RATINGS: 2248   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 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
grat (432) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 9, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2004 Man...I hate to say it but this brew was awful. Looked pretty in the glass. Deep dark and garnet hued. Smelled nice. Sugary, and almost like prunes. Nice head that dissipated into a small treacle on the glass. The taste was at first satisfying. Nice and round, dark and malty. However immediately afterwards the palate sucks up into a something very sharp in your mouth. finishes off with a flat bitterness that is marked by an overalcoholization and a bitter dryness on the back of yuor tongue. AWFUL!!! Tasted like I was drinking malt liquor. Terrible. Ive had better belgian strongs. This one was awful. Maybe a skunky bottle. Pretty much terrible though. Should try it again. G-rat

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 8, 2004
The "commercial description" matches this beer perfectly. The head was dense, with some huge bubbles trapped at the base. The malt seems to go through changes right on the tongue in every sip, from light to dark. This isnt a beer that hits you in the face saying "Im big - respect me!" Rather it cuddles up next to you and wants to tease. The best of the excellent Ommegang lot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CapFlu (5123) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 2, 2004
(Bottle) Pours a medium almonde head and a copper body. Bouquet nose of sweet caramel malt and vanilla. Sweet whiskey and spice are undertones. Good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2004
100th Beer rating! Saved this baby for the US/Mexico match. Dark brown with a creamy head. Smells of malt, raisons, cinnamon, and apples. Full bodied once it hits your mouth. Tastes sweet with subtle hints of apples, sweet malts and some alcohol. Spicy beer that finishes a little tart - complex brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sammy (11820) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 26, 2004
A great take on the belgian style. On the sweet side with a lot of malt and some yeast. Sugar yes, adding to teh creamy mouthfeel.Apricots? Dates? Delightful accompanyment throughout the meal and after. One of the few beers I MUST have again over many other very good ones. Brown color and beautiful bubbly head

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Seymour, Tennessee, USA - APR 25, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2007 Bottle - 10/18/07 - Not quite as good as I remember. Thinner and not as strongly flavored. Still quite good though [Original Rating} - Deep reddish brown in color with a thick off-white head. Spicy/yeasty aroma with the classic sweetish taste with many different and complex undertones. Although high in alcohol, the taste of this is not apparent. A very good beer, but one (maybe 2) is enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 25, 2004
Brown appearance, with a tan frothy head. Not the kind of head that I expected. Spicy coriander in aroma, slight smell of yeast. Flavor is similar, but with alarming spiciness at the beginning. Alcohol afterburn. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - APR 24, 2004
Poured a deep fluffy head. Little lacing. Deep garnet color. Fruity, wine-like aroma with a hint of licorice?? Taste of wine, then sweet and as promised dry. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jtw (1163) - farmington, Michigan, USA - APR 21, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2004 yeasty winey aroma, green sour apple and tart cherries--deep solid burgundy color with a huge fizzy, caramel-colored head. intense flavor! starts with sweet fruit/honey and candy, and turns dryly alcoholic. very dry finish. kind of like drinking a candy apple with alcohol. great beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2004
Dark red pour with a fizzy lasting head. Lots of carbonation. Smell is yeasty. Belgian candy and raisin flavors, slight medicinal. Good palate, not dry like some Belgians.

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