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RATINGS: 2419   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rgrep (156) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 8, 2004
This is a very dark brew with purple undertones and a light brown, fizzy head that forms a creamy center. The aroma is rich and malty with spicey and fruity notes. It has a full body, chocolatey with a hint of fruit before the dry finish.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 6, 2004
Burgundy. Deep, complex, seemingly endless nose of mixed berries, cherries, chocolate, caramel and mixed nuts. Slightly cloying, deep fruity flavor with notes of plums, cherries and other dark fruits. This is lacking flavor begind the sweet dark fruitiness but more so, this is lacking depth and body.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
arhythmt (69) - USA - SEP 28, 2004
Wow, a great dubbel style, particularly on tap! I saw it everywhere in Holland so I ignored it in favor of the rare stuff at first, but once I tried it I tended to go with it as the first beer of the evening quite often (La Chouffe is another good opening beer). Something of a unique taste that almost has a bit of sour cherry feel to it, but the beer backs off and you get more of a smooth, slightly yeasty feel instead. Medium finish, nice creamy tall head...good stuff!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2004
Appearance: huge froth, to start, foamed everywhere, even over the keyboard, and íscuse me while I mop up for a sec, will you, please? Okay, the beerís calmed down a bit, and now we can judge it more suitably, perhaps...gorgeous garnet hue, nearly violet, deep ruby may be more like it, with a generous layer of foam atop, thick, plentiful, creamy, soupy, a dream to watch dwindle down... Aroma: like sticking oneís face deep down in a nest of ripe late-harvest fruits, and a bit from the vegetable side, too...a cornucopia in the nose, rich in cherries, and berries, grapes, and dates, and more that merely waits in the wings behind these major players...a deep, heady aroma, uplifting, otherwordly, luxurious! Damn, but itís well past time to drink, isnít it? Taste: smooth, mellow, but oh, so much flavor, too, too much going on, too, too delicious, and I donít know where to start, actually, ...a rush of warmth, earthy fruitiness, plump and ripe and ever at home in the mouth. Mouthfeel? To capacity! Spices swim in, too, and envelope the senses, and dart about and add to the general sense of well-being felt everywhere that this brew touches. Another good gulp and I feel it again, this warm, spicy, earthy, deep, magical, tasty, fruity, magnificent....oh-my-goodness, sort of feeling...the malt is a wonderful buttress, and flavor-leader, too, but the hops, are a major contributor,as well, leading me to say, "screw it all, this is a perfectly integrated blend of all thatís great in beer-land, isnít it?" I have more to drink from this bottle, too, and could more, possibly, be gleaned from the last remaining drops that may color my perceptions before this sampling is done? Did I leave out minor notes of nuts and cocoa and coffee, just a stitch? But the pointís made already, that this is among a rare subset of sublimity, and is so gorgeous that one is better off encountering it on rare occasions to make the meeting more special every time, I says.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 26, 2004
Bottle. Pours a cloudy, deep chestnut brown with a creamy off-white head that lingers fairly well. Complex aroma is yeast and brown sugar with hints of molasses, mocha and alcohol. Flavor is sweet with sour fruit notes, spice and hop bitterness in the finish and peppery aftertaste. Medium to full body with mild carbonation. Very nice ale.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - SEP 26, 2004
Pours cloudy brown with red highlights. Medium lasting off white head. Sweet malt & dark fruits dominate aroma. Medium full mouthfeel. Flavour starts sweet, mid is full of dark fruitcake flavours. Slightly citric finish. Nice stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 23, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2005 (Bottle) Pours a cloudy ruby-brown with a medium-sized beige head. Complex aroma of raisins, nuts, mustiness, candy, mollasses, plums, grapes, and cherries. Flavor of plums, grapes, alcohol, and old fashioned cherry cola. Carbonated mouthfeel.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 23, 2004
Aroma includes bread, orange-citrus, dark pit fruits, notes of alcohol. Opaque dark orange-brown with huge, pillowy tan head that lasts nicely and recedes to cover with no lacing. Initially sweet, joined by dough-like yeast flavours and round dark fruit flavours with a nice balancing earthy bitterness. Bittersweet chocolate and a touch of alcohol in the finish. Soft in the mouth with gentle but effervescent fine-bubbled carbonation. Very enjoyable. Bottle.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 22, 2004
Poured ruby brown with thin but residual tan head...smells very bready and chewy with raisins and nutmeg and pepper...tastes quite sweet with alcohol being ever so subtle and complimenting the malty earth fruits beautifully...fantastic mouthfeel...felt like it stiffened in my mouth somehow...finish was dry and a little cocoa aftertaste...

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - SEP 20, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2004 Pours dark brown with good head that dissipates rather quickly, but leaves a lace that that lasts the entire glass. Somewhat sweet, a little fruity, and the alcohol taste is present. Finishes slightly bitter and dry. Decent for a dubbel, but onlyslightly above average for a trappist.


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