BBB63 (5750) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 25, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy copper hue with large creamy white head and excellent lace. The aroma hints of current, cherry, orange, toasted caramel malt, floral hops, dusty and earthy yeast esters. The taste opens with the same fruity nature detected on the nose with a supporting dusty yeast culture. Some spices (corrander and cardamom) and light bitterness undertones. The finish is short and dry, tart fruits and hit of wood. The mouthfeel is lively and very chalky dry, feels like someone stuck a cottonball in my mouth. Not coy or candi sweet like many Belgian strongs, more towards the everyday basic style. Refreshing and enjoyable, recommended.
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JAN 25, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amber colored beer with great carbonation and head. This is my favorite Ommegang beer. It's just sour enough to bring out the fruit without an overabundance of sweetness. Really great stuff
Kinz (3189) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 20, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2010 Beautiful orange, creamy head, a pretty, pretty beer. Aroma is spicey and yeasty. Herbal flavors dance over a decent malt backbone, with a punch of bitterness on the finish. Some faint hints of orange fruitiness as well. Coriander, but this sure isn’t a wit. Good stuff, a bit of a bite on the palate detracts from a very good beer. RERATE: 3/21/2010 - sampled again, this time out of the 12 oz. bottle as part of BJCP training session. Score stays the same. Coriander note still there, but not as strong as I recalled, making me think there might not be any actual coriander here. Hops far more pronounced now, with a lingering bitterness.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 18, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lovely, creamy, lacy head; beautiful banana-fruity bubblegum aroma; the head is quickly diminishing; tastes very much like it smells, but a little tart, dry, spicy. Very good, but not great. Ommegang still brews best Belgian styles in the U.S. that I've had, though........
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 13, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This brewery does not dissapoint.Their beers really do get better w/age.This 750 was fairly fresh.Aromas of fine belgian yeast/malt,hops,orange rind,coriander.Awesome head/lace/hazy orange amber.Nice bright hops that seem to dance w/the yeast/malt/spices.Crisp to dry mouth.Very good.
thehoff (585) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2004
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ML Bottle. Nice peachy amber color with a frothy off white head. Smell apple, coriander, lemon, bubble gum, vanilla, cloves. Great bouquet. Sour flavor, lemon, orange. Nice flavor but thought I would have a bit more complexity after this nose. Quite easy to drink but I should have gotten a smaller bottle.
Aubrey (3418) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 11, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Contrary to popular opinion, I don't think this beer is as great as it's made out to be. Sure, it's good, but I don't think it's great. It has a sweet malt base (sugary and caramel-like) with some nice fruity notes, but I found it a little cloying. Mild hop bitterness just wasn't enough to balance things out, either. However, I did like the hop aromas (spicy and herbal). Overall, it was pleasant and relatively easy to drink, without being sharp, but it just doesn't click with me.
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - JAN 11, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy orange colored with a big airy head and lots of carbonation. Fine fruity musty aroma-orange, apple, grapefruit. Tasty and quite drinkable, tart, malty and citrusy, with a refined aged character to it. The Hennepin I tried recently tasted corky but this one was just right. Dryish finish with a subtle melon like sweetness-excellent!
Frank (2394) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden orange, big cream-colored head. Sweet spicy aroma. A bit thick with brisk carbonation. Simple and sweet but tasty.
aracauna (2997) - Georgia, USA - JAN 3, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark, rich amber body has a nice glow. The head starts off big-bubbled and a bit fizzy, but settles into a nice cream-colored melted icecream layer that doesn't seem to get any thinner. Plentiful streaming carbonation gives the beer a sense of being alive. Very estery aroma, a bit herbal and some vague fruit. The flavor is surprisingly dry, when starts me off calling it thin, but is perhaps better labeled as subtle. The fruit and herbs of the end are quite pleasant, but there's a slight metallic bitterness detracts a bit.