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RATINGS: 688   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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12% vol.alc. – re-fermented and bottle-conditioned Rich, dark coloured beer, with a wonderful hoppy, floral nose and well-balanced flavours, making it easy to drink


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (13533) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 5, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2008 2008-05-13, bottle at Ris Ras, Århus, 7-4-8-3-16=38
Dark brown color; thin opersistent head. Nice caramel aroma and flavor, round body, sweet, full mouthfeel, a footprint of belgian yeast at the end, maybe not too bitter. Very good.

2004-07-03, bottled 2000; 4 years old, 8-4-9-5-17=43
Dark amber color; poor head. Strong malty aroma, a bit fruity. Very good mouthfeel, full malty, sweet, very well balanced by the hopping; caramel, fruitness, nuts, spices (cinnamon, ginger, aniseed). Ends with a good hopping, some liquorice and spices…
Excellent!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2004
Very dark red/brown with a large brown head. Sweet, fruity nose with grapes, some bready malt, and yeast. Sweet flavor with grapes, chocolate, and a nice touch of bitterness at the end.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lachesis (756) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - JUL 2, 2004
Dark and very dens beer with nice creamy froth. The presentation in the typical elegant Malheur glas is great.It is a powerfull beer with very rich aroma’s of ripe fruits and banana.This beer is also warm in the nose.Very round attack in the mouth with some sweetness and a fine hoppy bitterness.it ends with a warm alcohol feeling.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 1, 2004
Mild hop caramel aroma.Dark brown appearance with small tan head.Yeasty dark fruit, cherry, caramel flavor with some hops and alcohol burn. Sweetish mild hop bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 20, 2004
Pours a very dark brown with a smallish tan head (at least for a Belgian) which leaves a fine lace behind. Sweet sugary caramel malty aroma has a touch of dark fruits and Belgian yeastiness. Starts very sweet and syrupy with some complexity before a warming alcoholic finish. A decent Belgian strong, but it needs to hide its alcohol better and have a touch more balance.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (9651) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2004
Bottled @ DBF2004: Dark brown coloured. Brownish head. Light fruity, malts and alcahol in the aroma. Flavour is very dominated by alcahol. Some sweetness and spices present and some vague fruit notes. Is bitter in the end.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BrockLanders (770) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 16, 2004
UPDATED: APR 9, 2006 I love Belgian ales, and this brewery knows how to do it right. I absolutely love this ale and their Brut Reserve. The color is a deep coffee brown. The aroma is hoppy, malty, and spicy all in one. I love this beer in a big snifter. The taste hits you with sweetness, but there’s no getting past that 12% ABV edge. Yum. The Malheur ale’s just have a very unique flavor, from start to finish. I’m guessing it’s the combo of their own yeast plus real hop flowers rather than pellets. Flat out a very fine ale. One of my favorites.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2004 Brown color with a beige head. The taste is malty sweet with a complex spicy pattern. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2004
Dark chestnut with streaks of red and an off-white foam capping. Sweet, fruity nose full of apples, plum, raisins, cherries, caramel, chocolate, dried apricot, a touch of alcohol and some noticable hops. Pretty full-bodied, especially for the 12% alcohol. The flavors are rather unique. It starts sweet and quite malty before warming up from the alcohol and becoming quite bitter toward the finish. The fruit is presented well and really gives the impression of being sweet, ripe and slightly dried and aged. The hops are present and bitter, but don’t give any of the pine, citric or floral character, they just add a unique and bitter finish. And while the alcohol is present, it is surprisingly unobtrusive. Not the most amazing beer in the world, but worthy of being tried and enjoyed.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2004
Pours deep reddish brown with light tan head. Malty, yet floral nose. Sweet, chewy, raisin-like flavors. Alcohol appears subtly in finish. Will sneak up on you. Good beer.


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