Ommegang (Abbey Ale) - Brewery Ommegang
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4.44/5 rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured into a chilled LaTrappe goblet.
Appearance 4.25: Poured out a deep brown with a lovely khaki head. The head itself was a work of art: thick, lustrous...a gorgeous, glowing sparkling...OK, OK, it's been awhile since I've had a dubbel. Give me a break!
Smell 4.25: Very pleasant bouquet. Hints of biscuit and a deep, deep barley. Very light aroma of hops and a pleasant backbone of spicy Belgian yeast.
Taste 4.5: Front has a very pleasant and warming earthy taste. Think dried figs or dates. Middle is semi-dry, but elements of the hops and a slight malt sweetness linger on the palate at this level. Finish is long and fantastic; here is where the Belgian spiciness takes over and I also received a hit of sweet malt. However, all this was balanced by a lingering and oh-so pleasant earthiness. Aftertaste was long and had hints of sherry, dried fruits and a subtle spiciness. All this without any hint of that unpleasant "wet dog" taste that so many dark Belgian Ales (dubbles) seem to be unable to brew without.
Mouthfeel 4.5: Smooth, creamy bottle-conditioning. Wow.
Overall 4.5: It just doesn't get much better than this, folks. It's been quite some time since I've had a dubbel and this baby makes me want to go out and buy up every bottle of Ommegang I can find. This brew is smooth, balanced, refined...just delicious and absolutely no hint of the 8%+ ABV in the taste. Highly recommended. Wow.
Serving type: bottle
12-06-2013 05:26:00 | More by BeerDocT
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3.29/5 rDev -20.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Notes from after the fact. I just plain didn't jive with this beer. The licorice ruined it for me. This beer came off as tasting like root vegetables with potato and turnip. The sweetness of the chocolate malt flavor and the twang of the licorice with vegetable notes just didn't go together. Licorice and anise spice lingered long after. There were other redeeming qualities like a great body and a nice porter-like woodiness that I appreciated, but I couldn't get past the bad parts. And I'm even a fan of licorice an anise, just not in my beer apparently.
Serving type: bottle
04-11-2014 00:58:05 | More by constantine_272
Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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