htnicholas (49) - California, USA - OCT 2, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Out of a 750 ml bottle. Pours deep ruby brown with a short lived light sandy brown head. Very little lacing and the head which quickly dissipates down to a thin ring. Aroma is of raisins, prunes and yeast. Very little detectible funk. The taste follows the aroma with the addition of flavors of tart cherries and candied figs and sugars. There is a surprising amount of alcohol heat for the 8.9% ABV. Belgian yeast and malt richness are big contributors to the flavor. Mouthfeel is slightly thick and a little sticky. Finish is sweet with just a hint of hop bitterness and a little dark fruit tartness to balance it out. A very good rendition of a Belgian dark ale. Initially I thought it was too sweet but it grew on me as I finished my first glass and I loved it by halfway through the second.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
TheCaptMatey (113) - Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a dark brown to black colour with a tan head that left thin lacing. Aroma is dark fruits and spiced yeast with hints of malt and alcohol. Flavor is dark fruits, spices, yeast, and roasted malt notes. Full bodied brew with good carbonation ending in a dry finish. Alcohol is well hidden.
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 22, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
In short: A fruity and roasted Belgian dark ale that is a bit too sweet. Just ok.
How: Bottle 750ml, consumed relatively fresh not long after purchase.
The look: Near black body topped by a persistent tan head.
In long: Nose is roasted, dried dark fruits of all kinds along with a certain spiciness. Body is full, a very lively carbonation, spot-on sumptuous big Belgian ale mouthfeel which is not surprising coming from Ommegang. Taste is more fruity than expected. Lots of raisins, dried fruits, fresh juicy fruits and with the fruity flavors that are not limited only to dark fruits. A lots of chewy malts that feel cake-like. A strong roast presence reminiscent of burnt toasts. Light notes of roasty coffee with a mocha coffee character. Not really any chocolate here. More spiciness than I expect from a beer that is not spiced. An unexpected light woody sensation. A high sweetness sensation (wiith molasses flavor) that is unexpected and even awkward considering the roasted level. This could have been a somewhat enjoyable beer but its high sweetness really brings down the score for me, the first glass was ok but drinking a full 750ml was not an easy task. I don’t think this is a bad beer at all, nor do I think this is a good beer, and if you ask me how important I think it is to have strong convictions I will tell you with hesitation that it might possibly be of some importance.
slowrunner77 (6114) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
"Pours cola brown or darker. Aroma yeasty and dark fruit, with some underlying cocoa as well. Prickly carbonation, light to medium bodied for the abv. Pretty nice, but the Ommegang specialties are beginning to not be worth the price when the regular releases are just as good or sometimes better for half. "
Shag (2638) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - SEP 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A brownish black appearance with a beige head. The aroma contains some chocolate, caramel, spices, toffee, and coffee. The flavor is a bit dry with some figs, raisins, chocolate, and a hint of citrus sourness. The palate is a bit thin for a beer of this flavor and aroma profile. Overall its an enjoyable beer.
fluffy (1802) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
sampled at a bottle share. aroma was nice, flavor was kinda meh though, like a lot had dissipated.
Boutip (4868) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 25, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Poured a clear black color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of candi sugar with light dry fruit notes is quite sublime. Taste is also a great mix of candi sugars with some dried fruits and a solid Belgian malt backbone. Body is full enough for style with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Some spices can also bed detected. Very solid offering and this is a beer I could have more regularly.
Syzzer (596) - Oregon, USA - JUL 30, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from bomber with my buddy josh. Very dark brown color, no light passes through. Flavor malty, coffee with vague dates. Tan small bubbles for head..(8.3 bd).
BREWMUSKCLES (2303) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 13, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
very nice and described well here. if made without spice then it would seem to have some magic to it. good beer.
Shot (179) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JUL 5, 2014
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours ruby black with a thin head. Fruity, chocolaty aromas--stone fruits and dark chocolate, raisin and caramel. Flavors are dark fruits up front, then chocolate, coffee, black pepper; raisin and bready notes in the finish. Noticeable alcohol warmth. Wow. This is really good! Peppery mouthfeel with a light, dry finish. This is a definite keeper.
Homer321 (2152) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottleshare thanks to Beechner224. A ton of fruit in the nose, figgy. Taste is a lightly tart fruity flavor. Ok I guess.