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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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2002

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Northernbrewer (147) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUL 13, 2002
This really is a good beer and well worth cellaring a few bottles for an extra year. Additional age shows how much this beer really does stand up well agianst Chimay. Ommegang has done a fine job.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jajoro (11) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - JUL 11, 2002
New York City? What does anyone in NYC know about Belgian Beer? Alot, by the overall experience with this wonderfully rich and robust version. Kudos!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
RAUCHFEST (122) - PROSPECT PARK, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2002
what a beer . great to open several in a sitting you can drink alot and spend a little great flavor and all that stuff that writing about takes the fun out of just trying good beer. i try to find what is good instead of fault

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 5, 2002
Wow! Overwhelmingly rich, which I really like; earthy, chocolatey, vinous, sweet. Hops more discernible than is usual for a Belgian, but this was no problem at all. There was some oxidization, but it was the beneficial, vintage Port or Sherry kind. I had this as my Fourth of July celebratory beer, and it stands as a testament to the skill of America’s craft brewers. I cannot do less than give it a perfect score.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - JUL 1, 2002
Pours like frothy iced tea. Aroma is sweet grain, berries, musty and slightly tannic. The malt front reminds me of sweet Hawaiian bread you get at a deli. Knocked off a few points for an unpleasant, alcoholic astringency.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 28, 2002
I like Oakes’ banana-chocolate comparison, and I’m going to stick with it because I can’t really think to write anything better now. Might be my favorite from the brewer at this point, though I am not their greatest champion.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcalbi (380) - Medford, New Jersey, USA - JUN 27, 2002
This may have been the first champagne corked bottle of beer I ever had, some years ago, and it was nice to pick a bottle up recently and rate it. Cloudy brown body with at first was a rather rocky head but faded to almost nothing. No real lace to speak of as well. A sweet candy/fruity aroma and sligghtly medicinal as well. A nutty and raisiny flavor (some anise?) with a strong dose of alcohol and and a bitter finish. Not quite what I remember but still a good Belgian-American Strong Ale

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Davhgbrew (945) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 24, 2002
Red tint, little to no head, and a very interesting aroma. This beer claims to be ’Belgian style,’ well, whatever it is I like it. Fruity nose, very complex ,and the slight alcohol taste in the finish is nice. To my suprise, I like this brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JUN 18, 2002
Nice dark amber brew. The subtleness of star anise makes this belgian slightly different from the rest. Quite smooth and enjoyable.

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