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RATINGS: 3437   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wobbler (46) - IRELAND - JUN 24, 2007
Pours an orangey goldy colour with a thick head which doesnt last too long. Aroma is herbal, orangey and spicey. Tastes of booze at first. Lovely and boozey. It has a strange but fun mouthfeel and leaves a sagey aftertaste. Not my favourite tripel but darn close.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GreenWall (54) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUN 23, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2008 I have two different bottles of this of two different ages. From their website, I understand that the best-before date is three years after the brew date, so they are one and four years old respectively. I dont have two identical glasses, so the younger beer was in a Leffe glass and the older was in my dear Duvel glass. Served at about 5 degrees - 45 for yanks - and allowed to warm up to more civilised temperatures as we went. Younger: Appearance: sparkly, thick smooth head, small bubbles. yellow-gold, nice lacing aroma: peppery, fruity, yeasty notes. good. as it warms, grassy hops coming out mildly - saaz? becomes sweeter and even spicier; becomes less balanced, but richer flavour: light, peppery, balanced yeast notes. flavour develops well as it warms. mouthfeel: light, sparkly effervescent Older: Appearance: Darker, amber-gold, practically no head, thicker, cloudier. soapy film of head would disappear if not for etching in the duvel glass. no lacing aroma: heavy, floral, almost cloying. not as nice as the new bottle. as it warms, syrup and floral, candied, gaining a hint of peppery phenolics, nice balance, port-ish now. less cloying than when it was cold. the hops come out more now that its warm, very mellowed, not grassy at all. english? flavour: sweeter, thicker. not as peppery or sparkly. the fresh-fruitness of the first has become heavier, brandied, syrup. like a nicely aged cream sherry. opens up as it warms. black pepper notes. yeastier. alcohol comes through. mouthfeel: thicker, heavier, chewy. In short: a well-crafted, beautiful tripel, enjoyable for different reasons at different ages.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jimhilt (2597) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 22, 2007
From my notes 5/28/07 - Pours a one-finger white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Cloudy, pale amber color. Slight malty nose. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is balanced to slightly sour. Finish has some alcohol and sourness. Not nearly as good as bottle. On-tap at Summertime Restaurant Scheveningen, NL. 5 ($6.85) for a 330ml glass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
patrick767 (4038) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 20, 2007
11.2 oz bottle - Pours hazy yellow with a one finger fading head. It has a light yeast and citrus aroma. The flavor is similar with some mild spice in there too. Its medium bodied and has a dry finish. this is a good beer, no doubt about it, but honestly I expected a bit more. I thought the St. Bernardus Tripel I had recently was considerably better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbeers21 (693) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2007
pours a beautiful dark golden color with a generous milky head. Fruity, yeasty aromas with a tinge of cereal wheats. A bit hoppy for a tripel but it works well, orange zest tones are present in addition to an herbal spiceyness. Although lighter in body there is a malty chewyness to the ale which is wonderful. A crisping twinge adds to a delightful finish. a fine example of one of my favorite styles

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bullit (4559) - Burgos, SPAIN - JUN 17, 2007
Golden colour, white foamy head. Rich, fruity aroma. Orange, hoppy flavors. Moderately bitter. Alcohol well hidden. Nice abbey tripel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Arayaga2 (2183) - portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 16, 2007
Golden with a thick white head. Aroma is candi sweet with orange and spices. Taste is thinner and more bitter than I imagined. Finish is dry and biscuity with a bit of astringency. $4/11.2oz

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
davegore (223) - liverpool, Merseyside, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2007
Pours a light amber, amazing aroma, citrus oranges then moves onto the flavours in the mouth, bready and quite hoppy with the slightest hint of sourness...finishes so long, very hoppy but watch out for the alcohol

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madquacker (1134) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - JUN 16, 2007
Noy my usual style but I must concede the quality of this. The head is breathtaking. As it warms the aroma opens up and the depth is inspriring. Not a quaffer, but a quality drop.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Borup (13725) - Albertslund, DENMARK - JUN 14, 2007
Bottle. Amber colour with a nice white head. Aroma and flavour of spice (coriander), citrus, yeast, hops and alcohol.

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