notalush (5216) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 10, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I can’t believe I’ve never rated this - pours a highly carbonated, golden/copper color - nose of spice, fruit and flowers - medium bodied with high carbonation that nearly detracts from the mouthfeel - mild in flavor - quite dry - saison-like earthy, grainy, slightly malty flavors - crisp, with notes of dried herbs - a mild tartness balances out the moderate malt presence - tartness peeks in the finish, accompanied by a bit of hops - light fruits return unexpectantly - nothing all that unique, and as far as belgian ales go, there are so many more out there that offer much more than this does, so, while this is pretty good, the only thing that would make me recommend it would be the price.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - MAY 9, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reddish brown with a large billowing head and vigorous carbonation. The aroma presents yeast, dark fruit, alcohol, and some banana. The flavor seemed fairly bland and not very complex. At points I caught hints of vinegar and a woody taste. It didn’t blow me away, although I used some of it to marinate some pork, and that was quite good
BearBrewer (86) - New York, east village, New York, USA - MAY 7, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a clear amber, with a good sized offwhite head. Head retention was good, but I suspect a good clean proper glass helped here. Slight hop nose, some notes of caramel and oak. Very crisp tasting, and suprisingly bitter. Lots of hop and strong yeast flavor. This was not my favorite interpretation of the belgian style. A little too harsh.
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAY 5, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Doesn’t seem typically "Belgian" to me; The flavor is quite malty, dry and very woody with a fairly mild bitterness; Malty, alcoholic, and very woody aroma backs up the flavor; Amber in color and somewhat cloudy; The very dark sediment suspended in the beer looks like a snow globe; Very carbonated on the pour, but the light tan head settles down quickly to a rim around the glass; Lacing in moderate and forms a polka-dot pattern
CapFlu (4710) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 2, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(Bottle) Pours an amber body with a thin, white head. Nose of slight vanilla with hops. Average.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - APR 28, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orangey yellow in color. Fruity nose. Nice lasting head. Full bodied beer. Excellent. Caramel notes. Malty.Well balanced.
Sammy (9237) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 28, 2004
3.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Abundant head. Worth buying the correct mug. Tasted like a good Belgian only fresher and more refeshing than typical. Cinammon, and other spices. Hoppy and slightly sweet. Creamy mouth feel and must be sipped
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 26, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A tasty smooth beer with some spice. This is a good belgian, but i have certainly had better. If you are in the mood for an enjoyable belgian, then go for it.
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 25, 2004
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ommegang makes very few bad beers. This is no exception. I've had better Belgian's, but this one is great for the price. A good beer.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 24, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange amber color, medium white head. Spice aroma, hops, slightly citric. Flavor is a bit of a mix of American pale and Belgian, peppery malt flavor, smooth, medium body, dry finish.