VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - APR 25, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2007 Bottle - 10/18/07 - Not quite as good as I remember. Thinner and not as strongly flavored. Still quite good though [Original Rating} - Deep reddish brown in color with a thick off-white head. Spicy/yeasty aroma with the classic sweetish taste with many different and complex undertones. Although high in alcohol, the taste of this is not apparent. A very good beer, but one (maybe 2) is enough.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 25, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown appearance, with a tan frothy head. Not the kind of head that I expected. Spicy coriander in aroma, slight smell of yeast. Flavor is similar, but with alarming spiciness at the beginning. Alcohol afterburn. Good beer.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - APR 24, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a deep fluffy head. Little lacing. Deep garnet color. Fruity, wine-like aroma with a hint of licorice?? Taste of wine, then sweet and as promised dry. Not bad at all.
jtw (1140) - farmington, Michigan, USA - APR 21, 2004
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2004 yeasty winey aroma, green sour apple and tart cherries--deep solid burgundy color with a huge fizzy, caramel-colored head. intense flavor! starts with sweet fruit/honey and candy, and turns dryly alcoholic. very dry finish. kind of like drinking a candy apple with alcohol. great beer!
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark red pour with a fizzy lasting head. Lots of carbonation. Smell is yeasty. Belgian candy and raisin flavors, slight medicinal. Good palate, not dry like some Belgians.
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 16, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep mahogany with a thick tan head. Aromas of toffee, belgian yeasts,and maybe some sweetness. The flavours are many but quite subdued sweet, malts, toffee,mild chocolate, soft carbonation. This is a nice beer but I've had far better belgians for less money.
Skip (206) - Indiana, USA - APR 15, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Initially very good flavor, but it does become overbearing by the time you finish; share this 25.4 oz. bottle with someone! Carmelly aroma. Good head, good lace.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 13, 2004
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
If anyone stuck a shiv to my ribs and make me squeal out my one and only favorite beer, I'd yelp the name "Ommegang!" (Actually, it would probably sound more like "Ommegod, this guy's killing me, somebody HELP!", but that's getting off track..)
Why? 1. It demonstates best my personal belief that the best beer in the world is coming out of American craftbrewers, and the greatest brewing nation, for that reason, is the good ol' U.S.A. If you have a friend who is an import beer snob, loves Belgians, but gives micros the air, let them try this blindfolded and watch 'em eat crow! 2. It tastes so good!
Color is dark amber to a rich, rustic brown. Hue of the head leans toward a dark orange, and is mighty and boisterous--I can hear it across the room! Aroma makes itself known from far off, too. It's utterly luxurious: toffee, chocolate, plums, grapes, dark fruit, leather, tobacco, flowers, sugar and spice and everything nice! A thick, musky, full aroma. On the lips and over the tongue, it's smooth, mellow, and extremely flavorful. Warming, deliciously hopped, tingly and enticing. Goes down so nice, and makes you feel good all the way.
Everything I ask for in beer, and more!
obxdude10 (2116) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Burgundy in color with a huge fluffy & bubbly head, very rich flavors & very well balanced, flavors of brown sugar, yeast & chocolate, a bit dry in the finish, a very good Belgian ale
DrnkMcDermott (2902) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Must've got a little warm, because this opened with a gusher. Fortunately, I saved most of it. A thin, fizzy head under a dark brown body. Has a deep, rich taste of molasses or brown sugar, with subtle spiciness and tart highlights. Carbonation gives it kind of a champagne-like texture. It's winey-sweet without being cloying, and I also get notes of slow charries and raisins. Pouring in the sediment from the bottom adds an impression of grape tannins. Very finely done.