Art Of Darkness - Brewery Ommegang
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4.85/5 rDev +22.5%
A: A very dark brown beer with good clarity. The persistent, tan head is made of compact bubbles and leaves a fine lacing on the glass.
S: An initially wine/grape-like fruitiness that quickly gives way to rich fruity esters, notes of dried dark fruit, some spice and caramel with some cocoa in the background. Moderate malt sweetness and a low floral alcohol aroma.
T: Belgian yeast goodness dominate the flavor with fruit and spice r at a moderate being closely supported by dark malt flavors. There is a moderate sweetness that rounds out the flavor and helps give deep to the layers; it's not a dry beer but it's not cloying like some Dark Strongs can get. There is an almost juiciness to some of the dark fruit flavors ranging from plum to prune with some light orange character. The spice is black pepper and alcohol provide some of the balance against the malt sweetness along with a low hops bitterness but overall the it is a slightly sweet beer. It dries towards the end finish off-dry with an aftertaste of cocoa, pepper and a light hops bitterness.
M: A medium bodied beer with a very strong level of carbonation and a light alcohol warmth.
O: A love this beer, it's fruity, dark and spicy Belgium that goes down a little too smooth. I don't want it with dessert, I want it for dessert; that being said it would go great with a vanilla custard or berry tart.
03-20-2013 00:51:56 | More by MadScientist
3.63/5 rDev -8.3%
On tap at Queen Vic in Houston.
A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black color. A two finger tan head forms and sticks around for a while. Plenty of lace is left behind.
S: Toasted malts up front. Some light chocolate. Then lots of fruity flavors going on. Cherries, stone fruits. Even a bit tart with some earthy yeast present.
T: Follows the nose with toasted and bready malts. Earthy yeast. Light coco powder. Then that fruity flavor again. Slight tart cherries and stone fruits. It just does not mesh right for me.
M/D: A medium body that is very effervescent. Almost to much carbonation. Very fizzy on the tongue. Not hard to drink. I finished the glass in not time. I am not sure how much I am coming back though.
I do enjoy this. Though the tart fruits just don't mesh well with the toasted and bready malts. I am not sure if that is what it is suppose to taste like, but there you have it. Still, I am glad I tried. Though not one of their better offerings IMO.
03-16-2013 00:33:32 | More by champ103
3.85/5 rDev -2.8%
Pours stoudt like, deep and dark . A never ending head sits on top. Well carb'd brew nowonder the head never fades.
The aroma is sweet, malty with some dark fruits too.
Taste is malty and sweet. There hints of fruits earth and spicy yeast.
Drinks thin and very dry and bitter. A solid alcohol presence almost dominates the beer.
Tastey and drinkable.
03-09-2013 13:34:25 | More by micromaniac129
4.16/5 rDev +5.1%
A-dark chestnut with a bit of ruby highlights and two fingers worth of rocky head that sticks to the glass
S-dark fruits, dark bread malt, cocoa, and light roasted notes which develops more as the beer warms
T-lots of sweet dark fruits, dark malt, cocoa, peppery, a bit of roastedness as the beer warms, and light yeast flavor
M-medium body, light to medium carbonation, and peppery finish
Overall this is a pretty decent BSDA, nothing too amazing but for the price I got it at I would definitely have it again
03-03-2013 23:19:20 | More by ksimons
4.25/5 rDev +7.3%
Very nice shades of brown in the glass the head was stout and firm.
The taste was nicely diverse with sweet malts, prune, date, dried grape/raisin, and a sugary candy mix.
The taste is in line with scent as raisin and sweet dried fruits dominate. There is a black licorice note at the end and a sugary sweetness. Very easy on the palate with pleasant sweetness. This Belgian Strong is a very good example of the sort.
03-03-2013 00:25:21 | More by KYGunner
3.91/5 rDev -1.3%
A: A lovely dark pour, with a 1 finger head that lingered until halfway through.
S: A bit of floral, with some chocolate afterthought. It also reminded me of Captain Morgan: Tattoo, which I found interesting.
T: A very small hint of chocolate, but mostly a nutty licorice bite. I think also a bit of cherry.
F: Medium bodied. An even amount of carbonation.
Overall: A fun one to try. I don't know if I'd repurchase any time soon, many things to try, but I'll revisit it for sure. If you like dark ales, then this is an obvious choice to at least try.
03-02-2013 02:13:10 | More by JackMcAwesome
Art Of Darkness from Brewery Ommegang
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