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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 1, 2003
Deeply rich and turbulent in the pour, aromatic, with scents filling the room upon uncorking. Fomay, white head, that dissipates quickly and the flavor is something unique in it's flavors of bubblegum and saltwater taffy. Strong chewy hints of of toffee and cotton candy, this would make a very good after dinner drink.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
evinal (48) - Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 31, 2003
deep burgundy pour, with a wonderful complex aroma, green apples, cherries and chocolate. generous frothy head. full bodied and smooth with a bite at the end followed by a long dry finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - JUL 25, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2003 POTENT. This brew will explode on your toungue. The key word here is Twizzlers. Acidic finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (16424) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 21, 2003
Hazy brown-amber color. Nice malt aroma. Good body, well structured, quite sweet in the front and correctly balanced later; caramel and liquorice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5551) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2003 Poured reddish brown color with an off white head. It had a sweet aroma of fruit and caramel maltiness. Definite honey taste upfront, some sweetness, dark fruits turns alittle sour with a malty chewy mouthfeel. Slight alcohol burn on the way down.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 19, 2003
Deep red-brown with thick head and fair lacing. Sweet, malty/fruity aroma. Powerful malt flavor, some citrus fruits. Bitter finish. I think this stuff is as good as anything brewed in Belgium.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 15, 2003
Color is a hazy, brown with red tones and a small tannish head with some lacing around the edge that just wouldn't quit. Smells fantastic with lots of fruit and malt tones, mostly citrus with some melon, grape, raisin, and fig all dancing around with a super sweet malt in the nose thats soft and subtle. Taste is pretty much in your face with a whole lotta of malt thats sweet and lends into the the tropical feel and taste of melon and some citrusy bitterness and vanilla. Feel is medium bodied, silky smooth with a huge bitterness in the end that really soured to much for me. It started nice, but I think perhaps a little more aging would calm the bittery end down some. Not bad at all, pretty drinkable, is darn good and sip worthy as it warms.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
1more4dessert (333) - Upstate, New York, USA - JUL 21, 2003
looks like prune juice, tastes like a slightly sweet carbonate port wine. Definately a sipper. Boy this would taste good with venison, a rabbit stew or other hearty fare. Palate is more complex than just about anything in my experience, velvet to sting to silk.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Wilecat (66) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 21, 2003
Deep color and full flavor. Nice aroma Very smooth going down in with nice head. CAnt wait to get a hold of another one

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - JUL 20, 2003
Brown color with a massive head, and a yeasty aroma that smells like fudge in the oven. Big and breadlike with toasty chocolate flavors, plums and a touch of saltiness. Warm and plenty sweet but not overpoweringly so. The finish was smooth and dry, and I didn't really notice the alcohol all that much. Has the most "imported" character to it of any American beer I've sampled to date. Outstanding!

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