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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.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (6734) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 19, 2003
Bottle. A rich dark amber beer with a beige head sitting on top that stays as a coating of lace on the glass. Wonderful to look at. Aroma is fruity and caramelly sweet. Rich complex flavors - honey, caramel, plum, some sort of berry - with a big alcohol warming at the end and lingering toffee/honey.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2003
The scent of butterscotch the taste of congnac. Deep amber color with dissapating head yet nice lacing. Warming leads to honey overtones. Very nice all around night cap on a cold winters day; truly inspires relaxation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crazyvin (1900) - New York, USA - NOV 8, 2003
poured a deep amber color with a long lasting redish/brown head. had a really sweet taste almost of chocolate and hints of caramel.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GEOBRAU (188) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 7, 2003
fruity aroma, dissapating head to very uniform bubbles in lacing. toffee , honey flavors more apparant upon warming. Alcohol apparent. kind of Congnac(ish) to me but admittedly I am not too well versed in the big-belgian brews yet. I like it though.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thehoff (585) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 2, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2003 Lovely looking dark brown/red ale with a frothy thick cream colored head. Smells like caramel and toffee, plum. Great flavor. Bursting with it. I can taste burnt marshmallow, toffee, alcohol. Tastes quite strong and I can feel it in my cheeks after just a couple of sips. Quite nice. I can't believe this is a United States beer. It makes me proud.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nuffield (3658) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2003
Interesting color, with that tinge of red (burgundy if they insist). Visually attractive in other respects, including sustained head. Striking aroma, suggesting buckets of candy sugar, bits of alcohol, but more than anything else a strongly fruity note. I can't quite place it but neither does it seem complex: is it banana-plum? Caramel-cranberry-muffin? The flavor repeats this strong fruity vein, with fluffy palate (lively carbonated but subdued by a rich maltiness). The alcohol can be found, but it isn't particularly pressing on my tongue. I'd like to have this in a blind side-by-side, because while there is a lot to like here, at the same time I couldn't quite find myself satisfied by its depth of flavor, as it seemingly came up short both in the finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2003
Hazy plum color with streaming jets of carbonation and a silky cream head. Complex and pungeant with elements of sweet and sour plums, molasses maltiness, and musty yeast. Smooth but sour palate with some fruit peel bitterness.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
desurfer (1209) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2003
Very dark red body with a huge head. Nose is of candy sugar and malt. Very sweet taste, caramely, that is dry but smooth. Finishes very alcoholic.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kumite56 (469) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - OCT 20, 2003
This beer has a tan moderate sized head on a dark burgandy hazy body. Nice malty aroma with hints of alcohol in the nose. Flavor is complex, fruity, with a somewhat dry finish. I downgraded this just a tad in the overall as I detected a little harsh quality which some others of this style do hot have. All in all a very good beer though.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 17, 2003
This pours with a bit too much carbonation. It has a nice sweet smell mixed with alcohol. It has a powerful flavor but the alcohol is very noticeable. Very full flavor. Excellent beer.


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