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RATINGS: 340   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
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There is one who foretells what is coming. How the future grows darker each day. That an ancient voice soon will be calling, and good folks will be caught in its sway.

For the soothsayer brews a magnificent ale, deep and black, through the blackest of arts. He predicts its pure notes, without secrets or spice, will tempt tongues, will turn heads, will steal hearts.



Malts: Pils, pale, cara crystal, aroma, Midnight Wheat, Cara Pils, flaked oats. Hops: Spalter Select and Styrian Golding. Yeast: Ommegang house yeast. Spices: None

OG: 19.5 Plato

FG: 4.18 Plato

ABV 8.7%

IBU 24


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Emeister84 (2004) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2016
On tap at World of Beer (Charlottesville, VA). Cherry aromas, nutty, slight banana, purple grapes. Jet black with a mostly lasting beige head. Mostly dry, fruity, woodsy earth, a little green. Medium-full bodied.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (6330) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 8, 2016
Bottle opened at Kevinís. Raisin and cola with some dark notes and yeasty quality Good.
Earlier Rating: 4/2/2012 Total Score: 3.8
750 from Liquor Barn. Raisin and plum. Big carbonated taste. Some cola. Quadish in flavor and taste. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (5410) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 7, 2016
Pours black into a tulip. Tan head with good retention recedes leaving spot lacing. Prune and dark pit fruit aromas. Sweet with fig and prune upfront turning to dark caramel, and earth in the warm, lasting finish.
Earlier Rating: 2/7/2016 Total Score: 3.8
Pours black into a tulip. Tan head with good retention recedes leaving spot lacing. Prune and dark pit fruit aromas. Sweet with fig and prune upfront turning to dark caramel, and earth in the warm, lasting finish.
Earlier Rating: 6/11/2012 Total Score: 3.9
Pours deep mahogany into a Trappist glass. Mocha head with good retention recedes leaving scant sheets. Dark caramel, roasted nuts and sweet malt aromas. Crisp with dark chocolate covered caramel and pit fruit upfront turning to bitter espresso in the lasting raisin finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nuplastikk (5709) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 2, 2016
750ml. Like 15 bucks or something..errr...wut? Pretty solid Belgian Dark Ale. Big fruity notes, quite complex. Big and sugary, grounded with a deep Black Malt tone, but aggressive yeast tones and alcohol. Not unlike classic Trappist Ales, but maybe a little sugary and overbearing instead of sublime.

3.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ironicmedic (77) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 28, 2016
Poured from bottle 1/28/16, fresh. Large tan head that lasts. Dark in color. Smooth flavor with less aroma then I was expecting. Tasty though ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (9709) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2016
750 cc from Caponeís. Pours hazy dark blackisj with minimal tan head. Nose is blackberry, yeasty funk, florals. Tastes yeasty, with heavy notes of blackberry, vinous fruit, and florals.
Earlier Rating: 5/31/2012 Total Score: 3.5
750 cc from Caponeís. Pours turbid chestnut with 3-finger splotchy tan head that laces irregularly. Nose is funky rock sugary malt, with figgy fruit, oaty cacao, hops. Tastes semi-dry, malty, yeasty, with figgy fruit, spice, cacao, and a dry finish. Very complex.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NachlamSie (3230) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 21, 2016
750 from Mile High. This is a great looking beer. Itís a very dark brown with an everlasting khaki head and dense lacing. Lots of fruity and spicy esters come through in the nose. Plums, dates, a dash of toffee, cola, earth, and baking spices. The palate is great. Ommegang knocks these beers out of the park. They just project craftsmanship. The yeast is the centerpiece in the flavor, giving layers of fruit and spice. Itís hoppy enough to let you know that itís an American made beer, but not so hoppy it seems weird for the style. Notes of plums, baking chocolate, dark cherry, red wine, soil, and a dry finish make up this delicious beer. I love this beer, but it seems too similar in character, ingredients, and quality to Three Philosophers to warrant the $16.99 . The bottle actually wasnít price-tagged, I just snatched it up on a whim.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
onceblind (6937) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2016
Deep plummy brown with a thin off white rocky head. Nice plum and date tones on the nose, something sweetly herbal and Belgian-musty. Dry flavor with Belgian dusty farmhouse tones, dry date, dry plum, slight booziness and a little clove. Too many fruity undertones without any sweetness to play it up.
Earlier Rating: 1/19/2013 Total Score: 3.6
At Big Beers, Belgians, & Barleywines Fest 2013. Black in color with a lasting foamy head. Mild aroma of dark earthy malts, currants, and a light, leafy hop presence. Flavor is fruity yet spicy with a combination of dark and light belgian fruit esters, like plum and pear, with spicy peppery yeast, and dark sweet maltiness. A little too light bodied--medium overall. But I really dug the flavor.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dlovell2 (1687) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 18, 2016
Poured from 22 oz cork and cage bottle. Pours black with big creamy, foamy head. Aroma is cocoa, dark fruit, and spicy yeast. Creamy mouth feel. Dark fruit upfront, dried plums, dark cherries. Some chocolate in the middle and a earthy Belgium yeast in the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (9412) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JAN 18, 2016
Tap at Busters. Dark pour with a clingy light beige head. Belgian yeast, dark fruit, bread. Solid tasty beer.
Earlier Rating: 5/7/2012 Total Score: 3.7
Tap at Fire House in Eau Claire. Dark cola pour with a foamy white head. Yeast, banana, and dark fruit. Very good.


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