Ommegang (Abbey Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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Ommegang (Abbey Ale)Ommegang (Abbey Ale)

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4,208 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,208
Reviews: 1,709
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 248
Gots: 586 | FT: 5
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Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-18-1998

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Ratings: 4,208 | Reviews: 1,709
Reviews by cindyjeffsmith:
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Not sure why I haven't reviewed this guys yet but time to rectify.
appearance: Hazy caramel with a fat tan head.
smell: Delectable, rich, and malty. Hint of aromatic spice and fruit. Very nice.
taste: More of the same goodness in the nose.
mouthfeel: A bit thin.
overall: A wonderful concoction. Mellow, tasty and classic.

More User Reviews:
Photo of spacecake9
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoying this in my Ommegang goblet...
A - Pours a dark reddish brown with 1/2" head of tight bubbles that settles quickly to a tan cap.
S - Aroma is not as strong as you might expect or hope for. A little bit of dark fruit perhaps.
T - Maybe some wine, definitely dark cherry notes. A little bit of spice too.
M - Medium mouth feel and very carbonated.
O - This might be my favorite of the Ommegang offerings. Very enjoyable and reasonably priced. Do yourself a favor and let this one warm up - don't drink it straight out of the fridge.

Photo of MaximalC
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque bronze with burnt orange highlights and a a good finger's worth of fine khaki foam--just beautiful to behold. Rich aroma smells of molasses, prunes, cherries, clove, coriander, brown sugar, toasted bread, and a hint of alcohol.

The bold and complex flavor profile features molasses, toasted bread, cherry, and plenty of tangy, vigorous yeast. The spices and robust carbonation do more than enough to balance the malty backbone. The yeast presence pushes the envelope a bit, but manages to remain just under control. The mouthfeel is lush, vibrant, and a solid complement to the taste.

Overall, this is a bold and flavorful brew that isn't as decidedly sweet as most of its peers. Its balance and gorgeous presentation make it one of my preferred dubbels, even though it isn't an archetypal representation of the style.

Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Real nice burgundy in color with a great head,with nice Belgian lace left there.Somewhat medicinal in aroma with a little bit of fruit showing up there.Taste was sweet the some chesnut in there as well incredible smooth,the alcohol showed up fast as well.Became stronger as it warmed,about as authentic as you can get,the know what they are doing up there in Cooperstown.

Photo of Popsinc
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown pour with a rich tan head. Nice liveliness and lacing. The nose mildly sweet with hints of prune and fig and there is an evident pinch of spice in the mix as well. The taste starts lightly earthy and build up towards a semi sweetness that includes dull black licorice, molasses and prune/raisin. On the finish there also seems to be a tart woodiness that creeps in ever so slightly. A good mouthfeel that is lively and medium bodied. A subtle version of a strong dark Belgian that does a good job in remaining well balanced without being over the top.

Photo of Marty
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A great beer, and an amazing value at $3.50 for a 750 ml bottle. Pours a beautiful semi-opaque reddish-brown with a nice fluffy, sticky beige head. Very potent! Smells and tastes of fruit (apples, raisins...). Dangerously good. I just had a whole bottle to myself, and I don't particularly feel like moving!

Photo of RoyalT
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Nice, lively head with a clear but dark brown body.

Smell – Lovely aroma of dark malts with lots of sugar. The dates, plums, ripe apricots, and cherries are just a few of the fruits that came out first. These were complimented with raw and brown sugars and a touch of alcohol.

Taste – Beautiful sweet taste of roasted malts, the ripe, rich fruits from the nose, and tons of sugar. Molasses finds its way in this concoction along with some maple and cane sugar. The alcohol is present but complimentary, not overpowering to the drinker.

Mouthfeel – Medium carbonation and very full in the mouth. This one is bite-sized and chewy.

Drinkability – There was a hint of licorice at the tongue that I didn’t care for, otherwise this was a terrific BSDA.

Update – After having a few of these over the last year I decided to re-review it for 2004. I seem to have gotten used to the light licorice flavor at the finish of this ale so upped the “Drinkability” rating from 4.0 to 4.5.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.87/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ommegang opens like a fine champagne. This is the first great thing about the beer. Popping a bottle of bubbly is always a blast. Sure you can be a wuss and hold a towel over the cork but who doesn’t like to send a little piece of wood flying across the room or straight up in to your vaulted cathedral ceiling.

