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RATINGS: 2219   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   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 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - MAR 3, 2003
Impressive. I don't know why I was expecting an alcohol-laden, fruity beer. This is a fine beverage. Pours out to a bizarre mix of amber and brown, we'll call it brownber, in the glass with a monsterous candy-brown head. Smell is that of fruit, prunes, licorice and spice. Taste is sensational. A very nice blend allows the malt to shine on without anything, including the high ABV overpowering it. Light fruit, biscuit and to some extent licorice come through. Very nicely done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
tomseaman (35) - Alpine, California, USA - FEB 25, 2003
Not much head, but a nice Belgian ale. A slight bitter after-taste but acceptable. I'll have it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mickblueeyes (106) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 23, 2003
UPDATED: APR 22, 2008 This reddish brown beer has a light brownish head that quickly dissipates. The nose is winey with caramely undertones. The palate has a sherryish sweetness and slight nutty character leading to the lightly spicy (anis?), medium finish. Rerated 4/21/08 Color: Old burgungy with black tones. Light brown foamy head with light lacing. Nose: A winey nose with stewed red currants, faint copper and bready pumpernickel notes. Palate: Very effervescent and medium weight. Pleasant dry tannic notes of old oak and plum skins. Oxidized sherry notes. A touch of maltiness. A balanced finish that is both caramely sweet and lightly acidic with sour fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - FEB 21, 2003
I smell more alcohol in the aroma than most Belgian styles I've had. Appearance is nice, head is slightly more tan than I expected it to be. Mouthfeel is also thicker than I expected. Definitely some licorice taste. The alcohol that I noticed in the nose is not present in the flavor. Nice Belgian style.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jedimasternick (96) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 16, 2003
UPDATED: APR 9, 2003 A fantastic American surprise as far as Belgian style Ales are concerned. It has a plethora of tastes that can only be described as vegetable with a taste that supplements the alcohol content which is just right in this beer. The aftertaste is equally as impressive. Fantastic overall.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2003
Pours a deep ruby color with a big creamy light tan head. The tiny bubbles just keep rising up from the bottom of the glass, I could look at this all day. Initially, aroma is mainly apples that is taken over by alcohol and a hint of fresh leather. Taste of alcohol and yeast with alcohol becoming the dominant flavor as it warms. Dry finish. I will have forgotten this beer by the time I drink my next one.

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