Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 22, 2012
THOUGHTS: Ommegang just seems to keep getting better and better. This was like a stout and dubbel had a baby. Very yeasty. There were definite cocoa notes, but it was also not very chocolatey. The closest thing I can compare it to would be cocoa-roasted almonds, which also pairs very well with the beer.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a very dark red that looked black in the glass with bright, red highlights and an average to large, foamy, light tan to light brown head that mostly but slowly diminished and left good lacing. The aroma had moderate cocoa; light milk chocolate and roasted malt; moderate to heavy yeast; grape; raisin; plum; prune; slightly sour dark fruits; and heavy candy sugar. The initial flavor was moderately sweet, while the finish was lightly sweet and bitter. There was roasted malt, coca, hints of dark chocolate, dark fruit, raisin, grape, plum, prune, dark candy sugar, lots of yeast, and a little sour fruit toward the bottom when some yeast must have made it into the glass. The medium body was dry with carbonation that started out fizzy and became somewhat soft and a lightly alcoholic finish. pete4999 (1445) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2012
750 mL bottle, as pictured. Wasn’t sure what to expect from this, but I was quite impressed. Another solid Belgian effort from Ommegang. Dark and sweet, with tons of spice. Very raisin/plum like. Sweet but complex. rejtable (2888) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 14, 2012
Hard not to love this one. Pours black with a light tan head that lasts as a light covering. Medium lacing. Aromas from the nose are roasted malts and maybe yeast. Mouth aromas are similar, dark fruit, yeast, hint of bitter chocolate with a roasted bitterness in the end. Tastes are sweet up front and through the middle, with a faint sour hint in the background, and the finish is medium bitterness. Lively carbonation and somewhat oily in the mouth. An awesome brew. Patrickctenchi (6808) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - SEP 8, 2012
Pours dep purple-black...large, foamy tan head.
Aroma is vinous, chocolate, dark fruit.
Taste is......where to begin?...chocolate, vanilla, cream, dark fruit, coffee, yeast,raisin, plum.....
Wonderful stuff.....even with it being so busy,it’s still a wonder to drink and enjoy....
You could analyze it’s nuances til next week.
Phenomenal.....wondrous. kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 8, 2012
KajII (801) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - SEP 5, 2012
Date: July 30, 2012
Source: Crabapple Bottle Shop
Appearance: black, fine tan head, drippy lace
Aroma: rich sweet fruity aroma, rich dark fruits, sweet esters, licorice, dark chocolate
Flavor: rich fruity flavor, dark fruits, rich sweet esters, light phenolic spicyness
Overall: rich and satisifying
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 17/20
Score: ***+ /4
Bottle. The pour was a murky dark brown with some maroon highlights and an average (1-2 finger) creamy beige head that was mostly lasting and had excellent sheets of sticky lacing.
The aroma was nice and rich with a dark grain malt and a doughy Belgian yeast and possessed notes of dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, dark fruit (raisons and dates) and a mild medicinal alcohol scent.
The taste was lightly sweet, rather malty and a tad acidic with hints of dark chocolate and dark fruit from the beginning, but quickly became roasty with a strong yeast presence and a note of roasted coffee and a touch of vanilla towards the finish. The flavor lasted a long good time with a roasty, wheat alcohol taste left to linger on the taste buds.
Mouthfeel was just a hair below medium in body with a semi-dry creamy texture and a moderate carbonation.
Overall a good strong boldly robust brew with tons of flavor, which is quite amazing as it all comes from the grains and yeast (nothing else was added). Basically a simply fantastic beer...
jredmond (8839) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 26, 2012
Draft at pony. Pours a deep amber with light off white lacing. Aroma is sweet fruit, malts, grain and light alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium to thin with notes of spice, sweet toasted malts, and booze. Not a big fan, but certainly not terrible. rocbyter (2184) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - AUG 25, 2012
Robust sweet dark malt fruit aroma. Black with a medium light brown head. Sweet creamy beginning with a light alcohol finish and a thick palate robforbes (2278) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - AUG 24, 2012
pours a clear black with a slight red tint, a very large foamy mocha head, and very good lacing.
smell is of cocoa, malt, some yeast, some hops, and oatmeal.
taste is somewhat sour, yeast, cocoa, dark fruits, malt, and a tad amount of caramel. ends a bit sour and dry. BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 23, 2012
Corky bottle and served in my Ommegang Anno tulip: Pours a dark brown hue with mahogany highlights topped by a fizzy tan head which left spotty lace upon the glassware. The aroma has notes of Belgian yeast, crystal and slightly smoky malts, hint of wheat and noble herbal hop esters. Plenty of dark fruit (prune, plum, fig) esters as well. Smells every bit of the genre of the Dark Belgium Ales. The taste starts with a big kick of fruitiness that makes be believe there is Special B malt in this even if there is not. Quite yeast driven with layers of wheat and caramel. Nice sprite spicy hop bitterness surround the lush malt sweetness. All in all the medium to heavy body combined with a lively carbonation adds to the flavor profile. I like this more and more I drank it. I need to get more of this, it is pretty much what I want in big dark Belgian Ales... like an Abbey Dubbel with darkened wheat and a tad more more bitterness (and reminds me much of Greenbush Isolé which is listed as a Dubbel). Highly recommended!