Ommegang (Abbey Ale) - Brewery Ommegang
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Reviews by jondeelee:
4.26/5 rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Abbey Ale opens to a fruity, spicy, complex nose that in many ways defies classification. On the one hand are the nice Belgian notes of banana and clove, but these are joined by an extremely complex fruit and spice mélange, with pepper, orange peel, coriander, anise, fig, pear, white grape, and berry (especially strawberry) making strong appearances. There is furthermore a deep caramel runnel, with some vanilla and brown sugar making brief appearances, and a toast crust, biscuit, and Grape Nuts cereal undertone that blends extremely well with the powerful sugars. The caramel and berry notes are especially present overall, smelling like a heavenly dessert. As a whole, this is one of the better aromas you’ll find in a bottle, with an extremely potent and lasting, yet simultaneously delicate and nuanced profile, all of which begs to be sipped.
On the tongue, the beer opens with a huge banana and clove blast, this quickly joined by berry, orange, white grape, and pear fruit esters, as well as touches of brown sugar. Coriander and pepper add a bit of spiciness, with just a hint of anise at the edges. Caramel adds another layer of complexity, as does a bitter orange or grapefruit peel overtone, joined by touches of lemon zest. The underlying biscuit, wheat, toast crust, and cereal grain base adds a nice grounding effect, preventing the beer from turning into a sugary spice bomb. The aftertaste is largely a continuation of the main mouthful, with slightly more bitter hops and grapefruit rinds, and lingers for a decent while. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is extreme, the beer almost turning to foam in the mouth.
Overall, this is certainly one of the better dubbels on the market, and the delicate nature of the added spices brings lovely layers of complexity to what was already a very fine beer. The flavors aren’t overwhelming, but nicely balanced and cleverly subtle, providing new nuances with every mouthful. One of the beer’s only weak points is the massive level of carbonation; I’ve had champagnes with fewer bubbles than this, and the beer literally foams up in the mouth and fills the stomach with air. Had I a second bottle, I would let it sit open for a few minutes before taking my first sip. Other than that, you’re not going to find much better Trappist-style ale anywhere.
Serving type: bottle
04-05-2013 19:16:57 | More by jondeelee
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4.36/5 rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A-Clear brown color with a large tan head that lingers and leaves a heavy lace
S-sweet caramel malt with coriander and some spice
T-Sweet caramel malt with a spice aftertaste
M-medium body and high carbonation
O-this beer went down real fast, I could not just sip it.
Serving type: bottle
03-06-2014 00:17:06 | More by a0lbudman
Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 3,361 ratings.