Aubrey (3356) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 18, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep amber (ruby-red in the light) with a thin, but enduring, light tan head. Fresh, yeasty nose. Smooth and creamy up front; tingly and effervescent toward the finish. Malts had big notes of toasted bread and cooked caramel, and milder notes of fig and raisin. Hops were spicy, bitter and drying. Tart -- almost tannic -- cherries were subdued and in the background, contributing a sharpness to the beer. Glad to find this beer not sweet (just a pinch of sweetness in the background). Some curious woodsy and oaky notes surfaced here and there (especially in a burp at one time). Bitterness seemed to build and linger on the tongue (with some lingering wood notes). Really nice alcohol sensations blended well and gave it a nice edge, as well as more depth.
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 18, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very tasty beer. Hazy amber color with medium head. Flavor of sweet berries, bananas, toffee and a little chocolate. Long finish.
rauchbier (3499) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle conditioned. Amber brown, thin beige head and moderate condition. Good banana esters and chocolate in the nose, much the same in the mouth but a little louder and joined with some spirity alcohol notes. Long lingering chocolate powder and banana in the finish with a tough of bitterness.
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 18, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2005 Dark mahogany body. Not much aroma, but, like someone else mentioned, what is there is kinda of like cough syrup. Thick on the palate. Flavors of sweet carmel and a little chocolate. I didn’t really enjoy the lambic presence in this one. I would like to have the same beer sans kriek, for it might be much more enjoyable. re-rate 2004 bottle: Much less medicinal than the first bottle that I had. Still has a slight syrupy flavor, but much more of the Ommegang flavor shows through here. Better than the 2003, but not exactly a showcase beer.
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - APR 17, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This beer tastes like the cherry cough syrup I used to take when I was a kid. It seems as though a lot of people like this beer, but I was grossed out. Looks like cough syrup, tastes like cough syrup.
TChrome (1397) - Bedford, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice ruby red color with a big tan colered head that is retained. Aroma is compelling with the dominant aroma being wine soaked oak. Flavor is very tasty. Lots of of depth, hops on the inital taste with lots of dried fruit, raisins, and a bit of alcohol burn in the finish. Wonderful and delicious.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - APR 11, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I was mildy disappointed in this one. Looked great - deep cherry/mahogany brown, thick looking color. Aroma was malt and alcohol. Taste - I was expecting a lot more in this department - I got chocolate, coffee (minus the roast), toffee/caramel, and a very little sweetness at the end (THAT was the kriek??? - that's all???). Every swallow ended with a thin layer of alcohol. Based on how much I like their other beers, I'd be willing to age another bottle for about a year and give it another try.
Ungstrup (27682) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 11, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A hazy brown beer with a light brown head. The aroma is sweet with notes of nuts, prunes, alcohol, and wood. The flavor is dry woody with notes of prunes and plums before a very hoppy and malt dry end sets in. A wonderful flavor.
jeffin7 (610) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - APR 10, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma was mild but mostly of a nice subtle cherry. The flavor was first of a nice belgian malt subtle barnyardy belgian followed by cherry. The aftertaste is of twizzlers. Very nice beer, a perfect mix of nice belgium strong flavors and the cherry. I doubted that this beer would live up to the hype but it did, it was not over the top it was just excellently balanced to make a excellent match of belgian yeast/hay, dark fruits, and cherry lambic. So good.
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - APR 9, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours a deep red brown color with a nice head and spotty lace. the aroma is of sweet Sherry, cask, and malt. The flavor is of sherry, raisins, dates, fig, candy sugar, and just a touch roasted. The alcohol is well hidden. The body is rich and sticky. Overall, this is pretty fine. Thanks to Slikwily for this one!