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RATINGS: 2151   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.1
   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.

4
   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

4.4
   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 sautťed in brandy and drizzled with a very light cocoa dressing!!

4
   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 itís 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.

4.4
   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 Iíve had from this country...why donít 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 worldís 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!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
aracauna (3196) - 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. Thereís a very faint acidity underneath the malt.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheTsunami (162) - Arizona, USA - NOV 9, 2002
A dark, rich ruby color. Wondergul head on pour. Very pleasing, fruity nose. Medium bodied palate. very little aftertaste. Worth the $ to try which wasnít very steep at all.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - NOV 8, 2002
The commercial description describes this beer pretty accurately. I thought it was a little too sweet and it had a bit too much alcohol in the nose and flavor. But overall I thought it was pretty good.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2002
This was very very dry with almost no aftertaste. I did not like it that much

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - OCT 31, 2002
Itís odd, some beers I just donít get and this is one of them. Pours with rich, beautiful garnet color. Aroma is chock full of candied a(licorice, toffee, butterscotch) and fruit aromas (plums especially). Some alcohol perceptible in the nose. A ton of flavors battle for the tastebuds, but I think that butterscotch wins. Hops are downplayed and I think thatís what I donít like about this beer, it just doesnít taste or feel balanced. Que se ra ...


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