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RATINGS: 2219   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 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...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
duke33 (69) - Eldersburg, Maryland, USA - AUG 15, 2003
Nice burgundy / brownish color ale with a big head on top. Taste is almost overpowered by a fruity / raisin flavour. I did find that this stuff does get better when cellared, as it says on the bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
sloth (2791) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - AUG 10, 2003
POW! The cork damn near fired out on its own! HEEHEE. Handsome tan/light brown head. Dark brown, chestnut color, pretty. Fruity nose with some licorice and breadyness too. Med/full body. co2 dances on the tongue. Full somewhat slick mouthfeel. Chocolate, fruity(banannas) and dark roasted grains combine pleasently, leading to a dry groovily lingering finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 9, 2003
Dark amber/garnet color. Fluffy light tan head. Smells of dark fruit and candy sugar. Tastes of plums, black cherries and black raspberries, with a bare hint of chocolate. Finishes dry, slightly bitter and astringent, with a notable alcohol presence.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - AUG 6, 2003
Burgundy in color with medium foamy head. Aroma is fruity and chocolatly with nice strong malt smell too.Smooth and sweet in the mouth. Finishes dry and slightly bitter. A great beer for the money!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TomC1972 (4) - Clinton, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 3, 2003 does not count
Poured a dark amber to mahogony with a light beige head of small bubbles which dissipated quickly, but left a nice lace on the glass as sipping. Nice malty aroma with heavy caramel mouthfeel. Velvety smooth throughout with a slight tangy finish. I loved this ale and went well with a hearty steak.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 2, 2003
pretty strange stuff. weirdarse whiteboard marker and amyl nitrate aroma leads into rockmelon and brown sugar flavour, then some vanilla sherbet and aged port woodiness. aftertaste a little sour, reminiscent of stale cask wine. didn't quite come together right but extra marks for strangeness

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