DKlovesbeer (172) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2004
Opaque orange with a decent off-white head. Aroma is fruity and floral, lots of malt character with some yeast and hops in the nose. Flavor is crisp and spicy with a strong yeast presence. Has a hearty mouthfeel. Palate is dry and moderately complex but this is no Chimay Bleu. Mostly fruity malt with a peppery finish and some notes of yeast and alcohol. Overall, this would be an excellent choice of beverage when you want the character of a strong Belgian Ale but not the alcohol. yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2004
I read all the reviews and most raters gave it a ho-hum, ok review. So I was not really expecting much, but bought it anyway because I liked the other offerings from Ommegang. Just goes to show you can’t rely on anybody but yourself when it comes to beer. Served in a beautiful Christmas tulip glass. Dirty Orange pour with a creamy orange head that stays and laces nicely. Quality all around here. Nice fruity, hoppy aroma. The flavor is complex and wonderful, reminding me of Maudite (which I love), fruity, yeasty and spicy, with just a touch of hop bitterness at the end. Very flavorful and tasty, but not too alcoholic... I could drink this all night. Ommegang comes through again, this will be a regular buy. Excellent! zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Cloudy copper/brown color. Aromas of hops, yeast, and spice. Taste is a little sour, with the spice standing out. mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - DEC 2, 2004
75cl bottle, no BBD. Copper/red hue, good head, clinging lace. Zingy, peppery aroma, slight wet wood smell. Thin body, sub-dued malt presence with more peppery earthiness...good bitterness for the body. THis is a session-type beer. Not something that makes me go "wow" with its complexity, but decent for sittin’ around and sluggin’...if you like slightly funky bitter beers. Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 28, 2004
Pours a golden/brownish hue with a small off-white head. Aroma is skunky Flavors of honey spicewith a bitter finish.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2004
Brown Coloring with Big White Head. Coriander, Hops... Other Spices.. Not What I was Expecting... Pretty Plain Overall... Not Bad Tasting Though. mjg74 (3106) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 3, 2004
Pours a red/orange/brown color. Aroma is sweet and a little fruity. Smells is fairly strong. Flavor is sweet and fruity. Seems to be fairly standard fare. badgerben (5181) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2004
Clear amber color with a thin head. A vegetable aroma; not what I’d be looking for from a Belgian Ale. Slightly malty taste with a bit of spice, but just not much. Complex? I think not. richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2004
Of all Ommegang’s beers, this is the one I like the least. Nice fruity aroma coming out, and a nice, light head, but I am not a big fan of bitter aftertaste, and this definitely has that. I have tried it cold and at cellar temperature, and the aftertaste is too prominent either way. stephen louis (165) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 17, 2004
You need to let this one sit out for 5 or 10 mins after removing it from the fridge before you taste it...cold you get vinegar and sharpness...it needs to breath first.
On the pour nice and cloudy amber with a tan head,good lacing.The nose out of the bottle and after sitting is malt,sugar and yeast spice.
On taste:Metallic tanginess.flavours are candy sugar,vanilla and plums blended,clove and pepper,and malt.It is really pretty good.
The carbonation brings up the body,and the aftertaste has A nice warmth to it.