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RATINGS: 2482   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 27, 2004
Hey hey, this isnt too bad. Rich in malt flavour with a good frutiy middle. The coulour is darker amber with a big white to light tan-ish head. The nose is malty and sweet, wheat and yeast is definately there. Overall not that bad, but I just dont think that I can get into too far with the trappists.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nabeshin (3) - California, USA - JUN 20, 2004 does not count
33cl bottle, best by date of 19/08/05. Pours a fairly large, creamy, off-white head. Clear reddish/brown body with a few small floaties. Weak aroma, really couldn’t get much of anything from it. Flavor starts off with dark fruits and some sugar, with a slight bitterness in the finish. Medium body, lively carbonation, decent mouthfeel. What really killed it for me was the chalky, astringent finish. I suppose this keeps it drinkable, though not for me. Just wasn’t feeling this one. Chimay Red is better IMO.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUN 19, 2004
For some reason I did not expect a whole lot from this beer (I realize that is stupid), which is probably the best way to drink a good Belgian ale. I did not expect all the raspberry, bubble gum and chocolate. The whole thing verged on being rather Willie Wonka-ish. I truly need to drink this again to give an accurate rating. I would recommend it to anyone.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6211) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 17, 2004
Bottle pours a thick cloudy brownish burgundy, two fingered frothy off-white head, respectable lacing, and small floaties about.   Dark pitted fruits on the nose.   Slightly vinous.   I’m already salivating!   Up front I get that dark pitted fruit, malts, slightly bitter.   Finishes with figs, dates, and molasses.   Slightly bready, slightly salty.   Was hoping for more plums and cherries, but none were to be found.   Still quite enjoyable.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 16, 2004
Hazy brown. This is a complex, smooth, full flavored brew. Rich thick palate. Nice sweet and fruity flavor.... i think i tasted some rasberries. Those monks know whats up.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 16, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2007 (Rerate 110507, prev 7-3-5-3-11) Cloudy and dark brown color with little yellow head. Aroma is rich with nuts, biting spicy hops, chocolate, brown sugar and toffee, rather sweet aroma. Medium bodied, pretty high carbonation. Flavor is somehow watery with syrup, chocolate, spicy lemon, some disturbing tangy metal also there in aftertaste with some yeast. Again this beer let me down, maybe next time...

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUN 15, 2004
330ml Best by date 19/08/05 Poured a hazy reddish brown with a thick dense head and looking very inviting. Aroma is both fruity and spicy with a peppery note. Flavor is slightly vinous, malty and notes of burnt sugar. The body is quite effervescent and with a lively carbonation. I was surprised at the vinous characteristics this Dubbel had. Overall a complex one for sure, maybe the most complex I’ve had thus far.

3.7
   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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (7729) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reid (1855) - 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!


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