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RATINGS: 917   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cobra (1100) - - SEP 17, 2003
750 ml. brown bottle. 2002 on the cork. Poured out a deep mahagony color, with no head to speak of. Smells like brandy more than it does a beer. Very low carbonation. Aromas of sweet, sticky malts, and Belgian yeast. Alcohol aroma very strong as well. Slight solventy character to this beer. Sticky mouthfeel to it, coats the tongue with a syrup-like consistency. Fusel alcohols present in the taste as well. This stuff will make for a duesy of a hangover. Finishes sweet, cloying even. Not a great beer in my book.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 7, 2003
Rocky slightly beige-ish head. Diminishes at a moderate rate. Fairly furious carbonation. Deep ruby notes in color with a light brown. Characteristic BSA aroma, alcohol, esters, bananas, etc. Somewhat vinous mouthfeel, a film seems to stay in the mouth, not as dry and crisp as I'd like for a Belgian Strong. A little bready, also.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 3, 2003
Brown to amber color, tan to of white medium sized foam collar. Initially kind of rough smelling, all fusels and cardboard, but eventually it blows off revealing some spice and fruit, and A*L*C*O*H*O*L. The taste follows the same pattern, initially off- putting and harsh but it gets better with each sip, eventually becoming borderline elegant around the time it's gone, with a nice plummy/spicy aftertaste. Weirdbeer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - SEP 3, 2003
I finally get to try the V12, it pours a clear amber color with a thin, off-white head. It has a big aroma of alcohol, malts, fruits, and spices. The beer has a medium body with lots of carbonation and sparkling, crisp mouthfeel. The flavor is very fruity and malty, with a long, sweet, fruity finish with just a hint of the 12% ABV. Liquid luxury for sure, this is quite a special ale. Big, bold, and not overly alcoholic tasting for its ABV, an excellent Belgian strong ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - SEP 2, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2004 Smell is sweet yet noticably yeasty. Golden copper color with a thin bubbly head, which went away quickly. Mouthfeel is crisp, yet ends somewhat smoothly. There is a nice spice that compliments the fuity sweetness. With the overall warmth to this it does indeed make it a pleasurable finisher to the night.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 2, 2003
Small big bubbled fizzy off-white head. Clear red-copper. Yeasty sweet, fruity alcohol aroma. Very sweet fruity (gum?) flavors. Alcohol is noticeable. Big syrupy body. Tastes like it would be much better with some more aging.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - AUG 21, 2003
2002 vintage.Nice amber,orange color.Small white head that faded quite fast.With these allergies it's hard to get a decent smell but here goes.Light malt aroma with a strong sweet fruit presence,very floral,just a faint hint of alcohol in the aroma almost undetectable.Very sweet taste and more carbonation then what it let on to having.Fruity taste mildly malty with a heavy syrupy feel at first but it smooths out nicely in the middle of the tasting.The alcohol for the most part stays fairly well hidden until the late middle or end with it giving a mild taste and burn at the end of the tasting.As it warms up i can start to detect more caramel,and toffee.This is one hell of a brew much better then i expected it to be.The alcohol kind of sneaks up on you,i'm getting a bit tipped from this brew already,or it could have been the other 4 macro's i had b4 this one.The after taste is spicy and fruity with a nice alcohol hit to it.Thanks to Hopscotch for this one,and i'm glad to say i have a few more on the way for later enjoyment courtesy of Pabobcat.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2003
Medium gold-copper. Pours w/ a nice tan head that, unfortunately, dissipates quickly. Sweet toffee-ish, caramel aroma w/ lots of alcohol & notes of peaches & pears. Syrupy fell. Sweet toffee-ish, caramel flavour. Some fruitiness (peaches, pears) & a spicy, peppery, alcohol laden finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - AUG 19, 2003
Good looking copper color glints of honey; small off-white-orange head. Fruity aroma (raspberries, touch of esters, touch of earthiness) balanced by caramel (almost toast), bread, and spice. Sweet with cotton candy coming out on the taste. Flavor turns slight dry on the earthy but slight sour finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 18, 2003
Sweet malt, alcohol above and yeast used as backbone. Nice pleasant white head contrasting well against amber toned brew. Flavours are more yeasty than aroma yet still sweet. Notes of some roasted malt. Good craft did not die at finish which is positive thing.

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