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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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerguzzler (31) - Louisiana, USA - JUL 8, 2005
pours a hazy gold with a thin white head... has a very crisp taste of yeast with the abv% makes itself known with a warm finish. good brew

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
nycbronchart (6) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 6, 2005 does not count
caramel, alcohol, butterscotch, vanilla, golden, clear, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, medium sourness, medium body, sticky, lively,

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Alchemist (1) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 4, 2005 does not count
Absolutely, my most favorite beer; there’s only one unfortunate drawback: It does contain a minimal amount of alcohol, you’ll notice after a couple of bottles (on your way to the toilet).. It has a full body, thin feel, average carbonation and a long finish.. The beer has a golden colour and there’s supposed to be a white head on it. Most bars in Holland have special glasses for this beer (which look like rather big whine glasses with the Westmalle logo printed on the side). Also, on the bottom of the bottle, there’s supposed to be some residu of the fermentation process (which should have taken place in the bottle after shipment). That’s the reason good quality bars fill the glass for you (so you don’t have to worry about spilling some of that residu out of the bottle, into your glass; you don’t want it, it tastes bitter and gives you a headache, the day after..). They’ll also take care the separation between the white head and the golden liquid is exactly matched with the middle of the logo printed on the special Westmalle glas. Some bars even have little pieces of round paper with a hole in it which have the logo on them and which are put at the bottom of the trunk of the glass, preventing any wet stuff reaching the table top ;-) If you’re preparing the drink yourself (you can buy the beer at supermarkets) and like rituals: Have fun! It’s even better than rolling a joint..

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
JK (4845) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUL 3, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2005 A major disappointment, and the worst Trappist beer I have tasted. Very light fruit and malt aroma. Yellow, with a very large white head. Lacking in flavor, especially compared to Karmeliet. This is like a plain Belgian ale; reminds me of the unimpressive Unibroue ’04 with a simple malt and alcohol flavor combination. At least the price was marked ridiculously low by mistake, but I won’t look for this again. 750 bottle.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lamahasto (4) - Brussel, BELGIUM - JUL 2, 2005 does not count
My favorite Trappist after Westvleteren, much easier to find. A very nice subtle taste and a great body. Very nice collour. Be aware to drink it at the right temperature( 8°C), otherwise it won’t taste as rich.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - JUL 1, 2005
This was a bottle-conditioned beer. The bottle poured a cloudy apricot colored beverage with a small white smooth head. Although small, the head lasted throughout and left nice lacing. The aromas here are not shy or hard to find but almost overwhelming. There are sweet fruits and strong spices with notes of brandy. The body was quite full with good carbonation and an oily texture. The flavor highly complex and starts off with strong dark sweet fruit. The middle is slightly bitter and the presence of alcohol makes itself well known. The finish is long and sweet, loosing its bitter edge but the alcohol warmth continues.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
schuimkroaat (426) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JUN 30, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2006 33 cl bottle, bbe March 2007. Amber with peach and straw hues and pretty cloudy. The glass is filled by plenty of middle-sized bubbles which climb to the surface in irregular paths. A quite stable head, leaving thick lace. Hoppy, flowery, spicy and light creamy aroma. Rich honey sweetish flavour with alcohol unassertively in tune giving a hint of cherry liqueur. Also fruity and hoppy, although the hops are less pronounced than in the nose. Full bodied, satisfying palate; tongue caressing, decent carbonation, too. Strong and subtle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (6435) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 30, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2006 Rerate: Bottle. Pours a clear, very bubbly dark gold with lots of floaties and a huge fluffy white head. Aroma is yeasty and fruity along with some malt, spices and faint hops -- quite nice. Flavour follows the aroma, it’s a little boozy but it’s really good. Medium bodied. Another quality Westmalle beer.
Original rating: 7*4*6*4*12=3.3
Bottle at beerbistro. Pours a murky golden with a small white head. Yeasty aroma of banana, cloves and a strong alcohol presence. The alcohol is too present in the flavour as well, making it a tad unpleasant and brings my rating of it down a bit. Flavour is yeasty and spicy. Nice amount of carbonation. Plenty of trappist beers that I’d get over this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7283) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 28, 2005
Cloudy golden pour with light white head. Decent lacing. Spicy aroma with notes of Belgian yeast, candi sugar, and plums. Bready and spicy flavor with banana, some citrus, and some dark fruits in there. Quite complex and well-balanced, with a rather heavy malt backbone for the style (well-done, though). Alcohol warms a little as it goes down, and there was a nice long spicy banana finish. Well done!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GregClow (2952) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 25, 2005
Bottle. Sample at beerbistro Summer Beer Festival 2005. Hazy golden colour with a pillowy white head that leaves lots of lace. Warm aroma with notes of yeast, peaches and spice. Creamy mouthfeel. Flavour starts fruity, and a little spicey, and finishes pleasantly sharp and warm. Nice stuff.

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