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RATINGS: 2211   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 23, 2004
Bottled. Grandiose, creamy, orange tinted, aged ivory head, leaving behind thick lace, sitting atop a dark, reddish amber brown liquid that is murky, opaque. Lightish aroma is malt laden, caramel, toffee, alcohol and a bouquet of fruit(prune, apple, pear, grapefruit), honey, musky yeast, milk chocolate, some clove, some kind of sweet roastiness. Medium-full body, lots of foamy, velvety carbonation, semi-dry finish, pleastantly dry, some watery-syrupy character, thus not quite dry enough. Flavor is caramel, toffee, clove, roasty milk chocolate, citrus(orange rind), alcoholic warmth on the finish and in the flavor, bitter finish is roasted milk chocolate, touch of clove and citrus. Interesting flavor an innovative design on this beer, crossing some stout qualities(carbonation, roastiness, chocolate) with standard belgian qualities of clove and citrus and alcoholic warmth. Clean, drinkable, balanced and nice...complex!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sethdude (706) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 20, 2004
Pours a dark reddish brown, with a nice tan head resting on top. Aroma is sweet and malty, apple skins and honey. Flavor is similar to a port wine with licorice and cherries, apple juice, plums, raisins, and cloves. Very dry finish, wood and alcohol notes detectable. Very nice stuff, especially considering the price! My bargain recommendation!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Padron4KM (782) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 15, 2004
pours a murky brown with a huge tan head. Aroma is sweet malt, fruit, honey, chocolate. Flavor was sweet, dark fruits (raisin prune) chocolate, spice, caramel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VAYankee (344) - Virginia, USA - AUG 15, 2004
Pours brown with a tan head. Sweet fruity, sugary aroma includes a touch of caramel and alcohol. Complex flavor includes sweet sugary malt, a bit of chocolate, faint alcohol, light fruitiness and spiciness. Finishes lightly dry and slightly yeasty. Outstanding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 13, 2004
sweet aroma, fresh floral and fruity, brown red color with a gigantic head, the first pour produced about 1/8th of a glass’ worth of beer, the rest was all head, so for the next pour I went as slowly as possible, I got about 1/3rd of the glass full with beer before the head flowed over, strangely enough the brew didnt seem overly carbonated in the palate, sweet flavor that is rich with ester notes, hints of raison and spices, slightly smokey and a wee bit chocolately, the alcohol is well masked and tends to sneak up, this brew must have a fake passport or something because I could swear it was from Belgium.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
badgerben (4779) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2004
Dark, dark, dark ruby color with a big, fluffy, tan head. Aroma of fruit (cherry?) and malt. The taste is great: black cherry, honey, malt, and a touch of chocolate. It feels like cream with slight carbonation. Good gravy... this awesome...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2004
Dark Black Coloring. Tan Head. Fruity - Black Cherry. Malt, Roasts. Bitter. A Little Creamy. Light and Tangy... Alcohol Well Hidden. An Excellent Beer! Worth Keeping in Stock and Aging.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 3, 2004
This is an impressive brew. Ample tan head, deep mahogany body, great aroma of yeast, roasted malt, and a hint of alcohol. The flavor is great, my first thought was chocolate, but the flavor is very complex and full; plenty of tastes to entertain the tongue. A well done Belgian.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6172) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 29, 2004
Deep brown hue with red reflects. Honest light brown head. Malty and yeasty nose rich of fruity overtones (prune, apples) and chocolatey. Initial sweet attack which is not unbalanced thanks to a long yeasty dry finish. Alcohol noticeable, but undistracting. Round medium body with very high carbonation, although not as much as rare vos luckily. Pretty good, but I’ve yet to be truly impressed by a dubbel and I must say that Ommegang has never impressed me all that much besides Three Philosophers.

   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.

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