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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 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 (10077) - 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 (8491) - 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...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - SEP 13, 2002
My dads ’house beer’. It’s a great, cost effective to a Belgian Stong. Lots of malts, spices, and flavor. Originally backed by Duvel, Dubisson, and De Smedt, and also an importer via the affiliate Vanberg & DeWulf.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 13, 2002
Sort of a Rochefort Lite (and that’s a compliment, of sorts). I wish that I was better at identifying these flavors (maybe cookie dough?) but something about the nose and my first impressions really reminded me of Rochefort 10, albeit with less oomph. Not quite hall-of-fame caliber (sorry, couldn’t resist), but a terrific pseudo-trappist, especially considering the price. Incredibly, they carry this in many supermarkets here in western New York.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlemishChar (224) - Virginia, USA - SEP 2, 2002
Very tasty! chocolaty and pruney. Best American made dubbel. Fruity aroma. Rich creamy head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - AUG 27, 2002
almost stoutlike head, slight choclate notes, you think there’s nothing there then a wave of flavor hits then vanishes like a cowboy into the sunset, gets more alcoholic as it warms

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LordNeuf (136) - Acton, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 26, 2002
A nice belgian ale. very good head, good form and color. deep and rich and nutty in flavor with a bitter sweet finish. Not bad for a brewer founded in 1997

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dankfor20 (193) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 23, 2002
This stuff definately made for a good night cap. Nice reddish brownish murky color. With a nice head the packed a powerful aroma punch. Dark fruits with a tiny bit of spice. A little sweet but not too much. excellent brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2002
Dark chocolate colour w/ burgandy hue and big frothy head. Quite fragrant: fruity (raisins, dates, prunes) & spicy w/ notes of orange peels, clove, coriander, aniseed. Medium bodied and warming. Sweet malt and fruity (raisins, dates, plums) flavours w/ hints of vanilla, chocolate, orange, and caramel.

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