RATINGS: 2251   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 18/20
MarkBarnes (414) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - SEP 8, 2004
bottle from 207th street warehouse wow, deep red brown color fluffy head, complex fruity smell,dryish mouthfeel kinda sweet but not overpowering. very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - SEP 6, 2004
Pours very dark red/brown with a large head. Sweet, fruity aroma with some spice mixed in. Dry, oaky, and fruity. I couldnt detect much alcohol. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DiamondD (38) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - SEP 2, 2004
Big, thick, creamy beige head. A Deep reddish black, almost opaque color. The aroma is of one of the more diverse beers Ive ever had. Dried fruit, coffee toffee, cherry. Almost like some the Harvest Ales by J.W. Lees. but more spicy and hoppy. Taste is very Belgian somewhat dry and fruity. Potency is moderated by the complexity. To be honest I really dont like the Belgian style. Yet this one will bring me back. By the way I never even heard of this company. Who the hell are they.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
garrison (812) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2008 From a 750 ml bottle - This brew poured a tawny, long-lasting head of small-bubbled foam with a complex, fruity aroma (which was apricot-like to me). This is actually a pretty good "abbey ale",and one Ill mark down to purchase again

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mstockton (225) - Frankfurt, GERMANY - AUG 30, 2004
So very good...a nice alternative (And cheaper) than the somewhat snooty Chimay. Glad to see a nice Trappiste style beer made here in the US.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - AUG 29, 2004
Pours a sky high foamy light brown head on a deep amber colored body with a fine orange gleam. Very heavy and penetrating sweet aroma of fruit, raisins, plum, apricot and oranges. Spices and cake tones also. Very nice, it really draws out the mouth water. Flavor is also heavy sweet fruity and citrusy with a bitter/harsh end and some alcohol present. Nut, toffee and spices notes. An extreme beer, very interesting, but too harsh in the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nate (4279) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 28, 2004
Sweet malt aroma, caramel and vanilla. Light almond-cherry notes. Cloudy medium brown-amber with thin tan head. Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. Starts with medium malty character, vanilla, oak. Cherry-almond notes, smooth sweetness, light alcohol. Mild sweet oaky finish. Nice light nutty after.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pineypower (3260) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - AUG 28, 2004
O man. As soon as I poured this one out into the glass I knew it was going to be good. A deep brown color with a nice white frothy head. It has a very fruity aroma with notes of alcohol. It tastes very complex with a creamy fruity flavor that fades into a roasty/alcohol taste. This is a good one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mjg74 (3079) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 27, 2004
Pours a deep dark ruby color. Has a big head. Very strong sweet aroma. A little bit of cherry smell. Wonderful aroma. Strong sweet powerful flavor. Some roasted notes going on. Reminds me of some barley wines Ive tasted. Spicy alcohol finish. Warming in the chest. Good rich ale.

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