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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkover (1528) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2003
I had higher hopes for this one after drinking Hennepin. Not bad, but too much bite for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - APR 9, 2003
Tastes a bit like soy sauce and is somewhat smooth, but the taste is too poor for such a low alcohol level.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - APR 9, 2003
Slightly cloudy amber color,no head what so ever.Aroma is malty sweet,fruity,a slight wine like aroma that seems to peek through,raisin and plum as well.Sweet malty flavor with a caramel tone to it the fruit in the aroma doesn't seem to make much of an appearance in the flavor,with the acception of the raisin that comes through loud and clear.The alcohol seems to be well pronounced through out this brew not real hard core but it's there in the beginning and definately at the finish,along with a faint sweet raisin.I can't say this is a favorite or that i want another one of these but it's not bad but i think i prefer there 3 philosophers better.still it's a nice brew and would recommend that it be tried at least once.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ludwig (60) - USA - APR 6, 2003
This is one GREAT beer. It is too bad the company has been sold to the Europeans; I hope that they do not change a good thing !!! I think this is the best of the three.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - APR 6, 2003
Aroma is pleasantly yeasty/spicy/cidery...Color is a brown/amber with a massive beige head and ample speckled lace...Flavor possesses a decidedly earthy quality that combines the liveliness of unrefined cider with the richness of fruit brandies. The finish is lightly fruity but also dry. This has a "busy" mouthfeel but with considerable substance beneath. Overall, this offers a fine combination of full flavor and body, good balance, and lively textures...Very satisfying.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ericnixon (741) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 4, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2005 New rating (8/23/2003): wow. purely amazing stuff. wonderful rich, deep, and complex earthy spicy flavors. a near-perfect beer. Old rating (4/6/2003): Interesting aroma, with a burgandy-ish taste. i normally drink everything wicked cold, but this tastes pretty good at room temperature.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
roomjosh (2) - Holland, Michigan, USA - APR 2, 2003 does not count
375 mL; just brought into my state. Very Impressive for a US BC ale, owned by Duvel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 27, 2003
Dark chesnut body, with a long lasting head.Good carbonation due to bottle conditioning. Notes of raisins, apricots and dried fruit in the aroma.Initial taste is rich and full of complex fruitiness. Warm alcohol sensations stimulate the tongue in the finish. Very flavorful with lots of character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 18, 2003
Didn't notice the licorice, thank goodness! Rich malty texture and flavor, spiced fruits (figs?) as well. Very adequate commercial description, not as dry as they make it out to be on the finish. Loved the thick head. I've had better belgians or I'd rate it higher.

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