Ommegang (Abbey Ale) - Brewery Ommegang
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Reviews by AlCaponeJunior:
4.55/5 rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Pours a thick, hazy, dark reddish/amber to brown color with a large head that lasts and leaves plenty of lacing. Gorgeous to look at!
A sweet and fruity smell, reminiscent of plums or raisins, some malt and slight smell of alcohol. Not an especially strong smell, but very nice nonetheless.
Taste is just fabulous. Malty sweet and spicy, with fruity overtones and some caramel and molasses. Just a smidge of alcohol taste, but not overpowering for a beer of this strength. And most notably, despite my preference for beers with lower alcohol than this one, it remains very much in the "damn friggin' good can I have another" category. Excellent stuff that improves as it warms up. Poured after allowing to warm slightly (was just out of the liquor store's fridge) but consumed slowly, as I let it breathe and warm, the aroma, character and flavors increased nicely. The last sip was probably the best.
There's a rich and creamy feel on the pallet, with lingering flavors on the top and tip of the tongue. There's plenty of carbonation, but it doesn't detract from the sensations on the pallet. Mouthfeel is excellent and I give it a five in this category.
For me to rate this strong of a beer so very highly on the drinkability scale, that's saying A LOT. Seriously, drinkability should be bumped to 20%, especially with this brew. I won't give it a five, because it's pretty darn strong, but given the 8.5% alcohol content, this is a slam dunk for this brew in my little world.
I've gotta say that I'm pretty darn friggin' impressed with Ommegang Abby Ale, and plan to drink it again soon, as well as look for other brews from this brewery. Being American made is also a good thing as well, as we need more great American beers that don't require scantily clad females as their only selling point.
ETA: I'm going to buy another one of these this week, and possibly change my review to Taste=5. Don't want to be hasty on the matter, but by the time I got to the end of my 750 I was second guessing myself on my review numbers. time will tell.
ETA2: I'm essentially re-reviewing this beer right now. Since I questioned my numbers on the first go-round, I'm starting all over again, and editing/changing my first review. Although I didn't change much, I did upgrade the smell to a 4 and change that section of my review. Perhaps I was a bit stuffy last time, who knows, but it smelled even better this time around.
I'm also upgrading the drinkability to 5. Reason being that I'm not even 2/3 done with this bottle and I'm already planning to buy some more as a special surprise for a buddy who's getting back from vacation and will no doubt be in need of something special as a relief from the fact that he'll be going back to work soon. It's just damn good stuff and I can't get my mind off my next glass of this wonder brew.
I decided to leave the taste at 4.5 (although I wish the rating system went in quarter point increments, lol). On my second go-round, I could taste the alcohol more, but that didn't lower my rating, it just kept me from the full upgrade to 5. I appreciate the ratings system on this site because I can see just how elusive the all-perfect 5/5/5/5/5 beer will really be.
Serving type: bottle
06-06-2010 17:47:21 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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4.16/5 rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours from the bottle a dark, dark brown with a substantial foamy off-white head. Good lacing. Aroma is of dark fruit and malt. Big taste of prunes, plums, spices and sweetness. Medium mouth that coats the tongue well, leaving a nice lingering taste. A wonderful example of the style, and one that I'll have to revisit often.
Serving type: bottle
07-13-2014 01:00:20 | More by MartzMimic
5/5 rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
My dad passed away a couple of years ago. He was a very enthusiastic fellow about many things, one of which was fruitcake (yeah, I know). In the fruitcake family, at least the way he made it, was pecan whiskey cake. Even people who hate fruitcake loved his pecan whiskey cake. This beer reminds me of that cake - dark, dried fruity, accompanied by the pleasant presence of alcohol, etc.. Whenever I drink this beer, I think of my dad and his enthusiasm for making unusual desserts.
Serving type: bottle
07-10-2014 17:19:06 | More by seymourcox
Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 3,602 ratings.