Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
A hazy brown/amber with a thick lasting tan head. Very nice aroma of caramel, citrus, raisin, plum, banana, clove, pepper and spice. Velvety medium body. Creamy and syrupy with a moderate amount of carbonation. Nice flavor that is very floral and woody. Lots of caramel, pepper, molasses, dark fruit, and spice also make an appearance. Excellent. Big thanks to Slikwily for this one!
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ommegang is a great belgian house - this partcular version has real "blood" taste - iron oxide like. Nice color (blood red?) - wonderfully rich - the candi sugar is really muted and the cherry lambic is well-blended. Yummy.
lowner (19) - astoria, New York, USA - DEC 27, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Three words to describe this; Belgium, chocolate, and cherries. Absolutely wonderful stuff. I was wayyyyy suprised considering I am from upstate NY and while Ommegang's other products are good, their not great. Long live the 3 philosophers!
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Again, props to Slikwily for this one! Coppery brown with orange and reddish highlights under a lasting tannish head. Caramel malts, bananas, and and raisins are the most notable aromas at first. A moderate buttery aroma (diacetyl) appears as it warms slightly, as well as a lightly bready yeasty aroma and toasted malt and alcohol. Malty flavors and bananas start out the flavor as it does in the aroma. Good think I like bananas! Then a vinous raisin character with the same toasted malt notes as in the aroma. The buttery flavors don't seem to be as predominant in the flavor as in the aroma, but it's there in just a hint. A slightly solventy alcohol flavor creeps into the finish of this very well balanced beer. Aftertaste is of raisins and toasted malt. Medium bodied with surprisingly moderate carbonation for a Belgian ale. There is a slight astringency that I'm not terribly keen on, but it seems to be one of the few flaws this beer has. Alcohol is warming and adds nicely to the complexity. This is a bitter sweet beer for me. Sweet because I like and have gotten the chance to taste it. Bitter because it will probably not be available for very long!
pivo (2542) - GERMANY - DEC 25, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Holy-moly. Heavy sweet malt body laced with dark fruits like figs and raisins. A sweeter ending than I normally enjoy but that didn't matter - this is a very successfully balanced beer. Lovely, attractive red-brown color. Complex and just delicious.
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 24, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark garnet. The dark beige head rises to magnificent heights and then subsides abruptly. Nose is black cherries, raisons and alcohol. Taste is dark fruits and port wine, with a hint of black cherry soda.
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2003
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep and dark red in color. Smooth tasting beer. Tan head. Strong ale. Very pleasant. Very good. Mix of alcohol and fruity flavors, including raisins, and some dried fruit. Good beer to lay away for a few years. Would really be good aged.
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - DEC 23, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice raosted malt with fruit tones. Medium red amber with a little layer of a head. Malty figs taste, smoked in the middle, alcohol comes slightly through. Kicks on the tip of the tongue.
lemonlovr (190) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma remins me of cherry cough drops with zinc added - weird. Color is reddish-brown. Flavor is slihtly sweet/tart up front with an overly hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is ok. I don't like the hop character of this mixed with the cherry flavors - seems off. Had this one at the Southern Ratebeer Gathering in Austin, TX on December 6, 2003.
aracauna (3034) - Georgia, USA - DEC 22, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was an really interesting beer. Started off too cold so I let it sit around for a while before tasting it to let it warm up. When cold, it's a bit thin and bitter, but when it warmed up, it became much more complex. Nicely spicy/yeasty and a really full cherry nose. Tartness from the kriek lambic it was mixed with was mild and only came through when warmed to the point where it should have been served. Easily drinkable and quite tasty.