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RATINGS: 3158   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pootzboy (1671) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 14, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2007 Bottle poured a slightly clouded sparkling golden ale into my trappist chalace. Modest fluffy cap and wonderful lacing. Lively effervescence. The nose is greeted with a musty-spicey-honey-apricot aroma..alcohol well hidden here. Mouth feel is peppery from the carbonation. Flavor is not overly complex with the dominant sweet brewer’s sugar mingling with the caramel malts and yeast to give a sweet spiced cider tone, the hops are there but sit in the background providing a tartness reminiscent of sour apple..short dry alcoholic finish where the alcohol becomes very apparent. Not my cup of tea....not very drinkable and too sharp to be savored slowly. I echo Oakes sentiment: " what the hell is so special about this?"

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crockett (1039) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2005
Pours hazy light gold with a big white bubbly head. Nose of spice, bread dough, mustu apples and something not unlike bananas, but kind of like sour-sop(guanabana). Hot with alcohol and sweet with ripe white fruit. Remarkably dry finish. About as text book as you could possibly get in the tripel arena. Not my favorite but welcome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
adrian910ss (2445) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2005
Pours a light golden yellowish color with a thick creamy white head, which fades quickly. Smells of sweet spices, with hints of banana, pepper, and other fruits. Tastes very much like Golden Monkey by Victory. Is slightly sweet with an abundance of spices. The alcohol is hidden well. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnnyFlake (53) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - DEC 8, 2005
330ml Bottle - Pours a very hazy, yellowish gold with a fair amout of particles floating around and a nice creamy, three finger head that never completely dissapated. Lacing was considerable. Aroma is mostly yeast with flora notes and fruity nuances and maybe a touch of honey. Flavor offered more hops than I expected, lot’s of yeast and malt and many fruity nuances. The alcohol comes to the front every now and then, although most of the time it remains well hidden. Mouthfeel is rich and smooth with very modest carbonation. The finish is long, dry and a tad bitter! This is a very well made beer, a real treat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pintbypint (3070) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 8, 2005
330ml brown bottle. A careful pour yielded a very clear, golden hued beer with a small lacy, creamy white head. Yeast plays a big part in the aroma, floral hops are noticable, fruity with faint oranges. Creamy mouthfeel but effervescent. Flavour was bready and yeasty, with a nice burst of orangey hops in the middle. Long dry finish with a nice note of bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2005
11.2 oz (350 mL) brown bottle purchased from David Copperfield’s, 74th Street and York Avenue, NYC. ABV 9.5%. Hazy golden yellow Belgium ale having a diminishing large white head with good lacing. Soft carbonation. Intoxicating fruity and sweet malt aromas. Light-to-medium bodied that starts dry with light sweet malt and finishes dry, crisp and clean. No discernable bitterness. Notable alcoholic warmth. Resembles Duvel but with greater flavor. This is a good drinkable dry Belgium ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
pals (17) - DENMARK - DEC 5, 2005
floral, dough, alcohol, golden, cloudy, frothy, light sweetness, very bitter, medium sourness, medium body, thin feel, soft carbonation, bitter, long finish, Meget bitter, tydelig alkoholsmag. Flot skum, men ikke en øl jeg vil gå ud og købe.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 3, 2005
Cloudy yellow pour, huge white fluffy head. Lots of sediment and flaties all over the place. Bready yeast aromas, matched and balanced by sweet spicy fruit. Very enjoyable aroma. Sweet bready flavours, lots of spices, yeast, and a great amount of hops. I don’t remember the last time I had a tripel that was so hoppy, and balanced. Silky smooth, alcohol not really noticable. If I had to guess at the ABV, I would have said 6 or 7%. But not 9.5%. This is a great brew, and in my mind, the difinitive tripel. Well done.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HogTownHarry (6371) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 2, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2005 Bottle (330ml). Poured a murky deep orangey-yellow with a large creamy white head and lots of tiny white floaties at the bottom of the bottle. Aroma is of masses of bready yeast, followed by rich fruity/spicy sweet malt and mild citrus - this is incredibly appealing and balanced, Tripels are not my favorite belgian, but *this* one ... Taste is still balanced, but the alcohol asserts itself and the malt moves into the background with the citrus zest coming closer to the forefront but this is mostly about the spicy, lively, fruity alcohol - decent body and surprisingly bitter on the finish. Very Nice, high quality brew, I must get more and cellar them.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8798) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2005
Hazy straw pour with 1-finger, uniform white head. The aroma was funky Bretty, with hopcit, candi sugar, some spicy florals. The flavor was a tad dry, yet somewhat fruity and spicy and floral, but it never went over to the sweet side. Complex on the palate with more floral spicy notes as it warmed. Nicely done. It’s really nice seeing that North Carolina hasn’t become a monument to drunkenness and debauchery since the 6% beer cap was repealed. Here’s a big F U to all the baptists and other Jesus freaks who opposed the repeal of this archaic, idiotic, unconstitutional law. This beer kicks ass and takes names.

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