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RATINGS: 2751   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - JUN 26, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2006 Poured a dark brown with a very nice thick tan colored head. Smell is of fruit. Tastes of sweetness and yeast. Very smooth with some carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - JUN 25, 2006
Dark brown color- nice tan head- nose sweet, caramel, cherries, jasmine and other floral notes – chocolate, honey, caramel, and malty taste – light body- aftertaste malty

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dwedin (249) - Happy Valley, Oregon, USA - JUN 20, 2006
Deep brown with big bubbled thick tan head. Aromas - alcohol, fruit, red wine, oak, maybe cola. Thick body, a little soured milk, toasted to burnt finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUN 18, 2006
via trade with Beer_Hawk - Pours a hazy brown color with a big off white head that lasts. Has a spicey, fruity aroma. The flavor is fruity and tad bit tart. Not much yeast in this one, which is nice. Medium to full body. I’m sorry. As hard as I may try, I can not get into these Belgium beers. Just too fruity. Worth a try though. Thanks Steve.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonnabrix (137) - Newberrytown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2006
A deep brown color, this had a great fruity aroma. This dubbel had a nice thick mouthfeel. The flaor was mostly malty, with hints along the way of fruity sweetness, yeast, hops, and some peppery spice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopBackDoc (474) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2006
11.2 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel glass. Dark brown color with some mild red hues, foamy tan head that quickly became just a white film. Yeasty with a hint of alcohol, some fruity flavors and good carbonation. Silky mouthfeelwith a slight bitter finish. Not my favorite style, but who can pass up a good Belgian? I liked it enough to try the trippel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
RoyceH (1197) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - JUN 7, 2006
Dark brown, almost black colour, with a large brownish-beige head, which took a while to fade and laced well. Apple and some sour yeast in the nose. Some alcohol in the nose, not too bad. Taste isn’t as much as you’d expect. Malty, maybe some berries there, caramel. Dry run-off, simple finish, no real surpises. Still, pleasure to drink

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
unibrouefan (200) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2006
Mondial de la Bière de Montréal; Aroma of oak and vanilla, brown-clear beer, the taste is the big disappointment of this beer, good enough to have 6/10, but not more. The first two or three mouthful were nice, but the bitterness comeback at the end to hit you.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
after4ever (6733) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUN 6, 2006
33,cl bottle. Pours deep brown with gold/cocoa highlights. Half-finger off-white head diminishes to layer of film. Enormously fruity nose--prunes, raisins, cider, sugar. Sweet, malty attack, with a dry, hollow finish. Fizzy and low-medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldMrCrow (2177) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 5, 2006
From a relatively fresh bottle in May 06.

Pours a dark brown with red -brown highlights and a robust tan head. The aroma is apple cider, apricots, and brown sugar. The flavor is highly refined - rather than being in-your-face, it carries warm roasted malts, laced with mild plum sweetness, into a balanced hop-dominated finish in which the bitter flavors mingle with tendrils of residual sweetness. Plenty of pepper and spice on the tongue, but pepper and spice that are there for you to seek and out savor, rather than spices that impose their presense on you. I admit to tasting hints of old-school diet pepsi, the quite dry kind with a bit of bitterness in the artificial sweetener, but even this isn’t an altogether bad thing, though I can’t explain precisely why not.

The beer is extremely drinkable, aided by the ample carbonation and relatively light mouthfeel that come without sacrificing quality or even - if one looks hard enough - complexity. I’d dare conjecture that this beer would make a very nice introduction to trappist styles for those just beginning to explore the genre.

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