TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2009
25.4 oz bottle. Murky brown with a smooth bone haze. Smells like a fruitcake with yeasty brown bread, candied orange peel and dates. Sticky medium body with a tingle. Taste is buttery, yeasty, toffee and bitter spices. Finishes with a citrus zing and a clovey bite. Spicing didn’t really work for me but my buddy thought it was great. dmac (6459) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2009
750 ml bottle courtesy of pineypower, thanks Dean. Poured a deep reddish/amber with size foamy off white head. The aroma on this one had lots of "Christmas" spices showing..cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and corriander over top of dark fruits, Belgian yeast and honey. The body on this one was medium with lots of fizzy carbonation and a lingering aftertaste. Flavor had lots of yeast, slight grain and honey that gave it some serious mead like notes, dark fruits, slight alcohol and light caramel and toffee. This one was actually even better then I was hoping and is one solid "Winter Ale". gwpom (298) - Akron, New York, USA - NOV 20, 2009
The bomber.... This is going to make tonights hockey game most enjoyable. :) Pours a cloudy carmel color, light cream colored head that faded quickly. Spice and fruit hit the nose as one would expect reading the ingrediants list. I’m not much for being able to identify all the various spices, I’m only concerned with how they treat the palate, and this is a complex, tasty brew. I wish I had the patience to cellar a bottle of this, as I’m sure it would smooth out even more in a couple years. Worthy of the brewery. daknole (11402) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 20, 2009
Dark brown pour. Off white head. Aroma is amazing. Spices, fruit cake, christmas cookies. Flavor follows suit. this is one of the better christmas type beers I have had. Flavor is a bit sweet with spices dancing all over the tongue. Really tastes like a spice cake or cookie. Nice effort. Sammy (12762) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2009 Pours dark brown with mushroom white head. Psycholdelic experience of spices, with significant orange. Taste does not live up to it, yet a good nay very good sipper. Above average mouthfeel.
Nephilium (1821) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2009
Wonderful aroma, with notes of roast, spice, and caramel. Pours a dark ruby red, with a nice full off-white head. The flavor starts with dark fruits, and moves onto a bit of peppery spice, and has a nice long finish with notes of roast and a touch of sweetness. Average mouthfeel, and a bit pricey for a bottle ($12 a bomber). craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 16, 2009
Brown pour with orange tints, small white head. Aroma holds large amounts of spice and some dark fruit, including orange, clove, and a bit of caramel malt. Flavor is atypical of most dark belgian strongs; the spices used in the brewing process dominate the flavor. Palate is solid, about as expected. Surprisingly unique, and falls into one of my favorite styles, but I still enjoyed this beer.
Orange brown pour with a small white head. Aroma is riddled with dark fruit and copious spice. Orange peel, clove, and slight caramel. Flavor is not as malt heavy as I was imagining, instead spice prevails. Tons of spice- both herbal and capsaicin based. Palate is medium with mild effervescence and a slippery, spicy finish. Not extreme or overly aggressive, but extremely enjoyable. MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2009
Bottle just picked up at Rozi’s in Lakewood. Load of rich spicy belgian notes right off the bat. Fresh cinnamon, figs, raisins brown sugar. This is a fine winter Belgian. It smells very smooth and refined for the size of the brew. Really the flavor is a knock out too. A little carbonation at the end tips the scales on this one after such a well rounded body, rich of sweetness and earthy sweet flavors. pineypower (3346) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - NOV 16, 2009
Pours out an orange color with a light slightly off white head. Strange aroma, some coriander and fruit and some other things I can’t exactly place. Taste is very solid, complex fruit notes with a good balance of spice, and some yeast, unlike most beers that use coriander, it didn’t take over the beer. Yet another solid beer from Ommegang. PorterPounder (8288) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2009
Tallahassee, Fl. - New Leaf Market, 750 ml caged cork bottle. Fragrant aroma with loads of spices - coriander, orange peel, hint of chocolate. Flavor has the same spiciness with some nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and a touch of licorice. Gets even better as it warms. Mouthfeel is thick and rich with just the right amount of spritz. Excellent winter warmer.