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RATINGS: 1233   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
Superior Hoppy Belgian Ale. White very rich foam, small bubbles. Very hoppy, spicy, fruity flavour and full, heart warming body. Brewed at first at Van Steenberge, now brewed at Koningshoeven - La Trappe brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 7, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2007 Pours a murky golden orange with a huge fluffy white head. Good lacing on a tulip glass. Nice fruity aroma. Raisins, plums, citrus, and some spices. Nice full mouth feel with a spicy hop finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (12027) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAR 5, 2007
Tap. Hazy golden with an extremely nice, and very creamy (almost whipped cream) white head. Lightly sweet malty aroma. Taste is quite powerful. Pretty vinious and a dry bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
locarboy (129) - USA - MAR 5, 2007
On tap at the Map Room in Chicago, IL. Poured with a nice white head. Light golden color. I was expecting a spectacular experience. I had just had a Trois Pistoles and was in Belgium beer heaven. I was a bit disappointed by this one. I like my golden Belgians to be about the malt an yeast and have the hops play a supporting role. Unfortunately the hops got in the way of all of that. It would be ok with me if the hops were of the late addition variety instead of the bittering and flavor variety. A well made beer, but not what I want in a Belgian, I’ll have an IPA or an American beer with lots of Cascades if I want that much hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JohnnyJ (5370) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 2, 2007
Clear gold with a large fluffy white head. Aroma of light fruit, citrus, a little bit of spice, and hops. Flavors of spice, citrus, orange, sweet and finishes with a little bitter hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lovemyipas (544) - nw burbs, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2007 pours a cloudy yellow with a huge three finger fluffy white head. aroma is sweet malt and hops with some alcohol and a twist of lemon. has a medium body with a little carbonation some sediment and some lacing. there is also a little bread aroma as well. flavor is sweet malt, and hops with a little alcohol, lemon, and orange peel. has the dry hop aftertaste but the aroma is not that strong and it is definitely different from the American ipas’. you can tell it is Belgian by it tasting like a hoppy dubbel or trippel. its definitely good but not the best. definitely feel warm a bit from the alcohol afterwards.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - FEB 25, 2007
Big frothy foamy head. Clean refreshing taste hides alcohol well. Hoppy it is but also with a sweet/sour dichotamy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Grovlam (4206) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 24, 2007
Bottle 75. [Tasting @ Per 23-02-2007]. Talk about unstable yeast string. Kind of funny experience when trying to open this one. The cork was stuck and I was trying to twist it to get it off. In my attempted, I kind of lean into and over the table where I was struggling to get the cork off the bottle. Six people were sitting in silence, watching me make a fool of myself. Then suddenly the cork came forcefully flying out in a huge bang and smacked me right in the middle of my forehead. The liquid came squirting out in a big splash. I slowly looked up and everyone guffawed at a wet slightly reddish cork mark in my forehead. Dam I will never open a bottle that way again. Head was of cause uncontrollable huge fizzy and white. Fair lacing. Light cloudy body with a orange-yellow hue. Aroma was the characteristic Belgium Triple like yeast with some citrus, coriander, orange peel and spicy. Some malty notes are also present. Medium bodied with a fizzy carbonation. Flavor was bitter with light notes of sweetness. Light bitter and slightly dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - FEB 20, 2007
Sample from 330 ml bottle. Hazy pale golden colour. Essentially a hoppy tripel. Caramel, grassy, and fruity hop aroma with a similar flavour profile – grassy and fruity bitterness balanced by a sugary and caramel sweetness. Medium bodied, thick, almost cloying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tranquillity (1792) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 20, 2007
Oysters? A very intense aroma. Hazy orange with a big white head. Very balanced fruityness with a healthy amount of hoppyness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldMrCrow (2387) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2007
Draft at Brouwers

Pours a hazy golden with a nice white head. Peppery hops flirt with funky saison notes on the nose; the flavor follows but lacks the deep rustic complexity that one might thave hoped for. The hop flavors are enjoyable, not nearly as piney given the strength as one would get with West-coast C varieties. Mouthfeel is bright, peppery, but fairly light considering the 9.5% (I would have called this at more like 8%).

All in all a very nice beer, but unable to run with the very best in either of the categories that aims to fuse.

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