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Review by tavernjef on 12/24/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 9 18 5 10 0
11.2oz bottle 2004: Dark plummy brown with a big tan topping of delicate foam. Fades to a big collar and whispy skimming on top and the lacing is drippy with a textured webbing lightly leaving spots and strings as it dwindles.

Murky, dark aroma of plummy stuff and lightly vinous qualities with a nice notion of mint-like yeasty spice, some molasses and cooking sugars, and purple grape juice.

Taste is quite nice here; clean, unwavering, very well rounded with dark candied sugar flavors as plum, currant, and raisin mix in with a lightly chewy fruit cake backing drizzled with caramel and light spices. Slivers of orange creep around the back end as it warms slightly with a tiny backwash of black licorice and some residual brown sugar pinches. Nice!

Feel is perfect. Super clean with a lightly bready, chewy center that holds a very solid medium heft and great length in sugary dark candied fruits. Nice gradual build up to the warming kick in the finish that reminds you you're drinking a Belgian beer. Wonderfully slick, quick, and tasty.

I would if I could, drink a bunch of this stuff, but the 8% does hit a bit later with a bit of warmth. Oh so nice a drinker though. Gone in no time. A solid Belgian brew. Me likey.

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