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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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Ommegang (Abbey Ale)Ommegang (Abbey Ale)

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Reviews: 1,700
Hads: 4,286
Avg: 4.13
pDev: 18.64%
Wants: 268
Gots: 666 | FT: 5
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Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-18-1998

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Photo of stevoj
3.84/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Do not open this cold! Pours a muddy brown with thick, creamy head. Lots of sticky lacing coats the glass. Aroma of dried fruits, raisins, sweet malt, molasses. Taste is initially bitter, mildly sweet with a medium weight and abrupt finish. Pretty good approximation of the style.

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Photo of JAHWD
4.82/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Great Brewmanship! I sampled first during a local Octoberfest and was quite pleased with my blind pick. I then decided to grab a growler and do a serious taste. It lasted the whole night. but just barly...
I rate this as thops in this brewers execution. No flaws. as das fres say, it is world class.
Beer is style in balance. Malt. Hops, Water and Yeast. This is true to style with great balance. Perhaps a touch more residual sweetness than I enjoy but, that is the style. The competence the brewer showed in assembling the complete package more than won me over.

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Photo of ZakFaruki
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured from a 750 mL into a tulip, pours an almost opaque brown with an off white head, a generous three fingers of foam with plenty of lacing as well.

S: Caramel, Sugar, Toffee, and a slight scent of dried fruit

T: Starts with classic sweet malt, fades into some molasses and caramel notes, before finishing with a spicy bite

F: Medium bodied, very smooth

O: My first experience with Dubbels and Ommegang as well, a good first showing, I look forward to their other beers as well now.

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Photo of codekiln
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This seems true to the definition of a Dubbel. Pours a tall head into a four inch snifter, which dissipates quite quickly, "unfortunately, because the Alewife loves to sip head." -- me Alewifie. Steely caramel in the smell and taste! The surface retains the pock-marked creamy foam. Cloudy and dark brown, the carbonation is quite strong. Quite spicy. Tastes like me Aleifie's mom's fruitcake. Quite different than a Tripel! I thought there was a relationship between them before this. Still, I would rather have this than an English Brown Ale or similar full bodied beer any day. The esters rule!

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3.72/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poor a very effervescent 3 finger head, light and tan. Head recedes very quickly with very little lacing. Nice body on this ale.
BODY is a deep amber, with little to no light being able to pass,, dark ruby colors toward the edges.
ON THE NOSE: Nice caramel malts and maple sugars up front, followed by a small nasal bite of cumin. with a finish of licorice.
ON THE PALATE: (for starters, very carbonated) The first thing that hits your palate is the sweet caramel malts, but not too sweet. hints of cherry oak, slight bitterness, and molasses immediately follow. Not getting much of the cumin which it was brewed with, which is disappointing, but it does finish with licorice and dark coffee.
MOUTH-FEEL: very carbonated from beginning to end, with a semi-dry cream finish.

OVERALL: an enjoyable Dubbel Ale. Not as sweet and overwhelming maltiness that I have got from other Dubbel and Abbey Ales. However I didn't enjoy the amount of carbonation fro a drink like this, and the head sadly didn't retain nor pour the usual cream tan head for an abbey ale.

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Photo of BuccoFan
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

For the style, I don't think it can be done much better. I suppose the taste and feel might be a little more robust than some of the classics of the style. Regardless, this is an exceptional dubbel.

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Photo of ZBowden
4.86/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

pours deep rich hazelnut with small light tan head, smells of strong belgian yeast notes of toffee lemony raisin slight alcohol heat with roasty malts and belgian candi sugars, wonderfully complex, this beer starts out tasting rather sharp yeastiness with raisin and molasses/candi sugar, mouthfeel is smooth very slick with a slight detection of alcohol in the back of the throat.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy amber hue for the appearance. Fantastic levels of malt and yeast, with a bit of a raisin flavor. A rich Belgian ale that's great for a sipping beer.

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Photo of WV_Homebrewer
4.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured hazy chestnut color with big head. It smells wonderfully fruity with hints of raisons, plums and other dark fruits. The taste is fantastic malty and yeasty as should be. Great mouth feel and the favorite in my rotation right now.

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Photo of TheElectricOne
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep brownish, purply color with a fluffy, off-white head. Head retention is great and lots of lace as it drinks. Smells raisiny and of dark fruit and bready yeast on the back end. The taste is excellent, with a really nice malt backbone augmented with plum, spicy raisin, and raspberry. The slightest bit of breadiness keeps everything nice and tight, and the beer as a whole is a fantastic representation of the style, as most Ommegang brews are.

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Photo of beermeplz
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one was quite a surprise - really unique flavor, with elements of apricot, plum, and pear. Sweet but not over the top. No detectable booze. Drink if you're in the mood for some dark fruit juice.

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Photo of TH28
3.89/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a deep brown with slight cloudiness and a thick tan head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is dark fruit, raisin, licorice, and burnt sugar. Taste is deep and complex with caramel, molasses, dark fruit, licorice, and brown sugar. Mouthfeel is relatively thick, almost syrupy. Finishes with a deep rich malt flavor and alcohol warmth. Overall great dubbel.

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Photo of pat61
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: Hazy chestnut, 2-3” persistent foam cap
S: Fruit, spice, banana, dark fruit cake, biscuit.
T: Dates, fig, spice, fruit and spice, cardamom with hints of banana. No harsh roast or burnt flavors. A touch sweet but well balanced
F: Medium body, smooth, very creamy fine soft carbonation.
O: One of the best in the class.

