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 (2228) - 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.
uhorpheus (215) - houston, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Much better than I expected. Fro some reason its Amercan originlowered my expectations, but it was great stuff. Heavily spiced, almost a citrus tang to it like a wheat beer. A little on the thin side, but otherwise very nice.
freekyp (1537) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 21, 2002
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2006 Very winey. Deep copper color with rocky white head. I’ve had this beer several times, and found it to be lacking in consistency. Sometimes it measured up there alongside Corsendonk and other fine Belgians, while others it was fairly medicinal, with sharp acrid tones. Would prefer a bit more consistency.