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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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rosendale Brewmeister99 (55) - Rosendale, New York, USA - AUG 29, 2001

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ancherrera (162) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2001
UPDATED: APR 10, 2005 Good beer to use instead of a red wine. I liked the maltiness and the yeast.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2001

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
delacerveza (166) - Florida, USA - AUG 2, 2001
this was my first ommegang sample. i was overwhelmed by the wine-ish alcohol taste, which some folks might like. i, however, do not like. i like beer that tastes like beer, not beer that tastes like wine.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Delbomber (387) - Philadelphia, USA - JUL 23, 2001
Dark, cherry red with a thick, creamy head. Prune, raisin aroma almost ruined by alcohol presence. The taste, on the other hand, WAS ruined by the alcohol presence. Although it didnít subdue the many flavors of this beer, it was the most dominant. Other flavors include raisin, prune, and hints of red grape. Smooth, but could be smoother. A nice brew from my home state (NY), but I prefer their Hennepin.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drew Blood (151) - Mt.Prospect, Illinois, USA - JUL 14, 2001
Overwhelming banana aroma and flavor. I canít say Iwas disappointed but my expectations were rather low. Beautiful to look at in the glass with its rich ruby colour. Dry wood ester finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUL 11, 2001
Quite a strong brew. Heavy hints of red wine in the flavor. An initial bitterness gave way to a pleasant spicy flavor. Not as full-bodied as Iíd hoped, and somewhat too carbonated, but overall a pleasant beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fraternie (819) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 10, 2001
A suprisingly good strong ale...Dark amber color, strong fruity notes and fairly smooth. I finished off a 750 ml tonight and it developed a little bit of a winey aftertaste, but overall much better than I expected based on the price.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Davidw987 (23) - Livermore, California, USA - JUL 3, 2001
Pretty impressive for upstate NY! Letís of cherry and choclate flavors. The bittering hops were more evident than in other dubbels, but it worked nicely.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
blatz (138) - Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Florida, USA - JUN 25, 2001
One of my first Belgian ales -- a great fruity taste with a merlot-like texture. Great beer to warm up to and relax -- excellent!


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