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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ebarnes (260) - Beech Grove, Indiana, USA - FEB 10, 2006
33cl bottle. Pours foggy amber with a MASSIVE white head that eventually disappates leaving a slight lace on the glass. Aroma is a bit fruity and a bit malty. The alcohol will smack you hard with the first drink but it mellows as it warms. Each drink is better than the previous, finishing with the alcohol still present, but nicely combined with the fruits and spices.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Quevillon (2616) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 10, 2006
Bu au Vineyards Wine Bar & Bistro (Ottawa) en septembre 2005. http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/ontario/ottawa/viney Goût fort mais pas trop imposante, un peu fruité et épicé. Très bon!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HazelRah (276) - Summerland, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 10, 2006
Peaches and yeast aroma with some must kickin around too. Poured a cloudy yellow with a white head and excellent lace. Full-bodied and smooth in the mouth though not bursting with flavours other than alcohol and fruity malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Paskal (146) - La Prairie, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 6, 2006
Bouteille-Une dorée un peu trouble. Odeur d’épices, de malte et d’alcool. Mousse blamche dissipante. Goût de malte et de noisette et de fruits.--Bottle-A golden ale a bit cloudly. Odor of spices, malt and alcool. White head fast dissiping. Taste of malt, nuts and fruits.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 6, 2006
Tasted 05/02/2006. 330ml bottle from Leuven, Wellington. Pale orange, hazy, diminishing white head, lacey. Musty yeast aroma hints at apricot and seaweed before revealing a spicey and phenolic kick. Flavour is fresh and fruity, more mustiness, alcoholic, tart through the middle, with a hint of absinthe, a crisp dry finish and a quite strong phenolic astringency and woody, clove and cinnamon lingering after. Mouthfeel is lightweight, without being skinny, and low-medium carbonation. Interesting ale but it doesn’t grab me enough to demand I drink another.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 6, 2006
Robe blonde dorée très claire surmontée d’une mousse blanche épaisse en dentelle. Arômes d’épices, de sucre candi et de malt. Saveurs de malt, de miel, d’épices, d’alcool et de levure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - FEB 4, 2006
Pours a mostly orange with slight yellow to it, very creamy fluffy white head that stayed the whole time. Pretty fruity, apples, and pears, along with spiciness , but the alcohol was very evident the whole time, it took away from the other flavors in the aftertaste. Smooth but alcohol took over this beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KarmanGhia (276) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2006
This pours a light amber/yellow with a big, fluffy white head. The head dies down rather quickly. The nose is grainy and lightly of alcohol. This beer is mostly malts and they are brewed to a light bitterness in the finish that is dominated in the front by an inititial burst of alcohol, a short hint of spice, and then a strong graininess. Any fruitiness is light and perhaps resembles flower pedals more than fruit. Overall, this is certainly a great tripple, but even Chimay’s is better in my opinion.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - FEB 2, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2007 Out of the two Westmalle’s I sampled, I favored the dubel. This was very enjoyable as well! Incredible light/hazy yellow coloring with a fluffy head. The aroma was peppery and yeast, which was awesome. Mouthfeel was a bit thick which I didn’t care for, plus you could really tell you were drinking a higher abv. Flavor portion didn’t really blow me away, but it was good. It finished crisp. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SHIG (3883) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - FEB 2, 2006
Amber in color with a creamy head, Smell of bark and malt with a hint of lemon. Taste is of a sour fruit and a leafy ending. Lasting flavor throught.

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