phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 14, 2009
Hot damn! What a nice new beer from Ommegang! Had this a couple times at the Malt House here in Madison. One of the nicest beers I’ve had in quite a while. Wish it wasn’t that pricey otherwise id be buying it all the time. Pours a clear copper colour with a vanilla coloured head. Nose is noticeably spicey. Lots of different smells going on at once. Instant cardamom and ginger. Taste has quite a bit of spice with some squash and pumpkin notes. An absolutely beautiful beer. PorterPounder (8228) - 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. sinkr (323) - Odenton, Maryland, USA - JAN 20, 2010
750->trappist: Pours a diminishing, thin, off-white head atop a heavily cloudy, amber body. Thin, sweet aroma. Full bodied, long flavor duration, heavily sweet, leaving a milky sweetness on the palate for quite some time after the first sip. I really like this particular take on a strong Belgian. rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - MAR 30, 2010
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt 9.4oz bottle into an Ommegang goblet. The label reads that it has 10%abv. Printed on the neck of the bottle is the freshness date as well as a packaged on date. The dates read "PKG ON 08/28/09" and "BEST BY 08/2014. This bottle was sampled on 12-28-09.
Appearance: It has a dark reddish tan color body with a hazy complexion. Its head is light tan in color, fades quickly and leaves very little lacing on the glass.
Smell: The aroma is rich and full with a spicy character. It starts with bready maltiness then adds notes of coriander, clove, citrus peel, a touch of yeast and some mellow alcohol.
Taste/Palate: The flavor full of complex spices hops and malt all in a solid medium to full body with lively carbonation. The base has dark dried fruity notes with sweet bready maltiness, yeast and mellow warm alcohol. The spices add the next layer of complexity and dryness with peppery notes, ginger, clove, coriander and citrusy orange peel. Hop flavor is complementary and adds its own spicy notes and more dryness. Hop flavor is most noticeable in the finish which is quit dry and has lingering spice and yeast notes.
Notes: I normally don’t like overly spicy Christmas beer but this one works. Overall this one is outstanding. It has many different layers of flavor and is never dominated by just one spice.
Quasimodo (217) - chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2011
Caramel and mixed fruit in the nose. If orange was the only fruit used, it wouldn’t surprise me, but it has a mixed bag of fruit in the nose that I can’t decipher. Creamy texture. It has the common Wit bier spices, but this isn’t a Wit beer. It’s a dark, strong Belgian ale. The addition of cardamon and mace stimulates the palate. This is a wonderful, complex ale which I absolutely adore. Holy smokes...... marketing scored ??? It will NEVER happen again. Hahahahahaahah!!!!!
Lowe1983 (1622) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2012
Pours a cloudy, mahogany color with a light tan head. Aroma is pretty sweet with the caramel malts, orange, coriander, and spices. Flavor is also sweet with the caramel, orange, coriander, and spices. A decent warming consumes the finish on this one. Just another amazing Ommegang brew. ads135 (4924) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 24, 2013
An excellent, warm beer. Body is full, nicely carbonated, spices are apparent on the nose and in the flavor. raradel (343) - Atlanti Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2013
I’m a sucker for Belgian styles... And holiday spiced beers... And high gravity yet balanced versions of the previously stated. So yea, if you like those things, this is the business. If you could say Anything bad it’s maybe a little light and dry on the palate. Wonderful effort! nearbeer (5561) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 24, 2013
12 oz. Lightly hazy, copper-auburn body with a humongous meringue-like foam on top. Aroma of toffee with hints of chocolate, orange, dark fruit and dried grass. Bigger flavors are toffee and raisin liqueur with supporting notes of apple, peppery orange zest, earthy spices and toasted wood. Medium-heavy body is well balanced and has a medium-high carbonation that manages to stay smooth. Spices accentuate rather than dominate this brew. Slick mouthfeel and a nice touch of warmth make for a very nice winter sipper. The best of a dozen brews I’ve had from this mostly overrated brewery. crhensel (145) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Poured a deep red with a paper thin cream colored head. Nose is heavy with winter spices and sweet citrus. Taste was unusually sweet at first then a sharp tang if spice and hops at the finish. Very nice.
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