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RATINGS: 2733   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jgentgesdo (663) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 18, 2004
Pours very cloudy yellow with white long lasting head. Nose is spice - coriander and lemongrass. More citrus in the body, as well as grapefruit and a sweet flavor Iím not sure of. Finishes very strong, mildy bitter with definite alcohol notes. Very creamy mouthfeel. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - AUG 16, 2004
Perhaps my expectations were too high. I can see what a lot of brewers here in the States are trying to copy, though, after trying this tripel. Fuller bodied than I expected. Maybe it was a bad beer day and I should have stuck to session beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OKBeer (1168) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - AUG 10, 2004
330 ml bottle, best before 09/03/06. Hazy golden yellow colour with a lasting creamy and frothy head. Orange, yeast, herbal, grassy, and perfume aroma. Cookie, light citrus (orange and lime), and yeast flavours giving way to an herbal and perfumed bitter finish. Full bodied, creamy and fizzy mouthfeel. Reminded me of Unibroueís anniversary line (10, 11, 2004), but a bigger mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jzzbassman (1466) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - AUG 9, 2004
My new favorite Tripel. Thank God it is finally in Oklahoma. Huge fruitcake spice aroma that liiks abosolutely great in my DeKoninck Glass, with a white compact head that stays to the end. Not as sugar/ sweet as other Tripels, with a great texture and a crisp alcohol snap. Love it!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mungo (2472) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2004
Bottle conditioned. Huge pear like alcohol aroma along with spicy yeast, mild citrus fruit and faint herbal aromas. The alcohol just batters any subtlety of the other aromas into submission. Full bodied with a drinkable texture. Alcohol continues in the taste with a touch of sweetness and hint of spicy bitterness in the finish. An after dinner drink with the spicy alcohol flavours similar to a grappa. However it falls short as an after dinner drink, on the one hand being too alcoholic and full to cleanse and refresh the palate and on the other not rich and complex enough to satisfy the appetite for depraved gluttony.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichardWilding (201) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 2, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2004 330ml Bottle. Not as good as the Westmalle Dubbel in my opinion, but a superb beer none the less. Golden yellow in colour. Spicy, citrus aroma, and taste. A healthy hit of alcohol as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - AUG 1, 2004
11.2 fluid ounce brown, European shaped bottle. Bottle has a glass donut ring around the lower part of the neck. Neatest looking European bottle Iíve ever seen. I think Iíll keep it for a bud vase. Anyway, look, this beer rocks from the time itís opened onward. Poured out a beautiful, hazy golden yellow color. It has a humongous white head that wonít quit. Served in my Chimay chalice, excellent choice for this particular beer. Aromas are of fresh malts, sweet Timothy grass, Belgian funk, horse blanket, leather, tobacco, yeasty sourdough bread, and slight whiff of citrus, most likely lemon. Lychee fruit, and candi sugars round out the aromas. The tastes are exactly as the aromas are. Full of fruity esters, slight smoke, alcohols, and sugars. Man, the good Brothers at Westmalle sure did their homework on brewing this nectar. This beer is an experience, not just a regular old run of the mill brew. It sure gives Westvleteren a run for the money, that much is certain. At 1/2 the price of Westy, this could easily be my everyday beer. But, that would spoil the entire experience for me at least. Finishes sweet, dry, and fruity, all at the same time. A wonderful triple from Belgium. Seek it out at all costs, Grasshopper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 26, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2006 Cloudy golden color with a large dense white head. Aroma of coriander with a hint of pine. Flavor is hops and citrus with a nice balance of malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 18, 2004
Bottle. This is a good tripel style. Pours hazy golden orange with a few floaties and nice white head that lingered fairly well. Love that belgian aroma. The smell is dominated by yeast and spice, with sweet maltiness and citrus in the mix. Flavor is sweet with a balancing sour-tart character, yeasty bread notes, noticible alcohol and a mild hop finish with hints of pepper as well. Medium to full body, mildly creamy carbonation make for a good mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
civforprez (229) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2004
Pours golden, a little cloudy, with a significant head. Aroma is of yeast, lemons, orange peel, and roasted malt. Flavor is more of the same from aroma, with the peel coming through strong. Soft mouth feel, with a bite in the aftertaste. Alcohol not noticeable. Excellent.

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