JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 24, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml from Sam’s, Durham. Always nice to see a new brew from Ommegang. And the brew doesn’t fall short of the mark anywhere. But while I appreciate its look (an appealing cloudy pale gold, with roiling carbonation and a fluffy, long-lasting head), its aroma (vague yeast and bright hops, with a touch of bread like a biere de garde and a dry musty saison-like frame), and the taste (gently fruity, with a ripeness or gamey bit in the center), nothing about it knocks me out or even seems altogether too distinctive. Was a bit surprised, but could have been the wrong circumstances or something? Possible rerate for sure.
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - MAR 23, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle from chevy chase. limited edition, and it looks like a blackthorn cider bottle so my eyes missed it the first few times i looked. pours orangey with a tan head. nose is sweet with candi sugar and a light syrupy hoppy vibe. taste is sweet light and very quaffable. this is very good and very drinkable
drewbeerme (3836) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle. pours a murky golden-amber with foamy white head. aroma has nice hoppy notes that are floral, herbal, and peach. the malt brings a semi sweet stiff biscuity flavor while the hops are spicy, mint, and tangerine. dry finish. a very sold belgian single that i only wish could be sold for at their lower end price point.
hopscotch (8460) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle… RBWG ‘10… Pours cloudy yellow with a small, creamy, white head. Excellent retention. Spicy, fruity, citrusy-hop nose. Light to medium-bodied with fizzy carbonation. The flavor is a little spicy, fairly hoppy and crisp. Lightly bitter finish. Bottle courtesy of growler!
SSSteve (3633) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 19, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle. super pop cork rigged. clear gold with lots of bubbles under a very large foamy white head. floral and musty hop aroma that is far from bitter or citrus. the flavor is yeasty with soft tropical and floral hops. soft to moderate carbonation paves the way for a creamy palate. grassy, harvested cereal grain finish. solid.
satan165 (1018) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
aroma is pineapple, coconut, beach, ocean, suntan lotion, salty rocky yeast. appearance is ultra hazy golden sunshine. flavor is big dry yeast and more soft peach and pineapple bomb hop note devoid of harsh pine or acidic elements. mathematical formulas could not possibly contrive a better ABV for this already sessionable beer. a simple wonder, even for ommegang whose roster is already filled with beers of this nature.
HonkeyBra (3063) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orange amber pour with fluffy white head that clings to the glass. Big tropical fruit aroma with some esters, banana, bubble gum. Really excellent flavor. Fruity flavor balanced by leafy hops. Fairly sweet upfront and settling into a dry, light bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly creamy texture and good soft carbonation. Finishes dry. Absolutely great beer from Ommegang.
CheersMate (1298) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - MAR 18, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml. bottle from Mac’s on West Peachtree. Wow, I am extremely intoxicated, but I will rate this beer anyways. Copper colored beer. Dark orange haze color, with a fluffy head that fades away quite slowly. Looks like a damn good Belgian ale to me. Bubblegum Belgian yeast aroma poking through with a subtle but refreshing hop aroma. Yeast and sugar are the dominating aromas. Aroma is pungent and aromatic, but you have to realize that this aroma is very sweet smelling. I am not really getting much of a hop aroma. When I taste this beer, I would have to say it is damn near perfect. Belgian yeast and sugar are present, at first. Then I get that lingering citrus bitterness that mixes almost perfectly with the sweet sugar and Belgian yeast flavor(s). The bitterness is not caustic or incisive, but it develops quite well to where it is not intrusive, but complimentary. Banana aroma coming through more, in terms of aroma, as the beer warms. Fresh hop flavor at first, and the a somewhat creamy, but amply carbonated texture provide the perfect taste. A damn fine offering from an unpretentious brewery. This beer is extremely subtle, and yet it provides the right flavors at the right time. A bit too carbonated. Also, if the hop profile was pushed up a bit, this would be perfect. Buy this fresh, or buyer beware; caveat emptor.
PorterPounder (5102) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tallahassee, Fl - Market Square Liquors - 750 ml corked bottle. Pours a dark murky orange with a soft white silky head that leaves a nice coat of lacing. Aroma has some nice lemony accents, some spicy notes - saffron comes to mind, and a hint of yeast. Flavor is very refreshing with some soft buttery notes, tart lemon, some cloves and a hint of white grapes. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy. Excellent.
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAR 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Kegs & Barrels in Plano, TX. Pours a hazy dark orange with large fluffy head. Aroma of light lemon, some farmhouse, nice hoppy bouquet. Flavor is very balanced, nice farmhouse, light citrus, light grain, nice light grapefruit/pine hoppy notes, earthy with a nice bitterness in the end. Mouth feel is light-medium body with fizzy carbonation. Overall, it is a well put together beer and refreshing on a nice spring day.