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RATINGS: 2835   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 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
heykevin (1276) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maltdog (617) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5282) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eructoblaster (3014) - 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.

   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sloth (2483) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAR 14, 2004
Medium sized white head, good retention. Hazy gold color. Fruity, yeasty nose, do i smell onions? Medium body, over carbonated. Malty, earthy, Spicey, cinnamon with hints of dark fruits. Finish is medium dry with a touch of alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2004
Yeasty, salty aroma. Little note of spice also. Large foamy head. Slightly murky, pale orange in color. Taste is sweet up front with a dry, stinging finish. Not the best Trippel out there.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jayc (28) - USA - MAR 12, 2004
A smooth tripel, great rebound with mixture of sweetness, spice and a bit of carbonation (perhaps from the import?). More spirited than the Chimay blonde but more sugary than the average belgian blonde. Perfect combo with a caesar salad, anchovies, flatbread and a hot spring day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 11, 2004
I've had the import and the real westmalle brought back from belgium from a friend. Both are very similar except for the label. This was a very yeasty and complex beer. NIce golden color with complex and rich head whcih lasts and leaves nice lacing. Very malty aroma and flavors with spicy, yeasty and slight hay and leather. One of the better Tripels out there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hotstuff (4092) - Indiana, USA - MAR 10, 2004
Bottle. A huge sized head with a white hue that was frothy with fine-small sized bubbles that mostly dissipated. The body was cloudy with a yellow hue. The nose was malty, hoppy, sweet, fruity, spicy and some clove notes. The flavor was sweet and of alcohol. The mouthfeel was smooth and alcohol was detected. The lacing of this beer was sparse. This is definitely an Abbey Tripel worth trying in my opinion.

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