Ommegang (Abbey Ale) - Brewery Ommegang
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Reviews by falloutsnow:
4.09/5 rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From: Binny's, Bloomingdale, IL
Date: Best by 01/2015
Glass: St. Bernardus chalice
Ommegang's dubbel is quite nice, using the greater amount of malts and ethanol to its advantage to amplify the taste and aromatics of the beer. The caramel, dried fruits, and Belgian yeast influences are strong and effective at creating a very nice beer for fall, winter, and spring.
Pours a 1cm tall head of light tan to beige-colored foam, bubbles small to medium in size, with average retention levels. Head reduces to a thick ring around the glass and a few islands of foam atop the beer, leaving a modest amount of lacing (a few spots and lines, scattered randomly) along the sides of the glass. The body is a very dark chestnut brown, with light bringing out slightly "brighter" shades of crimson brown with a little orange around the sides. Carbonation is not visible, and the body is mostly (80%) opaque.
Aroma is of rich, brown and caramelized sugars, dried dates and figs, slight bread and pepper.
To me, the taste palette of this beer can be summarized by imagination: if you can, contemplate a lighter doppelbock that uses Belgian yeast. Front of palate features a mild nuttiness with caramel and toffee flavors and hints of dried dates and brown figs with a twist from the Belgian yeast. Mid-palate is richly malty, with caramel and toffee, dried fruit esters (date and fig) with a Belgian yeast touch, faint banana esters, cinnamon, and a bit of mineral quality. Back of palate picks up dried fruit (date, fig) esters, Belgian yeast secondary metabolites, light toffee, and mild ethanol. Aftertaste of dried dates and figs with a touch of ethanol and caramel-like malts.
Beer is medium-heavy in body, with medium-intensity carbonation that feels slightly aggressive and fizzy upon the palate. With time, though, this becomes comfortably foamy as the carbonation does its trick, softly moving across the palate. Closes rather dry, with moderate stickiness lingering across the palate.
Serving type: bottle
02-01-2013 03:43:23 | More by falloutsnow
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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
93 out of 100 based on 3,430 ratings.