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RATINGS: 2835   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GarethYoung (1109) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - APR 1, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2005 pours a murky honey colour. nose is yeast, apricots, spice and a fair bit of alcohol. well bodied has a dry, warming finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 31, 2005
orangey golden color, slightly hazy with very large yeast chunks. pillowy white thick creamy head. nose is yeasty, deep malt and candi sugar. raisin too. creamy mouthfeel. high carbonation. deep malt flavor. alcohol too. pretty dry for a tripel. a little dried orange peel flaor and bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hawkshadow (107) - Rural Retreat, Virginia, USA - MAR 31, 2005
Super nice brew! Poured cloudy yellow, with a thick rocky head that lasted and laced! Carbonated with bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass for a very long time. Aroma is yeasty with some leather, barnyard action going on in there. This one gets better by the sip. Flavor is strong and to the point. The carbonation makes a great play on the tongue with the flavor (good wheaty, hoppy, and yeasty). It’s definitely worth the money, and I am terrible about justifying taste for cost. I will Westmalle again!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 31, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2005 Bright yellow with LOTS of sediment and a bright white frothy head. Lemony, citrus. Hints of alcohol in the taste and aroma. The main flavors are orange, some lemon and alcohol with a slight bite in the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
braudimusprime (75) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 26, 2005
Highly accessible tripel which definitely went against my expectations for a Trappist ale. Pours a deep gold with a fizzy head. The aroma is spicy and fruity, and the flavor is clean and dry, with a spice bite followed by a more mellow and fruity finish. Tastes like a very good, clean, strong ale--you’d have no idea the abv is so high.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 24, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2007 A slow, steady pour generates a rich, golden-peach hued beer--hazy and obviously bottle conditioned--with a mountainous, milk froth white head. Slow to recede, light lacing. The aroma is big, even at cooler temperatures, full of grains and pepper. Forceful undercurrents of mandarin oranges and lemon zest rush past. White grapes, sourdough bread, peaches...all working in harmony. Faint traces of caramel can be detected, and even some coarse wool as well. The flavour begins bready sweet, with hints of caramel, along with a robust orange acidity. Tart fruits--lemons, grapes--emerge midpalate. The finish brings a peppery spiciness and alcohol dryness. Long, warm, peppery, herbal aftertaste. Enjoyable, soft mineral compliment throughout. The body is just over average, the texture dry yet velvety, carbonation very aggressive. Bizarrely intriguing, an eclectic mix of soft and spicy, dry and sweet. All ingredients make themselves pleasantly known; minerality of water, pungency of hops, richness of malt, esters and doughiness of yeast. Quite an experience, but it feels lost in itself from time to time, spread too thin over so many aspects that it seems more like an amalgam of quality Tripels rather than a Tripel of its own. 33cl bottle, Duvel tulip, bbe 13/09/09.

750 mL, Chimay chalice. Tall, creamy, white head is well lasting and sits upon a thoroughly hazy peach hued beer. Spicy hops, lemons and pepper come across first. The doughy yeast blends well with breadish and, at times, candyish malt aroma. White grapes, pears, yellow raisins, peaches and a touch of Braeburn apples seamlessly integrate. Strong sweetness upfront is matched by tart acidity and light spicy hops. The backend is shallow of sweetness and really brings the tart and spice on in full. Very dry and almost leathery finish. Alcohol is burried in the nether regions of I know not where. Medium full bodied with a silky texture and perky carbonation. Original rating: 8,4,8,4,16 = 4.0.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Juelze (1138) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 24, 2005
1st Trappist Ale, Smelled grassy and spicy. Appearance was a nice semi-frothy head and amber color. Has a spicy and dry mouthfeel. Slightly bitter and citrusy it has a lingery sweet mouthfeel. I can almost taste green grapes after the swallow. As high is the ABV is you don’t taste the alochol very much.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kyuss (21) - BELGIUM - MAR 24, 2005
Rather fresh and light for such a strong beer, also a bit sweet, just the way I it. One of my favorite trappists. Not hard to come by and not so expensive as some other trappists.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - MAR 24, 2005
Cloudy golden yellow, somewhat lasting white head, medium sized bubbles in the head. Could hear the fizzle of carbonation on the pour, bubbles running through the beer top to bottom the entire glass. Aromas of champagne grapes, citrus fruits, malt, grass/hay, and alcohol undertones (scotch?). Flavor standing out mostly were the malts and the alochol bite at the finish. Alcohol bite was gentle and not over the top.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Padron4KM (535) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - MAR 21, 2005
11.2 oz bottle
Pours cloudy orangy/yellow with large chunks of yeast floating about.
I had this bottle sitting undisturbed for three days and poured carefully, yet I still ended up with a lot of yeast.
Head was a decent size but it was short lived.
Aroma was fruity and yeasty and spicy. A little orange peel.
Flavor is spicy, with some floral hop and some citrus zest in the finish.

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