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RATINGS: 2790   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PrimeMinister (138) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 25, 2004
Intense gold color fairly clear with intense head retention. Somewhat fruity with dry finish. Subtle alcohol presence. A very nice trappist!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpringsLicker (3120) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 24, 2004
Westmalle produces a huge creamy head that floats on a hazy medium yellow body. Lightly malty with a a spicy, clean, lemon scent. The flavor is slightly sweet followed by a touch of sour bitterness. Typically light bodied with a dry finish. Clean and refreshing.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
presario (4596) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 23, 2004
Cloudy gold with big lasting head. Quiet subdued aroma, light fruit juice and yeast. First taste sends alcohol fumes to cleanse the sinus. Heavy spice, pepper and cloves are very sharp on the tongue and in the finish. Some sweetness and light grape quality. They may not be monks but the brothers at Unibroue do a better take on Belgian beers.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 23, 2004
Aroma of alcohol, spices, a yeasty combination of fruit juice and alcohol. Pours a golden yellow, cloudy, thin head and lacing. Commercial description is bang on. Strong alcohol presence. Spices dominate and a dry finish. For a trappist ale, a disappointment. Not very complex, much better beers in this category to sample.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 23, 2004
Pours light golden yellow with a huge white head. Vanilla, yeast, and orange on the nose. Spices, orange, banana, and lemon zest on the tongue. Nice job of covering up the alcohol. This was a good tripel.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
heykevin (1274) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - MAR 21, 2004
I haven't had one of these in at least 4 years, so here we go. Golden, with billowing head. Light yeast spice in the aroma, a touch of hops, and not much in the way of alcohol. Some very light phenolics are low and lurking. Bright and clean malt, stunning really. Alcohol is present, but superbly integrated. Well-attenuated, but definitely not thin. Hop flavor is low in intensity, but quite nice. I'm stunned by this one. This is without a doubt the gold standard when it comes to tripels.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maltdog (616) - Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2004
Glowing gold in the glass, with a pillowy white head. Spicy aromas of clove and spearmint, tropical melon and coconut, marshmellow, and ocean breeze. Upon further reflection, I could also describe it as urinal puck. Flavor starts with a flash of spiciness and quinine bitterness, then yeasty sweetness, and explosive fizzy carbonation reveals bitter citrus rind (the white part) and searing alcohol. Dry finish with a carbonized sugar aftertaste. Interesting beer, but the truck stop mens' room smell and blatant alcohol are a turnoff.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5277) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 19, 2004
Medium golden color. Small head. Aroma is malty, fruity and sweet. A medium bodied triple. Malts are sweet and rather spicy and earthy. Kind of hoppy, but the floral tones goes well with the malt earthiness. The 9% alcohol is evident, but doesn’t really detract too much. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is dry and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly spicy, with a noticeable alcohol bite.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eructoblaster (2956) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 16, 2004
Very nice golden orange cloudy body with a white foamy head that could be thicker. Amazing and unusual cherry, banana and bubblegum aroma that perfectly hides the alcohol. Carbonation feeling in the mouth. Complex fruity, spicy and moderately bitter flavor. The final is long and bears some hints of alcohol. Deserves to stand in the Tripels top-ten.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAR 15, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2004 (Pizza Port Belgian Beer Party in Carlsbad, CA) Sweet and spicy flavor is balanced by a moderate bitterness and this balance remains consistent to the finish; Spicy, banana nose is fairly light; Dark golden color and completely cloudy; Very carbonated mouth feel, and the palate is fairly sticky and heavy, and a bit cloying; Off white head has very good retention


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