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RATINGS: 141   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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A moderately strong Belgian Abbey-style beer. The traditional yeast strain imparts a complex assortment of spicy phenolic and fruity flavors Hints of clove, plum and raisin permeate this rich, malty and full-bodied beer. And its lofty, tan head sits gracefully atop the seductive, deep mahogany nectar.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4387) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2007
RBSG 2007. Copper color with no head. Good sugar aroma with some pepper. Caramel taste with a large yeasty finish.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
grandet (501) - Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2007
2001 vintage. Burnt redish pour, With a nice head. Nice oak taste with some spice. Very sweet finish allaroudn nice beer

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NJBeerman013 (1043) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - FEB 17, 2007
2003 vintage - 750 ml bottle Beer pours almost burnt amber in color. Fluffy tan head. The flavor is a mix of oak, vanilla, and spices. The aroma is thick and full but has a bit of almost copper in the back of it. Mouthfeel is a bit slick almost oily. The finish is sweet almost like a cloying honey. Well rounded, give it a try if you come across any left.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
shadey (1879) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 11, 2007
2004 - 750ml bottle. Tried 2/2007. 3 year old bottle. Pour is a deep plum purple with some wisps and a ring of cream. Aroma is very smooth blend of fruit and cream. Flavor is very well blended and not very oxidized. Fruity, creamy, sweet and rich. Vanilla and oaky. This beer has held up remarkably well and still tastes great. I may not have liked this beer nearly as much when it was fresh, but this is really nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (2368) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JAN 16, 2007
2003, bottle similarly as puzzl below I bought mine at the same store. My experience was not as bad. Pours with no head and a bit of lacing. Beer definitely seems to have left its best years behind but holding on to some fond memories (a la Junior Soprano in the first season). A good amount of the aroma is that cardboard, old caramel, dusty malt. Its good but a part of you knows its a little bad. Some oaky vanilla, some chocolate in the background with a bit of cherry. Taste is getting a bit thin with that musky caramel, a bit soda like flavors. Leaves a sweet oaky vanilla aftertaste. Medium carbonation, low bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
imzugzug (103) - Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2007
Why do I keep falling in love with retired brews??? Vintage date on the bottle was 2004 but since itís bottle conditioned and I bought it from a trusted seller, Iím confident it tastes like it should. Deep brown/red in color with no head at all. Deep strong fruit and malt aromas. Rich dark fruit dominate in the flavor department. A slightly thinner flatter than expected mouthfeel was just a tad disappointing. Sweet woodsy background {oak?}. Overall quite a good dubble with a high level of drinkability.

2.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
puzzl (3249) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2006
2003 bottle. Took a risk buying this in the store. Not sure I should rate this, it doesnít seem to be in top shape, but I figure, hey, itís been retired two years, and itís a 7% bottle-conditioned belgian style, so it should likely be good. But again, itís retired, so no loss I donít think.

Pours dark brown with a decent fizzy cola head. Aroma is still good, very plummy, boozy, raisin, spices, chocolate, paprika... tandoori chicken. Very nice complexity. Flavor is pretty much dead, a bit of old, musty sourdough, touch of sweetness. Palate is pretty flat, slightly metallic. Too bad about this. Looks like I wonít be picking up the remaining stock of bottles.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2336) - California, USA - SEP 18, 2006
Color was almost identical to red wine, had almost no head or lacing.. not surprising given the bottling date. Aroma was darker fruits, yeast, caramel, spices. Flavor is the same, easy to drink with a delicately balanced mouthfeel. MMM nice.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7101) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 23, 2006
Bottled on 1/22/2002, special thanks go out to the Cellar of Gondor for this one! Clear deep garnet pour with a few chunky floaties in there... short yellowy-beige head capped it off. Wonderful deep and complex old ale-ish nose to it... dark, worn fruity malts, toffee, buttery figs, and aged dried apples. Also picked up faint alcohol as it wamred. Very rustic and inviting. Flavor found a bit of port or sherry upfront with mild notes of oxidization... followed by dry figs, earth, toffee... increasing deep fruits and spices as it warmed. Middle of the palate felt a tad empty. Otherwise dry and pleasant. Dry port at the finish. Thanks for the wonderful treat, Joel!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 22, 2006
750-ml. bottle, vintage dated 1-22-2002.
Garnet meets ruby translucency as beady bubbles join a tan doily wrung on the edge of the glass. Aroma is, in a word, complex. Coco prunes, port, brandy basking figs, golden raisins in liquefied brown sugar, tannic oak, and some ABV indicatives serenade the nose with a slight touch of mulberry. Nutmeg dances with candied red grape skin shards, bridging the nose to the mouth. Golden and grape raisin catenations. Dry, percussive tannic underlays. Nutmeg and cinnamon over boiled, chunky applesauce. Maple oaken syrup mingles with black cherry pits and deep ruby grapes. Vinous port dimensions. Carbonation is supple and everything is phenomenally well melded. Finish takes on more of the dark fruit semblances, with boiled and pureed dark cherry figs, port, subtle spicing nodes (cinnamon, nutmeg and coriander,) and sweet trailings resounding long after. Such a delicacy and a delight. Thanks for the bottle, CaptainCougar!


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