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 (5096) - 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.
rejtable (1749) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours light amber with small head and good lacing. Nose is light Xmas spices and maybe a hint of caramel back there. Aromas are spice, caramel, some fruit. Body is medium heft with lively carbonation. A nice brew!
StormsBrewing (2) - - DEC 7, 2012 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber ale with a great malt and spice nose. Well balanced bitterness that lets a judicious use of rye come through.
drseusszb200 (687) - Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2013 Poured a lite golden colour with a small head smelled fruitful and grainy. Tasted about the same with a slight peach flavor.
legion242 (2334) - Richardson, Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a clear light amber with decent head. Not really sure what they were going for here, but it was really just a pedestrian effort.
GTAEgeek (1471) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler from Tap It in Alpharetta. Hazy caramel color with a small, thick, beige head and lots of lacing. Notes up front of mulled cider, rye bread, and light citrus and fruity esters. Some spiciness in the background, including coriander and black pepper. Very sweet and malty, with a subtle hop bitterness. Medium body, acidic, and very bubbly.
This is a very delicious beer. Complex, thick, and surprisingly sessionable.
pottygok (530) - Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: Lots of bready aroma with hints of cereal and grains.
Appearance: Cloudy dark gold with minimal head.
Taste: Light sweetness with hints of sourness at the edges.
Palate: Medium body, creamy texture, lively carbonation, long finish.
Overall: The flavours here are complex, but almost seem to compete against each other.
SamP01 (624) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark hazy orange with a large beige head, some lacing. Aroma and taste of sweet caramel malt, some earthy spicy rye and fruity notes, yeast and lightly toasted barley. Palate is a medium body with sweet spices and good carbonation. Finishes with sweet malt, spicy fruity notes, rye, yeasty and bready notes with some spicy hops bitterness on the end for balance. Overall a very good and flavorful seasonal brew.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 29, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Pours a hazy amber-orange with a finger of frothy slightly off-white head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of caramel malts, grapefruit, pine, and floral hops, oats, spicy rye, and some bready malts.
T - Starts off with a mix of sweet caramel malts with some grapefruit hops, spicy rye, and some oats. Through the middle, some pine and lightly spicy hops come through with some bitterness alongside some bready malts. The finish is a mix of pine and floral hops, some bitterness, some bready malts, spicy rye, and oats.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, lightly bitter, and spicy.
D - Very drinkable. Good overall balance and complexity. Like the rye.