rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - OCT 14, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a slightly hazy deep copper with a huge billowy head. Some of the most amazing lacing I have ever seen. Sticks in huge globs on the sides of the glass.
Aroma is quite pleasant with lots of peppery spice and some citrus. A little bit of roasted character and some honey. Just the slightest amount of funk.
Flavor is quite peppery up front and initially reminds me of a saison. Honey and lemony citrus are pleasant with a light to moderate barnyard funk. Toasted malt is in the background and never really becomes prominent. The yeast esters really contribute a lot to this beer and give it a lot of character. Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy thanks to the low carbonation. Finish is a touch sticky with a little lingering pepper.
Overall, a truly amazing and complex beer. I should have expected this from Ommegang but I am truly impressed. There really is a lot going on in this beer and I encourage everyone to seek it out.
ads135 (4129) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 14, 2012
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a great beer, one of the best, from a great brewery. The rye spicyness, the tangy wheat, and the smoothness of the oats accentuate each other and are further highlighted by the citrus hops. Great. I’d better get another one before they sell out.
VRBJG (159) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 13, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good....very spicy. Reminds me of the last ommegang I had, but entirely different at the same time.
drjay44 (3370) - Salida, Colorado, USA - OCT 13, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle. pours a thick, well retained, off white head, with extensive lacing, over a hazy, amber (SRM 10) body....nose is toffee/caramel, honey tones, cereal...taste is spicy rye, toffee/caramel, light honey tones, Grapenuts, finishing dry with a moderate bitterness....mouth feel thick and creamy, with additional creaminess from the moderate carbonation. This is a malt forward beer, with great malt complexity in both nose and taste bringing out the complexity of the four cereal grains. The hops were used with a light hand, but are present enough to balance the moderate roast of the grains. BJCP 8/3/14/4/7
jnkor (363) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 13, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Color is a dark brown/red with an off white head. Aroma is very light, but reminds me of candy sugar and Belgian yeast. Taste is sweet but bitter and acrid. The palate is not really smooth, with the high carbonation making this feel like higher than ABV than advertised.
timtaylr (16) - Grand Blanc, Michigan, USA - OCT 13, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours with a huge head which lingers. Cloudy orange amber appearance. Peppery aroma and flavor. Some Belgian notes on the tongue. Not much body.
jefcon (1633) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Kind of a puzzle. Deep malts yet really carbonated. Lots of rough rye but creamy head and aromas. Awfully complex and compelling but really like a bag of grain. Belgian label, American born. This is a contradiction beer, for sure, but it has all the aggressive hallmarks of an earthy rustic American ale. For that, I commend it. As a Belgian, however, it is rough-hewn and unfinished. It lacks the special yeast that would have made this beer delicate.
pete4999 (1433) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not sure how to classify this. Pours a golden orangeish. Smells grassy and grainy, with a bit of pepper to it. Taste is similar - definitely spicy, like all of their beers. Dances on the tongue. Very light, very drinkable. Good.
abcfan (912) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 12, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Decent. Pours copper with a fluffy off white head. Earthy bread like aroma. Taste is full of malts and notes of yeast.
notalush (5716) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
A new Ommegang beer for 3 bucks a 12 ounce? - sure, what the hell - turbid orange - large, fluffy head - very soft and earthy aroma - surprisingly sweet notes or citrus (orange, mango) - dusty yeast notes - spicy and lightly sour rye - carbonation is full in the mouth, but very soft and creamy - fairly sour flavor which is not entirely pleasant, like soured orange juice - moderate acidity - husky grain flavors - spicy, pepper finish - lingering acidity and sour yeast notes - meh.