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RATINGS: 2164   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2004 Bottle at Monks. Excellent everyday beer. Pours dark without much head or lace. Somewhat tart-sour; malty beer with noticeable alcohol. Upgraded after several recent experiences.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Linc (739) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 21, 2003
Smelling of some strange esters, abnana (abnormal banana) and apple; this certainly has a huge presence but, so does a fat man, who can't wipe his own arse, in an elevator. However, it's not entirely unpleasant, some caramel, brandy sweetness tries vainly to smooth over everything else.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3849) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 14, 2003
2 year old bottle
Pours with a light brown head atop a hazy amber colored beer. The head is quite thick. The aroma; at first I detect raisin and a bit of rum, then I get some subdued notes of sherry. The taste is a bit spicy with some light sherry notes to it. This beer has a fairly good amount of body to it as well. The finish is slightly on the hot side, spicy. This aged example tastes meaty, this would go well with a red meat dish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
flemdawg (541) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - DEC 13, 2003
A truly great beer. Dark red with a huge fluffy white head that slowy vanished to a decent size. Aroma was mainly of apples, which I enjoy. Sweet fruits were the first thing I tasted, but that gave way to a dry, alcohol finish. Really a nice treat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OberonTheifEMT (56) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - DEC 12, 2003
Dark red-brown in color with a thick head. A big aroma with strong carmel notes and bubble gum, hints of vanilla and anise. Slightly astringent for my taste. Good American attempt at a Belgian strong

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 11, 2003
Dark brown with tan head. Big and thick, yeast aroma, malty, sweet all around, hints of fruit, chocolate, cherry, banana. Nice beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tidiaguy (168) - Hawley, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2003
Deep, murky redish brown with a fizzy head that settles quickly. Great complex aroma of appricot, prunes, and mildly phenolic. The flavor is warm,lightly spiced, with major fruit overtones. Rasin, cherry, and licorice come to mind. Smooth on the palate with a nice alcohol warming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frank (3335) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2003
Hazy red brown, light tan head with a few specks of lace. Nose is sweet with apples and toffee. Medium to full bodied and softly carbonated. A nice dark chocolate note makes itself known in the flavor along with some raisin. The dark malt character could even be described as stout-like due to a bit of roasted flavor. Throughly enjoyable but not on the same level as the best Belgian-style brews.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jzzbassman (1523) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - DEC 8, 2003
Burgandy with a large diminshing cocoa head. Little more roasted flavor than the fruitiness I associate with a belgian, but overall a really solid American take on a Belgian.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - NOV 27, 2003
Had one of these last weekend. Had been saving it from my trip to Indy a month or so ago. Turns out I instinctively saved the best for last. Pours a dark cloudy walnut with maple highlights. The average fizzy rose/tan head is fully diminishing with no lacing. The awesome nose is as close to perfect as I have yet to sample. The cornucopia of aromas includes (but is not limited to) caramel, brown sugar, fruit, anise, pepper, chianti, cola nuts, and vanilla. I regret that I only had one bottle, and didn't have about 8 hours or so to just whif on this bad boy, because I'm sure that I could come up with an infinite number of subtleties in the nose. The balanced flavor is according to my notes "as deep as a pacific chasm - there's a party in my mouth and everyone's invited". The full body is velvety and dry. The only flaw in the palate is a slight amount of cloying quality at the finish. This brew is not a pretender. I would put this on par with Westy 12 and Rochefort 10. This must be what angel piss tastes like.

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