amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brewed 2003: Sweet aroma of fruit and chemicals. Very dark burgundy liquid. Little head, even at romm temp. Fruit tang at first taste, smokey middle with a alcohol burn in the finish. This beers grows on you or maybe it is the 9.8% alcohol.
Frank (3199) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark and cloudy. Fruity cherry aroma. Slight notes of perfume. The cherry presence is subdued but refreshingly tart. Theres an odd sort of aftertaste--almost like spicy mustard--that I didn't appreciate. Still, an enjoyable and unusual brew.
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was a good beer.I was expecting a little more sweetness but it still was good.Poured a dark red color with a big head that dissapated slow.High alcohol that wasnt hidden to well kind of masked the truness of this brew.Overal I would like to rate this again.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled, 750 ml. Looking forward to this one for a long time...this was Christmas dinner beer, so it had to be special. The body is a smooth muddy brown, quite opaque, with a creamy tan quick-dying head. Nose is the best thing here, plummy-orange liqueur-brandy with just a hint of cloves, yum. Flavor is medium-sweet, fairly high acid, some molasses; finish woody and warming, dry. Alcohol a bit too noticeable, not as fruity as the nose suggested. Bit of a letdown due to high expectations, but certainly very good.
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 (2612) - 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.