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RATINGS: 2214   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 21, 2004
Bottle pours a cloudy burgundy, large foamy off-white head, good carbonation, with slick lacing. † Bubblegum, bread, and some dark pitted fruit on the nose. † Slight dry wood notes as well. † Black cherry, figs, toffee, and light alcohol on the tongue. † Wonderful body, smooth mouthfeel. † Finishes wet, slightly sweet, with subtle dark pitted fruit. † Quite a treat this one is! † Thanks goes out to slob for the trade!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - SEP 19, 2004
Floral, chocolate, sharp yeast, honey comb, a little alcohol, and wood nose. Dry efferessent mouthfeel with coco, chocolate, flowers. wood, eath, and some bitterness. Finshes with winey malts, oak, and some ABV. Feh......

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
iam (369) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2004
Pours an almost opaque mahogany colour with a big head. Very sweet raisin and spicy aromas with alcohol. Tastes more like a sherry than a beer, and if I wanted a sherry I would have got a sherry. Canít understand the high rating son this one. Maybe my tastebuds were off.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MarkBarnes (407) - Waterville, New York, USA - SEP 15, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2010 9/15/04: Like some of the previous reviewers, Iím really not a fan of this particular style (much too sweet for a hop-lover!), although I can understand how some folks would enjoy this ale very much. Big and hearty with a wine-like character (down to the corked bottle), itís almost a meal in itself. The alcohol warmth was quite evident to me.

Re-rate on 3/30/09: Failed to appreciate this one as a newcomer to the world of "better" beer 4.5 years ago. A challenging, hefty brew with strong flavors of dark fruit, licorice -- and alcohol. A good cold-weather "sipper", although not *quite* as exquisite as the breweryís "Three Philosophers" quadrupel.

Re-rate on Aug. 5, 2010: This has become one of my favorite brews over the past year or so. Absolutely delicious, even on a hot summer night.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - SEP 8, 2004
bottle from 207th street warehouse wow, deep red brown color fluffy head, complex fruity smell,dryish mouthfeel kinda sweet but not overpowering. very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - SEP 6, 2004
Pours very dark red/brown with a large head. Sweet, fruity aroma with some spice mixed in. Dry, oaky, and fruity. I couldnít detect much alcohol. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DiamondD (38) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - SEP 2, 2004
Big, thick, creamy beige head. A Deep reddish black, almost opaque color. The aroma is of one of the more diverse beers Iíve ever had. Dried fruit, coffee toffee, cherry. Almost like some the Harvest Ales by J.W. Lees. but more spicy and hoppy. Taste is very Belgian somewhat dry and fruity. Potency is moderated by the complexity. To be honest I really donít like the Belgian style. Yet this one will bring me back. By the way I never even heard of this company. Who the hell are they.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
garrison (808) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2008 From a 750 ml bottle - This brew poured a tawny, long-lasting head of small-bubbled foam with a complex, fruity aroma (which was apricot-like to me). This is actually a pretty good "abbey ale",and one Iíll mark down to purchase again

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mstockton (225) - Frankfurt, GERMANY - AUG 30, 2004
So very good...a nice alternative (And cheaper) than the somewhat snooty Chimay. Glad to see a nice Trappiste style beer made here in the US.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - AUG 29, 2004
Pours a sky high foamy light brown head on a deep amber colored body with a fine orange gleam. Very heavy and penetrating sweet aroma of fruit, raisins, plum, apricot and oranges. Spices and cake tones also. Very nice, it really draws out the mouth water. Flavor is also heavy sweet fruity and citrusy with a bitter/harsh end and some alcohol present. Nut, toffee and spices notes. An extreme beer, very interesting, but too harsh in the end.

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