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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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IndianaRed (2726) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 19, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2006 Bottle Pours a hazy deep golden with a huge white frothy head. When I say huge, I mean huge. We were ladeling out the head from our glasses after each top-off. Even sneaking it down the sides would not hold off the onslaught of foam. Distictive, up front Belgian spicy, musty aroma. Some hops as well, but me thinks the comm desc of "very hoppy" is a bit over stated. Flavor was similar, with the clove, and hop spiciness quite apparent. Feel was quite lively and effervescent. Slightly unfilterd chalky feel as well. Thanks Buckeyeboy for spliting this with me tonight.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgentgesdo (679) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 18, 2006
Pours a hazy golden color with an amazingly thick, white, MEATY head that must contain about ten grams of protein. Seriously the head lasts about twenty minutes. Nose is very faint spice and some floral hops character. Flavor initially reminds me of a belgian white... very sweet honey and spice flavor, belgian candy sugar, light caramel. Then the very bitter hops end comes into play, and lasts and lasts forever. No alcohol bite but nice alcohol warmth and everything about this beer is LONG. Not that complex... the typical weird belgian spice/yeast combinations and the unpredictability of typical belgians is not evident, but very drinkable. I will have again.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kevinphish (31) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 18, 2006
Draft. Snifter. Pours clear, honey amber, with an off-white head. Aroma of light citrus and yeastiness (but is much less prevalant than the bottled version, surprisingly). Initial sip notes a mild hop zing, which blends and mellows with sweet candy sugar, malt and herbal/spicy hops. Finishes with mild bittering and a fair amount of alcohol warmth. Carbonation slightly on the sharper side on draft.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 16, 2006
Sampled at RBSG 2006- Grand Tasting. Pours gold with a thick white head. Has a quick clean aroma when the previous beers tasted are all imperial stouts and barleywines. Is there wheat in this? A rich beer with a heavy body. Lots of beautiful lacing. This could be a yummy dessert beer.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 9, 2006
Bottle at the WBF in Raleigh. Pours hazy, with a thick soapy head, and a golden appearance. Aroma is yeast and alcohol, much like the flavor. Very good, but it is an alcohol assault. Fruity and spicy slightly dry finish.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (4755) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 8, 2006
Smell and appearance are very saison-esque. The taste is very pleasant. A little bit of hops in this at the start and it gets stronger. I guess this is a strong. It seems more like a cross between a triple and a saison. Definitely a beer worth buying and drinking.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
presario (4811) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 7, 2006
Looks like a Tripel. Lightly hazy dark yellow. Fluffy white thick head. Aroma of hops, soap, salt and yeast. Flavour is a hoppy dry tripel. Doesn’t live up to story on the bottle at first and then grows on you as you drink it. Spicy and hoppy. Very drinkable.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2006
Found this one somewhat disappointing. Had difficulty convincing myself that this was actually a Belgian Ale I was drinking. Pours a clear, deep gold with a thick, frothy white head which showed good durability. A fair amount of lacing on the sides of the glass. Nose was assertively very grainy and grassy. I hate to say it but with my first whiff came to mind a hopped up Becks. A fair amount of yeast and lemon also noted in the nose. Palate was pleasantly full, but had a lightness to it also. Quite spritzy. Flavors of grain, grassy hops, lemons, malt and sweet fruits come through. Finishes quite spicy with a bitter punch which I found slightly harsh. Glad I gave it a try, but I’ll stick to the more traditional Belgian Ales.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - AUG 3, 2006
RBSG 2006, Grand Tasting. Very clear golden with a white head. Grainy, grassy hop nose - not as prominent as you would expect. Flavor has notes of pale malt, lemon, graininess, grassy noble hops, caramel and a little spiciness. Plenty of bitterness. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A nice beer but overall, a little disappointing.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 24, 2006
Cloudy amber colour with a snowwhite small head. Malty, light grainy sweet aroma with a light hoppy floral and fruity note. Malty, light caramel sweet flavor with notes of hops. Dry hoppy bitter finish.


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