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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,856 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,856
Reviews: 1,650
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 168
Gots: 334 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-18-1998)
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Photo of Sammy
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am the Contrarian, and seemed to be the only one to try this at Mondial Montreal 2005. The bottle did not stand out against the Fantomes, or maybe everyone thought they had the lineup. Their loss. Opaque reddish and smooth, medium mouthfeel. I like the yeast profile of this brewery, and this one was smelled significantly spicy.

Sammy, Jun 05, 2005
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

t0rin0, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky dark brown with a foamy 2 inch khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, dark fruit, and some spice aromas. Taste is slightly tart with toasted malt, caramel, toffee, and spice flavors with the dark fruits coming through more on the finish. There is a pretty high amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but I was not expecting the sour flavor and the high spice bitterness on the finish. However, this is still a solid beer.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -3.8%

djrn2, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -3.8%

zestar, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

spycow, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderately dark brown with some reddish hues. Off white head and some good lacing. Nose brings forward raisins, molasses, caramel, brown sugar, and dark fruits. The taste doesn't quite meld everything together, with some sugars and dark fruits coming through in the end. Moderate, creamy mouthfeel with lowish carbonation. Drinks pretty well, but not my favorite from them.

Thorpe429, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

acurtis, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

nmann08, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear brownish amber in color and poured with a thin yet dense off white head that faded away, leaving only a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are sweet aromas of candi sugars in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is very sweet with flavors of candi sugars.
M: It feels medium-bodied and relatively smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The sweetness is slightly cloying.
O: The beer isn’t that difficult to drink because the alcohol is well masked from the taste (provided you can get through the sweetness).

metter98, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Texasfan549, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A very attractive Belgian, with a mahogany color (garnet highlights) and a frothy tan head that splashes a lot of lacing around the chalice

Smell: Raisin spice cake, brown sugar, and rum-soaked dried dark fruit

Taste: Dark fruit, up front, with developing fig and golden raisin elements, followed by an increasingly sweet candi sugar aspect that adds a spice cake flavor by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavor is more sweet than complex, with a hint of coconut on the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; a hint of warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: I think I was spoiled by the cave aged version, or perhaps this one should have spent more time in my cellar (I purchased and drank it on the same day), but it seems to lack a depth of complexity; still, quite a nice dubbel

brentk56, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Murky, dark coppery brown with dark cherry highlights. The beige head is small and is gone about one minute after the pour. I doubt that I'll be seeing any lace. The aroma is bewitching: strong, dark and spicy. I can appreciate dark brown sugar, butterscotch, dark dried fruits and alcohol.

I can see why some people like the flavor, though it doesn't do much for me. I must say though, this is one 'Belgian' that I could probably grow to like if I drank it often enough. The flavor profile follows the nose pretty directly with sweet brown sugar, molasses, clove and raisin notes. It's also vinous in that it tastes a little like a poor quality Cabernet.

There's plenty of caramel malt on board without any real bittering or hop flavor to speak of. In other words, in line for the style. It also has that vigorously carbonated mouthfeel that many Belgian beers have; and which I don't especially care for. The body is on the thin side, not full or creamy in the least. Alcohol is noticeable on the palate and the beer seems to drink higher than the stated 8.5% ABV.

Ommegang (Abbey Ale) is a pretty fair representation of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale and is a quality brew if that's your thing. It isn't mine, at least not at this point in time, but I respect this beer all the same.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 29, 2004
Photo of BEERchitect
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This flagship Belgian Dubbel for Brewery Ommegang nails the style like very few can. Quite refreshing to see this kind of quality in Belgium brewing in the U.S. because it's disheartening what American brewers try to pass off as 'authentic' Belgian Ales.

The pour delivers a rich and creamy looking ale with a deep bronze coloring, maybe resembling rust with the second and more noticably hazy pour from the 750mil bottle. Capped with a dense ivory froath, the head proves withstanding throughout the session while multiple rings of lace adorn the glass, reminding me of how many drinks it took me to get there.

Again, 'rich' becomming the operative word, this time when describing aromas. Light toffee, chestnuts, a berry mix, light vinous wine notes, woody tanins, black pepper, bread crust, and toasted black currants all play in the spicy, fruity, and succulent scent. Though the depth and roundness doesn't rival Westmalle Dubbel, there's absolutely no flaw in this pristinely aromatic ale.

