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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (16460) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 20, 2006
Draught at ZBF 2006. Golden colour with a big white head. Hoppy floral aroma. Flavor is hoppy with some spicy hints. Also hints of citrus. Long bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5184) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 19, 2006
Draft. Clear gold with a sturdy, fluffy off white head. Nose is dusty yeast, hops, spice, flowers and candied orange. Taste is hoppy, for a Belgian Strong, with lots of spice notes, flowers, yeast, grass, and dried fruits. Body is moderate with strong carbonation and a pleasant lingering hop bitterness. Finishes with grapefruit notes, orange peel, candied fruits, yeast and flowers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3292) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2006
UPDATED: APR 20, 2006 Plastic sample cup at the Penn Museum. Quite interesting. Nice medium bodied Belgian with subdued hop presence. Creamy but hops give an added crispness. A re-try for this. 4/20/06. Tap at the Monk’s Cafe in Philly. Still thought this was pretty good. Sort sweet, sorta hoppy. I dropped the flavor to a 7 as nothing special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcwattsrugger (11076) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 18, 2006
750ml bottle-pours a big white head, hazy gold color. Aroma is yeast, spice, hops, malt, sweet. Taste is fruit, spice, hops then finishes with a hops bitterness. The hops level is much less than I’d expect from an IPA but a nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 15, 2006
I didn’t get the hops I was expecting from this when I read the label which said the brewer was trying to make an IPA. The color was a light yellow with a white head that had good lacing. The flavor was much sweeter than I expected. It did, however, have a bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WhiteSoxFan (152) - USA - MAR 14, 2006
Tap at the Falling Rock. I am pretty new to Belgians, and this was at the end of a night of many samples, so not too much detail, but I loved this beer. Poured golden yellow. Very tasty, a little bit of belgian spice, basically like a well hopped triple. Hides it’s 9.5% very well. I will definitely seek this one out again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 14, 2006
small sample thanks to jason at the plymouth beer store. large fluffy white head. aroma of hops spice and some fruity/yeasty notes as well. taste is great lightly fruity with a light hop bitterness. and for some reason munich pilsner malt comes to mind but i have no idea why i think that. any one else find that? a very good beer i should like to try again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
LePoopie (151) - Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 14, 2006
Thanks for Blake I believe for the sample. Decent light hoppy aroma. Golden yellow color with a big foamy head, but had lots of particles of hops in it, turned me off. OK bitter hoppy flavor, but nothing special. Decent body, lively carbonation. Overall, it tastes OK, but the apperance kills it for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crit (3318) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 12, 2006
Hazy gold,huge white head. Nose is spicy with banana ester. Starts yeasty,fruity and malty, nice long strong hop end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
smcd (366) - USA - MAR 12, 2006
(Bottle. 10/2005 and 03/2006) Hmmm. Spicy aromas with some esthers (slight fruitiness) and banana. Thick, frothy, white head that lasted nicely. Hazy straw colored. Very bitter, particularly on the back end, but surprisingly fruity and malty up-front and, ultimately, pretty well-balanced Hot. Spritzy. Medium bodied (might use more, given how hot it really is).

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