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RATINGS: 864   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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12% vol.alc. – re-fermented and bottle-conditioned Rich, dark coloured beer, with a wonderful hoppy, floral nose and well-balanced flavours, making it easy to drink

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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robforbes (2205) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - SEP 2, 2008
pours a dark black with a large khaki head, good lacing.
smell of dark pitted fruit, some caramel, touch of spice.
taste of dark fruit, some caramel, spice, grapes, some cocoa, some malt, few hops.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chimaybier (50) - Redding, California, USA - AUG 22, 2008
Was given an 11.2 oz. bottle- and it’s a Friday! The pour: rich, head collapses quickly due to it’s high alochol content. The color: deep, dark, almost stoutish in color. The bouquet: very ripe plums, baker’s dark chocolate, with nice roasted malt subtleties. The palate: toasty, malty, a rich creaminess and pepperiness at the same time. (Not easy to achieve in a beer!) The finish: wonderful lingering malt finish. This is a wonderful beer. I have had their tripel, and it was fantastic as well!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Palidor19 (3171) - Brandon, Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2008
HOT DANG!! really malty with sugar, spices and caramel. good consistisy with the palate. this is for an after dinner drink

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
nick76 (4387) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2008
The aroma is cereal malt, yeast, fruit, and spice. The appearance is medium red/brown with with a large head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is thin. Overall pretty good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2008
Rating #800. Bottle. Pours a dark brown amber with a large tan head that that leaves good lacing. Aroma of dark fruit, sweet caramel, and yeast spice. Taste is the same as aroma with a hint of roasted malt. Medium mouthfeel with a mild amount of bitterness and very well hidden alcohol. Very good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcr (2627) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - AUG 10, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2008 750ml bottle. This is fruity, sweet and lightly musty and very easy on the palate which means it is easy to drink, especially for a 12% beer. Still, there are some off flavors, including the taste of pencil graphite, that drag this down. Beautiful pour hazy dark brown body with a huge, fizzy beige head. The aroma is filled with esters of prune, overripe plum and banana, Notes of mustiness and a hint of peppery alcohol. Some floral notes creep in along with toffee and syrup. The flavor is heavily sweet and lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately acidic along with a light bitterness plus the sweetness sticks around. Medium to full body and lively carbonation. Watery texture at first, turning to syrupy. Too heavily sweet (along with that graphite taste) keeps this from being an excellent beer. Still, quite good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RSRIZZO (1972) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 9, 2008
Aroma is a sweet red wine scent. Color is a near solid amber with good carbonation and a thick tight tan head. Taste is rich and sweet. Starting with a full body that goes down rich and crisp. Finish comes in sweet with dried fruit and yeast flavors then just a touch of bitterness. After taste is almost like wine. I can’t believe this has 12% alcohol, it doesn’t show. This is a great Belgian Ale.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mutualaid (142) - Texas, USA - AUG 8, 2008
Pours very dark with a fizzy, off-white head. Aromas of apricot and ripe figs with no hop bouquet. Sweet malt flavors hint at plum; alcohol heat dominates the middle flavors and it finishes clean with a slight hop tingle. Flavors evolve rather dramatically as the beer warms: the sweetness becomes almost Port-like (similar to Troi Pistoles) with cinnamon and vegatal notes. Medium body. A bit too sweet for my taste.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2008
Bottle courtesy Santa. Pours a reddish brown color, with a frothy white head, and creamy lacing. Sweet ripe fruit aromas, citrus, apricot, plum, and a nice feeling of brown sugar. Prunes in the flavor, lovely caramel, grape, apricot, some citrus, some vanilla...just good. Carbonated well, full of life and malts, balanced very well however. Dangerously drinkable.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - AUG 4, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2010 This is a beautiful specimen. It was given to me by Mr. Footy himself as a bribe to stop me from exposing his true identity. Hes a real character. Brew pours dark in color with a tall lasting head. Aromas of Belgian rock candy. Medium nectar with ample residual effers creating a fizzy texture. This brew is quite complex with a moderate sweetness component that does remain in check by the strategic use of hop spicing. Its got all the hallmark characteristics of a classic. Great depth of flavor while remaining light and airy. The abv strength is unnoticeable. Good spice levels mingle with dark fruit and a subtle cocoa essence. The finish is long and bitters up mildly for good balance. Well done! 7-24-2008 Pours dark with a modest fast fading head and minimal lacing. Aromas of darkfruit and cake bread push forward. Medium nectar with superb carbonation boasting a soft cotton texture. Balance is virtuous said the blind man. This brew is very complex from all the dark fruit flavors, hop bittering, and drinkability that it stands to be very thirst quenching and as refined as can be. The finish has a hint of beer and a define bittering component reminding me of Germany for some reason. Cakebread, coffee, plumb, peaches, spice, nuts, etc.....


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