Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Brenda for lugging this to Austin on a plane....you rock! Hazy red with yellow edges. Aroma was very alcoholic, apples, berries. Very full fruity and yeasty flavors. I got lots of bread and hops towards the finish, it all meshed well on the tongue for a beer of its magnitude. This is a big beer, a winter warmer for sure.
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - DEC 8, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2005 Aroma: smells of finger nail polish, sour cherries and strawberries, and cough syrup filter up from the glass. Also, hints of fruitiness and medicine.
Appearance: dark-reddish in colour
Flavor: sour cherries, cotton candy, hops, and slightly floral. A bit too hopped for me.
Palate: dry, sour, tart, with a good mix of cherries and hops
Aroma: 8/10 red grape skins, ginger, alcohol, apple skins, cotton candy, vanilla bean, and oak
Appearance: 4/5 reddish-brown, light head, lacing
Flavor: 8/10 oak, sweet cherries, red grapes, brown sugar, maple syrup, and flowers
Palate: 4/5 sweet bubbly with oak, and cherry pit aftertaste; very smooth
winterlager (101) - Orchard Park, New York, USA - DEC 8, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber in color, spicy scent, this is a very good winter beer. Warms you all over. Lots of flavors and goes down extra smooth. Very good!!
3fourths (8017) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2014 Dark murky brown appearance. Smells of pine, rye and "holiday spices"... maybe gingerbread. Strong mouthfeel, strong alcohol presence. A small chemical-like flavor mixes with rye, cherries, wood and other spices, with a full body and a beautifully roasted flavor on the tongue. It’s very pleasent in that the kriek is really subdued, but the fact remains that the quadrupel qualities are lacking... the expected complexity does not exist.
jgb9348 (4732) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2003 White Labelled 2003 Release (bottle 2):
Ruby tinted amber colour with a super dense tan head. Aroma slightly of cherries, but favouring malt, raisins, plums and alcohol. Medium-bodied; Sweet caster sugar/caramel sweetness. Slight sourness midway through, but not lasting long. Aftertaste bittered from the malt, not left clean. Overall, not pleasing, not a great value, and therefore a pretty big dissapointment! This 75 cL bottle was purchased at Beers of the World in Rochester, New York and sampled on 11-December-2003.
White Labelled 2003 Release (bottle 1):
Ruby-tinted brown coloured body. Slight smokey aroma, malt cherries and metal. Medium to Light-bodied; Spicey malty taste with some cherries. Aftertaste bittered-some peppery and not terribly pleasant. Overall, decent-but less than what I had expected. Quite simply, yet another unsatisfying beer from Ommegang. This one isn't even a great value at $8 a 75 cL bottle. I had this bottle at the Winter Party at Oakes' place in Toronto, Canada on 05-December-2003.
jercraigs (7812) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2005 Re-rate July 2005. 341 mL. Ruby tinged brown body, small beige head. Funky alcoholic aroma, mild notes of fruit. Dry flavour, malty middle. Phantom fruit throughout. Medium palate. Decent but not really in tune with my palate. Meh. 6/3/6/3/12 <P> Original Rating Dec 2003. 750 mL. Hazy dark amber colour, with a film of a head on mine. Big alcohol aroma with a fruity tartness. Mouthfeel was vinuous and interesting. I can’t say I enjoyed this one as much as I had hoped. 6/4/5/3/12
mribm (457) - Ocala, Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brewed 2003 - 750 ml. Bottle. Poured with a long lasting, medium sized tan head. The beer was a deep reddish brown in color. This is an absolutely delicious beer with a delicious blend of malt and cherries. It isn't overly sweet like a lambic, and it has a nice 9.8% ABV which is masked very well. I found a new and unusual winter warmer.
Aurelius (4171) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Winey, Belgian brune aroma -- some cocoa and tart fruit. Good bottle, label and deep chestnut brown beer with darkish oatmeal-like foam. New, the beer is sweet, though I imagine this dries out some during cellared conditioning. Vanilla, nuts, tartness, prominent alcohol, sturdy woody bittering in the flavor profile. Alcohol bittering is a bit too clingy in the roof of the mouth sometimes. Medium-long finish. Good weight for a cold winter night -- just a tad over medium body.
AdkMike (2) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 2, 2003 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Malty, strong alcoholic beer, with a good tart bite from the Lindemans Kriek. Noticable cherry aftertaste. Overall, has many winelike qualities, some similar to port. My fav from Ommegang.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - DEC 1, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2003 white label. Deep dark amber color, some sediment but no haze, thin but firm tan head. Sweet malt and plum/raisin aroma with a touch of cinnamon. Flavor is malty and sweet with raisin again and a touch of cherry. Cherry flavor is like that of a dark-chocolate covered cherry, slightly tart. Medium to full body, slightly dry finish. Pretty good.