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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2002
Dark chocolate colour w/ burgandy hue and big frothy head. Quite fragrant: fruity (raisins, dates, prunes) & spicy w/ notes of orange peels, clove, coriander, aniseed. Medium bodied and warming. Sweet malt and fruity (raisins, dates, plums) flavours w/ hints of vanilla, chocolate, orange, and caramel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ARMed (598) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2003 Excellent color with a bubbly head. A good Belgium style ale that tickles the nose. Strong finish with a slighty sweet fruity taste. A good beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 3, 2002
Dark murky ale. Strong caramel taste. Tried hard to finish. Don’t see much of what the fuss is about this ale. Does’nt touch much of the other Belgium ales

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 28, 2002
A great American version of a Belgian Abbey Ale. Everything about this beer was great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2002

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Northernbrewer (147) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUL 13, 2002
This really is a good beer and well worth cellaring a few bottles for an extra year. Additional age shows how much this beer really does stand up well agianst Chimay. Ommegang has done a fine job.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jajoro (11) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - JUL 11, 2002
New York City? What does anyone in NYC know about Belgian Beer? Alot, by the overall experience with this wonderfully rich and robust version. Kudos!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
RAUCHFEST (122) - PROSPECT PARK, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2002
what a beer . great to open several in a sitting you can drink alot and spend a little great flavor and all that stuff that writing about takes the fun out of just trying good beer. i try to find what is good instead of fault

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 5, 2002
Wow! Overwhelmingly rich, which I really like; earthy, chocolatey, vinous, sweet. Hops more discernible than is usual for a Belgian, but this was no problem at all. There was some oxidization, but it was the beneficial, vintage Port or Sherry kind. I had this as my Fourth of July celebratory beer, and it stands as a testament to the skill of America’s craft brewers. I cannot do less than give it a perfect score.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - JUL 1, 2002
Pours like frothy iced tea. Aroma is sweet grain, berries, musty and slightly tannic. The malt front reminds me of sweet Hawaiian bread you get at a deli. Knocked off a few points for an unpleasant, alcoholic astringency.

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