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RATINGS: 2413   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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jazz88 (2526) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 8, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2004 Rating #2 Bottle. A ruby brown color with a laced tan head. The aroma has roasted malts and banana. Alcohol, caramel and dry malt flavors. Rating #1 (7 3 7 4 16) Bottle @ Toronado. A ruby brown color. Ginger, brandy, dark malts, and wood. A smooth, rich full bodied beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - MAY 7, 2004
Reddish brown color with a creamy beige head and lote of sediment. Lightly friuty and spicy aroma. Nice grape, malt, nutmeg and pepper flavors. Tons of carbonation.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 6, 2004
Dark and deep red color. Clinging white head. Some fruit in the nose, not too much spice. Warming taste, plenty of esters. This beer, like some have already said, is waaay too carbonated. That lower its score from me a lot.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - APR 29, 2004
11 oz. (?) bottle. A lot of rich dark malt and caramel nuttiness softened by an oatmeal stout-like texture. Too carbonated, negatively affecting the palate. Most of the fruitiness I noted was in the aroma -- apple, pear and plum. Would love to see what this does in a 330 ml bottle with 2+ years of aging.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
haf (529) - Gijon, SPAIN - APR 28, 2004
Muy buena cerveza (como buena cerveza de abadia) Ligero sabor afrutado. Es un poco cara.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 27, 2004
This pours with a significant , creamy, perennial head; raison, chocolate, and banana nose; it has a sweet, cocoabutter, nutty (walnut?) flavor that's a slightly tart in the finish; nice balance. Not overly complex; though I really like dubbels, this is one of the few that gives you alot without giving over-the-top, imposing funkiness that many others do. Drink mass quantities! Too bad it's so expensive, it'll be along time before I get another, myself.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - APR 23, 2004
Dark sludgy brown with rusty, tawny reddish edges, great cap of fluffy firm tan foam ever so tall and present, creepingly settling to an ever present murky skim and finely stitched lace sticks. Aroma is intially soft and ripe of fruits giving a blend of mango, grapes, passion, and pear skins. A nice earthy dusting of dry yeast and bread crusts settles across the top after a bit with ever so present gleams of candied sugars. Taste is plump and a bit overcarbonated which gets in the way for me with every sip, as soon as I begin to get something out of it taste wise, the carbonation wipes it away far to quickly. A bit too sharp for my tastes. Perhaps an aged bottle of a year or more would help as this was bottled 2004. What is there for tastes are some dullish fruity malts in a darker realm of plum, raisin, and dry figs, mixing a bit inbetween some pear and cherry pieces. Slight cocoa and a firm earthy yeasty dryness with just a pinch of spice and walnut skin dryness finish it out. Very nice finish. Body is full with a bit much on the carbonation scale which has a scratchy/chalky-like coat on the way down which sorta blends into the complex drying qualities in the finish after awhile, which I actually liked, so that made up for some of my dissatisfaction in the carbonation dept.. Overall, this is one to come back too, with age, I think this might round or smooth out and be one fun and fine ale to behold.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5080) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 22, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2005 Deep, dark murky color. The head was huge and slightly off-white. Aroma has peaches, cinnamon, bubblegum, alcohol and a little yeast. Decent lacing. The alcohol is present in the flavor with some apple and lemon tartness. A little saltiness came through. Finishes with pepper and some deep port wine. I didn’t notice the sweetness that others had.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - APR 20, 2004
Burgundy body topped by a beautiful mountainous light tan head that poseses tremendous staying power. The aroma is sweet bubble gum with some yeasty notes. Very well balanced sweetness. The bubblegum flavor comes back just before the dry hoppy finish. A very nice beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimhilt (2377) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - APR 19, 2004
Pours a huge light brown, five finger-head leaving just traces of lace, pour slowly. Deep ruby color. Good carbonation. Medium bodied. Starts malty and sweet, finishes with a good mix of hops and malt but a slightly hoppy aftertaste. My 100th Belgian and not a bad one in the bunch. $5.39 for a 330ml bottle.


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