Nuffield (3657) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours with a lovely head, pillowy and creamy over a hazy deep golden brown. Aroma is gentle, fruity, betraying only a portion of its flavors. Fruity and tangy sweet, with a bit of bubblegum and orchard fruits. It keeps a very nice palate throughout.
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 17, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz. bottle. Murky amber. Tiny bubbled, sticky off white foam. Soft carbonation. Aroma of oranges, apricots, marshmallows and pepper. Initially fluffy, cotton candy like, with a heavy dose of apricots and oranges and a mild grains of paradise edge. Medium body. Light and easy natured. Not very deeply malted or heavily hopped, kind of just lulls you with a gentle flavor. Watery texture as it reaches mid bottle. Drier than it is sweet with a chalky like fruity sweetness. Floral hops emerge after it’s warmed towards the end. Finishes clean and with a more rounded malt base, with a topping of orange coated caramel. Good, but not as stellar as once remembered. Flavors mute substantially with age.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 16, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I think I like this one best out of all the Ommegang products, because the lower ABV means their trademark hot taste is much less pronounced. And this is the last time you will ever see me praise a beer for low ABV.
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - SEP 30, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Spicy and perfumy nose. Smooth sweet taste that gets spicier as it warms. It had a wheaty finish and the spices lingered. Perfect carbonation level in this bottle,too.
jaymobrown (1644) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thick head atop this copper colored ale. Spicy flavor with tastes of pear and green apple. An interesting but not surprising Belgian ale.
beerguy101 (5277) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 28, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Belgian style ale. Dark golden color, large head. Smooth malty flavor, nearly fruity. Some hoppyness, nice malt flavors. Finish is smooth. Aftertaste is smooth and malty, no bitterness. No harsh alcohol taste (6.5%). Very good beer.
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 20, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really surprising, i didn’t expect too much out of the smallest of the Ommegang line. However, it was a pleasant surprise. Very triple-like with its intial spicy stinging assualt on the tongue. However, as it warms the flavor becomes more of a heavy cinnamon spiced cider (although not too cidery). Quite a pleasant 750.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - SEP 13, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(re-rate)Moderatley cloudly, light copper brown, lots of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Malty, yeasty, slightly fruity (pear) aroma, short lived head with some lace. Carbonation bite on the tounge. Lots of grainy malt up front, fruitiness emerges and a yeasty spicyness takes over at the drying end. This has the perfect amount of body to carry all the flavors. A fine drink.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - SEP 8, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is inferior to the ommegang. not bad though. It had yeasty, citric nose. I thought it was going somewhere once I smelled it, but the taste and finish were very smooth and boring....grapes with hints of alcohol.
ARMed (597) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fruity and lighter than the regular Ommegang. First smell reminded me of bananas! Citrus and fruity with a solid bubbly orangy white head. Complex and bold. A very good Belgium like beer. Not as good looking or tasting as the regular Ommegang.