All those nutty, richer toffee, molasses, berry and peppery notes are well portrayed in taste as well; but along with complementary flavors of apples, plumbs, grapes, dates, figs, and a yeasty, earthy brine. Very well melded and integrated flavors result in a balance that favors the malt sweetness and fruity esters, but relying on peppery spice and understated hop bitterness to offset sweetness and develop the drinkability that these richer ales require. A touch of cinnamon and brown sugar rise as the beer warms, as well as that Merlot-like Belgian twang.

Delightfully creamy and succulently rich, this boldly textured ale retains it's tooth from its initial sip, past mid palate, and deeply into a warming and toasty-dry finish. Peppery spice, alcohol warmth, and dying carbonation allows for a pleasantly balance for a beer that carries such malty sweetness.

Although the yeast character from this beer could contribute a greater depth of character with the estery/spicy balance and with the rate of dryness, this beer seems slightly less characterful than, say- Chimay Premiere or Westmalle Dubbel. But this classy Dubbel Ales isn't only an American gem, it's in the class with regal Belgian Dubbels like those of Grimbergen.

BEERchitect, Aug 06, 2005
Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

kjkinsey, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a burgundy lightly hazy color ale with a huge light brown head with perfect retention. Aroma is malty with traces of spices (pepper with a touch of cinnamon?). Taste is very enjoyable with a mix between some nice floral malt and some sweet dry fruit (raisin). Body is full and alcohol is well hidden. Very enjoyable and probably the best I had from Ommegang.

Phyl21ca, May 16, 2005
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark cooper with red tints and a thick, firm and lasting head.

Nose is all assertive cooked pears and stone fruit; very Belgian nose and very pleasant.

Mouthfeel is medium creamy and big and well balanced, although from the small bottle that's this sample it is somewhat highly carbonated, lessened with a few good swirls.

Flavors are assertive, bold and big creamed sweet coffee, carmel and toffee and stone fruit with a nice coffee/citrus skin bitter finish.

Well made and drinkable although a bit of the higher alcohol comes through in nose and flavor profile.

GRG1313, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, had this with dinner the other night, and I had actually not had it before. Poured a rich deep brown, with a big tan head and very nice retention and lace. Smell was full of dark fruits, prune, raisin, and figs, with lots of spices, nutmeg, and a hint of apple. Taste was very lively, full bodied, smooth, and very crisp. Alcohol is there, but hardly noticeable as there is soo much complex flavor overunning it. Overall this was fantastic, a great belgian ale and something I was very happy to try. I would defiantly wanna have this one again,

mikesgroove, May 16, 2007
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

ygtbsm94, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

jaydoc, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Seems to be burgundy in color, although maybe a bit more "brownish". A lot of foam initially, but it subsides quickly.

S: Smells sweet, a nice aroma of fruits with lots of figs and some dark cherries, a noticeable alcohol scent as well.

T: The fruit (especially the figs) come through, with notes of plums and cherries as well. A caramel type sweetness is present as well.

M: A nice amount of carbonation on the tongue, and good body.

D: A delicious Dubbel, and another fine beer from Ommegang.

womencantsail, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of kylehay2004
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: single finger head on a murky crimson and copper body.

S: aroma is light with musty Belgian yeast, mild dark fruit mostly fig and raisin. Nice toffee presence.

T: the malts take a back seat to Belgian yeast, fig and raisin dark fruit and clove. Toffee, caramel and Brown sugar notes.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: this is one of my favorite dubbels. The malt profile is the right amount and it captures the Belgian yeast and spice character you think of for this genre.

kylehay2004, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a slightly muddy brown color with a tan colored head. The head sticks around but does really give us a whole lot of lacing. The aroma of the beer was yeasty and had some dark fruits in the mix. The taste of the beer seemed pretty close to a real Belgian Dubbel. This was one of my first Ommegangs I had ever tried and was surprised that they were based out of NY. The flavors are earthy and rich, some yeasty fruits in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium and not overly carbonated.

Knapp85, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev -3.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of oberon
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Real nice burgundy in color with a great head,with nice Belgian lace left there.Somewhat medicinal in aroma with a little bit of fruit showing up there.Taste was sweet the some chesnut in there as well incredible smooth,the alcohol showed up fast as well.Became stronger as it warmed,about as authentic as you can get,the know what they are doing up there in Cooperstown.

oberon, Feb 10, 2003
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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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