sammy3D (141) - Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA - NOV 2, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a bottle this beer is an inviting golden color... almost clear with a bold fizzy top. Nice lace is forming as I sip. Aroma is fruity, yeasty with peppery notes...reminds me of a fine wine. Flavor is an outstanding cornucopia of different fruity sweetnes with banana, lemon, apricot and plenty of peppery spice to balance. Not at all heavy with a pleasing fizzy mouthfeel. Pleasant yeasty aftertaste that invites another sip. Ommegang seems to have captured the belgian "magic" in this Saison.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy gold/copper. Ginormous, cream colored head settles to a small, rocky layer almost as it quickly as it formed. Aroma of musty yeast, crisp hops, light fruitiness and spices. Same flavors with a dry, yeasty finish and aftertaste. Lacing painting the glass. Medium body. Would be an excellent aperitif for sure, although 750 ml is a lot of aperitif. Very nice saison.
jefcon (1595) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pale gold, champagne-like head. Wonderful, dare I say fabulous aromas of baking bread, lemon citrus and oats. Flavors follow suit. Spicy hop bite and mild, dry finish. Orange, apricot, and apple fruits are buried in the taste. Slightly acidic, again, champagne-like tones to the beer. Carbonated, but full, palate. Great mouthfeel. A beer that gives the belgians a run for their money.
altkencru (143) - USA - NOV 1, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Highly competitive with Belgian triples, and it’s clearly better than some Belgians. O could easliy charge another buck or two and still be competitive.
Nejhleader (1418) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to my friend sally for this one. Freaking huge head or pure white. Aroma was a bit malty. Doesn’t taste as good as it does fancy/elegant. I’d rather drink something else.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 21, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In the big bottle. Pours a banana colored yellow with a monstrously lage white head. Aroma has citrus, coriander and yeasty esters. Flavor is delightfully clean and tart with a fine bitterness. Good, but not awesome.
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 18, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I tried this beer along with it’s sister (The Ommegang Belgian Strong) and I honestly had trouble telling the two appart. I really guess I ought to try them side by side again to pay closer attention to the differences. Then again, maybe I just wasn’t paying close enough attention to the beers in the first place. Like I mentioned in my other Ommegang rating, these beers are EVERYWHERE in NC now. It’s a little crazy. I kind of wish the Imperial Stouts and IPAs and other stronger American and English style beers were as widely available as these Belgian style ales.
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 17, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours very cloudy pale yellow. Lots of carbonation in the pour. Very thin white head. Mostly yeasty aroma, with some hints of over ripe fruit. I taste a little bit of spice and fruit, maybe banana. Carbonated and a little tart mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden. Finishes a little sour. This is my first of this style.....it’s not bad.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 17, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a great brew to bring out after the softball team has had one or two macro’s Their intial thirst is quenched and this has a little body but that great thirst quenching tartness and crispness that will make them slow down and appreciate a great taste
Zeswaft (1590) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - OCT 14, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I can’t really tell the difference between this and any other belgian beer. Just that i like it better because it is not as strong