Ommegang (Abbey Ale) - Brewery Ommegang
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Reviews by ngandhi:
4.15/5 rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5
The beer looks perfect. Dark chestnut with excellent head stability. A sweet malthead's beer.
Smells of mellowed currant and berries. The aroma is well-integrated, making it difficult to distinguish the fruits. Malt-heavy; minute citrus.
The fruit continues to develop on the tongue. I tried long and hard to pinpoint these flavors and found it nearly impossible. Ommegang might have created another flavor here. It develops from ripe grape to currants, light raspberry and pears. The pear flavor comes somewhere in the malts because it's detectable within the body; it doesn't develop until you let this stuff really coat your tongue.
The finish is dry; as some have said, of wine. It briefly redevelops into sweeter fruits and leaves an ultimate aftertaste of sugary (not roasted) malt. Not unlike port.
This, my first beer from Brewery Ommegang, has a great deal of character. I'm left both confused and intrigued. There is quite a kick to it; the phenolic notes are very pronounced and often smoky. I think it lacks balance and the alcoholic taste detracts from the end product. That said, Ommegang carries 8.5% abv so I can at least understand.
Ommegang is a beer of wonderful depth that I might have to come back to some day. For now, it doesn't carry enough complexity to actually allow the medicinal islay smoke. Many of you will not find that aspect overpowering; perhaps it isn't, but I find it inappropriate.
Regarding drinkability, it's not that Ommegang is too strong to drink often, it's that you can tell it's too strong. I have to hold myself back from getting ploughed on delicious Unibroues, Dreadnaughts, and Duvels; they are more delicately crafted.
According to the bottle, Ommegang is age-worthy -- I'd be interested to see what this beer would do in a year or two. The phenols and fruits are not fully integrated (as they are in, say, Duvel or Fin du Monde). Perhaps some cellaring would do it some good. If you do it or have done it, please let me know how it is.
Just missed greatness.
Serving type: bottle
08-02-2003 21:33:44 | More by ngandhi
More User Reviews:
4.29/5 rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bottle poured into a pilsner glass
Pours a dark copper orange brown in color . Three finger white foam settles into a white bubble layer with good lacings.
Aroma is malty, deep rich plums, spices , licorice, orange and coriander
Taste of sweet malt , plums, spices, licorice, coriander, orange peel and alcohol
Medium and you can detect the alcohol in here.
Great beer. I'll definitely repeat and recommend you give it a try.
Serving type: bottle
07-27-2014 03:38:28 | More by WunderLlama
3.99/5 rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Had this beer in a corked bottle. 7/23/14.
Pours a really nice dark maroon color that won't give away the way it tastes right away. Head dissipates in a nice frothy fashion.
The nose is spicy and malty, you can definitely trace it back to the licorice, coriander, orange peel, and yeast.
The taste consists of sweet malt then flavors of slight licorice, coriander, orange peel, spice, and yeast. The more you sip, the better it gets as your mouth gets used to the very slight metallic plum taste. Blends together perfectly.
Medium bodied, even though the look doesn't give that away, nice dry finish. Alcohol is hidden very well.
This beer is a very good example of the style, first Ommegang brew I've ever had. Very refreshing mouthfeel and a lot of underlying fruit characteristics that point to fig/plum and licorice. The orange peel and coriander hints balance it quite nicely.
Believe it or not this brew pairs perfectly with French Toast flavored Goldfish. Then again, that could just be the end of the beer getting to me.
Serving type: bottle
07-24-2014 02:05:00 | More by TremontBrewing
Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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