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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerGod (5249) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 11, 2003
Poured a rusty brown with a generous and light tan head. The initial aroma was sour. Very sour. Almost as if the bottle could have been bad. We let it sit for a while and boy did it mellow out. Strong aroma of fruit with apples clearly dominant. Definite floral aroma and taste as well with a splash of chocolate or cocoa. Finishes well but does leave the fruit taste on the tongue. Not as good as I remember the first time I had it. Hope they haven't changed the recipe.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WabashMan (1012) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 10, 2003
A nice Belgian. To its credit, I first tasted this along with the Delirium Nocturnum. While this is good in its own right, it lost that particular battle. Nice flavor and color, along with generous head, make this a very nice Belgian strong.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dominion (78) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 9, 2003
Nice color and thick head, A hint of chocolate on the taste, good finish nice full bodied beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2003
Light caramel colored, very spicy, nutty, raisin, rum. Has almost a burning spice to it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 27, 2003
Dark brown, whisps of purple and red. Wonderful nuts, cherries, some grapes and bananas. Great full light brown head. New york . . . Who would have known?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
GiddyBoy (117) - USA - JAN 23, 2003
OK this scared me. I underdstood by reading the bottle that it was based on Burgundy wine, but the aroma and flavor were quite overwhelming for me. In fact, what shocked me most was the fact that it actually burned my lips. I guess this is just not a beer for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2003
A sweet, wine-like beer, that has esters of banana. Honey is also present in the flavor. Not bad - very different. A somewhat sour finish was present in my beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
notalush (4855) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2003
Deep red to ruby color, but lacking much of a head. This has a very raisin and brown sugar aroma and a malty, fruity, spicy (even peppery) taste to it. Plums and grapes make their presense known as well. Crisp, tart, slightly dry finish. A very pleasant belgian ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (5142) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 13, 2003
Dark mahogany color, and a friut aroma. Tastes of raisins, plums, bananas, and some roastyness. Long, dry finish. Hides the alcohol taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JAN 10, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2003 12 oz. This is unbelievable. Aroma of fruit candy, strawberries, bananas, pear. COmplex flavor with lots of berries and banana and a good deal of alcohol. Dries out nicely and finishes long. Lacks the creamy palate of the great trappists, but otherwise superb beer. I am certain I will buy this again. Update: Indeed, I have, and on several occasions. I notice a sour snap to the beer that I'm not entirely happy about, but I think on the other hand that the beer is one of the best looking I've seen--holds its thick head throughout the entire glass.

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