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RATINGS: 71   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JUN 30, 2009
12oz wax dipped via trade with my main man mike, BBB63. Thanks dude. Didnít realize it was a big beer like this till I looked at the 10% listed here, guess Iím starting the night of with a bang. Pours brownish black with a tan head. Nose is sweet and quite boozy with a kick in the nostrils. Taste is sweet and viscous and very fruity. Also pretty bold and boozy, pretty cool strong dark belgian.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2009
Bottle courtesy of gillard. Pours a cola brown color with reddish highlights and thin off-white head. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of ripe dark fruit, vinegar, caramel, brown sugar, and some hints of honey and spice. Flavor is sweet and malty with notes of ripe dark fruit, caramel, brown sugar, some hints of vinegar and spice. Generally medium body with a pleasing sweet malt finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (6848) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 27, 2009
Courtesy of Gillard. Pours clear amber with copper edges and thin tan head. The aroma is full and rich with roast, molasses, apples, raisins, a bit of prunes and a sense of vanilla. The taste has plenty of prunes, sugar stewed raisins and a bit of red apple flowing into roast and molasses. It ends with lingering roast and fading sweetness. It seems to come together nicely into the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markwise (4467) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2009
Thanks to the Tampa Tasting Group for sharing this one. Pours caramel brown with an off-white head. Nose is malt, caramel, candy sugar, some yeast, and some spice. Flavor is similar with candy sugar, booze, and some yest and pepper. Lingering yeast and candy sugar with lingering raisin flavor. Interesting beer.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BBB63 (6019) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 23, 2009
Wax covered bottle and served in my Ommegang Anniversary tulip: Pours a deep cola brown with a fading fizzy off-white head and spotty lace. The aroma has notes of candi sugar, molasses, plum wine and figs, a hint of clove and cardamom, and a touch of tobacco. The taste starts fruity sweet and spicy with along spicy finish. Some notes of alcohol, red wine barrel and hop bittering. The mouth feel is quite sticky and lush, warming and soft carbonation. I am perplexed by this brew, there are some excellent characteristics but it still missed the mark overall for balance. "E" for the effort never the less.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4009) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAY 15, 2009
Shared by JCB. Poured a nice dark brown with a one finger foamy light tan head. Nose shows some of they typical belgian sweetness, yeasty, estery, dark fruits. Flavor is pretty tasty, sweet and estery, malty character. Raisiny. Nice carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lebshiff21 (174) - Skippack, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2009
Bottle. Off-white/tan thick head, diminishes to a ring. Color is dark brown. Pretty malty right away which gives way to dark fruit and sugar. Finishes very smooth, lingers on the palate. Good stuff.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcr (2198) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - APR 15, 2009
Bottle. Short, off-white head, mostly diminishing atop a hazy ruby brown body. The aroma was heavy with candi sugar and dark fruits, plum and fig. Notes of caramel, cherry and a hint of clove and mustiness. The flavor was moderately to heavily sweet and lightly bitter. It finished moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter with some hot alcohol throughout. A vinegary taste floats underneath the sweet, almost cloying, flavor. Medium to full body with a smooth texture. Modedrate carbonation. Good, but the flavors do not blend together as well as they do with the best of the Belgian strong ales.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SrSilliGose (3248) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 14, 2009
grey wax dipped 12 oz bottle. pours a dark ruby red with a very small quicky diminishing beige head. alcohol, cough syrup, dark fruits, carmamel. sticky lip feel. like an easy drinking port. pretty tasty

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sigma23 (380) - , Maine, USA - APR 14, 2009
had fresh. aroma is lots of roasted malts, nutty sweetness, some bourbon/alcohol. drinks with an alcohol bite but has sweet malts, caramel, brown sugar, rich red fruits and spice. finishes hot with alcohol. will have to re-rate after some age.


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