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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
deprogram (115) - Renton, Washington, USA - MAY 26, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2003 25.4 oz. bottle I love Ommegang's packaging, almost as much as I love finding one of their utterly reasonable big bottles in random liquor stores across the US. Their eponymous beer is one of their best, with a frothing amber-tinted head and spicy, aromatic nose. Sweet afterglow, trace of bitter dryness at the end. Extra points for including pouring / glass selection instructions on the restrained and elegant label.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8554) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 25, 2003
Dark amber hue with a foaming brown head. Huge nose of plums. Nicely carbonated with a slikly aftertaste. Flavors of dark fruit, with tones of oak and pecans underneath, and finally a bit of alcohol in the finish. Palate is left tingling, very excited.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JCW (1277) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2007 Reddish brown color, well okay burgundy, with a head that rims the glass. Aroma of yeast and fruit. Flavor of figs or prunes mixed with caramel and brown sugar. Dry finish. Good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BillKismet (3472) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 4, 2003
Poured a gorgeous incarnadine-ruby color, but the brown head was too foamy. Gentle evergreen forest aroma with a slight banana towards the end and a noxious ether presence in the middles. The beer washes over the mouth, drowning it in alchohol that numbs the tongue and teeth like an anesthetic even though the abv is listed as only 8.5%. Banana asserts itself towards the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - APR 30, 2003
Great dark ruby looking beer with elegant, complex aroma. Has a great Belgian style flavor. Great tasting beer. My first taste of this brewer's beer, and I can taste what all the rave is about.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 28, 2003
Brown in color with a small tan head. Smells like soy and plum-like almost like a barleywine. Taste tangy soy and taste sauce.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
YogiBeera (2544) - New Jersey, USA - APR 27, 2003
yummie nose with alcohol, peacjes, candies sugar and yeast. Wonderful dark brown color, frothy head and a liveley carbontion. Alcohol, chocolate, marcipan, malt and raisons are rounding up the taste. Numbs your lips with a medium lasting toasted chocolate taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivo (2631) - GERMANY - APR 22, 2003
Sweet caramelly nose, lush dark brown color and a big tan rocky head. Fat, sweet malt body with tastes of sweet caramel, syrup and dark fruits (figs). Also a toasted graininess in the middle. Maybe some toffee and chocolate? Pretty thick stuff and a damn good balance. A little fresh and rough around the edges, but I liked that.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 19, 2003
A deep burgundy with a tan frothy head. An oaky aroma with plums. A rich flavor with an earthiness, oak and a plum character. A decent alcohol flavor. A little time would make this even better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkover (1527) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2004 Burgundy color with a big beige head. Caramel malt aroma. Flavor of caramel and tootsie roll and other candies.

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