RATINGS: 2240   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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
burcusabrews (106) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2004
hypercarbonated golden blonde with a thick white head. Very interesting to see the bubbles flow around the glass. Nose of dried apricot and banana. Very deep maltiness with accents of honey and hops. Best of Ommegangs line-up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
An exceptional looking beer. Fantastic frothy beautiful head that lasted throughout the entire session and left an incredible lace down the side of the Goblet. The beer pours a deep Burgundy with hints of red shining through the sides of the glass. Pour Slowly. The nose is full of sweet malts, spices, sugars, sweet fruits...etc. Very complex flavors...dark cherries, sugars, bananas, spices, caramel...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 3, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2008 Re-rate.Corked 750 ml bottle. Pours out in a pale brown amber appearance topped with a rich lasting off-white foam. Fruity and yeasty aroma of figs, sweet cherries, almonds and black currant red apples with undertones of chocolate, mild black pepper, fudge and brown sugar. Full yeasty flavour of fudge, brown sugar, luxury chocolate, almonds and nuts with notes of crackers and yeast dried cherries. Silky smooth body. Long finish of yeast brown sugar, fudge, figs and milky chocolate.Truly a classy brew, if a bit sweet. Another great beer from Cooperstown

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
temporrari (397) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 28, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2010 This beer is sort of a mess in my opinion. Im not sure if its changed, if I dont ever get it fresh anymore, or if Ive changed. But, its fruity and sweet, sort of muddled. I dunno, Id really like to taste it when I know its really fresh. Otherwise, Ill just buy Hennepin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - SEP 27, 2004
Bottle. Nicely done belgian strong ale by Ommegang. Complex taste. Just wonderful. I could barely finish it because of what Id drank before but this needed to be drunk fully.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
allezkmiec (3) - New Hampshire, USA - SEP 25, 2004 does not count
Great, unidentifiable fruity aromas, rich, thick head upon pouring. Hints of fruit, chocolate and coffee on the palate. Very well-balanced, nearly no taste of alcohol. Long, sweet and smooth finish. A great beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 21, 2004
Bottle pours a cloudy burgundy, large foamy off-white head, good carbonation, with slick lacing. Bubblegum, bread, and some dark pitted fruit on the nose. Slight dry wood notes as well. Black cherry, figs, toffee, and light alcohol on the tongue. Wonderful body, smooth mouthfeel. Finishes wet, slightly sweet, with subtle dark pitted fruit. Quite a treat this one is! Thanks goes out to slob for the trade!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - SEP 19, 2004
Floral, chocolate, sharp yeast, honey comb, a little alcohol, and wood nose. Dry efferessent mouthfeel with coco, chocolate, flowers. wood, eath, and some bitterness. Finshes with winey malts, oak, and some ABV. Feh......

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
iam (369) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2004
Pours an almost opaque mahogany colour with a big head. Very sweet raisin and spicy aromas with alcohol. Tastes more like a sherry than a beer, and if I wanted a sherry I would have got a sherry. Cant understand the high rating son this one. Maybe my tastebuds were off.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MarkBarnes (413) - Waterville, New York, USA - SEP 15, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2010 9/15/04: Like some of the previous reviewers, Im really not a fan of this particular style (much too sweet for a hop-lover!), although I can understand how some folks would enjoy this ale very much. Big and hearty with a wine-like character (down to the corked bottle), its almost a meal in itself. The alcohol warmth was quite evident to me.

Re-rate on 3/30/09: Failed to appreciate this one as a newcomer to the world of "better" beer 4.5 years ago. A challenging, hefty brew with strong flavors of dark fruit, licorice -- and alcohol. A good cold-weather "sipper", although not *quite* as exquisite as the brewerys "Three Philosophers" quadrupel.

Re-rate on Aug. 5, 2010: This has become one of my favorite brews over the past year or so. Absolutely delicious, even on a hot summer night.

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