urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JAN 10, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2003 12 oz. This is unbelievable. Aroma of fruit candy, strawberries, bananas, pear. COmplex flavor with lots of berries and banana and a good deal of alcohol. Dries out nicely and finishes long. Lacks the creamy palate of the great trappists, but otherwise superb beer. I am certain I will buy this again.
Update: Indeed, I have, and on several occasions. I notice a sour snap to the beer that I'm not entirely happy about, but I think on the other hand that the beer is one of the best looking I've seen--holds its thick head throughout the entire glass.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2003
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Initially, the aroma was amazing, blossoming with fruit and honey. Poured with no head which was weird. Could have had a more compelx taste. The bottle I had was young. I would like to try an older one (with more developed malts?).
spydog (75) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JAN 7, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Fruity nose. Toffee start, followed by a fruity middle that was too much for me. End was slightly bitter with a strong alcholic bite. Probably won"t be a repeat offender on this one. I"ll revisit after trying more belgians. Thanks for the beer bbooth
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 6, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark ruby hue with an excellent yeast, fruity, spicy aroma. No doubt a good amount of aromatic Belgian malts used. Lots of banana in the nose. Great flavor that matches up to the aroma, but slightly watery. Lots of fruit. It is difficult to replicate true Belgian beer in USA I believe. Great effort!
Discofish (152) - USA - JAN 1, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nose of caramel, tates like caramel. Sweet tasting with a slightly bitter finish. Doesn’t really taste like any of the belgian strong ales I’ve had, but a good beer none the less.
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice frothy tan head. I noticed a bubble gum flavor in this one. Warm tasting with little alcohol taste. A great carbonation level.
Jfishback13 (275) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
It’s hard to believe that this is made in America. At first, I thought it might be too sweet, but the flavor grew on me and I am now sad that the bottle is gone. It tastes every bit like a fine Belgian at a much more affordable price.
joet (2042) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - DEC 24, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A standout Belgian ale
(brewed in New York!) The yeast qualities are highly variable from bottle to bottle... I’m practically guessing but the greater yeastyness that I L0VE is more favourable in warmer in warmer months. Belgians are indeed a difficult style, Ommegang has done well in replicating the Old World taste here in the New World. They rank right up there with Unibroue.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 23, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hoppy malt smell. Sweet, semi-bitter taste with a yeast aftertaste. Drinks like a belgian beer, but made in New York! Yummy.
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 23, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2006 Brilliant mahogony color - high rising tan head. Great fruit-blossom aromas, some vanilla. butterscotch flavors, some slightly harsh burnt caramel flavor. Probably would benefit substantially from aging? Very good buy.