ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 8, 2010
This poured a dark amber with a finger of creamy head. Aroma has some raisins, licorice and candi sugar. Body is fairly rich and full, like a good quad should. The mouthfeel is also very smooth with extremely soft carbonation. Taste has strong dark fruit like raisin and plum. Burnt caramel sweetness is also quite prevalent on the aftertaste. This is an extremely well balanced quad. Rusty (1547) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 3, 2010
Pours a deep brownish color with a large off white to tan head. Aroma is dark fruits, candi sugar, belgian yeasts, spices and caramel. Flavor is dark fruits, belgian yeasts, esthers, spices, caramel, bread, candi sugar, well balanced and easy to drink. This is great stuff, wish I could find more. jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2011
Clear deep amber, small tanish head, excellent retention... compact bubbles... cherry aroma, woody, light choc, touch of alcohol, light tart fruits... Cherry, belgian yeasts, woody, light light vanilla, some chocolate... medium bodied, lightly creamy, very clean tasting... cherry underneath throughout, amazing beer from can... SSSteve (4006) - - MAR 3, 2011
can. murky reddish purple with a medium, creamy, beige head. aroma is sweet with raisin, cinnamon, flowers, candied cherries. flavors of caramel and candied red cherry, cinnamon, hint of vanilla. full body and syrupy. incredible canned nectar. reminds me of a strong bells christmas ale. abcfan (920) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 7, 2011
Mmmmm, good beer. Pours a dark red color with fluffy tan head. Aroma is full of dark fruit, with sweet candi yeast, and a hint of spice. Rolls very smooth across tongue and tastes of dark fruit, with a vanilla and cinnamon finish. Would drink again.
radioscooter (41) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2011
I confess. I have still not embraced the can. I know it’s the low-carbon-imprint wave of the future and all, but I’m just not there yet.
Tried the Old Chubb by OB because of my love for Scotch Ales. Hated it.
Grabbed one can of this with no expectations. Strike that, I had negative expectations.
First - color is beautiful dark brown mahogany. Uncloudy. Beautiful stiff foam with a med-aggressive pour.
Smell says - surprise - Belgian dark ale. Great hints of dark fruit, fig, earthy and a little ether.
Taste just blew me away. All the malty, fruity, figgy, oaky, spicy goodness you’d expect out of some obscure imported Belgian bomber. Rich, medium to full bodied, mid to high flavorful.
Carbonation is a tiny bit high and I can’t imagine how they’ll pull off bottle-conditioning? (probably some memo I missed) which means it needs to be really drinkable as it leaves the brewery. This is pretty close.
Aftertaste is where it fails a bit - not a lot mind you, nothing as horrible as the chemicals Ommegang wants you to believe are all natural. But there’s a tinge there. A little "canniness" maybe. But not enough to complain about.
Final: A wildly pleasant surprise.
Drink again? Absolutely. A little pricey here at $4 a can, otherwise, I’d buy a case.
shroud0fdoom (150) - Maryland, USA - JUN 25, 2012
Looks like day old iced tea. Cinnamon and Oak prevail at first whiff, figs shortly follow through. Taste is first banana, vanilla, spicy yeast and alcohol. Medium bodied. Overall this is a very good offering of an American brewer to pull off a BSDA. jhatlestad (34) - Maple Grove, Minnesota, USA - AUG 4, 2012
Good Belgium ale with amazing flavors. Good with dark chocolate and cinamin flavored food. Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - AUG 16, 2012
12oz can: Pours a dark brown with ruby tones and a medium off-white head leaving nice lacing. Has a fruity aroma and flavor with hints of dark chocolate, raisins, and a spicy vanilla. Texture is creamy with a mild dryness in the finish. Delicious! BeerFlavoredBeer (254) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 16, 2012
Vanilla-like oak and cinnamon aromas emerge from this murky, dark amber ale. Creamy, off-white foam takes a minute or two to drain down, leaving behind noticeable lacing. Once the foam dies down, you get barely perceptible alcoholic heat on the nose, followed by dark, dried fruits and a light Belgian funk. Some esters are present, but not very strong.
In the mouth, it is full-bodied with good carbonation. Lots of complex fig and raisin flavors up front, backed by caramelized sugars and warming spices (muted cinnamon, cloves, warm coriander notes) that mask the ABV very well. It wraps up with a clean, roasted malt and crisp hop combo.
Overall, a good Belgian dark that I wish was year-round. Good complexity to the nose and palate without crossing over into the overwhelming syrupy mess that many beers in this category stumble into in their quest to stand out.