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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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 6, 2002
Best offering in their lineup,why didnít they cave age this????

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2002
Certainly not the best Belgian Strong ever. However for the price, it is a great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
CrimsonGhost1971 (188) - USA - MAY 2, 2002
This beer really impressed me with the head on it. Dark color with very little sweetness to me. It doesnít hide the alcohol though. I need to get a bottle of this and age it for awhile. ;)

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Turbotommy (32) - Westlake Village, California, USA - APR 24, 2002
Really fruity, goes down smooth, but it seems to lack some true Belgian Strong Ale Qualities. Not too expensive, which is a big plus.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PTomkinson (50) - Virginia, USA - APR 20, 2002
Uncorking the bottle releases wonderful abbey style aroma. Great appearance with a good head. Initially has slight apple taste, then quickly turns to caramel. Very dry finish, and alcohol not too present. Could be a bit sweeter for this style.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeM500 (1906) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - APR 14, 2002
Aroma was so pleasant...plum, vanilla, citrus rind, and more. The 12 oz bottle was more enjoyable. I think my 750ml was too young as the yeast was floating top & bottom and the dry finnish wasnít as prevailant. The bottle itself is chock full of info. I highly recommend this beautiful tasty ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 11, 2002
Vanilla, dark chocolate, prunes, orange peel, and anise with a dry warming finish. Itís in there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - APR 9, 2002
It yielded a very pretty pour with a thick, sparkling head. This is one of those beers which gets better as it approaches room temperature. Alcohol came out in the taste but the sweet malts and banana were more pronounced. A subtle spiciness came out in the end. Bits of yeast speckled the bottom of the glass. This is the epitome of Belgian Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 9, 2002
A citrusy aroma with a Dark appearance. The initial flavor is sweet with a floral finish and doesnít last too long. If poured right, it develops a white creamy head, although it didnít last long for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - APR 6, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2006 (Re-rate)Deep ruby/burgundy. Decent tan head and lace. Punchy fruit aromas,hint of banana,honey,yeast hits,alcohol sneaks in a little as it warms. Just a very aroma filled brew. Almost thick bodied,rich as hell. Lots going on here and its strange because it a very laid back brew at the sametime. Flavors of anise,yeast,port,plummy fruit but its all melded together tightly. Finished quite dry wear I get cocoa powder flavors...interesting. Great beer and a fun one to try and figure out.

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