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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 16/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 13, 2002
Looks and smells like it’s imported from Belgium and has the flavor to match. Sweet, malty, very fruity, and suitably complex, this brew hits the spot on a cold night.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - NOV 13, 2002
RE-RATE: No change to ratings, still a damn good beer. I love the complexity of fruit! A bit more of a nectarine-peach flavor this time, perhaps. Outstanding for an American-Belgian beer, the best I’ve had from this country...why don’t some of the hard-hitting micros (Stone, Rogue, etc.) do Belgians? HTOD Rose is nice but not as good as Ommegang. ORIGINAL RATING: Very nice looking in my Chimay glass, and I liked the bottle - the label on the back was laid out like a sports page stat table in USA Today. Deep amber color, nice looking head. Very floral bouquet with some citrus, and the I thought that the flavor was right up there with the world’s finest in terms of complexity - I could just about feel it shifting flavors from instant to instant. I got honey, bananas, oranges, caramel, chocolate, perhaps even a bit of pineapple. A classic!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hoorayforbeer (105) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2002
Deep red-brown with bountiful head. Very dry--almost convinced me it was wine rather than beer. Caramel sweetness fade into a malty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2002
A definite Belgian. Has a dark head on it, but left no lace on the glass. Textured flavor, with several distinct levels to it (chocolate being the biggest). Very dry in the mouth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 29, 2002
Does it get any better? Huge white head against a hazy brownish ochre liquid. Amazingly complex, with hints of citrus, clove, banana, dandelion, caramel, chocolate, and currant. Top shelf, bucko.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
earthgirl99 (25) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 23, 2002
Raisins and rum, port. Gorgeous, classy, rich. Velvet and orchids, oysters and natural pearls. Old money wealth of taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DankbrewedDank (162) - East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2002
A solid product... This belgian smelled like an apple orchard. Many different fruint flavors I cant distingish from each other. Besides being dank, this is cheap

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 24, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2003 Redish-brown color, bannana- clove fruity aroma, light foamy head, leaves a thick lace in the glass, full and chewy mouthfeel sweet caramel candy malty flavor, beautiful lasting finish. Hides the alcohol very well, nice..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2003 gleaming reddness...tan head...aroma was filled with extreme maltiness hinting of cherries..and more specifically cherry twizzlers!!..twizzlerness melts into the flavor and is joined by whipped cream...Ohh baby that's good stuff..This tastes exactly like the following: cherry twizzlers sautéed in brandy and drizzled with a very light cocoa dressing!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
aracauna (3187) - Georgia, USA - NOV 13, 2002
Dark, cloudy brown body with an airy, faded khaki head. The aroma is surprisingly whiskey-like. Caramel and toffee ride over a light burn of alcohol. The carbonation is cottony but not too much so. There’s a very faint acidity underneath the malt.

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