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RATINGS: 2225   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2003
Pours clear burgundy, with a light, cookie-brown head. Nose is very malty and bready, with some minute sweet (chocolate?) notes. Flavor is nice and intense, sweet burgundy undertones. Very smooth palate, mild-medium carbonation. An extremely well-brewed beer. I gotta get me some more. :-D

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - SEP 8, 2003
Dark brown, cloudy body with both purple and red highlights. Head is full and is a very, light-brown color. Smells very curious. Its a typical abbey-style with sweet sugars, dates and yeast but there is also pineapple and cinnamon in the nose. Taste is not very sweet, and is pleasantly balanced. Plum, pineapple, and lemongrass come first, followed by generous hops. Mouthfeel is medium-thin and not silky. Aftertaste is raisin, pitfruits, coffee and alcohol. This is a very good beer, especially when considering its pedigree and commonaliy. Still, I consider this is a must try. Sampled from a 750ml bottle purchased at Total Wine & Beverage in McLean, VA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2005 Nice head retention & lacing of beige/tan head w/ murky chestnut brown body. Dark fruit(plum), toasty malt sweetness and clove yeast. Some brown sugar notes as well. No hop presence in the aroma. Flavor is fairly dry, but finishes on a bit of a sweet malty side. Light hop flavor in the finish and a little bit of chocolate and malt sweetness mid sip. Plum fruitiness is farirly evident. Toasty and bready malts intermingle w/ plum fruitiness along with spicy clove and peppery yeast. Finish is a bit semi sweet w/a lasting fruity aftertaste. Fairly dry mouthfeel with a lighter body. I’m slightly disappointed with the body, but it’s minor flaw IMHO; Carbonation is moderatly high and has a great warming alcohol mouthfeel; A really good beer!!! I mean a really, really good beer, especially for the price!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 6, 2003
Ruby, brown color. Spicy, fruity flavors. Has a bit of a warming feel. A nice complex abbey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vector (163) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2003
Garnet color with large foamy head. Candylike aroma and flavor of malt, molasses, caramel, fruits, and alcohol. Finished dry and clean.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wnp22 (698) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 27, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2003 Tasted in DC from Cairo. Aroma has very strong alcohol notes. At first this through me off. The scent was almost like a whiskey or burboun. But, after the first taste, things began to settle down. Taste starts off slightly bitter, almost like dark chocolate. Then, the malty / sweet elements come to the front. Deep dark in colour. Nice light brown head. Very good beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BtownBrewer (91) - Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 24, 2003
I never thought I would like a belgian strong ale this much, but I LOVED this beer. It smelled like a freshly opened package of liquid malt extract, but with a slight tang. Dark ruby red color, thick fluffy caramel head, and a sweet smooth malty flavor. I've never given a 5.0 rating to a beer here before, but this one surely deserves it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 22, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2005 Rerate: 5-11-2005. 750 mL bottle, snifter. Massive creamy and frothy light tan head with some larger bubbles. Seriously deep burgundy hue is slightly hazy. Cookie, caramel and light nut malt aroma. Perfume hops. Leathery, leafy yeast profile. The main story is the esters though. Grape, plum, pineapple, black cherry, anise, nutmeg. Very…sharp aromas. Not nearly as smooth or enticing as I originally had thought. Quite sweet and acidic (tart) up front. Finishes with less sweetness and a light bitterness, but mostly a tart and sour acidity—quite like cherries. Medium bodied with an oily texture and fizzy carbonation. I just don’t know what’s happened here. I had it several times from the 750 and it was incredible. I moved onto other things and picked up a four pack later on. Those four bottles were all filled with the same cherry acidity that I mentioned above. I figured it must be an anomaly limited to the smaller bottles. Having finally picked up another 750 I see that it’s not. Sad.

12 oz bottle, goblet, 52 degrees. Well lasting, frothy, tan head sits on a murky brown-red body that has particles of all sizes. Molasses, caramel, nutty malts; flowery, herby hops; doughy, earth, cobweb yeast; cinnamon, brown sugar, toffee and maple scents round out the nose. The overall aroma is of a deep, rich, sweet, and complex brew. Heavily sweet flavor becomes a moderately sweet, lightly bitter finish. A nice tingleling acidity is left on the tip of my tongue. The finishing flavors linger forever. Medium-full body is creamy with tight, fizzy carbonation. Touch of alcohol is present. Flavor delivers everything that the aroma promised. The bottom line is: looks, smells, tastes, feels excellent, but alcohol just shouldn’t be able to cut through all of those deep and rich flavors.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FtWorthBrew (105) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - AUG 21, 2003
A great Belgian ale. Sweet and rich without being excessively fruity. Nice thick head with a honey like arouma. Definantly a must try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 20, 2003
I've heard great things about this one for a while(working at a liqour store...)Glad I scored a cool belgian goblet tonight(w/ trois pistoles logo on it) & was in the mood for a great belgian which is what I got.Pours out w/ a nice amber-tinted head/nice lace.Smells awesome/chocolate/licorice.Tastes just as good.Lots of carbonation.Full mouthfeel/nice hops/dry finish/the yeast isn't overpowering(yeah!)I love this brew! & for 3.49 w/ the employee discount(I'm a very happy man!)Highly recomended(reminds me of really awesome barley-wine but not as thick?)Alcohol is quite detectable/smooths as it warms.I personally couldn't keep these around the house to age as good as it is already...

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