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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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ClarkVV (6708) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 10, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2007 Deep black cherry/brown color. Smells of strong fruits. Initial taste is heavily fruity and clears a bit, narrowing off into a bit more astringent palate. It had plenty of body and was overflowing with ripe fruit flavors, cherry being the most prominent, while plum and almost a blueberryish flavor contributed as well. Finishes with some yeast and sweetness and a little exra malt that is almost slightly bitter. This, like Trois Pistoles, is a beer I keep coming back to, I dont know what exactly it is, maybe my inexperienced Belgian palate, but I have found that these rounder, less astringent belgians are more in line with the typical anglo-american beer palate. Anyways this is good stuff. Rerate. Been a while since I had it, so I tried it again. Great pour, opaque, lots of beige head, lacing. Aroma is pretty decent, plums, alcohol, raisins, slight tart cherry. Flavor begins with brown sugar and dry plums, good amount of malt. Dries out towards the finish, which is a bit too astringent, while the alcohol is quite apparent. Still, a high quality brew.

4.1
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 8, 2003
"Sex and beer, Sex and beer are the two things we hold dear. Sex and beer, Sex and beer are the things we like 'round here" - Pat McMurdy, Summerfest, 2003

3.5
bowen008 (134) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2003
Really sweet. Fruit abound and yes cherry is prominent. If you like them sweet this is it.

4.3
guzzler67 (1696) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 29, 2003
Big ole head on this one, with good lacing. Deep red color. Malty, fruity, yeasty nose. Fruity, especially cherry, somewhat sweet taste (although it was not cloying). Tart, sweet finish. Pleasant, dry aftertaste. More complex than your average brew.

3.7
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 27, 2003
First had this at my uncle's wedding last summer. It was in the smaller capped bottles. Tan, creamy head with a yeasty aroma, sweet. Alcohol is fairly noticable. Overall, fairly sweet. A tasty representation of the style.

3.2
ivan9856 (191) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 25, 2003
I sampled the corked, 25.4 oz bottle conditioned variety. This is a deep brown-red ale with a vast, mostly dissipating but nicely laced, tan colored head. There is a strong aroma of dark-roasted malt, overripe cherry or raisin and raw alcohol. The initial flavor is quite sweet, almost like a port wine. Cherry, raisin and other fruit flavors dominate the short, somewhat coarse palate; nice carbonation. There is little noticeable hop flavor, but the finish is quite dry due to the strong presence of alcohol at the back end. Overall, a very agreeable interpretation of a Belgian strong ale somewhat compromised by the short palate.

3.6
jjw2000 (72) - USA - JUN 18, 2003
Deep ruby color with a substantial and lingering light tan head. Rich aroma of yeast, alcohol, and sweet fruit. Smooth flavor of sweet fruit (apples, plums, raisins) in which alcohol is detectable but not overwhelming. Mildly spicy also. Finish is similar with the yeast becoming more noticeable and a warming effect from the alcohol. Mouthfeel is somewhat light and well-carbonated and coats the mouth thinly.

1.8
eczematic (1325) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - JUN 14, 2003
smelt like a squid eating dough in a polyethylene bag. flavour was definitely bulbous, though slow. combination of red winey acidity and super-estery pineapple lolly notes, or should i say chords cause they're all over the bloody thing. definitely out there - points for originality but not for enjoyability.

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duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 14, 2003
Thanks to Linc again for this one. To quote motelpogo, the aroma was of whiteboard markers. There was also a bit of fuel, raw alcohol and caramel in the aroma. The palate, is caramelly, and candied, with some raw alcohol in the finish, a bit rough and short. It didn't really taste Belgian to me either, not bad.

3.7
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.


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