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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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - JAN 29, 2006
Bottle (Best before 14/07/07). Poured a dark brown with a frothy tan head that disipated over time but came back alive with a twist of the glass. Aroma of fruits, floral, and some spices. The flavor was mainly fruity (apple & prunes) with hints of malts. Medium body with a lively carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2006
Bottle. Strong, fruity, complex, and delicate aroma, an aroma deserving of prestige. Cheeses and fruit must. The faintest tinge of color, near-black. Generous cakelike flavorful head (head is to this beer as frosting is to cake). Delicious sweet, the alcohol balanced perfectly, fruity, crisp, autumn fruit. Lightweight, frindly, tasty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
McNick (13) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JAN 29, 2006
Bottle. Pours a dark chocolate black, virtually opaque with a thick creamy off-white head. Fantastically intense aromas of figs dates and plums, as well as chocolate (Nutella) and hazelnuts. I immediately got an interesting flavour of ice tea and peaches, even though the beer is more malty than fruity: Caramel, custard and creme brulée are present throughout. As it warmed, further flavours of almonds and amaretto came through with aromas of Bailey’s & Irish cream. A delicious and surprisingly refreshing and drinkable beer. Not too watery, the palate is as close to perfection as I’ve experienced so far and the aftertaste is very moderately bitter. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
auderale (605) - Minot, North Dakota, USA - JAN 28, 2006
Bottle, 33cl. Reddish brown pour. Frothy long lasting head. Sweet and spicy aroma with a hint of caramel. Another great trappist.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - JAN 27, 2006
Really good. Used to be my favorite style. Aroma of tart cherry, toffee. Light to medium mouthfeel without feeling thin or watery. Dryish rather than sweetish. Just a good well balanced product. Great at room temp.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tennisjoel (1211) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - JAN 25, 2006
UPDATED: APR 21, 2007 Rerate: Complex offering. Tasted alongside 8 other dubbels in a blind taste test. Dark fruit, cherry tart, tobacco. This has a dry and somewhat bitter finish. Very good and personally rated 2nd behind t Smijse Dubbel.

Original Rating: Large bubbled disappating head. Brown and body is highly bubbly, somewhat like champagne. Attractive looking beer when poured. Aroma is nice and strong cinnamon, caramels, dark fruit. This is excellent. A little more subtle than some of the other Trappist ales I’ve tried, but fairly smooth. The only knock is that it may be slightly overcarbonated. Otherwise a pretty decent offering.

Aroma: 10
Appearance: 5
Flavor: 7
Palate: 3
Overall: 17
Total Score: 4.2

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 23, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2006 Tasted 24/01/2006. 330ml bottle from Leuven, Wellington. Quick note: Fermented prune juice, with cloves and a hint of cinammon. Murky, dark mahogany, with a thin off-white head. Dark fruit and yeastiness dominates the aroma and carries through to the flavour, which is slightly winey, with a dry, woody, somewhat acidic, spiciness through the middle and back. Light-med weight, low carbonation. Super backbone. A little too cold to fully appreciate but very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerledgend (1197) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 23, 2006
A cloudy dark amber/light tan in colour with big creamy white head. Aroma of currents and rasins, warm mouth feel. Thanks to Matt, secret santa 2005.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2006
Bottle. Slightly murky maroonish brown with a thin light tan head. Aromas of mincemeat pie and musty yeast with a little alcohol and grapes. Flavors of dark fruits and scorched caramel with an interesting musty yeast character and a little spicy bite at the finish. Fizzy and full bodied mouthfeel. There is plenty going on here without funky flavors to detract from the enjoyment, although some might consider that a lack of complexity. I consider it damn tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
saxo (14705) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 20, 2006
Bottle. Beautiful beer with a big lasting head. Aroma is spicy and sweet. Taste is complex and lasting.

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