Helsdon (343) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 1, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Like Brigadier below (sweet profile pic btw) this has been lurking in my cellar (aka basement) for a couple of years. With the rarity of Ommegang in Ontario (we didn’t even get the questionable recent Game of Thrones release) it just didn’t want to crack it. But to the cottage it came for the Canada Day long weekend for its long overdue drinking. Here’s a purely Canadian suggestion to start. Do not drink this with the taste of poutine potato chips lingering in your mouth, it tastes horrible. But once I had my palate set to rights I’m getting sweet malts, mild peach and apricot and a toothless, flat funk that is almost bitterness that lingers into aftertaste with a touch of honey. It just doesn’t have the complexity I was hoping for but I always appreciated a great brewery’s tried, even if they don’t blow me away.
kerenmk (3910) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAR 26, 2016
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at DSG’s 10K tasting at the Dancing Camel. Thanks beerandbeyond. Hazy amber-gold with a white head. Sweet honey aroma, some hyssop and chocolate notes. Sweet honey and a little muddy in the mouth. Full body, smooth texture, a little bitter finish.
zvsn (1504) - ISRAEL - MAR 3, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sample at DSG’s 10K rating celebration tasting. Thanks beerandbeyond. Clear yellow with a huge head. Aroma is funky, vineous and yeasty. Sweet, fruity, yeasty, spicy with flavors of caramel, candy and alcohol, a bit over the top. Medium-bodied, smooth.
rayaron (1272) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - FEB 27, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sample at DSG’s 10K rating celebration tasting at Dancing Camel, Tel Aviv. Thanks beerandbeyond. Hazy orange with white head. Aroma of sweet candy, floral with some yeasts. Sweet flavor, alcoholic with notes of brett, sugary candy, herbs and some corn, slightly dry. Medium to full-bodied. Very nice.
tomer (2788) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - FEB 24, 2016
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
At a tasting, thanks, small creamy slightly bubbly head, cloudy orange color, aroma of brett and corn, fruity candy sweetness with a nutty hint and a light bitterness, subdued brett character. Not too balanced or exciting.
DSG (11279) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 21, 2016
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle sample at my (post-)10,000th rating celebration tasting at Dancing Camel. Thanks beerandbeyond. Hazy golden. Aroma of fruitiness, honey, cardboard, a bit of alcohol. Sweetish flavor with caramel, yeast, fruitiness, a bit of cardboard, soapy note, and a bitterish hint in the finish. Medium-bodied.
generallee08 (771) - New York, USA - NOV 19, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass. The label lists the abv at 8%.
Appearance: The body has a light amber color with soapy light tan head. It has a hazy look and some visible carbonation. The head quickly settles out and lacing is very minimal.
Smell: The aroma has a funky phenolic character with some fruity notes, light grain, and cereal. The fruity notes remind me of unripe mango, sweet passion fruit, and tart apple peels. The sweet fruity notes come out more as the beer sits.
Taste/Palate: It’s mostly sweet and fruity up front. I get pear, apple and a touch of mango. I also get sweet cereal and grainy notes which quickly turn to tart funky yeast and mild bitter hops in the finish. The palate feels smooth and fairly full yet still carbonated.
Brigadier (3505) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle
This has been lurking in the cellar for a long time now. On a quiet evening when I could catch my breath I finally opened it. The experience lives up to everything Ommegang is capable of and more. I’m not sure if there have been any more releases but as long as Ommegang keeps releasing these at or near $12 a bottle they are worth an occasional look.
Aroma / Appearance - A carbonated caramelized bronze base supports pillars of ivory head. Sour chocolate and vinegar float upwards with an acetic undertone. However unlike a truly infected beer it does not have that harsh edge. Earthy yeast helps tether it to a farmhouse style.
Flavor / Palate - Lemon custard, dried orange peels, and wheaty marmalade are like a jam pantry in a glass. The crisp sharp fruitiness cuts through the layers of base like the filling of a cake. The wildness is still in check although if you have any bottles still aging I would not give it too much more time.
j12601 (9550) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 2, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pouring at Where The Wild Beers Are 2014. Pours a hazed golden amber with a thin white head. Big musk and funk on the nose. Medium bodied, sweet with caramel. Quite unexpectedly sweet. Soft funk and tartness. Lingering tartness and musk.
Fritz123 (1535) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Total Wine in Boca Raton. Poured into a snifter at home. Pours a fairly clear copper with a one finger head. Aroma is apple, pineapple, citrus, and brett with cereal and biscuit. The taste is similar with the fruits (not as defined on the nose) first and then the brett wilds riding my palate. Dry finish, peppy carbonation. Slight bitter end also.