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TRAPPISTES ROCHEFORT ALE 6

Steadfast burgundy whiff and ester-y grape dryness inform sour plum-prune-fig opening of intriguing hazy copper abbey ale. Heavy molasses creaminess cloaks tropical papaya, pineapple, and banana sweetness and mocha-doused anise illusion, leaving fruitcake trail. In deep recess, vinous apple tartness, port-rum variance, and whiskey-soaked cherry nuance cuddle up.

WITKAP-PATER ABBEY-SINGEL ALE

Yet another brew that rips us off for .8 ounces (11.2 oz. instead of 12). Smooth, somewhat fruity Belgium ale goes down like clove-spiced champagne. Musty apple-pear misting and phenolic lemony grapefruit dissonance reach ransacked doughy bottom.  A tad too sudsy to fully satisfy the beast within, lacking body and character (especially when compared to finer Belgian ales).