DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown sugar, malt and toffee are in the aroma. Hazy sunset red, pours a large toffee head with lot's of lace. Intriquing sweet malt, sponge toffee and almonds as well. Delightfully bitter, full bodied, creamy and well balanced. Fantastic!
SpringsLicker (3172) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 22, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ommegang pours out a rich deep goppery brown under thick lasting head. Sweet caramel complexity with a smooth medium body. Very nice domestic Belgian.
monkeyman (57) - Alabama, USA - JAN 10, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Omme Gang Belgium Double Case packaged 03-20-03; 12 oz. Bottles; 01-04 tasting notes. This ale really, really wants to be 4-year old Chimay Grand Reserve. However, I note amoungst the sweetness a distinct alcohol burn and some sort of harsh "clank" in the finish. Something's missing here... maybe the massive initial blast of yeast (Grand Reserve) that mellows into magical Belgium heaven..
raymow (857) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very good beer - I love the deep burgundy color. Looks much better than most Belgian beers. Taste is right up there too. Has a nice fruity-sweet aroma and flavor. Very good.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 3, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Brown and hazy, amber highlights when held to light and a thick off-white head that diminished in a dawdling way. Rich, complex aroma features dark roasted malts, yeast, molasses, deep red wine and tannic hops. Flavor is sweet and bitter, bready with noticible alcohol. Medium body and creamy carbonation. Nice ale, but from Ommegang, I prefer the Hennepin.
haddon90 (1503) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good brew. Deep ruby red color with a thick white head. Strong aroma/taste. Lingering hops in the aroma. Very nice balance in the flavor. I really enjoyed this!
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Apple, oak and apple aroma. Rich mohogany color. Alcohol, oak and sour apple flavor
djrevnoir (26) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very firm head; "It's not going anywhere." Dark brown colour, rather thick palate. Pleasant flavour at first, quickly becomes somewhat bitter. Very strong metallic aftertaste at first, slowly disappears as one continues drinking it - hooray for taste buds that get used to whatever you're putting on them.
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a chocolaty brown that's quite cloudy. *Huge* head that lasts quite a while only to leave itself clinging to the glass in a nice lace.
Smells of apples and cherries, quite nice additions to the malt.
Tastes very fruity without being too sweet, which bodes well since I'm getting tired of sweet beers lately. There's some hops hanging in there as well. I'm getting the distinct sensation of a Granny Smith apple: sweet yet tart. The alcohol is quite noticable leaving behind an almost gin-like taste.
Mouthfeel is quite good: smooth and creamy. It doesn't seem that carbonated, but if you hold it in your mouth for longer than a few short seconds, you're gonna have some suds flowing somewhere.
Drinkability is good for a Belgian style; I find most to be too sweet. This one could go a few rounds.
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2004 Bottle at Monks. Excellent everyday beer. Pours dark without much head or lace. Somewhat tart-sour; malty beer with noticeable alcohol.
Upgraded after several recent experiences.