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RATINGS: 785   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!


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - MAR 1, 2006
A hazy dark brown beer with a foamy tan head. Belgian style sweet malt and fruit aroma with some alcohol present. Flavor of cake, malt with a vinous edge and some alcohol. Foamy mouthfeel. Nice but a bit too sharp.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2006
on tap- MI brewer’s guild fest, winter-06- Dark brown pour with slight haze and a thin beige ring atop. Yeasty spice aromas are first and foremost, with smoked brett and dark cherries. Sour cherry flavours with spices and an earthy yeastiness. Tart finish with some sweet malts towards the very end. Good!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Goblincat (386) - Westland, Michigan, USA - FEB 26, 2006
Deep brown in color with a light tan head. Very spicy and fruity nose, maybe a hint of malt. Clove taste is strongest, with spice and orange peel coming through. A nice offering.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2006
750ml bottle thanks to Styles: Bottle opens without much hiss, which makes me worried that it’s lost its seal. But no, it pours with plenty of carbonation foaming to a medium tan head that is thick, tight, and creamy. The head slowly fades, unwilling to totally relinquish the surface. Body is an opaque, murky unexciting brown that shines a bright medium amber-ruby color when held to light. Light hints of funky yeast and old barrel start the aroma off then step back allowing mulled apple cider and medium malt notes to take over. Subtle notes of plum, light hay, sweet syrupy anise (but without the spice), hints of orange (though not as much as I would expect based upon the advertised ingredients), and finally some alcohol comes through when swirled. Overall the aroma is not very assertive and I really have to work hard to get anything. Lightly acidic and sweet initially, flavors of bitter orange zest, cinnamon, plums, fruity yeast, mild esters, dusty grains, a hint of chocolate powder, a touch of roast, hints of weathered charred oak, and just a tiny touch of port with coffee towards the end. Finishes with some retronasal hops, a light alcohol burn, and hints of well aged barrel but really without any real flavors - just a strange bitterness. Medium bodied, medium-lively carbonation, feels a bit watery at times.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - FEB 17, 2006
Upon taking in the aroma there is a mulled coffee that greets the nose. A mixture of spices cinnamon, orange peel, along with a roasted coffee can be noticed. The color is a reddish brown with a tan head. The flavor is a combination of dark fruits, cinnamon, orange, and malty sweetness.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anders37 (18758) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 1, 2006
Bottle. Dark reddish colour with a tan head. Aromas of malt yeast and dark fruits. Malty flavor with chocolate and dark fruits. Hints of spices and alcohol in the finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2006
Deep reddish colour with a tan head. Malty dark fruit sweet aroma with an anise spicyness. Mlaty and sweet flavor with an anise spicyness and a dry finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (22603) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2006
Bottle. Clear red coloured with a beige head. Aroma of malts, yeast, alcohol and fruits. Flavour of malts, fruits, yeast and hops.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2006
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Dark fruits, chocolate aroma and a light roasted, dark fruits, chocolate taste. Medium body with a sweet dry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JAN 30, 2006
750ml fresh from brewery - Aroma is sweet, chocolate, grape, cinnamon, yeast and hops. Pours solid brown with small head and good lacing. Flavor matches aroma with a bit more roastiness. Palate is smooth and creamy. A delicious brew.


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