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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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
baseballguy (246) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 14, 2001
A most satisfying brew for my 100th. Why do I like the raisiny flavor here when I hate raisins?

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heykevin (1275) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - DEC 13, 2001
Definitely quite a bit of liquorice and candi sugar in both aroma and taste. Faint sourness is present. Quite pleasant, but not terribly complex. That said both a value in terms of price and as a document to the American take on a belgian style.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2001
Great color and fruit (raisin, banana) aroma. Tasted of raisins, bananas, and a slight hint of caramel. Quite nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2001
I’m updating this due to the fact that I tried this again and I think my palate has developed a bit more since the original rating. Fruity aroma (banana, pear) with banana dominating. Sweet, malty, slightly sour with a complex flavor character. Ruby red with a large, rich head that didn’t have as much staying power as I might have liked. Very tasty.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
40oz (181) - Newport Beach, California, USA - NOV 26, 2001
Fruity aroma with a thick shiny head. Sweet, toasty, woody, caramel, port like taste with a slight bitterness. Very heavy bodied, excellent sipping beer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Balthazar (86) - Clinton, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 22, 2001
Volgon tells me this is the best beer I’ve ever had... He seems to know about good beer... I only know bad beer ;)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 11, 2001
Hard because I had it beside Rochefort 10. Quite spritzy, but some fruity, yeasty tastes.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 4, 2001
This was one of the best aromas i have ever come across. like a raisin/bannana pie or something. Just amazing. Great malty flavor as well. Who knew a beer like this could come out of New York?

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dins (266) - Texas, USA - OCT 30, 2001
Excellent. In same league as Unibroue and rather a lot of the Belgian Belgians.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tourette (210) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 24, 2001
This is excellent, when taken in context. Somewhere between a wine and a beer. :) Its a bit too fruity and sweet for my tastes, but still really good.


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