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 (742) - 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.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Honey-colored, monster, frothy head, and super-lively carbonation. Aroma of citrus, yeast, hop pungence and Belgian candy sugar. Flavor defines the distinction between sour, citrus, and tart, because they're all there. Finish has some dry, bitter qualities and the palate is like oak. This beer screams "clone", although I can't identify the model but I know that the mimic underachieves because it lacks depth.
FtWorthBrew (105) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - AUG 21, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Everything about this brew reminds me of the origonal ommegang, with the exception of being lighter and maybe a little bit "fruitier" It also seemed to have less of an alcohol taste than many other Belgian ales. Flavor is not very complex.
ivan9856 (189) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 21, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a classic cloudy yellow/orange bottle-conditioned ale pouring with a huge off-white rocky head. It is a fine looking rustic ale, but left surprisingly little lacing through 750ml. I’m always appreciative of an authentic bottle conditioned ale, especially those with an authentic or ersatz cork and the ritualistic opening and pour that follows. What can I say? I’m a sucker for ceremony…however trivial. The aroma of this beer hints of floral, citrus, bread and alcohol. I found it mostly dry and revitalizing from start to finish. It was a tad light on the front end and not quite as sweet and malty as I expected, but this ale balanced out quite nicely with a nice hop and light alcohol flavor in its finish. Mid-palate flavors I identified include grapefruit, pear and a trace of bread-like yeast. I enjoyed this beer quite a bit, and find it to be very refreshing and faithful reproduction of the Belgian Saison or French Biere de Garde style. I recommend this lighter style offering from Brewery Ommegang (Moortgat) over its Belgian Abbey Ale. This ale would go equally well with dinner or as a stand alone.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - AUG 21, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Named after the first European to set his eyes upon the Niagara Falls, the name of my god-awful hometown. Quality beer though. 25 oz. bottle. Cloudy orange/tan color with an off-white head. Very yeasty aroma with some citrusy fruit as well. Malty flavor, also slightly spicy and sweet. Lots of carbonation. Quite good.
CapFlu (5072) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 11, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Faint whiskey, sweet malt and mild hops. Clear amber with thin foamy, non-dissipating head. Very active carbonation runs the center of the glass. Slight sour flavour with a hint of whiskey and lemon. Finishes clean with a slight burn. Very good.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 8, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2006 75cL bottle, Bordeaux glass. Medium golden-straw hue that shows some amber tendencies towards center. Thick, frothy white head slowly diminishes. Very fresh aroma, starting with esters of bananas foster and cilantro and pepper hops. Sweet, bready and sugar cookie malt underpinnings draw out mineraly, almost flinty, water elements. Light orange, coriander and clove tones and intrigue. Sweetness is soft upfront with notes of bread and cantaloupe. A sour, yeasty shadow arrives at mid-palate and threatens to dominate until dispersed by the herbal and spicy hop finish that fades into a long and dry mineral-rich aftertaste. Despite vigorous carbonation and alcohol/mineral dryness, the body has a tacky, sticky building sensation at the roof of the mouth that feels out of place for a saison. Interesting, but it lacks the serious complexity and off-kilter attitude of a killer saison.