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New Commercial Description: Brewed in a cloistered nook of remote Anderson Valley, this handcrafted Belgian-style strong ale may be the closest you’ll ever get to heaven on earth. Made in very limited quantity, it is malty, tangy and a little wild, it is sure to raise your spirits. We suffered to brew this enormously complex beer so that you can enjoy it completely guilt free.

Original Commercial Description: Brewed at the Anderson Valley Brewing Company by David Keene, the owner of the legendary San Francisco beer-bar, Toronado, this double-style ale features the huge fruit flavors combined with yeastiness and spiciness that Belgian ales are known for.
Brewed from malted barley, hops, water, demerara sugar, and special trappist yeast.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wlajwl (4306) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 5, 2014
Aroma is caramel/toffee, very light fruit and slightly dirty/earthy. The flavor is caramel, light fruit, slightly dirty/earthy and mildly tart/sour finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
puboflyons (2362) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 25, 2014
From the 650 ml. bottle. The pour is chestnut-mahogany brown with a light brown head that lingers momentarily before fading to a ring. The aroma is full of dark malts, brown sugar, fig, plum and other dark fruits, and a vague buttery sensation. That could be the yeast. The body is medium to full. The taste is over-the-top sweet with a strong malt character and a clean finish. A little more sweet than I prefer but quite drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sledutah (5599) - Utah, USA - DEC 18, 2013
22oz bottle picked up at the state store
Pours clear dark ruby/brown with a medium sized beige head, some lacing. Aroma of malts, caramel, sugar, chocolate and earthy. Flavor is sweet malts, caramel, dark fruits with a bitter finish
A nice double.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerFunGuy (803) - California, USA - DEC 7, 2013
This beer has a beautiful brownish red color. It has a sweet caramel aroma it has a rich complex somewhat sweet flavor. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GriffDaddy (88) - - NOV 26, 2013
Darker copper pour, with a thick and lasting head. Perhaps this is an interesting version of this style. Yeasty, slight woody, lasting bitter finish. Impression is kind of... warm, brown sugary, faintly bitter. Much more going on as it warmed up. Enjoyable but... wanted more going on. Would I drink again? yes. Would I order again? maybe.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tgncc (2990) - Bellmore, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2013
The aroma is earthy, pepper. The appearance is hazy, deep amber, white head. The flavor is sweet fruit, light pepper. The finish is light is light pepper, fruit. Medium in body. Decent.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Frahmo (316) - Idaho, USA - NOV 13, 2013
Dark roasty malts with that wonderful beligan yeast in the background. A sweetness is present that is almost sugary. Carbonation was pretty mild with a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pyrmir (3778) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - NOV 8, 2013
Bomber bottle. Reddish dark brown with off white head. Aroma of bread, syrup, vinous, liquorice and a creeping bitterness

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rederic (3200) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 23, 2013
22oz bottle, dark brown color, with some reddish highlights, and a pillowy beige head. Nice yeasty fruity nose of raisin, fig, date esters, with some raisin pie, apple sauce, chocolate chip cookie dough, plum juice, toasted, caramelized, biscuity, chocolate malt accents and a toffee, date squares, sponge toffee, candi sugar, graham’s cracker, brown sugar note in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a nice sweet dark dried fruit, yeasty, toasted, caramelized, biscuity, chocolate malty character, with some dry raisin, fig, date, light chocolate bar, date square, toffee, spicy, faint por liquor, raisin pie flavours, with a candi sugar, molasses, raisin glosette candyish undertone, leading towards a warming, yeasty, doughy, spicy, dark dried fruitiness, chocolatey, lingering faint coffee, toasted, caramelized, biscuity, chocolate maltiness finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beertholomeus (1061) - California, USA - OCT 22, 2013
Pours a dark copper color with a thick khaki head. Yeast, malt, brown sugar, caramel and raisin aroma. Brown sugar, plumb, raisin, yeast, malt caramel and bubblegum flavors. Medium light body and raisin finish.

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