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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.58/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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A dark strong Belgian ale brewed with Belgian candi sugar and wildflower honey, aged on Syrah, Cabernet, Zinfandel, and Merlot oak barrels.


Jesterdeal's rating

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jesterdeal (1887) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 14, 2013
Aroma of tart red wine vinegar, sugared plums, and slight chocolate. Pours deep black red with a small film. Taste is an interesting blend. Subdued vinegar notes, dark fruits, plum and slight cane sugar. No bite whatsoever and very pleasant.


3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Travlr (11932) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 28, 2014
Bottle. Clear brown color, large beige head. Aroma of light berries, vinegar. Taste is tart berries, sweet caramel.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 14, 2014
Big bottle. When we popped it, it foamed and foamed and foamed. Super carbonated and aroma of pennies and fruits. After the carbonation blew off the aroma was fruitier and more oaky and winey. Flavor was fresh red wines, oaks and belgian spices. Medium light body and medium sweetness. This definitely has some issues but worked out for the best I think.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SSSteve (3773) - - FEB 13, 2014
750ml bottle. tart metallic aroma. coiny. red wine notes. enormous head. very dark...near black. chocolate notes with red grapes. big foamy mouthfeel. flavor is much better than aroma.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 9/20
rolltideroll (20) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 12, 2013
Pours dark like a cola. A bit overly sweet, but the smoothness is impressive. No hint of the high abv. Nice Belgian style beer!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sperine (283) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2013
On tap at Capone's in Norristown, PA. A very unique brew with a huge punch of various flavors. It may almost have too many different flavors, and almost tastes chaotic. Works for the most part though.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alobar (2781) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2013
Dark brown pour with an off-white fizzy head. Aroma of plum,cherry, candii sugar, and oak. Dark fruit flavor with wood, honey, and merlot. A bit tart. Improved as it warmed.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (11095) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Capped 750 from Beachbum25. Many thanks for this. Pours very dark brown with a foamy/fizzy light tan head. The aroma suggests a moderate flemish ale. Hints of sour. Hints of oak. Vinosity. Med + body. Flavor is dark fruit and malt, vinous, oaky, astringent, somewhat earthy/sour. This finishes extremely tasty. Excellent ale.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2013
Thanks, Chris. Nose has mild dark fruits. Flavor is pushed through by excessive carbonation. Mild roast in the background. A bit thin.

2.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NikkTwist (1627) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2013
Draft at Eulogy. Dark cloudy ruby pour with a foamy tan head. Very little aroma. Tastes like an otherwise standard malty brown ale that has a lot of wine barrel flavors. Slight Brett. The mix is interesting but not good. I have had, and liked, wine barrel aged beers before (Jolly Pumpkin springs to mind) but this one just does not work for me. Feels like a half and half with a table red.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AdamJackson (2626) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 18, 2013
Poured a big head of brown. faded slowly. Big yeasty sweet nose, hint of oak. Taste is obviously a strong ale. Nice resiual sweetness, sticky caramel but overall a weak and thin finish. Lacks complexity and it’s a shame this is a 750..it’s just very large.


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