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Deep burgundy color with a big, fluffy head. Complex fruit aromas with a layered sweetness (honey, then caramel, then toffee) with a hint of licorice and chocolate. A big, rich, abbey-style ale that dries out nicely on the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcalbi (380) - Medford, New Jersey, USA - JUN 27, 2002
This may have been the first champagne corked bottle of beer I ever had, some years ago, and it was nice to pick a bottle up recently and rate it. Cloudy brown body with at first was a rather rocky head but faded to almost nothing. No real lace to speak of as well. A sweet candy/fruity aroma and sligghtly medicinal as well. A nutty and raisiny flavor (some anise?) with a strong dose of alcohol and and a bitter finish. Not quite what I remember but still a good Belgian-American Strong Ale

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Davhgbrew (945) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 24, 2002
Red tint, little to no head, and a very interesting aroma. This beer claims to be ’Belgian style,’ well, whatever it is I like it. Fruity nose, very complex ,and the slight alcohol taste in the finish is nice. To my suprise, I like this brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JUN 18, 2002
Nice dark amber brew. The subtleness of star anise makes this belgian slightly different from the rest. Quite smooth and enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (6514) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 17, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2009 750mL bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy dark amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (bread, cookie, cake), lightly yeasty (cobwebs, basement), with notes of date and orange peel. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. Seven years since my last review of this? Wow. Scores about the same as other Ommegangs...high 2’s to low 3’s is about where all of them fall. Consistent, but unimpressive. Nice aroma on this one, but rather flimsy, watery, and uninteresting in the mouth.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
crdic (105) - California, USA - JUN 15, 2002
This one comes off as an American imitation of a Belgian abbey ale. Something of the balance and elegance of the best Belgian ales is missing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - JUN 9, 2002
Complex, fruity dark ale with amazing smoothness and drinkability. A trifle sweet perhaps as are N. American Belgians in general, but undeniably fresh tasting, and clean.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IneedAbuheer (69) - Ingleside, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2002
A great aroma with both a smoky and licorice scent. Taste is very appealing with a flavor that is smooth with a nice amount of sweetness. A lot of alchohol is hidden is such a smooth, tasty ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GPyott (67) - Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 7, 2002
Fruit induced and wooden scented, with a smoky initial bite. High alcohol content is hidden by a full body that is flavorful and inspiring to the palate. Lovely amber coloring complements the package well. A GREAT ale for the buck.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
foduck (330) - Denton, Texas, USA - JUN 6, 2002
Woody/spicy aroma. Only slightly bitter, then the woodyness comes through again. Seems a little dry for the style. Nothing bad jumps out at me but nothing very good does either. However, it gets better as it warms up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
k2 (146) - USA - JUN 6, 2002
Good belgian style beer alternative. Good value for the money. much fresher than most of the belgian beer the the us gets.

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