adwoan99 (305) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - SEP 21, 2003
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This was an interesing beer to sniff. I thought it smelled a lot like tuna fish. Tiny bit of tuna/fishy flavor, but overall it's pretty mild, nothing outstanding, but a nice refreshing brew. Malty flavor profiles, hardly any bitterness, finish is nice, and palate is a little effervescent.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 6, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2005 Hazy golden color with rocky white head, looks very appealing. Aroma is full of floral notes, with hints of apricots and Belgian yeast. Soft mouthfeel. Some herbal notes, light sweetness. Finishes rather dry with some dusty notes. Light fruit throughout. A great value for a beer of this quality.
Ubiquibeer (140) - Cleveland, USA - SEP 5, 2003
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Small white head, pale golden color. Pretty highly carbonated. Smells malty, fruity and yeasty--very much like a weizen beer to me. Fizzy malty taste, with a very yeasty and bitter finish. I don't mind the flavor until the finish. A little too yeasty sharp for me. All-in-all a decent beer though.
wnp22 (698) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 29, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted in DC from Cairo. Nice golden yellow cloudy appearance. Good head formation and lacing. Orange spice scent with a champagne like quality. Flavour is very subtle and surprised me considering the bold aroma. Nice mellow balance with a slight yeasty / malty finish.
monkeyman (57) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled 9-26-02. Ready to drink now! Yards Saison on steroids. Simply wonderful mix of up-front bitterness/ odd spiciness and huge, thundering malt. Moderate, pure white head with an golden opaque cloudiness. Alcohol completely hidden. Geesh.
BtownBrewer (91) - Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 24, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I think I was expecting too much from this beer, after just having had the Ommegang and decided it would be my first 5.0 rated beer. Thick sticky looking head. Tastes spicy and citrusy. Was it more body I was expecting? reminded me a little bit of a hefe.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 23, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2004 Large bottle, lukewarm. Pours a bright golden orange, with a large white head consisting of enormous soap bubbles. Aroma changed slightly everytime I picked up the glass, ranging from faint bananas, yeast, spice, oatmeal raisin cookie, new car, bubble gum, and barn. Big initial flavor burst, spice, vanilla, yeast, oak, chewy dough. Second pour reveals more bubble gum and upstate NY barnyard feel, hint of cheddar, and the alcohol is well masked. Long malt aftertaste. Soft carbonation, and warms you up quickly. Style is close to that of a tripel. I thorougly enjoyed this beer, I was quite suprised at just how good this is, though it could maybe use a bit more farmhouse, or not. The rating was not affected at all by the fact that I scored a free Duvel shirt for buying this beer. Will enjoy again in the fall.
ericnixon (745) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 23, 2003
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2006 Re-rate - 5/28/2006 - I bought a bottle of the cave-aged Hennepin at Ommegang the other day. Pours a clear, light coppery color. Citrusy, yeasty aroma. Mild, smooth fizziness with very mellow, yet enjoyable blend of flavors. Light seasony finish. Old rating from 2004: I liked this label. busy and colorful, but in a good modern kinda way. Nice golden color with a big head that slowly dissapated. Spicy lemony flavor.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Honey-colored, monster, frothy head, and super-lively carbonation. Aroma of citrus, yeast, hop pungence and Belgian candy sugar. Flavor defines the distinction between sour, citrus, and tart, because they're all there. Finish has some dry, bitter qualities and the palate is like oak. This beer screams "clone", although I can't identify the model but I know that the mimic underachieves because it lacks depth.
FtWorthBrew (105) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - AUG 21, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Everything about this brew reminds me of the origonal ommegang, with the exception of being lighter and maybe a little bit "fruitier" It also seemed to have less of an alcohol taste than many other Belgian ales. Flavor is not very complex.