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RATINGS: 2252   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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Enchanting and enlightening, this golden, frothy ale boasts an intriguing herbal aroma, warming alcohol esters on the tongue and light, but firm body to finish. Exotic spices add subtle notes to both the aroma and flavor. Strong, sensual and satisfying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 15, 2003
Murky golden color with a soapy off-white head that faded fast but left good lacing. Aromas of banana, bubblegum, candy sugar , clove and pepper. Thick creamy mouthfeel.The taste, less complex than the nose would indicate, is an artful blend of banana and apricot, neither flavor overwhelming the other. There is a hint of pepper in the aftertaste. For a 9.5% ABV beer the alcohol was very well hidden. This beer is less candy sugar sweet than other Belgian style ales I've tried. In my opinion not as good as Victory's Storm King, but close.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2003
Cloudy light gold, big fluffy yet dense off-white head. Complex. Spices, earth, yeast, sourness. A little alcohol on the finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - JUL 14, 2003
Bottle. Yellow-golden color with almost no head and a lot of yeast floating around. The smell was tart like lemon and the flavor was a blend of many spices. However, there was a lemon-like pucker to it that was not good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
crazyvin (1858) - New York, USA - JUL 13, 2003
This is a very complex beer. Sweet and spicy flavours finshing with a pleasent hoppy bite. Nice sweet aroma, with a golden color and white head. The only draw back was the head faded fast.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 13, 2003
Had from bottle on July 13, 2003 - Day 13 of Blake's Beer Month™
Wow. This beer is hard to describe - it's full of flavors, but almost overwhelmingly so. The beer pours with a golden color, nice head and an aroma that is weak, and nothing special. The flavoring of this beer is quite complex - tons of spices, a definite fruity sweetness, very light alcohol flavor. I was really expecting something great here, but was surprised by the odd flavor - it was definitely a different beer, but not something that you could easily drink for days on end. You've got to try it at least once...then you can figure out if you want this odd concoction again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
leaparsons (7794) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2003
This light tan beer has aromas that are smooth and peppery. A predominantly sweet and malty beer this also has some spiciness on the tongue. Not bad - but not a patch on the trappist tripels.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ampp (155) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 12, 2003
Someone emptied Mom's Spice rack into Dad's batch of home brew. This was a very spicy and the high alcohol content is noticeable. The first sip was sort of peppery. Overall, it was different, but pretty decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (7335) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2007 Re- Rate January 2007. Golden yellow with a small white head. Sweet yeasty Belgian aroma. Hints at bananas and a grain silo. Sweet flavour has light fruity esters and dry alcohol in the finish. Average to medium palate. Quite pleasant. 6+/3/8/3/15

Re- Rate July 2005. Pale yellow, small white head and decent lacing. Sweet yeasty aroma, very mild lemon. Flavour is lightly alcholic with a touch of lemon and yeast. Average palate, alcohol is hardly noticed. Pleasant, but I remember it having a bit more gravitas and oomph in the flavour. 6/3/6/3/12<P>Original Rating Nov 2000 - Banana like aroma at first? Drank it too quickly to really take note. My impression was of a tripel with shades of a wheat beer...? 6/3/7/3/15

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - JUL 10, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2003 Aroma is not that great. Taste got better as it opened up and warmed just a bit. I taste cinnimon. My wife tastes vanilla. Masks the alcahol nicely. Really good for the style, but I'm not a huge fan of the style. Re-rate: This one gets better and better everytime I drink it. Very complex. Aroma is still pretty foul though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
raymow (780) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2003
An interesting beer, to say the least. I hated the 1st one that I had, but now 2 days later, I'm sitting here drinking my 2nd one and it's growing on me real fast. It has a puzzling fruity flavor, on the bitter side - and you can taste the alcohol in the background. I'm now looking forward to my 3rd...

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