soulrefugee (46) - Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This may be one of the more ultimate tasting beers if you like the Belgian Ale style. I like it better than the other ommegang brands. Even though the alcohol is less, its flavor is hard to beat. Its got the mildly sweet maltiness mixed with a hint of bitter. This one is definite quality.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a clear amber/ornage. Huge fizzy head. Aroma jumps right out. Sweet malts with an under tone of bitters, and citrus, as well as spices. Initial taste of malt sweetness. the after taste is strangely like black pepper, but in a very pleasant way. As it warms there are other spices, such as citrus like and again, pepper. It has a nice dry finish. Nice brew. Clean and crisp. can drink a load of this.
FlacoAlto (4045) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 14, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy orange-amber color, it is topped by a thick frothy light beige head. It is fairly well carbonated, with a streaming line of bubbles cascading up from the bottom of my glass. The aroma is spicy with notes of coriander, ginger, a dustiness and there is a nice fruitiness that reminds me of oranges, apricot, perhaps some notes of cherry cough syrup, and tropical fruit. The aroma is quite complex and intriguing, especially for a beer of this strength.
The beer is lightly sweet up front, but then becomes dry in the middle, the lingering finish moves back to sweetness, but one that is dominated by caramel. This beer is nicely fruity, with notes of cherry, a hint of apple, banana and raisin. This beer is lightly spicy, with notes of clove, ginger, and mace. The nice soft fruitiness of this beer definitely is the dominant characteristic. There is a nice maltiness here as well, it accentuates the fruitiness. The maltiness has notes of caramel, and lightly toasted malt.
This beer is quite tasty, and quite well balanced. The interplay between the smooth fruitiness and the sharp spiciness is quite complimenting. This beer is definitely a work of craftsmanship, it is quite well balanced, yet quite flavorful for a beer of this strength. Actually this might be the best beer that Ommegang makes.
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 8, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Cloudy light brown with good-sized ivory head. Nose: cloves, candy sugar, plum and bread dough. Taste: black pepper, oranges , cherries and nutmeg.
A decent Belgian, but Iíve had better.
BT (123) - Westchester, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured golden brown, big, thick, creamy head, lots of lace. Complexity of fruity flavors. Very nice.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 2, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of the many great beers brewed by the Ommegang Brewery. Nice spicey taste, full body and head. Cloudy in color. Great out of a goblet at 55 degrees or so.
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle from a store,brown /orange color, smells like friuts and alcohol ,yeasty too.tase is tart,spicy yeast a Lil sweet too,Enjoyable funly beer
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 22, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. Per recommendation of yayforbeer. red-orange colour with offwhite head. Hints of spice, yeast, and somewhat hoppy, yet still smooth. definately enjoyable, easy to drink. not much thought required. light fruity aftertaste and aroma. slow ride.
DKlovesbeer (172) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque orange with a decent off-white head. Aroma is fruity and floral, lots of malt character with some yeast and hops in the nose. Flavor is crisp and spicy with a strong yeast presence. Has a hearty mouthfeel. Palate is dry and moderately complex but this is no Chimay Bleu. Mostly fruity malt with a peppery finish and some notes of yeast and alcohol. Overall, this would be an excellent choice of beverage when you want the character of a strong Belgian Ale but not the alcohol.
yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I read all the reviews and most raters gave it a ho-hum, ok review. So I was not really expecting much, but bought it anyway because I liked the other offerings from Ommegang. Just goes to show you canít rely on anybody but yourself when it comes to beer. Served in a beautiful Christmas tulip glass. Dirty Orange pour with a creamy orange head that stays and laces nicely. Quality all around here. Nice fruity, hoppy aroma. The flavor is complex and wonderful, reminding me of Maudite (which I love), fruity, yeasty and spicy, with just a touch of hop bitterness at the end. Very flavorful and tasty, but not too alcoholic... I could drink this all night. Ommegang comes through again, this will be a regular buy. Excellent!