DocLock (8184) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Glad to be the stat locker on this one. Pours thick deep blackish brown with minimal khaki head. Nose is roasty malt, blackberry, yeasty black currant, hops, cacao, spices of the x-mas variety. Tastes fruity, with blackberry, currants, yeasty underlying esters, mild cacao, mild hops, mild funk, dark malt, and a rich smooth flavor. This one is complex and perhaps less yeasty and funky and more fruit-forward (and, yes, I know there is no fruit in this), and works very well for me. This beer would kick ass with a fruit and cheese plate and any red meat dish. For me, I’m going to pair my 2nd bottle tomorrow with spicy Hunan pork, and I cannot imagine how good pork loin would be marinated in this stuff. Mmmm.
zathrus13 (1728) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown, with a light brown head. Aroma is dark fruit, sugar, malt, and yeast. Flavor is malt, dark fruit, brown sugar, and chocolate. Medium body.
Leighton (12625) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2014 Bottle shared with Adam in Canaan, NH. Pours rich brown with a creamy, beige head. Big dark, ripe fruit aroma with toffee, hints of alcohol, and raisins. Big sweet flavor with loads of dark prunes, figs, dates, some toffee, light chocolate. Full bodied with average, creamy carbonation. Moderately warming to finish with lots more dark fruits, dark sugars, rich bread, mild alcohol. Very nice stuff. (Summer 2012. Score: 3.9)
Bottle shared at chriso’s May 2014 tasting - London. Pours clear amber-brown with a creamy, light tan head. The nose is buttery toffee and bread, with mild Belgian yeast notes. Medium to big sweet flavor with more toffee, dates, old berries. Full bodied with fine carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. Lightly warming and sugary to finish with more rich bread, toffee and ripe fruits. Nice. (Score: 3.7)
HonkeyBra (3583) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle. Dark brown near black pour with a tan head. Aroma of cherries, dark malts, mild roast, strong belgian yeast. Mild notes of dark fruits. Flavor is yeasty, strong fruit presence. Strong cherry, bits of dark chocolate, dark fruits. Nice, big carbonation. Medium bodied. Finishes mildly sweet. Interesting beer from Ommegang.
BBB63 (6299) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Corked 750ml bottle served in my Ommegang 10th Anniversary tulip: Pours a deep brown with ruby highlights, a lasting beige head and spotty lace. The aroma has dark candi sugar, plum, prune and candied orange peel vapours. Some caramel, toffee, and rye bread notes as well. Earthy and leathery yeast esters are found on the less than impressive nose. <P> The palate is where this shines IMO, rich dark malt and fruit notes over moderate spicy and earthy undertones. At this point to can still get the grassy and herbal hops character but that will surely fade with aging. The mouth feel is slightly oily and lush yet as a slight bite as well. The one thing I do not like is the metallic tinny note on the aftertaste.
Overview: A very nice brew but I will be blatantly honest that I was hoping for a grand slam home run and this did not deliver. A solid liner in the gap and that is okay I guess.
Ratman197 (10446) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml corked and caged bottle poured a cloudy brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of toffee, plum, raisin, cocoa, yeast and spice. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavorsof toffee, cocoa, spice, plum and raisin with a smooth dry lingering toffee finish.
Jblauvs (1350) - Chester, Vermont, USA - OCT 2, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2012 Ommegang Tap Takeover at Amesbury Alehouse.
Dark brown with reddish tint, nearly no head. Aroma is spicy caramel, rich vinous notes, a bit bready and with some lovely dark fruits. Flavor is spicy belgian yeast, caramel , warming alcohol, light date, flutters of raisin and bourbon soaked bread. A nice trappist style from Ommegang.
radarsock (1055) - Vermont, USA - AUG 13, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had drunk at Adam’s cabin in the country. Pours a ruby-tinted dark brown with a quickly diminishing head not even a fingernail in length and sudsy legs. Smells spicy straightaway... there’s also spoiled lemonade, orange liqueur, cinnamon, catnip, and dough. Tastes very much like it smells (spicy, doughy and boozy), but ends with an odd floral note.There’s also a brief cough syrup flavor as well that I’m not too crazy about. Would try again.
AdamJackson (3077) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 12, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Picked up two bottles at Ommegang during BCTC. Paid $15 a bottle for each. Enjoyed in a wine glass with friends at cellar temp around 60 Degrees F.
A - Poured a dark brown. Dark red on the edges. Small head but it was a light pour.
S - Very complex scent. Bready and spicy. Sort of a honey orange scent. Very mellow scent with this yeasty bready taste.
T - Very Abbey like taste. Belgian Quad likeness with a very bready up-front tone. Cherries and vanilla and roasted malts. Very warming taste.
M - 50% carbonation. Heavy body. Very dry roasted warming finish.
O - This is a solid attempt at a Trappist style beer. I love the sweetness of this and the roasted malts. It’s enjoyable and best shared with friends.
j12601 (7248) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pouring in their tasting room during BCTC. Pours a deep caramel color with a thin beiged yellow head. Caramel, toast, alcohol, malt and toast. Medium bodied, toasty, malt, warm and woody. Caramel and toast. Smooth malt, caramel and booze, warm and toasty.