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RATINGS: 338   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


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ron (3472) - 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 (13737) - 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 (2831) - 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 (709) - 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 (5952) - 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 (4001) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sirmixsomewhat (182) - Paoli, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2015
There is a sweetness to this beer that I didnít expect upon pouring it, as it pours very dark and smells like a wintry ale. Itís powerful but not overpowering, and is a great winter beer to drink.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Panzuriel (1787) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - AUG 10, 2015
Art of Darkness Pours a dark red black with a tan head that nice lacing. Nose is dark fruits and caramelized malts. The taste is a bit dry with some figs, raisins, chocolate and some lingering Belgian yeast byproducts. The body is medium to thin, but with some texture. Finish is slightly sweet. Very nice Belgian Dark.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bigtaster (896) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 17, 2015
From bottle into snifter. Black semi clear, tan head around edges. Huge molasses, dark fruit, anise, pepper. Sweet, light bitterness, oily body, some bitterness. Herbal bitterness, long anise, very good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jamesewelch (259) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - FEB 24, 2015
From 750ml, corked, from a 3-pack bought at Costco around Dec (3+ months), poured into an Ommegang branded Belgian tulip glass

Aroma: Cherries, fruit, maltiness

Appearance: black, frothy tan head

Taste: Medium sweet, light bitter

Palate: Medium bodied, creamy texture, bitter/dry almost a dark chocolate bitter-like finish

Overall: Really surprised thereís no fruit or spices in this. The yeast must be incredible. Lots of cherries on initial aroma which fades a bit to more maltiness. Incredible body and nice Belgian dry finish with some dark chocolate overtones on the finish. Easy to drink, hard to find anything to complain about.


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