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RATINGS: 2250   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.1
frankR (149) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 28, 2004
Dark burgundy liquid pours rather thick. The creamy head lives forever. Aroma of caramel, dried fruit and alcohol. Full, fizzy and dry palette. Well balanced, dried fruit (prunes, apricots) and caramel body. After taste is heavily dried fruit and warm alcohol. Exceptional Belgian strong.

4.3
dime86 (6) - Jackson, Michigan, USA - OCT 25, 2004 does not count
Huge head that lingers forever. Sweet and spicy aroma. Color was rich and purposeful. Could drink a lot of this stuff if it wasn’t almost $6! Overall - very good , worth trying.

4.4
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - OCT 24, 2004
Deep, murky mahogany. Nose deeply sweet, plums, sugars, port, and grapes. Flavor is nicely sweet, some molasses and plums, lots of candy sugar. Hints of nuts and mild roasty bitterness, pleasingly fluity and rich, lovely kiss of chocolate at the end. Full and chewy, nice mouthfeel. Definitely a beer that has to be sipped at the proper temperature, sampled too cold it has a bit of an astringent bitterness, but at the proper temp it’s just lovely.

4
heemer77 (5358) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - OCT 20, 2004
Very dark brown coloring with a hint of red at the edges in my Chimay chalice. The big foamy head is well retained. The aroma is rich and fruity. Notes of grape juice, port and nuts. The taste is very sweet and nutty. It has some brown sugar in the finish. Also has notes of a little bit of espresso and milk. A nice silky smooth mouthfeel tops this all off. A very sold beer. I think my sample would have benefitted from a little more aging. Probably the best all around beer I have had from Ommegang.

3.8
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2004
Great taste, as long as you drink it just below room temperature. If it is cold, you don’t get the seecondary flavors. Not alot of head out of the 750ml bottle, probably because there is no CO2 involved. Incidentally, the brewmaster at the brewery gives an amazing tour

4
GeniusGirl (221) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 18, 2004
bottle. aroma of milk chocolate, roasted malt and almonds... color of a sexy brunette decked out in garnets... sweet taste like an oatmeal stout with hints of licorice and molasses... very nice.

3.9
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - OCT 16, 2004
75cl bottle, no BBD found. Didn’t have much head, but that could have been b/c of the bar’s glass. Fruity cherry raisin malty nose. Tends to sweetness and hops are lost on me here. Slight warming alcohol sensation, but overall this is a nice complex, rounded Belgian dark ale. I’d take this over the Chimay Grand Reserve anyday.

4
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 14, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2004 Bottled: at Yiayias in Lincoln. Deep burgundy indeed with a tan head. Aroma is of dark fruit, nuts, and yeast. This beauty has a dominant yeast character that is complimented by the dark fruits, raisin, fig, and malt. As far as malts got this one has em with a metallic taste. Feels wonderful as it bubbles on the palate.

4
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 Ommegang’s line-up.

4.2
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...


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