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RATINGS: 3327   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 4, 2007
Honestly, I expected more from this Trappist beer. Strong alcohol nose well hidden in the flavor. Small white head and pale clouded body. Fizzy to the lips with sour yeast finish and hints of spicy fruitiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerbill (3605) - Laurel, New York, USA - APR 4, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2008 Second Rating 7/22/2008. 11.2 oz. bottle. I felt like I needed to re-visit this beer since I wasnít all that crazy about it the first time and the average is significantly higher than my rating. This was a bit of a gusher when I opened the bottle. A very slow pour into my Chimay chalice revealed an antique gold beer with a large linen white head that lasted until mid-glass and left surprisingly little lace. The aroma was mostly yeast and alcohol with hints of spice and lemon. The flavor is again yeast with a strong flavor of alcohol and a stronger spice presence than in the aroma. There is a definite and distracting alcohol burn at the finish. No change in my original rating,

Original Rating 4/4/2007. 11.2 oz bottle. Pours a cloudy honey gold with a thin white head that lasted through most of the glass. Light but pleasant aroma of yeast, green apples and a bit of alcohol. The flavor was also a bit on the light side I thought with green apples, yeast, and a bit of lemon present in the flavor. Mouthfeel was a bit fizzy. Noticeable alcohol presence. Not as good as its reputation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EHSRanders (2006) - Tjele, DENMARK - APR 3, 2007
Bottle. Aroma of yeast and alcohol. Hazy golden colour with Large lasting head. Spicy and fruity flavor with a lot alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (9591) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2007
Bottle from Tuckers Maltings. Another one of those beers that Iíd had so often but never got around to rating so I thought Iíd get reacquainted with this old friend. Poured a golden colour with just some haze there, and a large white frothy head. Nose was quite yeasty and with a definite spiciness. The taste is fruity and spicy with hints of clove and coriander but the alcohol is a touch harsh and whilst this is a quality beer it seemed harsher and a little rougher round the edges than Iíd remembered.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BustedFlat (554) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - MAR 31, 2007
Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Duvel tulip glass, cloudy yellow with a medium beige head. The aroma had notes of pear, apple, citrus and the typical tripel yeast. The taste was sweet and smooth with notes of spice and citrus fruits. Creamy and buttery mouthfeel. Nice carbonation. The finish was slightly bitter with just a touch of alcohol bite. A bit dry as well. One of the better tripels Iíve had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fukito (1018) - Santiago, CHILE - MAR 31, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2009 Bottle at Hoppe cafe, march 07. Spicy, honeish aroma. Strong, spicy, sparkling, shinnny flavor. Fruity, honey and a dry ending with a quiet coriander note. MF is medium with a punch of flavor and a dry, spicy finnish. Nice, spicy and sparkly golden trippel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ekstedt (6516) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 31, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2008 Bottle (33 cl) from Systembolaget. Cloudy golden, big fluffy head. Yeasty, earthy and spicy aroma. Medium bodied. Dry finish, alcohol very well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
garthicus (2908) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 29, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2010 Perhaps I got a bad bottle, I shivered when I drank it, initially a lovely cookie slash banana scent. Appearance is of a small head, golden colour and a general inviting hue. The flavour took my breath away, very bitter with strong alcoholic undertone Still, I will drink it again! Re-rate - 01 October 2010 Appearance: gorgeous hazy orange with TONS of white floaties, whispy white head. Aroma: lots of orange peel, spice, cinnamon, caramel, good alcohol punch to it too, warming clove & a hint of banana. Flavour: woah - huge tangy malt bomb at first, caramel, banana, lots of alcohol, cinnamon with a long bitter sweet finish. Woah. Super complex. Beautiful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hamirubi (566) - Waarschoot, BELGIUM - MAR 29, 2007
This is one of the top trappist beers, but itís not my favourite one. Fine taste, mature look and perfect flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Muggus69 (2115) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - MAR 29, 2007
330ml bottle. Been a long year since iíve tried one of these. This particular bottle is best before tommorrow, so I thought why not! Spicy aroma, slightly nutty, buttery, toffee like malts, some fruity phenols from the yeast, nothing too outstanding. Looks great poured out into my Duvel glass. Thick billowing head atop a hazy looking gold body leaving clumps of lace. The body is rich, liqueur-like at times, surupy yet not cloyingling sweet. Iím bombarded with notes of cinnamon and apple, peach, apricot and citrus notes, some breadiness, camembert-like cheese mould flavours, all balanced out with good amounts of buttery caramel malts. Alcohol is apparent yet not burning or too warming, merely adding to the body of flavour. Finish lingers, tantilises, slightly drying but begging for another flavour journey. Fantastic brew, glad I got to try it in more ideal circumstances than the first time.

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