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RATINGS: 3435   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   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.

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3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerheart (237) - Erie, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2007
Pours a deep gold with amber highlights. Has that beautiful white head that settles into a lasting Belgian lace. Tight and excited carbonation. The aroma is fruity. the sweet malts immediately hit the palate, as do the tastes of peaches, apricots, and bread. This is a great beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Carlus12 (361) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2007
Bottle. Pours golden with large foamy head. Nicely carbonated. Aroma is dark fruits / caramel. Taste is malty / spicy. Seems to get sweeter as the beer warms. Finish is crisp with a little bitterness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2007
750ml $9.99 Sams Chicago Westmalles Tripel pours a slightly hazy apricot golden with handfuls of tiny carbonation bubbles rising to the surface. A two finger dense white head formed on the pour that had incredible staying power. The rush of carbonation keeps the head strong. Leaves sticky spotty lacing after each swig. Really, a nice looking glass of beer. The aroma is packed full of fresh ripe golden orchard fruits that are gleaming in the autumn sun. Yellow pears, slightly underipe peaches, and mildly tart green apples all smell fantastic. Theres a hint of clove along with the pale biscuity like malt that makes up the canvas so the fruitiness of this tripel shines through. A sprinkling of candi sugar just sweetens the deal. Flavor is pretty much in line with the aroma but as it warms I cant help but notice a sweet, but dry, wine like character. Big white grape flavors (not a big wine drinker so not sure of variety). The white grapes go nicely with the orchard fruits and actually take the front seat. Some alcohol warmth on the swallow. Very good. Medium bodied with a lively carbonation that makes this beer creamy and somewhat frothy as it hits the tongue. Finishes extremely dry. Good drinkability for such a high abv. brew. The alcohol will get in the way of this one though as it gets stronger as the beer warms. An excellent tripel (one of my favorite styles). Up there with the best Ive been lucky enough to sample so far. Unique and very enjoyable. 9/16/07

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FatPhil (15562) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 30, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2016 Quite raisiny wineyness, with a subtle warming malty hug. Quite carbonated, tingles with each taste. Slightly alcoholic, but the alcohol actually helps carry all the other flavours very well - a dry maliness and a resiny bitterness. All very well balanced and almost mellow, and of course certainly winey.
Rerate: 330ml bottle (Drink Baar, Tallinn)
Wonderfully fruity winey aroma. Oh so mellow, but with lovely enlivening, but not crisp, carbonation. What I said before - wow, fruity and winey. OK, 9.5% is clearly not a light drink, but the wineyness is stunning. Oddly, it was served in an orval glass and for one sip I got a magical orval tatse and retronasals fromthis. If this had just a hint more hops this would be stunning.
Rerate: 330ml bottle - BB 2016/02 Drunk 2016/11 (7:4:6:3:13=3.4)
Classic tripel, but a little harsh.
Rerate: 330ml bottle - BB 2008/02 Drunk 2016/11 (7:4:8:4:16=3.9)
Aroma says its aged, but the taste is magnificent. Raisins.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hiddenvariable (210) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2007
bottle. pours a a clear honey-gold with a huge fluffy white head that doesnt seem to want to quit. when it eventually subsides, halfway through the beer, it remains as a film over the whole beer, and leaves plenty of lacing. smells of raisins and berries mixed with nuts, with a slight woody note. very complex smell. tastes a bit more spicy and malty than it smells, with noticeable alcohol. finishes crisp with a hint of bitter. the fairly high carbonation and tiny bubbles gives it an almost creamy mouthfeel, with a sort of oily film.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pumpmaster (1383) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - SEP 28, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2007 11 ounce bottle purchased at Total Wine Fort Lauderdale, FL $4.49Very good.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - SEP 27, 2007
750ml bottle brought as a gift from Belgium by my brother Andy. I am enjoying this on my 4th wedding anniversary. Cheers! Pours a beautiful honey-orange with a massive, pillowy head that sticks all the way down. The nose really opens up as it warms - noting fresh grass, honey, straw, caramel, sour lemon and orange and a slight acidic tinge. Full, creamy mouthfeel. The body displays the same pleasant acidity,soft on the palate. It gives this beer a nice edge and helps notes of doughy malt, caramelized sugar and earthy yeast define themselves. Peppery alcohol is left on the back of the tongue in the finish. Very nice stuff.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bonbright7 (181) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - SEP 27, 2007
I had this in a flight of tripels and it came across with a hard flavor at first , but then it opened up like a flower to display of fruit and grass. The finish lingered long after the beer was gone.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - SEP 24, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2009 Sour flavor was the first thing that hit me. Poured a nice amber color, but the flavor was too sour and tasted slighly skunked. SECOND ANALYSIS: This is full of hops! Much better than the first time I had this. Slight banana nose with grassy notes in the front. Starts sweet, ends dry. THIRD ANALYSIS: This holds up to a superior Golden Ale with Brett - so what can I say? This one is awesome! FOURTH ANALYSIS: Drinking a 750 cl bomber. Yum is all I can say. I drank this after a glass of Orval and it holds up!

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
goldbrew (99) - USA - SEP 22, 2007
Non descript aroma. Poured into tulip glass. Grassy taste with metallic aftertaste, no floral notes. Dry, thin and bitter finish with lingering unfortunate slight skunky and wet earthy feel. Could be a stale bottle - expiration Oct07. Hard to finish the bottle in fact. Just squeezes into decent, but was certainly expecting much more and have had much better Tripels.


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