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RATINGS: 3088   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   IBU: 36   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
A strong, dry and spicy trappist ale. The product of a secondary fermentation lasting 5 weeks. This is a complex ale with a fruity aroma and a nice nuanced hop scent. It is soft and creamy in the mouth, with a bitter touch carried by the fruity aroma. An exceptional ale, with a great deal of finesse and elegance, and with a splendid long after taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cheeta (1181) - Langå, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2006
Heavy malty aroma. Huge creamy white head. Excelent lacing, mostly lasting longevity. Cloudy yellow body. Heavy bitter initial flavor. Medium palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blueturk (82) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - AUG 6, 2006
Pours medium gold, with a nice white head and yeast still left in the bottle. Classic belgian yeast nose. Some alcohol present in the flavor, with some tart/sweetness. Great Tripel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MrSalty (2) - USA - AUG 6, 2006 does not count
Beer pours a pale gold color with some cloudinesss to it. Head lasts and nose is yeasty, sourdough bread. Flavor is incredibly complex: fruity (granny smith apple-like), some other fruit tones, closes spicy. Finish is bitter, but not too bitter. Beer drinks very smooth and alcohol content blends well - not very noticeable until after you have had more than 2. Stands up to food (cheese - note brie, apple). An excellent beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HenrikSoegaard (11467) - Randers, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2006
Bottle. Creamy white excellent fully lasting head. Yellow clear colour. Week moderate aroma. A little yeasty. Powerfull complex flavor. Long finish. Very creamy palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
snowden719 (130) - USA - AUG 6, 2006
Pours golden-orange with a medium white head that last the whole beer. Aroma is yeast, bit of sourness, bread, apples. Flavor is sourness with pears, apples, breadiness. The sourness doesn’t really combine well with the other flavors, especially the breadiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dwedin (249) - Happy Valley, Oregon, USA - AUG 5, 2006
Cloudy orange and long lasting head. Sour sweet aromas. it begins with malty earthy flavors and finishes dry and bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - AUG 4, 2006
Very pale gold color with very thick billowing white head. The beer is quite cloudy, almost opaque. The aroma is very sweet but tinted with some noble hops and a grassy aroma. The flavor is sweet bready, doughy malt, and a mild earthy hop bitterness. Alcohol is not particularly perceptible. The aroma and flavor remind me of farmhouse/saison ales I’ve had recently. The finish is a little sweet. The mouthfeel is thick but bubbly (well carbonated). An excellent beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Mike191 (9) - Grapevine, Texas, USA - AUG 3, 2006 does not count
Great light appearance with a great sparkle. Bitter. Unlike the Dubbel, this one is much stronger and sharper. Reading most reviews it is a prefered beer but beyond my preferences. Too much alcohol and too sharp/bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (38879) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 3, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2006 Bottled. Poured slightly cloudy orange with a persistent white head. Aroma is citrus with a little sourness and a spicy yeast character. Smooth and substantial body with a little carbonation. The taste has a notable yeast character with some sourness. Almost tastes salty. Notes of dark fruits. The finish is spicy bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Goldorak (438) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 2, 2006
Best before date on this one: 04-02-05 Sampled late July 2006.

Peachy and opaque, with a fair amount of chunky deposit, not much of a surprise for a such an old bottle. What was surprising was the lovely thick pearly white head, so far it seemed to have aged quite well.
Fusels seem to be a bit more tame than in a fresh sample, but were still fruity, if not a bit more vinous, but without being too maderized.
The age came through a bit more in the flavor, although carbonation was still in great shape. It made me think of an old attic or dusty basement, but in a good, fond memory kind of way. I was expecting the alcohol to be much more prevalent, but it wasn’t playing the diva at all, even though it was bone dry in the finish. The yeast was perfectly balanced along with it and had a great body to hold it all in place. A classic.

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