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RATINGS: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 378   ABV: 12.6%
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Brewed with a grist including pale, Vienna, Special B, and aromatic malts, with kettle additions of dark candi sugar, organic raisins, and Curacao orange. Fermented with our Belgian and house ale yeasts, then aged four months in oak barrels with additions of wild-gathered honey, fresh dates, and black cherries.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (4747) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2009
GABF2009 - holy hell! - this beer is huge in more ways than one - loads of sour cherry, fruit skin tannins, and light earthy funk in the nose, with a light touch of oak and acidity - date, raisin, sour cherry and other dark, heavy fruits in the flavor - warming, but not overpowering alcohol - some earthy wildflower honey qualities through the middle - red wine and oak characteristics cut the sweetness - this is some serious stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (9728) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 28, 2009
A nice reddish amber ale with a thin creamy moka head. A wonderfully pleasant dark fruits in aroma, molasses, treacle and maderized porto, enticing and intense. In mouth, an interesting mix of dark candy cane extract, sour molasses, and raisins. Challenging in a good way. Rich and warming. On tap at brewpub, July 1, 2009

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 29, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2009 My Bottom Line:
This grandiose achievement in brewing harmoniously marries bourbon, sour cherries, medjool dates and wild yeast flavors into a luxurious body worthy of meditation. This ambitious project has bloomed into a most marvelous osmosis of Flemish Sour, Fruit Beer and Barley Wine.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam surfs the mahogany-tinged dark brown.
-Alcohol seems to vary a lot from batch to batch; from 8.6% to over 12%!
-Vinous fruitiness, tartness and wooden dryness meld beautifully into the vanilla sweetness.
-Alcohol is remarkably well hidden for a 12% brew.
-The soft tiny bubbles are effervescent, making this a very classy, easygoing sipper despite all the present flavors.
-Complexity here is endless, yet all flavors seem to coexist on the same plane. Very impressive!

On tap at the brewpub.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
elihapa (1525) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - MAY 19, 2009
On tap, poured in snifter, at Cambridge Brewing Company. Pours dark brown-purple, with no real head. Downright ominous. Aroma has huge dark fruit and oak. Tons of raisin, dates, black cherry, and sherry-something. Flavor hits with equal bang, such a deluxe sweet and complex blend. I could go on and on about what is present, but I’d say that plum and sweet raisin dominate the entry, followed by chocolate covered fruit, oak, and sour cherry. No alcohol showing through at 12% ABV makes this beer all the more special. Excellent, too bad Cambridge doesn’t bottle this!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 10, 2006
Note: CBC 17th anniversary aged in a wood barrell brewed in 2001. Oh my is all I can say...poured a dark black hard to tell in this light whether or not it is pitch black but it is very close leaving a tan head in its wake. The aroma is dark fruits, raisins, figs, nuts, brown sugar, chocolate are all present in the nose. The taste is syrup thick, nutty, figs, lots of dark fruit with a syrup consistency and a chocolate fudge background. This is the most complex nose, and taste I’ve ever come across. This brew had to be an experiment, cause who would think of putting all these different flavors together. But they compliment each other so well. And so drinkable at 10% The nose is as complex as a Belgian ale, with the chocolate hop presence of a stout, and finishing with a tartness of a well crafted sour ale. Could this be, all these flavors combined by a mad scientist, it is true. The only disappointing thing about this beer is that I will never be able to sample this again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GonZoBeeR (2906) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 8, 2006
Vintage2001,On tap at the pub... Aroma:Chocolat,toffe,strong,alcohol.... A brown,small head..... Flavor:Strong chocolate,molasso,malt caramel....

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 8, 2006
En fût au Cambridge Brewing Co., Cambridge, MA. Robe noire sans mousse. Arômes de chocolat noir, de porto, de caramel et de fruits rouges. Saveurs de madère, de chocolat noir, de cerises noires, de porto et de malt caramélisé.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 6, 2006
Draught snifter at CBC 5/5/06. Pours a dark brown/black color with no head. Texture is very smooth with a bit of bitterness in the finish. Aroma is dates and raisins, some light chocolate notes. The taste is very datey and raisins again, some of the chocolate is there too. Some light wood notes and hints of sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (6142) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2006
GABF 2005. Body is medium brown. Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, caramel), with notes of cherry, sherry, and wood. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, soft carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Had several samples of this due to the buzz surrounding it on the floor, but could not form an affection for it. Aged too long or improperly (fairly strong oxidation that took away the charms it may have had). Looks great on paper, but rather disappointing to sample.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DJMonarch (9158) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2006
Barrel Draught from the jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center 29/09/2005 Dark coloured and very strong in alcohol. Some fruit and chocolate flavours. Slightly bitter whisky finish.

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