temporrari (389) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 6, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2004 Bottle. Iím not all that impressed by this beer. Deep amber pour. Off white head diminished quickly. Aroma of malt and subtle cherries. It has an aroma very much like a wheat beer that I homebrewed with some added cherry notes. Nothing to get excited about. Flavor is boring mostly. It gets better with some warmth, but it never materialized into anything Iíd consider top shelf. It doesnít have what I want in a quad and, unlike other Ommegang products, it doesnít feel all that Belgian. Itís a decent beer, but I expect more from this style. Certainly not on St. Bernardus 12 or Rochefort 10ís level.
DKlovesbeer (172) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Man, this is good beer. Could look kind of nasty with all the chunks floating around in it but I prefer to think of it as looking "authentic." Pours a thick, hazy, dark brown with chunks of cherry floating around the body. Head is small, light brown and settles quickly. Huge bursts of sweet malt dominate the nose while notes of cherry nicely settle this beast. A playful sour lambic character dances through both the aroma and the palate creating a remarkably diverse beer drinking experience. Flavor starts off typical for a Belgian style ale, lots of peppery notes and malty goodness. Cherry, sour notes, and alcohol quickly take over and steer the palate towards a mind blowing lambic-style finish. Overall, I can describe this beer in one word...OUTSTANDING! (Please forgive the caps, I just finished the bottle.)
Krausen (102) - USA - JAN 30, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great beer! I could smell this beer all day. Cherry, fruit and a soft phenolic lead the way to a complex taste. Slighly alcoholic, but still very drinkable, not cloying at all. I plan to cellar some bottles to see how it matures. It is a little more carbonated that I would like. One of the best I have tasted in a long time.
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - JAN 25, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
deep ruby color and foamy/slightly creamy tan head that diminishes quickly. aroma is dried bing cherries, candi sugar, light alcohol, raisin too. a bit of yeast in the nose. fizz up the center and a few small yeast particles, but mostly clear. deep sweet malty flavor. canít really taste the kriek, some fruityness in the finish but not that much. nice funky marble pattern of lacing on the glass. a little caramel malt in the finish.
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - JAN 24, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, very impressive!
Pours a burnt orange color with a decent head. I used a wet pint glass, which I think was a mistake. Iím going to try this again in a proper glass soon...
Aroma is like brandy: dark fruits with well balanced sweetness, hints of coffee and some light spices. Very nice!
Flavor is outstanding: cherries, some coffee, other fruits and some spices... Very complex and Iím having a hard time trying to place all the tastes...
Palate is crisp, tart (yet sweet), and creamy. Overall, this is excellent! It doesnít quite fall perfectly into this catagory so itís likely taking a few hits in the scores here. Taken as its own, I donít think it could be any better (and should deserve almost a perfect "5"). As a whole, this is an awesome beer and you *really* need to try this. Do whatever it takes to find a bottle of this awesome beer.
Accaris (21) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JAN 20, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
One of the first brews I tried when Georgia lifted its 6% limit. Poured lightly into a trappist glass, the hue was orange and a bit murky; the aroma was that of cherries, white grape, and maybe a tad of walnut. The taste filled the mouth with mildly sweet-sour cherry, citrus, wheat, fizz, and acid (in that order.) Diminishing finish. A sweet and typical Belgian style; if the price werenít so high I might get more of it.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JAN 20, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml 2004 - faint aroma of cherry, raisin, and Belgian malt. Color is brownish red with a nice off white head and great lacing. My first impression was that the flavor wasnít all that great, but now that Iíve been drinkin it, it is getting better with every swallow. Like my palate needed to warm up to the intense flavor. Nice and warming, makes me wonder what a couple of years would do.
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 17, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 bottle. Cloudy reddish brown with creamy head and lacing. Nose is of brown sugar, raisins, bread dough, and sour cherries. I get brown sugar, malt, cherries with hints of old woods and an earthiness in the background. Creamy texture with a medium body and a tannin/winey mouthfeel. Warming and tart fininsh. This is a very nice beer that will age nicely .
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 16, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle. Mmmm, this is good. Pours brown and hazy with an off white head that lingers decently then diminishes to a ring of bubbles. Aroma is sweet, brown sugar, molasses, spice and yeast. Flavor is also sweet and spicy with a nice fruity tartness that finishes dry and sweetly puckering. Medium body and creamy carbonation.
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 15, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004 vintage, 750ml bottle. Sweet, fruity aroma, the expected cherry apparent along with lighter notes of milk chocolate, dark brown sugar and red grape. Deep red color, hazy with plentiful sedimentation and a lasting, fine, tan head. Flavor profile is likewise fruity and sugary, a moderate amount of tart cherry throughout with some equally plentiful sugary malt, faint spiciness and peppery alcohol. Finishes with hints of cocoa and old wood as well as some light bitterness and warmth. Effervescent, lightly winey mouthfeel, full body. Unique and worth seeking out.