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

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RATINGS: 401   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 23, 2005
Sample from 330 ml bottle at the Mondial. Massive bubbling in the lightly hazy gold body, long lasting head...spicy-sweet, yeasty nose, bit of apple...initially light mouthfeel, fairly malty, but in the middle heavy yeast comes in and it turns quite thick and full, honey and ripe fruit (apricot, pineapple), lightly bitter, smoky-herbal dry finish. I likes it fine.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 10, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2007 2004 bottle, if not 2005 even, sampled at the Mondial, 6/4/05. Small white head that recedes to cover. Lightly hazy straw body with some amber on the edges. Smells of dry yeast, very dusty and quite Belgian. Flavor is yeasty to start, but then, unexpectedly, I get some hop bitterness, rather plant-like or herbal, I suppose, but noticeably bitter (though nothing crazy). Bits of honey and light dough, well-malted, with low, tingly carbonation. Medium body, no thinning. Cookies, sweet dough, vanilla iced cream linger on . . . . and then Barry knocked the glass over and tried to blame it on me or Stephen.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JonMoore (1899) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 6, 2005
Clear, pale gold colour with medium sized white head. Aroma is citrus, apple and spice. Nice spicey and hoppy flavour. Dry, moderate carbonation, with a light bitter finish. Good tripel.
Earlier Rating: 1/19/2005 Total Score: 4
Bottle. Hazy golden colour with large white head. Aroma is spicey and citrusy, yeasty and perhaps some melon. Taste is , sweet initially but nicely balanced thereafter; apples and lemons detectable. Drinkable stuff with well hidded alcohol.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25083) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2005 (Bottle 25 cl) This version at 8% ABV. I found a vintage version of this one. (The best before date was in 1991). Fully golden, apparently clear beer with heavy sediment. (Chinese river-water). Pronounced head and vital carbonation. The outlines have vanished but I do sense some bitter hops. 231004 Fresh version sampled: 8/4/8/4/16=4 at 170298
Earlier Rating: 5/1/2005 Total Score: 3.4
(Bottle 25 cl) Quite pale, hazy. Some sweetness, lots of yeast and fruit with some hoppiness to create a nice balance. Nice Tripel. 180493

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Otje (678) - Veendam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 18, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2005 pours yellow/orange with a big white head which settles in a few minutes. lots of floaties. aroma: fresh, citrus, apple. taste: dough, apple, little hopbitter and metalish (iron, bad bottle?). finish is short malty and a little bitter. not so very good. ah well, good enough. i will re-rate this one later. (rerate:7-9-’05 +1 for appearance, no floaties; +1 for overall)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mklein818 (172) - Etterbeek, Virginia, BELGIUM - MAY 10, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2007 An underrated gem with a name that looks French but actually is Flemish. Solid, spicy flavor bounded by a medium strength. This beer is VERY tough to find, but well worth the trouble.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Choos (644) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - APR 5, 2005
Aroma: hop, apricot and a little spiritousness. Appearance: poures clear golden yellow, with yeast only slightly cloudy but with floaty crusties. Decent sized white head. Flavour: lightl fruit, almost pineapple or passionfruit flavours due to hops. Palate: thin and bubbly with a light lingering hop aftertaste.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lunkie (1460) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - APR 1, 2005
Sweet hop malt aroma. Slightly coloudy yellow colour with good head that fades. Good lacing. Light sweet hop malt flavour. Fizzy palate.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Stew41 (1753) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - MAR 17, 2005
Quite unique appearance, cloudy dull gold but seems very unfiltered given the ’floaties’. Sweet cloves and spice, nice text book nose. Just a little subdued. Palate is quite disappointing, so much so that this bottle may not be quite right. Has some skunky notes lurking, but far too much fizz to do the beer any good. Notes on the bouquet just don’t carry at all. Needs to be re-tasted.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 7, 2005
Basic tripel more like a blonde. Some ctrus and spice with acndy sugar and honey palate that does not follow thru.
Earlier Rating: 3/7/2005 Total Score: 3.2
Somewhat basic Blonde of little distinction. some hints of honeydew and citrusspice with a yeasty tartness and some floral grassy hop notes. Nice pillowy head clean easy drinking.


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