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RATINGS: 2532   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 4, 2005
Pours murky reddish-brown with a thick beige head. Yeasty and fruity aroma with hints of banana, apple, and spice. Flavor is thinner and drier than I expected. Not much malt or hops in the flavor. Some vanilla. Highly carbonated. My bottle didn’t lace much at all. Some slight flavors of cherry and black currant as it warmed up. Not bad, but I expected more.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 2, 2005
bottle. pours a brown opaque haze...light tan super rocky huge head. Yeasty, fruity aroma...very rich. Initial sweet apricot, chocolate, yeasty taste. I was very dissapointed in the palate...very thin feeling to me. I really enjoyed the westmalle triple much more...glad I tried this one though...pretty good...not awe- inspiring. One last note: the foam and lacing of this brew is awesome, I loved watching it lace down my glass, which makes me wonder why it tastes a little thin.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 1, 2005
Pours brown with a red glow. Ridiculously large lasting head. Aroma of fruit, apples, bananas and cookie dough. Flavor is a bit yeasty. Smooth medium body. Finishes clean. Much better at warmer temperatures. Nice lacework. Decent, but probably overrated.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2005
Sweet, cookie-like aroma with some chocolate. Pours dark mahogany with a tan and brown speckled head. Flavors are spicy fig, brown sugar, raisins, and apples. A little too fizzy on top of the tongue at first, but that’s goes away quickly. Very nice Ale.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 26, 2005
Bottle. Mahogony color with a big beige head. Nice rich fruity/malty aroma. Would expect more flavor from the aroma, but there’s malt and apple flavors with some holiday spices. Medium body. Finshes dry. Could use a little more complexity to match the aroma.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 26, 2005
Pours a murky brown color with a very small head that does not stay long. Has a nice spiced apple/fig taste with nutmeg and cinnamon undertones.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 23, 2005
pours a dark redish brown color with a medium head. malty and fruity aroma. malty spicy taste with an apple flavor to it. a bit of alcohol in the finish.. Very nice beer.. Once again the monks know what they are doing!!

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - JAN 22, 2005
Bottled. Red/brown colour. Big head. Spicy, malty aroma with notes of cinnamon, fruitiness and apples. Malty, spicy taste, hints of alcohol and fruitiness (candied apples). Medium sweet. Slightly bitter finish. A nice beer, not as good as Chimay Rouge in my book, but still very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rederic (2942) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 20, 2005
Dark brown hue. Pours with a light foamy head, the nose is spicy, fruity, malty of apples and cinnamon, gingerbread, prunes, bitter chocolate and cookie. The beer is rich medium-bodied with fruity flavors of dry fruits, raisins, figs, has good malty caracter of chocolate with a touch of porto in a dry finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
turbothy (1090) - Bonn, GERMANY - JAN 18, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2012 Quite the disappointment! (But still a decent beer, mind you.) Pours a beautiful black brown with beige head, but doesn’t deliver in taste and smoothness. May have been served too cold - will have to rerate. 399 other ratebeerians can’t be wrong :) Re-rate more than 7 years later ... a very good beer; raisin and toffee and malt and other goodness. Excellent balance, smooth mouthfeel. MOAR!


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