RATINGS: 2236   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
djrevnoir (26) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2003
Very firm head; "It's not going anywhere." Dark brown colour, rather thick palate. Pleasant flavour at first, quickly becomes somewhat bitter. Very strong metallic aftertaste at first, slowly disappears as one continues drinking it - hooray for taste buds that get used to whatever you're putting on them.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2003
Pours a chocolaty brown that's quite cloudy. *Huge* head that lasts quite a while only to leave itself clinging to the glass in a nice lace. Smells of apples and cherries, quite nice additions to the malt. Tastes very fruity without being too sweet, which bodes well since I'm getting tired of sweet beers lately. There's some hops hanging in there as well. I'm getting the distinct sensation of a Granny Smith apple: sweet yet tart. The alcohol is quite noticable leaving behind an almost gin-like taste. Mouthfeel is quite good: smooth and creamy. It doesn't seem that carbonated, but if you hold it in your mouth for longer than a few short seconds, you're gonna have some suds flowing somewhere. Drinkability is good for a Belgian style; I find most to be too sweet. This one could go a few rounds.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2004 Bottle at Monks. Excellent everyday beer. Pours dark without much head or lace. Somewhat tart-sour; malty beer with noticeable alcohol. Upgraded after several recent experiences.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Linc (739) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 21, 2003
Smelling of some strange esters, abnana (abnormal banana) and apple; this certainly has a huge presence but, so does a fat man, who can't wipe his own arse, in an elevator. However, it's not entirely unpleasant, some caramel, brandy sweetness tries vainly to smooth over everything else.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 14, 2003
2 year old bottle
Pours with a light brown head atop a hazy amber colored beer. The head is quite thick. The aroma; at first I detect raisin and a bit of rum, then I get some subdued notes of sherry. The taste is a bit spicy with some light sherry notes to it. This beer has a fairly good amount of body to it as well. The finish is slightly on the hot side, spicy. This aged example tastes meaty, this would go well with a red meat dish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
flemdawg (561) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - DEC 13, 2003
A truly great beer. Dark red with a huge fluffy white head that slowy vanished to a decent size. Aroma was mainly of apples, which I enjoy. Sweet fruits were the first thing I tasted, but that gave way to a dry, alcohol finish. Really a nice treat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OberonTheifEMT (56) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - DEC 12, 2003
Dark red-brown in color with a thick head. A big aroma with strong carmel notes and bubble gum, hints of vanilla and anise. Slightly astringent for my taste. Good American attempt at a Belgian strong

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 11, 2003
Dark brown with tan head. Big and thick, yeast aroma, malty, sweet all around, hints of fruit, chocolate, cherry, banana. Nice beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tidiaguy (168) - Hawley, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2003
Deep, murky redish brown with a fizzy head that settles quickly. Great complex aroma of appricot, prunes, and mildly phenolic. The flavor is warm,lightly spiced, with major fruit overtones. Rasin, cherry, and licorice come to mind. Smooth on the palate with a nice alcohol warming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frank (4061) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2003
Hazy red brown, light tan head with a few specks of lace. Nose is sweet with apples and toffee. Medium to full bodied and softly carbonated. A nice dark chocolate note makes itself known in the flavor along with some raisin. The dark malt character could even be described as stout-like due to a bit of roasted flavor. Throughly enjoyable but not on the same level as the best Belgian-style brews.

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