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RATINGS: 2719   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DJMonarch (9163) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2010 1. On Tap at the Borough Arms, Crewe 29/07/2001 Dark and strong in alcohol with some fruit flavour in the finish. 2. On Tap at Plan B, Copenhagen 09/05/2010 Fruity aroma. Mid brown dark coloured with some alcohol present. A hint of dryness and bitterness in a lasting malt finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marko (4263) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - MAR 7, 2006
0.33l bottle, Westmalle Trappist glass, at Tolkien’s House, Zagreb
The bartender claimed that this was the best beer he ever had, and the scores here would pretty much confirm it, best Trappist Dubbel. And I agree (not the best beer ever part, the best Abbey Dubbel one), but I’ll come to that later. It poured a very nice very-dark-nearly-black colour. Small thick tan head that went away at a medium pace. The nose... is a damn void, and a huge disappointment. It wasn’t even too cold. And it didn’t show up as it warmed. Surprising, seeing the big marks in that department in the other reviews. Ah, well. Only some faint acidity/deep malt here. The taste is very pleasant. Not really typical, though (not that sweet). A bit mild, but lovely maltiness, countered by the pleasant Belgian-style acidity, some yeast, weak fruitiness. Weak but pleasant chewy hopiness that goes into the aftertaste. A great quaffer, no doubt about it. I’ll try another, just to see if I was wrong about the aroma.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 7, 2006
Deep crimsony brown, thick lasting off white head. A rich and complex nose of plum, raisin, fig, brown sugar and faint notes of caramel. Flavor mirrors the aroma with soft malty rich dark fruit tones up front, and a nice light hop backing providing excellent balance. Medium bodied, pillow soft carbonation, dark fruity finish. Why I passed over this a million times is beyond me. Awesome abbey ale. Thanks again for the bottle hopscotch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MoreHead (355) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAR 4, 2006
poured a murky brown with a large head and visible carbonation which kept it going, minimal lacing though. aroma of fruit, spice, caramel, and alcohol. taste was complex as with all the trappist’s i’ve enjoyed, fruit and malt. light perfume aftertaste made me enjoy the tripel more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEpeeist (3520) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2006
12 oz bottle. Purpley dark brown with a tan head that settles to an even, frosting-thick topping. Leaves a little lacing. Winey nose with a little caramel and mocha. Woody, gingerbread taste with well balanced malt/hops in the back. Medium body; creamy with tart/bitter alcohol finish. Papery aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ghunte02 (29) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2006
pours a deep mahagony w creamy tan head. complex fruity aroma. plums raisons, like fresh baked raison bread. roasted malt finish that lingrs- delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 27, 2006
Robe acajou surmontée d’une mousse beige en dentelle qui s’estompe. Arômes de malt caramélisé et de métal. Saveurs de métal, de caramel et de phénols. Mince en bouche. Pas le même goût qu’à mon souvenir... à regoûter...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Braudog (5998) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 26, 2006
From the bottle, 2/26/06: Opaque maroon-brown with a fortress-like crown of foam. Sweet and fruity aroma. Incredibly complex combination of flavors with some spice, toasty malt, sugar, cherry, and light caramel. Beautiful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElPresidente1984 (173) - Maine, USA - FEB 26, 2006
dark chocolate and pungent malty aroma. taste was of sweet roasted malts some mocha and spice, almost like a porter, but it had some hints of fruit, like cherry and pear. very good, alot better than their tripel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2006
Beautiful dark brown body with a medium heavy brown head. Great chocolate and mollasses aromas, also heavy malts and some minimal hops. Very nice body, though with slightly more sharpness in the taste than I prefer. Dark fruits as well as cherrys are evident. Sugary ending, highly enjoyable.

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