, burning alcohol in the finish, a bit raw.
Earlier Rating: 7/8/2005 Total Score: 3
Draught@The Belgian Draught Beer Festival, Croydon, London. Fairly nice start to proceedings. Nice light lemon and peachy fruit. Finishes lightly yeasty and dry, with some light peppery spice.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Quinten (1051) - zaandam, NETHERLANDS - APR 14, 2006
golden color, foamy thin head, some spice aroma, fruits, some sweetness, nice one but not special.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NoiZe (2323) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - FEB 27, 2006
6th Dutch Ratebeer Gathering. Aftertaste is a bit bitter. Flavor has got some hints of koriander and/or some other spices. A bit sweet too. Enjoyable, but not too special.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2006
No distinct aroma to speak of. Tastes kind of like lemon merangue, black pepper, and corriander. Flavor is kind of tangy, fruity (very slight sweet citrus flavor). Weird. Interesting, but weird. Kinda hits me wrong.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - FEB 6, 2006
Sweet aroma and flavor. very fruity. lots of carbonation. finishes clean and non-offensive. This seems to be typical of Du Bocq. Good mass-market beers that please everyone, but fall short of being special. But as long as my favorite hang out still has these cheap, I will keep drinking.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
highlandlad (1434) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 2, 2006
A well-balanced tripel from Du Bocq. Good but not outstanding. Pale gold with a light haze and a healthy swathe of souffle-like foam. Good head retention. Classic tripel aroma includes cloves, bubblegum, rock melon, honey and dusty hops. Very fresh-smelling and a bit sticky. Medium bodied - very much at the leaner end of the tripel scale. Mouth-filling carbonation, a little bit too much IMO. Carries its 7.3% abv very easily - wouldn’t know it was that strong from the flavour. Very ’clean’ flavour mix and not especially complex. Golden syrup, lemons, apples, cloves, with a nice tangy finish. Very well integrated. (33cl bottle, IBS Perth, bb 26/10/06)
Earlier Rating: 1/16/2006 Total Score: 3.2
Has anyone told British Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott that he’s on the label of this beer bottle wearing a jester’s hat? Might be safer not to - he can get a bit punchy... Onto the contents: cloudy pale lemon with a thick, tight head showing good length. Very busy carbonation. Light peachy aroma, a bit like a yeasty Viognier. Also some sugary fruit concentrate notes. Fairly full and creamy mouthfeel, quite substantial. Sweet and fruity - canned pear juice, vanilla, some lemony tartness and a shake of pepper in the finish. Quite warming in the stomach. Nothing complex about this but it’s very approachable. Not a top tier tripel but above average. (25cl bottle, IBS Perth, bb 10/11/06)

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sofajoern (146) - DENMARK - JAN 30, 2006
Quite good looking beer with a big white head. Quite lively carbonation. Very nice aroma - fruit, yeast and a touch of honey. Flavour disappoints slightly and is over way too quick. Decent but not great.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
GarethYoung (1110) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 15, 2006
[LCRBM] aroma is peachy, herbal. body is a little thin, decent beer, but not a great example of the style.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - JAN 9, 2006
This is what I feel like I sadi to myself as I played lucky dip in my IB shop beer box. So I let it sit in the fridge for a couple of hours and fluted it into my little Chouffe tulip glass. So far so good. Fine colour and good beading in the glass with an equally clean head. The nose has hints of clove and peach with a lively body awaiting the important voyage down my gullet. As a beer it is quite good but in assessing the quality of an abbey tripel it fails to meet the high expectation of such a beer. Definitely a good beer but not one of those that makes to sit there and smile until the last drop makes you yearn for more.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TBone (14175) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 23, 2005
Bottled (BB 10/2006)
Pale hazy yellow, small white head. Fruits (water melon), wood and some sweetness in the nose. Carbonated, yeasty fruity (orange), some alcohol and hops, quite dry, dry white wine -like aftertaste. Simple but drinkable triple.
Earlier Rating: 2/2/2005 Total Score: 3.2
Bottled (BB 12/2005)
Hazy orange, small white head. Strong deep aroma of malts, berries and leather. Smooth carbonated mouthfeel. Crisp citron palate with metallic and dry aftertaste. Warming. OK triple.


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