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RATINGS: 77   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
blackmetal (123) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 10, 2012
Standard Belgian except for that distinct caramel taste. Original while not a vast diversion.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
matthijs99 (7) - USA - JUN 15, 2001 does not count
the best

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RobertVerloop99 (130) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 17, 2001

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 19, 2005
Light brown head on a deep dark amber-ruby body. Very full taste, fruity aroma and taste, very nice indeed. Berries, citrus, caramel and roasted malts combine to give an exceptional experience. First-class beer, it reminded me of Duchesse de Bourgogne. A masterpiece of a beer. Too bad the bottle was a measly 25 cl !

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (6861) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 22, 2009
1996 bottle at Kulminator. This dark brown beer pourd with a thin beige head and a magnificent caramel aroma. The beer has mellowed very well into a sherry-like taste. Plum , raisin, toffee, milk - complex yet simple.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jerohen (2044) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11680) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 18, 2009
The 1996 vintage at Kulminator. Pours dark reddish brown. With a decent beige head. Aromas of reddish fruit and smooth roast malt. Mild, almost no, carbonation. Near full bodied. Finishes not quite dry, and somewhat sherry or calvados. A really smooth and tasty ale. The bottle was crusty from Dirk’s old cellar. Quite a treat.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bloemart (257) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 6, 2001

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (9876) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - NOV 16, 2000

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 12, 2004
The beer after its defection from the 330ml brown bottle sets up its temporary residence in my glass a luminous deep ruby red with a portly light tan frothy head, and after its erosion, the resultant lace forms a thin skirt to surround the glass. Nose is loaded with the aroma of over ripe fruit, plums comes to mind, sweet malt and a molasses like tone with some peat and smoke a complex nose to say the least, the start is sweet and thick with malt the top is middling in its feel. Finish is stinging in its acidity, the hops pertinent to the style and the 9 percent ABV, leaves a nice warming sensation in the tummy, quite dry aftertaste that sticks to the palate, a most enjoyable beer.


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