CanIHave4Beers (3198) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JAN 31, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark reddish brown with a small, thin, but well retained head.
The aroma is plum and fig with some Cavendish tobacco, some caramel and some brown sugar. Impossibly rich and inviting, pungent but nothing that smacks you across the face, nuanced, at times subtle, but very rich smelling.
The flavor is fruity with both pear and darker fruit notes of raisin, fig, cherry, etc. The beer has a very noticeable presence of spicy alcohol notes, but it’s never over boozy or unpleasant. Some robust rye bread and light roastiness provide a some balance.
This is a very enjoyable beer.
rajendra82 (947) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JAN 26, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Classy packaging of a tin with corrugated cardboard padding, which ensured that the beer was well protected from light and shocks. The beer looked deep copper when pouring out of the corked, and caged, 22 oz. bomber, but it looked nearly black in the glass. The head was quite small, but lasted a while, and left a solid sheet of lacing on the sides of the St. Bernardus goblet. The smell was apples, cherries, pears, and raisins, with a touch of allspice. The taste was very fruity as well, but the sweetness was balanced out by yeasty dryness and spice, and the beer was not at all cloying. The balance was outstandingly drinkable. The mouthfeel was light ,and the alcohol was well hidden. The finish had some brief spicy notes before tit faded. This was a quality beer in all aspects.
Westchesterco (845) - mclean, Virginia, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
chocolate, herbs, brown, minimal head, amber, Pearfull body, thick feel, flat, long finish, bitter,
Iphonephan (3066) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 75 cl bottle shared at home. Pours a dark reddish brown with an off white head. Sweet caramel aroma. Toffee and cherry notes. Tart finish.
Brouwerij (915) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark maroon brown with three fingers of course light tan head. Settles relatively quickly with sparse lacing. Aroma is sweet, caramel, fig, mild stone fruit, alcohol. Flavor is mild fig, date, stone fruit, caramel malt, toffee, bitter, alcohol and apple in the finish. Tastes pretty authentically Belgian. Moderate to soft carbonation, medium body, and clean texture. Fruitiness and alcohol really come out as it warms up. A tasty belgian beer.
dfinney23 (1590) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Certainly nothing wrong with it but also not particularly complex or interesting, which I expect from both Ommegang and anything "Belgian-style".
nyindiansfan (463) - rochester, New York, USA - JAN 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours dark brown big head lots of carb. Smells tastes of belg yeast spices has dark fruits in it raisin prune etc. good stuff. I wish for a bit more but what u going to do.
marcus (6365) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours dark brown with a tan head and a treacle, dark fruit and coffee aroma. There is a sweet dark fruit and malt flavor with a ddry carbonated finish.
oRos (1054) - sacramento, California, USA - JAN 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Marcus. Color is dark amber with egg shell head. Taste is sweet with a lot of fruit. Good beer.
bhensonb (10808) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 12, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 c&c from Half Time. Pours dark brown with a decent tan head. Aroma of dark fruits - raisin/prune - with a lot of dark malt accompanying it. Not pulling out hop? Med + body. Flavor is dark malt, definitely raisin/prune, with a little alcohol burn down the gullet. Seems to have some yeast/spice input - little bit of fruity ester. Maybe even some chocolate towards the finish, which is not excessively sweet. Quite delicious.