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!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 12, 2013
On tap at GABF. Pours with a deep brown hued body with a medium sized tan head. Aromas are ester forward with strong isoamyl acetate and brown sugar, medium malt structure, dark fruit, mild florals. Flavors are of isoamyl acetate, brown sugar, alcohol, fruit roll-ups and leather. Fuller carbonation, warming, lightly floral. markwise (5441) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2013
Bottle at RBWG Grand Tasting. Pours a hazy red-brown with an off-white head. Nose is some sweet dark malt, some molasses, some fruity character, and some esters. Flavor follows with some cherry and plummy notes and some sweet dark malt, and some brown sugar. Medium to full in body and interesting overall. anders37 (26824) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 7, 2013
Bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy yeasty caramel aroma. Fruity malty spicy yeasty caramel flavor. Has a fruity malty spicy yeasty caramel and dark fruit finish. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 4, 2013
75cl bottle. Medium beige head atop hazy dark red body. Aroma is moderately sweet, prune, some alcohol, raisin, spicy, light cinnamon. Taste is moderately sweet, raisin/prune, some spicy, light cinnamon, alcohol burn. Medium-full body, some stickiness.
DocJitsu (2013) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2013
Pours a dark brown, nearly opaque with a greenish caramel colored head. Brown sugar and date on the nose. Mouthfeel is decent, but not phenomenal. A little too much sting, despite allowing it to settle. Brown sugar up front with a little sweet date emerging. Very nice. TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2013
25.4 oz bottle. Dark brown with a tan head. Nose is raisin, yeast, sherry and wood. Medium body with a buzz. Taste is green banana, yeast, toffee and fig. Easy drinking for the ABV but nothing really stands out. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 9, 2013
750mL bottle. Poured very deep garnet with a creamy, well-retained beige head. The aroma picked up warm dark fruits, nutty notes, and deep banana with accents of oak, tannins, and spicy yeast.. rich and welcoming. The flavor found bready notes, molasses, and caramel at the core with tangy fruit skins, black pepper, banana, and cloves around.. good balance between chewy malts and big Belgian yeast character.. finished with more spicy yeast over chewy bready notes. Medium-bodied with rolling carbonation on the palate.. spicy, well-balanced, and engaging.. loved it! Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chester, Virginia, USA - APR 5, 2013
December 2012. 750 ml. bottle. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of dark fruits, roated malts. Taste has some brown sugar in it blended with spice. Well made. AKThunder (167) - New York, USA - MAR 31, 2013
This midnight black brew has hints of figs, plums, with possibly a note of dates. Has a foamy head that dissipates fairly fast. Brown sugar is tasted from start to finish. While already one of the best beers Ommegang has put out, with age, this could become even more complex and enchanting.