JFGrind (1935) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2003 Vintage - I bought a 22 ounce bottle in mid December finally sampled it Memorial Day weekend 2004. Dark golden body, nice head retention and good malty flavor with a hint of yeast in the aftertaste. Ommegang 22 ounce corked bottles are under $4 a bottles and an exceptional value.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5768) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2011 I keep trying this beer and keep getting disappointed by it. Someday I will learn.+++ Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer pours a golden color with a huge tan head. There is a sweet aroma of plum and cherry. The flavor is sour, bitter and tangy. There is a light flowery texture - a little hoppy even, but with decent malt balance. The finish is definitely dry. The beer is rather heavily carbonated which is a factor I do not care for.
iratherbe (255) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow! That’s great stuff. Had it cask conditioned and pulled. Maybe the best American Belgian I’ve had. Good body and composition, sweetish malt overtones and subtle hint of yeast. No Chimay, but we’re getting closer!
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - MAY 22, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy brown in color with a fluffy white head. Velvety on the tongue, rich and complex ... nice malty character. Bit of an alcohol bite. All in all, a very good Belgian.
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - MAY 19, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
I like this beer for its big fluffy head and complex, spicey flavor. However, it was a bit too carbonated for my liking. Can usually find this at a bargain price, wich is nice.
Shadrach (176) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 17, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Maybe I just don’t like Belgians, because I found this to not be typical and I liked it very much. Poured an orange light amber with an aroma of spice. The taste at first was yeasty, but after a bit it mellowed into a richher taste of malts, cream, a little hops and some spice with a very smooth palate. The aftertaste had a very very slight alcohol burn with some toffee or caramel in it. I prefer this much more to the yeastiness I’ve tasted in others.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 10, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Really not as much head as I like to see on my Belgian’s. Orange in color, and a mild, herbal nose. Very dry and not anything too complex in the flavor at all. Somewhat ashy. The finish is too carbonated. Not one of Ommegang’s best.
notalush (5514) - 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.