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RATINGS: 2595   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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
delmecum (87) - Western Illinois, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2005
Gigantic tan head. A very aromatic beer scent floats from the glass. Dark brown clor with a lively body. Almost a merlot taste. Very enjoyable...but almost a little to fizzy to enjoy the taste.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 28, 2005
Pours with a deep amber body topped by a thick head with a good amount of lacing. Itís sweet and malty with nice candy sugar notes, a little spice and a touch of hops. Full bodied, warming and slightly dry.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - AUG 24, 2005
Pours a very dark brown. However, when held to a bright light, this beer is a bright cranberry red with tons of bubbles headed from the bottom of the glass to the mighty head. The froth is tanned/ toasted white bread, and evenly thick, but is gone within a minute. Aroma is strong and sumptuous with cinnamon, clove, prodigious malt, tangy grapes, caramel, yeast, and baked apples.Taste is full of flavor, with caramel, granny smith apples, drying clove spices, yeast, really big hops, and tongue sizzling high ABV (are you sure its not more than 7%?). Aftertaste is warm from the alcohol, with a pleasant dryness (herbal-like), spicy hops and loads or residual malt and yeast. Everything a good abbey should be. Lacing is medium to above average. Thank goodness for this beer, as my last 20 or so were real stinkers. Purchased at Chevy Chase Wine and Liquor in our Nationís Capital, Washington, DC.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
vanvenlo (1318) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 16, 2005
22 May 2005 - Lusciousss sweet fruit malt aroma and sweet spiritous hops. Cloudy dark brown and low suds lacing. Light malt flavour and nice hoppy complexity. Thinnish mouthfeel, but a lingering hop tanginess. I expected sweet and not so thin.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CamdenD (1105) - Madrid, SPAIN - AUG 15, 2005
Very nice dubbel. Light, understated aroma of malt and granny smith apple. This beer is "light" compared to some of the abt monsters Iíve had recently, but I think more akin to an abt than a trippel, due to its darker appearance and smoother mouthfeel.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bert (4) - Drachten, NETHERLANDS - AUG 12, 2005 does not count
A very smooth to the mouth beer with a wonderfull flavour. It has such a nice dark colour with a nice head on top of it. You taste the malt that has been burned nicely. The taste is very smooth . I drink it very often.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2005
Out of a bottle. Aroma of fruits and malt. Poured a dark red/brown with a nice foamy head slightly off white. Flavor of banana and raisin primarily creamy too. Palate was full, kind of sandwichy, if thatís a word. I know Iím new to the expansive worldwide network of crafted beer but Iíll say it again....MONKS RULE...when it comes to beer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2005
this was velvetly smooth and very easy drinking. alcohal is very well hidden . finiashes very plaesently. Iíd try this again for sure

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bkurtz (866) - PERU - AUG 1, 2005
Poured a beautiful rich brown with a full, slightly creamy head. Starts strong on the palate and then softens with compex flavors and a hoppy, long lasting finish. Great dubbel.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mustangjoe (183) - redondo beach, California, USA - JUL 31, 2005
Poured a very dark brown with a nice sized off white head. Fruity, raisiny, malty aroma. Flavor was sweet, (dark fruit) and smooth with the alcohol coming through in the finish. Once again, a new style for me, but very good.


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