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RATINGS: 3045   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   IBU: 36   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
McGrupp612 (139) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2006
750 mL bottle. Good pour into my Westmalle glass. Large, thick foamy white head that diminished into nothing within a minute or so. Murky golden yellow with a few tiny floaties. Spicy, fruity, and classic belgian yeast aroma with faint citrus, booze and cherry. Good carbonation with a fairly full body. Fruit, booze, yeast and spice with faint hops and a whisper of cherry on the tounge. A good triple now, maybe a very good triple with some more age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thornecb (4734) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - APR 3, 2006
Best before 11/07/07. Pours gold into a trappist glass with mounds of unformed foam. Earth notes. Spicy, sweet full alcohol palate with lasting metallic finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rune (9064) - Tromsø, NORWAY - APR 2, 2006
330ml bottle (bb.17.11.2007). Pale yellow. Big foamy white head that leaves great lacing on the glass. Citrus and cherry aroma. Full bodied. Taste of fruit, yeast and warming alcohol. Strong and powerful. Moreish. (01042006).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gilvanblight (819) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 27, 2006
Thick bubly head over a golden honey like pour. Lots of particles. Sweet aroma with an alcohol tang. Definate citrus and spices. Spicy citrus in the taste as well. Very complex, hard to distinguish distinct flavours. Bit of an alcohol bite on the tongue. Warm spicy boozy aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
2late2brew (14) - the woodlands, Texas, USA - MAR 26, 2006
this is aged, long enough to bring out the flavours in a balanced classic Belgian style. over rated? under rated? who cares this beer rocks its light color baffles the mind but not before the underlying strength of malts & candy sugars take you away. great beer, best when sat on, very complex and satisfying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mddawso (89) - Normal, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2006
This is my first true belgian ale. I got the 750ml bottle. After opening I could smell it immediately. This was a unique pour, difficult even. A big pillowy head, with lots of carbonation. The beer itself has an interesting feel, carbonated, but smooth. The taste is not of alcohol which I had suspected, but rather light hops with malt to match. Very good, after trying some other belgians I may re-rate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
atlasmonster (3) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 23, 2006 does not count
refreshing and strong, this beer is really good paired with fatty fish like salmon or less heavy meats like pork chops. good all year round it is a great example of trappist balance and non offensive for anyone discovering belgium beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stabatrehab (6) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - MAR 19, 2006 does not count
Best by 06/04/07. Cherry nose with a wonderful rocky head. Underwheming in fruit and spice-I think all the Westmalle’s are having a rough ride to my purchase. Couple day old bread and straw and typical yeast. Hops and malt are balanced nice but lacking the x factor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - MAR 18, 2006
Pours a cloudy gold color with a 3/4-inch head that lasts a bit. Nice lacing. Aroma of yeast, alcohol, touch of citrus. Flavor is malty, bready and dry with a definite alcohol presence. Bitter grapefruit finish. Nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2006
Best by 06/04/07. Hazy gold. Small, fizzy, white head quickly dissipates. Aroma of spicy, musty yeast, candi sugar, alcohol, fruits, rich malt. Great nose. Same flavor. Finish is dry, alcoholic, with a slightly sour yeastiness. Full, well carbonated body. Too much carbonation to fully appreciate the flavors. Otherwise a great brew.

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