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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2004
Dark red pour with a fizzy lasting head. Lots of carbonation. Smell is yeasty. Belgian candy and raisin flavors, slight medicinal. Good palate, not dry like some Belgians.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 16, 2004
Pours a deep mahogany with a thick tan head. Aromas of toffee, belgian yeasts,and maybe some sweetness. The flavours are many but quite subdued sweet, malts, toffee,mild chocolate, soft carbonation. This is a nice beer but I've had far better belgians for less money.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skip (206) - Indiana, USA - APR 15, 2004
Initially very good flavor, but it does become overbearing by the time you finish; share this 25.4 oz. bottle with someone! Carmelly aroma. Good head, good lace.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 13, 2004
If anyone stuck a shiv to my ribs and make me squeal out my one and only favorite beer, I'd yelp the name "Ommegang!" (Actually, it would probably sound more like "Ommegod, this guy's killing me, somebody HELP!", but that's getting off track..) Why? 1. It demonstates best my personal belief that the best beer in the world is coming out of American craftbrewers, and the greatest brewing nation, for that reason, is the good ol' U.S.A. If you have a friend who is an import beer snob, loves Belgians, but gives micros the air, let them try this blindfolded and watch 'em eat crow! 2. It tastes so good! Color is dark amber to a rich, rustic brown. Hue of the head leans toward a dark orange, and is mighty and boisterous--I can hear it across the room! Aroma makes itself known from far off, too. It's utterly luxurious: toffee, chocolate, plums, grapes, dark fruit, leather, tobacco, flowers, sugar and spice and everything nice! A thick, musky, full aroma. On the lips and over the tongue, it's smooth, mellow, and extremely flavorful. Warming, deliciously hopped, tingly and enticing. Goes down so nice, and makes you feel good all the way. Everything I ask for in beer, and more!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
obxdude10 (2099) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2004
Burgundy in color with a huge fluffy & bubbly head, very rich flavors & very well balanced, flavors of brown sugar, yeast & chocolate, a bit dry in the finish, a very good Belgian ale

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrnkMcDermott (2865) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2004
Bottle. Must've got a little warm, because this opened with a gusher. Fortunately, I saved most of it. A thin, fizzy head under a dark brown body. Has a deep, rich taste of molasses or brown sugar, with subtle spiciness and tart highlights. Carbonation gives it kind of a champagne-like texture. It's winey-sweet without being cloying, and I also get notes of slow charries and raisins. Pouring in the sediment from the bottom adds an impression of grape tannins. Very finely done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - APR 11, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2005 Nice brown pour with a tan head. There is a nice aroma that consists largely of an apple and fruit smell. Hints of yeast and malt as well. The taste is sweet and you definately can pick out the different fruit flavors. It’s a good attempt at a Belgian by an American brewery. Cave Aged Sampled June 2005. Great strong aroma. Aroma has a very presant wine like, alcohol influenced character. There is also a toffee character; very round and roasty. Dark fruits, earthy, tart and tangy. Nice offering. Rerate from 8,3,7,4,16 to 8,3,7,4,17

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
thegreenrooster (3399) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - APR 10, 2004
Pours a deep brown. The aroma is the best part of this brew. Flavor is like candy apples. Imatation of of Belgian brews. Good but not quite as good as the originals.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ruffian (149) - montvale, New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2004
Brown with red hue. Poured out a 12oz bottle. Very fizzy, the head did not last long at all. Initially I got an apple aroma, a good one though, not green apples. It moves along into candy sugar with some alcohol notes. Lingering dry bitterness in the end. Body is a bit thin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2004
Bottled 750ml shared with the wife - David Copperfields NYC. For me this is too sweet an attempt at recreating a good Belgian beer. The colour is a muddy brown. There is lots of candy sugar in both the nose and the mouth, but it just doesn't seem balanced enough.

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