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RATINGS: 2225   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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 16/20
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - APR 6, 2003
Aroma is pleasantly yeasty/spicy/cidery...Color is a brown/amber with a massive beige head and ample speckled lace...Flavor possesses a decidedly earthy quality that combines the liveliness of unrefined cider with the richness of fruit brandies. The finish is lightly fruity but also dry. This has a "busy" mouthfeel but with considerable substance beneath. Overall, this offers a fine combination of full flavor and body, good balance, and lively textures...Very satisfying.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ericnixon (744) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 4, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2005 New rating (8/23/2003): wow. purely amazing stuff. wonderful rich, deep, and complex earthy spicy flavors. a near-perfect beer. Old rating (4/6/2003): Interesting aroma, with a burgandy-ish taste. i normally drink everything wicked cold, but this tastes pretty good at room temperature.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
roomjosh (2) - Holland, Michigan, USA - APR 2, 2003 does not count
375 mL; just brought into my state. Very Impressive for a US BC ale, owned by Duvel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 27, 2003
Dark chesnut body, with a long lasting head.Good carbonation due to bottle conditioning. Notes of raisins, apricots and dried fruit in the aroma.Initial taste is rich and full of complex fruitiness. Warm alcohol sensations stimulate the tongue in the finish. Very flavorful with lots of character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 18, 2003
Didn't notice the licorice, thank goodness! Rich malty texture and flavor, spiced fruits (figs?) as well. Very adequate commercial description, not as dry as they make it out to be on the finish. Loved the thick head. I've had better belgians or I'd rate it higher.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Shag (2843) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAR 14, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2004 An excellent American interpretation of a Belgain ale. Flavor is cherries, raisins, and plums. Apperance is dark brown with a nice head and excellent lacing. Aroma is similar to a fine red wine. Now there's more than one reason to visit Cooperstown for all you baseball fans out there!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - MAR 9, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2003 Very aromatic beer...strong grape/raisin tone with a tart cherry character, and a nice floral quality. Very reminiscent of wine or champagne. Beautiful ruby color with a large thick beige head. The flavor was not as sweet as the aroma...raisins, tart cherries, and a yeasty character in the finish. Fine brew, and very drinkable. The bottle emptied quickly!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mpbro (132) - Stanford, California, USA - MAR 8, 2003
(7Mar2003--12oz.bottle) Very nice beer; surprising to see it from a US craft brewer. Was unable to take detailed notes. Sizeable, active, persistent head. Alcohol, plums, vanilla, and the usual suspects on the uptake. Sweet, but adequately bittered. Yeasty banana finish. Perhaps lacking a wee bit in complexity relative to the best. Still, easily in my current top 10.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - MAR 5, 2003
Not the best belgian I have tried but nothing to complain about. Burgundy color with a medium head. Sweet warm fruity aroma, and a sweet caramel sugary flavor. Finish is dry and slightly abrupt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAR 4, 2003
Interesting deep reddish brown color, head that disapates quickly. Large fruity aroma that hints of the strength this carries. A full bodied brew with lots of flavor that is best sipped slowly, allowing to warm. The alcohol level is appropriate, the overall balance is very good and there are no obnoxious spices present. I would definitely have this again.

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