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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2003
Initially, the aroma was amazing, blossoming with fruit and honey. Poured with no head which was weird. Could have had a more compelx taste. The bottle I had was young. I would like to try an older one (with more developed malts?).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
spydog (75) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JAN 7, 2003
Fruity nose. Toffee start, followed by a fruity middle that was too much for me. End was slightly bitter with a strong alcholic bite. Probably won"t be a repeat offender on this one. I"ll revisit after trying more belgians. Thanks for the beer bbooth

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 6, 2003
Dark ruby hue with an excellent yeast, fruity, spicy aroma. No doubt a good amount of aromatic Belgian malts used. Lots of banana in the nose. Great flavor that matches up to the aroma, but slightly watery. Lots of fruit. It is difficult to replicate true Belgian beer in USA I believe. Great effort!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Discofish (152) - USA - JAN 1, 2003
Nose of caramel, tates like caramel. Sweet tasting with a slightly bitter finish. Doesnít really taste like any of the belgian strong ales Iíve had, but a good beer none the less.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2002
Nice frothy tan head. I noticed a bubble gum flavor in this one. Warm tasting with little alcohol taste. A great carbonation level.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jfishback13 (273) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2002
Itís hard to believe that this is made in America. At first, I thought it might be too sweet, but the flavor grew on me and I am now sad that the bottle is gone. It tastes every bit like a fine Belgian at a much more affordable price.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joet (2534) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - DEC 24, 2002
A standout Belgian ale (brewed in New York!) The yeast qualities are highly variable from bottle to bottle... Iím practically guessing but the greater yeastyness that I L0VE is more favourable in warmer in warmer months. Belgians are indeed a difficult style, Ommegang has done well in replicating the Old World taste here in the New World. They rank right up there with Unibroue.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 23, 2002
Hoppy malt smell. Sweet, semi-bitter taste with a yeast aftertaste. Drinks like a belgian beer, but made in New York! Yummy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 23, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2006 Brilliant mahogony color - high rising tan head. Great fruit-blossom aromas, some vanilla. butterscotch flavors, some slightly harsh burnt caramel flavor. Probably would benefit substantially from aging? Very good buy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
uhorpheus (215) - houston, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2002
Much better than I expected. Fro some reason its Amercan originlowered my expectations, but it was great stuff. Heavily spiced, almost a citrus tang to it like a wheat beer. A little on the thin side, but otherwise very nice.

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