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RATINGS: 2519   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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A reddish brown trappist ale, malty and fruit, featuring a 3 week secondary fermentation. This ale has a full, pale yellow head. The bouquet is full of esters and fruitiness. Notes of ripe banana predominate. The taste is fruity and slightly bitter, with a long, dry finish.


4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gilvanblight (772) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 4, 2005
Dark opaque colour with a buby mottled head. Strong malty head. Highly fizzy. Not nearly as malty as the scent. Extremely complex flavor for so few ingredients (sweet apple, maple caramel?)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
lamas (1355) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 4, 2005
11.2 oz. bottle. Best by: November 25, 2005. Cloudy, dark ruby/brown pour with a thick, creamy dark tan head and little floaties. Aroma is strongly of grapes, grape juice, apple juice and some raisins. Starts off with the tang of sour grapes. Carbonation is a little too high and takes away from the distinctiveness of the flavors. The finish is slightly bitter with some cocoa and chocolate. Thin to medium-bodied. Loses much of its flavor as it warms.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
can8ianben (1316) - Souderton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2005
Sweet raisen like aroma which includes some molasses like essence. The appearance is very nice with a deep dark prune like colour. Huge tan head lasts for a little while. The flavour is interesting. Malty and fruity, almost an apple cider like flavour. Definitely the wine-like feel over other belgium ales. Very smooth and not as overwhelming as other belgiums Iíve sampled. This is very drinkable.

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
shrubber85 (7561) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAY 17, 2005
Bottle. A caramel chocolate aroma. Dark, opaque brown color with ample but quickly collapsing head. Light sweet prune flavor with a slight bitter finish. Pretty weak and watery especially for the style.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2005
a mes rate: complex and balanced. sweet malts and bitter fruits. smooth and drinkable. i have been told by someone in the know that you can mix it with the tripel to create a fantastic amber. sounds like sacrilege but dont knock it ítil you have tried it. this is wonderful stuff and one of my faves that is regularly available. from a pump it is truely wonderful.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fatty (363) - Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2005
Dark, thick colored body with a caramel head. Smooth rum candy flavor with a hint of anice? (I donít like anice).

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2005
Pours a hazy brown with tones of copper. 1/4 inch creamy tan head with decent lace. Smells lightly fruity. Taste is also fruity but also metallic. Caramael and nutty. Some molasses and barnyard funk. But the flavors are tame and the mouth is thin. Watery. Not at all what I was expecting. a light metallic and sticky aftertaste. Itís not even that tasty. very disappointed in this one. Enjoyed the tripel, really did not care for the dubbel at all.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ojclark (69) - Santa Monica, California, USA - MAY 10, 2005
Very malty aroma with roasty and raisiny overtones, slight caramel and a whiff of alcohol. Very dark brown with a frothy, mostly lasting tan head and lots of fine carbonation apparent in the glass. Complex flavor of malt, raisin, slight sourness and mixture of hop and burnt roast bitterness. Aftertaste is mainly of bitterness, sourness and alcohol. Medium carbonation, medium-light body with a fairly quick finish but a lingering aftertaste.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MoritzF (8464) - Bochum, GERMANY - MAY 9, 2005
(bottle) Murky brown colour with a big foamy tanned head. Roastmalty aroma with a fruity and spicy background. Soft sweet flavour, malty taste with biscuits and some fruitiness with a smooth bitter and spicy (liquorice) finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
guzzler67 (1495) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAY 8, 2005
Halfway thru the initial pour, I had already given it a 5 for appearance: beautiful, large, off white head over a cloudy, mahogany colored body. Yeasty, dried fruit, lightly spiced aroma. Compex mouthfeel added to the enjoyment, with tastes that incorporated spices, a range of fruits, some sourness, some bitterness, and some tartness. Alas, the end came too soon.


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