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RATINGS: 597   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - MAR 20, 2005
alcohol was well hidden brown in color, slim tan head. Sweet malty aroma. Intially a sweet taste that seemed a mix of fruits and vanilla. Finished with a spicy bite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAR 19, 2005
Pours a deep but clear brown w/ a tan head. Somewhat loose lacing. Aroma of dark dried fruits, prunes, plums, raisins, candy, cloves, vanilla and more. A little light on the CO2. Body is med. heavy. Alcohol is well hidden but there certainly some phenols in there. Med. sweetness. Slightly oxidized flavors but they generally reflect the aroma with an added red apple flavor. Tasty yet their are some things missing. Maybe could use a little less alcohol and some bottle conditioning. Good but kinda misses the mark.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 11, 2005
Much better beer than the triple. Dark fruit and marzipan notes with candy sugar and maple notes. Good spice with a hint of herbs, rosemary? Poor head retention, clean finish. needs a little longer conditioning, I would guess.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (6393) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 11, 2005
Duval snifter: Deep maple brown hue with a small and fading head and little head. The aroma has notes of raisin, plum, currant, toasted and caramelized malts, aromatic malts, and noticeable phenols. The taste starts quite fruity and with a heavy tone of malty backbone. the midsection displays a bit of hoppy spice and bitter leading to a finish that has a balance of oak and yeasty character. The sublime funky note adds some depth to this beer, yet it never completely gains a full mouthfeel of the classic Dubbels. Some meaty smoky tones make this more interesting. Overall, it’s an fair example of the sytle but never completes the deal. I was left with the feeling of wanting more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Krausen (102) - USA - MAR 9, 2005
Aroma had an interesting bannana ester along with a rasin character. Smooth, with a slightly cloying buttery (diacetyl?) flavor but a clean bitter finish. Easy to drink, difficult to open.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 23, 2005
Bottle. Color is a very dark amber with bubbley tan head. When held in front of a light it’s a beautiful ruby color. Aroma is full dark fruit. Taste is medium sweet with raison and a biting dry finish. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - FEB 23, 2005
after struggling for what seemed like hours to free the cap from its wax prison I succeeded and was met with slight gushing, quickly jumping to action I managed an emergency pour into my St. Bernardus glass with minimal loss, the aroma was yeasty with lots of dark fruits in the nose, its appearance a dark ruby brown with tight bubbles and lively carbonation, light body but very cheesy/buttery with some sweetness and zesty bitterness near the finish, complex and delectable and an incredibly true to style American Belgian

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 20, 2005
Deep garnet brown. Kinda rocky, fizzy beige head. Plummy, sweet, alcohol and spice nose. The head on this breaks up sort of strangely. Sweet and roasty, no doubt. Molasses, brown sugar, dark fruit, plum, raison, faint alcohol, Belgian-yeastiness, great mouthfeel, yeasty twang. I agree with this salty bitterness. Not too shabby. Thanks Brother David!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 14, 2005
Pours a nice garnet color with a nice head, too bad there’s no retention. Aroma of dark fruits and brown sugar. Taste is more brown sugar with a yeasty belgian zing to it. Spicy in the finish, but the alcohol creeps in a little much. Aside from that, I think the bitterness could be a little bit better contained, and there are some metallic flavors peeking through. Ok stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 5, 2005
Deep amber pour with a small head of foam. Sweet aromas of ripe fruit and malt. Not getting much spice, just some hints of anise. Finish is sweet, but not cloying. Hides the 9% well.

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