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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 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAY 13, 2002
I had to re-rate this, since I tried it before tasting Westy and Rochefort. I initially rated it a 4.1. But I really had to re-rate it after trying Weyerbacher Quad, which absolutely blows this stuff away and is comparable to any beer in the world.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 6, 2002
Best offering in their lineup,why didnít they cave age this????

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2002
Certainly not the best Belgian Strong ever. However for the price, it is a great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
CrimsonGhost1971 (188) - USA - MAY 2, 2002
This beer really impressed me with the head on it. Dark color with very little sweetness to me. It doesnít hide the alcohol though. I need to get a bottle of this and age it for awhile. ;)

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Turbotommy (32) - Westlake Village, California, USA - APR 24, 2002
Really fruity, goes down smooth, but it seems to lack some true Belgian Strong Ale Qualities. Not too expensive, which is a big plus.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PTomkinson (50) - Virginia, USA - APR 20, 2002
Uncorking the bottle releases wonderful abbey style aroma. Great appearance with a good head. Initially has slight apple taste, then quickly turns to caramel. Very dry finish, and alcohol not too present. Could be a bit sweeter for this style.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeM500 (1906) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - APR 14, 2002
Aroma was so pleasant...plum, vanilla, citrus rind, and more. The 12 oz bottle was more enjoyable. I think my 750ml was too young as the yeast was floating top & bottom and the dry finnish wasnít as prevailant. The bottle itself is chock full of info. I highly recommend this beautiful tasty ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 11, 2002
Vanilla, dark chocolate, prunes, orange peel, and anise with a dry warming finish. Itís in there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - APR 9, 2002
It yielded a very pretty pour with a thick, sparkling head. This is one of those beers which gets better as it approaches room temperature. Alcohol came out in the taste but the sweet malts and banana were more pronounced. A subtle spiciness came out in the end. Bits of yeast speckled the bottom of the glass. This is the epitome of Belgian Ale.

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