Boutip (6374) - 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. Juelze (1146) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 7, 2005
Bottle. Pours a dark hazy amber-brown. Smells of caramel and fruit. Tastes of apricot, honey, and caramel apple. Tart in taste, not very smooth IMO. BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 26, 2005
Excellent Belgian clone from that great analog brewery in upstate New York (part of the "Duvel Family" and thus not totally independent of its creative roots). Their Web site says this is an amber ale. It seems very similar to the blonde style, showing traditional champagne-like carbonation, long-lasting head and orange-amber color. Clove-dominated spicy aroma. Flavor is an excellent mix of yeast, malt and fruitiness, with elements of banana-toffee, dark cocoa and pears. Quite hoppy finish. May not be as complex as the best native versions but for $5 a bottle this is a great midweek artisan. Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - APR 21, 2005
A superior Belgian. Blended flavors of orange, cloves, and hops make for a easy to enjoy great beer. Pour and let sit for a few moments for the flavor to collect. Then savor to your heart’s desire. AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 13, 2005
Pours amber orange with heavy carbonation. Head continues to grow long after this beer is poured. Aroma is yeasty with a bit of spice. Flavor is carmel. Body is smooth and quite refreshing. Easy drinking solid brew.
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2005
Pours a hazy, rusty orange color with a fairly thick and durable off-white head. Aroma dominated by a fruity sweetness of pear, apple and caramel along with a noticeable yeasty, bubblegum presence. Carbonation is lively but not distracting as with some Belgian styles. Flavor is straight forward and pleasant, but not very complex; mostly a sweet fruity palate with some restrained spiciness. Finish seemed a bit harsh. Not a memorable brew from Ommegang. JFURYCAT (1078) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2005
I disagree with the crowd-this is my favorite of the Ommegangs (possible exception being the blend beer 3 Philosophers). The aroma has fruit overtones and actually beats the taste factor IMHO. The flavor is more complex than the tradditional Ommegang and I love it at room temperature. The head of the beer was very bubbly. While it is not as complex as other Belgian beers out there as far as spices, hops etc, it is smooth and has just the right kick to it. tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - MAR 27, 2005
Sweet and spicy from the 750 ml bottle. Darkish amber brown beer. Good on many levels, but not better than other Ommegangs. beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAR 25, 2005
12oz bottle. Pours a deep amber, very clear with a big off-white head that dies fast. Very sweet aroma of caramel, bread, fruit, and slight oxidation. This brew was very heavy on the palate with a lower carbonation that didn’t realy bring the spices out very well and left this beer very mellow and malt heavy feeling. Very big caramel sweetness shows up front followed by some fruits and orange peel. I’m not sure if this bottle was a bit old but i picked up a bit of oxidation in it, i’ll have to find another bottle sometime and see if its better. green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 23, 2005
Cellar Temp. Copper colored with a big fizzy head. Very nice caramel and molasses aroma. A bit un-complex for a Belgian. Sweet with a very big, dominant fig flavor. Finish is no different that the rest. Not to bad but it looks like something transcendent but wasn’t.