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RATINGS: 143   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7508) - 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!

   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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 20, 2006
01/22/2002 bottle shared by Joel. The beer pours to a ruby body with a fizzy off-white head. The body has lots of chunks in it. The aroma is minty, twigs, cinnamon sticks, stewed apples and figs. Very unique. The flavor is also very unique. Herbal, twiggy, earthy, "spicy" but I use that term vaguely. Sorta indescribable. The palate is very smooth. Earthy. Delicate. Wow! Thanks!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2006
Vintage í04 bottle... Appears a dark mahogany with a small tan head. Spotty lacing is left around the glass. Smell is of yeasty bread, toasted nuts, warm caramel, mild cocoa, vanilla, black plums, raisins, and perhaps a hint of cherries. Taste is of yeasty bread, along with the aforementioned aromas. Mouthfeel is slightly fizzy and yeasty along the tongue. Sweet & bready brew. Pretty well balanced. Please...bring this style back! Even if itís only once a year!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (6130) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2007 Poured a lightly hazy, ruby red color with a small, light tan head that left very light lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark fruits, cherry, light roast, vanilla, yeast and light alcohol. Taste of nuts, vanilla, light roast, toasted dough, dried fruits, caramel malt, some yeast and medium alcohol as well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 19, 2006
Bubblegum, brown/candy sugar and perfumey, floral hops are apparent in the aroma. Opaque deep brown body with a low, off white head that recedes to ring. Thick, round, brown, malt flavour with some bubblegum esters and notes of chocolate and soy. Medium body with fair carbonation. Bottle enjoyed with beerbuzzmontreal, MartinT, Oliver_MTL, Rastacouere and Yowie.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 19, 2006
Pours a cloudy brown color with a ring of offwhite lace. Good aroma of caramel, bubble gum and alcohol. The flavor is also interesting and mostly sweet with caramel and bubble gum, alcohol is present but mild. The body is light to medium with a creamy texture and moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 8, 2006
750 ml bottle, from Eyedrinkale - thanks Mike! Cludy chestnut brown with a mall off-white head that diminished to a ring of bubbles. Aroma of dark brown bread and spice along with fruity malts. Sweet and malty but also lightly tart - molasses and dark dried fruits highlighted by lots of spicy yeastiness and floral notes with hints of lemon and citrus in the finish. Smooth, full body and gentle carbonation. Nice treat from the East.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - AUG 11, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2006 Pours red-brown with a one-finger head. Color is lighter and head is smaller than I expected. Plum, grape (and their dried counterparts prune and raisin), chocolate, candi sugar, slight leathery/earthy notes in the aroma. The second glass smells like cola. One of the best aromas Iíve run across in a while. The fruits come across more noticeably in the flavor, along with the usual spicy Belgian yeast notes. Big leathery/smooth alcohol taste under the tongue. Earthy, cola-like, and slightly vinegary flavors take over as it warms, backed by the alcohol. An excellent example of alcohol as an integral part of the flavor profile. Finish could stand to be drier. Very easy-drinking, almost, however, to the point of being too thin. Good chilled, but excellent at room temperature.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 17, 2005
Bottle vintage date 01/22/02: Deep dark caramel, severely hazy, moderate to large off-white frothy head, sporadic lacing. † Very malty aroma, bready, semi-sweet, plums and figs rounding things out. † Even breadier on the tongue, smooth sweetness, underlying plum and figs... delicious! † Wonderful body, with a well rounded mouthfeel. † Finishes like a weakened Grand Cru or Quad, remains flavorful but not overly assertive. † Subtle and satisfying. † Thanks a ton Mark for this rare treat!!! † If anything, this beer made me forget about my bounced rent check... YAY!

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