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RATINGS: 3047   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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAR 15, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2007 Ths brew pours a tawny yellow color w/ a tall creamy froth. Superb head retention w/ a lasting latherous lace. Small Champagne bubbles persist the full duration. Aromas of aged citrus and candy. Medium full nectar w/ ample residual effers. The texture is that of creamy cotton. A slightly sweet style w/ a full malty backbone. Musty, citrusy sugar cubes and tropical tarts defines this one. Theres a mild peachpit bittering unit that starts midpalate and helps to balance it out. Finish is long and bittered w/ peachpit and some tangy kiwi. Alcohol is well hidden. Overall: a fantastic brew w/ good complexities. It hitís the spot. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
destroye7 (312) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 14, 2006
33 cl bottle. Orangy color, cloudy. Good head. Spices and fruits aroma. A strong alcohol after taste. Light fruit taste with a sour ending. I was expecting more from that beer (like not having an alcohol after taste). But, still good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
doubleipa (224) - Georgia, USA - MAR 13, 2006
Another Westmalle brew thatís right on style. LIght malt, light bread and sweet dough. Off-white, creamy head that was gone in 60 seconds. A bit haxy with some small particles. Moderate sweet flavor that lasted a lont time. Texture was dry with lively carbonation. There was a moderate alcohol finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2006
This beer offers a grainy fruity aroma. It is a cloudy golden color with a thick white head and good lacing. This beer produces a smooth wheat and mild orange/fruit flavor. Caramel can be detected in the finish. The mildly hot aftertaste leaves the flavor remnants of wheat, caramel, and orange lingering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Siroy (220) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 9, 2006
[ Bottled ; chilled ; BB 12/08/06 ]
A fully diminishing large frothy white head that tops up a hazy medium amber body. Moderate lacing. No particles. Few small bubbles. Aroma presents malt being light bread while hops are moderate citrusy ... Yeast character is heavy dough. Also, there are evident evocations of apple and candi sugar. Impressions of citrus is evident. Alcohol aroma is high. Initial flavor is moderate sour while development is show some funkyness. Very good triple oriented on balance. Finish is long and alcoholic. medium body... creamy texture... Lively carbonation...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunnfryd (12129) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 8, 2006
Bottled. Golden beer with a white head.Aroma of yeast, alcohol and cellar.Flavour have sweetnes and apple and alcohol. A good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marko (4220) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - MAR 7, 2006
0.33l bottle, Westmalle trappist glass at Tolkienís House, Zagreb
Finally got to try this one. I love Tripelís, and you canít go wrong with the first one, right ? Weíll see about that. It poured a dark golden colour with a medium sized thick white head that went away slowly. Very lively carbonacion, scant lacing. The nose was interesting. White grapes/white wine, acidic in a nice way, some slight fruit (figs?) and a tiny hint of alcohol. Very interesting. Taste...hmm... it struck me as a totally atypical tripel, which is odd considering that itís the original... Again, a white wine like taste, only more "noble" than any Iíve ever tasted. Bloody great underlying fruity maltiness, that, unfortunately, doesnít show up much. Some alcohol (though I never thought it was really that evident). Some chewy hopiness in the late taste, which I didnít exactly love (it was ok), that goes into the aftertaste and sticks in going from a grape seeds taste to a herbal one clinging to the back of the mouth and mixing with the subdued lemon acidity that shows up around the same time. Interesting stuff, slightly atypical, but good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - MAR 6, 2006
Bottle marked 11/07/07. Iím assuming thatís a best by date. Poured a pale yellow with a tall white head that mostly lasted. Lots of carbonation showing in this one. Some lacing. Aroma of spices, banana, yeast, and a hint of malts. The flavor gave dark fruits, apple, spices, and a light malt background. This palate reminded me a lot of champagne. Lively carbonation, dry, and bitter throughout. Some alcohol in the flavor but not uncomfortable.

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