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 (1415) - 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 (2411) - 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 (29168) - 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 (612) - 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!
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 8, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I have been anticipating this beer for 5 months now! Looking at it every day as it rest in my beer rack behind my closet doors. I bought this one back in December, but knew it was too young….. I waited until I lost self-control…… Your Free!
Pours a very dark mahogany body and a chunky kaki colored head. The aroma is toasty with bountiful doses of caramel and toffee malts. I smell some vanilla and notes of butterscotch in there! The flavor is far more toasted that I was expecting. Very much a cross between a fresh slice of Rye and Pumpernickel bread; the graininess of the Rye but the toasty coco likens of the pumpernickel. Rather yeasty, notes of old oak cask, fruity suggestions of fig and dates, and raisins, along side lighter proposals of plums and apricots… brown sugar…. Delicate hint of sage hiding somewhere. Snow White and the 7 Dwarves….. it just popped into my head??? Something must have evoked memories of my childhood? Velvety palate of coco …… I’m gunna be sloppy by the end of this bottle, time for some dinner!
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ruby body with gentle carbonation and a foamy beige head. Aroma is yeasty with prominent esters, cherries and other dark fruits, caramel malt, and some spiciness. Malty with a nice musty barnyard flavor. Initial hint of cherries builds up in the flavor. Also oaky with a touch of sourness. This beer has considerable subtle complexities. Mouthfeel is a bit fizzy. Thanks to The_Beer_God for this very interesting beer.
obxdude10 (2027) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a mahagony color with a thin cream-colored head, no lacing but a nice cascading effect when the glass is tilted, appearance is very inviting, nose full of fruits, nice malty & fruity flavors with notes of black cherries, medium-full & strong body, tingly mouthfeel, nice warming effect, the alcohol strength is pretty well hidden but does peek through a bit in the finish & aftertaste, a very enjoyable beer