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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JAN 25, 2004
1996 vintage bottle. Tasted this beer with Maibockaddict. Reddish orange in color, with lots of floaties. Sharp, fruity aroma. Full bodied beer. Well aged bottle, and it was wonderful. Maibockaddict and I also had a newer version of this beer, a 2003 version. More fresh aroma. Raisiny flavor, not as aged as the first one 8 years. It ages very well and its worth the money.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2004
1996 vintage (with a new 2003 vintage to follow)Part 3 of my Trappist tasting with Mkobes. pours a beautiful reddish orange with lots of floaties. Awesome head as with any trappist. Sharp fruity tobacco aroma. Yum. Full bodied musty tart malty flavor with fruity undertones. Obviously well aged, yet still wonderful. New version rated to follow in bold. Newer version (2003?). # 4 in my trappist tasting with Mkobes. Pours deep orange red, with a few fewer floaties. Perfect Trappist head again. More fresh earth aroma than the 8n year old version. Some raisiny fruitiness, with a musty, tobacco undertone. Fruity raisiny flavor, with tobacco undertones, that is nice, yet not as aged, obviously, as the first. This ages well and is well worth paying hundreds of dollars a case. Nuff said

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - JAN 22, 2004
Bottle, doubtless old. Nice leather color. Pours cloudy with a nice cream head that stays for a time--well-structured. Complex malty nose with aspects of currant, raisin, yeast. Smooth, malty taste with depth. Decent balance of malt and hop with dark berry, caramel hints. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (4064) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 20, 2004
2003? bottle. Burgundy red with deeper chestnut browns, fizzy (as expected) but a big off-white head with some brown flecks in it. bottle conditioned. Aroma of bittersweet prunes, light phenols, dry gingerbread?, and a touch of sweet molasses. Hmm, this is very light, much more so than expected or hoped for. Good cinnamon, brown sugar, earthiness, rhubarb, dry raspberry and a touch of lightly sweet chocolate. Very watery consistency, finish has some alcohol on it and a touch of astringency. Not terribly impressed, will try again at some point.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dobb1392 (36) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 14, 2004
Beautiful dark brown and think rich caramel head. As for taste, compared to the other trappist beers with its nice spicy slightly fruity palate. Well balanced alcohol, roast malts and hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (9173) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2004
Sampled at From The Vine beer tasting Jan 9th, 2004: This brew is a dark brown color with a thick foamy light beige head. Very thin lacing. It has an aroma of fruit, malt and toffee. Medium-bodied and rather smooth with lively carbonation. The flavor consists of fruit (plum was very noticeable), malt, and nuts. The flavors did not seem to play very well together though. The finish has a nice dark fruit character to it though. This beer is decent but I have had better Dubbels.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2004
Reddish brown body with a tan head that quickly dissipates. No lacing.
Rich malt aroma. Some tobacco, raisins and alcohol.
Full malty flavor. Raisins, yeast and alcohol are present too. Licorice, slightly sour and some of that tobacco among the flavors.
Full-bodied and spritzy on the tongue. Good mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sayravai (4677) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 9, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2005 (Bottled, BBE 01/2006, the last bottle I’ve saved from back when the Finnish monopoly, Alko, still sold this one, from De Koninck glass) Very dark brown color, slightly tanned, small but lasting head. Caramely, lightly roasted malt, hops and chocolate, dried fruit - even some rye-pudding can be found in the sweetish aroma. The flavor is well-balanced: slightly sweet, very malty and hoppy with rhum, raisins, orange-peel and a bitter, quite carbonated finish, some anisey spiciness - even banana. Long, lingering, sticky-hoppy, very enjoyable aftertaste. Quite full-bodied and carbonated, warming palate. An excellent, quite full and complex dubbel, only slightly too carbonated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2004
Hazy dark brown. Lovely beige head. Sweet, fruity (cherry, plums, banana) aroma w/ bubble gum & chocolate. Full bodied. Robust & sweet flavour of fruit (plums, dates, raisins), milk chocolate, banana, vanilla, licorice. Quite bitter w/ a little earthiness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 26, 2003
Bottle dated 27/03/03: Ruby brownish hue; mostly clear. About a fingers worth of foamy pale tan head. Banana, sweet, candy, fruit nose. Seductively sweet, dark fruit, cocoa, vanilla, cherry, licorice, nice body, finishing with pleasant estery goodness.

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