droomyster (14) - USA - MAR 1, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A dessert in itself. Everything from the packaging to beer itself asks for your silent contemplation. Looks beautiful in a Trappist glass. An impenetrable cloudy brown, with a steady upward flow of carbonation. After the bubbles settle, it looks like chocolate milk with reddish edges. The strong cherry aroma hit me even as I poured, overwhelming my ability to detect much else. Strong taste of cocoa, cherries, and raisins. I agree with the reviewers who mention plumbs, too. There’s a complicated dance of bitter and sweet. I expected the lambic would lighten it, but no, it’s a full bodied heavy weight. Creamy, has a really nice feel.
bsawatzky (153) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2005 very nice beer. poors a deep brown color with a cream colored head. full of fruity flavor, very winish. sweet but not too much so.
2philosophers (16) - Ridgewood, New York, USA - FEB 25, 2005
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is one of the best beers I’ve tasted--the cherry lambic is detectable but subtle and not too sweet. Strong enough to bring out the flavors. Ommegang does some great beers but I think we have a winner. Goes very well with cheese or dark chocolate.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2005 Well done. Pours a nice dark brown with a creamy head which disintigrates rather quickly. This beer resembles the St. Bernardus 12 but has less of a head. The aroma is very malty with chocolate, cherry and toffee. The taste is fine but the cherry medicine like taste is a little overdone. You also get this nice champagne feel which works better here then in the Avery Reverend. This beer is interesting because it is similar to the Victory V12. A good brew which I am glad I picked up.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 21, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an amber brown color with no head. Aroma of rich malt with cherries and alcohol. Flavor of cherries with rich malt and alcohol, sweet and rich, I like that ! Light to medium body, oily texture, lively carbonation. Very good !
Pailhead (5073) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Aroma is malty and fruity with a some cherry in the background and some chocolate. Pours a real dark hazy red with an off-white head that lasts a minute or so. Malty, fruity, chocolate and a slight sour cherry that is barely noticeable in the finish. Something about this is really detracting though. Almost like a stale fruit taste,
johnyvt (158) - West Hollywood, California, USA - FEB 16, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2005 750ml bottle. Cloudy orange/red pour with a small brown head. The aroma is caramel and dark cherries. Medium bodied mouthfeel and smooth, light carbonation. First taste is caramel, toffee, brown sugar and raisins. The sweet start leads to dark cherry flavors that finish with a sour bite. Little bit of yeast and not too spicy. Maybe not quite as much lambic taste as I had expected and too much of an alcohol profile.
GonZoBeeR (2941) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 14, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma:cherry and caramel.
Appearance:Reddish brown small head.
Flavor:Caramel,molasse,raisins and dark cherry.
bb (6860) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 13, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. 2004 Bottling. I can see how this could easily be a love or hate it beer. While I don’t hate it, I don’t find it all that interesting. It’s an experiment that dosn’t quite come together. Dark brown-reddish beer witha huge beige head. Sour cherry aroma with yeast and a sweet malt backing. Cherry and cotton candy flavor with spicey yeast elements that end in some cocoa-like flavors that leave a strange flavor in the mouth. I wish the lambic blend stood out just a little more to let there actually be something to it, but instead its a dull playdough backing.
walleye (1067) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - FEB 13, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
from the bottle poured a muddy brown with a big light brown head. aroma dark cherries, malts, bitter sweet chocolate, raisins, dark fruits. aroma a slight suorness that gives way to the dark cheeris and chocolate and the fruits. nice smoth mouth feel. very enjoyable beer.