GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 30, 2005
Bottle shared with blankboy, HogTownHarry, jerc & tupalev - courtesy of tupalev. Hazy orange-burgundy colour with a small tan head. Aroma of sour cherries, earthly malt, anise and red wine. Flavour of fermented dark fruit, more wine, spiciness, strong alcohol notes. There’s a great beer in there, but the alcohol came through too strong, especially in the finish. I think a year or so in the cellar would do wonders for this one. Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 29, 2005
Big expectations for this bottle from Ommegang, a great name a highly reputable brewery. Dark red/brown pour, small tan head. Strong alcohol / red wine aroma. Thin bubbly mouthfeel. Strong alcohol in taste as well - too much I think. Not overly complex but lots of spice, a roof of your mouth lingering bitterness and strong strong alcohol (did I mention that?) Ok, but kind of odd and disappointing. HogTownHarry (7064) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 29, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2005 Bottle (12oz) - shared with blankboy, GregClow, jerc at tupalev’s domicile - provided by tupalev. Poured murky, cloudy orange-red with a biggish rocky/creamy tan head. Aroma - sweet! Root beer, anise, ashy-bitter, spices, orchard fruits and definitely alcohol. Taste mos def not as sweet as the nose - initially slightly sour, then sweet and yeasty malt, a touch of hops, a very definite evergreen component, and again, the alcohol is assertively there. A fairly full-bodied and lively mouthfeel carries the balance forward to a slightly bitter finish - it warmed well and opened up even more. Another one to cellar. beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 25, 2005
2005 - Muddled dark candy bar brown with a slight glow about the edges. Awesome cap of yellowed creamyness sits about an inch high and seats itself there for quite a long time. Once its quaffed a bit, it tends to keep a very thick, firm, and whipped creamy topping. Lacing in hole-lined sheeting.
Aroma of dark floral cherrys, crisp peeled willow bark, and some caramel. Very light noting of chocolate cookie dough.
Inticing taster. A flavor ride of a treat with a big malt base of dark caramel, darker toffee, and mild molasses sliced with dark cherry liquids, dates, and figs. Malty and slightly creamified doughy center with lovely wild yeast drying effects creating a fresh bark backing and green leafy floral-like spice. Dustings of chocolate float around and mingle with delicate, alluring coatings over the dark fruityness and caramel.
Feel works quite well with the flavors, fairly full and rich with a bold and fluffy carbonation wrapped in a mild dryness and subtlety. Malt loaded creamyness ensues within and behind each sip making for one easy quaffable quad. Damn good stuff! The 9.8% doesn’t seem to show up anywhere but in the last areas of the 750 once you’ve finished your first glass and into the second. FROTHINGSLOSH (8069) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2014 I have had this beer a couple of times and rather liked it. For the purpose of this rating the sample was from the draft at the State College beer festival. It poured a cloudy dark chestnut color with a medium sized tan head. The aroma is sweet maple syrup and dark fruits. The flavor is sweet, dark fruits, toffee a bit of tobacco and has elements of molasses and caramel. There is a noticeable alcohol presence. Long finish. Moderately full bodied. Very nice.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - JUL 23, 2005
Had on tap at the Toronado in SF. Poured a very interesting dark ruby red-brown color. Smell is a sweet-belgian-yeasty musk with sour cherry. Taste is smoother than I expected with slight tart accent at the end. Alcohol is well hidden and the kriek is not overpowering. Another quality brew from Ommegang. RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JUL 22, 2005
Pours a very dark ruby red, with a tan head. Smells of toffee, spices and a little cherry. Taste is a little sugary, malty and a mildly sour cherry. Really good in all. This is one of my favorites right now. I will have to keep some of this on hand all the time. Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - JUL 19, 2005
Just amazing. 2004 cork finished bottle. Poured classically with tight laced belgian froth. Dark chocolate and roasted malts intertwine around a deep kirsch liqour. Everything in this beer is balanced, I could go on and on about every little nuance the beer expresses but you need to try it yourself. Not too many beers are this impressive and few live up to the hype. This is the real deal. StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 18, 2005
Hazy copper in color with a beautiful creamy tan head. Aroma is cedar wood fired, sherry and figs. Figs return for flavor, along with cherries, prunes and fire-licked pecans. Some earthiness and tobacco on the backend. Succulent, complex and enjoyable. dberger624 (1028) - Voorhees, New Jersey, USA - JUL 17, 2005
Bottled at Manny Brown’s in Neshanamy Mall in Trevose, Pa. Very good beer. Good malt flavor with a hint of cherries to it. Alochol was hidden rather well.