desurfer (1246) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - SEP 27, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy red/amber body, chunky white head, fine bubble rising to the top. Light aroma of peaches and bubblegum. Flavor of orange and peach. Smooth, dry finish.
bonvivant (168) - Smithfield, Virginia, USA - SEP 27, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lots of fruit, orange and clove. Not too sweet so it is very refreshing. Nice pillowy heag and golden amber color.
bu11zeye (12112) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2007 Bottled version tasted: Descent Belgium-style. Pours with a nice creamy head and amber color. Smooth taste, but expect more complexity based on past ratings of this beer.
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 26, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not the greatest Belgian ale, but this is a well-made beer nonetheless and pleasure to drink because don't have to have your thinking cap on to enjoy it.
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - SEP 21, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Oh, if only this was as well crafted as the regular Ommegang. :-( Alas, there's nothing special here. A little sweet, decent belgian ale, but it seems to lack the personality and character I found in Ommegang.
ConiseurofBeer (242) - Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
fruits in the nose like peaches, grapes with some malt scents as well. Nice balance of fruit and malt in the flavor.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - SEP 18, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly cloudy light brown color,small fast fading head that left a bit of lacing behind.froma dsitance i can smell bubble gum,but up close its malty,caramel and dried fruit.The taste being malty upfront,light caramel and a slight fruit hint with the after taste being mostly caramel and something else that is hard to describe but isn't bad.This is a pretty decent brew,not as good as the 3 Phil's but decent enough to want another and maybe a few more then that.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - SEP 18, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fruity, mild aroma. Dark yellow apearance. No noticable alcohol. Good belgian malty flavor. A good Belgian session beer.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 16, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy medium amber with white head. Yeasty nose with some wheat,
and hints a raisin. Nice floral flavors, feels bubbly going down. Very nice.
ivan9856 (189) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - SEP 6, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I sampled this ale from the appealing 750 ml corked bottle, which is an especially engaging feature of most of the Belgian and Flemish varietals. Whether or not this is merely a clever marketing ploy adopted some of the American imitators of these styles, once again, I was drawn in by the novelty of the uncorking “ritual” offered by such packaging. As for the ale itself, it pours bright copper in color and with an anticipated and slight (but not unpleasant) haze owing to the sediment from its bottle conditioning. The pour leaves a huge, rocky off-white head and some good lacing. This ale is highly aromatic and features a malt caramel and spicy citrus bouquet. It is characteristically effervescent and highly carbonated. Unfortunately, the flavor is all “front end.” It presents a nice, zesty and refreshing orange citrus initial palate. But, there was little mid-palate or finish to this beer. Following the initial flavor, I detected notes of caramel malt and hop spice, but there was little balance or complexity. The finish is short and disappointing. There was little hop dryness and I found the alcohol content low for this variety of beer. Although they represent different styles, I prefer the Brewery Ommegang (Moortgat) Hennepin and Belgian Abbey Ale offerings to this beer.