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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,696 Reviews
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Reviews: 1,696
Hads: 4,260
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 259
Gots: 642 | FT: 5
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Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-18-1998

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Reviews: 1,696 | Hads: 4,260
Photo of MOFALLINGLEAF
3.72/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poor a very effervescent 3 finger head, light and tan. Head recedes very quickly with very little lacing. Nice body on this ale.
BODY is a deep amber, with little to no light being able to pass,, dark ruby colors toward the edges.
ON THE NOSE: Nice caramel malts and maple sugars up front, followed by a small nasal bite of cumin. with a finish of licorice.
ON THE PALATE: (for starters, very carbonated) The first thing that hits your palate is the sweet caramel malts, but not too sweet. hints of cherry oak, slight bitterness, and molasses immediately follow. Not getting much of the cumin which it was brewed with, which is disappointing, but it does finish with licorice and dark coffee.
MOUTH-FEEL: very carbonated from beginning to end, with a semi-dry cream finish.

OVERALL: an enjoyable Dubbel Ale. Not as sweet and overwhelming maltiness that I have got from other Dubbel and Abbey Ales. However I didn't enjoy the amount of carbonation fro a drink like this, and the head sadly didn't retain nor pour the usual cream tan head for an abbey ale. (1,057 characters)

Photo of BuccoFan
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

For the style, I don't think it can be done much better. I suppose the taste and feel might be a little more robust than some of the classics of the style. Regardless, this is an exceptional dubbel. (198 characters)

Photo of ZBowden
4.86/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

pours deep rich hazelnut with small light tan head, smells of strong belgian yeast notes of toffee lemony raisin slight alcohol heat with roasty malts and belgian candi sugars, wonderfully complex, this beer starts out tasting rather sharp yeastiness with raisin and molasses/candi sugar, mouthfeel is smooth very slick with a slight detection of alcohol in the back of the throat. (381 characters)

Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy amber hue for the appearance. Fantastic levels of malt and yeast, with a bit of a raisin flavor. A rich Belgian ale that's great for a sipping beer. (155 characters)

Photo of WV_Homebrewer
4.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured hazy chestnut color with big head. It smells wonderfully fruity with hints of raisons, plums and other dark fruits. The taste is fantastic malty and yeasty as should be. Great mouth feel and the favorite in my rotation right now. (236 characters)

Photo of TheElectricOne
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep brownish, purply color with a fluffy, off-white head. Head retention is great and lots of lace as it drinks. Smells raisiny and of dark fruit and bready yeast on the back end. The taste is excellent, with a really nice malt backbone augmented with plum, spicy raisin, and raspberry. The slightest bit of breadiness keeps everything nice and tight, and the beer as a whole is a fantastic representation of the style, as most Ommegang brews are. (456 characters)

Photo of beermeplz
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one was quite a surprise - really unique flavor, with elements of apricot, plum, and pear. Sweet but not over the top. No detectable booze. Drink if you're in the mood for some dark fruit juice. (199 characters)

Photo of TH28
3.89/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a deep brown with slight cloudiness and a thick tan head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is dark fruit, raisin, licorice, and burnt sugar. Taste is deep and complex with caramel, molasses, dark fruit, licorice, and brown sugar. Mouthfeel is relatively thick, almost syrupy. Finishes with a deep rich malt flavor and alcohol warmth. Overall great dubbel. (366 characters)

Photo of pat61
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: Hazy chestnut, 2-3” persistent foam cap
S: Fruit, spice, banana, dark fruit cake, biscuit.
T: Dates, fig, spice, fruit and spice, cardamom with hints of banana. No harsh roast or burnt flavors. A touch sweet but well balanced
F: Medium body, smooth, very creamy fine soft carbonation.
O: One of the best in the class. (328 characters)

Photo of sammorito
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours dark reddish copper color good carbonation throughout and a small off white head. as soon as i took a whiff of this i got smacked in the face with the smell of cherries. after a few more inhales i got some pear and some other fruit notes. there was some underlying malt and alcohol notes that i caught as well. the taste is malty real sweet and i really get the cherries i smelt at first. little alcohol taste some spices like clove on the tongue towards the end. its real dry and carbonated almost like some red wines. a lot different from what i normally drink but i enjoyed it a ton. (593 characters)

