VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - MAY 4, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep burgandy color with a moderate tan head. Cherry, yeasty, malty, mildly spicy aroma. Malt, caramel, candy, astringent spiciness. Flavors not "married" very well. Nice body.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAY 3, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark cherry brown color, decent head, spicy sweet aroma. Flavor is sweet cherry, some sourness with alcohol not hiding. A bit too sweet but I suppose no one would apologize. A very different and quite enjoyable experience.
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice medium thickness tan head that fades slowly. A brown - orange and crimson color. Very slightly bubble gum component in the aroma also woody, musky, malty, and yeasty. Middle of the road belgian abt base flavor, but enhanced very nicely by the lambic addition. In no way overpoweringly lambic like. A slightly more than subtle addition. Nice level of carbonation. Finishes crisp and moderately bitter. Overally, I appreciate the addition of the lambic. It lends an uniqueness to this brew. Otherwise, without the addition, my opinion would be lower.
Dorwart (2382) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - APR 23, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thin head of fine bubbles which lasts the duration of the drink. Wonderful carbonation density. If you blow across the top of the trappist glass some fascinting patterns and textures are created. Back to the beer. Great aroma. Sort of port like. Sweet with dark fruits, caramel and alcohol. Very rich aroma. Color is a dark ruby/brown. Flavor is not as rich as the aroma. Roasted malts, a touch of fruit and some alcohol. Hard to place the flavor. Finish is slightly sour and dry with some wood notes. Must be the lambiec influence. A good beer but the finish might scare some people off.
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - APR 20, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ruby red. Malt aromas. complicated flavors of roast malt, cherries and other dark fruits. Slightly sweet.
Aubrey (3444) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 18, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep amber (ruby-red in the light) with a thin, but enduring, light tan head. Fresh, yeasty nose. Smooth and creamy up front; tingly and effervescent toward the finish. Malts had big notes of toasted bread and cooked caramel, and milder notes of fig and raisin. Hops were spicy, bitter and drying. Tart -- almost tannic -- cherries were subdued and in the background, contributing a sharpness to the beer. Glad to find this beer not sweet (just a pinch of sweetness in the background). Some curious woodsy and oaky notes surfaced here and there (especially in a burp at one time). Bitterness seemed to build and linger on the tongue (with some lingering wood notes). Really nice alcohol sensations blended well and gave it a nice edge, as well as more depth.
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 18, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very tasty beer. Hazy amber color with medium head. Flavor of sweet berries, bananas, toffee and a little chocolate. Long finish.
rauchbier (3627) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle conditioned. Amber brown, thin beige head and moderate condition. Good banana esters and chocolate in the nose, much the same in the mouth but a little louder and joined with some spirity alcohol notes. Long lingering chocolate powder and banana in the finish with a tough of bitterness.
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.