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RATINGS: 2216   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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nate (4115) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 28, 2004
Sweet malt aroma, caramel and vanilla. Light almond-cherry notes. Cloudy medium brown-amber with thin tan head. Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. Starts with medium malty character, vanilla, oak. Cherry-almond notes, smooth sweetness, light alcohol. Mild sweet oaky finish. Nice light nutty after.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pineypower (3036) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - AUG 28, 2004
O man. As soon as I poured this one out into the glass I knew it was going to be good. A deep brown color with a nice white frothy head. It has a very fruity aroma with notes of alcohol. It tastes very complex with a creamy fruity flavor that fades into a roasty/alcohol taste. This is a good one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mjg74 (2957) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 27, 2004
Pours a deep dark ruby color. Has a big head. Very strong sweet aroma. A little bit of cherry smell. Wonderful aroma. Strong sweet powerful flavor. Some roasted notes going on. Reminds me of some barley wines Iíve tasted. Spicy alcohol finish. Warming in the chest. Good rich ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 23, 2004
Bottled. Grandiose, creamy, orange tinted, aged ivory head, leaving behind thick lace, sitting atop a dark, reddish amber brown liquid that is murky, opaque. Lightish aroma is malt laden, caramel, toffee, alcohol and a bouquet of fruit(prune, apple, pear, grapefruit), honey, musky yeast, milk chocolate, some clove, some kind of sweet roastiness. Medium-full body, lots of foamy, velvety carbonation, semi-dry finish, pleastantly dry, some watery-syrupy character, thus not quite dry enough. Flavor is caramel, toffee, clove, roasty milk chocolate, citrus(orange rind), alcoholic warmth on the finish and in the flavor, bitter finish is roasted milk chocolate, touch of clove and citrus. Interesting flavor an innovative design on this beer, crossing some stout qualities(carbonation, roastiness, chocolate) with standard belgian qualities of clove and citrus and alcoholic warmth. Clean, drinkable, balanced and nice...complex!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sethdude (706) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 20, 2004
Pours a dark reddish brown, with a nice tan head resting on top. Aroma is sweet and malty, apple skins and honey. Flavor is similar to a port wine with licorice and cherries, apple juice, plums, raisins, and cloves. Very dry finish, wood and alcohol notes detectable. Very nice stuff, especially considering the price! My bargain recommendation!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Padron4KM (792) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 15, 2004
pours a murky brown with a huge tan head. Aroma is sweet malt, fruit, honey, chocolate. Flavor was sweet, dark fruits (raisin prune) chocolate, spice, caramel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VAYankee (345) - Virginia, USA - AUG 15, 2004
Pours brown with a tan head. Sweet fruity, sugary aroma includes a touch of caramel and alcohol. Complex flavor includes sweet sugary malt, a bit of chocolate, faint alcohol, light fruitiness and spiciness. Finishes lightly dry and slightly yeasty. Outstanding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 13, 2004
sweet aroma, fresh floral and fruity, brown red color with a gigantic head, the first pour produced about 1/8th of a glassí worth of beer, the rest was all head, so for the next pour I went as slowly as possible, I got about 1/3rd of the glass full with beer before the head flowed over, strangely enough the brew didnt seem overly carbonated in the palate, sweet flavor that is rich with ester notes, hints of raison and spices, slightly smokey and a wee bit chocolately, the alcohol is well masked and tends to sneak up, this brew must have a fake passport or something because I could swear it was from Belgium.

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