pras (420) - Maryland, USA - DEC 18, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
To start off, I really like this one! Dark orange/copper color with a 3 finger head. I am picking up mostly the typical wheat character in the aroma with bubblegum and bananas, with a bit more malt in the background. Flavor is more of the same with a nice hop bitterness which is in balance with the grain backbone. The carbonation is high with very small champagne like bubbles. Wow, wish I had more than a bottle of this one!
puboflyons (2048) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 16, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. The pour is an incredibly foamy bronze-copper amber. The aroma is full of Belgian sugars, pale grainy malts, and the faintest of floral hops. The body is medium and acidic. The taste is delicately sweet and grainy with a nice dose of pepper and cloves that linger for a minute. Hard to define this as a Harvest Ale but it is a wonderful beer.
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at 1702; November 2012
Arrives from the tap with a ¼-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a nice amber color that shows a lightly hazed, light amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of a pleasing mix of pale malt and fruit notes; caramelized cracker notes, English biscuit aromatics, floral plums, some pear notes, and floral apple aromatics all perfume the nose here. There is even a light tartness to the nose that helps to accentuated the fruit character here. Soft fermentation spice notes of clove, ginger, and white pepper, subtly add to the complexity of the aroma, and become a bit moe noticeable as the beer warms up.
Nicely bitter up front with a hop character that is herbal, but also citrus like (seems a bit like lemon grass). The body is definitely on the quaffable side; there is an effervescent carbonation, a light viscous character, with just enough heft to keep this from seeming thin. Fruit notes of pear, and light plum play a fairly prominent role in the flavor. The pale malt character in the finish somehow how couples with a musty character that adds a light, yeast derived, funkiness to this brew. Soft clove notes, and some ginger / pepper spice notes are also found in the flavor. There is a definitely wholesome, spicy grain character to this beer; the grain mix contributes to much of the background complexity that this beer has.
A very nice tipple; quite complex for a beer of this strength and, more importantly, quite well integrated in its flavors and aromas.
chickenflea (327) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beer pours a partly cloudy light caramel color with a tall off-white persistent head. Chunky lacing. Besides the aroma of the Belgian yeast, the predominant aromas are apricot, clove, white pepper and a touch of baseball glove leather. The taste is mildly sweet, but more fruity sweetness than sugar sweetness. Mildly tart and softly bitter. Medium-bodied. The grains show up in the finish, although I would say the taste is more of raw grain than cooked or roasted. Clean finish. The texture is soft. Body is medium. Medium carbonation. A pleasant beer that really tastes at around 55 degrees F. A very approachable brew from one of my favorite American breweries.
Krygh (17) - Virginia, USA - DEC 11, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy amber-copper with a rich off-white head. Effervescent carbonation with a very creamy medium-full mouthfeel.
You get a full biscuity nose with a strong presence of rye. Subtle hints of earth and tropical fruit and slighter still some alcohol.
Immediately the oats creates a creaminess, and a malty-tropical fruit sweetness fades to a dry bready peppery rye with spicy & citrus hop notes ending with a floral-like honey note with a touch of bitter hop. A lot of things are happening in this complex beer. I especially like the sweet to dry progression while being creamy the whole way through.
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jstraw (1906) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light, clear copper with big, foamy, white head / Light, perfumy nose of banana, tropical fruit, soap, and spice / Medium body, very creamy, a hint watery, moderately sweet, with excellent balance and lightly bitter finish / Perfumed flavors of banana, cream, coriander, clove, orange, passion fruit, and coconut / A very fine Belgian ale.
conway (1304) - - DEC 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours ruby with a big head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is yeasty and bready. Taste is malty with lots of oats, ending with a nice bit of rye spice. Tasty but indistinct.
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bpr77 (264) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy amber/gold, very carbonated at first notice. Aroma is fruity, grassy, and has some apple aroma I am picking up. Taste is noticeable effervescent on the tongue right away, gives way to a faint citrus/grapefruit taste and then interestingly enough moves to a more apple/cider flavor on the finish with a pink peppercorn bite (citrusy/spicy). Very dry finish. In some ways this beer behaves like a saison from the mouthfeel and finish on the taste. I enjoyed this beer !
chanokokoro (138) - Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. bottle poured into an Brewery Ommegang branded tapered pint glass.
Pours a fairly clear cararmel-colored amber with a two finger bright white pillowy head. Everlasting retention and thick, coating lacing. Wonderful nose, rich Belgian yeast, whole-grain biscuit, light spice, and a hint of caramel sweetness. Opens with wheat, oats, freshly harvested grain joined by toffee with just a hint of light butter, rich yeasty esters and hint of light fruit, lightly sweet appleskin specifically, Pleasant light spice and mildly spicy rye. Light to light medium body that feigns heavier at times; pleasant tantalizing carbonation. Slick and silky mouthfeel with a surprising touch of light creaminess. This really is a fantastic brew. So subtlely complex and balanced, a true pleasure to drink. Ommegang adds another amazing beer to an already exceptional lineup of offerings.
jgb9348 (4633) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice crisp amber tinted copper glow with a thin one centimetre slightly off-white head. Aroma of nice pungent yeast with a peppery note, some light malt and a bit of alcohol. Medium-bodied; Very noticeable belgie yeast strain with a lot of hay and grass characteristics, some lighter malt flavours and a hint of light fruity sweetness at the tail end. Aftertaste shows a complex flavour stemming from the yeast and branching to the malt and sweetness - a nice beer for sure, one to sample if you can find it! I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Total Wine in McLean,Virginia on 07-November-2012 for US$2.99 sampled at home in Upstate New York on 08-December-2012.