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Sensual splendor in the form of a Belgian inspired ale of vast appeal. Wonderfully aromatic in its seduction of the senses. So simple in its creation, so magnificent in its maturity, this wonderful ale begins with Natureís most humble offerings, water, malted grains and hops. Our soulful yeast breathes life and depth into each brew. The steady hand of time orchestrates this alchemy into the splendid ale before you.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2009
Date: February 21, 2004
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, RateBeer SE Gathering, 2004
Appearance: light amber
Aroma: light sweet malt aroma
Flavor: rich malt flavor with a nice balancing bitterness

Date: November 05, 2004
Aroma: spicy sweet malt aroma
Flavor: light rich heavy malt flavor, lots of complexity, low bitterness

Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 10/20
Rating: 2.6/5.0
Score: *4

The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4392) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 7, 2007
(2003 Vintage) Appearance: Pours an amber color with a grand billowing ivory head. Smell: Very fragrant and sweet-smelling of apricots, candy sugar, and dark fruits. Taste: Begins with the sweetness of caramel and candied fruits (notably tangerines and apricots). Evens out with biscuity, toasted malts and a woody hop flavor. Very dry, spicy finish. Distinctly, this beer isnít entirely dominated by yeast or spices as some Belgian beers are. Mouthfeel: Medium-full body, with a high, surging level of carbonation. Drinkability: A fairly likeable Belgian-style ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2007
Bottle sampled pours orange/copper with a small compact off-white head. Aroma of fruit, candy sugar, spices, belgian style yeast, and caramel (very nice). The flavor is also sweet, acidic fruit, caramel, citrus, smooth at 9% and spices are present. Good healthy body, good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2007
í03 bottle, courtesy of Steve German. Dull orange with little head. Sweet, fruity, malty caramel aroma with apricot. Soft on the palate and sweet but not cloying. Tart, lightly fruity, mildly spicy and ending earthy in flavor. I get some marzipan. Nice understated ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 26, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2011 í03 vintage. A little white head on the ambor head. Very sweet malty fruit nose. Very sweet beers with some yeast. -2/26/07 7/2/7/4/ = 3.6? Iím pretty sure the original rating was from MilkmanDan. As is this one. Well oxidized at this point on the í03 vintage.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2007
Courtesy boboski. Bottled 5/15/03. Amber/orange topped by a modest, dense, tan head. Toasty caramel-toffee malt, dark and light fruits, doughy yeast, and mild spices. Full/medium body, balanced. Solid.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (4527) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 15, 2007
2003. This has aged well and there was so much sugar it could probably go a lot longer. Aroma is sweet with malt and fruit, but I canít distinguish any particular fruit. Very sweet flavor, malt and sugar, sweet citrus but no sourness. Also yeast in the flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tennisjoel (1180) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - FEB 14, 2007
2003 vintage. A orangish pour with thick head. Boy, Victory seems to do a pretty good job with their belgians. I really liked this and V12, golden monkey not quite as much. A beer that held up to itís aging, nice complex flavors of toffee, cinnamon, peach, and apples. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - FEB 12, 2007
2003 vintage pours a hazy reddish orange. Kind of has a weird almost vegital/candi sugar nose. The flavor is similiar. I am not sure what the flavor is is like a candi sugar and caramel meets brussell sprouts or something. Interesting to say the least, and I am not sure if I liked it or not.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stine (1606) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2007
2003 vintage pours to a burnt, thick apricot orange in color. Aroma is an amalgamation of oranges, whiskey, and some weird pot-roastish notes. But thatís no anomaly: heavily marinated meat in the flavor, butter rum and wet wood. If it sounds weird youíve got the idea.

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