ericnixon (741) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 7, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Iíve had my eye on this at Whole Foods for a while now, but only recently overcame my apprehension to spending a twenty on a beer. It is, after all, from Ommegang. After I purchased it, I carefully set it away in a secret and protected location to age properly. Six days later, the pop-up timer went off telling me it was ready (...either that or I just couldnít wait any longer).
First, I had to open the decorative tin...which is a way to scream from the shelf, "Hey! You over there looking at pretentious wines! Look at me! Iím a wicked fancy beer you may also like!" Personally, Iím not crazy about stuff like that, but it is a beer created to celebrate their fifteenth anniversary, so I think itís ok they went a little nuts with the packaging.
That being said, when I pulled the bottle out from the tin, I did find it in a nice bottle. I popped the cork, let it breathe, and poured two glasses.
The light chocolate-colored foamy head dissipated in a fair amount of time, leaving a tracely faint mottled foam slick on top and around the edge of the glass. It has a nice caramely and malty nose that casually invited me in to sit for a spell and discuss the events of the day. Within short order, it slid on up to my side and smooth-talked me into tipping the glass for just a quick sip.
The active mouthfeel sprightly danced over my tongue before quickly melting into a frictionless velvety complexiousness that breaded and carameled its way down leaving behind a faintly lingering hoppidity.
It was a good half glass of gentle and intimate sips later when I discovered that the 9.6% had, somehow, slipped in there somewhere and was busy warming things up. While I didnít purposely let it in, it was fine. I didnít mind. Actually, the warmth was quite welcomed on this snowy night.
Was it true to style? Absolutely. Was it good? Land oí lakes, yes! Sadly, as this was an anniversary special edition, itíll end up being merely a one-night stand kind of thing...the kind you think about fondly for years, which is why Iím taking my time with it and enjoying every last liquid moment we have together.
Thank you, Ommegang.
SudsMcDuff (6838) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 5, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
thanks thedm! .. pours a deep brown .. good foam .. . muddled yeast and off fruit .. . not enjoyable .. . . who could tell? for all I knew I could be stumbling into some kind of helpless preconfusional state characterized by the fear on the part of the sufferer that he may be stumbling into some kind of helpless preconfusional state. thatís the trouble with losing your mind; by the time itís gone, itís too late to get it back.
jbruner (2939) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 27, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared at RBWG! Pours a golden brown with thin off-white head and light lacing. Aroma of dark fruity esters, caramel and toffee, and some light belgian yeast. Taste follows with a slight metallic aftertaste. Decent, but I want something more from a belgian strong than what I already expected.
burg326 (4668) - Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at RBWG, poured a caramel amber color with aromas of dark fruits, brown sugar, and some light yeast. Flavors are the same wih a light metallic aftertaste. Thanks dor he share whoever brought this.
Sledutah (6040) - Utah, USA - FEB 27, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared at the RBWGJX grand tasting
Appearance: Clear mahogany with a big beige head and good lacing
Dark fruit, brown sugar and some metallic
TURDFERGUSON (4024) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 26, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at RBWG. Pours a reddish light brown with a fast fading off white head. Nose is dark fruits, eatery, a bit of metal, raisins. Flavor is similar. Kinda getting sick of this style of beer.
decaturstevo (5442) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown pour with frothy tan head and lace. Aroma is dark brown sugar, dried fruit and an hinto abv. Sweet chocolaty malt, dark brown sugar, and an abv warmth. A bit thin and fizzy but pretty good.
thedm (5137) - Fort Wayne, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This corked and caged bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a head of foamy medium sized brown colored bubbles that were and left behind a no visible carbonation transparent dark ruby red brown colored body and a fair lacing. The mild aroma was brown malt. The crisp mouth feel was tingly at the start and strongly tingly at the finish with a lingering caramel hop aftertaste. The nice flavor contained notes of brown malt caramel and hops. Delicious and one I would certainly buy again.
skatz805 (5) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 20, 2013 does not count
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: caramel or maybe brown sugar, cherry very forward
Appearance: red/brown with a minimal head
Taste: very sweet, boozy
Palate: full bodied, creamy, average carbonation with a long finish.
musinj6 (466) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark black with hints of red that is murky and not quite opaque with a one finger head that quickly dissipates leaving heavy lacing. Aroma of caramelized sugar dark cherries. Hint of herbal hop flavor. Moderately sweet up front and turns slightly bitter toward the end. Long finish with burnt sugar. Moderate carbonation, medium to full bodied with sticky mouthfeel. Hint of booziness.