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Photo of sammorito
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours dark reddish copper color good carbonation throughout and a small off white head. as soon as i took a whiff of this i got smacked in the face with the smell of cherries. after a few more inhales i got some pear and some other fruit notes. there was some underlying malt and alcohol notes that i caught as well. the taste is malty real sweet and i really get the cherries i smelt at first. little alcohol taste some spices like clove on the tongue towards the end. its real dry and carbonated almost like some red wines. a lot different from what i normally drink but i enjoyed it a ton.

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Photo of VTMLB
4.56/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is the best American Dubbel I have had. Wonderfully malty and fruity and not overpowering. Very smooth. Absolutely one of my favorite beers in my rotation.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the first beers I've ever had from Ommegang and I still pick it up today. This is a benchmark for the Dubbel style from an American brewery, and it can certainly keep up with its Belgian brethren. Dark, fruity, spicy, touch of yeast, back end sweetness, this beer has it all.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into pint glass . Lovely mahogany color with 3/4 inch tan head and lacing. A very attractive pour. Nice malty, fruity, spicy smell. The flavor is outstanding. I get apricot and something else - maybe a little pear. Unlike many Ommegang offerings, this dubbel is not heavily spiced. It's very straight forward and refreshing. Although 8.2 ABV, it doesn't overpower. It's very drinkable. Another excellent Ommegang product.

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Photo of kculrich
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle dated 12/14 gently poured into a nonic - pours a hazy mahogany with a thick luxurious foamy head that lasts snd lasts. S: fruity, yeasty-boozy, maybe a little spicy. T: follows the nose, with some banana, apricot, pepper. Not as sweet and boozy as expected. Banana sticks on the palate. F: sticky but not as heavy as expected either - carbonation livens it up. O: tasty but unusual - I'll have fond memories but I don't know how often this will fall into my shopping cart.

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Photo of TopherBreski
3.64/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For some reason when i popped the top to this, beer just started shooting out. Strange. Excellent caramel color with a thick head that never dissipates. Very good malty aroma that doesn't overpower. A little bit of an overpowering alcohol taste but still very goo.

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Photo of TeamMathis
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Incredible. Lots of spices on the nose. Taste has spices, pepper, and a hit of alcohol. And it's beautiful to behold. Dark, reddish, and cloudy. Get this.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer came highly recommended to me and I finally got around to finding a nice 4 pack to sip on. I served it chilled and poured into a tall curved Pilsner glass. I anticipated a lot of subtle aromas from this beer so the Pilsner glass was chosen. This beer will sneak up on you with a significant 8.2% ABV and an extraordinary drinkability, you’ll be feeling toasty before you finish the first one. It is a great beer for any time of year and could even double as an after-dinner drink with its mild sweetness and smooth soothing taste and feel.

Look: This beer has a beautiful dark golden color with hues of red, copper, amber, and oak. It had a lot of carbonation and so even with a very gentle pour I had to let the huge head settle. There is a distinctive pop that I get when I open one that is more noticeable than any other bottled beer. Notice that the bottle even recommends pouring gentle enough to not disturb the sediments and yeast at the bottom, but vigorous enough to aerate it and let the head blossom. The head grows into a rich soapy foam that is the perfect crown for this Ale.

Smell: It smells of baked apple, brown sugar, banana, caramel, candied cherries, plums, and maybe even some mocha hues. These smells are lingering yet subtle and quite delicious.

Taste: The carbonation is light which allows you to pick up on the amazing flavors that it has to offer. I get rum, smoked red oak, banana, crème, plum, cedar, toasty malts, brown sugar, and all these flavors come delayed slightly. It is as if only after swallowing, waves of flavors cascade over your tongue culminating in a crescendo of aftertastes. The tongue is left with a sort of coating that tastes of smoky oaks and brown sugar. I find the flavors to be refreshing with each and every sip.

Mouthfeel: The mild carbonation levels produce a smooth and silky mouthfeel and I must say that it is rather remarkable. Then the candied coating lingering on the tongue leaves you wanting another sip.

Overall: I’d say that this is a great beer. I was a little bit deterred initially by the promises of sweetness, but was pleasantly surprised to find that it was not excessively sweet and Ommegang has infused within this Ale an extraordinary variety of rare flavors that are great for sipping on. I would recommend this beer to anyone. Cheers!

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Photo of myveryown
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very dry and light for a relatively heavy beer. Malt richness mixes with cooking spice and fruit flavors along with an interesting toasty character. Very complex, very good beer.

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Photo of leantom
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer that made Ommegang famous. A classic that I remember from my younger craft days. Here goes:

A: Dark brown with a slight red tint. Lots of dead yeast floating in solution, but I don't mind. Head is massive and leaves nice lacing. Somewhat cloudy, but this isn't a huge issue (in fact, it's expected of Belgium-style brews).

S: Lots of spicy yeast, coriander, white pepper, candied sugar, plum, raisins, etc. Complex as hell - a mixture of yeast, spices and dark malt.

T: Follows the nose, which is wonderful. Added breadiness.

F: Well-carbonated, bready, and thick. Great.

O: A solid brew. An instant classic.

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Photo of txdadu
3.31/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Perhaps I got a bad bottle, but I found this beer to just not have a great flavor. It did have a good body to it, which I liked. The taste didn't hold up to its look and feel though.

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Photo of E-McFarden
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Amber brown in color with cream colored average head. Strong caramel malt base scents with subtle aroma hops coming through. Caramel malts also dominate the palate with a fruity bittering hop profile trying to make its way in the spotlight. Mouthfeel is heavy and rich with alcohol making a statement in the end.

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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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