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RATINGS: 2195   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheTsunami (162) - Arizona, USA - NOV 9, 2002
A dark, rich ruby color. Wondergul head on pour. Very pleasing, fruity nose. Medium bodied palate. very little aftertaste. Worth the $ to try which wasnít very steep at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brodie (540) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - NOV 8, 2002
The commercial deScription describes this beer pretty accurately. I thought it was a little too sweet and it had a bit too much alcohol in the nose and flavor. But overall I thought it was pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2002
This was very very dry with almost no aftertaste. I did not like it that much

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - OCT 31, 2002
Itís odd, some beers I just donít get and this is one of them. Pours with rich, beautiful garnet color. Aroma is chock full of candied a(licorice, toffee, butterscotch) and fruit aromas (plums especially). Some alcohol perceptible in the nose. A ton of flavors battle for the tastebuds, but I think that butterscotch wins. Hops are downplayed and I think thatís what I donít like about this beer, it just doesnít taste or feel balanced. Que se ra ...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 27, 2002
Good belgian. lots going on in this one. the high carbonation keeps the flavors moving on the tongue. everytime you think about it you are tasting something new, i love that. lots of dark flavors such as raisins, plums?, and lots of rich thick alcohol. that alcohol is apparent in the flavor and aroma and so are many of the fruity flavors. i will have another bottle of this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - OCT 25, 2002
wow, this is nice beutiful ruby brown color, with minimal head. fantastic aroma of raisins andI think toffee. definite malt presence, now its warming definte plums and brandy type taste, getting a little bit of banana now, an excellent belgian brewed in the us, put a couple in the cellar, canít wait to tasxte in a year or two

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - OCT 25, 2002
Nice. Had at room temperature but should be a little cooler IMO. Very good with a little alcohol bite in the finish. Impressive Belgian from the US.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - OCT 22, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2003 This one pours a deep, clear burgundy color with an off white head. It has a big, fruity aroma of caramel and alcohol. Full bodied with medium carbonation, caramel dominates the flavor, with hints of banana, toffee, and alcohol. Very malty sweet finish with a slight yeasty bitterness. A fantastic Belgian style ale, big and rich with delicious flavors of banana, caramel, and toffee. Yummy, I can almost drink this with a fork.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Racegoer (354) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - OCT 22, 2002
Deep Burgandy color looks fantastic in this Tulip Glass, flavours of plums, raisins,and sweet malts. This beer helps me look forward to the holidays,it is a superb Belgian type strong Ale.Warming improves it,& it is well balanced and an impressive choice, looking forward to seing what bottles purchased this year will taste like in the fall of 03 or 04.Being slighty watery hurts somewhat this one from being a top notch Ale. still Highly Recommended

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - OCT 21, 2002
Very complex and unique. Great fruit aromas. Tastes of green apples, toffee, and as the commercial deScription suggests--licorice. The problem for me is the hideous finish.

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