erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 14, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A world class beer. Warming and best at room temp. Man can a bottle of this get you tipsy. That being said it needs more abv and body,... but I still love it. I hope my aunt gets me another eight bottles of this stuff next Christmas!
Aurelius (4230) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the finest glasses of American beer that Iíve ever had. Bronze ale with a ruddy foam head. Inviting malty, peppery aroma. Malted ale flavor with tart plum/peach/cherry fruit middle and pepper-alcohol finish. Palate was very good, but missed the 5 rating slightly.
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JAN 9, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice banana aroma with a thick creamy head that just took over the thistle glass. Wonderful amber colour and a very fruit like (banana?) taste. Smooth yet assertive mouthfeel. I thought this was a wonderful American interpritation of a belgian strong ale, yet at the same time I think this is itís flaw.
garv (24) - dalton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 2, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Worthy of the Belgian style presentation. Certainly more than 1/2 the Belgian beer for 1/2 the Belgian price.
NYDennis (64) - Port Jefferson Station, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2001
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Enjoyed the liquorice taste. The Belgian candy sugar taste adds to the flavor. I have since copied a receipe like this and made one that tastes similar. Hard to find this beer.
lizziesage (180) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 14, 2001
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A worthy effort at trying to duplicate Belgium excellence. The aroma was decidedly fruity with large hints of grapes and apples. Ommegang was a ruddy unfiltered brown orange with a small pillowy head. The taste was slightly complex but it lacked the deapth and breadth of a true Belgium ale. The 8.5% abv really showed in the taste giving it whiskey hints. The flavor profile was dominated by strong fruit, especially apple. I know this can sometimes be an off-taste, but it seemed to be intentional in this case. It was so pervasive that it almost seemed like a ífruit-beerí or a lambic failure. This strong ale finished with a puckering tartness. I found Ommegang to be like a decent cover-band that plays your home town--readily available and pretty good. but makes you wish you had the real thing.
baseballguy (246) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 14, 2001
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A most satisfying brew for my 100th. Why do I like the raisiny flavor here when I hate raisins?
heykevin (1277) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - DEC 13, 2001
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Definitely quite a bit of liquorice and candi sugar in both aroma and taste. Faint sourness is present. Quite pleasant, but not terribly complex. That said both a value in terms of price and as a document to the American take on a belgian style.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2001
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great color and fruit (raisin, banana) aroma. Tasted of raisins, bananas, and a slight hint of caramel. Quite nice.
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2001
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Iím updating this due to the fact that I tried this again and I think my palate has developed a bit more since the original rating. Fruity aroma (banana, pear) with banana dominating. Sweet, malty, slightly sour with a complex flavor character. Ruby red with a large, rich head that didnít have as much staying power as I might have liked. Very tasty.