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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
   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 (1211) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 13, 2003
Sweet caramel banana aroma.Chestnut appearance with a full head.Rich flavours up there with St.Bernardus:Bananas,caramel,chocolate ,figs and prunes with a little Belgian earthiness and a sour mild hop finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
steview (1019) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 13, 2003
dark, thick, brown chocolate appearance. Hmm, smaller head than I expected. clean, almost soapy taste. i'll let this warm... yeah, I ate those milano cookies on my "warming break." it's much better now. subtle fruits - bananalike. and those damn Milano cookies. i didn't really get much out of this though. pretty darn good, but I prefer others. thanks BierBauch! (minus the cookies)

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2003
UPDATED: APR 7, 2004 How do I love thee...let me count the ways! #1 - Banana, raisins, caramel malt, yeast, grass #2 - Reddish brown slighty hazy with lots of bubbles. Head is thick and creamy and built to last. Lacing is building nicely on the side of the glass. #3 - Fruity and a touch buttery, spicy. Hint of alcohol. Lightly sweet with mild hop finish. Doughy. Nutty. Banana bread in a bottle. #4 - Nicely carbonated. Medium body. Every section of the tongue hit with something and no too much of anything. #5 - Could drink every day of the year. An absolutely favorite brew!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - OCT 7, 2003
Nice deep burgundy color.Malty flavor, and it has a aroma of raisins. Very good and enjoyable. Its good to drink it at just below room temperature, not too cold. if too cold, you will not get the full effect.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - OCT 7, 2003
Beautiful deep copper color with a rich tan head. Aroma of Raisin, Carmel, vanilla, prune, and alcohol. Drank at just below room temp for full effect. Great malty flaver, with a mix of fruitiness. World class beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2003
10/3/03: bottle.
garnet-red body with an almond colored head. nose of sweet molasses, raisins, alcohol and malt. full bodied taste. fruits, alcohol and some sweet and sour. this beer seems to warm you as you drink it. probably a good choice for a cold, brisk night.


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