MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - OCT 24, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep, murky mahogany. Nose deeply sweet, plums, sugars, port, and grapes. Flavor is nicely sweet, some molasses and plums, lots of candy sugar. Hints of nuts and mild roasty bitterness, pleasingly fluity and rich, lovely kiss of chocolate at the end. Full and chewy, nice mouthfeel. Definitely a beer that has to be sipped at the proper temperature, sampled too cold it has a bit of an astringent bitterness, but at the proper temp itís just lovely.
heemer77 (5289) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - OCT 20, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown coloring with a hint of red at the edges in my Chimay chalice. The big foamy head is well retained. The aroma is rich and fruity. Notes of grape juice, port and nuts. The taste is very sweet and nutty. It has some brown sugar in the finish. Also has notes of a little bit of espresso and milk. A nice silky smooth mouthfeel tops this all off. A very sold beer. I think my sample would have benefitted from a little more aging. Probably the best all around beer I have had from Ommegang.
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great taste, as long as you drink it just below room temperature. If it is cold, you donít get the seecondary flavors. Not alot of head out of the 750ml bottle, probably because there is no CO2 involved. Incidentally, the brewmaster at the brewery gives an amazing tour
GeniusGirl (221) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 18, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. aroma of milk chocolate, roasted malt and almonds... color of a sexy brunette decked out in garnets... sweet taste like an oatmeal stout with hints of licorice and molasses... very nice.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - OCT 16, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
75cl bottle, no BBD found. Didnít have much head, but that could have been b/c of the barís glass. Fruity cherry raisin malty nose. Tends to sweetness and hops are lost on me here. Slight warming alcohol sensation, but overall this is a nice complex, rounded Belgian dark ale. Iíd take this over the Chimay Grand Reserve anyday.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 14, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2004 Bottled: at Yiayias in Lincoln. Deep burgundy indeed with a tan head. Aroma is of dark fruit, nuts, and yeast. This beauty has a dominant yeast character that is complimented by the dark fruits, raisin, fig, and malt. As far as malts got this one has em with a metallic taste. Feels wonderful as it bubbles on the palate.
burcusabrews (106) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2004
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
hypercarbonated golden blonde with a thick white head. Very interesting to see the bubbles flow around the glass. Nose of dried apricot and banana. Very deep maltiness with accents of honey and hops. Best of Ommegangís line-up.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
An exceptional looking beer. Fantastic frothy beautiful head that lasted throughout the entire session and left an incredible lace down the side of the Goblet. The beer pours a deep Burgundy with hints of red shining through the sides of the glass. Pour Slowly.
The nose is full of sweet malts, spices, sugars, sweet fruits...etc.
Very complex flavors...dark cherries, sugars, bananas, spices, caramel...
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 3, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2008 Re-rate.Corked 750 ml bottle.
Pours out in a pale brown amber appearance topped with a rich lasting off-white foam. Fruity and yeasty aroma of figs, sweet cherries, almonds and black currant red apples with undertones of chocolate, mild black pepper, fudge and brown sugar. Full yeasty flavour of fudge, brown sugar, luxury chocolate, almonds and nuts with notes of crackers and yeast dried cherries. Silky smooth body. Long finish of yeast brown sugar, fudge, figs and milky chocolate.Truly a classy brew, if a bit sweet. Another great beer from Cooperstown
temporrari (397) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 28, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2010 This beer is sort of a mess in my opinion. Iím not sure if itís changed, if I donít ever get it fresh anymore, or if Iíve changed. But, itís fruity and sweet, sort of muddled. I dunno, Iíd really like to taste it when I know itís really fresh. Otherwise, Iíll just buy Hennepin.