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RATINGS: 955   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
So simple in its creation, so magnificent in its maturity, this wonderful ale begins with Nature's 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. Cheers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAR 14, 2004
Amber bronze color with a little white head and some lacing. The aroma has the detectable sweetness in it, honey and apples with some hop notes coming through; the alcohol is THERE. The flavor is well balanced, alcohol hidden more than I'd presume. Some tastes of sugar and a tail of bitterness with some creamyness. This is a good belgian for simplicity but lacks some of the dark complexities I desire.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 14, 2004
A very nice pour of amber with hints of ruby throughout. Small head that dissapated quickly leaving a slight film behind. Sparse and spotty lacing as well. Coriander, bread, yeast, citrus hops and floral hops are the forerunners in the aromas. Banana and coriander come out strong in the flavor. Hops, again both citrus and floral rear their head. Maybe lemons as well. Medium bodied and a syrupy palate. Finishes with a spicy touch along with alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDIPSO (5450) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 8, 2004
Deep amber color with a tall thick light tan head. Aromas of light fruit and mild spice and hint of alcohol. Flavors of pale malts, caramel, light fruit and light pepper finish. Actually quite smooth. I think the age is doing this one well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2004
Bottle (2002) pours a translucent amber with fast disappearing fizzy cream colored head.   Trails of carbonation eminate from its depths.   Lacing seems mediocre.   Sweet Belgian candi-sugar on the nose, just like from across the pond.   Also notes of tart apples and molasses.   Wonderful flavor, tart apples and figs.   Sweet as well.   Finish brings in a bit of sour cherries.   Medium bodied, good mouthfeel.   A very warming beer, the 12% is noticable but is very palatable.   This is very tasty Belgian Strong Ale.   Thanks goes out to Pabobcat for the trade!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 20, 2004
Poured a dark amber with a thick foamy white head that didn't last. Aroma was mildly sweet with apples and bubble gum. Nice full mouthfeel. Apples, peaches, and brown sugar on the tongue, along with a decent hop character. This was a very enjoyable beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aubrey (3508) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 12, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2006 Murky amber with a foamy head. Great texture; like a milkshake. Inviting nose, with hints of cake and apple pie. Alcohol is warm, but hidden well behind the big malts. Notes of biscuits, syrupy caramel and toasty brown sugar. Not cloying; actually kind of drying in the aftertaste. Balancing bitterness in the finish. Really enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2008 Thanks SDbruboy. Dark amber color with a huge alcohol aroma. The head went away quicker than I like but that was the only disappointing thing I found in this gem. Honey, fruity (sweet raisin?) and molasses was all over this. Wonderful malt/hop balance throughout. Really strong taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12594) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 2, 2004
(Bottle) Pours a dark, rich amber color with a thick white head. Had a caramel, apricot, and malty flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 1, 2004
Yum! Bottle, poured beautiful dark amber-rose color with a creamy white head. Aroma is fruity, rich, brown sugar, yeast, perfume and noticible alcohol. Flavor is rich and sweet, malty, fruity with apricots, medium bop bite and a bitter finish. Thick body , creamy and full in the mouth. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
guzzler67 (1647) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 1, 2004
Reddish amber appearance that turns a little cloudy when you pour in the residual yeast from the bottom of the bottle. Fruity/spicy/earthy aroma with a touch of grapes. Small head that quickly disappeared. Yeasty, malty characteristics that give it depth and complexity. Full-bodied flavor with a smooth, warming finish.

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