The next step doesn’t disappoint either. The head is a rich brown color and lasts and lasts and lasts. One thing that I like about Ommegang’s bottles is that they print pouring instructions that are specific to each individual beer. Ommegang is meant to be consumed in a goblet and should be poured carefully because of the richness of the head. I prefer to drink it out of a snifter because it really brings out Ommegang’s best trait, it’s nose.

Aromas of caramel apples and brown sugar instantly fill the room when you open a bottle. A lot of beers can create such poignant aromas but few can make them last longer than a few seconds after opening, and even fewer have a taste that matches their nose. Ommegang’s flavor is just as full as it’s wonderful scent.

The first sip of the sienna colored liquid offers a fruit forward POW to the palate of chocolate-covered cherries, figs, and raisins. Spiced rum and mild anise follow and it finishes with an orange tobacco that grows increasingly more citrus full as the beer warms.

Despite its relative strength (8.5%), and bold flavors, Ommegang is not intimidating like most other Belgians. It’s incredibly smooth and cohesive putting its drinkability right through the roof. Anyone who can enjoy a middle of the road ale like New Castle should be able to tolerate and eventually learn to love not only the Ommegang but other strong Belgians as well. For the seasoned beer drinker, Ommegang’s appeal will be immediate.

Photo of Fear4Beer
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I bought the 12oz bottle version (they also have a 750ml corked bottle version). I served it in a tall wheat beer glass. This beer pours a beautiful reddish brown color. The flavor of this beer is mysterious at times but it is delicious. It is so smooth and the mouth feel is fantastic. The beer itself says that it is brewed with licorice root, star anise, sweet orange peel, coriander, and cumin. Imagine all those flavors then imagine it tasting nothing like that. When I think of licorice root and star anise I think of a very powerful and unique flavor. This beer is so expertly crafted that you can't pinpoint anyone of those flavors. It is balanced so well, everything just meshes together into one pleasant taste. This beer is malted, tastes like dark fruits, it has hardly any detectable bitter hops present at all (its malty), its not overly sweet, but you will taste a slight zing from the alcohol (its 8.2%). The alcohol can be tasted but it is not overwhelming.

Quite frankly this beer is a masterpiece. If you are a hop hater (like I am) you will most likely enjoy this beer. This is a malty beer all the way. It is light and freshening. I see this as a beer that can be enjoyable all year round.

I'm so glad I tried this!

Photo of MadScientist
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A slightly hazy dark copper with a reddish hue. The off-white head of creamy bubble quickly settles to a a ring and a thin cap of bubbles. The head should be fuller and longer lasting for the style and clarity is optional.

S: Light caramel and cocoa malt notes blend with a soft alcohol. Dark fruit aromas grow in strength as the beer warms, mostly raisins and prunes. There is a slight spicy spicy aroma and mild apple esters from the yeast also show as it warms.

T: Caramel, cocoa, raisins and prunes provided the dominate aromas with moderate clove-like spice. There is a moderate hops bitterness and no hops flavors. The balance is spicy and malty but drying out to an off-dry finish with lingering bitterness and spice.

M: Medium full bodied with high carbonation. There is substantial belly warming alcohol with out being hot.

O: A rich complex Dubbel with dark fruit, malt and spice running the show. Year ago this Ommegang beer introduced me to the world of flavorful beers with layers of flavor ultimately saving me from a life of wine snobbery.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

APP- Lightly-hazy chestnut color, with thick, creamy off-white head with lace.

AROMA- fig date, pear, molasses, rich malt, and tres leches tone throughout...all moderately strong, no alcohol, light diacetyl possibly, light goldings hop note,.

FLAVOR- light roasty flavor is unexpected and out of style. Big cordial cherry character. chocolate-covered raisin, chewy munich/ melanoidin/ bock-like center. Light vanilla alcohol is perfectly smooth. Light cigar tobacco in finish...oxidation? autolysis?

MF- medium-full body with lush malt center and creamy with medium-high carbonation. Lingering bitter and lightly roasted finish.

