DwarvenAle (6) - USA - NOV 14, 2005 does not count
This is probably the best beer i have tasted to date. I cant wait to go get myself another bottle. It has a nice cloudy red pour with a fairly big, tan head. The aroma was on the sweet side and filled with ample scents. The chocolate, caramel, and dark fruit stand out. The taste is very similair leaving traces of every taste imaginable. The alcohol was barely noticed, and that is a fairly high alcohol content to hide that well. I think for many beer drinkers it could have been hidden to well but i loved it. beernightscout (37) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2005
Pours a cloudy brownish red with a small head. Smells great, with the typical Belgian fruity, sharp aroma with a whiff of cherries. Tastes quite sweet, with a hint of cherries, lots of malt, a pleasant sourness, and a bit of bitterness with the sour on the finish. Balanced palate, thick but lively in the mouth. I like how this beer compares with the normal, "red" Ommegang; it’s not as sweet, and I dig the sour in this beer. The high alcohol was enjoyable as it cut through some of the heaviness. About as far from Bud as you can get. $6 for a 750 ml bottle wherever I find it, either at Whole Foods or the mom-and-pops. The Ommegang beers are a great value, similar style beers are up around $8-9 a bottle. DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 7, 2005
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear ruby red color with a gorgeous fluffy white-tan head that’s maintained by swarms of small bubbles. Dulled, woody cherries, toffee and chocoalte in the aroma. Bit of a yeasty, candi sugar kick at the end. Similar flavor with the cherry sweetness in lockstep with wood and toffee/chocolate matl. There’s a nice bitter kick at the end which seems to be a combination of three things, oak, alcochol and plain old bitter hops. My only qualm about this beer might be that while it resides on the sweet side of things (even w/ that woody bittereness) the mouthfeel is a bit too thin to suit it well. I recall some Flemmish Sours (R. Alexendar for sure) that had a nice substantial mouthfeel to go along with their sugary sweetness. shrubber85 (11408) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - NOV 4, 2005
Bottle. Sweet chocolate, cherry and nut aroma that turns into a rubbing alcohol smell as it warms. Opaque reddish brown color with small head. Initial sweet dried cherry flavor that fades quickly into a strong alcohol and bitter hops finish. Leaves a burning sensation on the lips and tongue. The alcohol flavor is too strong and overwhelms the more subtle flavors of this beer making it less enjoyable for me. altkencru (143) - USA - NOV 4, 2005
Another killer beer from OG. This is tremendous...not too thick or sweet, and you can taste the faint flavor of cherries. And it only goes for $5 for a 25 oz bottle! A superior value.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 2, 2005
Dark red pour with a big thick head. Aroma is nuts and black cherries. The blend of this beer is very thick but full of flavor. Bittersweet up front, then moves into the fruity sweetness of the lambic, and ends together in an sour malt. Everything seems to compliment each other in what is a very different and very good beer. brownaler (663) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2005
Sour cherry aroma with a bit of mint with a dark burgandy appearance. Amazing flavor differances within this beer. Has a choclate flavor with sourness upfront. Mouthfeel is like velvet. A bit of peppercorn is in the back. Unlike anything I have tasted before. ancherrera (162) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2005
Aroma reminded me right away of root beer. Beautiful red color and nice head. The flavor however was ALL alcohol too me. I liked everything about the beer up until the moment I put it to my lips. I did not tast any of the fruit or malt or anything except alcohol. Very disappointed. lethe (177) - New York, USA - OCT 29, 2005
This quad lives up to the billing of a rich euro-dominated tradition. The nose is immediately rich with malty sweet tones of dark fruit dominated by kriek. It manages to walk that difficult line of carbonation, strong malt, powerful alcohol, and hop finish in a careless way. The sweetness is never overdone lending this brew a mature, complex character very much in line with its Belgian forebears. lovelacm (48) - Niceville, Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2005
US Bottle Pour - Beautiful red-brown body with a large, lasting light-brown head. The cherry lambic definately comes through in the aroma and flavor departments. Medium-Full body with flavors of nuts, plenty of fruits, and malt. Slightly sour/bitter finish & aftertaste, but very enjoyable.