Crockett (1028) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy gold with a huge pearl white firm lacing head. Spiced musty yeast nose. Orange, caramel, banana and pepper. Some cheese and stray aluminum/tin. Fresh and wheat/grass flavours. Honey and lemon. Finish is tight with traces of bitterness and toast.
maltdog (621) - Colorado, USA - MAY 31, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
School bus yellow, hazy, and teeming with microscopic bubbles. Fluffy, sudsy head with phenomenal staying power leaves gossamer lace. Surpising evolution of flavors; the bottle had been out of the fridge for 30 minutes, but the last sips I had 30 minutes after that were of a completely different beer. Initial aroma of lemongrass, fresh corn and hot grass clippings, goat and wet wool, metal, and talcum powder. Grainy, spicy flavor with honeysuckle blossom sweetness and some earthy/spicy bitterness. Over time, the metallic scent fades and the nose becomes meadlike. Also, the tastes become even more lemony, goatier, sweeter and peppery-er; later it takes on a sweet/sour pineapple character; the last sips had the floral and spicy trademarks of a good Traminette. Mouthfeel is medium-light, soft and fluffy. Odd boiled vegetable aftertaste. Pleasant and restrained, a nice sipping beer for a summer afternoon.
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAY 30, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very crisp and dry on the palate with tons of effervescence, and alcohol very well hidden by a high hop level -- selling points that make this beer stand out as a "best buy" at under $5.00 for a 750 ml bottle. Hennepin pours a foamy white head and has a light golden color more typical of a blonde ale, with lots of tiny bubbles in a steady stream. Aroma is highly malty with lots of fruit esters and a refreshing pinch of yeastiness, all combining in a very earthy tone. Flavor is also more like a high-quality blonde and is non-possessive of the characteristic citric elements of the saisons I’ve tried; rather, there is intense bland, perhaps mango fruitiness leading to strong malt alcohol in the middle with intense hops in the finish that subsequently covers the alcohol well. I decided to subtract 2 Overall points for the seeming out-of-style nature of the flavor and the appearance, but that has no bearing on the fact that this is a great beer! Nice to know that America can put out stuff to rival the native turf (though Ommegang is part of the "Duvel Family" and could very well have native Hollanders at the brewing helm.)
BrockLanders (779) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 27, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Kellys, Dunedin FL. Pours a very hazy yellow with quickly dissipating big head. Taste matches aroma....moderately sweet, orange, and quite a bit of coriander spice. Throw in some yeasty breadiness and you’ve got the picture. Medium bodied....nice dry spicy finish. I feel bad for waiting so long to try this...it was pretty good.
MolsonMan (58) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours orange with plenty of white head. Tastes of fruit and a bubblegum after taste. Thin body but the alcohol is very noticable.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 17, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Pale golden, hazy, monsterous white rocky head, lovely lacing.   Musty aroma, basement, subtle spices.   Peppery flavor, soft witbier spices of corriander and orange peel, slightly floral.   Very enjoyable body, medium to full mouthfeel.   Yeasty finish, lingering spices.   Not as dry or floral as those from Belgium, but very tasty regardless.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy golden orange in color. Noticeable fizz refueling the head, which is a fluffy, 1/2" thick creamy joy. Great lacing. Aroma is bananas, yeast and pepper. Some wafts hint at wet socks coming out of an old leather shoe. Very good flavor - citric shine, effervescent and souring. Lemon meringue pie and crackled black pepper. A little thinning on the finish, but otherwise a damn good saison.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 11, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured dark cloudy gold with a white head. Aroma: honey, yeast, banana, cloves, peach, lemon, and orange. The flavor is lightly fruity with a strong breadlike body. Very smooth and tasty.
Mklein818 (172) - Etterbeek, Virginia, BELGIUM - MAY 10, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A true Hall of Famer from Cooperstown--a real tasty Belgian in every respect except the passport. A very ethereal opening leads to a solid, yeasty, hoppy Tripel base... Excellent, a winner
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 9, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle I picked up at Brewery Ommegang in February 2003. (This review fromAugust 2003)
A fine appeance, looks even better than it tasted, A luminescent gold but cloudy. It has a thick white head, even with a gentle pour. Smells spicy (ginger or coriander) and hoppy with a hint of apple. Tastes alternately sour and fruity (depending on where it’s hitting the palette) with that ginger spiciness thrown in. Quite the hoppy aftertaste but not unpleasantly so. Aftertaste really lingers. Has a foamy mouthfeel with a medium body. For such a complex ale, it is very drinkable. I would have to say this is my favorite Ommegang product I’ve tried thus far.