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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 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2005
I have wanted this for almost 2 years...pour is murky brown amber...smell is alcohol, oak smoke, raisins, dates, vanilla...flavor is vanilla, grape, butter, dates, alcohol, oak...god damn this is awesome...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2005
GABF ’05. Whisky aroma with chocolate backing. Dark brown body. The flavor loses that boozy and replaces it w/ dark fruity malt, licorice, chocolate. Quite good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aubrey (3430) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 3, 2005
Very smooth and creamy with a gentle carbonation. Big chocolate notes throughout ... plus sweet fruit (cherries and strawberries). Smaller note of wood. Pleasant and tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
argo0 (11329) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 3, 2005
(GABF05) Murky red-brown body with minimal beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, vanilla, peat, alcohol. Taste is very sweet, syrup, vanilla, alcohol, peat. Full body with some acidity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 2, 2005
GABF 2005. Murky dark brown, no head. Fantastic aroma of cookie dough, cherries, vanilla, and alcohol. Taste holds sour cherries, alcohol, and dark fruit. Hearty finish is bitter and toasted. Wow.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClarkVV (3891) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 11, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2005 2004 draught @ Cambridge Brewery. Dark magenta tones swirl throughout a murky brown body with dark blacks and a creamy yellow-tan head. Aroma is yeast, yeast, yeast. It’s got alcohol, prunes, figs, musty old wood, dry vinous notes and raisins. What is this stuff reminding me of???? I had to sit there and smell it for a while but then it hit me, this stuff smells almost exactly like Kuhnhenn Fourth Dementia Old Ale! Which is great. It’s full, pungent and wonderful. Flavor is a mix of sour fruits, dry wood, vanilla, sherry and dark malts. Finish has a big vinousness, a bit of bitter dark chocolate. The complexity is astounding. Wonderfully made stuff, though admittedly not as Belgian tasting as I would expect. More like a baltic porter mixed with a really strong English Old Ale and then aged on wood. Body is not thick and syrupy and though the flavor is full, it is much more loose than I expected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - NOV 8, 2004
One of my favorite American brewed beers at the Boston Belgian Fest. This stuff is a murky reddish brown color with tiny bubbles that serve as a head. Aroma is bready with dried fruits. Taste is tart/sour cherries and grapes, light cocoa, grapefruit and more dried fruits. So complex, you could stand there all day picking out flavors as the temp on the beer rises. A truely complex fantastic beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
DYCSoccer17 (3290) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 7, 2004
Draught. Bourbon aroma, but there are some sweet roasty cocoa powder notes in there as well. Hazy, muddy brown color with a small light tan head. Vinous, sour and astringent to start. Hints of vines and bourbon with some chocolate to finish. A bit thin and astringent. Needs to make up its mind...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GeniusGirl (221) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 6, 2004
tap at belgian beer fest. opaque milk chocolate color... aroma of jack daniels, cocoa, amaretto... had to wait in line for them to tap this... and what to i get ... a strange prune juice lambic... not my thing

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - AUG 28, 2004
On tap at Cooperstown brew fest. Brown in color with a tan head. Prune flavor, and chocolate aroma. Good beer. Interesting. I had two of these at the fest.

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