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RATINGS: 151   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Intensely fruity and complex Belgian-stlye ale. This special beer is brewing art from start to finish. A full mash tun of malted barley is required to reach the high gravity required for this style, along with a high percentage of a special classic Belgian-style malt. Noble hops are added sparingly to the kettle. During the long boil special kettle sugars are added in the Belgian tradition which lend unique flavors in the fermenter. A classic Belgian yeast strain is pitched and the long fermentation is monitored closely as the flavors develop. The beer is then chilled and aged before being kegged and bottled.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2004
Hazy caramel with little or no head. The intense, sweet aroma ushered in the first beer I can remember that dramatically benefitted from breathing. The overpowering spices, sticky caramel and ripe fruit mellowed after about 10 minutes. Licorice, alcohol, mango, thick, doughy bread, alcohol and several other things I can't place. A moderate body that starts full and ends abruptly. The flavor is sweet and spicy with little else. The yeast and alcohol are probably pretty strong, but I seem to miss it every time. Maybe some age would help this, but I'm not totally convinced. This is definitely worth trying, just for a whole new experience.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 23, 2004
750 ml [wedged plastic cork, what a pain]: a dark orange murky liquid. . .medium sized white bubbles that explode into a thin film. Strong apricot, peach and strawberry alcohol laced aroma. A light hop bitterness also addresses the nose with dry pine needles and orange rinds. Thick, fleshy mouth feel that is overly juicy. An off-fruity bitterness that contains sour blood oranges, pineapple, and tangerines. Long, gooey caramel finish with a slight alcohol burn. A truly interesting and unique beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (9150) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 24, 2004
10% ABV Medium caramel and copper color, with a slightly caramel colored head which dies quickly. Spiced apple, cherries and honey dominate the aroma. Flavor is spicy apples and other sweet fruit, with some alcohol evident midway through. Finish is a cloying fruit flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TAR (2692) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - JAN 23, 2004
750 ml: Clear rufous. Sparse light caramel ring of bubbles. Peculiar aroma of fennel and rotted fruits. Mild vinegar and candy sugar touched with sweet malts and faint herbal hops. Minuscule carbonation. Thick yet delicate body. Predominantly sweet at the start with candy sugar and syrupy malts. Trace bubbles temporarily offset the sweetness to keep it drinkable. Mild acidity and chewy rotted fruitiness appear as the body continues to thicken, making it seem more cloying than it actually is. Lemon oil and tangy raisin flashes emerge amid steeped cherries and rich plums. Finishes with elevating medicine, fennel, and sweet malt notes as the spicy alcohol dries it out a bit. Lingering sugar-doused dates and candy sugar. A bizarre breed, indeed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2004
Wonderful floral, spicy aroma. Addition of the yeast from the bottle to the glass adds a fullness that makes it seeem complete. Hops are gentle but there, honey and candy sugar also are present. Color is a deep orangey-gold. Clear as a bell until I added the yeast at the bottom of the bottle, which makes it pleasingly cloudy. Light carbonation and thin white head. My label says 10% abv. Well, now it's time to taste this gem....Big full body, coats the tongue and mouth. Very fruity and citrusy. Light to begin with then the alcohol and hops (alcohol, mostly) comes in for the finish. This definitely tastes Belgian, a good strain of yeast was used here. Mine is from a 12 ounce capped bottle. I'm sure this would be better from a 750 ml corked bottle or better yet cask conditioned, fresh from the brewery on a delightful spring day instead of a cold January day in Minnesota. Wonderful beer, nonetheles.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2003
Holy shit they need to go to a regular cork instead of this plastic crap,mine was so jammed in there i could hardly get it out.Brownish/orange color.Small white head that faded fast living only a small mountain in the center of the glass.Malty caramel aroma with a light fruit and hops presence,slightly sour as well.Sour taste with a malty molasses like hint as well.The hops manage to come through quite well and the fruit is mild at best,or it could just be sour fruit in the taste which would make more sense i guess.The flavor kind of grows on you after it warms a bit.The finish is fruity sour and mildly hoppy with a mild alcohol burn going down.Not a bad brew but could use a little work,like get a better frickin cork for this stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
baobubba (454) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - SEP 4, 2003
Amber with a slight haze and an inactive head. Roasted marshmallow, spice, and light citrus on the aroma. Semi-sweet, alcoholic flavor with a sour finish. Seems a little thin. Good but weak.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - JAN 7, 2003
Thin head and a burning amber color. fruit and burn sugar in the nose with some alcohol. Cloyingly sweet with peppery notes and a little fruit and wood. But for the most part, sugar and alcohol. Prehaps after some ageing...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rich42 (128) - USA - SEP 25, 2002
wow - over the top. belgian candy sugar, smoke, bit of meatiness. really funky stuff without being that fruity. a bit on the thick side but not too syrupy. relitively little malt or bitterness. reddish amber color. mine said 10% on it - seems about right. I love the way dick’s puts a little stick-on label on each bottle - suggests - "this is what we brewed this week - and it came out to X% alchohol" can’t believe this was $1.59 for a bottle. wonderful stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillKismet (3863) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 30, 2002
Beautiful amber color, well carbonated with a continual upfeed of bubbles and having a perfect head. This beer has a smell that is decidedly yeasty with grainy and cherry components as well. As far as mouthfeel is concerned, this beer is far less carbonated than the appearance would indicate--having a rather syrupy texture. This belgian ale has rich winy taste with a gin and raisin spike. A belgian ale for sure--but somewhat uneven.

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