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RATINGS: 2170   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 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jercraigs (8666) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2004 12. oz bottle. Dark brown with ruby tinges around the edges. Good size tan head. Slightly vinuous alcoholic notes in the aroma overlay the malt. First impression was of sweet malty molasses which fades into the background somewhat as the full boidies alcohol asserts itself. Interesting finish and aftertaste with some lingering dark fruits. Palate is quite nice. Good beer well deserving of the re-rate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClarkVV (4346) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 10, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2007 Deep black cherry/brown color. Smells of strong fruits. Initial taste is heavily fruity and clears a bit, narrowing off into a bit more astringent palate. It had plenty of body and was overflowing with ripe fruit flavors, cherry being the most prominent, while plum and almost a blueberryish flavor contributed as well. Finishes with some yeast and sweetness and a little exra malt that is almost slightly bitter. This, like Trois Pistoles, is a beer I keep coming back to, I dont know what exactly it is, maybe my inexperienced Belgian palate, but I have found that these rounder, less astringent belgians are more in line with the typical anglo-american beer palate. Anyways this is good stuff. Rerate. Been a while since I had it, so I tried it again. Great pour, opaque, lots of beige head, lacing. Aroma is pretty decent, plums, alcohol, raisins, slight tart cherry. Flavor begins with brown sugar and dry plums, good amount of malt. Dries out towards the finish, which is a bit too astringent, while the alcohol is quite apparent. Still, a high quality brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 8, 2003
"Sex and beer, Sex and beer are the two things we hold dear. Sex and beer, Sex and beer are the things we like 'round here" - Pat McMurdy, Summerfest, 2003

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bowen008 (134) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2003
Really sweet. Fruit abound and yes cherry is prominent. If you like them sweet this is it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
guzzler67 (1570) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 29, 2003
Big ole head on this one, with good lacing. Deep red color. Malty, fruity, yeasty nose. Fruity, especially cherry, somewhat sweet taste (although it was not cloying). Tart, sweet finish. Pleasant, dry aftertaste. More complex than your average brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 27, 2003
First had this at my uncle's wedding last summer. It was in the smaller capped bottles. Tan, creamy head with a yeasty aroma, sweet. Alcohol is fairly noticable. Overall, fairly sweet. A tasty representation of the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ivan9856 (189) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 25, 2003
I sampled the corked, 25.4 oz bottle conditioned variety. This is a deep brown-red ale with a vast, mostly dissipating but nicely laced, tan colored head. There is a strong aroma of dark-roasted malt, overripe cherry or raisin and raw alcohol. The initial flavor is quite sweet, almost like a port wine. Cherry, raisin and other fruit flavors dominate the short, somewhat coarse palate; nice carbonation. There is little noticeable hop flavor, but the finish is quite dry due to the strong presence of alcohol at the back end. Overall, a very agreeable interpretation of a Belgian strong ale somewhat compromised by the short palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jjw2000 (72) - USA - JUN 18, 2003
Deep ruby color with a substantial and lingering light tan head. Rich aroma of yeast, alcohol, and sweet fruit. Smooth flavor of sweet fruit (apples, plums, raisins) in which alcohol is detectable but not overwhelming. Mildly spicy also. Finish is similar with the yeast becoming more noticeable and a warming effect from the alcohol. Mouthfeel is somewhat light and well-carbonated and coats the mouth thinly.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JMerritt (1894) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2003
Beautiful murky brown. Tan head is massive and long lasting. Musty, yet weak aroma is dominated by ripened fruit. Robust, complex flavor: licorice, plum, beet sugar. Alcohol is prevalent, especially in the finish. Carbonation is a tad too high for my tastes, but it it still a quite enjoyable brew.

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