tomxcs (321) - California, USA - MAY 13, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice malty, dark fruit aroma. Dark reddish-brown opaque color with a nice head, reducing to a very small head that stays. The taste is very sweet and fruity at the start, with a definite dry aftertaste. Really nice and deep red wine-like without the alcohol twang.
rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep amber in color with a light tan head. Sweet and flowery aroma; thick on the palate; mildly wheaty strong taste. Very malty. You can definitely taste the alcohol in this one.
BATLMULLET (127) - Highland, Indiana, USA - MAY 12, 2004
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice and sweet with a contradictory amount of dry-ness. Deep color does not belie the alcohol here. Complex and fruity.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet dark fruit in the nose - plums, raisins followed by caramel maltiness and chocolate. A touch of alcohol in there too. Deep, reddish brown colour with dense, pillowy, tan head that does not quit. Coats the sides of the glass. Gorgeous. There’s a definite sweet-sour fruit hit up front followed by huge chocolatiness and a dry spicy finish. A light hit of alcohol in the finish and definite warming sensation. Silky smooth mouthfeel and medium body. Lively bubbles in the mouth. Interesting and enjoyable. Very similar to the commercial deScription except I expected it to be wine-like whereas this is more like a liqueur. Bottle.
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 9, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2004 Man...I hate to say it but this brew was awful. Looked pretty in the glass. Deep dark and garnet hued. Smelled nice. Sugary, and almost like prunes. Nice head that dissipated into a small treacle on the glass. The taste was at first satisfying. Nice and round, dark and malty. However immediately afterwards the palate sucks up into a something very sharp in your mouth. finishes off with a flat bitterness that is marked by an overalcoholization and a bitter dryness on the back of yuor tongue. AWFUL!!! Tasted like I was drinking malt liquor. Terrible. I’ve had better belgian strongs. This one was awful. Maybe a skunky bottle. Pretty much terrible though. Should try it again.
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 8, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The "commercial deScription" matches this beer perfectly. The head was dense, with some huge bubbles trapped at the base. The malt seems to go through changes right on the tongue in every sip, from light to dark. This isn’t a beer that hits you in the face saying "I’m big - respect me!" Rather it cuddles up next to you and wants to tease. The best of the excellent Ommegang lot.
CapFlu (4910) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 2, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Pours a medium almonde head and a copper body. Bouquet nose of sweet caramel malt and vanilla. Sweet whiskey and spice are undertones. Good!
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
100th Beer rating! Saved this baby for the US/Mexico match. Dark brown with a creamy head. Smells of malt, raisons, cinnamon, and apples. Full bodied once it hits your mouth. Tastes sweet with subtle hints of apples, sweet malts and some alcohol. Spicy beer that finishes a little tart - complex brew.
Sammy (9981) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 26, 2004
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A great take on the belgian style. On the sweet side with a lot of malt and some yeast. Sugar yes, adding to teh creamy mouthfeel.Apricots? Dates? Delightful accompanyment throughout the meal and after. One of the few beers I MUST have again over many other very good ones. Brown color and beautiful bubbly head
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.