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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jgb9348 (4859) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 21, 2003
Dark burgundy colour with a very minimal tan head. Smells of pit fruit, plentiful malt, a hint of metal and sweet caramel are all noticeable in the aroma. Medium-bodied; Carbonated mouthful, weak taste. Flavours in the taste are malt, dark pit fruits, chocolate and a very astringent alcoholic kick. Aftertaste very bittered from the malt and from the chocolate flavours and the alcohol is still noticeable very late on. Overall, a decent beer, but really not as good as everyone makes it out to be (in my own opinion of course). Worth trying, because it is a great deal-sub $4 for a 75 cL bottle! I bought this 75 cL bottle at Wegman's in Pittsford, New York.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ConiseurofBeer (242) - Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2003
Amazing smell. Like a fresh fruit basket. Fruity in flavor as well. Nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 19, 2003
A brown with crimson highlighted foam collar sits on top of a ruby to brown ale, with aromas of dried spices and an earthiness that's hard to describe...so I won't try.(Oh, ok, smells kinda like topsoil and craisins...happy?)...All most no fruit on the palate except for maybe dried figs or dates, combined with chocolate and coffee, with a lingering mocha aftertaste, with a little licorice and yoghurt. Pretty darn good, as this kinda beer goes, but not a favorite due to a slightly too big bitter chocolate component.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2003
Pours clear burgundy, with a light, cookie-brown head. Nose is very malty and bready, with some minute sweet (chocolate?) notes. Flavor is nice and intense, sweet burgundy undertones. Very smooth palate, mild-medium carbonation. An extremely well-brewed beer. I gotta get me some more. :-D

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - SEP 8, 2003
Dark brown, cloudy body with both purple and red highlights. Head is full and is a very, light-brown color. Smells very curious. Its a typical abbey-style with sweet sugars, dates and yeast but there is also pineapple and cinnamon in the nose. Taste is not very sweet, and is pleasantly balanced. Plum, pineapple, and lemongrass come first, followed by generous hops. Mouthfeel is medium-thin and not silky. Aftertaste is raisin, pitfruits, coffee and alcohol. This is a very good beer, especially when considering its pedigree and commonaliy. Still, I consider this is a must try. Sampled from a 750ml bottle purchased at Total Wine & Beverage in McLean, VA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2005 Nice head retention & lacing of beige/tan head w/ murky chestnut brown body. Dark fruit(plum), toasty malt sweetness and clove yeast. Some brown sugar notes as well. No hop presence in the aroma. Flavor is fairly dry, but finishes on a bit of a sweet malty side. Light hop flavor in the finish and a little bit of chocolate and malt sweetness mid sip. Plum fruitiness is farirly evident. Toasty and bready malts intermingle w/ plum fruitiness along with spicy clove and peppery yeast. Finish is a bit semi sweet w/a lasting fruity aftertaste. Fairly dry mouthfeel with a lighter body. I’m slightly disappointed with the body, but it’s minor flaw IMHO; Carbonation is moderatly high and has a great warming alcohol mouthfeel; A really good beer!!! I mean a really, really good beer, especially for the price!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 6, 2003
Ruby, brown color. Spicy, fruity flavors. Has a bit of a warming feel. A nice complex abbey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vector (163) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2003
Garnet color with large foamy head. Candylike aroma and flavor of malt, molasses, caramel, fruits, and alcohol. Finished dry and clean.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 27, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2003 Tasted in DC from Cairo. Aroma has very strong alcohol notes. At first this through me off. The scent was almost like a whiskey or burboun. But, after the first taste, things began to settle down. Taste starts off slightly bitter, almost like dark chocolate. Then, the malty / sweet elements come to the front. Deep dark in colour. Nice light brown head. Very good beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BtownBrewer (91) - Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 24, 2003
I never thought I would like a belgian strong ale this much, but I LOVED this beer. It smelled like a freshly opened package of liquid malt extract, but with a slight tang. Dark ruby red color, thick fluffy caramel head, and a sweet smooth malty flavor. I've never given a 5.0 rating to a beer here before, but this one surely deserves it.

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