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Enchanting and enlightening, this golden, frothy ale boasts an intriguing herbal aroma, warming alcohol esters on the tongue and light, but firm body to finish. Exotic spices add subtle notes to both the aroma and flavor. Strong, sensual and satisfying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 2, 2003
This tasty concoction starts with a fruity, alcohol aroma, a thin, white head, and streaming carbonation. Body is straw-colored (I guess you could call it golden), with a pleasant, smooth, fruity bite. There is also a touch of spice. Lasting aftertaste of malt and alcohol. Not my favorite style, but this one seems well-done.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorisPPattyn (7912) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 1, 2003
Colour: true to its name, golden, slight cold haze and maybe a touch orangey; good white head and not too regular-sized bubbles. Nose: alcohol impression and malt sugars Taste: sweet and dry at the same time. Sweetness links itself immediately to the thoughts of alcohol. Extreme dryness in the taste, however not tannin-like. Aftertaste: after a few sips, a bitterness as from orange peel appears, but never comes to the foreground. The flavour betrays some spiciness, but it is unclear which particular ones. Mouthfeel: warming - but alcohol makes it thinner than the final gravity probably is. In Belgium, this beer would be called a Duvel-clone. There seems indeed little doubt as to the origin of its conception, the exotic spices nothwithstanding. Unlike some others, however, I really cannot find a real reason to prefer it to the real Duvel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2003
This beer poured a cloudy gold color and formed a minimal white head that vanished quickly. Some carbonation and particles were present. The aroma was of citrus, bread and spice. The flavor was of citrus and spice. The finish was a touch light, but bready. Not really the most impressive thing that I have had from this brewer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 22, 2003
- clear, golden color, very little head, steady stream of carbonation, nice fruity alcohol aroma, zesty fruitiness, a bit of a malty-sweetness as well; well-carbonated and bubbly, a fruity/alcohol flavor and spicy, a touch of wine, also a touch of maltiness, nice texture

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nuffield (3671) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 10, 2003
If beer were a barrel of monkeys, how many would be golden? Oh, never mind. I'm just enjoying a good tripel. Not much head on my pour, but a good flavor profile--spice, fruity (grape?) and a lively body. A bit too strongly alcoholic for my tastes, but nicely sweet. I can easily see the similarities with how they brew their V10--big Belgian flavors, no holding back/

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 6, 2003
Pale golden and cloudy colour. Complex and fruity aroma (mostly apples). Flavour is very acidic/citric, but this is balanced by a long sweet and bitter finish. Very interesting and fresh (for a triple). Still, I find this beer overrated as it is quite a bit too acidic for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2003
Looks like a tripel ... a little cloudy, bright golden color, crisp white head that laces the glass. Tastes of wheat, orange peel and coriander, maybe a little sharp spice; sweet and yeasty, a little fruity, but the cloying sweetness and yeast taste are not as pronounced as in Hennepin or Allagash Tripel. An easy drinking beer till the 9.5% alcohol bites you! I like this beer more than I did when I first learning about Belgian-style beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jgb9348 (4737) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2003
Completely golden in colour with a tan coloured head. Sweet smell with hints of anise and bananas. The taste is completely complex with taste of fruit and spices. Full-bodied with lingering malt and a definate alcohol taste. Definately tastes better than it looks! After the pour, I was wondering how this beer had a rating so high....but after the taste, I realised! Great offering from a good brewery!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerguy101 (5286) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 27, 2003
Golden color, slightly hazy. Medium head. Aroma is fruity and a touch floral. Big bold beer with complex flavors. Tastes like a triple wit. Sweet and spicy with fruity and yeasty flavors. Sour apples, grapefruit, mango, coriander and etc etc. Tart and sweet. Both malts and hops and sweet and tart nicely balanced. Very tasty beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet and tart.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ConiseurofBeer (242) - Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2003
Not really taken with the aroma, but that is pretty much all I don't like about it. Nice look smooth flavor, hides the 9.5% alcohol very well.

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