EtTuCthulhu (1391) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - JUL 22, 2013
The color of this beer is a very, very dark reddish brown color with a large yet fleeting tan head, and the aroma mixes the scents of figs, caramel malts, booze, roasted malts, and sour fruit. The taste of this beer is really large and immediately appealing to the tongue with the mildly sourness, slight sweetness, and touch of umami; furthermore, the mouthfeel fuses a lot of bold sensations due to the boozy finish, average carbonation, medium body, and oily texture. maxwelldeux (4374) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - JUL 16, 2013
Bottle. Pours a relatively dark brown color with a smallish tan head on it. Nose is slightly sweet, and has a mixture of dark fruits coming off it - I get figs and just a hint of brown sugar. Taste is a little sweet with a bit of raisin coming through. Feels a little heavy of a drink to me. Definitely better shared. bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 12, 2013
(750ml bottle) Pours a brown body with a small tan head. Aroma of raisins, toffee, cocoa, and dates. Flavor of caramel, raisins, dates, prunes, brown sugar, and yeast. DiarmaidBHK (4797) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2013
Bottle from Wegmans Leesburg. Pours black with a thin khaki head. Doesn’t leave much lacing. Lots of caramel and dark fruit on the nose. Definitely warms on the tongue. Very smooth and well balance with just a small burst of alcohol on the finish. solid. magsinva (1241) - Virginia, USA - JUL 6, 2013
Bottle split with DiarmaidBHK - pours cola with a white head. Aroma is dark fruits, plums, chocolate, and vanilla oakiness. Taste is sweet with a boozy bite, like a real smooth bourbon. Very nice!
warhawk91 (302) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - JUN 13, 2013
750 ml bottle. Pours dark, almost black fairly thick with a thin wispy khaki colored head. Aroma is complex, dark chocolate, caramel, plum and dark fruits. Hard to identify all of it. Taste is of chocolate, plums, citrus, light hops and tartness in the finish. Sweetness of the malt lingers in a good way on tip of the tongue. Mouth feel is kind of bubbly for the malt intensity, but is true to the style. I shared this with my wife and enjoyed it, Not the best thing I’ve had from Ommegang, but not bad either. Viper666 (3286) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 7, 2013
Bouteille 750ml. De couleur brune foncée et voilée. Nez de levures fruitées (dates, moyen de prunes, traces de raisins et de cerises noires) et légèrement épicées (clou de girofle), de sucre brun, léger de caramel toffee avec des notes de mélasse, de houblon herbeux et pain grillé ainsi que des traces de pain aux bananes. Moyenne-ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen ainsi qu’une texture légèrement crémeuse. Goût de levures fruitées (prunes, moyen de dates, notes de raisins, traces de cerises) et léger-moyen épicées (clou de girofle, notes de poivre) et accompagné de petites notes de réglisse noire ainsi que de faibles traces de pain aux bananes lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un goût de mélasse terreuse avec un léger goût de sucre brun ainsi que des notes de caramel toffee et de pain grillé puis en finale l’on retrouve une légère amertume d’alcool légèrement réchauffant et de houblon herbeux avec quelques traces chocolatées. Post-goût moyen-long, composé d’un goût de levures fruitées (pelures de prunes, traces de raisins) avec un léger goût d’alcool ainsi qu’une légère amertume de houblon herbeux, des notes de mélasse et quelques traces de chocolat. thornecb (5880) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 24, 2013
Pours deep mahogany into a tulip. Mocha micro head with excellent retention recedes leaving sheet lacing. Molasses and dark dried pit fruit aromas. Soft and sweet with molasses and prunes front to back. Medium length dry raisin finish. richc83 (35) - Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2013
Pours a dark brown with a creamy wonderful head. Not much lacing... Smells sweet with hints of caramel, coffee and chocolate. Great strong malt taste with a slight carbonated finish... Excellent beer. Ommegang finest Bamaboy1975 (242) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - MAY 13, 2013
I poured this one from a 750ml corked and caged brown bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.
A= This ale poured a super clear, dark mahogany brown color with ruby highlights. The beige head rose over an inch with a medium strength pour. Steady carbonation release.
Lots of lace stickage on my glass.
S= I smelled rich malt, dark fruits, and a sweet boozy alcohol note. Nothing over the top, with the aromatic components in balance.
T= Started off with a restrained sweetness, just a kiss really, followed by some rich and complex malty notes. The esters are where this beer was really exceptional. Flavors of dark fruit, raisins, and figs were all detectable. The yeast character was appropriately Belgian, with the aforementioned esters and some spicy phenolic character coming through. The alcohol was big but not hot, and it gave a perfumey sweetness to each sip. Finish was on the dry side, but with a kiss of malt that made me want to take another sip right away.
MF= Medium bodied with a firm carbonation that still felt pretty soft on the tongue. Not hot or boozy and no astringency.
D= I found this to be a very drinkable beer. The flavor was all Belgian Dark Strong but the drinkability was more in the range of a good Dubbel. A nice tribute beer to a wonderful brewery's 15th anniversary. Highly recommended!
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