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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.69/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   EST. CALORIES: 312   ABV: 10.4%
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The “big brother” in our Belgian Abbey ale family. Subtle flavors of mandarin, pepper, tropical fruit and vanilla fused with a gently warming alcohol heat. Sinfully smooth for its towering strength.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmagnus87 (2220) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2013
Draft at vintage. Pretty well overall. Loads of tropical and dark fermented fruits. I would drink this one again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 19, 2013
On tap at Vintage Brewpub. Hazy apricot with a thin off-white head. Aroma is fruity with mango, clove, pepper, tannins and light alcohol. Taste of candi sugar and booze with yeast, bready malt, pepper, a and tough of banana. A bit of ripe fruit and warmth but overall a nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (9428) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2013
A hazed orange amber ale with a thin off white head. In aroma, smooth candy sugar, coriander, curacao, OK. In mouth, a smooth sweet malt with banana, cloves, light curacao, oily mouthfeel, OK. On tap at brewpub, Jan 20 2012.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7003) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 15, 2012
On tap at Vintage. Poured medium orange with a short-lived off-white head. The aroma picked up honey and dark fruit, with a fairly strong coriander and clove accent.. not enticing. The flavor found warm banana, golden raisins, and dark fruit at the core.. cloves, peppery alcohol, and a mess of other spices around.. warm finish.. better than the nose indicated. Medium-plus bodied with low carbonation on the palate.. spicy and warm.. aiight feel and flow.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 19, 2011
[2] Review by Phishpond417 from Madison, Wisc, USA who has tried this beer once. (4/9/2010 9:09:20 PM) "Excellent bier from Vintage Brewing, lets keep em coming! Pours a cloudy slightly hazey slightly boozey orange colour. The more I look at it, it might be pinkish. Pepery, ginger, and saucey. I think I wrote sauerkraut taste, but normally I wouldn’t like that. Not sure what I meant. Really full and spicey with generous amounts of tropical fruits in the taste. "

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbfobes (2153) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 7, 2011
On tap at Vintange, pours an unclear amber with a decent white head, aroma is of dark fruits with pepper and a hint of booze, the flavor is sweet with a nice front end of tropical fruit with a finish that has a noticable boozy finish, very smooth though, yum.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 24, 2010
(Draught) Pours a hazy amber body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of earth, mustiness, caramel, pepper, and raisins. Flavor of raisins, dates, pepper, caramel, some vanilla, and mango.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madvike (2582) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 4, 2010
On tap at the brewpub - Expected great things out of this one, and was a bit disappointed. Pours a nice hazy amber with a nice white head. Lots of tropical fruit and a bit of spice on the nose, with a decent amount of heat and sweetness--too much, in fact, with not a lot of depth. Taste is sweet and malty again, with sweet mango, white pepper, and a warm, boozy finish. The 10.4% is very present, and detracts a little too much. Could use some darker fruit flavors to balance out the sweet notes. Overall, just too much and too sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
triguy84 (235) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 21, 2010
wow. Pours a cloudy copper with a thin white head that stays around. aroma has phenols where the mandarin comes from, sweetness too, & coriander. Medium silky body, some alcohol burn. Yum, not bad

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brigadier (2830) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUN 8, 2010
On tap at brewpub
This quad was a little bit of a letdown. Perhaps I was not in the mood for a huge beer at the time but whatever the reason this was the weakest link in the chain of five beers. Even so I would be willing to give it a second chance. Whenever I make it back to Madison I intend to check out Vintage again with a fresher palate.

Aroma / Appearance - Cloudy and semi-opaque only a trace amount of light was able to sneak through the listless body. Creamy sheets of lacing slid down the sides like oil slicks in the Gulf. Thick and heavy like caramelized cheesecake the nose was very rich. Pecan pie, honey, almonds, mandarin oranges, pepper, and hints of chocolate created an impression that lingered in the nose. Dominating the beers around it I am glad I saved it for near the end.

Flavor / Palate - The chewy mouthfeel was a trace too syrupy for my personal liking. Spiciness overwhelmed the caramel, orange rinds, and lemon wedges. Chocolate sneaked in at the end but was masked by a warm alcoholic burn. Perhaps I was just not in the mood for a heavy beer but this was too much at the time. If I were only drinking a single pint this would be a good choice.

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