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RATINGS: 3133   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12353) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 1, 2004
(Bottle) Pours a cloudy orange body with a large white head. Aroma of heavy yeast, leather, cheese, and mustiness. Flavors of fruit, strong yeast, and alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 27, 2004
Light Gold. Dry, spicy and very yeasty aroma with scents of sweet fruity pale malts, herbs, bubble gum, lemon, tropical fruits, and noble hops. Strong bubble gum notes continue on towards the flavor profile, especially on the finish, along with notes of cotton candy, lemon and fruit. A nice beer. But there are so many better example of the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bitterpeace (3) - East Haven, Connecticut, USA - OCT 26, 2004 does not count
Iím a little new to rating beers. I am too busy drinking and enjoying them to write I suppose. I am sampling one of these at the moment. Strong alcohol taste and what I have come to expect from a trappist triple. I expected a darker ale but this is a golden brew that would deceive the uninitiated with its benign appearance. I just returned from Brussels and had a short opportunity to sample as many local gems as possible before staggering back to the Eurostar for the trip through the Chunnel back to London. They serve Duval and Chimay on thre train. Excellent day...if I could only remember if I had a good time!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 26, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2007 330 ml bottle, best before 09-05-2002. Pours a cloudy orangey amber color with a thin white head. Warm alcohol aroma with coriander and moldy yeast. With aging this beer becomes very smooth, gentle, subtle, I taste coriander, yeast and alcohol, the flavors are less prominent than the flavors of a younger Westmalle tripel but what it lost on flavor it gained immensely in palate. Full body, very mellow, smooth, comfortable texture, itís a soft bed for the tastebuds. This beer always amazes me as it ages incredibly well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tobias (204) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - OCT 22, 2004
33 cl bottle: pours a nice golden orange color with a nice virgin white head. teh aroma is very sweet amd spicy. malt, fruit, pepper, slighty yeasty with a lil bit of farmhouse scent. kinda remenescent of a sasion. this is with out a doubt the best tripel i have had yet. the falvor is quite sweet up front but fades to a well balanced dryness. nice fruitniess and spice. alcohol adds to it nicely. there are some nice citrus notes as well. delightful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - OCT 21, 2004
Poured golden yellow with a huge white head that left a thick lacing on the glass and film on the beer. Aroma has a mild fruitiness with a little bit of spice and some alcohol. Taste is typical belgian fruit but very, very dry, with a prevalant alcohol character. Nothing is hidden here. Fits its commercial deScription well. A decent sipping beer, but not nearly as drinkable as other belgians Iíve had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - OCT 20, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2006 Bottle. Pours a hazy yellow color. Not really any floaties in this one. Decent head, white color. This head not as big as other Belgians. Nice lacing. Aroma is spicy and yeastish. Drying qualities in the mouth. Crisp, a little tart. Flavors of malt and yeast. Alcohol is noticable. Lively carbonation. Not bad. <P> 750cc bottle with a "newcork" cork. Clear, medium to deep amber colored with a large, retentive white head. Great lacing. Aroma is grapish, yeasty. Light to medium bodied, a touch drying. Peppery, yeasty tastes with some white grape characteristics. Nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerBaronLS (85) - Grove City, Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2004
Great Belgium beer! The consistency is smooth and mostly clear, but from the minute I poured this into my glass, I had a small geyzer of head streaming from the bottom, creating a thin but suitable head. The taste is very refreshing and smooth despite the high alcoholic content.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rajendra82 (986) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - OCT 11, 2004
Cloudy golden white body is topped by a billowing white head. The aroma is classic Belgian, with the farmhouse like smells of hay, horse blanket, and dust, along with pepper and mustard like spiciness. The taste is delicate, and a lot drier than others of the style. The alcohol is quite hot and spicy, and there is a fair level of hop bitterness as the beer laps the tongue. This Tripel does not try to hide the strength it possess, but instead tries to sweep you off your feet with it. Smooth and crisp mouthfeel only invites you to drink up and feel the magic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - OCT 8, 2004
10.08.04 33cl Bottle. The pour is a clouded, hay-colored gold with long, snakey yeasty globs slithering about the glass. Giant head so typical of a tripel. Aromas of pineapple, lovely Belgian yeasties, band-aid, canned fruit salad. Thick, sticky brew. Acidic dryness to finish after ample yummy, juicy-fruit sweetness coats the mouth. Wonderful example of the style, the extra aging is evident. Maybe a bit on the syrupy side, and the alcohol could have a greater presence...perhaps thatís a product of the trappist aging. Iím surprised that Iíve not tried this one before.

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