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 (2763) - 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! beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 20, 2002
UPDATED: APR 6, 2004 The white labeled 2004 version sure tastes a whole lot different than the old brown-labeled version. I am not quite sure just where the differences are; perhaps the older version was a little fruitier with a more definite earthiness. The newer version seems a little maltier and a little tarter. I would really like to do a side by side tastingof the two.....The Winner of the Brew your dream beer contest. Dark brown color, smallish head, lacy with some arabesques. Figs and apricots in the nose. Very complex flavors. Malts, spices, figs, earthy and fruity. Well balanced. Very smooth taste, a slightly alcohol bite at 9.8%. Great mix of complex subtle flavors. Mouthfeel is smooth and smooth. Finish is very clean and smooth. Aftertaste is malty and sweet. WOW. Great beer from a great brewery. Please make more of this. joet (2648) - Wilsonville, Oregon, USA - OCT 20, 2002
The star of the evening. The ratings here got me down abt this beer but it was the star in an evening of tasting that included some very nice brews. Apple plumes, interesting grape seed aromas, arabesques atop, clean and true, beautiful, figgy, soft smooth winey feel complete with a tannic finish. Very different from Ommegang. Light maple and tobacco/pepper aromas arrive as it warms.
legion242 (2348) - Richardson, Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2002
Red Garnet color; Head was thin and whispy; Nose strongly of raisins and oak. The alcohol does make itself known early, but is not unpleasent in the least. Heavy dark fruit flavors that are too numerous for this palate to discern. Warming. Oaky. I am really excited to see how this does with age. dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2002
Quite possibly the longest commercial description for any beer, let alone one that really wasn't all that great. Too much alcohol in the aroma and flavor. The fruity flavors seemed to be dominated by alcohol, as did the aroma. Compared to the rest of the Ommegang brews this one falls way below par. TAR (2776) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - JUN 25, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2005 First batch. Pop of cork exhibited no life. Aroma is dominated by alcohol. Underlying sweet prunes, maple/brown sugar, rum, dates, and caramel. Becomes port-like and toffeeish as it nears room temp. Dense and creamy foam floats atop a plum color. Spritzy, semi-full mouthfeel. Warming alcohol makes itself very apparent, initially. Apples and caramel lead the way before strange fishy notes and a delectable dry/bitter chocolate that lingers for an ample amount of time. Lush biscuity malt residuals. Complexity really awakens at room temp. A shining example. Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAY 28, 2002
This is a good beer, but honestly it tasted exactly like regular Ommegang to me. Thanks to jayme in Buffalo for the brew! VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 13, 2002
Semi-clear dark amber with notes of burgundy red. Thin foamy light tan head. Moderate carbonation. Aroma of plums, raisins, grains of paradise. Smooth and fluffy with noticeable alcohol and the typical Ommegang flavors. Loaded with lip smacking sweetness, grains of paradise and a marshmallow like fluffiness. Airy body with a light effervescence. Nice plummy fruitiness and toffee malt underbelly. Smoother with a lighter body than I expected. Apple like cider quality emerges as you sip. Turns a bit drier and thicker bodied towards the finish, where the alcohol and tart apple fruity quality melds with the grains of paradise and spiciness to finish this off nicely. An interesting but solid offering.