Ommegang (Abbey Ale) - Brewery Ommegang
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Reviews by melagnus:
4.72/5 rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Cave-Aged in How Caverns at a depth of 156 ft., at a constant temperature of 52˚F from October 2005 through September 2006 and brought to my lips yesterday! Between the cave aging and the bottle conditioning, this beer definitely had a level of complexity not normally found in the standard Ommegang, or so I found at least.
A - Frothy off-white head that looks slightly smoked in color. Two-finger thick and holding strong! Fizzles down to a solid film that rouses with little effort upon swirling in the snifter it was poured in stays around and leaves a wonderful array of sticky spider webs on the sides of the glass. The color is Deep Amber (SRM 15) hue with no clarity and has a reddish depth to it. Still seems a bit cold to the touch, so probably this haziness is more due to chill haze than anything else.
S - Incredibly strong aroma fills the sense upon first pour! A bourbon maltiness rises deep into the nose, with notes caramel and dried fruit (plum?). Sweet alcoholic esters are coming through in the background of a oak-aged presence.
T/M - Malty gumminess coats the palate with medium body (sugars probably helped to thin-out the body!) that finishes somewhat dry and with low levels of bitterness. The carbonation seems medium-high, as a tingly feeling titillates the palate, especially upon swishing the beer. There is no doubt that this beer is warming (8.5% ABV listed on-bottle, though with cave aging, etc., I wouldn't be surprised if it was higher!). Hints of vanilla also come through! Although high in ABV, the temptation to drink more is always there; no doubt the choice to do so will lower your level of consciousness though!
C - This beer is by far one of the best beers I've ever had. This brewery continues to amaze me with the quality of its beers and with the incredible ingenuity by which the company goes to. Cave aged from 2005-2006 and drunk today 6-13-09; truly an amazing world we all live in!
Lastly, although a Dubbel, the ABV is a bit high to be considered one, as the Dubbel-style max ABV is 7.6%, or say states the 2008 Style Guidelines. Either way, this bottle-conditioned cave-aged gift from the Gods is clearly a force to be reckoned with!
Serving type: bottle
06-14-2009 19:39:26 | More by melagnus
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3.88/5 rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Deep brown with amber highlights and a slightly frothy ivory head.
Aroma is figgy, with notes of dates. Fairly sweet and bready, with candi sugar.
Fairly raisiny flavor, with light alcohol and a hint of burnt sugar, with a finish of menthol and light dryness. Slight sharp cherry notes are evident. Yeast character is somewhat spicy.
Body is full, with modest carbonation and noted alcohol heat.
Very raisin dominant flavor, with light sweetness and more bready notes. The finish is fairly dry. Alcohol is noticeable. Honestly, I expected more complexity.
Serving type: on-tap
07-03-2014 01:05:30 | More by barczar
Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 3,591 ratings.