smcolw (617) - 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 itís the ginger the makes this brew. One of the best ginger beers Iíve ever had.
Goodgrief (1972) - 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 wasnít as bad as I feared it would be, but I still didnít 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 (2244) - 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 (12924) - 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 (10532) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
BottleÖ 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 (1128) - Charlotte, 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 (3016) - 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 wasnít 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.
CheersMate (1337) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - DEC 12, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml. from Macís on West Peachtree. Thought I would enjoy one of these after a stressful night at the hospital (worker not patient). Nice dark brown color. Translucent appearance i.e. some light gets through, but VERY little. Wow, this definitely has a nice crisp spice flavor coming through. Also, I get some banana pudding-type aroma coming through as well. A nice fruit and spice aroma. Wow, the flavor is even better in my opinion. The spices just pop out everywhere. Coriander is noticeable and the cardamon is as well, but I really not familiar with mace, so I canít comment on that. The beer has a nice fruit flavor to accompany the spices. Nice creamy palate. I am very pleased to have tried this one. This is a nice offering from Ommegang.
obguthr (5415) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - DEC 12, 2009
3.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Milk chocolate and cherry liqueur, aroma with cinnamon accents. Murky brown, thin yellow head. Lots of fig. Cherries are also present with an apple core finish. Alcohol obvious. Sweet and tart, but the bitterness doesnít fit. I really didnít get any of the spices. Pleasantly aromatic, but not all that terrific tasting.
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 10, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. This one tastes like a really well made spiced imperial pumpkin with a hint of "Belgian" instead of pumpkin. If that doesnít make sense to you, give it a try and youíll see what I mean. Itís tasty stuff that smells even better. A wonderful, unique beer that pairs perfectly with cold weather and football. Mmmm.