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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.63/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   IBU: 29   EST. CALORIES: 318   ABV: 10.6%
Big, bulky, beautiful- the cadillac of abbey ales.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (4024) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - AUG 30, 2010
Pours a hazy red color with a good head and some good lacing. The aroma is peppery and fruity with some booze and a mild funky earthy thing happening. The flavor is spicy and fruity with some apple and some booze, really straight forward but everything works well together.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skyview (5696) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - AUG 22, 2010
On draught at the Vintage brewpub in Madison, Wisconsin. Pours a semi-hazy orange amber colored brew with a thick and creamy beige head that leaves behind some excellent lacing and film top. Aroma of banana esters, Belgian spice, cotton candy, and a touch of vanilla. Taste is full bodied, fruity flavors of banana esters, pears, vanilla and some multi-golden malts. Finish is sweet with some lingering yeast aftertaste. The alcohol is well hidden until you stand up. My favorite of the sample tray.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbfobes (2881) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2010
On tap at Vintage, pours a hazy orange color with a white head, aroma is fully of spices with a touch of alcohol burn, taste is fruity with spices and a burn of alcohol that warms the insides, like others has a dry finish, pretty darn good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (3550) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2010
On tap at brewpub
And the award for beer of the day goes to this monster of a Belgian strong ale. Bringing to mind any number of heavy beers at the festival yesterday I am glad I tried it apart from those. The balance, sweetness, and intensity of this would have been lost after waves of big bold one-offs. I don’t know how long it will last but those of you in the area should make an effort to get there while it is still on tap.

Aroma / Appearance - Nearly opaque the coppery body is the color of a beach bum which has spent the last month soaking up sunshine. Creamy vanilla icing looks like sunscreen. Cotton candy, bubble gum, yeast, and apples or pears create a fruity strong impression that cuts through the air with a clear message. In fact it smells almost like nectar.

Flavor / Palate - The warmth of the alcohol envelops the palate. During that time a fruity mixture of white pears, amber, and cotton candy gives it a summer time fairground feel. The dry white wine finish caps it all off. Dessert like due to the ABV it has a filling consistency. Avoiding that cloying nature which would be far too easy an outcome this is a well balanced Belgian in the vein of previous big beers that I tried last time I was here.

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