guzzler67 (1491) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAY 9, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber appearance was just a bit cloudy. Nice big head that leveled off fairly quickly. Beautiful, aromatic nose; yeasty with citrus accents. Well balanced flavors of fruits and spices that gave it an appealing, moderately complex taste.
argo0 (11349) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 8, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2006 (3/13/06, 750ml bottle) Clear amber body with big off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, yeast, spicy/grassy/hay, some apricot. Taste is medium sweet, spicy, some grassy, apricot, melon, light pear. Some alcohol dryness and light duskiness in the finish. Medium body with some stickiness and light creaminess. (6/3/7/4/13)
(5/8/03) Slightly hazy amber body topped by big tan head. Aroma is spicy, apricot, pear, yeasty. Taste is somewhat disappointing -- pear, spicy and yeasty, but none of them come to the forefront. Not a bad beer, but falls short of the mark attained by its sisters, Ommegang and Hennepin. (7/4/5/4/11)
thedm (4924) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAY 5, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2003 This brew poured a very large creamy head of finely sized off white bubbles that as it receded left an excellent lacing. It has an amber colored body with lots of carbonation rising in the mug. It has a very nice malty aroma. It had a initially smooth taste that finished even more smoothly with a very mild floral flavor. There was no tartness, bitterness, just smooooooth. Can I have some more please?
VTDeerHunter (51) - Vermont, USA - MAY 3, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was a amber color, with a large head. From my first impression, this was a nice beer, but the complexities were dominated by the Indian food I was eating with it. My choice of food left me wanting a more hoppier beer. Still, it's maltiness was perhaps a good contrast to the food I was eating (too hot!).
PorterPounder (5360) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 2, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Took me a while to figure out the complexities and subtleties of this one. Lively, active pour with a perfect white head. Nectar like appearance - light orangeish. Flavor - detect spices - fruit - orange perhaps? Goes down smooth - very drinkable for a belgian. Aroma - spices; floral hints. Overall, very impressive for a domestic Belgian.
hotstuff (4058) - Indiana, USA - MAY 2, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This brew poured a large, creamy head, but had little to no lacing on the sides of my mug. It had a fruity aroma to it. It drank extremely smooth which is much to my liking. There was no bitterness observed with this brew. I was very impressed with this particular brew and this is one brew that I would enjoy being able to drink for the evening.
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 28, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Mild brown color with a large frothy tan head. Smells of sweet fruit like a barleywine and alcohol. Slight rotton wheat flavor. Yuk!!
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 27, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A deep copper color with a very large rocky head. I had to patiently wait for the 4 finger head to dissapate in order to indulge. The nose is spicey with banana peel and yeast. A banana flavor, some brets and apple cider. A medium body. As with all of the Ommegang Brews, age would be very kind and bring out alot more complexity.
TheBeerGod (5177) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 15, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a rich bronze with a light tan head. Strong aroma of fruit and spice. The mouthfeel is carbonated and the taste is full bodied with apples, oranges, cinnamon and yeast. Sediment in the bottle adds some haze to the appearance. Something in the taste I can't put my finger on... Finishes with a dry but almost flat taste. Good beer.
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - APR 14, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer poured a nice dark golden color and formed a good medium tan head. Some lace on the side. Nice frangrances of spice and malt. Has a slight foamy heavy feal in the taste. Gives it a heavier feel to the body then you would expect.