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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 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 27, 2003
Pretty golden blonde color with nice huge wispy head and excellent lacing. Aroma is spicy and citrusy with very tripelish smells. Flavor is very mild and smooth, alcohol is excellently well hidden. I don't know how those trappist monks do it, but this has some subtle qualities to it that just feel world class; like they've been making this beer for centuries before I was born. hmmmm.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 27, 2003
Cloudy gold pour, with some head and lace. Sweet malt and caramel nose. Starts off pretty mild with some small malts and fruits. Ends with a small sharp alcohol nip. Nice tripel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2003
Hazy golden, full of floaties and topped with a fluffy island of head. Flavors are sharp, with alcohol, sweet sugars, white pepper. I started off not liking it, then halfway thru, enjoyed it, but at the end the alcohol was coming on too strong.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - SEP 2, 2003
Bottled, at Bierodrome, London.
Murky golden colour, bold, fine, white lacy head. Full bodied and complex, the Belgian malts blend the beer together well preventing any one character from dominating. It hides it strength well, a definite requirement for refined drinking. Lovely Trappist ale that largely lives up to its rating. This rate is dedicated to my good buddy Wally, who, as part of his triumphant departure from London, had his leaving bash in Brugge. He loved this beer and regularly drank his Belgian brews from one of the 6 glasses he acquired on that trip. Cheers to you brother!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kinz (3286) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 29, 2003
Perfect appearance, pretty hazy gold, magnificent white head, a few exciting chunks of yeast floating about. Aroma strongly of wheaty grains and something a tad pungent. The flavor has layers of depth, a bit of orange, some pepper, Connecticut shade wrapped cigar, and a warming alcohol finish. I've seen this for years and never picked up a bottle, which I'm kicking myself for as I type.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 28, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2006 Beautiful clear gold colour, good lacing but lacking the head I know should be there.Aromas of orange, clove, alcohol and a hint of oxidation. Flavour is malty, peppery and alcoholic. Beautiful mix of hops and alcohol in the finish to give that typical Tripel dryness. I’d still rather a Karmeliet though.
Aged bottle - BB Nov 04, drank Jul 05: Interesting. This beer had changed quite a lot - I wouldn’t say it was much better, but it had some very interesting elements and was definitely worth aging. Firstly there was a bunch of yeast all caked around the top of the bottle which was very weird - the bottle had been stored vertically. The aroma had developed a beautifully layered caramel aroma quite distinct from the typical crystal malt or caramelised flavours - really nice. The other thing of note is that the balance had skewed definitively towards bitterness - malt was there and quite nice but it was probably the most bitter Belgian I’ve had (not that that’s a particularly big claim - even XX Bitter isn’t all that bitter really.) An interesting experiment - I wonder if the recipe has changed since this bottle was brewed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 27, 2003
Pours a deep hazy golden with a large pillowy head. Aroma is a complex mixture of bready Belgian yeast and grapes. Body is full, lightly syrupy and smooth. Mostly sweet and dry, it finishes crisp and hides its alcohol well. A finely crafted and very drinkable beer. Another great Trappist ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bluevegie (3053) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 27, 2003
Orangey gold colour with a full frothy head, good lacing and yes I can taste the dried fruit and the spice. Good beer but not in my top 10.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2003
Cloudy straw color, ridiculously abundant head which seems to be typical of tripels. Aroma of yeast, dried fruit. Lots of dried fruit in the flavor, also some fresh apple and spices. A litle bit of hop bitterness on the finish. Outstanding.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2003
Bottle best by 16-5-04. Poured without the yeast sediment and clear gold, added a bit of sediment which clouded slightly and gave it a tint of light orange. Aroma is sweet and fruity with notes of grapefruit, berries and white grapes. Alcohol also present in aroma. Mouthfeel is crisp and effervescent finishing a bit dry. Flavor is yeasty and malty with citrus overtones. Alcohol also making an appearance giving a nice warming sensation. Overall a nice complex tripel with lots of character.

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