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RATINGS: 2182   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JUL 28, 2004
ommegang is a big, beautifully packaged corked bottle of beer that is rich in flavor, celebratory in nature, and fair in price. the cork is set in there like excalibur in stone, but that observation says more about my strength (lack of) than any fault with the beer. the pour did finally begin with a hydrant full of big eyed bubbles that crackled like a brush fire until they had coalesced into a lappy foam the color of walrus tusk. the ale’s smoky mars red color is darkened by a smooth fog of yeast. the beer could be seen as a tribute to northern orchards, and the rich soils that support them: the apples, pears and plums that darken in winesap richness in long hours of sunshine of a northern summer. the aroma is of damp ground, brown bread crusts, apple butter, plum jam, butter brickle candy, alcohol and the woody shavings of both clove and cinnamon. the carbonation has a natural trajectory of youthful ebullience and sparkle at the outset, to a still active but calming creaminess by bottle’s end. after the carbonation, the sweet malts become apparent: earthy dates, syrupy old, soft brown apples, and ripe dough-- followed by a strong twang of root-like bitterness, a flemish sour note, and a distinct pastisse (anise) finish. the buzz however is the real finish, and it lingers as hot and lustily as any torrid teenage hicky.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Terminus (3407) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 27, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2005 keith-I must go against most people and say I am not a fan of this one. It looked fine and the aroma was nice as well but the taste was odd. Maybe I had an odd bottle, but this one tasted too yeasty that hits the throat poorly. I will try another bottle and see if its any better. rating 2.5 Eric-rerate-The bottle Keith got must have been bad/poorly stored or something. What i got here was a classic belgian strong ale (leaning towards a quad in some cases). pours a murky brown with a smooth tan head that lasted the entire time the beer was out. Funky aroma of brett, brown sugar, berries, and dark fruits. Lots of flavors going on here-brett, brown sugar, other spices, roast, belgian yeast-very complex. This beer has the complexity of a quad but the body of a dubbel. Keith, WTF!? This beer is truely amazing since its available just about anywhere in the country.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2004
Bottle. Thick beige head on on a dark brown body. Nose is awesome-like warm bannana pudding and malt. The taste is very chewy-some prune, soy sauce, malt, black licorice, and malt. The finish is thick and leaves an aftertaste that lingers a long time. I really like this. This would be a good beer to drink all day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kevin (2159) - New Mexico, USA - JUL 13, 2004
Bottle, pours a deep dark brown that is red tinted, a little light escapes through this, head is thick and slightly dark hued. has a unique banana pudding aroma, i’ve never experienced anything with an aroma like this. taste is malty with assorted fruit earthy hints. leaves a caramel finish that is enjoyable. there is also a wheaty taste hidden in this. i need a few more to really figure this beer out. but i like it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
otaku (5) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUL 7, 2004 does not count
Serving Type: 750ml bottle corked and caged(bottle-conditioned). Aromal: Sweet, Malty. Caramel! Strong nose. Appearance: Big foaming off-white head with itsy-bitsy bubbles. Highly carbonated with rich, dark amber color. Very sticky lacing. Flavor: Sweet yet spicy. Fruity. Tropical. Plums. Palate: Medium body. Tingles the palate. High carbonation. Overall: A sipping brew that sneaks up on you. I don’t have much more to say. Outstanding. Execellent. Superb. Great. I want more!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 6, 2004
Deep red...sweet and fruity nose...very fruity first sip with a severe alcohol bite right after...this is my least favorite Ommegang...Hennepin and Rare Vos are both far superior in quality and complexity...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
millerclmb (44) - Boulder, Missouri, USA - JUL 3, 2004
A very fruity aroma of amareto (sp?) and ripe bananas. A nice robust redish brown with a slightly foamy head. The taste is of ripe bananas and sweet roast. Does not have the hoppy bite...or any sort of balancing kick to contrast the sweet malts. A little too sweet for my liking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crockett (1039) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2004
Pours deep mahogony with a thin tan head. Wood earth and light booze nose. Alcohol increases drastically as it warms. Some burnt malt flavours. Peppery carbonation, great considering the beer is probably 4 years old. Bready yeasty and sour. Light dried fruit and chocolate. Toffee and hopped dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 25, 2004
deep ruby red, beige head. malt, cherry, mild yeast, brown sugar and boozy aroma. flavour has dark bread and earth with figs, raisins, yeast and toffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jde123 (768) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 25, 2004
Pop shot, huge head, fruity yeasty aroma, complexity throughout. Fantastic strong ale. Love it.

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