Overall- very tasty beer but atypical with the roast. A dubbel that drinks like a quad. This sample was lightly oxidized i think.

Photo of hopsleeroy
3.13/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured a large foamy white head atop dark burgundy liquid. Took a while for the head to come down with very nice carbonation lacing on the glass. Making me thirsty just looking at it. First smell was of alcohol and fruit. A little like fruit cake made with rum. First flavor was sweet and dark malt. Alcohol is balanced and with fruity maltiness(is that a word?) but the warmth is spreading nicely down my arms. Minor hop notes at the finish.

The problem is the more I taste the less I like it. There is a medicinal and copper metallic flavor that comes forward as the beer warms. Stange beer to me. I taste different flavors with each sip but I don't care for the flavors that are coming to the forefront as when I tasted it at first. Good elements but I don't think I'll buy it again. A steal though at 6 bucks.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ommegang Abby Ale.
8.5% Alcohol.

A- Heavy duty dark brown fluid with hints of red undertones. Mild but efficient of white head that falls to a nice frothy head with excellent lacing.

S- Robust red wine smell upfront with a floral bouquet of hops and malts. Very fresh scent of alcohol on the nose with spicy herbal accents.
Carmel malts are noticable as well, at a warmer temperature.

T- Massive complex of red wine flavors, sweet fruits (plums, grapes, and maybe alittle peach), mild hoppy bitterness, and nice alcohol esters dominate.

M- Dry feel, with a warmth from the amount of alcohol this one packs. Smooth on the tongue with little to disrespect the taste buds.

D- Dangerously drinkable in the aspect of a dark strong ale. Try it, it will not let you down.

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a chalice style glass.

A: Pours dark murky brown producing a awesome puffy looking light brown head. Retention is excellent as well as lacing.

S: Sweet fruity malt smell, like figs or perhaps brown sugar. Hops are there but faint with a sort of earthy tone.

T: Complex mix of malt sweetness with hops. Not quite balanced in flavor tipping toward the malty goodness. Flavors stay together solidly through the experience ending with a hint of malt sweetness.

M&D: Mouthfeel is awesome utilizing good medium body and carbonation that makes the whole experience creamy and smooth. The whole package makes for very good drinkability. An excellent example of the style!

Photo of txbrewer
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pleasant reddish hue, even in the head (and this stuff can foam up!)

S - The label says 'rich, fruity and aromatic burgundian brew'. I definitely got the fruity aromatic part of this, even a moment after I popped the cork on this one.

T - Wonderfully smooth bitterness followed by some raisin like flavors and then off to the mild hopland.

M - A thin creaminess that goes well with the taste

D - Quite so and almost too quick - the smooth bitter (reminds me of a good bittersweet chocolate where you just do not mind that bitter taste) just wants me to drink even more.

I would most definitely go back for another and would suggest this one to quite a few beer fans.

Photo of steelerguy
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Extremely attractive ruby hued brown. Nice and clear, with the perfect amount of bubbles rising through it. Nice head as you pour which dissipates but leaves a coating always and lots of lacing.

S - Nice dark fruit aroma, nice biscuit smell, bready...very fresh and good. Get a little sweet chocolate in there also. Wish it were a little more pronounced but quite nice.

T - Taste very similar to the smell. Fruit flavours, that yeasty-ness that reminds me of fresh baked bread. There is some alcohol warmth, but nothing harsh, just warming and inviting. Again, all the flavours are very good, just wish there was a little more of them.

M - Right on, coats nicely, a tingle from the carbonation but not too much. Also feel the alcohol, which lets you know you are drinking a big beer...very nice for an Abbey Ale.

D - For a nice big Dubbel this is extremely drinkable. Balanced, if not slightly muted, but this almost makes you just want t drink more to enjoy the great flavours that are there.

Photo of Dmann
4.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great american attempt at a very difficult style of brew. The beer was lookin very nice as it flowed into my glass with a huge off white head and great dark reddish brown color. The smell was filled with alchoholic plum scents and a burnt maltiness that was very inviting. The taste was definantly on the sweet side with the malts taking a doppelbock-like front row seat and letting you know that it is there. The flavor explodes in your mouth with a rush and then the aftertaste is very dry which is not something that I have experienced too was very nice. Worth a try for sure.

