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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 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 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fly (1461) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - JUN 7, 2004
Well, some of my cru (or is that krew or just plain old posse?) didnít seem to think that this was so Grand. I thought it was fair or better. Sweet and rather pedestrian rather than grand.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kevin (2192) - New Mexico, USA - AUG 22, 2004
Damn cloudy orange with minimal head. alcohol and dirty yeast aroma. taste is sweet malt and alcohol has a slight buttery note. the only taste that comes through on finish is alcohol which almost makes me shiver. this is scary looking, but worth the risk.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 28, 2005
Belgian and very strong. Typical spicy taste with massive alcohol burn. A tad light on the malt. Itís nice to see an american brewer tackling this style, as itís rarely attempted outside of Belgium.

   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 12, 2004
Cloudy orange and kind of soupy. I did not pick up too many complex flavors but some came out as it warmed up. The main flavors I got were woodsy and some fruit with a sour finish. Not my favorite.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bier brauen (246) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - OCT 8, 2009
Nice billowy head. Creamy mouthfeel. Unfiltered and that detracrs from the experience. Orange-gold color. Dark cherries, oranges, and lemons.. semi-dry finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
IndianaRed (3791) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 27, 2004
Bottle Pours a clear medium copper with a small off-white head. This dissapears quickly leaving sparse lacing and a thin white ring. Aroma is of malts and caramel. Slight apple/pear fruit hints as well. A little of that belgian spice. Flavor is a sharp bite of alcohol fumes and some apple and malts. The Alchohol is the main player here and overpowers everyone else too much.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
markgugs (86) - Wood Ridge, New Jersey, USA - MAY 16, 2007
from a trade with a RB bud, 12oz. bottle poured into a tulip snifter glass A: I will allow that it was very slightly possibly my glass, but this beer did NOT pour well, very fizzy and 100s of tiny, carbonated bubbles clung to the walls of the snifter. Itís just not a good look for the beer. A 1-finger head from a hard pour didnít last long at all, either. Fizzy & bubbly are the words I would use to describe. S: Initial thoughts are that the beer smells like a bowl of overripe cherries, perhaps fermenting in a glass of grain alcohol. LOL! Iíve smelled superbly-crafted Belgian strong dark ales before, and this is not one. T/M: Okay, while there ARE some initial too-sour flavors (mostly like uber-fermented cherries, as the nose would indicate), the beer tastes better than it smells. Though not by all that much. Itís amazingly boozy, there is no mistaking the 10% that lies within; itís almost to the point of distraction, very hot. I will also allow that this beer perhaps might settle with aging, but Iím not entirely positive the base is there to build off. D: Not very drinkable at all, and not just for the obvious high-ABV reasons; I donít think I could drink a 2nd of these, itís not particularly enjoyable.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
legion242 (2344) - Richardson, Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2004
Unbelievably murky orange in color- looked like Sahti.No head. Butter alcohol nose. Strange mouthfeel. Very odd. Very alcoholic. Slightly buttery. One dimensional.

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