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RATINGS: 2698   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 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
canary dog (685) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - JUL 15, 2005
This is grape soda for adults. It smells like grape soda-- that is the first thing I noticed upon pouring this into my goblet. It tastes like grape soda with an almost indescribable mouthfeel-- very fizzy and lively, and almost evaporative. Strange. The alcohol presence is also here, seemingly great for only 7%. A very interesting brew, indeed. I like it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - JUL 14, 2005
The bottle poured a medium dark brownish amber liquid that was reasonably clear even though bottle conditioned. The head was fluffy, off-white and medium in size lasting well throughout and leaving good lacing. There was a decided presence of alcohol aromas mixed with rich malt. Some notes of raisin and other dried dark fruits presented as well. The body was quite full accompanied by lively carbonation and an almost sticky texture. The taste starts off with a sharp, dry fruitiness then the alcohol warmth takes over along with a mellow rich malt presence. The finish is long and warm with notes of raisins.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
harrisoni (14850) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2005
Cask at Ship and Mitre, Liverpool Nearly the perfect beer. Dark ruby colour, gorgeous fruity malt flavour hits you up gront with hoppy finish. Great balance and excellent length

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 7, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2005 33 cL bottle, before 27/03/03, sampled early July 2005: murky, orange brown – light brown, tight bubbled foam diminishes into a thin wispy mosaic…Plumy, cherry skin aroma with full yeasty notes, raisins, brown sugar, honey, and toffee. Well carbonated palate is initially fizzy, but as it warms subdues a little bit to become the perfect delivery system. Soft, luscious apple flesh, sweet plum juice, figs, lightly bitter honey and an elegant warm doughiness blend in beautiful combination, a close rival to its cousins Westy 12 and Rochefort 10. 9/4/9/5/18 4.5

11.2 fl oz bottle. Best before 27/03/03, sampled 28 November 2005: modest, light brown, small bubble Styrofoam…diminishing into a thin, patchy film. Thin, watery edges surround a cloudy, deep brown-cedar body with violet highlights. Sweet prunes, chestnuts, toasted toffee, alcohol laced caramel, and dark cherry and grape skins make up a superb aroma. Complex flavour profile with dusty milk chocolate, smooth toffee, yellow cake, tobacco, bitter-sweet honey, and bitter tangerine zest. The finish is light, sweet and fruity with a lingering bitterness. Still a great treat, but already declining since the sample 6 months ago or so... 9/4/8/4/17 4.2

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgentgesdo (679) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 5, 2005
Pours gorgeous translucent ruby-brown with huge, foamy tan head that lasts and laces very well. The nose is wonderful and complex. Starts with cotton candy, and then I pick up cherry, apricot, plum, apple. The flavor reminds me of good brandy. Rich malt and a woodsy note, strong alcohol, carbonation speeding it to the back of your throat. There find cinnamon, cardamom, white pepper. A nice, purely bitter aftertaste waits. Truly great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lunkie (1539) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUL 3, 2005
Fruit spiritus aroma. Dark brown colour with good head and lacing. Sweet malt fruit spiritus flavour. Fizzy palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 2, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2005 Sweet tasting, and Malty with cheesy yeast with dark reddish color. Available at Downtown Wine & Spirits in Somerville, MA

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 2, 2005
Bottle conditioned from Sainsbury’s. Looked a bit like a coke at first, but the frothy head lasted well. The taste was delightful: rich, warm, sweet and malty with an appealing bitterness at the end. Wish I had another bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Gmku (295) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUN 28, 2005
Heavenly. Slightly murky deep red-brown with a great frothy tan head that lingers. Heavily carbonated. Soft, sweet, not quite as harsh as other Belgians I’ve tried. Dried fruit and that wonderful Belgian yeast. A little woody and nutty. Extremely enjoyable. Is this heaven? No, it’s Westmalle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
weepingsuds (222) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - JUN 25, 2005
Very decent trappist. Nice dark brown with hints of red. Carbonation is all over the place, a nice beer to watch. Taste is very sweet malt with hints of cherry almost. Refreshing, but a bit overwhelming on the palate.

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