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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.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OberonTheifEMT (56) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - DEC 12, 2003
Dark red-brown in color with a thick head. A big aroma with strong carmel notes and bubble gum, hints of vanilla and anise. Slightly astringent for my taste. Good American attempt at a Belgian strong

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 11, 2003
Dark brown with tan head. Big and thick, yeast aroma, malty, sweet all around, hints of fruit, chocolate, cherry, banana. Nice beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tidiaguy (168) - Hawley, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2003
Deep, murky redish brown with a fizzy head that settles quickly. Great complex aroma of appricot, prunes, and mildly phenolic. The flavor is warm,lightly spiced, with major fruit overtones. Rasin, cherry, and licorice come to mind. Smooth on the palate with a nice alcohol warming.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frank (2814) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2003
Hazy red brown, light tan head with a few specks of lace. Nose is sweet with apples and toffee. Medium to full bodied and softly carbonated. A nice dark chocolate note makes itself known in the flavor along with some raisin. The dark malt character could even be described as stout-like due to a bit of roasted flavor. Throughly enjoyable but not on the same level as the best Belgian-style brews.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jzzbassman (1511) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - DEC 8, 2003
Burgandy with a large diminshing cocoa head. Little more roasted flavor than the fruitiness I associate with a belgian, but overall a really solid American take on a Belgian.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - NOV 27, 2003
Had one of these last weekend. Had been saving it from my trip to Indy a month or so ago. Turns out I instinctively saved the best for last. Pours a dark cloudy walnut with maple highlights. The average fizzy rose/tan head is fully diminishing with no lacing. The awesome nose is as close to perfect as I have yet to sample. The cornucopia of aromas includes (but is not limited to) caramel, brown sugar, fruit, anise, pepper, chianti, cola nuts, and vanilla. I regret that I only had one bottle, and didn't have about 8 hours or so to just whif on this bad boy, because I'm sure that I could come up with an infinite number of subtleties in the nose. The balanced flavor is according to my notes "as deep as a pacific chasm - there's a party in my mouth and everyone's invited". The full body is velvety and dry. The only flaw in the palate is a slight amount of cloying quality at the finish. This brew is not a pretender. I would put this on par with Westy 12 and Rochefort 10. This must be what angel piss tastes like.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 27, 2003
Reddish murky brown with a thin light tan head. Aroma is sweet and fruity. Some alcohol can be detected in the taste, but it is more of fruit and licorce. The finish is fairly dry and it feels great on my sore throat.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JFGrind (1842) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2003
Brick red dark color, yeasty aroma, overall long strong flavores strong ale that's a great value. I had a 12 ounce bottle this time, but usually enjoy it in the corked bottles.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
warrior (213) - Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2003
Complex aroma, phenolic, malty and fruity. Nice color and good head retention. Good malt falvor with phenolic slightly spicey flavor. A good complex beer that melds the flavors together very well.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2003 Beer pours (in Chimay glass) a brown-red light can penetrate with medium amount of off white head that dissipates leaving a thin film. Aroma is of sweet fruit, molasses, licorice (both cherry and black). Flavor is of sweet tootsie roll, cherry (with faint black) licorice. Not unpleasant at first, but gets unpleasant as it goes. Not tasty. No hoppiness and definitely not dry. No alcohol detected. Sampled at 68 degrees Fahrenheit.


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