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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - OCT 21, 2002
Very complex and unique. Great fruit aromas. Tastes of green apples, toffee, and as the commercial description suggests--licorice. The problem for me is the hideous finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 18, 2002
Re-Rate 10/18/02: The pour an opaque dark cherry red, the head adequate, but dissipates quickly, leaving skimpy lace. ’Ah! That nose’, malt, bubble gummy, sweet, plummish, quite delectable. Front is sweet, malt laden, the top is moderate, the finish parched, alcohol bitter, masterfully hopped, intensely acidic, but a most drinkable beer that deserves a sample. Ranks #224 on my current 1000 beer master list.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - OCT 5, 2002
Dark reddish brown hue, good fizz and head formation. Banana milkshake aroma, mild hints of toast, earthiness and fruit. Medium bodied, smooth palate. Sweet banana flavor with licorice and burnt toffee imparting a little dryness in the finish. Nice complexity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2002
I just finished painting the wood siding on the front of our house - I’m hot and tired; I reach in my fridge, what will it be for my #500? Coors light or PBR??? NOOOOO.....I decide to relax and savor this thick and vinous concoction. Caramel and sugary sweet malts, lingering alcohol and hops. As I relax and the ale warms it becomes even thicker, hints of plum, licorice and bing cherries. An hour floats by before I finish. Sublime.......

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 28, 2002
Medium brown color, medium head. Rich smooth malts almost fruity. Nice hop signature. Finish is very clean, good mouth feel. Aftertaste is malty. The maltyness shines through on the finish. Smooth taste despite 8.5 % alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
softale (188) - Michigan, USA - SEP 28, 2002
Very dark ruby-brown color. Pour a medium sized light tan head. Very nice nose on this one with cherries, raisins, plum, a hint of some dark chocolate and some fragrant spice. Alcohol is somewhat prevalent in taste but not overpowering. Finish is bitter sweet. Good stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2002
Pours with a very big foamy heads, even when cold. Tastes of bubblegum and spice, a pretty dry and dusty finish. A good US made Belgian, but I prefer Allagash.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - SEP 18, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2012 Cork removal could have been more enthusiastic. Wow! One of the finest noses I have encountered in a beer: loud and round, bubble gum, coconut, light perfume, cedar, fruit cake, fig, ripe plum, banana, subtle phenols, cinnamon, and the spicy alcohol is uncannily resemblant of cinnamon. Pungeant as heck as it arrives at room temp. Soft feel is like liquid silk. Brisk carbonation, somewhat velvety. Licorice notes, very sweet raisiny malt, honey, fig, and plum. Adequately spicy hop finish with nice touch of dryness. Absolutely balanced to perfection. I imagine this will convert to liquid bread within a few years when the malt really gets a chance to show its stuff. Acidity and slightly watery palate are the only weakness here. Pretty solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (9518) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2002
This beer rocks. The commercial description is sufficient. I won’t repeat it. If you like Belgian beer, you’ll enjoy this hearty brew. It’s not Westy Extra 8, but it’s damn good. Hey, next time you’re at the Baseball Hall of Fame, stop by the brewery have ’em draw one for you.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 15, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2010 Licorice surrounds the berries, cherries and black grapes, while earthy yeast acompanies the shy leafy hops in the finish...Rather dry for the style, with ligh brandy connotations in the aftertaste…Subtle caramel links all flavors admirably...

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