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RATINGS: 2118   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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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.


2.5
   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

4.2
   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.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2002

4.1
   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.

3.9
   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!

4.6
   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

5
   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.

3.8
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 28, 2002
I like Oakes’ banana-chocolate comparison, and I’m going to stick with it because I can’t really think to write anything better now. Might be my favorite from the brewer at this point, though I am not their greatest champion.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcalbi (378) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 27, 2002
This may have been the first champagne corked bottle of beer I ever had, some years ago, and it was nice to pick a bottle up recently and rate it. Cloudy brown body with at first was a rather rocky head but faded to almost nothing. No real lace to speak of as well. A sweet candy/fruity aroma and sligghtly medicinal as well. A nutty and raisiny flavor (some anise?) with a strong dose of alcohol and and a bitter finish. Not quite what I remember but still a good Belgian-American Strong Ale


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