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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mreeves (276) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - JUN 13, 2003
Dark amber color, well carbonated and good head retention. A little thin for the style, in my opinion. Fruity flavors dominate, not a lot of hops. A good representation of the style, but not as good as a similar beer, Trois Pistoles from Unibroue. If you have to make the choice, grab Trois Pistoles instead.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GermanBrews76 (680) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 10, 2003
Thick, translucent Brown/ruby body. Super thick tan head, foamy and irredescent. Pretty well layered too. Alcohol and ripe fruits. Raisins and some spicyness. A hint of woodyness. Sweet and full, lively palate. Alcoholic and real dry and woody. Some barley grains. Raisiny sweet then dry with ripe fruits and hints of caramel and vanilla. Yeasty and full, a tasty brew, very port wine-ish .

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JUN 7, 2003
25.4 oz. corked bottle. Deep, dark red with large white head that disappeared rather quickly. A complex mix of fruity and sweet esters and flavors such as vanilla, caramel, and raisins. Alcohol is present but in just the right amount, not overwhelming, warms you slightly. Excellent beer and even better value at $3.99 for the bottle. I'll find this beer in the strangest of places and get it every time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUN 6, 2003
Soooper dry, nice yeast, nicely spicy (pepper), great plum and raisin and port wine. Quite effervescent. A fine, fine brune - I can't believe I waited this long to find this! Detractions are as others have noted; some astringency and sourness, but my bottle may be old - besides I like the spritz.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beastiefan2k (3822) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - JUN 5, 2003
Nice dark color and a mileage of fruitand flowery type flavors. Personal it seemed like a Chimay Blue wanna-be and the taste was very artifical.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Silphium (3196) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - JUN 3, 2003
(12 oz. bottle) Pours a dark, rich red with a thick tan head. Very strong aroma is dominated by fermented bananas. Pretty remarkable flavor: tangy sugars, banana, toffee, and vinous characteristics blend with warming alcohol tones. Pair this with a Harvey's Elizabethan Ale for a decadent night of tasting.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cobra (1100) - - MAY 31, 2003
750 ml. corked, caged bottle. Pours out a deep, rust colored, cloudy and hazy color, with a short lived head that faded to clumps of yeast as an island in the center of the glass. Aromas of tanned leather, dried fruit, mascerated cherries, and a cola quality to it also. No hops aromas here at all. Tastes of malts, dried fruits, cola, and belgian yeast. No alcohol taste or aroma to it at all. Coats the tongue with a syrup-like consistency to it. Finishes sweet on the palate. Some banana esters to it when it warms up slightly. Definitely a great beer to try, at least once.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 26, 2003
Really a fabulous beer. The aroma is flat out hard to beat: vanilla, raisins, dates, and hazelnuts. Alcohol is present in just the right warming amount. Delicate yet robust hoppiness. A real winner. Really a great value at $4.25 for a 750 mL bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PorterPounder (7763) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 26, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2004 Rerate Description, still the same, just not quite as wide-eyed about it as before - the absolute best $4.99 750 ml beer out there though! Mouthfeel not quite as thick. Original 4.6 Absolutely delicious - flavorfest going on here. Sweet raisiny aroma, dark orange cloudy appearance with bits of sediment. Thick creamy off-white head with good lacing. Sweet malty flavor with hints of dates and raisins - excellent mouthfeel - feels velvety. Alcohol hidden very well. A definite winner!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
deprogram (115) - Renton, Washington, USA - MAY 26, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2003 25.4 oz. bottle I love Ommegang's packaging, almost as much as I love finding one of their utterly reasonable big bottles in random liquor stores across the US. Their eponymous beer is one of their best, with a frothing amber-tinted head and spicy, aromatic nose. Sweet afterglow, trace of bitter dryness at the end. Extra points for including pouring / glass selection instructions on the restrained and elegant label.

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