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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) | Brewery Ommegang

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1,725 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,725
Ratings:
4,444
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
18.6%
 
 
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Ommegang (Abbey Ale)Ommegang (Abbey Ale)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States | website

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-18-1998

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Reviews: 1,725 | Ratings: 4,444
Photo of DonIII
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So far, this is my favorite beer of all time. It's strong with a high ABV and I like that. It's not bitter or hoppy. It finishes like caramel for me. I absolutely love it.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours ruby brown with a thick head.

smell is mild yet sweet. some raisins to this.

taste is clean and mild. not overpowering at all. smooth drinker, a mellow char to it yet finishes oddly sweet. some sourness to it.

not bad at all, a good Dubbel. not something i would drink frequently but it is a good beer.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark-brown color, with a rather large light-brown and active head. Dissipates quite quickly.

Smells of nuts, raisins, and some dark caramel malts.

As typical with Belgians, mouthfeel is incredibly drinkable. The taste is subtle, but I get nutmeg, caramelized malts, and some earthy herbal spices.I also get figs.

This is a very good Belgian dubbel.

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Photo of musicsherlock
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz.
Bottled 4/30/13
Best by 4/30/15
Reviewed 5/22/16

Cellared for two years, poured into a tulip glass

Cloudy reddish brown with a billowy tan head that clings nicely and leaves a film

Smells of raisins, plums and toffee

Tastes of stone fruit and tame licorice with a good malty backbone, earthy and fruity. Lingering sweetness, a little alcohol hotness

Crisp yet creamy with good carbonation

Excellent cellaring beer. Balances nicely with some time. Prefer this to the fresh 12 oz version, tastes closer to the 750 ml version

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Photo of YoungMtn52
4.74/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

If beer was a milkshake then this would be it...Had it in snifter type glass with deep brown texture with toffee, coffee and chocolate notes. Rich creamy flavor and mild aftertaste. Great beer for relaxing on a cold winter night ...great beer -- worth the extra price.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Oh wow. I think these reviews may be right.

Starting off, I pour a murky prune juice colored body with accents of kidney bean and brick reds. Opacity is 90% and I'd rate the SRM right at about shade #31. The head is butter colored and very rocky, receding slowly to make sure you get a gander at its excellence.

The aroma is Belgian alright - with yeast and musty barley, trailing with sharp oranges, dark plums, prune, and coriander. Unfortunately it doesn't all come together in the nose, and still retains a shrill character. A lot of alcohol on the nose, too, much like vodka soaked fruits, which could be dealt out more subtly.

I honestly have to say, this reminds me of a Barleywine - and a knockout one at that. Even so, it still retains Dubbel characteristics, (and I'm naming these off as I taste them) with roast malt, bubblegum, yeast, honey, burnt grain, valencia orange, blood orange, peanut, plum, and finally a total alcohol assault sting.

Flavor is thick and juicy, and smacks you right in the face. It still has some polite creaminess but an aggressive carbonation keeps you on your toes. It dries out completely with an alcoholic finish.

Overall, this is another fantastic beer from Ommegang. I'd say it's the Barleywine of Dubbels...and that's not a bad thing. It will knock you down.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle Poured into a glass

A- pours a deep burgundy color with a one-finger foamy white head that eventually reduces to a ring around the edge

S- caramalized sugar sweetness with notes of anise, citrus peel, clove, caramel & ripe cherries

T- dry up front with notes of anise, pepper & clove. Mid-palate brings a powdery sugary sweetness, with notes of red cherry & ctrus peel, fruity dry yeast on the finish

M- medium body with moderate champagne-like carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that dances on th tongue before finishing bone dry

O- solid dubbel with a complexity to match some of its Belgian counterparts

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark ruddy hazy colored pour with thin film of tan bubbles. Aroma is complex - lots of malt as expected with tons of dark fruits, plums, raisins, some cocoa, caramel - almost too much for my sensitive sniffer... but in a good way. Flavor is good but not quite as exciting - still malty with some prune and sweetness. Fairly clean finish. Very good, but a little wacky. Still looking for my ideal dubbel.

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Photo of mercmoon
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very good, a shade darker than it feels, which is good but it does have a bit of a 'happy' look to it while the darkness is definitely there. Nonetheless quite good.

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Photo of jeffdr123
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fascinating. Lots going on here. In a snifter at Fleming's. Half inch head. Lots of carbonation. Layers of tastes, from dark fruit to Caramel to interesting spices. It's a sophisticatrd sipper. But for some reason, it started to feel a little gimmicky.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Unquestionably a great beer, but I have to say that it ages surprisingly poorly for a Belgian-style dubbel on lees. After a year and a half in my cellar, it takes on a slightly cloying, barleywine-like sweetness that tamps down the complexity of the fresher version of this brew. In both old and new bottles, flavors of brown sugar, licorice, strawberries, and other fruity, malty flavors are abundant. It definitely qualifies as the meal-in-a-bottle that a hearty Belgian ale is supposed to be, but leave it around too long and it's more of a rich dessert. Still great, but I prefer it a bit smoother, less sticky.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From bottle, pours hazey reddish brown with a small tan head. Aroma dark fruits, brown bread, malty, chocolate. Taste dark fruits, brown sugar, like the nose, very nice.

