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RATINGS: 76   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - JAN 5, 2003
Caramel, little iron aroma. Brown color, light brown head, large foam bubbles, fair lace. Sweet, few flavors, little caramel, where’s the 9% alcohol? Long lasting finish with just some caramel. Bit boring but drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SteC (136) - Oostende, BELGIUM - DEC 7, 2002
I consider this one a average Belgian abbey Beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
caesar (5123) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - NOV 19, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2011 Dark brown color, with creamy lasting head. Malty, bready aroma. Sweet malts, bready, chocolat, small alcohol presence. Thick palate.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joet (2172) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - NOV 14, 2002
Light bodied, malty, I can feel the alcohol more than I can taste it -- a little burn and pepper, lightly flavored and I’m reaching to find suggestions of graham cracker, citrus and oxidized hop aromas. I thought this sucked and then it started to bloom at what must have been about 56F. More aromatic and flavor detail. Tasty and worth revisiting.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jerohen (1995) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - NOV 3, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2012 Roasty-malty flavor. A bit heavier than the Brune. Re-rate: Bottled (9%), BB 2003 (bottled 2001?), approximately 11 years old. Still some carbonation, small head, very dark brown colored. Aroma of port, molasses, malts, seems a little bit overaged. Initially bittersweet port flavor, but later on in finish an explosion of complexity, raisins, figs, malts, molasses, barley, wow. Perhaps aged a few years too long (especially for the aroma), but at around 8 years this stuff must be absolutely magnificent.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6219) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 30, 2002
Head is initially large, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy dark orange-brown, dense tiny particles, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (cookie, caramel), lightly hoppy (flowers, citrus - lemon), lightly yeasty (mold), with notes of alcohol, bubble gum, and peach. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic, moderately astringent. Poorly hidden alcohol, light/watery, and otherwise unimpressive.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bierkoning (10206) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - SEP 30, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2003 Raisinny aroma. Sweet flavor. Roasted malt, raisin, pear. Re-rate: up a few points. It is a very nice beer, although not very complex. Found some chocolate and tropical as the beer warmens.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skortila (4505) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - SEP 13, 2002
Nice sweet taste, like cherries or something. Dying head, very dark colour like a porter or stout. Roasted malt-sour taste. Soft palate. This is definately a very special brew, somesort of a marriage between a porter and a belgian strong ale.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2002
Have only had in Belgium and it was generally available everywhere. Liked the color, malts and easy drinking for the alcohol level.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stic (109) - Oostende, BELGIUM - AUG 26, 2002
Nice beer. Malty taste, some raisins, roasty. Alcohol very well hided.


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