geologyguy (1107) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - OCT 16, 2015
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Belgian white smell, banana-y...a decent bit of peppery spice...quite clovy...smooth and one dimentional
arkurzynski (1886) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 11, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy golden with effervescent white head. Nose of wet wheat malt, light citrus candy and Belgian yeast. Flavor is light wet malt and minerals with crisp citrus and Belgian character. Well-carbed with a crisp dry-ish finish.
Doghair (306) - Illinois, USA - OCT 11, 2015
3.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice golden color. Malty spiced aroma. Sharp on the tongue. Clean malt flavor with Belgian spices. Good beer.
rajendra82 (999) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - OCT 11, 2015
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The very pale Lannister blond body, and the rapidly rising carbonation bubbles. which formed a large, three finger thick head, made this beer look very similar to Duvel. The smell was spicy, fruity, sweet.,and slightly funky, which were all indicators of a yeast and wheat dominated beer. Each sip presented classic Belgian strong ale flavors of lemon, pear, white pepper, clove, banana, and a finish that was quite barnyard funky. Light, airy body, and an easy drinking disposition were quite pleasing. One of the most authentic tasting Belgian strong pale ale I have seen originating outside the mother country. Well done in returning this beer to the market, as I missed it during the initial release. The beer came in a two pack box of bombers bundled with a Brewery Ommegang and Game of Thrones branded glass. The exquisite artwork of the box provided an additional treat to a fan of the show like me. Winter is coming, so I might have to pick up a few of these to keep me warm.
smith4498 (3322) - Miami, Florida, USA - OCT 10, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours hazy straw color with white head. Aromas of coriander, citrus, banana, and grass. Similar flavors with some bitterness and earthiness. Medium body with lively carbonation.
Dorkenstein (217) - - OCT 8, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hay & Brett aromas, banana peel, clove and pepper too. Taste is grain, hay, tangerine zest, banana, and clove.
chucklemation (927) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - OCT 4, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I’m glad Ommegang re-released this, since I missed it the first time around. Pours a hazy yellow with a billowy white foam head. Aroma is lemon and spicy Belgian yeast. Flavor is lemon peel and sweet, spicy Belgian yeast, with a touch of bitterness at the end. Very enjoyable.
Petkus331 (378) - Redford, Michigan, USA - OCT 4, 2015
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Did not expect to find this on tap at Cantoro’s in Northville Michigan; searching for 2 years for this and it randomly appears. Aroma is of peach, white pepper, and straw; but this was served cold, i expect it to open up more as it warms up - a bit of sour dough bread and fallen crab apple when it warms up, some clove, oaky tannins. Appears hazy gold, lots of bubbles, nice white lace. Tannins really stand out in the taste (on the end), mild black pepper and sweet cereal grain are up front, tannins remind me of many Jolly Pumpkin ales. Fizzy, light, but the high tannin density makes it very "pucker-y." Overall, good.
superspak (3753) - Michigan, USA - SEP 30, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 8/14/2015. Pours slightly hazy bright golden yellow color with a 3 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, orange, apricot, pear, apple, coriander, pepper, clove, light banana/bubblegum, wheat, biscuit, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, bready malt, and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon, orange, apricot, pear, apple, coriander, pepper, clove, light banana/bubblegum, wheat, biscuit, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of yeast spiciness and moderate earthy/grassy hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange, apricot, pear, apple, coriander, pepper, clove, wheat, biscuit, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, bready malt, and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly creamy/bready/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian blonde ale style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, bready malt, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
BrewDragon (4) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 11, 2015 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2015 One of the finest I’ve tasted and it was the beer that started my trek toward drinking craft brews.
A full, rich, brew with a surprisingly light touch on the palate considering the amount of sediment left on the bottom after being capped. I hope they bring it back as an anniversary offering.