VAYankee (353) - Virginia, USA - AUG 15, 2004
Pours brown with a tan head. Sweet fruity, sugary aroma includes a touch of caramel and alcohol. Complex flavor includes sweet sugary malt, a bit of chocolate, faint alcohol, light fruitiness and spiciness. Finishes lightly dry and slightly yeasty. Outstanding. AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 13, 2004
sweet aroma, fresh floral and fruity, brown red color with a gigantic head, the first pour produced about 1/8th of a glass’ worth of beer, the rest was all head, so for the next pour I went as slowly as possible, I got about 1/3rd of the glass full with beer before the head flowed over, strangely enough the brew didnt seem overly carbonated in the palate, sweet flavor that is rich with ester notes, hints of raison and spices, slightly smokey and a wee bit chocolately, the alcohol is well masked and tends to sneak up, this brew must have a fake passport or something because I could swear it was from Belgium. badgerben (5181) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2004
Dark, dark, dark ruby color with a big, fluffy, tan head. Aroma of fruit (cherry?) and malt. The taste is great: black cherry, honey, malt, and a touch of chocolate. It feels like cream with slight carbonation. Good gravy... this awesome... robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2004
Dark Black Coloring. Tan Head. Fruity - Black Cherry. Malt, Roasts. Bitter. A Little Creamy. Light and Tangy... Alcohol Well Hidden. An Excellent Beer! Worth Keeping in Stock and Aging. Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 3, 2004
This is an impressive brew. Ample tan head, deep mahogany body, great aroma of yeast, roasted malt, and a hint of alcohol. The flavor is great, my first thought was chocolate, but the flavor is very complex and full; plenty of tastes to entertain the tongue. A well done Belgian.
Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 29, 2004
Deep brown hue with red reflects. Honest light brown head. Malty and yeasty nose rich of fruity overtones (prune, apples) and chocolatey. Initial sweet attack which is not unbalanced thanks to a long yeasty dry finish. Alcohol noticeable, but undistracting. Round medium body with very high carbonation, although not as much as rare vos luckily. Pretty good, but I’ve yet to be truly impressed by a dubbel and I must say that Ommegang has never impressed me all that much besides Three Philosophers. krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JUL 28, 2004
ommegang is a big, beautifully packaged corked bottle of beer that is rich in flavor, celebratory in nature, and fair in price. the cork is set in there like excalibur in stone, but that observation says more about my strength (lack of) than any fault with the beer. the pour did finally begin with a hydrant full of big eyed bubbles that crackled like a brush fire until they had coalesced into a lappy foam the color of walrus tusk. the ale’s smoky mars red color is darkened by a smooth fog of yeast. the beer could be seen as a tribute to northern orchards, and the rich soils that support them: the apples, pears and plums that darken in winesap richness in long hours of sunshine of a northern summer. the aroma is of damp ground, brown bread crusts, apple butter, plum jam, butter brickle candy, alcohol and the woody shavings of both clove and cinnamon. the carbonation has a natural trajectory of youthful ebullience and sparkle at the outset, to a still active but calming creaminess by bottle’s end. after the carbonation, the sweet malts become apparent: earthy dates, syrupy old, soft brown apples, and ripe dough-- followed by a strong twang of root-like bitterness, a flemish sour note, and a distinct pastisse (anise) finish. the buzz however is the real finish, and it lingers as hot and lustily as any torrid teenage hicky. Terminus (3683) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 27, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2005 keith-I must go against most people and say I am not a fan of this one. It looked fine and the aroma was nice as well but the taste was odd. Maybe I had an odd bottle, but this one tasted too yeasty that hits the throat poorly. I will try another bottle and see if its any better. rating 2.5
Eric-rerate-The bottle Keith got must have been bad/poorly stored or something. What i got here was a classic belgian strong ale (leaning towards a quad in some cases). pours a murky brown with a smooth tan head that lasted the entire time the beer was out. Funky aroma of brett, brown sugar, berries, and dark fruits. Lots of flavors going on here-brett, brown sugar, other spices, roast, belgian yeast-very complex. This beer has the complexity of a quad but the body of a dubbel. Keith, WTF!? This beer is truely amazing since its available just about anywhere in the country. Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2004
Bottle. Thick beige head on on a dark brown body. Nose is awesome-like warm bannana pudding and malt. The taste is very chewy-some prune, soy sauce, malt, black licorice, and malt. The finish is thick and leaves an aftertaste that lingers a long time. I really like this. This would be a good beer to drink all day. Kevin (2199) - Montana, USA - JUL 13, 2004
Bottle, pours a deep dark brown that is red tinted, a little light escapes through this, head is thick and slightly dark hued. has a unique banana pudding aroma, i’ve never experienced anything with an aroma like this. taste is malty with assorted fruit earthy hints. leaves a caramel finish that is enjoyable. there is also a wheaty taste hidden in this. i need a few more to really figure this beer out. but i like it.