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Affligem Tripel - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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BA SCORE
89
very good

576 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 576
Reviews: 333
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 34
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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trevorwideman

Manitoba (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into my Affligem chalice.

Pours with a 1/2 inch fizzy head that disspates quickly to a appealing looking lace. Light orange, almost a peach colour. Lots of sediment and mild carbonation. Smell is sweet and fruity. Plum, pear, apple. Bready and yeasty aromas as well, along with a bit of coriander spiciness.

Taste starts off very mellow with some banana like phenols complimenting the apple and pear notes that were in evidence in the nose. Very yeasty as well, and the whole thing reminds me of some fresh and delicious baking. The whole thing finishes tart and crisp. Very flavourful, clean, uncomplicated, and enjoyable. Mouthfeel is a little sticky and thick, there's lots of tasty malt in there. Finish is lightly drywith some of the more sour notes playing in the aftertaste. This is an uncomplicated and well balanced brew that would insanely sessionable if not for the 8.5 abv. Certainly the best I've had from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2007 21:21:29 | More by trevorwideman
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Bierschenker

Belgium

4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased the 75cl bottle. The beer is clear and I can already see a lot of yeast floating around.
When I removed the cork, the bottle overflowed.
I served this Tripel in a 33cl Pilsner glass. The head is completely white, it’s compact and composed of tiny bubbles.
The colour is sunny golden and very clear, carbonation is very strong and constantly playing with the yeast.
The odour is full of yeast with some bread and caramel.
Taste is dominated by yeast. Also present are freshly baked bread, nuts, raisins, bit sweet and bitter.
Mouthfeel resembles the combination of vanilla ice cream with breakfast cereals.
The aftertaste is still ruled by the yeast and has become sugary sweet.

Great beer, but because of the yeast I think a lot of Americans would be terrified to open the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2007 20:59:53 | More by Bierschenker
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oakbluff

Manitoba (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a tangerine cloudy colour. Not much head retention for belgian which surprised me. Some lacing on side of glass. Smell is typical sweet belgian. Taste is sweet and fruity, not too spicy. Fairly middle of the road from a flavour profile. Highly drinkable for the ABV. I think this could be a good gateway beer for folks that think Leffe is the end all and be all of belgian brews. Would drink again, but wouldn't go out of my way. Purchased as part of a gift pack that came with a decent glass.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2006 03:33:25 | More by oakbluff
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mithrascruor

California

3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into an oversized wine glass from a 750 mL bottle.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden peach color. Thick, creamy white head and lots of visible carbonation.

Smell: Nice fruity smell of pears, peaches, and bananas. A bit of spicyness and bread is present. It is mellow yet not weak. No hint of alcohol. Very enjoyable.

Taste: The taste is unfortunately a bit bland. A bit of orange and spice, but the alcohol taste is noticed from sip one. Some other fruits come out for a brief moment when swallowing.

Mothfeel: Rather creamy light-bodied feel. Carbonation is rather soft. Goes down relatively smooth.

Drinkability: The alcohol flavor is way too strong for this to be very drinkable, and gets obnoxious before the strong alcohol hits you. But in moderation this is quite drinkable.

Hardly my favorite Tripel. Though it has quite an enjoyable smell, it really falls down where the taste is concerned. Not bad as a beer, but hardly an outstanding Tripel. As with other Affligem beers, it's really only worth getting if you love trying different Belgian beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2006 05:42:17 | More by mithrascruor
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biking4beer

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a Goblet.

Pours a nice hazy golden color, almost like real apple cider, with a good looking 1 finger foamy head that retains well.

The smell is similar to an apple juice or cider like the appearance. Slight belgian yeast smell with spiciness.

Taste is a smooth candy sweet. Not overwhelming, but sugary. Slight pepper and grainy/breadiness tastes make themselves known too. Not complex, but very good.

This is a smooth and creamy beer that goes down real easy for it's high ABV. If I was daring enough, I could drink two bottles of this.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2006 22:18:57 | More by biking4beer
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allengarvin

Texas

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best-before number is incomrehensible, but likely a new bottle. Cork pops out explosively, and foam flows up over the top before I can stop it. On pour, it comes out a very cloudy gold with a colossal head of airy foam. Nose is quite fruity, with touch of apricot and honey and a light plum note. Taste is also fruity, but it mixes with an earthy, gritty bitterness and a pungent acidity for a refreshing but complex beer. Alcohol is notable in the finish as well, peppery and warming.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2006 22:02:08 | More by allengarvin
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from caged and corked 750ml bottle(5.224.78) a cloudy straw-medium gold with a huge head of foam and lots of bubbles. The foam finally died down but it left a good solid layer for the entire session with lots of lacing.

