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RATINGS: 843   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2006
Bottle. Another very tasty beverage from JP. This pours a somewhat muddy, medium brown. Fair bit of head. Aroma is sweet, malty and a little spiciness. Flavor is surprising reminisent of a Flemmish sour. Not in a bad way, yet unexpected. There is a trace amount of chocolate flavor, with some spices and citrus. Very good beer. Highly recommended

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 15, 2006
750mL bottle. Murky orange-brown with a large rocky light brown head. Acetic tartness and some phenol in the aroma with a caramal and raisin underpinning. Ruddy malts and a chocolate flavor fight with a dominant tartness and mild musty and phenolic character. Deep earthen chocolate flavor manifests in the finish, lingering longer than the puckering tartness and faint astringency. Mouthfeel is a light medium, somewhat dry.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
guzzler67 (1664) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 2, 2006
Cloudy, medium brown appearance with a large, off white head and good lacing. Yeasty, spicy, sour cherry aroma with a hint of the orange peel mentioned in the commercial description lingering in the background. My humble palate is constantly finding new things to discover in this beer. My first thought was to compare it to a Flemish sour. Then the issue of balance came into play; not malt and hops as much as subtle sweetness, spicyness and sourness. I needed the complexity of this brew after a string of bland, uninteresting warm weather offerings. From the amazing nose to the long lasting, ever changing, lingering finish, I loved this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpringsLicker (3454) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 27, 2006
Pours with a dark murky brown. The light tan head is very creamy and the tight bubbles remain long after the pour. Small peaks build slowly. A fermenting sour apple aroma comes from this one. The flavor is tangy/sweet sour apple and brown sugar caramel. Tangy dry finish. This turns Unibroue Éphémère Apple into a beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 24, 2006
"Poured a medium brown color with solid head but not much lacing. Aroma was of spices and lemon/lime maybe, vanilla was in the background. Flavor was hence a sour first taste and sweet on the aftertaste very different very different for this style. Okay"

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUN 19, 2006
A rich, red color with orange/brown yeast in the glass at the first pour on an undisturbed bottle with a tan head and fat bubbles rising underneath in an aggressive carbonation. A definite tartness to the nose that shows an aged, rounded vinegar and some caramel with some yeast fruitiness. The flavor shows more Brett/Lambic bubblegum that the vinegar in the nose, but both are there. They are the dominating flavor in this beer but are not overwhelming and are beautifully balanced and softened by the sweet, caramelly malt. There is also a touch of tobacco and a unique, oily character to this beer but it is not offensive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sloth (2807) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUN 18, 2006
Medium sized light brown head, fair retention, little lace. A very hazy brown colored brew, one murky little critter. Nose of caramel at first with licorice, plum and a touch raisiny. Body is med/full with a lovely creamy texture backing the gently aggressive carbonation. Caramel, light chocolate and spice flavors, fruity, dark malts, hints of licorice, cocoa and a small shot of coriander also. Lightly dusty and earthy notes lie underneath it all. Finish is lightly sweet and fruity. Me like! Props to Robert @ SLL for this one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eaglefan538 (3027) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 17, 2006
Poured a solid brown color with a tan-white head that was very persistent, never went away. Lacing was solid, no rings, but lots of drooping lines of lace. The aroma was of limes, spicing (those two together musta been the level of cacao), some cinnamon, some vanilla, and oranges. The flavor followed suit with a sweet-sour aspect that normally doesn’t please me. However, the combination of everything in this one was quite enjoyable, although a little over-spiced to be excellent. Very not your typical dubbel, but as a belgian-esque brown ale, darned dandy. Mouthfeel was moderate to thick for the style, creamy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 17, 2006
(props to doclock for hooking this up)dark brown body with a nice thick brown head that left huge webbing as it sat.aroma and flavor mixed up bretts,brown sugar,cherry,apple,and spice.im really diggin’ on the j.p. brews right now.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUN 8, 2006
Sampled at Mike & Molly’s (Champaign, IL) thanks to Tom (siodhachain). Cloudy dark brown with a nice beige head. Aroma of chocolate, orange zest, cinnamon, caramel, vanilla, anise. Medium body, light carbonation. Some sweetness in the flavor, evidence of the spices, notable alcohol, and a touch of chocolate. Not a style I care for but this was very nicely done.

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