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RATINGS: 2163   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   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 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 (3533) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tpoid (25) - Boynton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 1, 2004
deep color w caramel head that held the entire time. Fruity, very tasty. You want to drink this slowly and taste all the nuances.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - MAR 30, 2004
Very fruity, malty aroma, cherry, spices. Nice head that is decently lasting, nice ruby coloration. Nice complex fruits, pretty smooth, pretty good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 29, 2004
750 mL Bottle, 3/29/04. Glorious rich ruby-brown, cloudy, syrupy pour. Massive brown head that fades, but a fine coating head lingers. Aromas burst of rich, ripe fruits - cherries, blueberry, apple. Nutmeg and sherry. Smells a tad barley-wine-ish. Flavor has initial metallic tang, but that leaves with the head and chil and is never noticable on the nose. Simple malts are the name of this beers game, but full and delicious. Fruits are lost in the flavor but for some raisin, plum that emerge with temperature. This beer really mellows and improves as it warms. Fantastic! Around 60F+ it is all Toffee, chocolate, and port...yumm!! The palate is smooth, thinner than expected. Not sweet of cloying as I feared, but a balancing tingly carbonation that excites the mouth. The finish is rather abrupt and dry. Some hops bite closes the deal nicely. Another great experience form Ommegang.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
screigh (511) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 27, 2004
Poured with a strong large head. The head has lasted an entire glass but zero lacing. No much aroma to my nose. I get a very fruity, almost wine like taste at first. While this brew is good it isn't really my style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 23, 2004
Dark dark ruby, lovely little bubbles in the head, and scents of apples. Props to America for this one, which as the last beer of the night, really did me in.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhrankSlovacek (54) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 18, 2004
Pours murky, dark brown, with thick tan head.Fruity, spicy aroma. Sweet and fruity up front. A bit of spice and carmel through the middle, and a rich smooth finish. Good lingering palate. Its pretty good.

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