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RATINGS: 2471   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Goviken (12) - BELGIUM - OCT 31, 2004
Very nice classic trappist. In Belgium definitely now being underrated. In most Belgian pubs they serve this beer too cold, let’s say pils temperatures. Then you get some iron taste in the glas. If served in ambient temps you get the full palate of nice malts and some very nice fruit. This beer must also be served very carefully - do not pour the yeast in the glass (my choice), therefore I think it is a delicate beer - handle with care. On draught this beer is slightly thinner but probably the draught Westmalle is much younger, but still very nice. Cheers

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 30, 2004
This brew is even better the trippel because it avoide the dreaded PB taste of the later with it’s high alcohol content. It’s great. Very ripe... a lot like the delerium tremens. A great drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5437) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2004
This poured a deep brown color with a beautiful, foamy light brown head. The aroma is sour with some spiciness and hints of lighter fruits. It has a full-bodied malty flavor with a touch of banana. Very carbonated. Has a not unpleasant sour finish. Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bark (255) - Linköping, SWEDEN - OCT 19, 2004
Bottle fermented, clear deep deep brown colour. Thin beige foam.

The smell is sourish with hints of gingerbread biscuits and half-and-half. In other words: Swedish Christmas. There is also a slight touch of burned malt and some coffee.

The carbonation is almost extremely strong, but it is also fast descending leaving a surprised mouthfeel.

The taste is fruity, spicy and somewhat sweet. There are notes of apples, nuts, cocoa and butter. The aftertaste is very complex with burned notes of almonds, peanuts, marzipan, brown sugar and is finished with a slowly growing sourish bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - OCT 18, 2004
Bottle. Commercial description fits fairly well. Reddish brown color, lots of floaties. Eruptive tan head that fades slowly but never disappears. Good lacing. Aroma is very malty laced with fruit tones. Somewhat spicey/pepperish tastes mix in the middle. Carbonation is typical. Just the slightest bit dry. Pretty good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MiP (13478) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - OCT 17, 2004
Draught. Brown colour, white head. Not very sweet or full-flavoured, quite bitter aftertaste.I cannot really trace much complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HermanW (1027) - Coevorden, NETHERLANDS - OCT 16, 2004
I was a bit disappointed. Perhaps because I cought a cold ....... But it comes from a good house. So it needs a second chance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rajendra82 (946) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - OCT 14, 2004
Dark muddy red color and tall beige colored head made this an attractive looking beer. The aroma was spicy and malty with notes of cocoa, cinnamon, and plums. The taste was sweet and fruity with cherries, apples, and pears. The mouthfeel was thin and hollow and was clearly the weakest point of this beer. Very light and drinkable for a 7% ABV ale, but not the best Dubbel I’ve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Odeed (1775) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 14, 2004
this doubbel filled my chimay glass wit a pretty thick head and nice dark brown color.when the head calmed a bit i took my first drink.its kinda spicy and very smooth for a belgian style beer.very good stuff,although i prefer the tripel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - OCT 10, 2004
Pours reddish brown with a large tan head that leaves a lacing on the glass and a thin film on top of the beer. Aroma is sweet and inviting. Aroma has a mild fruit character, with malt and spice predominating. Strangely, there seems to be a subtle but detectable alcohol character--slightly unusual given the beer’s comparitively lower ABV. Overall though an enjoyable and drinkable beer.

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