gkost (1714) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours a deep amber. Nose is spicy, heavy malt, yeasty, bready. Flavor is spicy, sweet malts, belgian yeast, banana, cloves.
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 1, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draught) Pours a clear amber body with a small beige head. Aroma of raisins, grains of paradise, banana, and cardamom. Flavor of caramel malt, citrus, raisins, banana, red plums, grains of paradise, cinnamon, and cardamom. Interesting Belgian.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
GABF 2009: Hazy orange/brown with a thick tan head. Spicy/Christmasy nose of coriander and orange peel. Spicy flavors too with orange peel and coriander again...medium to full bodied, clean..balanced..and quite nice for the style.
drjay44 (2440) - Salida, Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pitcher pour at 2009 GABF. Pours a minimal head, over a clear reddish brown (SRM 15) body.....nose is heavy with cinnamon, ginger, allspice.....taste sweet to start then mild ginger, ending with a dried cherry, very spicy with sharp phenols dominating milder esters.....mouth feel medium, carbonation low. The nose promised more than tha taste delivered. Tasting 9/26/09.
notalush (4581) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
GABF2009 - tastes kind of like three phils minus the kriek, with a crap-ton of wintery spices thrown into it, and a touch of orange peel to round it out - not too bad, but the spices are a bit much - it also gets a bit boozy, which adds to the overall warming character started by the initial smack of the spices - not bad, but ommegang makes much better.
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice enough bu I just don’t need another holiday ale. Draft at Resto for NY craft beer week. Clear dark copper, white vanishing head, little lace. Sweet nose ... sweet malts, sweet fruit, sweet spice. Taste likewise syrup sweet on top of more sweet. Mouth just a little thick and cloying. Not my favorite Ommegang, not my favorite style.
BlackMage (6) - CANADA - SEP 23, 2009 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at RedBones BBQ in Davis Square. Pours a deep bronze with large head. Lots of citrus on the nose (orange peel) and spices. Flavor is very sweet with alcohol on the tongue but not in the finish, which is smooth. Recommended.
Pwn3d (1961) - Manhattan, New York, USA - SEP 20, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at rnh with ThorTheViking. Pours brown with virtually no head once settled. Nose is light malts, candi, alcohol. Taste is cherry, dark fruit, Candied malts, and alcohol. Not my favorite BSA.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - SEP 20, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Pours a mahogany body with a tan head. Chewy malt body, fruity with some apple and banana like esters. Heavily influenced by ginger and plum and vanilla. Nice brew. 10%, hmm i know why that imperial pint did me in.
1FastSTi (3270) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Palm Tavern. The beer pours to a very deep red/brown body with a fully coating creamy dense tan head. The aroma is heavily Belgian. Bananas and some dark malts. Wind of wintery but not like a winter lager. Dashes of yeasts or nutmeg and cardamom. The flavor is very nice with sweet bananas and Belgian dubbel yeast meets a nicely spicy (cardamom and cinnamon with a light clove and nutmeg). Sweet but not sugary or sticky. Tons of bananas. Green raisins. Almost like a dubbel meets the complexities of a quad. Sweet medium-full body that has a balanced carbonation.