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RATINGS: 1306   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DanielBrown (3963) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2004
Bottle from Stirchley Wines and Spirits, Birmingham. Deep darkness with an inch wo’th of undulating, linen-toned head. Dark berries: raspberry, blackberry, with some laundry also. Wheaty flavour, augmented with some silky, oliy brown sugar. Alcohol present towards the end, but the strength mostly fades. A little one-dimensional but has controlled power. Undecided on this.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2004
Light, reddish brown color, firm, proud, thick off-whitish head, lace-leaving. Aroma: nutty, slightly sweet, minor caramel notes, small hints of spice, cocoa. Taste: big, hoppy blast, quickly replaced by a full-ness of dark, rich malty flavors that totally dominates the palate. Rich, chewy, yeasty, sweet, just a trifle complex, even. A delicious melange of dark flavors, a well-matched blend of hops and malt. Very tasty. Medium to full in body, chocolatey finish, though brief, and overall enjoyable. Not a bad dubbel, but not spectacular. And tremendously overpriced in this instance, a whopping $5.69 for the bottle. Glad I tried it, but I won’t be going back, when I can find dubbels just as good or better for a better price. Make no mistake, though, a really tasty beer here!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - SEP 20, 2004
opaque dark brown, thick creamy off white head. definite fruity, malty, sweet taste flows into a smooth aftertaste. definitely a great beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JonMoore (1923) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2004
Bottle from Onlyfinebeer (08.05). Poured an opaque dark brown with a good sized off-white head. Great aroma, sweet, bananas, fruits and hops. Tastes, sweet, malty, fruity - excellent. Full bodied, great mouthfeel. I wonder at the relatively low average for this beer; if it’s not up with the Westvleteren 12 and Rochefort 10s of this world, it certainly is the 8s and the 6s.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2004
Muddy rufous-brown body and a loose soapy head. Nose suggests caramel, brown sugar and dark rum. Strikes me as having Scotch Ale qualities. Moderate-high sweetness and a light but noticeable acidic note just like the Achel Bruin Extra. Nice full body. A good beer but this has a touch too much brown sugar for my liking. The sweetness is like cheap bait for beer drinkers.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - SEP 3, 2004
Looks like fresh apple cider,little head.Really murky,lots of thick flavor molecules floating around in there.Has a strong banana liqour aroma that is soooo nice.Rich fruity flavor of bananas and dates with a hint of hops.Nice body and not a strong alcohol presence.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (2587) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - SEP 2, 2004
One of the only Trappist brands I had previously tried. Pours out a deep brown color with a nice sized off-white head. It had a hoppy/fruity aroma. The taste was a little less extreme than some other Trappists, but still good. Very smooth for a beer of this gravity.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - AUG 7, 2004
creamy off white head, medium lasting. nice lacing ring. lots of fizz shooting up. ruby brownish color, amber at edges. sweet malt nose, caramel, light floral. plum too. pine-hop start, then sweet malt, faint/soft banana. lots of carbonation. bready-doughy mouthfeel. hop and a little peppery/spice aftertaste. alcohol well hidden. not as yeasty as others in its class.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 4, 2004
Yeasty hoppy aroma. Chestnut appearance. Fruity cherry, mild yeasty hop flavor with some peach and tropical fruits as it softens. Long fruity aftertaste.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2004
Hazy amber w/ higlights of orange, lasting off white head. Hints of toffee & toasted almonds when chilled; vinous fruit, toasted malt, alcohol, doughy yeast, and light plum fruitiness. Lightly musty & earthy hop w/ hints of wood and rose floral. Nice aromas out of this one. Well balanced but lightly malty, has a hop flavored finish & lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. Hints of roast, bready malt, & light yeasty spice and alcohol. Medium bodied w/ higher carbonation, alchohol warmth, very smooth. All complexities in very nice balance. Not my favorite Belg Strong, but a very, very good beer IMHO.


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