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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.39/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 492   ABV: 16.4%
Available only at special events put on by the brewery, Deception is our version of a Belgian Quad. Brewed with generous amounts of select malts, candi sugar, honey, choice spices and fermented with 2 diffwerent yeast strains, this huge beer actually belongs to a style that is all its own. Hand bottled and sealed with wax, our 1 liter bottles should age gracefully for years to come....if you can wait that long!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - APR 16, 2008
1 liter swingtop. I think this came from slob. Pours amber with no discernable head to speak of. Touches of white bubbles on the surface, but thatís about it. Smells very citrussy and of dry malt (more of an over the top tripel). Tastes sweet with lots of spicey characteristics and some earthiness on this finish. An interesting take on this style. Alcohol is at the forefront of this beer unfortunately, but the flavors underneath have blended together nicely in this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cobra (1100) - - DEC 26, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2009 1 liter bottle, from my cellar. Itís aged for 4 years now. Sealed with black wax. Poured out a clear amber color,with a minimal head. More a ring of fine bubbles around the rim of the glass than a real head. Aromas are of citrus peel, yeasty bread, clover honey. Flavors are of citrus peel, some fruitiness, and plenty of alcohol. Hops are long gone on this beer. No hop aromas or much in the way of flavors either. More of a mead at this point than a beer. Thick mouthfeel, thinned by excessive alcohol. Burning in the throat, yet smooth on the tongue. This beast still needs some more age on it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ladyhedgehog (34) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - AUG 19, 2004
A pretty pale gold with a small slightly off white head. Overwelmingly sweet. You can taste the alcohol, but it is burried under the syrup that covers up all the other flavors. Not bad, but I had to stop at one. And not because of the alcohol content.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
guzzler67 (1666) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 5, 2004
A limited release in July 2004, that still needs time to develop. Right now, itís a one trick pony: sweet. From the nose to the palate and on through to the finish, the sweetness just totally dominated. Small head accompanied the hazy, orange appearance. I spilled some on my fingers and sugar crystals welded them to the glass. Will they give us another chance in a couple of years?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 4, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2004 Deep hazy gold, lasting off white head. Nose on this rocket fuel is all about the sweets with belgian candi sugar, orange blossom honey, and sweet doughy caramel malt. Thank god I have a sweet tooth! :-) Blast of sweet alcohol gets combined with fuzzy fruit and flowers in the flavors. Full bodied, syrupy, soft sweet candi sugar finish. Still needs cellar time, but great stuff none the less!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - DEC 11, 2003
Peachy gold. Sweet and spicy nose. Huge fruity blast at first taste, but gets a syrupy character that gets a mite cloying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2003
Same bottle as argo0 and egajdzis. Hazy golden amber color. Small off-white head. Very sweet and spicy aroma. Alcohol is quite noticeable. Flavor is sweet and flowery. Too many unfermented sugars, but it has potential. Needs more aging, IMO. Body is syrupy and coats the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
egajdzis (6105) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2003
Sampled from the same bottle as argo... Poured a hazy golden color with a white head and nice lacing. Sweet aroma of candy and alcohol. And overall the taste included sugar, with some alcohol burn on the tongue.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
argo0 (13235) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 6, 2003
(8 mos. old) Small white head atop clear hazy body. Aroma is very sweet (candy sugar, honey), peach, flowery. Taste is painfully honey sweet, with fairly strong alcohol. Full body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 6, 2003
Thick white head. Yeasty aroma. Nice lacing. Flavor is sweet and full. Candy sugar sweetness is just about out of control. Sugar overdose imminent! Alcohol flavor on finish but not overpowering considering the ABV.

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