RATINGS: 2250   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
Deep burgundy color with a big, fluffy head. Complex fruit aromas with a layered sweetness (honey, then caramel, then toffee) with a hint of licorice and chocolate. A big, rich, abbey-style ale that dries out nicely on the finish.

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beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2005
Pours a dark cloudy mahogany with a nice light tan head that leaves decent lacing. Sweet malty spiced aroma, corriander, dark fruit, and sugar sweetness. Taste starts with a sweet caramel maltiness up front, light chocolate notes, fading into a spicy hopped finish. Very thick body, clinging to the palate.

rederic (3337) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 30, 2004
Dark brown burgundy hue, sweet fruitiness of raisins, prunes follow by a candy brown sugar malt in the aroma follow through on a medium-bodied palate with a good malty-sweet character of bitter chocolate, prunes, candied orange even spiced herbs in a soft bitterness finish.

wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 28, 2004
This is pretty good. The aroma is pretty weak. Perhaps I don’t understand it. This is an imitation of a Belgian Stong Ale. I personally thought that Avery did a better job. The taste is primarily sweet and fruity with an added spicyness to it. There is an element of wine to it also. The mouthfeel is spicy which I am actually liking. Good but Belgian Strong Ales like Chimay Bleu and the Westy 8 are much better.

DKlovesbeer (172) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2004
Opaque deep brown beer with a huge, foamy tan head that hangs out for a while and leaves nice lacing as it slowly departs. Hold it up to the light and you’ll see that the color is actually burgundy as the description states. Aroma is big, malty and full of yeast, spice, and alcohol. Flavor is tangy, peppery, and alkaline. Notes of nut, malt, hops, yeast, alcohol, fruit, molasses, pine, and oak swirl in the palate. Finishes dry and very wine-like. Overall, a vinous beer with deep color and character. A fine Belgian style strong ale. Would go well with red meat or a good cigar.

obisbeer (568) - Barcelona, SPAIN - DEC 18, 2004
Nice murky amber brown with off white head. Cherry malt and chocolate on the nose. Rich mouthfeel with cherry and a sweetness the carryies through to the finish and ends dry. Malt, carmel, chocolate, and fruit show on the palate. Awesome!

jgentgesdo (694) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 15, 2004
Pours murky brown with a thin tan head. Nose is banana and very powerful apricot. Flavor is of lots of fruitiness, honey, caramel. Dates and fruit toffee! Sweet beginning with moderately dry finish. Yum.

OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - DEC 15, 2004
750 ml corked bottle. Dark, orange amber colour with a diminishing frothy tan head. Toffee, yeasty, sugary, and molasses aroma. Yeasty, toffee, and chocolate flavours with a slight sourness. Strangely thin but chewy mouthfeel.

elektrogeist (158) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 11, 2004
This is one of those ales which must be an acquired taste, because I’ve not tasted anything quite like it before. By the end of a glass you’ll be feeling it heavy duty though and the taste doesn’t matter much then. I’m sure some people out there will dig the taste.. In the mean time, I think we should leave belgian ale to the belgians.

verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2004
Poured a deep amber body with a small, persistent brown head. Aroma is sweet fruits and rum. Flavor is molasses, cherries, and anise. Mouthfeel is the clincher, it makes the whole mouth beg for more. Very complex, enjoyable brew.

xetnauq (13) - USA - DEC 9, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2004 It’s complex, but not in a particularly good way. Sort of like burnt fizzy woody caramel. Muddy, big head. I agree with those who say the high alcohol content is not good for the flavor. Definitely not good enough to buy again.

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