The smell is very fruity with notes of orange, some apple and some citrus sourness.

The taste is quite fruity up front with orange and apricot flavours mixed in with yeast, sweet caramel malt, and a good hop bitterness. I don't sense any of the sourness that I noted in the nose. Yum. I could sip on this one all day.

Bottom line: This is a very tasty and yet smooth drinking Tripel that I'd gladly get again. I recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2006 23:37:03 | More by Bitterbill
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beerphilosopher

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured froma 750ml bottle that is labeled differently than the example picture ... a nice lively amber orange color with a relentless bright white head that would not die. High carbonation levels in this beer. Nose is of spices, yeast and candy sugar. Very "tripel-like." Palate is extremely spritzy, with finely balanced hop character and sweet sugar. Slightly fruity, and yeasty. Residual spiciness. Mouthfeel is aggressively carbonated ...alomost too much so. Medium/light body and some alcohol warmth in the mouth. Over all, a good tripel. Somehwat unchallenging and maybe a tab too light, due in part to the rabid carbonation, but a very drinkable, enjoyable abbey tripel.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2006 20:11:51 | More by beerphilosopher
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Beerzebub

California

3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear orange honey color, big pillowy white head, but drops a little fast for the style. Heavy lacing. Smells strongly of brett, with coriander, cumin, orange blossom, clove, black pepper, sultanas, peach, apricot, a little hops.

Tastes like rock sugar and fructose, but not too sweet for the style, and caramel malt, yeast, lactic acid, sultanas, orange blossom, with touches of hops, dried apricot, candied citrus peel, spice, alcohol. Somewhat sustained finish of alcohol and fruit, but it's the lactic acid that really lingers.

High carbonation gives a creamy mouthfeel, but slightly too much - can get too foamy if more than a sip.

There's a lot going on, smell and taste are strong and interesting, but not unconditionally enjoyable. Can be a little cloying, and the extra bacteria in here aren't good at making first impressions. The copy on the bottle dubs this a "Belgian Burgundy," is this a veiled brett warning?

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2006 07:14:02 | More by Beerzebub
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dblinkhorn

California

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a glass tulip goblet.

Appearance - Slightly hazy orangepeel straw color. The head immediately after pour was maybe one finger thick, very uniform and velvety. This quickly disspates to a very thin layer of lacing on the surface of the beer.

Smell - I smell more alcohol on this tripel than I've smelled on any other tripel, or any other Belgian ale in general for that matter. There are sweet floral/fruity accents mixed with a background of light malt, but I can't pick out anything specific. The alcohol is the main thing scent.

Taste - Earthy notes right when it enters my mouth. The alcohol is readily evident right away, but not too bad. The taste is very similar to the smell, with floral/fruity notes. Very well balanced, but not terribly complex or strong. The earthy malts come through delicately and remain for all but the very initial part of the taste.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation is a bit much for my tastes. It bites my tongue a lot. However, it is extremely crisp and clean. The beer is fairly dry, not exactly velvety mouthfeel but smooth and clean. Not bad at all, but not the best.

Drinkability - For a tripel, the drinkability is very high on this particular brew. Nothing about it is overpowering (except the alcohol taste and smell were higher than most Belgian ales). It is a crisp and balanced ale, recommended but there are certainly better tripels out there.

Overall, if you want a tripel that is very easy to drink, and still has a decent amount of flavor and a crisp clean taste, this is your beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2006 04:34:08 | More by dblinkhorn
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barleywinebrewer

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up on a whim the other day. I've seen it off an on for years but always had other brews ahead of this one for must buys. The cork had a code on it 03 / 05 so I'm not sure if I got a fresh one or a 2005 version. Judging by the taste I'd say it's last years.

There are a lot of reviews on this beer already. I'd add to the discourse that this is the driest tripel I've ever had. It's a nice brew and a great drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2006 12:35:19 | More by barleywinebrewer
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IntriqKen

California

4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours soft cloudy orange yellow with beautifully crafted tiny bubble head that takes forever to melt to a marshmello like lacing that sticks and coats perfectly.
Aroma is soft fruit, powdery yeast, soft warm bread, spices.
Taste is of soft fruits, warm bread, cloves, spices, and a hop bitterness on the end plus way more than I can describe.
Mouthfeel is very, VERY rich and creamy.
I really enjoy this tripel...it is the softest, smoothest tripel I have yet experienced. I will have to keep a bottle around to compare with tripels in the future.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2006 03:24:11 | More by IntriqKen
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Absumaster

Netherlands

3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this beer in a 3-pack, together with the blond and dubbel. Because the brewery has been bought by Heineken a couple of years ago, I was afraid that the authenticity of the beer would be gone. But no, the beer is still pretty much the same as before Heineken came in.
It pours a pretty golden colour with a nice stable head and a lot of carbonation.'
Smell was herbal, there could be some coriander in there, also a nice malty backbone and fruity.
Taste was pretty sharp bitter, this did not go away after a couple of sips. The sharpness was also more upfront by the dryness of the beer. Main tastes were bitter and herbal, with associations of toffee and vanilla. The medium body make it a easy to drink tripel.

