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RATINGS: 787   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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A rich brown ale inspired by the enigmatic monastic brews of Belgium, and the mysterious mist shrouded jungles of the tropics. Brewed with real cacao, and spiced with cinnamon and sweet orange peel for a sensual delight. A brew to be sipped, savored, and enjoyed!


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kramer (5347) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2006
750 ml bottle, via Dough77. Pours a slightly hazy ruby tinged brown with a small creamy beige head that lasted until the last sip. Lightly tart aroma with some powdery sugary notes, yeast, candi sugar, and caramel malt. Tartness grabs you up front right away, but yields to a nice fruity middle and a dry brett filled finish. A little alcohol makes itself known in the finish as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with fizzy active carbonation that scrubs the palate clean after each sip. Overall, I think that this was nicely done. I keep waiting for one of these "bad" bottles some folks experience, but they’re always awesome. Keep ’em coming JP.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorwart (2424) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2006
Thin head which reduces to a thin foam that remains for the duration. A dance of tiny bubbles on the surface from great carbonation. Great aroma. Candy, grapes, yeast and spices all abound. Color is a murky dark brown with an inner orange glow. So far this beer is starting off great. Complex palate. Little tart, dry, chalky, and roasty. Nice alcohol warming. More vinuous notes along with spices and a little malt for body. Tartness and lingering spices round out his very good and interesting brew. Not the best JP brew I have had but still a very good brew.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (2771) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - MAY 9, 2006
Abbey Dubbel my ass, this is a darker Biere De Garde (if thats even a good category for these beers) like the rest of their beers. Its just brown colored, with an off-white head. Smells pretty much like the Oro de Calabaza but with a it more malt character. Pretty much all the way through its just like the Calabaza. Its not bad but its not a Dubbel.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 1, 2006
Deep crimson, creamy tan head. Standard complex JP nose of funky barnyard and citrus off the bat. Continued warming brings out soft oak, chocolate, cinnamon, and faint hints of booze. More funky farm flavors with notes of orange zest, mellow nutty chocolate and wood, and a snappy bitterness that pulls this beer together nicely. Light to medium bodied, moderate carbonation, bittersweet finish. Just another great brew from this up and coming brewery. Thanks for getting into Maryland. How bout some Grande Reserves now?

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 28, 2006
Cloudy mahogany body with and off-white head. Tart cherries, orange peel and malt in the aroma. Light sweetness paired with some subtles cocoa notes. Cherries, citrus and oak also come through in the flavor. A bit on the funky side with some tartness and a nice dry dusty feel. Good stuff. Thanks rudolph.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - APR 27, 2006
Bottle courtesy of Silphium. Huge chocolate, caramel, and orange peel. A great beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lamas (1433) - Washington DC, USA - APR 26, 2006
750mL bottle. A muddy brown pour with a medium-sized, fizzy dark-khaki head that settles like the frothy top on a cappuccino. Lots of candied sugar in the aroma along with some cocoa, oranges, cinnamon and vanilla extract. Medium body. Starts off with plenty of brown sugary sweetness. Transitions to some spicy cinnamon and zesty sweet/sour oranges. The bittersweet finish contains a good deal of cocoa powder.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - APR 23, 2006
Pours a cloudy dark brown big frothy almond head. First sip is a big sour lambic like bite, followed by bitter orange peel, some sweetness like caramel and followed by slight chocolate. Most of the time it was very sour which overided the other flavors that occasionally came out. Not bad, but won’t get again.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2006
From old notes from a summer tasting. I love their brews so I am biased towards them. When we opened this the spiced orange was like a pot of potpourri was soundly on the stove. This is the kind of brew that after each sip I was sniffing and swirling.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - APR 17, 2006
UPDATED: APR 19, 2006 Aroma is very spicy with some citrus and funky notes and a sweetish malt base beneath. Red tinted brown in color with a firm, thumb thick tan head. Fore is very spicy..almost hot with a rich and sweet..almost creamy..maltiness. Mild chocolate notes..stronger caramel notes and some citrus and winter beer like spices. Has a vinous quality that is more feel than flavor. The body has a very pleasing texture. Also has some toasty notes and some Baltic Porter raisin and plum notes. Just a ton going on flavor wise, but meanwhile the overall flavor doesn’t strike me as a flavor bomb...it’s mellow except for the finish which coats the tongue in the added cacao. It very much reminds me of a cross between Stone’s VE 03 and 05. Ron has brewed up another beer that challenges the drinker.


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