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RATINGS: 706   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Belgian pale & pilsner malts w/ Styrian Golding for bittering and Saaz for aroma. Ginger predominates the spicing. Fermented in primary with Ommegang’s house yeast, followed by secondary with Brettanomyces bruxellensis. Dry-hopped in secondary w/ a blend of hops; Tettnang being the stand-out. The flavor profile is very herbal with an earthy undertone (very fitting for a Belgian-style farmhouse ale). The dry finish and pronounced hop aromas hide the 8% abv very well. Dangerously drinkable for its strength and character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sloth (2809) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - OCT 20, 2005
Hazy gold/ copper hued brew with a lasting little white layer of foam, lacing was minimal. Nose is flowery, lightly citrusy and a touch funky/spicey. Medium/light body, carbonation is right on lightly tart and the light creaminess is a bonus. Dry maltiness backed with flowery hop flavors, citrus, bubblegum notes and a touch of leather. Yeast flavors and a light earthiness revealed as it warms. Finish is lightly sweet, fruity and spicey. I look forward to the bottled version.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ClarkVV (5798) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 17, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2006 I think I had about eight 4oz samples of this because Randy Thiel kept toppin off my glass. Cheers to you, Randy!
Stunning appearance that reminds me of Vervifontaine Blonde. Full and lasting is the perfectly-formed white, dense head atop the shining, sparkling, unfiltered, white-gold-meets-tangerine juice colored body. Tons of lacing. Aroma is just a pure, fantastically powerful shot of lovely, tart brett. In one word, pineapple! Reminds me of Mo Betta in that regard, though not nearly as concenrated a pineapple aroma. Spicy hops round out the edges, while some of the pale malt sugars serve as a backdrop. Juicy nectarines mingle with limes and starfruits. White pepper-like notes are probably just a result of the dry woody character, while the ginger is just faintly present. Lightly oily barnyard/leather notes present. Flavor comes right back at you with the brett. At once cleansing the palate and then delivering some light pale grains, hint of dry floral and grassy hops. More pineapple and lemon-lime notes. Very tight, expansive mouthfeel completes the experience while the brett lingers on, supported by malt that is neither too lightly done nor overly sweet. Spiciness from actual spices is very tame (which I realy appreciate). Hops play off the fruity/tart brett, adding complexity/layers to this wonder. Odd that they use cascades in the dry hopping, but who cares! This stuff is a masterpiece if I’ve ever had one. Anxiously awaiting the bottles. No alcohol present.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 13, 2005
Sampled at BCTC 05 and again at Kennett 05. Pours a slightly hazy light copper with a nice tight pure white head. Aroma is yeasty and spicy with some saison-like funkiness and some light sea-salt character. Now this is a saison- much better than the hennepin. Lots of funky barnyard flavors as it warms. Nice smooth finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PWalk (337) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2005
OT, @ Kennett BF: Spicy aroma with yeast. Flavor proved fruitier with a good feel on the palate. Extremely drinkable and only wish I could have growlered it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (11560) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2005
On tap at the Kennett Square Brew Fest (connoisseur session). I was looking forward to getting a taste of this one! Poured a hazy/cloudy golden color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of spices, leather, yeast and citrus. Tastes of citrus, spices, and leather. Iwent back for more of this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 22, 2005
07.16.05 BCTC, many samples, then two full glasses. Clouded dark golden, ample, foamy, lasting, sticky white head. At some point, I think I actually paid for a couple glasses of this stuff, it was that good. Aroma is spiced up like Thai food, farm, cut grass, and my hiking basket. Flavor adds more of the barnyard, but subtly, and there’s more than enough body to carry off the easy going sour and spicy finish. Dangerously drinkable indeed. I do hope I get to sample it again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CapFlu (5101) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 19, 2005
(Draught) Sampled at the Belgium Comes To Cooperstown 2005 in Cooperstown, NY. Pours a cloudy, golden body with a foamy, white head. Nose and flavour of hemp, cherry and hops. An underlying farmy flavour is attractive but I didn’t fall in love like many others.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JUL 17, 2005
Tap at Ommegang 2005. Cloudy yellow, white head. Hoppy spicy aroma, very subtle funk. Hoppy malty flavors. Very subtle sourness. Spicy and fantastic. This should get bottled...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2005
At brewery. By far my favorite from this brewer. The Ommegang signature earthiness is still there, but balanced out very well with a sweeter citrus flavor. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUL 17, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2007 On tap at Ommegang fest 2006 . Poured a hazy orange color with a little head. Very hoppy citrusy aroma. Earthy and yeasty. Malty and hoppy flavor. Dry tasting. Spicey. Decent. Very drinkable. Well balanced beer.

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