RATINGS: 2251   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
Deep burgundy color with a big, fluffy head. Complex fruit aromas with a layered sweetness (honey, then caramel, then toffee) with a hint of licorice and chocolate. A big, rich, abbey-style ale that dries out nicely on the finish.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 27, 2003
This evening I was lucky enough to enjoy this brew with BelgianMaid and her very cool husband. I was not expecting this beers presence to be so pronounced.
Ommegang poured a rich amber shade with a mass of internal effervesce, a giant creamy light brown head accompanied. The flavor was heavy with malt and toffee; alcohol was marked, sweet caramel and apricots, notes of fig. Not a beer you drink outdoors at 88+ degrees, but I sill enjoyed the complexity of this great brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hayden1215 (319) - Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2003
Hazy amber in color with a large off white head. Aroma is hops, fruit and caramel. Flavor is moderately sweet and lightly hopped. Loved this stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kindestcut (30) - Addison, Texas, USA - SEP 25, 2003
This was my thrd dip into the Ommegang well...actually, that doesn't sound as stylish as this beer. I enjoyed Rare Vos and Hennepin and now I was ready for another American/Belgian experience. I bought a 12 oz. bottle but would have opted for the 750 ml if it had been available. Ommegang poured a very dark red, which was nice, but it was the head that caught my eye. The tan head rose and rose and rose from my Chimay goblet until the frothy tower rose a full half inch above my glass without falling. I fought through the foamy jungle to get at the nectar below. The aroma was of malt, a sweetness I didn't expect in such a great magnitude. At first taste my eyes widened, literally. This little bottle packed a huge flavor. The malt sweetness was there, along with a smoothness of dry alcohol, which imparted a warmness. There was definately a taste of fruit there, cherries perhaps? This dark ale kicked my butt and I can't wait to have it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jgb9348 (6098) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 21, 2003
Dark burgundy colour with a very minimal tan head. Smells of pit fruit, plentiful malt, a hint of metal and sweet caramel are all noticeable in the aroma. Medium-bodied; Carbonated mouthful, weak taste. Flavours in the taste are malt, dark pit fruits, chocolate and a very astringent alcoholic kick. Aftertaste very bittered from the malt and from the chocolate flavours and the alcohol is still noticeable very late on. Overall, a decent beer, but really not as good as everyone makes it out to be (in my own opinion of course). Worth trying, because it is a great deal-sub $4 for a 75 cL bottle! I bought this 75 cL bottle at Wegman's in Pittsford, New York.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ConiseurofBeer (242) - Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2003
Amazing smell. Like a fresh fruit basket. Fruity in flavor as well. Nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 19, 2003
A brown with crimson highlighted foam collar sits on top of a ruby to brown ale, with aromas of dried spices and an earthiness that's hard to describe...so I won't try.(Oh, ok, smells kinda like topsoil and craisins...happy?)...All most no fruit on the palate except for maybe dried figs or dates, combined with chocolate and coffee, with a lingering mocha aftertaste, with a little licorice and yoghurt. Pretty darn good, as this kinda beer goes, but not a favorite due to a slightly too big bitter chocolate component.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
adwoan99 (305) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2003
Pours clear burgundy, with a light, cookie-brown head. Nose is very malty and bready, with some minute sweet (chocolate?) notes. Flavor is nice and intense, sweet burgundy undertones. Very smooth palate, mild-medium carbonation. An extremely well-brewed beer. I gotta get me some more. :-D

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - SEP 8, 2003
Dark brown, cloudy body with both purple and red highlights. Head is full and is a very, light-brown color. Smells very curious. Its a typical abbey-style with sweet sugars, dates and yeast but there is also pineapple and cinnamon in the nose. Taste is not very sweet, and is pleasantly balanced. Plum, pineapple, and lemongrass come first, followed by generous hops. Mouthfeel is medium-thin and not silky. Aftertaste is raisin, pitfruits, coffee and alcohol. This is a very good beer, especially when considering its pedigree and commonaliy. Still, I consider this is a must try. Sampled from a 750ml bottle purchased at Total Wine & Beverage in McLean, VA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2005 Nice head retention & lacing of beige/tan head w/ murky chestnut brown body. Dark fruit(plum), toasty malt sweetness and clove yeast. Some brown sugar notes as well. No hop presence in the aroma. Flavor is fairly dry, but finishes on a bit of a sweet malty side. Light hop flavor in the finish and a little bit of chocolate and malt sweetness mid sip. Plum fruitiness is farirly evident. Toasty and bready malts intermingle w/ plum fruitiness along with spicy clove and peppery yeast. Finish is a bit semi sweet w/a lasting fruity aftertaste. Fairly dry mouthfeel with a lighter body. Im slightly disappointed with the body, but its minor flaw IMHO; Carbonation is moderatly high and has a great warming alcohol mouthfeel; A really good beer!!! I mean a really, really good beer, especially for the price!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 6, 2003
Ruby, brown color. Spicy, fruity flavors. Has a bit of a warming feel. A nice complex abbey.

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