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RATINGS: 3043   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
orangelazarus (53) - USA - APR 24, 2004
Bubbles in the lacing seem bigger than in most belgians. This beer has a little more bitterness than I would like when I'm in the mood for something sweeter. There is a little sweetness here, but it's much more general and not as deep or interesting as others I've had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jjohn (4) - Devon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2004 does not count
Just picked up a bottle of the new stuff (I mean the stuff Merchant du Vin now imports). To me, it seemed a bit too fresh, and the hops were too aggressive for a Trappist ale. I had this a few years ago, and it was a much more mellow, well-rounded drink. Still a good beer, though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2004 Apr 23, 2004 Bottled, This is a really tasty trappist.. Not the best but certainly up there. Rerate July 12, 2004: Dry and spicy, this is what Orval wants to be.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Boutip (5060) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 23, 2004
Bottle: Poured a hazy yellow/brown colored brew with a huge bubbly head with better then expected retention. Aroma is quite complex with some different spices that are quite hard to identify and no trace of that high level of ABV. Carbonation is great with an above average body but still lighter then expected, I also noticed a lot of less or sediment floating around. Taste is quite refreshing with again the mix of spice overshadowing the malts and hops. Overall, a very good tripel but still not enough to make this the best Trappist.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TBone (13700) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 21, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2004 Bottled (BB 04/2005)
Golden yellow color, steady creamy white head. Aroma is parfumic, citron. Taste has malts, hops and it is very bitter. Not alcoholic bitter but like a grapefruit. Excellent. (8/4/9/4/17 4.2)
Re-rate, bottled (BB 12/2004)
Golden yellow, hazy. Cloudy white head. Aroma of citrus and grapefruit. Bitter, citric and malty - perfect palate. Long bitter and warming aftertaste, I like this more than Orval. (8/3/9/5/17 4.2)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 18, 2004
Yeasty, phenollic, apple and banana aroma. Clear golden color with a large white head. Dry yeasty flavor, smooth mouthfeel. Finishes rather bitter, with some alcoholic warmth coming through. Good, but a little dissapointing. I'd take an allagash over this anyday.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - APR 18, 2004
Lighter aroma of honey, pear, and yeast. Poured a hazy golden color with a foamy white head and some floaties. Flavor is quite yeasty, sweet, and there is a considerable amount of alcohol. Finishes dry. Soft and smooth mouthfeel, some alcohol burn though. A nice tripel, not necessarily up to Trappist standards but good nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - APR 16, 2004
Poured golden with a huge white head, which subsided to a long lasting small head. Lovely spicy yeast aroma with some citrus notes and a touch of alcohol there. Full bodied smooth palate. Sweet clean fruity start with a spicy dry peppery finish. Well balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
heemer77 (5158) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 14, 2004
Pours a dark hay color and has lots of lacing, lots of carbonation and a huge white head. The aroma had a slight skunk with peach and grass. The taste is pear, grass and a little alcohol. This is inferior compared to other Trappist ales.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrnkMcDermott (2879) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2004
Bottled. Pours a big white head that takes up half a tulip glass, then settles to a half inch of meringue. Body is dark yellow with some wit-like cloudiness. Smell is "clean," with a citrus and yeasty highlight. Alcohol is very upfront in the taste, and low level carbonation gives it an asti spumanti feel. Sweetness is vinous rather than malty. As others have suggested on the forums, this may be a hard style to understand. I certainly like it, but I keep expecting more of a "big beer" taste. But with this, I finally got to celebrate Easter with some beer made by monks (Oooh... I coulda had a Salvator, too!)

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