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RATINGS: 886   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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A reddish-brown abbey ale brewed with dark malts. The secondary fermentation gives a fruity aroma and a unique spicy character with a distinctive aftertaste. Secondary fermentation in the bottle. (Serving temperature: 8-10ºC)


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
diabel (1607) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - JAN 10, 2003
Very dark. Caramel aroma. Malt aroma, but the first beer with a malt aroma I like quite a bit.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
Crit (3318) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 8, 2003
Sparkling brown,large dense beige head. Antiseptic aroma and flavor. Possibly a tainted bottle.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2003
Murky brown color with more floaties than I’ve ever seen in a beer. Unimpressive head that doesn’t last. Pronounced butterscotch/butter aroma with underlying sour yeasty aroma. The beer is dry, somewhat harsh and bitter, mildly sour with some caramel and malt character. Seems to be a little disjointed. Not bad, but not the best.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 22, 2002
750ML bottled on 02/01 drank on 12/02. Pours a murky brownish orange color with a large fizzy head. Deep Belgian yeast plum aroma. Yeasty taste and aftertaste. Slight initial sweetness. A decent brew, but doesn’t compare to some other dubbles.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
madsberg (10140) - Søborg, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2002
Hazy amber coloured. Impressive beige foam. Aroma is caramel. Flavour is coffee and caramel and mildly spices. There is a light alcahol burn in the flavour as well. Not as complex as other belgian ales, but still a very drinkable beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 7, 2002
Sweet earthy sandlewood yeasty aroma.Fruity fig raisin prune flavors with a mild yeasty hoppy finish.Cheaper and better than Chimay red.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2002

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cartoonkhaki (1220) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 30, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2004 Dark brown blond hue. Light brown head. Pillowy and puffy.... carbonated aroma... quite sweet and malty you can taste the alcohol a little. Full palate of flavour light honey and earl grey tea touches.... reminds me of tea at my grandmas twenty years ago..... not as complex as I once thought but ithe last time I had this was 1995.....

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 22, 2002
A complex beer: both sour and sweet all at the same time. Thick chocolate malts combine to create a nice, dark brew that’s worth contemplating. The alcohol is well-hidden behind all that malt.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
caesar (4967) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - OCT 7, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2007 Rerate: since the Affligem brewery has been bought by Heineken, the beer has become more clear in color, and more sweet in taste. It just lacks the body it used to have. Really too bad. Original rate: 4.2. Beautfiul cloudy redbrown color, big lasting brown head. Aroma of slightly roasted malts, some caramel, fruity of dried fruit like prune, bit chocolate. Sweet taste, malty, slightly alcoholic. Nice full palate.


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