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RATINGS: 3092   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   IBU: 36   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sammy3D (141) - Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA - SEP 20, 2005
Nice pour from a bottle with a rich lasting head that laces all the way down the glass. Sharp nose with bitter orange and some peppery yeast. Well balanced flavors with just enough sweet to balance the citrus. This is an excellent beer and even still refreshing for such a big ale. Gob bless the monks.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SpecialSauce (47) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 20, 2005
Bottle, from Riley’s. Poured a clear straw-yellow. Nose of sweet carmel and yeast, with an almost cherry-tree smell on the finish. Very warm and medium to heavy bodied in my mouth. This beer continues to grow on me as it warms up, revealing more flavors including a nice blend of hoppy flavors.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Quinten (1051) - zaandam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 15, 2005
nice,. but be carefull,..4 of these and you speek only russian

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (15071) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2013 Bottle. Clear goloden colour with bubbly thin white lasting head. Orange and yeasty nose with some cereal and some alcohol. Good in mouth slightly caramel flavour and some orange rind. Leads to a very hoppy finish . Not too many flavours but they are good and subtle. Nice tripel. 2005. Man was I dumb back in 2005. Bottle at Kipps Alehouse Folkestone. Clear gold lasting white head. Good peach and apricot. Just lovely in the mouth. Stupidly drinkable some hop bite on the finish. Excellent. Stand out tripel.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Davyloyens (3) - BELGIUM - SEP 13, 2005 does not count
I find this the best trippel in Belgium, his taste is full. It’s a very strong beer, not only in percentage but also in taste. This was the first tripel ever brewn, i think it was in 1936 and it’s still the best in my opnion. But i haven’t drank trippels from out of belgium...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Veer (362) - Landskrona, SWEDEN - SEP 7, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2008 Served in Westmalle glass. Warm yellow appearance, sligthly dim. Nice, perfect head. Aroma is wonderfully hoppy and spicy, refreshing. This beer I liked to describe as royal or lordlike. It is the prefect tripel. Palate is overwhelming (not because of a huge body but because of a dry cider-like, orgasmic sensation of perfect acidity), completely wonderful drieness and a flavour that reminds me of green apples and grapefruit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Quiver (140) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - SEP 6, 2005
butterscotch color.. small head, but remained for quite awhile. was served a littler colder than I would have perfered. Aromas of champagne grapes, citrus fruits, malt, grass/hay, and alcohol undertones

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jahughey (65) - Franklin, Indiana, USA - SEP 5, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2006 Absolutely flawless beer. Meringue-like Belgian head, apricot/apple/lemon nose, fairly hoppy for Belgian ale, perfect body for a tripel, stunningly drinkable for the ABV. I try to be a critic with every beer, but this is as good as it gets.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
etaggie09 (21) - College Station, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2005
butterscotch color with a quickly diminishing off-white head. low to moderate carbonation. a nice cloudy golden color. sweet fruity lemony smell with some apricot and other fruit in it. some nice alcohol smells. lemony citric with a fruity alcoholic kick. Oh wow! Nicely balanced malt and hop flavor. Dry aftertaste. Man this is good. Mouthfeel is perfect for the style. good carbonation. Alcohol is unnoticeable. This is the nectar of the gods. I love this beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ALLOVATE (2625) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 1, 2005
The second of the Westmalle beers, and a rating I have missed doing on many occasions. I drink this one quite often at a café in the city but never had a pen handy to write down some notes. Tasted from the bottle (at home) and poured into a wide-lipped chalice, cool and not cold. A dense creamy pad of white foam formed atop a hazy orange-gold body. Head remained for the length and left overlapping patterns of lace down the glass. Spicy, almost bitingly zesty, citric, pear, vanilla and yeast aroma with a hint of guava and mango. Remaining quite fruity, the aroma began to show some alcohol as it warmed a little. Lighter than expected body, zesty and similarly fruity in the mouth, it was very smooth in the back with a high amount of carbonation upfront that failed to make it past the halfway point before drying out and becoming lightly bitter. Subtle flavours of ripe and tangy soft fruits, yeast, peppery spices and a good whack of fresh herbs. Finish is long, dry, tangy and warming, with a mix of orange-peel, alcohol, grassy herbs, vanilla and spicy, yeast and alcohol phenols. A discerning beer, refreshing yet good only for a slow sip, it is one I enjoy all year round, no matter the weather. A lovely Tripel!!! (33cL, BBE 15/07/06, Int’l Beer Shop, W. Leederville)

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