Ommegang (Abbey Ale) - Brewery Ommegang
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Reviews by ironbike1:
4.6/5 rDev +10.6%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. 2010 bottle.
Poured a beautiful dark orange brownish color with an off white head about an inch deep that lingered for what seemed 5 minutes. Very puffy and creamy looking head.
The smell is of fruits and figs with caramel,pretty typical of the style but there just seems to be a very unique freshness to this one.
Taste is very much like the smell, with figs and very smooth and creamy. Also a slight hint of spices. The head still there but about 1/4" now with great lacing.
Mouthfeel is super smooth and the drinkability of this dubbel is excellent and easy to finsih.
A must try from ommegang. I will be aging a couple bottles aswell.
02-23-2011 23:36:18 | More by ironbike1
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4.22/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
02-10-2003 17:29:21 | More by oberon
3.8/5 rDev -8.7%
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.
03-27-2004 23:50:37 | More by Popsinc
4.4/5 rDev +5.8%
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!
05-13-2003 09:39:35 | More by Marty
4.38/5 rDev +5.3%
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 didnt 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.
11-03-2003 02:12:48 | More by RoyalT
4.88/5 rDev +17.3%
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 doesnt like to send a little piece of wood flying across the room or straight up in to your vaulted cathedral ceiling.
The next step doesnt disappoint either. The head is a rich brown color and lasts and lasts and lasts. One thing that I like about Ommegangs 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 Ommegangs best trait, its 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. Ommegangs flavor is just as full as its 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. Its 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, Ommegangs appeal will be immediate.
08-24-2005 20:33:04 | More by DaPeculierDane
4.5/5 rDev +8.2%
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!
03-20-2014 03:38:09 | More by Fear4Beer
3.98/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
09-15-2012 01:51:20 | More by MadScientist
4.35/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
12-04-2012 06:46:37 | More by JudgeRoughneck
3.05/5 rDev -26.7%
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.
10-16-2007 23:53:51 | More by hopsleeroy
4.4/5 rDev +5.8%
Ommegang Abby Ale.
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.
06-30-2009 23:24:14 | More by wesbrownyeah
4.33/5 rDev +4.1%
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!
03-02-2008 22:24:18 | More by SIRIUS2
3.78/5 rDev -9.1%
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.
02-06-2011 02:12:02 | More by txbrewer
4.18/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
09-02-2009 00:12:27 | More by steelerguy
4.75/5 rDev +14.2%
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 often....it was very nice. Worth a try for sure.
04-19-2005 09:51:44 | More by Dmann
Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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