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RATINGS: 3017   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
nick76 (4300) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2006
The aroma is sweet, sour, and peppery, with lemon, malt, and yeast. The appearance is very nice. It has one of the most persistent foamy head that I have seen. The flavor is malty, spicy, citrusy, and bitter. The palate is average for the style. This is one solid beer in almost every way.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElGaucho (2275) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JAN 3, 2006
Bottle. $4.99 for 11.2 oz. Belgian yeast aroma. Murky, dishwatery, orange with a large white, to off-white head that is lasting. This is the only beer I can remember where you can actually see the head continually being replenished by the bubbles coming up from the bottom. The head actually doesn’t just "last", it grows just sitting there! Champagne-like steady visible carbonation. Visible yeast clumps float near the bottom of the glass upon settling. A burst of alcohol hits the palate immediately upon first sip as does the considerable, champagne-like mouthfeel. None of the 9.5% ABV is hidden in this one. A lovely brew, but one that is dominated by alcohol, and is therefore somewhat harsh and fairly one-dimensional.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2006
Cloudy, yellow-gold body with a huge white head. Fruity aroma with some spice. Taste is slightly fruity with notes of spice and and alcohol. Not generally my favorite style, but an enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
shintriad (700) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2006
Orangy blonde with a lot of chunky bits of sediment. Citrusy and had a sharp bitterness I’ve never noticed before, closer to the front of the tongue. Could be all the alcohol. The head makes it look great, but taste-wise I really don’t see the big deal. Lemon, yeast, a bit of basic spice (black pepper), but not much else. Overrated and dull.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gatorbeer (148) - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA - JAN 2, 2006
Pours a golden yellow with a moderate white head. Citrus and spice in both the aroma and palate. A solid triple, but I expected a bit more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2005
Pours with a medium white head on a cloudy yellow body. Strong malty aroma with spices, pine and alcohol. Sweet flavor with spices on a medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2010 Bottle from Once Upon a Vine - South on 07/11/2010. Best before end 19/01/12. Bottled on 19/01/10 - 05 03896. Slightly hazy pale golden body with a moderaterocky white head. Sweet spicy and perfumy hop aroma on a light malt background. Sweet fruit, candi sugar, and spicy/perfumy notes with a very dry finish. Medium body with moderately high carbonation. 7/3/8/3/14 - 3.5 12/31/2005 - Very frothy white head on a hazy blond body. Very spicy aroma and a very fruity flavor. 6/4/7/4/15 - 3.6

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2005
Very fragrant, fresh and citrussy. Cloudy peach brew with a thick "shaving cream" head. The alcohol is noticeable, but so are an array of spice flavours as well. Very bubbly, very warming and nicely intoxicating. Not earth-shattering, but a very nice brew to begin New Year’s Eve with.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
PattyBoy (302) - North Liberty, Iowa, USA - DEC 27, 2005
Pours slightly hazy and golden/orangey, thich white head. Looks great even with the floaters. Aroma of citrus peel. Flavor is very sweet, more citrus peel, ginger, pine. Lots of carbonation, like a soda. This just didn’t do a lot for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
barleybro57 (3) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 27, 2005 does not count
Poured out a great white head, nice yellow color. I’m used to darker ales, so maybe I’m a little biased - but I thought lacking in flavor and complexity.

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