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RATINGS: 3158   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
alexanderj (3433) - Branson, Missouri, USA - SEP 19, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2006 Bottle. First had this beer in Belgium, and have had it a few times in the states. Pours a nice gold color. Aroma was of citrus, bubblegum, and alcohol mainly. Maybe a little spice. Taste was great. Sweet taste, almost like sugar, but great. Some spice. Alcohol was not overpowering. Well balanced I thought. I know many who rate this as one of their top few beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2006
Big airey head, with flowery, necturey nose. Taste like citrus rock candy with smooth alcohol undertones. No real note on spiciness, but still delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DTB (51) - South Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2006
This beer poured a dazzling golden yellow with a thin film of white head that was sustained by a field of bubbles. Smelled of mandarin oranges, coriander, fresh cut roses, spicy yeast and of sweet green grapes. The flavor contains a smooth, creamy and understated sweet wheat and peach sweetness accompanied by a floral and pungent grapefruit and citrus yeast. The way these two flavors blended effortlessly together to create one potent, yet smooth sensation is beyond my vocabulary. Finishes pleasantly dry and yeasty. When I exhaled after a sip, green grapes became very noticeable. The mouth feel was light to medium bodied with a medium carbonation. This is hands down the best triple I’ve ever had. It’s understated flavor and complex blend of flavors makes this a fantastic beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - SEP 14, 2006
One of the first Belgium beers I had a chance to try. Part of my mass buy anything that I have heard of once I move to Seattle beer list. Between the two Westmalle beers I enjoyed this one the least however that doesn’t mean it a horrible beer. It quite enjoyable. Flavors of spice, fruit, yeast, and bananas are very nice on the palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DruncanVeasey (7854) - NUNEATON, TOP, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2007 Hazy, apricot-hued Trappist with a few white specks of fizzing sediment. Looks a bit like a Witbier, but don’t be fooled. This beer takes you on a sensory trip before you’ve even supped it. A noseful of spicy banana, bubblegum, TCP, citrus, crunchy apple, and booze-drenched wood. I could go on. Then comes the taste. A surge of spicy fruit culminating in an unexpectedly intense, Orval-like hit of yeasty hop dryness. Easily the most balanced, flavour-packed and lethally drinkable Tripel I’ve sampled.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 6, 2006
Pours slightly cloudy pale gold, with a large bubbly white head. The aroma is almost thin, giving some candy and alcohol, and maybe some yeast. Nowhere near as complex as I had hoped. The mouthful is quite fruity, but again to my disappointment lacks the malt complexities. The finish is strong fruity and alcoholic. Decent, but disappointing.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
Augustijn55 (82) - Izegem, BELGIUM - SEP 6, 2006
The aroma was smokey with a little of caramel. The taste was alcohol, fruit, and a little yeasty. Poured a pale dense golden color with a creamy head. The mouthfeel was very dry and tingly. I love Chimay more

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
OldMrCrow (2212) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 6, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2009 Fairly fresh bottle, initially served relatively cold.

Did I just give this a 4.5? That puts it in my top 1%. I wasn’t expecting that, but I sure don’t see where I’ve overinflating the scores. This is a stunningly good beer in every respect, and it’s the best tripel (a personal favorite style) that I’ve ever had.

This beer pours a beautiful gold with a rich white head. The nose is a delight, strong spicy yeast aromas with honey and citrus, some passionfruit, and the faintest whisiper of alcohol.

This is the sort of aroma that makes it very hard to do anything other than dive right into a huge first sip. Much to my surprise and delight, that first sip was every bit as good as the aroma hinted it might be. A lively, spicy, and relatively dry tripel livened up with a light tropical fruitiness that makes the overall beer easy to drink, almost as if it were gently sweet but without the cloyingness that can come with a strong sweet Belgian beer. The hops kick in resolutely in the finish, leaing a lovely balanced bitterness on the long end of the flavor profile, accented by the lingering spiciness of the yeasts.

The mouthfeel is exceptional: impressively creamy, rich without being heavy in any way, a 9.5% that simply hnts at its presence, adding a fullness and graitas without any heat.

Absolutely marvellous.

’06 bottle sampled Feb. ’09. Wow. Glorious and mellowed at 3 years. Not sure I’d go quite 4.5 but certainly close.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 5, 2006
Pours a hazy golden with a huge white head. Aroma has notes of banana, citrus and bubblegum, along with cardamom, and what I associate with Belgian yeasts. Flavor is more bitter than expected at the start. It was also bitter at the finish, which I did expect. Flavor is subtle, mixing most of what was in the aroma with the bitterness I described and sweetness in the middle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcr (2424) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - SEP 3, 2006
Hazy orange.yellow body with big white head. Fruity, spicy aroma — coriander, banana, orange. The flavor is fruity as well though the alcohol and hops stick with the flavor throughout. Plum, orange and bitter hops. Peppery, warming finish from the alcohol. Ample carbonation and a moderate finish.

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