Photo of VTMLB
4.56/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is the best American Dubbel I have had. Wonderfully malty and fruity and not overpowering. Very smooth. Absolutely one of my favorite beers in my rotation. (165 characters)

Photo of BranfordBound
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the first beers I've ever had from Ommegang and I still pick it up today. This is a benchmark for the Dubbel style from an American brewery, and it can certainly keep up with its Belgian brethren. Dark, fruity, spicy, touch of yeast, back end sweetness, this beer has it all. (282 characters)

Photo of MacMalt
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into pint glass . Lovely mahogany color with 3/4 inch tan head and lacing. A very attractive pour. Nice malty, fruity, spicy smell. The flavor is outstanding. I get apricot and something else - maybe a little pear. Unlike many Ommegang offerings, this dubbel is not heavily spiced. It's very straight forward and refreshing. Although 8.2 ABV, it doesn't overpower. It's very drinkable. Another excellent Ommegang product. (440 characters)

Photo of kculrich
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle dated 12/14 gently poured into a nonic - pours a hazy mahogany with a thick luxurious foamy head that lasts snd lasts. S: fruity, yeasty-boozy, maybe a little spicy. T: follows the nose, with some banana, apricot, pepper. Not as sweet and boozy as expected. Banana sticks on the palate. F: sticky but not as heavy as expected either - carbonation livens it up. O: tasty but unusual - I'll have fond memories but I don't know how often this will fall into my shopping cart. (486 characters)

Photo of TopherBreski
3.64/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For some reason when i popped the top to this, beer just started shooting out. Strange. Excellent caramel color with a thick head that never dissipates. Very good malty aroma that doesn't overpower. A little bit of an overpowering alcohol taste but still very goo. (266 characters)

Photo of TeamMathis
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Incredible. Lots of spices on the nose. Taste has spices, pepper, and a hit of alcohol. And it's beautiful to behold. Dark, reddish, and cloudy. Get this. (154 characters)

Photo of hopphead31415
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer came highly recommended to me and I finally got around to finding a nice 4 pack to sip on. I served it chilled and poured into a tall curved Pilsner glass. I anticipated a lot of subtle aromas from this beer so the Pilsner glass was chosen. This beer will sneak up on you with a significant 8.2% ABV and an extraordinary drinkability, you’ll be feeling toasty before you finish the first one. It is a great beer for any time of year and could even double as an after-dinner drink with its mild sweetness and smooth soothing taste and feel.

Look: This beer has a beautiful dark golden color with hues of red, copper, amber, and oak. It had a lot of carbonation and so even with a very gentle pour I had to let the huge head settle. There is a distinctive pop that I get when I open one that is more noticeable than any other bottled beer. Notice that the bottle even recommends pouring gentle enough to not disturb the sediments and yeast at the bottom, but vigorous enough to aerate it and let the head blossom. The head grows into a rich soapy foam that is the perfect crown for this Ale.

Smell: It smells of baked apple, brown sugar, banana, caramel, candied cherries, plums, and maybe even some mocha hues. These smells are lingering yet subtle and quite delicious.

Taste: The carbonation is light which allows you to pick up on the amazing flavors that it has to offer. I get rum, smoked red oak, banana, crème, plum, cedar, toasty malts, brown sugar, and all these flavors come delayed slightly. It is as if only after swallowing, waves of flavors cascade over your tongue culminating in a crescendo of aftertastes. The tongue is left with a sort of coating that tastes of smoky oaks and brown sugar. I find the flavors to be refreshing with each and every sip.

Mouthfeel: The mild carbonation levels produce a smooth and silky mouthfeel and I must say that it is rather remarkable. Then the candied coating lingering on the tongue leaves you wanting another sip.

Overall: I’d say that this is a great beer. I was a little bit deterred initially by the promises of sweetness, but was pleasantly surprised to find that it was not excessively sweet and Ommegang has infused within this Ale an extraordinary variety of rare flavors that are great for sipping on. I would recommend this beer to anyone. Cheers! (2,333 characters)

Photo of myveryown
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very dry and light for a relatively heavy beer. Malt richness mixes with cooking spice and fruit flavors along with an interesting toasty character. Very complex, very good beer. (178 characters)

Photo of leantom
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer that made Ommegang famous. A classic that I remember from my younger craft days. Here goes:

A: Dark brown with a slight red tint. Lots of dead yeast floating in solution, but I don't mind. Head is massive and leaves nice lacing. Somewhat cloudy, but this isn't a huge issue (in fact, it's expected of Belgium-style brews).

