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RATINGS: 2934   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GregClow (3156) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2006
Bottle from LCBO. Ruby brown with a very slight haziness and a large off-white head. Nose is light but very nice, with sweet malt and dark fruit notes. Soft mouthfeel. Great flavour - brown sugar, raisin, spice, roasted malt, a hint of yeast. So easy to drink, this might be the first Trappist that I could imagine making a session beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - OCT 14, 2006
Opaque brown color. Great aroma of port, figs, chocolate, bourbon, Tastes of raisins, caramel. Finishes dry with the flavor of swiss cheese. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - OCT 14, 2006
Beer pours cloudy brown, somewhat dark, with a light tan head - the head doesn’t like very long or lace the glass particularly well. The aroma is full of yeast and citrus fruit, with some malts and caramel, too - and some grassy notes. The flavor starts with a nice complex malt profile and a touch of hops. Towards the middle and end of the beer are some spice, some fruit, and some chocolate and roasted flavors. The finish is somewhat dry and very long. The body is heavy, but not syrupy. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
probstblueribbon (3700) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 13, 2006
Tight, creamy head with good duration. Lovely reddish-mahogany colour. Tight nose at first, but opened to some toasty, roasty notes, sweetness, a bit of raisin, still not much. Nice mouthfeel, subtle carbonation. Seems to lack flavour and complexity. Not unpleasant, but a bit disappointing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Radek Kliber (7117) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - OCT 13, 2006
Bottle 330ml Aroma: front clean, medium green wet hops. Middle rich brown malts.End-vineus clean well refined alcohol. (8-) Appearance; medium fine haze, brown with some ruby saturation. Medium, average top. Slightly sticky oily texture, medium-full bodied, carbonation, medium dry. Bitter green middle Finish slightly woody with accented plums. Neat warming double Belgian. Surprisingly smooth if you consider sample age and above average carbonation. Older sample can be only better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
janubio (693) - SPAIN - OCT 11, 2006
Pours a very creamy head, with a nice toasted-brown colour. Colour is dark opaque brown. Aroma of dry fruits, raisins, chololate and spices, pepper maybe? I think a notice some coriander too. Mouth is of a somewhat harsh, but nice taste of caramel, spices, aniseed. Chocolate and port wine too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
opc (16) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2006
I finally got my hands on this beer when the LCBO got their autumn stock in. It pours a beautiful dark golden-brown, with a very serious head. The head is the kind that forms a mountain above the rim of the glass, without spilling over. The carbonation is very fine, producing tiny bubbles long after the initial pour. The head maintains its shape, and never really fades. The aroma is wonderful, and quite complex. Sweetness and yeast abound, and a fresh citrus/fruit sort of smell that is buried at first. The taste is surprisingly light for a beer that looks so bold, and has such a high alcohol content. The carbonation feels very smooth in the mouth, and compliments the taste of the beer well. To be honest, I’d say it tastes like a weaker Chimay Rouge. Many of the same qualities as the Chimay, just more subtle. Wonderful aftertaste that remains smooth throughout with a small hint of grassiness and bread dough. Overall, this is a very very nice beer. I’ll be sure to enjoy it on many more occasions! If you’re looking for a bolder, more flavorful beer, the Chimay is a better bet, but the Westmalle is definitely a nice change of pace.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 3, 2006
Incredibly nice looking beer... beautifull long lasting head. Very malty, cinnamon, plums, allspice, a little caramel and sweet smelling bread. Creamy frothy and malty feel to it. Creamy bitter chocolate flavors. This beer tasted better the first time i drank it...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kseecs16 (1215) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2006
Bottle at Emmett’ Ale House. Poured a murky reddish borwn with a medium off-white head that would lace. Aroma was a very yeasty dough sweet, bready. Building off of the scent this beer was quite sweet with a bitter finish and left a sugary taste on my lips. There was a mild spiciness to it, but it was less full body than I expecetd. A bit thin, but very smooth. Solid beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wnp22 (698) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2006
Tasted in Toronto. Tasted in a Trappist Westmalle chalice. Several went by before I added this rating. Pours a deep brown / deep red colour. Nice head, sustained and tan/tobacco colour. Very appealing in this style. This beer, as a dubbel is definitely on the sweet side of the equation. I am more of a Chimay red man, slightly sweet but with a subdued component, almost hearty in flavour. Back to the Westamalle....Some hints of dried plums/figs, etc... but not as prevelant as I would have hoped for. Flavour is unbalanced, sweet with no deep malty complexity. Not very bad, but I do believe, somewhat over Ratebeerian rated.

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