Pretty decent beer, but sharper than I remembered, which seriously influences my rating.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2006 11:42:16 | More by Absumaster
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jmz62565

Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a cloudy golden amber like color with a huge white head. The smell has a candy sugar, yeast, and "bisquit" aroma. The taste is a crisp dry sweet sugar beer with hints of clove, wood, and fruit. The m/f is light and very creamy with a dryness that is very good. This is a very good beer, very sugary sweet, but still a classic Belgium Tripel that you must try.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2006 05:21:59 | More by jmz62565
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warmstorage

California

3.28/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decided to take a chance at $5.99, and I wasn't disappointed at that price, but I probably wouldn't pay a lot more.

750ml bottle, sealed with cork & wire, poured into my Chimay belgian goblet, as a reward for digging a huge hole and planting a tree in the front yard. (This is my idea of a *real* lawnmower beer!)

Served at my idea of cellar temp, which is 52-55. (The bottle suggests cellar temp is 44-48. Go figure.) Fruity yeasty nose, but not overwhelming. Big thick chunky white head, which takes an expectedly long time to settle down. Mouthfeel is tingly, high carbonation, and oddly full, almost sticky.

Taste... well, I poured carefully without yeast to begin with, and did a couple of tastings with notes, then swirled the yeast sediment and poured it in, and really couldn't detect a huge difference. Spicy, sweet and tasty, with distinct herbality and alcohol notes, and noticeable hops. But, well, not a lot to distinguish it, and there are lots of better tripels out there.

The alcohol is well hidden, and I happily gobbled down the whole thing in about 20 minutes, and (somewhat surprisingly to me at the time) was decently buzzed.

Overall: quite decent, just unexceptional.

I might buy it again for six bucks, but I'd really rather spend $7 for Chimay blue. (Gotta love northern California.)

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2006 04:07:32 | More by warmstorage
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bruachan

District of Columbia

3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

the carbonation was more than happy to do the uncorking for me. i think this thing has been sitting too warm; i should move all it's friends to the fridge. huge, noisy head...guess the retention can't keep up with the high carbonation. settles quickly to a thick bubbly film. it's a peachy pale orange with exuberant bubbleage. it actually looks like it's snowing up

oaky, smoky aroma. clove? not awe inspiring; kinda sweaty

slightly hot mouthfeel with a bit of saison tartness. sweet, but dry. i'm having trouble with this one. some bitterness. apple. the hop flavor is in the fore, that classic funky euro hop flavor that i always struggle to articulate

as far as the mouthfeel goes...where did it go?

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2006 02:58:39 | More by bruachan
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ybnorml

Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy orange beer. Has a small off white head. Has a sweet fruity aroma. With hints of peach, apricot and dried fruit. A light fruity sweet note on the tongue. With some nut like sweetness on the sides. The alcohol kicks in on the finish pushing along a nice floral and spicey hop character.
Note: the cloudness came from poring the yeast from the bottle. The label said you would get a more nutlike character in the flavor
Lastly this bottle is stamped best before 02 28 03. I felt that this was still a good beer maybe the appearance suffered from the time.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2006 00:32:23 | More by ybnorml
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared with sckressler at The Flying Pig...
Appears a glowing golden amber with a pillowy fluff of white head on the top of the brew that won't die.
Smell is of aged cork, pils malt, candi sugar, citrus, mild dough, and citrus.
Taste is of the same aromas with a mild pear and citrus flavor coming through. The odd cork smell and taste really are detracting from this.
Mouthfeel is of caramel sugar and some spices lingering about. It was ok.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2006 18:07:22 | More by weeare138
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Crosling

Colorado

3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange with a fairly attractive and creamy head of foam that shows an attractive lace. The aroma, though subtle, shows a bit of citrus fruits, dough, orange and lemon. Initially, on the front palate, the flavor is a bit ghastly but things turn in the mid-palate as notes of caramel, sugared fruit and butter toffee begin to develop. A bit sweet, especially on the finish, but overall, this beer is pretty characterful and a stark improvement compared to the brewer’s Dubbel.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2006 17:32:23 | More by Crosling
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Ego

