tmoreau (4303) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2017 BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Shared 2012, 750 ml. bottle poured to a fest glass showing a cloudy, amber brown color, with some tan froth, and foamy spots of lacing. The nose was strong caramel & toffee sweetness, dark/dried fruit, with light spice, and lurking alcohol. Medium bodied, with a softened presence to the carbonation, the taste was similar notes as the aroma’s with slightly mellowed expression, and calmer alcohol influence. Held up fairly well for a 5 year sequestering. DerWeg (1679) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 20, 2017
Bready with cherries, black dried fruit and vanilla. Phenolic spiciness. Round but distinctly dry. A tribute to some Belgian originals with some of its own originality. Bottle from PG probably years ago. Cleverly leafy-dry against the cascade of black dry fruits that might otherwise be cloying. Over several sips the palate becomes unexpectedly creamy. I’m glad I paid a little too much for this at Premier Gourmet in Amherst near Buffalo, NY. GRM (4021) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 25, 2016
Sample, brown bottle, 750 ml, Christmas gathering at Stephen Morris’s, savoured on December 18 2015; eye: dark brown, opaque, no head, no lacing; nose: anise, roasted barley, alcohol, slight black berries; mouth: anise, roasted barley, alcohol, slight black berries, alcohol warmth, finale in anise with presence of alcohol, full body, average carbonation, mildly sweet, lightly alcoholic texture; overall: fine
Échantillon, bouteille brune, 750 ml, party de Noël chez Stephen Morris, savourée le 18 décembre 2015; œil : brun foncé, opaque, pas de mousse, pas de dentelle; nez : anis, orge torréfiée, alcool, très léger fruits noirs; bouche : anis, orge torréfiée, alcool, très léger fruits noirs, chaleur d’alcool, finale en anis avec présence d’alcool, corsée, carbonatation moyenne, moyennement sucrée, texture légèrement alcoolique; en résumé : bien pushkinwow (2783) - Ottawa, CANADA - JAN 22, 2016
Bottle shared at Ottawa 2015 end-of-year bash. Hazy mahogany with a dark tan head. Plums and raisins, candied Belgian sugars, some light yeast properties, terry’s dark chocolate orange, moderate+ carbonation and moderate body, somewhat sweet and boozy, enjoyable. Boutip (6343) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 16, 2016
Bottle: Poured a clear brown color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some great lacing. Aroma of candi sugar, dry fruits with candy ester is quite sublime. Taste I also a great mix of candi sugar with some dry fruits notes with some candy-like ester and a slight peppery finish. Body is about average for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Great beer and probably something Ommegang can pull out in their sleep.
rejtable (2626) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2015
2015 Xmas gathering. Pours murky brown with no head or lacing. Nose is fruity. Flavours of plums, oranges, cherries. Taste med/big sweet, medium bitter. Medium creamy body with lively carbonation. Lubiere (13796) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2015
A hazed brown ale with mocha head. In aroma, sweet fruity malt with dark fruits, molasses, alcohol warmth, curacao, sugar candy, very nice. In mouth, sweet fruity malt, candy sugar, light curacao, dark fruits, molasses, alcohol warmth, very nice. Bottle at Ottawa Xmas gathering 2015. GothGargoyle (2587) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 12, 2015
Dark brown with a beige head. Slow creep out of the bottle. Aroma is sherry, dark fruits, honey, caramel. Full bodied, lightly sticky mouthfeel, sweet on the palate with a long complex finish. Taste is dark fruits, honey, caramel, Belgian yeast. Tasty. corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2015
Pours a dark chestnut brown color with plum hues and a one finger beige head that has great retention, only slowly settling into a lasting cap/ring. Splotchy lacing left behind.
Slightly smokey, chalky aroma with dark malt sweetness and estery Belgian yeast notes. Hints of plum, raisin and fig along with subtle oak, caramel and roasted chooclate malt.
Medium bodied with a dry, slightly chalky texture and a nice balance of peppery spice, sweet and roasted malt and estery dark fruit notes. Subtle roast with chocolate, caramel and toffee flavor along with faint peppery spice. Lots of dark fruit sweetness on the back end with vinous grape, cherry, currant raisin and plum. Nicely balanced with a slightly dry finish. Complex and flavorful with a well masked ABV making it very easy to drink. Another nice beer from Ommegang. ben4321 (6422) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 23, 2015
Location: 750ml bottle procured at Buy Rite a couple years back, 10/23/15
Aroma: The nose is a bit boozy considering the age, dark fruit, chocolate, and Belgian yeast
Appearance: Pours a brownish color with a slight amber hue, murky, beige head, light lacing
Flavor: It tastes medium sweet, similar to the nose, with the dark fruit, chocolate, and booze
Palate: Medium-plus body, fairly lively on the carbonation front, a bit of stickiness and a little heat
Since the bottle claims it would cellar well, I gave it some time, but my cellar is getting low, so it was finally time to pull this one out. Opens up nicely around the desired temperature, do not serve this one too cold or the flavors will be too muted. Overall, there’s a lot to like here, but it doesn’t quite live up to the best Belgian examples that is is attempting to replicate.