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RATINGS: 2225   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
Deep burgundy color with a big, fluffy head. Complex fruit aromas with a layered sweetness (honey, then caramel, then toffee) with a hint of licorice and chocolate. A big, rich, abbey-style ale that dries out nicely on the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - NOV 13, 2004
NIce dark brown beer with reddish shine and medium tan head. Color and smell of tropical wood. This beer has complex aromaís of soft spices, tuttefrut, plumpudding, orange marmalade and some starannice. It has an outstanding taste with a very complex smooth mouthfeel. In the taste we find touches of black chocolate, orange zest, vanilla, plums, fine Portwine, cake like hints and uzo. In the afthertaste there is a light bitterness of ( Prunacine )= a medicinale plum based sirup.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GoldenSpunky (120) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 12, 2004
Decent beer. Definitely had high expectations becuase of another well known ale from this brewery called three philosophers. This is a rich ale with a strong flavor. I had to check the bottle to make sure I wasnt drinking a double ale. I would buy this beer again. It had a nice dark body with a good head and aroma. The flavor could stand to be alittle milder.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2004
Man, for some reason I didnt enjoy this at all. Somehing was feckin weird about it. Had some weirdo taste like I was chewing on an oak tree covered in brown sugar and captain morgans that had just caught fire the night prior. Maybe I should have poured it instead of drinking it straight from the bottle. I guess I owe it another try, and will, and hopefulyl give it a better review. It smelt nice....I think. Or maybe that was my Marc Jacobs cologne.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - NOV 8, 2004
Murky orange-brown with an orange head. Subtle aromas but big flavor. So Ommegang can do what Chimay canít. This ale had big complex flavors of dark rum and fuitcake (which I love). Much better than the Chimay Bleu which tasted like cheap fortified wine (reminiscent of Richardís Wild Irish Rose ) Yes, this is quite flavorful and delicious. Very nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 5, 2004
It what they say it is. Very large. Red-brown head that sticks around by effervesent blooms that donít go away. Hazy red-brown color isnít quite burgundy, but will do. Nice raisiny or dried apricoty aroma. Big flavor of dried fruit and molasses, keeps on comin on. Beer needs to open to be appreciated. Ya gotta love this brewery, wish it was in Wisconsin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - NOV 5, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2005 Oh, what a great beer! Poured into a snifter, where the head stayed the whole time. Rich, fruity dark fruit taste, hints of caramel,. Pleasant bitterness, not too much. Suggest this beer to all, will try more from Ommegang!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerDude78 (91) - Brick NJ, New Jersey, USA - OCT 29, 2004
Pours a dark brownish color. Almost has a taste similar to Westvleteren. Has hints of caramel, plums,and figs.Head has an nice brown foamy color that sticks around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
frankR (144) - Davis, California, USA - OCT 28, 2004
Dark burgundy liquid pours rather thick. The creamy head lives forever. Aroma of caramel, dried fruit and alcohol. Full, fizzy and dry palette. Well balanced, dried fruit (prunes, apricots) and caramel body. After taste is heavily dried fruit and warm alcohol. Exceptional Belgian strong.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dime86 (6) - Jackson, Michigan, USA - OCT 25, 2004 does not count
Huge head that lingers forever. Sweet and spicy aroma. Color was rich and purposeful. Could drink a lot of this stuff if it wasnít almost $6! Overall - very good , worth trying.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - OCT 24, 2004
Deep, murky mahogany. Nose deeply sweet, plums, sugars, port, and grapes. Flavor is nicely sweet, some molasses and plums, lots of candy sugar. Hints of nuts and mild roasty bitterness, pleasingly fluity and rich, lovely kiss of chocolate at the end. Full and chewy, nice mouthfeel. Definitely a beer that has to be sipped at the proper temperature, sampled too cold it has a bit of an astringent bitterness, but at the proper temp itís just lovely.

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