S: Lots of spicy yeast, coriander, white pepper, candied sugar, plum, raisins, etc. Complex as hell - a mixture of yeast, spices and dark malt.

T: Follows the nose, which is wonderful. Added breadiness.

F: Well-carbonated, bready, and thick. Great.

O: A solid brew. An instant classic. (636 characters)

Photo of txdadu
3.31/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Perhaps I got a bad bottle, but I found this beer to just not have a great flavor. It did have a good body to it, which I liked. The taste didn't hold up to its look and feel though. (182 characters)

Photo of E-McFarden
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Amber brown in color with cream colored average head. Strong caramel malt base scents with subtle aroma hops coming through. Caramel malts also dominate the palate with a fruity bittering hop profile trying to make its way in the spotlight. Mouthfeel is heavy and rich with alcohol making a statement in the end. (312 characters)

Photo of majorbase2
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark reddish color with a small foam head that dissipates quickly. Leaves a very very thin head with a ring of lacing around the edge. Leaves some good lacing around the edge.

Aroma leads with dark fruits, dominated by cherry and red licorice. Sweet caramel malts, spices. Dominated by dark fruits.

The taste is once again dominated by dark fruits. Cherry, fig, licorice, juicy plums. Caramel malts are present. Definitely has some red wine qualities to it. Sweet, slightly bitter candy sugar. I don;t know that I've ever seen such a refined, perfected aspect of taste as Ommegang nails the dark fruits in this one. Pure bliss.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Well carbonated. Definitely more of a sipper. Has a bit of stickiness going down.

Overall, my favorite brew from Ommegang. They absolutely nail the flavors in this one. (839 characters)

Photo of fscottkey
2.86/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

A: [4.00] Pours a murky brown color. I heard a lot of carbonation/fizz. Which is weird. It formed a 2-3 finger head and I had to stop pouring to keep it in the tulip glass. The head dissipates in a short amount of time. The bottle list the ABV (8.2%) the packaged date (6/12/14) and the best by date (06/2017). Props to Ommegang for giving all of the info!

S: [3.50] Smokey caramel. Brown sugar. Molasses.

T: [2.50] I get the Belgian yeast/wheat taste up front. The sweet nose does not come across in the palate.

M: [2.25] This feels way over carbonated. I have never really heard a beer in the glass. It sounded like soda-pop.

O: [2.75] I think all Ommegang beers have the same flavor profile and I don't like it. I am sure it is some peoples' thing - but it's not mine. This one looked decent in the glass but it went downhill from there. I have had this one in the fridge for a long time. I kept passing it over in fear that I would not like it. I was right. The Belgian flavor profile just doesn't work for me. Lesson learned. (1,058 characters)

Photo of hophead723
4.61/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This is my second Ommegang beer that I have tried so I am excited to give it a go. It was poured into a claret glass from a twelve ounce bottle from a four pack that cost me $11.99.

Look: Deep burgundy in color, topped by a dense tan head. The light shines through revealing a multitude of dark red hues that shimmer sublimely.

Smell: The smell is dominated by dark fruits, brown sugar, plums, and candied banana with sweet complexity. It has a nose similar to the expressive character of a Cabernet Sauvignon.

Taste: The taste is divine with waves of dark fruits, candied banana, rum, and caramelized sugars. There is a depth of flavor that is luxurious and sensual. Absolutely titillating.

Feel: Excellent carbonation that is often likened to champagne. Smooth and satiny as well but with enough scrub to make the mouth beg for another sip.

Overall: This is an exquisite beer. Ommegang knows exactly what they are doing when it comes to this sort of beer and they have yet to disappoint. This is an absolute knockout beer that I have as of yet been able to consume more than one of at a time. Definitely seek this one out and you will not be disappointed. (1,166 characters)

Photo of PatrickCT
4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle into a tulip.

a: Nice beige head on a this dark rich Burgundy beer.

s: Malt and honey, currants and anise.

t: Malty, with spiced fruit...sour cherry

mf: medium bodied, nice carbonation, dry finish.

o: My favorite Ommegang. (240 characters)

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