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RATINGS: 3013   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
A reddish brown trappist ale, malty and fruit, featuring a 3 week secondary fermentation. This ale has a full, pale yellow head. The bouquet is full of esters and fruitiness. Notes of ripe banana predominate. The taste is fruity and slightly bitter, with a long, dry finish.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2005
Off an old rating notebook.Dark brown with a big head. Lots of sweet malts and some spicey candy notes. Nice and thick on the tongue. I drank this warm and the sweetness was very subdued and the alcohol barely noticable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
iratherbe (255) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2005
Quite satisfying. If its an Abbey Dubbel you want, youve done well to select this one. Classic lacing, yeast strain in evidence, subtle yet strong adherence to the expected trappist malt flavor (just ever so slightly sweetish) for the style and a pleasant mouthfeel. Enjoyable, solid, well heeled!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2005
Looks great, smells really nice. Full but not overpowering - same thing can be said for the flavour - some cloves, some sweetness, but the flavour seems to end abruptly. Very fizzy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beermug1964 (4) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 22, 2005 does not count
has a nice dark reddish color in the glass. Pours with a good head. Nice fruity aroma almost a sweet smell.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (12685) - Escondido, California, USA - NOV 19, 2005
Bottle. Pours dark brown mahagony with a huge mpale like frothy head that is somewhat diminishing and frothy lacing. Oak fruity (apple, pear) malt (cookie, meal) and yeast (cellared) aroma. Nutty malt medium roasted fruity flavor, medium acidity and bitter hop finish. Medium bodied and fizzy, lively carbonated palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mbeem (104) - New Hope, Alabama, USA - NOV 18, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2006 Poured a very deep reddish brown. The very large, coarse, rocky head is a light brown/beige color and beautiful to see! A very nice fruity aroma with a touch of malt and hint of wood. Could just smell this one for hours. Lots of lacing on the glass as its drunk. Plenty of carbonation in this one as youd expect but its a very smooth drinker. Pleasant alcohol flavor. Must get some more of this!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 18, 2005
I dont know how this beer avoided me for so long. Here we have a trappist of near my favorite style. Commonly available and at my grasp no less than three dozen times. Finally we meet! What a pretty head it has! An elevated outer crust, an even mantle then a bulbous core erupting with activity caused from the trappist logo below. The source of this shows up as a blood ruby color up to the light and without it looks nearly backstrap molasses black. All this goodness persists and clings to my glass like a baby does its blanket. Upon getting up close and personal, I find it has a complex smell covering things such as bananas, yeast, raisin, toasted sesame seeds and a pimento note as well. Avoiding beating around the bush, I just decided to grab it and drink it. Lots of zesty carbonation, light alcohol burn, some hop bitterness and acidic yeast bite. Quite a punch! I think I offended it. Either way, its balanced, full bodied, not too sweet. Ill give it time to vent and breath a little more... Ok, back to the beer. Lots of caramel and the everpresent yeast and fruity esters. The tail reveals more of the alcohol along with a metallic twinge and a far off maltiness. Well Westmalle Dubbel, it was a pleasure. Down the hatch!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pivnizub (10371) - Bochum, Porř, GERMANY - NOV 15, 2005
Bottle: Cloudy, dark amber coloured, thin, but lasting beige head; sweet malty (caramel) and a bit vinous nose, dried fruit and a tinge of balsamico; sweet flavour with a tinge of bitterness; dryer fruity finish(bananas) with some chocolatey bitterness; medium to full bodied, creamy mouthfeel; well done, but not complex.......................

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yngwie (16768) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 9, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2008 Bottled. Deep reddish-brown with a massive, tan belgo-head. Very appealing appearance. Aroma of spices and alcohol with a pronounced malty sweetness and bitterness. Balanced flavor with mostly the same elements. Long warming aftertaste with little bitterness. Rating: 7-5-8-4-17-4.1. (051109)

Bottle, in appropriate glass. It pours a loevely more or less clear body, brown, with a ruby glow, and with a thick, creamy beige head on top. Really firm head, it doesnt level when I start sipping the beer, but form holes and bumps, and a lovely set of lacings. Dried fruits like raisins and prunes, dark sugars, a little spiced touch, some notes of alcohol and a little caramel. Some faint chocolate notes too? Its quite effervescent in the mouth, sort of palate cleansing, but still sweet enough not too accomplish that. I could wish for a fuller body, but the flavors, prunes, berries, raisins, dark sugars, some alcohol and a little spicyness, are just lovely. Theres a pleasant bitterness towards the finish, managing to harness the sugars. This is a beer I return to quite frequently, and it goes well all the year, even in the summertime. (080611)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - NOV 7, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2006 Pours a cloudy brown in color with an inch-thick velvety head. Very nice aroma of fruity malt, maybe some raisins and a touch of a wooden cask in there. Definite alcohol bite, but a very well-balanced flavor of sweetish malt with a lightly bitter hop finish. Excellent.

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