cranesareflying (50) - Evanston, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Another beer in a giant bottle, not too crazy about it either, as it tastes overly oaked in wood. While it had a kind of thick, red-tinted head, and a smooth malt and fruit flavor, it just wasn’t the kind of flavor I like - more like rotting wood to me.
shadey (1846) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 7, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2004 very flavorfull, not as good as other belgian abbeys I have tried, but a good one.
beerstop (173) - Roanoke, Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet, apple fruity aroma. Dark copper/ruby appearance with a quickly diminishing off white head. Pear, apple, other sweet and slight alcohol flavors. Very complex flavors which I’m having a hard time pinpointing, but I don’t believe its licorice or chocolate as mentioned in the commerical description. I guess that’s the Belgian ’style’ that I’m sensing. Bit of a ’medicine’ like taste also. Light to medium body with carbonation levels expected in a Belgian.
unixweb (237) - Sherman, Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good stuff! Wonderful fruity aroma, like apples aged with their peel. The color is so nice, translucent brown and red. The taste is complex and begs to be sampled over and over. The commercial description does a pretty good job: fruit again, and a candy-like sweetness. The alcohol warms nicely on the way down too. I sure wish I had bought another bottle of this one! I REALLY like this brewery! Belgian, Belgian-style who cares? It’s good and I will buy it again.
Drinkingdan (371) - East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice balance for an american belgian ale.
mogo (38) - California, USA - FEB 23, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2003 A very good effort at a Belgian look and flavor. Sweet and refreshing, pours beautifully, but I agree that it has an alcoholic finish that feels stonger than 8.5%.
kilgore41599 (98) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 19, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A good brew, although I prefer Hennepin.
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 18, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A rich burgundy color and creamy head with the aroma of fruit laced with ’licorice’?. Yep, just a hint. Nicely rounded with a balanced finish. Very nice.
darkvibe (68) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I think this is not as good as the others from Ommegang. But tasting it at the brewery tour makes it that much better.
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - FEB 3, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2003 Rerate: So I just bumped Hennepin up and I find I really have to knock this one down, to be fair. It has an excessive molasses action that gets old if you drink it through a marathon pickle canning session. Original rate 2/3/02: 4.2 I really like this - I was drinking Turbo Dog at a party and it was starting to wear thin on me and suddenly, there was Ommegang, in big red wine glasses, a strong malt infused with nicely mulled cider, it tastes like, and a fine feel.