zdeuce (3) - USA - NOV 25, 2005 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
What a great beer. Pours a deep opaque brown with tan head. Smells sweet and taste is smooth. Slight cherry aftertaste is delicious. Definately near the top of my list.
NJBeerman013 (1054) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Noel Blake, you are a genius. I love strong ales, and with lambic mixed with a strong ale like this, you can’t go wrong. It has all the characteristics of a great strong ale - the fruit, the yeast nose, the ruby brown color... but then there is that hint of cherry that makes you stop to ask "what was that?"
Juelze (1144) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another great beer from Ommegang. It’s very smooth but very complex. Tastes of dark fruit, malt, candy, and a bit of cherry. The lambic really balances out the rest of the brew. Probably one of the best out of Ommegang.
vinella (2) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - NOV 20, 2005 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beautiful ruddy brown in the glass. The soured lambic balances the sweet quad perfectly. I’d like a bit more of a mousse but it’s absolutely silky on the palate. I especially like the fact that women seem to respond so positively to it. Several of my female customers, pale ale people, have tried it and now drink it habitually. I like being able to sell it for $6.99, too.
brainskins (14) - evansville, Indiana, USA - NOV 19, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a beautiful brownish red with a nice tan head. Smells of apples, cherries, and oak. The mouth feel is nice and creamy with a sour bite. Tastes great. Very well balanced between sweet and sour with a good alcohol presence.
VAYankee (344) - Virginia, USA - NOV 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown slightly red body with full light brown head. Powerful aroma: sweet and fruity (cherries), mild yeastiness. Strong dark fruit flavor with a bit a chocolate and mild taste of yeast and alcohol. Mildly bitter and mildly sour finish.
Megan (101) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 17, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Okay, the unofficial rating is that it’s "yummy". Love omMEGANg so I figured we’d like this. Had in Bottle, Dave poured (ah, in an official OmMEGANg glass, no less). Thick nice head, dark dark amber borwn to the color. Drank near room temp and was still yummy. Rich, thick, slightly creamy mouthfeel and taste.
DwarvenAle (6) - USA - NOV 14, 2005 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is probably the best beer i have tasted to date. I cant wait to go get myself another bottle. It has a nice cloudy red pour with a fairly big, tan head. The aroma was on the sweet side and filled with ample scents. The chocolate, caramel, and dark fruit stand out. The taste is very similair leaving traces of every taste imaginable. The alcohol was barely noticed, and that is a fairly high alcohol content to hide that well. I think for many beer drinkers it could have been hidden to well but i loved it.
beernightscout (37) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a cloudy brownish red with a small head. Smells great, with the typical Belgian fruity, sharp aroma with a whiff of cherries. Tastes quite sweet, with a hint of cherries, lots of malt, a pleasant sourness, and a bit of bitterness with the sour on the finish. Balanced palate, thick but lively in the mouth. I like how this beer compares with the normal, "red" Ommegang; it’s not as sweet, and I dig the sour in this beer. The high alcohol was enjoyable as it cut through some of the heaviness. About as far from Bud as you can get. $6 for a 750 ml bottle wherever I find it, either at Whole Foods or the mom-and-pops. The Ommegang beers are a great value, similar style beers are up around $8-9 a bottle.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 7, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear ruby red color with a gorgeous fluffy white-tan head that’s maintained by swarms of small bubbles. Dulled, woody cherries, toffee and chocoalte in the aroma. Bit of a yeasty, candi sugar kick at the end. Similar flavor with the cherry sweetness in lockstep with wood and toffee/chocolate matl. There’s a nice bitter kick at the end which seems to be a combination of three things, oak, alcochol and plain old bitter hops. My only qualm about this beer might be that while it resides on the sweet side of things (even w/ that woody bittereness) the mouthfeel is a bit too thin to suit it well. I recall some Flemmish Sours (R. Alexendar for sure) that had a nice substantial mouthfeel to go along with their sugary sweetness.