Rastacouere (6045) - Montreal, Quebec, - NOV 2, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Hazy orange ale covered by a gentle, mostly lasting white cover. Highly estery (melon, pear, banana...) yeast character is the focus point of the aroma, but there’s also plenty of honeyed, almost biscuity malts in this ale in which the oak is not overbearing, but feeling purposeless from start to finish. That particular component has a negative bearing on many fronts to me, rendering the carbonation that seems well constituted with large, natural bubbles, but they seem largely eaten out by the aging and fade out rather quickly, leaving a flabby texture accentuating the generous residual sugar dosages which hamper drinkability. Indeed, sugary stewed fruits and vanilla fill the palate and are never sufficiently cut through by the seemingly fine, but insufficiently prominent spicy, flowery, herbal hops of noble character. Alcohol is quite noticeable, but Ommegang never really seemed to care about hiding it. To me, a rare subpar beer from Ommegang.
closey22 (255) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAY 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber with little rimming head; aroma of sweet malt and "maiden oil’ Flava is very rich and complex starting out with sweet malt and some fruit(orangey) then hops come out then licoricy malt and then dry woody(cedar) finish ; feels soft medium body with little fizz
Chalsk (936) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - MAY 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap a Cloverleaf. Pours a deep amber brown cider like color with no head. Some life. Aroma of caramel and cider. Light cider like taste with some tart and earthiness. Big malty back bone to balance the tart. Decent.
emacgee (3445) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAY 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Milltown. Pours a soft and slightly hazy golden amber with 1-2 fingers of dense creamy sandstone tan head. Nose is bready and rich with earthy and biscuity malt notes. A very nice toasted grain character with a touch of sweetness and vinous notes all provide support. A nice sweetness and vinous character in the flavor. Very malty flavor and aroma. Very earthy and refined malt character, absolutely wonderful. Medium bodied with a mild carbonation
Viper666 (2708) - Saint-Hubert, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille 750ml. De couleur ambrée foncée et voilée. Nez de caramel, de grains de malt sucrés, léger de levures fruitées (raisins sucrés, traces de pommes, de poires et de prunes) et épicées (clou de girofle) aux petites notes terreuses, léger de houblon herbeux avec des notes de sirop d’érable et de pain. Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen ainsi qu’une texture aux notes sirupeuses et crémeuses. Goût de levures fruitées (moyen de figues, notes de prunes et de raisins, traces de pommes), légèrement épicées (poivre doux, notes de clou de girofle) et aux petites notes terreuses accompagné de notes de pain lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un goût de caramel, un léger goût de grains de malt sucrés aux notes rôties avec des notes de biscuits ainsi que des traces de sirop d’érable et de bois. En finale, l’on retrouve une légère amertume de houblon herbeux avec des traces de sucre brun et d’alcool doux. Post-goût moyen-long et aux notes sèches, légèrement amer de houblon herbeux avec un goût de levures fruitées (notes de pelures de raisins) et aux notes terreuses ainsi qu’avec un léger résiduel de caramel.
boFNjackson (3581) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Duck Island Ale House in Seattle... Poured clear, amber reddish/orange with an off-white head. Grainy, earthy, with a big fruity character. Berries meshed with some yeast tones and a dryness with a hint of oak. The wood tones offered even more of an herbal, earthy character.
beerproject (109) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 10, 2013
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma has notes of fig, dark fruit and caramel, moderately strong. Taste is malty sweet up front followed by some fruit and acidity, slightly boozy finish. Someone told me it had a vomit taste and now I can’t shake that thought...
Beerman6686 (3125) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This poured a lightly hazy darker yellow with a white head. Aroma was lots candy pitted fruit, some maple pie, and vomit. Flavor was maple wood, candied walnuts and Belgian yeast. Just odd.
superspak (1484) - Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 5/25/2012. Pours lightly cloudy orange amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grape, pear, apple, caramel, brown sugar, floral, pepper, wood, biscuit, light clove, light nuttiness, light toffee, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of malt, fruity/spicy esters, and wood aging; with nice strength. Taste of grape, apple, caramel, brown sugar, pepper, wood, clove, biscuit, light nuttiness, light toffee, earthy yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of light fruits, caramel, brown sugar, pepper, clove, wood, biscuit, light nuttiness, light toffee, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of malt and fruity/spicy esters with the wood aging; with a solid malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a moderately slick and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Biere de Garde style! Great complexity and balance of all flavor notes; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.
Bule (195) - California, USA - APR 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml Bottle pours a hazy reddy brown color. Great balance of malt and caramel flavors.
mcberko (4075) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Saraveza’s Farmhouse and Wild Ale Festival, pours an opaque vibrant bronzy orange with a fairly large off-white head. Aroma of butterscotch, barnyard notes, and earthy notes – maybe a bit of diacetyl. Flavour brings out rich notes of butterscotch and earthy farmhouse notes, along with maple and oak. Very complex and unorthodox for the style. The maple adds a very unusual, but complimentary complexity. Great stuff.