Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 9, 2005
After smelling it and looking at it, the actual beer was kind of a let down. Nice fruity aroma, mostly citrus. Has a lot of haze in it, and the head was enormous. Again, the flavor was a letdown, not because it was bad, but because it didn’t live up to the amazing first parts. tjthresh (1872) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAY 30, 2005
Great looking beer. Copper orange, hazy, with a big head. Notes of orange, spice, and some barn yard smells. Fairly uneventful drink. The orange/citrus and spice hit again, but nothing that is worth talking about. Very drying. Wish I’d picked the Hennepin. JoeMcPhee (10129) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 27, 2005
750 ml corked and caged. Hazy orange-coloured beer with a massive rocky white head. Spicy, yeasty aroma, some bubble gum esters. Leathery and sweaty with a bit of woody cologne-like aromas as well. As it warms, an extra touch of plummy fruit comes out. Flavour is quite dry, spicy with faint wheaty flavours as well. Some orange and a bit of plum. I didn’t get any real sweet malty aromas that others have referred to. Nice refreshing brew. puzzl (3264) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 26, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2005 Bottle. Pours a highly carbonated hazy orange with a thick, lacy head. Aroma of that of olives and maybe a touch of cinnamon and cloves. Taste was overly vegetably and flowery (not that I’ve ever eaten a flower). GuilTTy (2264) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2005
Hazy cherry wood with orange highlites pour supporting a thick light khaki head and a ton of lacing. Aroma of fresh baked biscuits, spice and malt. Fruity, floral flavors (More than expected) along with sweet malt and brown sugar. Smooth long finish with a nutty flourish. Tastes better and more complex as it warms.
Tejas (1009) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 20, 2005
750ml. Kind of surprised at the 85 rating. I really thought this one would be higher. Bright orange appearance. Citrusy apple but not too yeasty aroma. Extremely smooth and drinkable. I’d happily drink this one again. Biggest negative is the quickly dying head. Ungstrup (38902) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 16, 2005
An unclear dark orange beer with no head. The aroma is primarily yeaste, but also contains notes of malt and oranges, while the flavor primarily is sweet with notes of yeast. csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - MAY 13, 2005
750ml bottle. Served at 46.5° in my NB worthy glass. Pours reddish orange with a white head. The aroma is yeasty, with some fruit notes. The beer is very fizzy in the mouth, giving it a big mouthfeel. The taste is yeasty and spicy, with some hops flavor and mild fruitiness. There is a bit of bitterness. The alcohol is noticeable, but only slightly. This is a fine beer, but not as complex as some of the other Ommegang brews. lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2005
Pours a hazy golden brown with a thin light tan head. Not much lace, head dissipates quickly. Smell is sweet malt and alcohol. Spicy and fruity too.
Taste is sweet malt and spicy up front. Definitely taste some cloves in there. Some fruitiness, like spiced apples way back there in the flavor profile. After that it finishes with quite the strong alcohol finish. Mouth is kind of sticky with a bit of alcohol burn. Nice sipping beer. Probably could’ve left this one on the cellar for a few more months to let the flavors mellow a bit but stil pretty damn good.
Boutip (6628) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 9, 2005
Bottle: Poured a hazy amber color ale with a huge white foamy head with excellent retention. Aroma of floral malt, sweet hops with some subtle spices and a touch of Belgian-type yeast. Taste is a nice mix between some floral sweet malt and discreet yeast with some spices. Body is just above average but carbonation is a bit low for a Belgian Ale.