notalush (4173) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 12, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2004 Original TP - 4.3 - Dark brown with hints of red - very low carbonation - inviting aroma of yeast, plums prunes, brown sugar and alcohol - flavor is a delicious mixture of chocolate, plums, dark cherries and some molassas - silky mouthfeel, lingering malty finish - great beer. New TP (with kriek) - there really isn't much difference between this and the original, besides the slight, tart cherry flavor added by the lambic, which is actually difficult to detect - there's a bit more chocolate in this one, esp. in the finish, and the body appears to be a bit thinner - still a great beer, though.
JCW (1273) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a rich reddish-brown, somewhat translucent, with small brown head. Aroma is sweet like prunes and/or figs brown sugar, bread yeast and slight scent of alcohol. Flavor is carmelly sweet more than I would prefer wtih a dryness on the finish from the alcohol. Good Belguim, but not world class.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - SEP 21, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
POurs a deep dark brown with very little head and almost no lacing. The aroma is very winey, and the taste closely resembles a port. Tastes very much like carmelized brown sugar. Overall I was not impressed but definitely something to try.
BückDich (5467) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 21, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with a nice head and not much lacing. Aroma of port, bananas and bubblegum. Flavor has detectable alcohol with complex caramel malt seeping through. Finishes with lots of alcohol and a light banana presece. Overall this is good, but I think ommeganag is a tad better.
ericnixon (737) - Vermont, USA - SEP 7, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2005 Re-Rate 9/10/2005 - Even better than I remember it being before! Too bad I’m living in Alabama now and I can’t get Ommegang in this state. Re-rate 4/11/2004 - This is so much better than I remember it being. A beautifully-crafted beer. First rating: Luv that Ommegang! Nice label, nice cork, etc. The aroma was earthy, molassasy and complex...with a huge alcohol smell. Each swig went down with wonderfull warmth. Wonderful dizzying mix of flavors. Thanks to Volgon for sharing!
Sham (1846) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 20, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very nice deep red-brown with little brownish head. Sweet fruity nose, some alcohol. Flavorful apples and caramel, with a slightly bitter finish. Nice palate leaves the mouth full of fruit. A very nice refreshing Belgian strong.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 11, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Interesting but not great. I prefer the other Ommengang brews. Cloudy orange. Complex aromas and tastes are the story. Spicy and sweet. Caramel and fruit flavors are detectable. Somewhat fizzy carbonation, probably from all the candi sugars. Alcohol and sweet are dominate on the finish.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dried fruit and alcohol aroma, which was great. Very cidery taste, like a lot of apples. Good finish, not too bitter. I'll have to try this again, because it was so awesome!
Zach Diesel (906) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 18, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
intense raisin aroma with candy notes, plum colored, stinging alcohol bite, raisins, choclate malt finish, silky body
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A dark reddish brown reminiscent of the juice from plums or red grapes. Very little head. The aroma is quite sweet with tons of sticky, ripe fruit. Plums, raisins, pears, apples, cherries, fig, sugar, caramel and a bit of chocolate. Pretty full in the mouth, but with little effervescence. The flavor is also quite sweet, dominated by the sticky fruit and a bit of alcohol. Warming in the finish. An incredible flavor profile is slightly tainted by too much sweetness. Otherwise this would be world class.