CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 26, 2003
Aroma of caramel, toffee, and oak with some alcoholic notes. Pours a dark brown with off-white head. Flavor is best characterized as smooth, sweet, and mellow. A silky mouthfeel leads to a light candi sugar finish. Incredibly balanced beer which conceals most of its alcohol. I am quite impressed with this concoction. jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 25, 2003
Dark amber color. Thick, rocky head and a strong intensely fruity aroma. Pears, figs, banana, raisin and spice. Alcohol well hidden but present slightly in the finish. My favorite beer from Ommegang. Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 23, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2004 Dark brown body with red accents topped by a medium thick quickly disappearing head that leaves behind a good amount of lace. Slightly sweet and smalty aroma with a spicy note, a touch of caramel and a little yeast. Sweet and malty flavor with notes of spice a slight yeastiness, a touch of fruit and some caramel. Full bodied, slightly dry and warming. WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2003
Beautiful dark reddish brown with light offwhite head. Nose of fruit and malt, taste of fruit, spice, caramel, and malt backbone. Since there really are no fruits in the beer, we may differ in how we interpret the fruitiness; to me it was raisins, figs, and cherries. Finish of malt with fruit and an alcohol burn. Like Dogfish Raison d'extra, this is not a casual beer or a beer that matches easily with food ... but at less than half the alcohol it is going to be easier to drink. Not easy to find, but worth looking for. Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2003
This is an unbelievable beer. It pours a hazy deep amber with an eggshell colored head. The taste is reminscent of dried fruits (I picked up raisens, apples, and pears) and of a nice clean malt. The finish is clean and similar to the fruitiness mentioned above. This beer of very limited availablity is definitly worth seeking out for a guaranteed wonderful beer experience.
JPDIPSO (6286) - Wauwatosa, USA - JAN 29, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 29, 2004 Ruby/amber color with a thick tan head. Aromas of dates, figs, plums and other fruits abound along with a whiff of alcohol. Thick, chewy and mouthcoating. Swet fruity flavors. Seems to lack the maltiness I prefer (but that could just be a personal preferance). Warming and burning alcohol in the finish. A substancial brew. Aroma-9, Appearance-4, Flavor-8, Palate-4, Overall-17.
In my opinion the new white label is a completely a different brew. The label indicates "Ale with cherry-lambic added". Brown with amber hues. Moderate light tan head. Aromas of rich malt, light cherries and alcohol. Malt and light fruity backdrop. More biting then I remember the original. JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 26, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2004 Copper/red color w/ a thick tan head. Lots of banana in the nose. The taste has Lots of complex fruits: plums, apples & others. A slightly sweet malthy finish makes this an all around world class beer. THANKS slushy!
Re-rate 1 May 2004:
Very nice looking; slightly spicey aroma; nice cherry background flavor, slightly over carbonated UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 13, 2003
Amazing. The things they can do with malts and yeast. Strong banana aroma. Deep ochre brown, hazy, with a thick off white head. Initial flavor is banana and a bit of paint thinner, something strong, like xylol, and a touch of pineapple. Flavor tapers off to a crispy dry apricot and a little pruney flavor. Very complex, with a great sourness in the end. Alcohol is evident. I'd rate this beer higher if it was hidden. Definitely a rare treat from one of the best breweries in the United States. Volgon (2761) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 28, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2004 11/03/02: Ruby with ample creamy head. Spicy, sweet dark fruit, malty aroma. Full almost syrupy mouthfeel. Complex sweet flavor. This rocks! First rating: Bottle sample Boston Beer Summit '02: There's a lot going on with this one. Plum, cask wood, and other dark fruits. Very rich tasting. MrDick (381) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 2, 2002
This is an amazing belgian produced by Ommegang. It is a completely different beast from the Ommegang that I am used to tasting. Tastes of apples and syrup. But a tart tannic that puckers your mouth. This is a complex ale but is very smooth. Get your hands on some of this!