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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
heemer77 (5297) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - OCT 20, 2004
Very dark brown coloring with a hint of red at the edges in my Chimay chalice. The big foamy head is well retained. The aroma is rich and fruity. Notes of grape juice, port and nuts. The taste is very sweet and nutty. It has some brown sugar in the finish. Also has notes of a little bit of espresso and milk. A nice silky smooth mouthfeel tops this all off. A very sold beer. I think my sample would have benefitted from a little more aging. Probably the best all around beer I have had from Ommegang.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2004
Great taste, as long as you drink it just below room temperature. If it is cold, you donít get the seecondary flavors. Not alot of head out of the 750ml bottle, probably because there is no CO2 involved. Incidentally, the brewmaster at the brewery gives an amazing tour

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GeniusGirl (221) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 18, 2004
bottle. aroma of milk chocolate, roasted malt and almonds... color of a sexy brunette decked out in garnets... sweet taste like an oatmeal stout with hints of licorice and molasses... very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - OCT 16, 2004
75cl bottle, no BBD found. Didnít have much head, but that could have been b/c of the barís glass. Fruity cherry raisin malty nose. Tends to sweetness and hops are lost on me here. Slight warming alcohol sensation, but overall this is a nice complex, rounded Belgian dark ale. Iíd take this over the Chimay Grand Reserve anyday.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 14, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2004 Bottled: at Yiayias in Lincoln. Deep burgundy indeed with a tan head. Aroma is of dark fruit, nuts, and yeast. This beauty has a dominant yeast character that is complimented by the dark fruits, raisin, fig, and malt. As far as malts got this one has em with a metallic taste. Feels wonderful as it bubbles on the palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
burcusabrews (106) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2004
hypercarbonated golden blonde with a thick white head. Very interesting to see the bubbles flow around the glass. Nose of dried apricot and banana. Very deep maltiness with accents of honey and hops. Best of Ommegangís line-up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
An exceptional looking beer. Fantastic frothy beautiful head that lasted throughout the entire session and left an incredible lace down the side of the Goblet. The beer pours a deep Burgundy with hints of red shining through the sides of the glass. Pour Slowly. The nose is full of sweet malts, spices, sugars, sweet fruits...etc. Very complex flavors...dark cherries, sugars, bananas, spices, caramel...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 3, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2008 Re-rate.Corked 750 ml bottle. Pours out in a pale brown amber appearance topped with a rich lasting off-white foam. Fruity and yeasty aroma of figs, sweet cherries, almonds and black currant red apples with undertones of chocolate, mild black pepper, fudge and brown sugar. Full yeasty flavour of fudge, brown sugar, luxury chocolate, almonds and nuts with notes of crackers and yeast dried cherries. Silky smooth body. Long finish of yeast brown sugar, fudge, figs and milky chocolate.Truly a classy brew, if a bit sweet. Another great beer from Cooperstown

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
temporrari (397) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 28, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2010 This beer is sort of a mess in my opinion. Iím not sure if itís changed, if I donít ever get it fresh anymore, or if Iíve changed. But, itís fruity and sweet, sort of muddled. I dunno, Iíd really like to taste it when I know itís really fresh. Otherwise, Iíll just buy Hennepin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - SEP 27, 2004
Bottle. Nicely done belgian strong ale by Ommegang. Complex taste. Just wonderful. I could barely finish it because of what Iíd drank before but this needed to be drunk fully.

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