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Photo of Oldejoe
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks. A golden ruby settling a bit toward brown, with a very frothy head.
Smell. Thin, clean, high in the nose, peachy, grape fruity aroma. Sounds weird, but actually interestingly enticing.
Taste. The familiar Belgian farmhouse flavors (yeast based?) nicely balanced with the malty foundation. Good well-balanced finish also, mildly dry. Not getting any hoppiness anywhere.
Feel. Nice substantial, medium-heavy body and medium sort of sparkle.
Overall. The farmhouse element, which I am not overly keen on, is nicely balanced by the malty body. Not something I want a lot of or often, but a very nice sipping beer in the right occasion.

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Photo of lastmango
3.36/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark red brown pour two finger tan head and heavy lacing. Nose is strange, not discernible but almost medicinal. Taste is basically malt with limited hops on the end. I am not getting the complexity that others have. Moderate body and carbonation. I am wondering if I just got a bad bottle. Ommegang is usually much better. I will definitely re-test this beer.

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.35/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I'm starting to think Dubbel and other Beligian-esque beers aren't just for me. This beer was just too malty for my liking. It was OK once it got to proper serving temperature. But when too cold or too warm, it just tasted funky and not in a good way.

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Photo of Smk54
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful! Pours a beautiful deep golden brown with rich toffee head. Nice aroma with coffee and chocolate notes. Rich creamy flavor. Starts off sweet but goes into dark dried fruit notes. Mild pleasant aftertaste.
This is an outstanding beer. Outside of what I usually drink. I need to get some more!

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Photo of PEESHALEODEJANARO
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this back in Nov 2011 but took notes on it. Just getting around to logging now. nice big ABV. Dark, smokey, want more! Nice feeling on the palate and looks good too.

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Photo of Hudi2
4.87/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Honored that this is my first beer review on BA. Was my first dab into this style, I'm generally very committed to my weizenbock and I'm very impressed. Very sweet but not too much, aroma with hints of butterscotch but perhaps something more serious underneath. What blew me away was the finish. Leaves you wanting more. Will come back to this again.

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Photo of BierRunner
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I don't have much experience with Belgians. Looks great in the glass and pours with a nice head (the one I had was draft). The smell is pleasant but subtle. It foretells what you are about to experience without giving it away. The taste is full and mouth filling. There are a number of individual spices fighting for control but they blend into a nicely balanced pleasant taste with a long finish. I could drink many of these.

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Photo of Evilyak
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i'm not someone who really likes things. i've usually had better, or can think of something i'd like more than what i've got.

all that changes with this beer. i really love this brew. it's complex and rich and smells good and tastes good. i've used it in cranberry sauce rather than the three philosophers and i've savored the cave-aged version. whatever else is out there, i can always count on this one.

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Photo of Antc2382
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ultra complex, malty, chewy dubbel with big bold flavors. Some
Ingredients may get lost in the mix (cumin??) but there is a nice boozy, comfy feeling when drinking this down.

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Photo of lic217
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: reddish brown, murky, tan head that fades fast
Smell: grapes, and dark fruit
Taste: grapes, sweet, earthy, yeast esters, touch of alcohol
Feel: well carbonated and smooth
Overall: nice beer

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Photo of thepenguin
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: This beer pours a beautiful dark burgundy with some reddish haze, and has a massive pillowy head with excellent retention. A mouthwatering beer to look at.

S: Lots of sweet malt and spices, reminiscent of gingerbread. Really nice spices dominate, with coriander, cumin and anise being the most pronounced. A nice nutty toastiness also comes into play as the beer warms.

T: Following the nose, this beer has a really nice balance of sweet malt and spice. Notes of pepper, coriander, orange peel, bread crust, macadamia nuts, Belgian candi syrup, estery yeast and molasses. Some nice dark fruit: rum-soaked raisons, figs, prunes and dried apricots. A bit of nutty, toasty Belgian malt notes as well. Sweet, pleasant finish.

F: Medium-full body with fairly lively carbonation and a silky palate. Just a hint of warmth but very well tamed, this beer is tremendously drinkable.

O: Truly a cut above the rest: what sets this beer apart from other American dubbels is that it captures the delicious spiciness of the style, and not simply the malt. Incredibly balanced and drinkable, Ommegang once again sets the standard for domestic Belgian-style beers.

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Photo of RacerX5k
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

You know this was really good the other night. Had this in the early 2010 craft years and really liked it then. Had forgotten how good this was, and my dislike for Belgians is well known. May grab another single this weekend.

Pretty color, nice little aroma. I like the taste, dark fruits and chocolate, nice malt base. Not much of the annoying Belgian yeast. Smooth and satisfying, this followed 2 Mad Elf, and was alot better than the Elf. Yes this was Belgian style Tuesday, I may only do it once a year but this was good.

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Photo of MemphisSooner
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is not my style, but if I have to drink a dubbel, this will be the one. Dark fruits, figs, tart cherry, and some raisin like sweetness. Great balance in dry finish. Just a well crafted beer.

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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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