Photo of blackearth
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from Ray's Liquor in Wauwatosa, WI. Poured into a snifter, this beer was an extremely dark brown and looked a bit hazy. It had a fluffy off-white head. Aroma of grapefruit and citrus, reminiscent of a white wine. Full bodied with flavors of molasses and brown sugar that lead to a pleasant warming aftertaste in the back of the throat. Good drinkability in spite of the alcohol content.

Photo of Outchillen
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a 750 bottle for $7.99

Dark reddish borwn with tan head, had slight aroma of figs and candi sugar
Taste of belgian candi sugar, lightly sweet, full bodied, taste a bit boozy almost like a beer with some whiskey in it, heavy mouthfeel
I am a big fan of ommegang, and this style beers, but this wasnt my favorite dubbel

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a nice beer. It's a dark brown color with a small head and some lacing. It has a sweet, fruity odor, as well as some malt. The taste is great. A sweet fruit(plum/raisin/citrus) with some caramel and hops in there too. It was just a tiny bit too carbonated for me, but overall a very nice, drinkable beer.

Photo of Walker8810
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

beautiful dark reddish brown hue. lots of head. good lacing.

aromas of licorice, brown sugar and molasses.

good mouthfeel, very silky going down.

slight astringent taste due to high alcohol content. you can really feel the alcohol warm the back of your throat. fairly sweet without much hoppiness to it.

overall a delicious malty treat with a kick.

Photo of Todd
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: A beautiful 750ml. bottle with tips on pouring, drinking, and where to find the brewery. The front label also had a brief, but revealing. description of the liquid within. "Ommegang is a Belgian-style Abbey Ale- top fermented and bottle conditioned, yielding a rich, fruity, aromatic, burgundian brew."

Appearance: Rich and dark, with an extremely healthy head comprised of tiny bubbles.

Smell: Malty and sweet with hints of caramelized sugars and honey. Slightly fruity and deep to the nose.

Taste: Complex malt richness and fruit flavours, with hints of spice and a smooth body of dark sweetness. Semi-champagne style carbonation led to it finishing slightly dry and yet again ... more sweetness.

Notes: This is a victory for American Belgian Ale lovers. With a price point of about $5 for a 750ml. bottle, as opposed to the typical $7-$12 for imports, it makes for a very affordable treat.

Photo of SamuraiJack
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from the 12oz bottle - sourced by a friend visiting NYC. One day I'd love to get it in the 750ml... perhaps with Moortgat involved there will finally be good distribution out west.

Pour shows the classic, rich dark body with hints of burgundy and amber. Decent but not overwhelming carbonation and a dense but not billowing head.

Aromas are of caramel, fruit and malt - with a sort of spicy port-like undercurrent. Very attractive and mouthwatering. True to the style.

Initial taste is of spice and malt. Very dry and crisp with hints of rummy fruit and a strong bite. Perhaps less smooth than the prototypical Dubbel and with less citrus and more tropical fruits and spices. Alcohol is noticable. The finish is incredibly dry with a strong yeast note - very attractive. Esters provide a continuity of flavour throughout the experience and across the palette.

This is an excellent beer. Perhaps the second best American execution of the style (after the Allagash). With any luck we'll be able to start getting it out here on a regular basis.

Photo of shapudding
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark and cloudy unfiltered cider color, almost a dark rootbeer color. More reddish towards the end...Nice and thicky creamy khaki head that left enough behind to keep me happy and would still swirl back up to existance. Scents of red wine and bit of whiskey. Alot of carbination, but not excessive. Tastes of merlot, slight bite in there but not much. Hearty burgundy wine followed with a sip of hearty ale...
Became more sugary as it warmed....
Nice one, great flavors and good drinkability.

Photo of generallee
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

An excellent abbey ale from an outstanding brewery. It pours a dark burgundy color with a thick white head. The body is dark and hazy, full of wonderful flavor and aromas. The aroma is filled with caramel malts, fruit and spice, as well as an alcohol kick in the nose. The palate is full and the alcohol has a nice warming quality to it. Favors of sweet caramel, dried dark cherries, prune, and yeast dance on the tongue. These favors mingle for a time and finish slowly. Ommegang is grate as it is and could be even better with cellaring.

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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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