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RATINGS: 2782   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Emil (6066) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2005 Bottle. Hazy golden color, fruity, spicy aroma, sweet and bitter taste, full body, wine finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lachesis (756) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - JUL 13, 2004
Nice goldenblond color with a large creamy head.In the nose there are fine complex aroma’s of fresh stonefruit,exotic spices and well selected hops.It has a dry malty taste with a fine complex unthertone of noble hops and spices. It ends in a soft bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (8773) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2004 Poured a hazy golden color with a large white head. Large particles. Aromas of fruits, spices, candy and light alcohol. Starts of a little sweet and ends in a nice bitter taste. Fruity and spicey. Very good tasting beer. Dry finish with light alcohol (but not 9%).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
AlphaOne (142) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 10, 2004
Slightly hazy golden with a large pillowing head. Aroma is of fruity yeast: peach, red apple, a little cirtus and a little grassyness. Full in body, with a huge spicy, peppery, herbacious, a little sweet malty biscuity flavour. Warming alcolhol, whiskyish, fruity, passionfruit and lemony grapefruit, followed by a nice lingering bitterness(earthy and citrusy hoppiness) a bit of astringency.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 7, 2004
Bright golden orange, mildly hazy. Aroma has a strong alcoholic presence, plenty of yeast, a good foreshadowing of what is to come in the flavor. Initial sip is potently bitter, or strong, not sure, just unpleasant. Hints of pepper, but the alcohol dominates. Dry finish. Smooth carbonation, lacks the complexity, fruit, sweetness, and hops of some of the other greats in this style.Disappointing... Some food pairing notes not incorporated into the rating numbers. Makes a decent complement to sushi (tuna roles), especially the ginger, and a nice green salad. Helped to temper the alcohol and bring out some of the peppery, and sweet, flavors.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - JUL 7, 2004
Citrusy smell with some spice. and i mean spice, as in pepper or something along those lines. Same thing with the taste. very malt ascertive with a pepperiness and tingle to it. mellows out as your taste buds become accustomed to it. not a whole lot going on.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
zborgerd (187) - Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2004
I find this to be a pretty disappointing Tripel. Quite surprising, actually, considering all of the acclaim it gets. Poured with a massive foamy head that lasted for several minutes. Brew was surprisingly pale, looking almost like an unflitered hefeweizen. Smells a bit sour. Initial flavor is pretty citrusy with more hops than most Trappist ales, and more bite as well. Sour, burning finish. Asprin-like taste. Not what I expected. I hope this is just a bad bottle. I had many more hopes for this one. I won’t just hand out points for this one, simply because it is a Trappist ale. Karmaliet is better than this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8574) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2009 Bottled. I’ve always thought this was one of my favourite beers but then I’ve only ever drank it in decent Belgian bars or at the side of the river in Holland and sometimes I feel the location and ambience make something seem better. It is a good beer but not like I remember. The aroma is spicy but also a bit ’off’. The colour is quite disappointingly yellow/orange. The flavour is big and spicy and as the description says "dry" but it is too dry and a bit unbalanced. Still good and I have rated as if I’d never tried it before, but it’s certainly scored lower than I expected.Score 3.4
Subsequent rating scored 3.8. Average becomes 3.6

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUN 28, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2005 Pale cloudy apricot color with a huge white head. Aroma of white grape champange. Peppery white grape wine start, fruity with a long dry bitter grape skin finish. spicy with a foamy mouth feel. Alcohol, while not overpowering is definately present. : )

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zach8270 (3366) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUN 28, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2008 [bottle - Great European Beerfest 8, Sharp Edge Tavern - East Liberty, PA] Poured a hazy orange color with a fizzy white head. Strong and spicy aroma with a hint of citrus and alcohol. Strong and potent flavor of citrus with dry and floral notes and a dry yet creamy finish. Very well blended.

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