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RATINGS: 2415   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUN 15, 2004
This is quite a beautiful pour, a deep ruby color, with a big two finger head, that fades slightly but still retains a nice foamy ring. The aroma is very fruity and yeasty, full of berries and cherries. You can definitely smell the candi and bubblegum aromas. The taste is slightly less than complex on first taste, very leathery, with some licorice and brown sugar. Very bready through and through. A solid beer, but slightly disappointing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (7502) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2004
Bottle. Pours coppery/brownish, with a gargantuan, long-lasting head and great lacing. Aroma of malt, fruit, berries, concord grapes, toffee, and cognac. Tastes very malty, with a complex fruity flavor. I tastes plum, pear, grapes, licorice, brown sugar, and port in this one. Finishes smooth, crisp, malty, with some sweet brown sugar taste at the finish. Nice complexity and nicely balanced.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reid (1804) - Salem,Oregon, Oregon, USA - JUN 13, 2004
Ok second Belgian of the night simple yet nice bottle and labelling. poured into the chalice this is a very attractive beer ,dark ,murky brown with a medium sized off white head..that dissappears fast. The aroma though , while nice, is rather on the subdued side for what I have been led to expect from Belgian ales. a small spiciness some malt but nothing much to speak of The taste while marginally better than the aromas is weak..but what there is is a good balance of the spiciness and honeyish malts. Its ok on the palate. Its rather drinkable..but that fact in itself tells a tale..i found this nice but dull. Maybe I got a bad bottle..but this was not exciting as i expected..or the price suggested!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - JUN 10, 2004
A solid abbey dubbel. Medium spice, sugar, and malt blend to make this quite good. Those monks sure make good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2004
Powerful aroma, raisin, sugar, plum, chocolate, beautiful cloudy purplish brown, flavor of sweet malt, grape, raisin, plum, something different ... unique flavor, of an odd initial aromatic bitterness. Finished sweet. Very enjoyable and unique.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skaughty (643) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 27, 2004
Rating #150 This trappist lies somewhere between a Chimay Red and Ommegang, being slightly less enjoyable than either. The aroma was quite bold: fig, raisin, apple. Flavor was a little to burnt for my liking, but still had the great caramel maltiness. Felt a little of the burn on the tongue.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2004
This will certainly not be the last time I drink this beer no matter how terrible it might be… I’ve got a source on this one for $2.75 per bottle.. HaHaHaHaHa!!!

Rating # 495
Pours a deep dark mahogany body, and an insanely thick and rocky tan head. The aroma is rather cola like.. Chocolaty, with raisins, and dates, yeasty, and notes of old damp oak.
Nice roasty flavor! Long suggestions of brown sugar, Toffee malts, pumpernickel bread, almonds, black pepper, and candied yams baked with brown sugar and charred marshmallows. Noting some suggestions of ripened summer Cherries dipped in chocolate fondue. Plenty of pepper and yeast in the finish… very velvety lush mouth-feel.
A very nice Double, I’ll age a few.. and, well, at $2.75 a bottle.. this could become regular drinking around here! Divine, I tell you!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mathis (48) - KBH K, DENMARK - MAY 25, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2004 A beautiful beer with cream-white head and a dark golden body. A spicy and smoked taste with hints of malt and coffee, with a bitter aftertaste. It has a good and sharp mouthfeel, and is overall a good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pimgref (86) - Gorinchem, NETHERLANDS - MAY 23, 2004
Dark brown color with beige head. Chocolat, caramel, coffee little bit spicy taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2004
Goodo cho0colatey brown color with a whopping large head. Aroma is a strong of wheat but has a good smell of grapes hiding behind it. The flavor is a very full bodied dubbel. A good oily palate really balances this beer out well and makes it very enjoyable.

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