pinkie (470) - New York, USA - AUG 22, 2013
Pours a hazy orange amber with a golden hue. Fat luscious head that took forever to fall and left scads and dabs of clinging lace. Fell of to a tall and rocky cap then a layer over top. Streaming effervescence. Nose is Light and toasted grain. light belgian yeast with a dry rye and a little dry wheat. Bit of pepper and the rye and the yeast are both a touch sour. There is a light sweetness and some terrific fruit on this. Light banana, apple, pear, and sweet orange. There’s also a bit of clove to round out the nose but lightly. Grassy and with some must and earth. justsayswell (281) - Kansas City, Kansas, USA - SEP 17, 2013
Taste is marvelous. Little toasted grain and light bread. Citrus is tart and sweet and the rye is sour and also sweet. It’s like all the opposites have come together on this palate. Sweet and tart. There’s some apricot and the apple and pear really are the main sweetness in this rather than a caramel sweetness from the malt. That’s how it stays so light in the body. There is a hint or a suggestion of sweet potato or yam but not any real flavor of it. No heavy winter spices either. No nutmeg or pumpkin spices. The pepper is graceful. This finishes dry, with a touch of hop bitter and oil and a light lingering sweetness that’s entirely from the fruit.
This beer is the perfect bridge between summer and fall. It has a tremendous fruit character that continues to evolve. The belgian character gives it a stately manner and a dry quality overall. It reminds you of everything that’s good about summer with ti’s sweet fruits and then shows off all it’s tartness and sour to lead you toward fall and winter flavors. The banana and bread are so light on the palate you hardly notice them. It even shows you a hop bitter in the finish.
Flavorful, rousing, deep, complex but also simple in it’s approach, stylish and pretty. Ommegang hasn’t disappointed me yet.
When I popped the top on this one, foam bubbled from the bottleneck like a champagne bottle. Poured murky caramel with a big foamy head-- beautiful pour. Nose is fruity ommegang yeast, banana, caramel malt. Palate is medium and creamy, just like the description. Taste is sweet caramel, a little banana, black pepper, hint of alcohol. Faintly bitter finish. Delicious. Sathorael (159) - Oceanside, California, USA - OCT 21, 2013
Pours dense amber brown with massive living beer foam on top that slowly dissipates, leaving a pancake in the middle of the glass and thick mousey lacing. Aromas of bready malt and wheat, sweet and slightly spicy esters, banana and a little toffee. Taste is bright and a little spicy up front, quickly moving into banana and clove and further into a sweet malt and mild woody flavors. Finish is sweet and mildly spicy moving into a satisfying dryness on the sides of the tongue. Xenon (138) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - NOV 12, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2013 Really good. I definitely taste the ommegang house flavor in this one, but I also think they did a good job with the grains too. Sweeter than a normal saison would run, but has a strong barnyard flavor due to all the grains. Deep honey color with ample carbonation and a head/lace that sticks around. Ommegang delivers again. DiscerninDrunk (48) - - SEP 21, 2014
Bottle. Pours orange/copper, a little hazy, big frothy off white head with good retention, strong lacing. Citrus, squash, a little spicy, some sweetness on the nose. Creamy, medium malt body. Sweet potato, a little maple, lots of rye, some pine to finish.
maltman53 (472) - Corrales, New Mexico, USA - SEP 23, 2014
Pours hazy orange with a huge foamy, wash-cycle white head. Yeast-forward profile with a fruity, banana, persimmon aroma and taste. Very marshmallow mouth feel. Overall, a nicely balanced Belgian, like drinking a wispy cloud. Oscbert (1306) - Lincoln, California, USA - SEP 25, 2014
~rich bready malts with caramel, raisin, earthy, leather, candy.
~pours a cloudy amber with thicky mousy head that last.
~Sweet malty aroma, slightly sour, cherries, fig and raisin with caramel bread and spice. Well balanced.
~meidum bodied with very high CO2, prickly, lingering earthy finish.
~Excellent beer. Complex and very well balanced. Love the combo of malt and yeast character. rondphoto (4455) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - OCT 14, 2014
bottle @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Cloudy dark amber with a bubbly 1" off-white head, cobwebs of lace. Solid, robust aroma of grain. Taste is a marvelous combination of grains, caramel, and dry earth that become more bitter as they float smoothly through the palate to a lingering sweet and bitter finish. A truly remarkable brew - highly recommended. tillmac62 (736) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - OCT 16, 2014
BOD 7/10/14. Pours a hazy medium amber with an exceptional head, lacing and retention. Nice, but light, nose of sweet malt and Belgian yeast fruit (banana) over a light spice (clove). Almost medium bodied with a nice slick mouthfeel. Superb carbonation with a nice effervescent finish. The flavor profile is a bit complex, superbly balanced and reasonably intense. It begins with an effervescent rush of sweetness - biscuit malt and fruit - that yields to a mild bitterness. As the bitterness fades, rye flavor and it’s associated touch of spice come forward over a slightly phenolic note. The finish is somewhat crisp, a bit dry and the light bitterness lingers over a light sweetness with a clove phenolic note. Quite nice. dwyerpg (6187) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 10, 2014
This is a super fruity beer, a golden ale I’d say. Looks nice. Orange-brown. It has a touch of hops in the body but not in the finish. It’s good.