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a find.. a bottle from 1998 "lost" at this store in their basement for eons.. $9.99 @ oaktree buyrite, edison, nj (they have a couple more bottles and the same "old" dubbel as well... and a couple of old maresdous also).

the bottle says best before "05 02 03" but this should hold up...

eyes...
lively cork, jumped off the bottle it has been protecting for 8 years, orange muddy hue, one full finger of head, medium to small bubbles stay afloat and persist, lacing is firm like a sheet of sea foam rolling in unison off the shore, leaving behind a traceof the wetness that was once there, and it leaves a line at the top of the lace crest as well, the carbonation is still quite active, this looks great.

nose...
fruity walnuts, dried apricots, a caramel candy bar (like a twix sans the chocolate), a hair of the alcohol peeps through, butterscotch, zero funk odor detected except for a faint "dry" smell, like grass perhaps but no outright belgian assfunk. I could smell this all day and not be able to put my finger on everything that is going on in this one.

taste etc...
smooth and velvety, like drinking old silky wood left in your garage soaked in mild fruits like apricot or peach, sweet but barely, it leaves the mouth dry, the mouthfeel is fantastic, creamy and just thick enough, this has really mellowed out, maybe almost too mellow in the flavor? later down the glass the yeast seems more assertive, even more woody and drying but still with that subtle sweetness balancing it out. The ABV is unnoticed except in the stomach which gets a nice little warming buzz from this brew. This is way way wayyy too damn easy to drink, and not sip, this just flies out of the glass into your mouth. a very strange dry almost "ash" tasting aftertaste seems to linger but it isnt unpleasant, it makes you yearn for another sip...

verdict?
if you see an 8 year old bottle pick it up ! I'll be damned if 1 foot of snow is stopping me from running out tommorow and grabbing up one more of these to share with friends soon... I have to say I was very surprised by this one, I half expected it to be skunk city...

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2006 04:13:53 | More by Ego
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle aged ~2 years or so, pours a very hazy orange/amber, big white head forms, refuses to leave, makes a volcano in the middle of the chalice, super lacing, some of the best I've ever seen when these Affligems are aged a couple years, its ridiculous. Smell is sweet, some spices and honey, little bit of almost skunkiness, yeast. Taste is very rich, honey and spice, yeast, orange peel, sweet spicy finish, little bit of bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, high carbonation but the aging has made it buttery smooth, a real treat, this one ages surprisingly well.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2006 00:23:44 | More by Viggo
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allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pretty clear. Not crystal, but pretty good clarity orange, tea-like color with a good chunky head and pretty good retention.

Smell: Malty, some apple-y notes. As expected but somewhat muted aromas.

Taste: Some tartness up front. Sweetness and mild hop finish. Again, muted.

Mouthfeel: Slick and slightly syrupy.

Drinkability: Not the most flavourful or robust tripel, which may actually add to the drinkability. Alcohol is well hidden, and the muted flavours make it easy to take.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2006 04:09:00 | More by allergictomacros
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fisherman34

Manitoba (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy and dark gold in colour with strong carbonation. Aromas of citrus fruit, peach, bready malts, and a touch of spicy yeast. Heavier in the mouth and more malt flavors than other tripels that I’ve sampled. More of the orange and baked bread in the mouth, along with some sugary sweetness, herbal hops, and some black pepper. Well hidden alcohol presence. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2005 20:46:17 | More by fisherman34
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ypsifly

Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Undated 750 that is corked and caged, poured into a tulip.

Hazy orange with a tall white head. Decent retention but it leaves an almost uniform sheet of lace.

The nose has citrus that is a bit tangy, apples, sugars, spices, and some yeast notes that are a nice combination of chalk with a little funk. The alcohol is noticable but it fits in perfectly as something close to white pepper.

The taste has a lot of the same characteristics of the nose, but the alcohol doesn't register, and the fruits are almost all lemon with just enough apple and pear sweetness to give balance. The sugars taste like a pinch of confectioner's sugar, and the yeasts have a little more earth and clove to them.

The mouth is just a bit too prickly from the carbonation and tangy flavors, but I like it. In light of its merits this is a very drinkable triple.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2005 03:25:24 | More by ypsifly
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Gold with a white head, not much retention, but a little lace.

S: Bready malt.

T: Sweet, bready malt, warming alcohol finish. Hint of fruityness. Flavours are subtle and well-rounded. Slightly sweeter and more alcoholic warmth than their blonde.

M: Moderate body, moderate to high carbonation.

D: Higher alcohol than some tripels, but it's not over-powering. Dangerously drinkable!

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2005 23:17:51 | More by Derek
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