Ommegang (Abbey Ale) - Brewery Ommegang
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Reviews by KickInTheChalice:
4.25/5 rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip.
Abbey Ale pours a deep, dark burgundy brown color. With a little yeast in the glass the consistency is a bit hazy, but overall the color is just very deep. A billowing tan head forms with the initial pour and sticks around in earnest for the entire glass. This is a good looking beer.
Up into my nose wanders dark bread, dried dark fruits, orange zest, and caramel notes. There is a fair amount of booze that comes with the smell as well. As with most Belgian styles, there is not a lot of change on range in the aroma, but the complexity is nice.
The flavor is better than the aroma for sure. There is a nice full bready malt profile up front, with a succinct but sharp brown sugar note. Some light nutty notes and raisins round out the front of the sip. Spices, from cinnamon and clove to exotic, add further depth to the flavor as the beer sits on my tongue. The finish remains on the sweet side and has a little flourish of ethyl alcohol.
The carbonation of this beer is full, but it is a bit more fizzy than creamy. There is an ever-present stickiness on my lips after my first sip, which is fairly natural for the style. The body is definitely there to support the 8.2% ABV, although some alcohol still comes through in the taste.
This is not my favorite style, even among Belgians, but I was impressed at the execution. The flavor of the beer really shines through, with the aroma and mouthfeel not quite as good. This is a beer that is definitely worth having again.
Serving type: bottle
07-20-2013 20:35:26 | More by KickInTheChalice
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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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