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RATINGS: 2082   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 23, 2002
Hoppy malt smell. Sweet, semi-bitter taste with a yeast aftertaste. Drinks like a belgian beer, but made in New York! Yummy.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 23, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2006 Brilliant mahogony color - high rising tan head. Great fruit-blossom aromas, some vanilla. butterscotch flavors, some slightly harsh burnt caramel flavor. Probably would benefit substantially from aging? Very good buy.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
uhorpheus (215) - houston, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2002
Much better than I expected. Fro some reason its Amercan originlowered my expectations, but it was great stuff. Heavily spiced, almost a citrus tang to it like a wheat beer. A little on the thin side, but otherwise very nice.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
freekyp (1475) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 21, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2006 Very winey. Deep copper color with rocky white head. I’ve had this beer several times, and found it to be lacking in consistency. Sometimes it measured up there alongside Corsendonk and other fine Belgians, while others it was fairly medicinal, with sharp acrid tones. Would prefer a bit more consistency.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2004 Pours dark red color. Aroma is fruity, with a hint of alcohol. Flavor is that of fruit, a little roasted nuts. Very good beer, and the bottle is nice.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dorwart (2361) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2002
Excellent brew. Nice frothy head from the pour. Sweet fruity aroma initially. Slight taste of alcohol and warms as it goes down. Slightly bitter finish which is nice. Nice dark ruby color with a little sediment. Great belgian from the USA. A top quality beer and one that should be thoroughly enjoyed.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
PBOYNY (316) - Westchester, New York, USA - DEC 9, 2002
great belgian ale from upstate NY, very, very nice! Beyond description, just try yourself a bottle!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hoorayforbeer (105) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2002
Deep red-brown with bountiful head. Very dry--almost convinced me it was wine rather than beer. Caramel sweetness fade into a malty finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2002
A definite Belgian. Has a dark head on it, but left no lace on the glass. Textured flavor, with several distinct levels to it (chocolate being the biggest). Very dry in the mouth.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 29, 2002
Does it get any better? Huge white head against a hazy brownish ochre liquid. Amazingly complex, with hints of citrus, clove, banana, dandelion, caramel, chocolate, and currant. Top shelf, bucko.


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