Ommegang (Abbey Ale) - Brewery Ommegang
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Reviews by johnniemarg:
3.6/5 rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
750ml corked bottle, poured into a tulip. This bottle is one of the Belgium contract-brewed bottles of this beer.
The beer is a very dark, almost opaque amber. Two finger tan head fades quickly and already leaves an impressive amount of lace. The head was the opposite of dense (would you call that sparse?), which leads me to believe that the beer will be fairly light in body. Also, this is meaningless but I think it's cool...I've got a perfectly shaped map of the US in lace on the side of the glass. I would totally make a picture of this my avatar but I left my digital camera at work.
The beer smells of weak dark fruits and candy sugar.
The taste that jumps out at me is anise. The beer is not really very sweet despite the smell of candy sugar. It has the wine-y character of a lighter red wine but with a raisin/plum flavor and then finishes with a slight bitterness. The anise enters in the middle of the taste and stays through the aftertaste. The 8.5% alcohol is well hidden, providing some drying bitterness, but not a noticeable alcohol taste.
Mouthfeel is lighter side of medium bodied. Alcohol provides some warmth. Carbonation is a little too much in my opinion.
I'd feel this were a lot more drinkable if the carbonation was less intense. Otherwise a well balanced beer.
Serving type: bottle
07-29-2006 02:46:58 | More by johnniemarg
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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.