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RATINGS: 342   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
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There is one who foretells what is coming. How the future grows darker each day. That an ancient voice soon will be calling, and good folks will be caught in its sway.

For the soothsayer brews a magnificent ale, deep and black, through the blackest of arts. He predicts its pure notes, without secrets or spice, will tempt tongues, will turn heads, will steal hearts.



Malts: Pils, pale, cara crystal, aroma, Midnight Wheat, Cara Pils, flaked oats. Hops: Spalter Select and Styrian Golding. Yeast: Ommegang house yeast. Spices: None

OG: 19.5 Plato

FG: 4.18 Plato

ABV 8.7%

IBU 24


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dlovell2 (1771) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 18, 2016
Poured from 22 oz cork and cage bottle. Pours black with big creamy, foamy head. Aroma is cocoa, dark fruit, and spicy yeast. Creamy mouth feel. Dark fruit upfront, dried plums, dark cherries. Some chocolate in the middle and a earthy Belgium yeast in the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (9574) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JAN 18, 2016
Tap at Busters. Dark pour with a clingy light beige head. Belgian yeast, dark fruit, bread. Solid tasty beer.
Earlier Rating: 5/7/2012 Total Score: 3.7
Tap at Fire House in Eau Claire. Dark cola pour with a foamy white head. Yeast, banana, and dark fruit. Very good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
commonmac (1045) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2016
Big bottle purchased at Total Wine & Spirits. Consumed with commonshawn and Double Tís. Basically dark brown with an off white head. Aroma is Belgian like with dark, slightly funky, fruit. Taste also has a distinct Belgian funk. Dark fruits (dates) play a big role. Definitely benefits from warming up with a stronger depth of flavor. Tartness. No sign of hops...malt is presiding over this effort. Iím slightly underwhelmed but itís still above average. I foresee myself giving this another chance.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
commonshawn (1049) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2016
Big bottle from total wine and spirits with commonmac. Poured into goblet. Cola color with full off white head. Nice Belgian nose full of dark fruit, alcohol, sugar, and yeast. Sweet, sugar, licorice, then some yeasty funk. Tastes terrific. Finish is clean and smooth. Soft and very pleasant body. I looked into the crystal ball and predicted Iíd like this and it was true.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ron (3587) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 14, 2016
Bottle at JBís. Pours dark brown with a large creamy tan head. Aroma of dark fruits. Flavor is dark fruits, some dates and medium dark malt. Nice thick malty body with some alcohol.
Earlier Rating: 4/28/2012 Total Score: 3.6
On tap at Macgregorís. Poured a dark brown color with a small tan head. Aroma is a bit fruity with some yeast. Also chocolate and some nuts. Taste is quite malty with lots of different flavors. Some nuts, raisins, and a touch of vanilla. Pretty sweet overall. Very nice.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14092) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 12, 2016
750 c&c from The Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours very dark brown with a huge, creamy tan head. Aroma of plummy dark fruits and treacle. Full bodied or nearly. Flavor is plummy dark fruits, maybe some dates, medium dark malt. Itís not particularly hoppy, and certainly not dry. Very tasty tho. Almost as tasty as a plummy quad. Seems to have some spicy notes after awhile. Gets a bit earthy as well.
Earlier Rating: 4/20/2012 Total Score: 4.2
750, c&c, from Beverages 4 Less in Santee, CA. Fredís ever on top of new releases. New to me anyway. Pours dark brown/black with a creamy/foamy tan head. Aroma is chocolate with some dark fruit and herbs. Maybe anise. Full bodied. Flavor is chocolate, cola, somewhat burnt malt, darker fruits, anise, yeast/spice - thereís a great lot of things in this. Finish starts with banana, ?, and goes on to be a spiced, herbed doppelbock kind of thing. Kudos to Moortgat for enabling Ommegang to make such great ales. Wonderful stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jb (2935) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2016
Cocoa, dark fruit, a touch of spiciness all are nicely integrated in the nose. Appearance is very dark, canít tell if clear or hazy, I think clear, orange highlight. Very thick fluffy tan head. Great taste and palate. Very bright, prominent carbonation in the mouthfeel. Cola taste along with dark fruit. Creamy feel then hit by the carbonation, and a bit of grittiness and a dark sweet dark chocolate finish. Really enjoyable.
Earlier Rating: 6/2/2012 Total Score: 3.9
The star of my night. In a flute glass, dark, auburn shade, creamy looking head. Woody, smokey, spicy nose. In the palate is spice, cloves, apples. Creamy mouthfeel, a tiny bit of hops , dryness at the back. This stuff rocks.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tsd08460 (820) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - JAN 9, 2016
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2016 Aroma: roasty, Belgian yeast, alcohol, dark fruits Appearance: black with a brown head Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, Palate: medium body, creamy, lively carbonation, long finish, Tasty

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
egajdzis (6105) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2015
[Batch 1] Opaque black with a medium- sized, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, cocoa, dark fruits, sherry and some burnt wood. Taste of roast, dark fruits, cocoa, light alcohol in the finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
chinchill (4270) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 11, 2015
{From notes}. Pours a dark, murky brown color with a tan head. S: nicely balanced array of roasted grain, dark fruits, baked bread, vague spices and caramel. T: Plenty of dark fruit mid-taste and in the aftertaste, with a kick of dark chocolate in the finish. A trace of light smoke. M: superb -- full body and very creamy. O: exceptionally enjoyable and better than expected, even from a premier American producer of Belgian style beers.


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