DYCSoccer17 (3490) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 3, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a mildly coudly blonde witha very robust 6cm head that is white. This head has decent staying power. It has the aroma of a typical Belgian--yeastly with perhaps some banana in there as well. Start is somewhat acidic and yeastly. Middle is tart and bitter. Sweetens out into a very pleasant ending, though which makes you want to come back for more. A good mouthfeel from a Beligan. This is definitely one of the better North American Belgians--up there with Unibroue.
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 26, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lovely farmhouse beer, that is exceptionally refreshing and pure. So good on warm day, right there with a good hefe for that occasion. Spicy with some complexity for the beer geeks.
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - SEP 21, 2003
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This was an interesing beer to sniff. I thought it smelled a lot like tuna fish. Tiny bit of tuna/fishy flavor, but overall it's pretty mild, nothing outstanding, but a nice refreshing brew. Malty flavor profiles, hardly any bitterness, finish is nice, and palate is a little effervescent.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 6, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2005 Hazy golden color with rocky white head, looks very appealing. Aroma is full of floral notes, with hints of apricots and Belgian yeast. Soft mouthfeel. Some herbal notes, light sweetness. Finishes rather dry with some dusty notes. Light fruit throughout. A great value for a beer of this quality.
Ubiquibeer (140) - Cleveland, USA - SEP 5, 2003
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Small white head, pale golden color. Pretty highly carbonated. Smells malty, fruity and yeasty--very much like a weizen beer to me. Fizzy malty taste, with a very yeasty and bitter finish. I don't mind the flavor until the finish. A little too yeasty sharp for me. All-in-all a decent beer though.
wnp22 (687) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 29, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted in DC from Cairo. Nice golden yellow cloudy appearance. Good head formation and lacing. Orange spice scent with a champagne like quality. Flavour is very subtle and surprised me considering the bold aroma. Nice mellow balance with a slight yeasty / malty finish.
monkeyman (57) - Alabama, USA - AUG 26, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled 9-26-02. Ready to drink now! Yards Saison on steroids. Simply wonderful mix of up-front bitterness/ odd spiciness and huge, thundering malt. Moderate, pure white head with an golden opaque cloudiness. Alcohol completely hidden. Geesh.
BtownBrewer (91) - Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 24, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I think I was expecting too much from this beer, after just having had the Ommegang and decided it would be my first 5.0 rated beer. Thick sticky looking head. Tastes spicy and citrusy. Was it more body I was expecting? reminded me a little bit of a hefe.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 23, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2004 Large bottle, lukewarm. Pours a bright golden orange, with a large white head consisting of enormous soap bubbles. Aroma changed slightly everytime I picked up the glass, ranging from faint bananas, yeast, spice, oatmeal raisin cookie, new car, bubble gum, and barn. Big initial flavor burst, spice, vanilla, yeast, oak, chewy dough. Second pour reveals more bubble gum and upstate NY barnyard feel, hint of cheddar, and the alcohol is well masked. Long malt aftertaste. Soft carbonation, and warms you up quickly. Style is close to that of a tripel. I thorougly enjoyed this beer, I was quite suprised at just how good this is, though it could maybe use a bit more farmhouse, or not. The rating was not affected at all by the fact that I scored a free Duvel shirt for buying this beer. Will enjoy again in the fall.
ericnixon (741) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 23, 2003
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2006 Re-rate - 5/28/2006 - I bought a bottle of the cave-aged Hennepin at Ommegang the other day. Pours a clear, light coppery color. Citrusy, yeasty aroma. Mild, smooth fizziness with very mellow, yet enjoyable blend of flavors. Light seasony finish. Old rating from 2004: I liked this label. busy and colorful, but in a good modern kinda way. Nice golden color with a big head that slowly dissapated. Spicy lemony flavor.