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Brewed by Unibroue (Sapporo)
Style: Abbey Tripel
Chambly, Canada

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RATINGS: 2776   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   IBU: 19   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Bottle conditioned.
"The end of the world. The excellence of triple fermentation through a blend of special yeasts gives this malt beverage an exquisitely robust flavor of exceptional refinement."


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 16, 2002
Spicey, apple and pear aroma. Cloudy, golden, a few floaties. Strong sweet malt, wheat after taste. Extra zingy on the tongue. Terrific.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rauchbier (3596) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAY 7, 2002
UPDATED: APR 12, 2004 Bottle conditioned. Amber gold, poor head and moderate condition. Excellent heavy malt in the nose with hints of fruity jam and some background hop traces. Sweet thick malt in the mouth with a suggestion of Horlicks and a touch of good oxidation. Finish is oily with malt dominant and spicy around the edges.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
winkle (476) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 5, 2002
Cloudy orange colour, medium head, some lacing. Bit of citrus in the nose. I didn’t get much spice or pepper, must have been masked by the sediment. Very smooth with yeasty sweet malt flavour. I will buy more of this.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcalbi (378) - New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2002
Cloudy, yeasty pale yellow color with a thick, smooth bright white head and some lace on the glass. Aroma touching on several areas: bready, yeasty, a zesty citrusy lemon and slightly spicy on the nose.Very spicy feel with the filling flavor of yeast and some pepper as well.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gooner (136) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - APR 27, 2002
Very malty and the alcohol is very much up front. Almost like a fine wine.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SchlossyMcSaus (75) - San Marcos, California, USA - APR 21, 2002
Smells like a good German wheat, fruity, drinks like Belgian triple. Wonderful on the tounge, savor the sweet ending. Sticks around for a bit, kind of coats the mouth in a slight sweet oil, some refer to it as spicy, maybe I just go too much sediment into mine (this always seems to mellow things out). Solid Belgian 9% ABV, Unibroue are gods, they just don’t screw around when they make a product. Fans should try cellaring it for a year, it’s got to get even better.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
groovinhigh (170) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - APR 21, 2002
Similar to Lucifer, but with a slightly better flavor. Again, for a 9% alc. beer, the flavor is extremely smooth.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 19, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2004 Apr 02: 750 ml bottle. I have to say at the outset that this bottle was very flat. I mean, no carbonation at all, no bubbles, nada. So I was prepared for the worst, but happily it was semi-salvageable. Opaque amber/orange color reminds me of apple juice; nose, too, is fruit-like for the most part: lemony wit characteristics melding with apricot and apples. Nice, but not strong enough. Flavor & texture definitely hurt by the loss of spritz; it's intensely malty and sweet with virtually no hop character. Drunk at cellar temp, tolerable, but as it warmed it became quite cloying and viscous. The nice cider-like notes and faint herbal qualities I feel hallmark a special beer; unfortunately, my bottle was simply dead. A mixed review, then, but I will certainly try to find a good bottle someday; given the brewer's other works, it will probably be worth it. 7/3/5/2/11=2.8

May 04: Hazy spun gold, webs of yeast within, fully lasting creamy small head. Lovely yeasty apple-bread nose, thick hugely malty body has notes of apple, lemon chiffon cake, pepper... I had a seriously bad bottle of this initially, sorry it's taken me so long to re-rate. Wonderful stuff, loses just a bit at the finish but another top-notch effort from Sleeman, oops Unibroue still.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Caton (160) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 18, 2002
I had a 1997 vintage in the 750ml. It had distinct chardonnay characters with malty characters. It was well balanced and had a decent length that finished dry. I tasted a current vintage after and if anything it had a bit more sweetness. I think I might put a few more in the cellar!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
eczematic (1319) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - APR 17, 2002
Very cloudy appearance with a few dark flakes of yeast in there. I wonder how many yeasts they actually use: the French on the bottle says ’a special strain of yeast’ and the English says ’a blend of special yeasts’. Anyway. I got peanuts, orange and alcohol in the aroma. Flavour has a lot of honey (of the strong weirdo flowers variety), buttered corn on the cob, and peanuts with the skins still on. Texture is strangely tongue-coating and fatty. Finishes dry. Overall a curious creature, not as hoppy as i remembered from last time - but then I had a 2 year old bottle this time round so it must have mellowed.


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