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RATINGS: 2793   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
leaparsons (7995) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2002
Pours with a good head of foam. There are hints of citus fruit in the nose but what really impresses are the powerful alcohol and hops flavours. Heady stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
millyniles99 (2) - LUXEMBOURG - APR 7, 2002 does not count
In the glass (and it is a must to drink Belgian beers in their matching glass except perhaps for the more ordinary and interchangeable blond pils like beers), the triple looks a bit more alive than the double (which I think is the greatest possible beer). The triple is more overwhelming , therefore I drink it less often but it is distinct and full, making for an enriching taste experience - but then I feel this remark goes for many Belgian character beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 6, 2002
Spicy hop aroma, cloudy gold body with strong white head. Sweet & spicy flavour yet with some lemon and apple as well. Strong warming, alcohol presence in the aftertaste. Quite complex & made me tipsy.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cranesareflying (50) - Evanston, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2002
I didn’t care for this flavor so much with the first sip, slightly bitter, but I loved it by the last sip, mildly overwhelming, as the flavor seemed to keep evolving, this beer creates such an incredible warming feeling, so beware: this is a beer to sip, not swig, a beer that comes in a sturdy, thick brown bottle to keep out the light so that it ages well, this bottle was best before 2005, it comes in a beautiful, bright gold color with a very white head that lingers, an interesting aroma, with a fullness of flavor that blankets the palate, each sip grows more interesting than the last, is it oranges, apples, lemons, pears, hell I don’t know, but there’s a mildly sweet, malted character with a very crisp finish, in my view, one of the more unique flavors on the market.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sigmund (4958) - Tau, NORWAY - APR 4, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2004 As far as I remember, the alcohol content (in Holland) was 9,5%? This is a beer that (as you Americans so subtly put it) 'kicks ass'. Had this after Duvel - do I need to say more? Lots of flavour, the yeast is a bit too dominant for my taste. Mighty stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bierkoning (9999) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - APR 2, 2002
aroma of hops and yeast. Yeasty taste with hopbitter and citrus. Very complex beer with a long bitter finish. I love it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 31, 2002
Smells of honey and yeast. Golden amber, slight head. Strong, almost sweet rye whiskey taste. For such a high alcohol content, very complex. Wonderful

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
igneous1 (1492) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - MAR 31, 2002
pretty decent head, sweetness in the aroma and the taste..not one of my favorite Trappists

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
beerstop (173) - Roanoke, Virginia, USA - MAR 28, 2002
Faint sweetness in the aroma. Pale tangerine in color and hazy. Alcohol, candi sugar up front, with a very dry spicy/peppery, and definitely hoppy finish. Far too hoppy for my taste. Nice on the palate. Less than medium body with lots of carbonation. Tingles the tongue. If it weren’t for the flavor, which I really didn’t care for, this would rate much higher.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (19239) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAR 24, 2002
Pale orange coloured, slightly hazy. Pours very lively with big airy head. Flowery yeasty aroma. Sugary, sweetish nose, funky mouthfeel, alcohol-peppery bitterish finish. Leaves a lingering candy sugar flavour in your mouth. Good? No doubt! World classic? Maybe not.

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