TonyDiUlio (643) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
What a delicious brew. Had it last night at Belgian Cafe. Sweet aroma of orange and corriander. Sweeter taste than any strong ale I have had before. Its body was a dark amber color, medium head. Really a great drink.
jcr (2112) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - DEC 21, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle. Deep brown body with ruby notes. Frothy tan head that diminishes to pools of small bubbles. The aroma is full of raisin, fig, plum, coriander, orange peel and anise. Slight hint of toasted malts. The flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly bitter and lightly acidic. It finishes moderately sweet, lightly bitter and lightly acidic. Slight tartness in the finish. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation. Slight chalkiness in the finish. Tastes like an overly sweet, spiced quad with some mustiness and anise in the background. The sweetness, not quite cloying, barely leaves room for the spices which results in an odd lingering aftertaste.
apshah99 (147) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 20, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mahogonay pour, thin bubbly white head, sweet malty aroma of dark fruit and spices. Delicious taste of coriander, citrus, a little clove and banana and dark fruit. Wonderful beer.
smcolw (529) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 20, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy, dark amber color for this brew. Excellent head that recedes in a rocky way. Good Belgian lace, but spotty.
Lots of ginger in the nose with very little else left to detect.
Strong ginger and Belgian flavors. Slightly sweet, but the spicy ginger takes over for the finish. Think true Ginger Ale. Rich body with an appropriate carbonation. Some darker malts, but it’s the ginger the makes this brew. One of the best ginger beers I’ve ever had.
Goodgrief (1740) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - DEC 20, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Okay, I hate these spice-laden brews. This one wasn’t as bad as I feared it would be, but I still didn’t like it. This reminded me more of an overly spiced witbier with the orange peel and cardamon noteable. Ommegang has yet to come up with a new beer that compares to their traditional lineup.
Sparky (2133) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 17, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml courtesy of fiver29. Pours a cloudy orangish brown with thin off-white head. The nose is spice, malt and light chocolate. The taste is ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, some fruit and malt. Medium mouthfeel. Nice sipper that hid the alcohol very well. Thanks John!
argo0 (11167) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 17, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
75cl bottle. Small tan head atop cloudy dark brown body. Aroma is medium sweet, cardamom, some orange peel, grains of paradise. Taste is moderately sweet, coriander, mace, some alcohol, light acetone. Smooth medium-full body, low carbonation.
hopscotch (8460) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle… Mostly clear, dirty orange ale with a mid-sized, creamy, off-white head. The nose presents discreet herbal and spicy notes resting on a base of toffee, date and caramel. Full-bodied with dancing carbonation. The flavor offers dark fruit sweetness, moderate acidity and mild spiciness. Tangy, spicy finish.
biznizness (1061) - Mooresville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 15, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Thirsty Monk in Asheville. Another winner. All kinds of delicious flavorings on my palate, such as. One of the best US american belgian style things. This lit me up pretty good, pretty strong and firm in the alcohol dept. But smooth smooth smooth.
eaglefan538 (2818) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 13, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from SL with some skepticism about the spices. The pour was brownish with a decent frothy head. The aroma was strong spices, cardamum, ginger-ish, coriander, oranges. The flavor was all of the spices, which wasn’t necessarily good, but it was backed by enough chocolate and dark fruits, as well as bread and coriander/orange peels to keep this from becoming a train wreck. At one point, I thought it was a bit like a Belgian-dunkelweizen with that witbier influence, including exotic spices. Whatever, nothing great, but not bad, per the label and what was intended. Mouthfeel was full for the style of witbier/Belgian Strong, airy, carbonated.