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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IneedAbuheer (69) - Ingleside, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2002
A great aroma with both a smoky and licorice scent. Taste is very appealing with a flavor that is smooth with a nice amount of sweetness. A lot of alchohol is hidden is such a smooth, tasty ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GPyott (67) - Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 7, 2002
Fruit induced and wooden scented, with a smoky initial bite. High alcohol content is hidden by a full body that is flavorful and inspiring to the palate. Lovely amber coloring complements the package well. A GREAT ale for the buck.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
foduck (330) - Denton, Texas, USA - JUN 6, 2002
Woody/spicy aroma. Only slightly bitter, then the woodyness comes through again. Seems a little dry for the style. Nothing bad jumps out at me but nothing very good does either. However, it gets better as it warms up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
k2 (146) - USA - JUN 6, 2002
Good belgian style beer alternative. Good value for the money. much fresher than most of the belgian beer the the us gets.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
crdic (105) - California, USA - JUN 15, 2002
This one comes off as an American imitation of a Belgian abbey ale. Something of the balance and elegance of the best Belgian ales is missing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jaymobrown (1703) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2015 After nearly 13 years, I think I might have given this one short change. The flavor is round and full with sugar, plum, alcohol, bread and apricot. Original rating: A nice dark red color. The aroma is not very powerful, but I think I smell some fruit, perhaps cherries. Dry with good carbination. Tastes of maple syrup with fruit.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 24, 2002
Drinkable and almost as smooth as the Golden Monkey. I liked this one a lot. A hearty copper color followed by a taste of a gentle, astringent Belgian ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 14, 2002
Sweet spicy-malty aroma -- warm and welcoming. Lovely dark unfiltered copper color. Mildly sour, but flavorful with some residual banana esters. A little too sour and in your face for a gentle Belgian, and a little too subtle for a knock you out American.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11818) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 14, 2002
Solid American version of a Belgian. Sweet, fruity & caramelly malty aroma, and yummy sweet fruity caramel chocolate flavor. Dry finish, though slightly astringent. Quite a delight.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - JUN 9, 2002
Complex, fruity dark ale with amazing smoothness and drinkability. A trifle sweet perhaps as are N. American Belgians in general, but undeniably fresh tasting, and clean.

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