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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 29, 2003
What a beautiful beer. Cloudy golden body with gripping white head. Lilac subtle aroma. A nice malty flavor that is degraded a bit by a rustic edge. Nice clean finish and a beautiful beer that is quite well made.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - NOV 28, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2007 deeply clouded but pure yellow --like, i dunno, wild llama butter or something. every pour is decorated handsomely with a rich dollop of lingering foam. gorgeous aroma of clover and candied apple, with a solid discharge of alcoholic vapors that slightly resemble airplane glue. notes of freshly split kindling wood, chalk and peeled apples floating in a bubbling starter of bakerís yeast. the aroma is disceptively sweet, because the flavor delivery is starkly dry with micro carbonation, and enough grassy substance to feed a small herd of bison. a huge flavor that wanders at will around the palatte, brisk here, unctuously creamy there, finally yeilding traces of faint citrus sweetness and the bitterness and spiciness of sipping bay rum (not that iíve ever done that). the alcohol was quick, powerful and nimble, because-- although i dodged and tried some karate moves on it, it still managed to kick my ass. i donít even like beers this dry, but i know when iím humbled by great complexity. this is a serious beer. thanx and praise be to indra. rerate: no change in score, itís still delightful, but i couldnít help but notice this time around itís elegantly subtle sweetness, and it suffers no hint of harsh alcohol aromas.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 28, 2003
As expected, beautiful head like a pillow I'm going to sleep on outside when my wife won't let me in. Grassy aroma. Quenching, wonderfully watery palate with a ton of grass and citrus flavors. Amazing light fruit. Yeh, good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2004 I too am not sure what all the fuss is over this selection. Strong alcohol taste, large head when poured, with big bubbles. Flavors of honey and citrus. Not many other tastes except for some phenolic character. I love the dubbel much better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sayravai (4667) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 23, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2007 (Bottled, 0.75l) Hazy, dark orange color, large, foamy and lasting, lacy head. Yeasty, fresh-orangey, spicy and alcoholic aroma. Alcoholic, dryish, fruity (orange peel), bitter, sour and very spicy flavor with fresh, crisp hopping. Long, bitter, somewhat alcoholic finish Crisp, medium to full-bodied, smoothly foamy-carbonated palate. A nice and quite complex, very spicy tripel, but could hide the alcohol a bit better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 13, 2003
Light orange and slightly cloudy. Big frothy white head. Lacing is quite nice. Aroma is sweet and yeasty. Flavor is heavy alcohol and not a whole lot else. Body is medium and dry, alcohol is prominent. Disapointing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 11, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2005 Hazy dark yellow beer. Thin but lasting white head. Aroma of alcohol, rubber, mineral, fruit, apple and almonds. Flavour of cookiedough, almonds, alcohol. A bit sweet and quite bitter, especially in the finish. It is too unbalanced for me, I like the Dubbel much more

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerking99 (199) - Virginia, USA - OCT 31, 2003
PAle, hazy gold, with a huge fluffy head. Aromas of fruit, yeast and candy. Medium body, with flavors of yeastiness, malt, subtle hops, spice and candy. Great Belgian traditional beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - OCT 20, 2003
Thanks to jcalabre for this. Misty gold, white foamy head. Light aroma is fruit/yeast. Medium body with complex array of sweet malt and fruity flavors topped with subtle spice notes. Balance is excellent, everything fits together perfectly to make up the best belgian I have tried to date.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nate (3648) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2003
Fruity, subdued aroma. Light sweetness of malt. Bit of bitter, gassy aroma. White frothy lacing head over honey amber cloudy liquid. Med watery body & med heavy carb. Slight sweet start, malt, honey, fruity esters. Finish presents a rounded yeasty-hops bitter. Alcohol deceiving. Light bitter-nutty after.

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