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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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shag (2559) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - APR 14, 2003
Aroma is of spiced fruit. Appearance is a murky orange. Flavor is quite good. Alcohol is noticeable but not overwhelming. Tastes mainly of oranges. Mouthfeel is creamy and you can feel this one going down your throat. I liked it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RobBestwick (583) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - APR 11, 2003
fresh yeaty aroma, dark cloudy orange hue, fruity taset orange like, sage-like tones, quite complex, moderate palate, superb

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pabobcat (15) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2003
1999 bottle! Alcohol has mellowed with time and it has aged well. Still nice dry finish but the aroma is not as bursting as the younger bottles but the flavor seems to stay with you longer. Very enjoyable, great way to end the day.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ellman (3) - Alburtis, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2003 does not count
I bought a case of this and man is it great. Pours a gold color with a thin white head the faded quickly. a fruit/ yeasty aroma and a big deep flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eirikur (362) - hafnarfjordur, ICELAND - MAR 30, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2003 Poured a low but firm head.very nice aroma, great fruity, crisp taste, with a nice fruity and little hoppy aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2003
Well, finally had to order this one since I still haven't seen show up in our stores. This beer poured a cloudy gold color with some sediment present(but the road trip might account for that). If formed wonderful foamy/puffy white head that stayed the lace stuck to the edges like glue. You could white wash your walls with that stuff. A huge amount of carbonation was present, which may account for that. An aroma of malt, bannana and cloves. A flavor of malt, clove, bannanas and bread/yeast. A medium finish with slight hint of the alcohol present. Worth the trouble getting, but hopefully less toublesome in the future. Ohio needs to quit being ignored!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nigos (630) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2008 Cloudy golden appearance with a big head a-la Belgium style. Yeasty nose. Complex yeasty taste with orange, toffee, date, caramel and spicey falvours . A master piece for sure. Massively enjoyable beer strong, yet it is not over poweringly alcoholic on the palate. Not the best trappist beer ever but among such great company its not easy to stand out. Still a massively good beer though

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 18, 2003
Extremely fruity aroma, which I loved. Peppery wheat taste, but not overly so. Really really dry finish. Creamy head that diminished steadily.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Voivod (304) - Como, ITALY - MAR 14, 2003
Pale amber colour, thin, but creamy and very persistent head. Vanilla and peach in the aroma. The flavour is very complex and delicate: spicy, yeasty, quite sweet and sour, with traces of apple, peach, vanilla, citrus. The aftertaste is hoppy and gives to this beer the right amount of bitterness. Good balance and the alcohol is well hidden. I prefer the dubbel, but this is definitely a very good beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - MAR 10, 2003
Ahhh, the first of the Belgian wheel of destiny! I got to be the first to spin the belgian wheel this week and this was the first beer poured! It pours a very light goldeny yellow with some massive white head and a very lively carbonation. The aroma was just wickedly nice... with a barnyardy mix as well as lemon, definite spices and almost a smell of brettanomyces in there...there arent of course...but it sure had that smell. The flavor is definitely yeasty...with a souring tart finish...citrusy qualities with a nice peppery dry finish. It had an almost apple cider like quality to it as the carbonation literally took over this beer. A bit hard to really enjoy the flavors given the carbonation, but definitely a world class beer. Nice dry finish, finally a beer that uses pepper spices nicely...a classic tripel!

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