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RATINGS: 3134   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (6657) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 30, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2006 Rerate: Bottle. Pours a clear, very bubbly dark gold with lots of floaties and a huge fluffy white head. Aroma is yeasty and fruity along with some malt, spices and faint hops -- quite nice. Flavour follows the aroma, itís a little boozy but itís really good. Medium bodied. Another quality Westmalle beer.
Original rating: 7*4*6*4*12=3.3
Bottle at beerbistro. Pours a murky golden with a small white head. Yeasty aroma of banana, cloves and a strong alcohol presence. The alcohol is too present in the flavour as well, making it a tad unpleasant and brings my rating of it down a bit. Flavour is yeasty and spicy. Nice amount of carbonation. Plenty of trappist beers that Iíd get over this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7407) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 28, 2005
Cloudy golden pour with light white head. Decent lacing. Spicy aroma with notes of Belgian yeast, candi sugar, and plums. Bready and spicy flavor with banana, some citrus, and some dark fruits in there. Quite complex and well-balanced, with a rather heavy malt backbone for the style (well-done, though). Alcohol warms a little as it goes down, and there was a nice long spicy banana finish. Well done!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GregClow (3013) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 25, 2005
Bottle. Sample at beerbistro Summer Beer Festival 2005. Hazy golden colour with a pillowy white head that leaves lots of lace. Warm aroma with notes of yeast, peaches and spice. Creamy mouthfeel. Flavour starts fruity, and a little spicey, and finishes pleasantly sharp and warm. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tejas (937) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 24, 2005
Clear golden color, puffy white head, tons of lacing & loads of beautiful bubbles from below that keep a steady 1 finger head. Slightly spicy yeasty flavor. Very smooth palate. Light & extremely drinkable. Iíd never guess this was 9.5% ABV. A very high quality beer. Possibly the best Tripel Iíve tasted thus far.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 20, 2005
Golden pour, bubbly but quickly dissipating head. Lots of alcohol in the aroma. Malt and spices/dried fruit as well. Alcohol is very strong in the flavor, too. Unpleasant, even. Malt is complex and complimented by a lot of nice esters, but you have to seal your mouth to get to it through the alcohol. Full bodied in spite of the alcohol issues. Just needs some aging, I would guess.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2417) - California, USA - JUN 17, 2005
Another great Belgian. Pours a darker golden color, slightly cloudy. Head is fairly large. Various spices in the taste, dry finish. What made this interesting was the alcohol percent. As it warmed some sips it was easily noticeable, and others not at all. A very enjoyable session.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2005
Fat lasting head, good smell, a crisp smooth taste, pours golden, such a mellow for 9.5% alcohol. This beer is beautiful, i love it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlueDevil0206 (122) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 16, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2005 Bottled. Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a small quickly dissipating head that leaves a ring of head around the snifter. Aroma is of sweet malt and bready yeast with a substantial ester profile. Some irritating alcohol vapors hit the back of your throat if you inhale too deeply as well. Flavor is very hot and alcoholic upfront with develops nicely into a floral ester profile (banana, citrus, spiciness) with adequate sweet malt (not cloyingly sweet though) and yeastiness for balance. A slight sourness lends a refreshing character. I found that taking a faster and larger sip bypassed the alcohol edge in the begining and got right to the complex middle and finish. Finishes fairly dry with a bit of tannic astringency. Body is fairly full for a Tripel with more than adequate carbonation. If only the alcohol wasnít so overpowering upfront.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - JUN 13, 2005
A tastefull golden trappist ale, with a nice head, wondefull aroma and a lot of taste, a really good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
notwoohoo (109) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 3, 2005
Bottle. A very enjoyable tripel with a good deal of foamy carbonation for a beer of 9.5%abv.

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