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 (3051) - 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 (5101) - 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 (11069) - 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.
TChrome (1448) - Bedford, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beer pours cloudy reddish brown color with a medium sized off white head that is mostly diminishing. Aroma is like unto many Flemish sour ales, wet wood aroma with some light cherry aroma and a little vinegar. Flavor is initially sweetly malty, but this quickly gives was to some very significant dryness. The finish kicks in with wet wood and a dash of vinegar. Nice.
HighlanderOne (1222) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, USA - APR 20, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I didn't think I'd like this one, but was pleasantly surprised. Aroma is mostly fruit, but with a kinda brandy tone to it. Fruit mixes nicely with the malt and spice in the flavor. Pours like a stout. Flavor got better as it warmed. Well done.