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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 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 11, 2002
Vanilla, dark chocolate, prunes, orange peel, and anise with a dry warming finish. It’s in there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - APR 9, 2002
It yielded a very pretty pour with a thick, sparkling head. This is one of those beers which gets better as it approaches room temperature. Alcohol came out in the taste but the sweet malts and banana were more pronounced. A subtle spiciness came out in the end. Bits of yeast speckled the bottom of the glass. This is the epitome of Belgian Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 9, 2002
A citrusy aroma with a Dark appearance. The initial flavor is sweet with a floral finish and doesn’t last too long. If poured right, it develops a white creamy head, although it didn’t last long for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - APR 6, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2006 (Re-rate)Deep ruby/burgundy. Decent tan head and lace. Punchy fruit aromas,hint of banana,honey,yeast hits,alcohol sneaks in a little as it warms. Just a very aroma filled brew. Almost thick bodied,rich as hell. Lots going on here and its strange because it a very laid back brew at the sametime. Flavors of anise,yeast,port,plummy fruit but its all melded together tightly. Finished quite dry wear I get cocoa powder flavors...interesting. Great beer and a fun one to try and figure out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 29, 2002
bananas and apricots and very poor notes from the sampling.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - MAR 20, 2002
very flavorful, one of the best american belgian ales. dark coppery color with a small off-white head. complex flavors though the malt is very clear. some indistinct fruit taste present - not citrusy but sweet and tart like green apple or pear. some cocoa, toffee like sweetness on the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 15, 2002
Generous head with a banana-like aroma. Very flavorful and bubbly. A great beer from the hall of fame city.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brewmaster (168) - USA - MAR 10, 2002
Wonderful fruity taste and aroma. Top notch brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
cranesareflying (50) - Evanston, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2002
Another beer in a giant bottle, not too crazy about it either, as it tastes overly oaked in wood. While it had a kind of thick, red-tinted head, and a smooth malt and fruit flavor, it just wasn’t the kind of flavor I like - more like rotting wood to me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shadey (1879) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 7, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2004 very flavorfull, not as good as other belgian abbeys I have tried, but a good one.

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