jefyou (39) - Menlo Park, California, USA - JAN 6, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice aroma with spicy fruit combination. Rich amber color. Agree that it seems watered down and has less ooomph than other Ommegangs. BIG head with good lacing. Ok but not worth the price.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 5, 2003
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I was disappointed because the flavor is way watered down when compared to the aroma. Nice spice and a lot of sweetness, even a little bit of something, but fails to satisfy.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2003
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy amber color, not much head. Rich aroma of malt, apples, and raisins. Flavor doesn’t live up to the aroma, kind of watered down maltiness.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden color, big head, very spicy nose and taste. I don’t like the spice too much, can’t exactly tell what it is.
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
nice off white fluffy head. golden/orange in color. Medium bodied and highly carbonated.
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - DEC 22, 2002
1.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 5/20
Not quite awful. It looked beautiful, with a big foamy head and tiny rising bubbles. The mouthfeel was excellent. The only aromas I smelled were bitter hops. The taste was bizarre. No front-of-the-tongue flavors whatsoever. Might as well have been water. An annoying, aspirin-like, uncommon bitterness. Almost like cardamom??? Even a little sour, like a lambic. I like Ommegang but I have no idea what the hell this beer was. Certainly not your typical "Belgian Ale."
PTomkinson (50) - Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brewery Ommegang is one of the top 3 American brewers of Belgain style ales and Rare Vos certainly helps maintain this opinion.
Pours a copper/amber color with a sizeable head. Sweet, fruity, and floral nose. Malt, fruit, and some spice in the taste. Well balanced and finishes surprisingly dry. Very drinkable.
foduck (330) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pineapple and leather in aroma, some orange. Big head, faded slowly but never disappeared. Cloudy orange/brown color. Very fruity and spicy. I rather liked this. Will buy again!
TheTsunami (162) - Arizona, USA - DEC 16, 2002
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
I think/hope I got a baed bottle of this. It was incredibly skunky. They way I remember Grolsch tasting in my high school days. Will try again at a later date and re-rate.
psychodrama311 (122) - petaluma, Nevada, USA - DEC 11, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
slightly more fruity than the ommegang hennepin. still a great beer.