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RATINGS: 238   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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The Belgian-Scotch brewing connection dates to World War I, when thousands of Scotsmen spent years in Belgium. To satisfy their new customers, Belgian brewers learned to brew Scotch-style ales, and the style became a new and significant part of the Belgian brewing tradition. This fine Ommegang ale uses heather tips and a wee bit of smoked malt to bring the taste and aroma of Scotland to the forefront.


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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 24, 2010
Dark copper nearly brown. Sweet aroma balanced by a bit of belgian funk. Flavor is a bit flat. Needs more sweetness for me. The smoke is a nice touch. I hoped for something a bit more exciting though.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ttoadee (652) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 7, 2014
Pours a deep clear amber. Decent tan head. Nose is smoke, sea air, dark soft fruits. Bittersweet. Middle is smooth and smokey, coco & fig spread. Finish is creamy & full-bodied with a hint of peat and alcohol.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
generallee08 (682) - New York, USA - MAY 23, 2014
Appearance: It looks dark in the glass and has a garnet red hue when held up to the light. This is capped off by a two to three finger head which has excellent retention. A small light tan layer of foam hangs on till the last sip. As I take each sip the head coats the glass with film of slick bubbles which brakes up and leaves cool lace patterns on the glass. Smell: I get a lot of the smoked malt right up front with some mild fruity malt notes and classic Ommegang yeast notes underneath. Way off in the distance is a very faint hint of heather. Taste/Palate: The flavor has a sweet malty character up front with fruity and yeasty notes. This is backed up with very firm smoky malt which covers up the light floral heather notes. Hops are distant and offer only light leafy herbal notes with light hop bitterness. This all comes by way of a smooth softly carbonated palate with a medium to full body.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
BelgianBeerGal (3197) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2014
Bottle most likely from Belmont or JJ’s but finally drank in FL. Nice dark brown-bronze pour with reddish highlights. Short foamy khaki head. Gentle aroma of malt and a hint of the heather with a little smoke lurking too. Nice flavor that starts with malt, then you get a nice smokiness and it finishes with a lingering, coffee-like bitterness. Well done.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (2625) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2014
Bottle. Pours amber brown with a one finger off-white head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, raisins and some light smoke. Rich malty flavor of caramel malts, raisins, dark fruit, earth, toffee and had a touch of smoke.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beergeek23322 (2272) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - DEC 8, 2013
9/23/2010. From bottle. Redbrown with a tan head. Roasted malt, dried fruit, sugar, Belgian yeast, caramel and nutty flavors with a hint of smoke. Good balance and complexity.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
merc7186 (2114) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 27, 2013
A: Amber Hue, Passes Some Light, White Head Ring, Some Lacing S: Mild Caramel, Mild Belgian Sugars T: Caramel, Mild Coffee, Mild Belgian Sugars M: Average Carbonation, Light to Medium Bodied, Mildly Sweet Overall, it definitely has fallen off with age.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wisdomsolo (453) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2013
WOW! It pours a dark cloudy brown and has a sweet malt aroma. The flavor is smoky and it has a full palate and pleasant mouth-feel. EXCELLENT BEER!

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 29, 2012
Bottle. Poured a slightly hazy dark brown color with orange highlights. The head was thick and light tan with good retention and lacing. Alluring mix of aromas that included the likes of peat smoke, tobacco, dark fruits, roasty malt, and hints of leather and brown sugar. Medium bodied and delicately sweet with carbonation on the bubbly end of the spectrum. Black tea, smoke, and tobacco flavors with a dash of salt.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2611) - Michigan, USA - OCT 28, 2012
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/2/2010. Pours lightly hazy dark brick red color with a nice 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big molasses, raisin, toffee, toast, caramel, chocolate, pepper, earth, clove, floral, and yeast spiciness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity. Taste of raisin, pear, molasses, toffee, toast, chocolate, biscuit, caramel, nuttiness, pepper, earth, floral, and yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of raisin, molasses, toffee, toast, chocolate, nuttiness, pepper, and earth on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity and balance of flavors that are nicely robust; zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent scotch ale with a Belgian twist. Very well balanced, robust, and complex; very smooth to sip on. Really enjoyed this one. Glad I was finally able to try it.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
robforbes (2073) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - OCT 3, 2012
pours a redish brown with a medium size dirty-white head, and good lacing. smell is of roasted malt, caramel, and spice. taste is a little sour, toffee, and spice. ends a little bitter.


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