GhostHardware (9) - Maryland, USA - NOV 3, 2013 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle into brandy snifter. Deep, hazy orange with thin bright white head. Carbonation appears high. Aroma earthy, spicy Belgian yeast with subtle citrus and floral hops. A touch of leather, straw and sweetness on the nose. Flavour - yeast notes strong but also mellow. Hops more pronounced in the flavour than aroma, and linger on the finish. Tangerine, pine and pepper. Carbonation high, mouthfeel thin. Pleasant but not exceptional.
BubbleBeerBabe (3) - Maryland, USA - NOV 3, 2013 does not count
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle purchased from Dawson’s market in Rockville, MD. The head is thin. Appearance is orange and hazy. Subtle pepper and apple fragrance. It is slightly sweet and crisp with high carbonation. The flavor reminds me of an apple picked off the tree in autumn.
rlpeeler (93) - Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA - NOV 3, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap is light amber slightly cloudy with off white head. Taste is bread malts with floral hints all too subtle. Overall it is thin to my taste could use more body and alcohol.
merc7186 (2957) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 2, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Amber/Golden Straw Hue, Passes Some Light, White Head Ring, Mild Head
S: Biscuits, Yeast, Mild Lemon, Mild Rye
T: Yeast, Biscuits, Rye, Mild Lemon
M: Average Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Yeasty, Mildly Grainy
Overall, a nice bready, grainy ale from Ommegang...very yeasty if you like that sort of thing.
EvanFriend (480) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
I generally hate wheat beers, and this has a little too much wheat for my taste. There’s also spicy rye notes and Belgian yeast, which saves it, but I won’t be buying this one again.
smashweights (29) - Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours hazy amber with copious head even when careful! Nose full of fruity Belgian yeast. Taste is big, bold, Belgian yeast-fermented heaven. Fruity, thick, gentle malt, mildly floral hops. My absolutely favorite fall seasonal!
EithCubes (5634) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 28, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2015 Bottle best by 07/2015. Nose is lightly sweet and dusty, has a strong yeasty component not unlike that of a Saison or Belgian table beer, though with less spice/flowers. Vibrant golden body with a dense, sudsy off-white head. Very crisp and dense full body, tastes sweet with light but not insignificant bitterness and a faint tang; sweetness is the strongest of those three. Citrus, especially lemon and orange, but not strong; more of a lavender and hyacinth florality under a denser wheat blanket. Touch of spice but but not strong, chalky coating on the tongue and generally hollow impression. Enjoyable enough, but seems like something of a missed opportunity. [2013.10.28: 2.8]
Fresh bottle as Grains of Truth, best by 07/2017, this one much more orange with ruby highlights and a long-lasting, dense, lacing beige head. Much more enjoying the subtle spiciness and very strong zinging orange peel/citrus. The floral character is really nice and blends well with the citrus, hops in a supportive role but very prickly (and the carbonation is turned up a few notches, quite effervescent and refreshing despite the added fullness). Gentle tartness around Saison level, touch of oaty/non-barley character but that’s not overplayed (subtle, reminds of Cheerios). That floral/citrus combo is really something, really juicy, got a lavender/rose/hip/hibiscus thing going on, probably too much -- I might need to let this one sit a bit for slower sipping. Could well be a bit much depending on your mood, but I like this one more, assuming the recipe has been tweaked. [2015.10.27: 3.4]
Miked1687 (608) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle to glass. Reddish gold body with a thick foamy white head. Nose is dominated by some yeast, wheat, and some hops. taste is generally bitter with a malty wheat body. medium high carbonation.
joshmod (20) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
For a beer coming in under 5.8% ABV, this beer is extremely complex. The nose is definitely reminiscent of the banana and clove esters from a German Hefeweizen. The flavor is tricky. It still has those Hefeweizen flavors in the back, but the rye gives it some wonderful peppery dryness. Definitely smooth in the mouth feel, but with a contrasting high carbonation that makes this beer very complex. If you are looking for something fun to drink with a couple layers of flavor, but want to stay low on the ABV, give this one a try.
jmm635 (994) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy light caramel color with a small beige head. Classic Ommegang yeast is very obvious on the nose. Mild hops with a nice malty sweetness. Well balanced and easy to drink.