Arayaga2 (2114) - portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 10, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sweet spicy smell... cloudy yellow with thick white. Mild flavor, lightly sweet and spicy. Not much to it,really. It is more robust in smell than taste.
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - JUN 7, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. The first thing you notice about this is that as you pour it, the head forms faster than the rate of pour. Pretty much have to pour it in shifts. Great farmhouse aroma. Sweetness from bubblegum and banana is wonderfully balanced by a tart mustiness. First sip is dry, tart and somewhat sweet. It meets your tongue with a sweetness (banana, honey, citrus) and then hits the back of your throat with a peppery spice and a tart dryness. As it warms, it gets a little funky, but still refreshing none the less. A great brew for a warm and humid summer night out on the front porch.
warrior (213) - Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orange and spice in the aroma. Slightly cloudy with a golden yellow color. Some orange and ginger spice like flavor with some hop bitterness. There is some sweetness from the malt and sugar used in this beer but the body is light with a crisp finish. The beer is very effervescent and has the light belgian style flavor that comes from the yeast in the end. This is a very good beer and it is hard to beleive that it is a 7.7% alc beer. I opend a 750 ml and that will be all for tonight!
cvillebeer (134) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 5, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Iam a long time fan of this beer- it pours a hazy golden-yellow with good carbonation- not a glass of foam, neither to be mistaken for cask real ale... Aromas of a sweet blend of banana, clove and hops- but the flavor is more along the lines of spice and subtle fruit with a subtle hop presence. Well balanced, sweet but dry on the finish, light in the mouth for 7.5%. Great!
Padron4KM (797) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JUN 4, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle. No freshness date noted.
Pours out a hazy golden straw color, with a fluffy egg white head and lively carbonation. Thick patches of lacing left behind.
Aroma is banana and yeast and musty. a little stanky cheese.
Flavor is sweet honey and lemon, with some peppery spice.
Finish is ruby red grapefruit and citrus zest. touch of alcohol burn on the throat.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 2, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
had this on tap at brick store the other night. it was excellent and if i hadnt had all the fries ahead of time i wouldf have had the whole thing O:) Great yeasty honey, orange, apricot flavors with hints of aluminum foil, cinnamon and apple interpersed. all in all a good brew i hope to enjoy again.
SRBMOJO (6) - ALISO VIEJO, California, USA - JUN 2, 2005 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
huge lasting white head, plenty of lacing, very light yet flavorful. great belgian style ale. can’t wait to try the other Ommegang brews
Crockett (1081) - Southampton, 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.)