Ommegang (Abbey Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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Reviews: 1,687
Hads: 4,227
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 253
Gots: 604 | FT: 6
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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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Photo of BeefyMee
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Flawless in appearance. This one is indeed burgundian with a soft head and slightly transparent body. It smells and tastes very fruity, but the taste shows a little more alcohol. The taste combines some apple-ish and red grape flavors that linger pleasantly in the aftertaste. If the alcohol was hidden a bit more, this would be one hell of a beer. As it stands, it is very good and one that I'm sure I'll return to. (416 characters)

Photo of chaduvel
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, 'burgundian' in color with a voluminous off-white head. Smells of dark fruits rich malts some hint of yeast and cocoa. Taste is rich and full and of chocolate covered dates, raisins or plums. Lots of different peppery spices fill the palate and there is a dry wine-like finish. Medium carbonation full-mouthfeel and malt texture and oh so smooth and drinkable. An all around fantastic brew. (396 characters)

Photo of Quaffer
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

25.4 oz. Bottle. Corked and Caged.

Appearance: Somewhat murky, brownish-red. Darker than I was expecting. Almost a deep, deep mahagony. Had a nice glow to it with the light behind it. Two-finger head with a relatively rough pour. It was coarse and thinned quickly, leaving a thin layer with a few thicker patches caused by a heavy bead. No lacing.

Smell: Odd, complex, and wonderful. Rich and candy sweet after the pour. Just like sweet tarts (but without the tart) and marshmallow circus peanuts. Developed into a much more fruity aroma. Apples, cherries, and dark fruits. A deep, sweet maltiness provided a solid base. Very full, rich aroma overall.

Mouthfeel: Thin- to medium-bodied with a very lively carbonation feel. Fuuzy to the point of excess.

Taste: Drier than I expected. Tart dark fruits upfront followed by fairly strong, but not overpowering, alcohol. Finish was husky, dry malt and very nutty. There was also a bitterness present that cut the tartness.

An okay beer, but not the end-all for Belgian darks. The strong nuttiness on the finish was a nice surpise, but the alcohol could have been hidden a little better. (1,146 characters)

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

Pours out orange-brown, sits straight brown with a big fluffy tan head.

Smells spicy with some light estery qualities...grapes, apples and pears mainly. Nice aroma.

Tastes again spicy, with good malts and a nice blend of fruits and grassiness that evens everything out.

Nice and creamy in the mouth; smooth, nice carbonation...just floats around your tounge. Semi-medium body. So easy to drink, good to go with a hearty meal. (434 characters)

Photo of nomad
3.55/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown-ish burgundy beer with a head that looks like a yeast cake to start off yet falls to wisps. Lace is inconsistent but nice.

Smells of cooked maple syrup over a body of grapes and cherries. Soft spice as it opens - mild cloves, anise, and pepper. Dark roasty flavors over a plum depth with spices tickling around it. Has a oak-to-cedar notes that help to dry out the finish alongside the deftly hidden Continental hops. As it opens a decent yeast character appears as grains of paradise and star anise ripple through the palette. I wish they would chill out on the spices and hops and get more out of their malt and yeast.

A classic dubbel, I can't believe I've never taken notes on it. A thankfully ubiquitous brewery. My only problem is the widely varying beer this can become depending on its storage; each bottle has been too ranging from the previous. (866 characters)

Photo of kmo1030
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

dark somewhat cloudy slightly ruby, brown with a big tan head. floral smells, almost like lavender, along with brown sugar, and apple and pear. banana also as it warms. fruity and complex taste: the brown sugar and pears, plus clove and hints of chocolate and cherries come through. slight breadiness on occasion as well as some pepper. a little fig/prune taste as well, but it's subtle. finishes with some hops and bitter fruit flavors. thicker side of medium mouthfeel, with more carbonation than expected. i'd like fo rthis to be a bit drier. a really good belgian style ale, i'll be trying some more from this brewery. (622 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.57/5  rDev -13.6%
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. (1,291 characters)

Photo of LuckySevens82
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.
Pours a dark brown with burgendy tones when held up to light, very appealing. Pours with a small, thick, rocky tan head. Very nice lacing.
Very fruity smelling - cherries and figs. Some clove, and dark malts.
Tastes of clove, cinnamon, fruit. Very tart. Some peppery alcohol in the finish.
This is a great american belgian. It is exceptionally affordable and very well worth every penny. I will definitely come back to this one again. (452 characters)

Photo of Biffster
3.81/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Starting with the corked and caged bottle, this beer has all of the appearances of a great Belgian. The beer starts with a big phenolic aroma, inky, with dark sugary fruit notes, then the caramel/toffee notes sneak through. This is probably helped along by a noticable but not objectionable hint of diacetyl. The finishing impression of the aroma is a pleasing mix of phenols and esters - fruity and spicy.

This beer is a deep copper brown with burgundy/ruby highlights and an almost annoyingly persistent fluffy and tawny head.

The first taste is sweetish with caramel notes that fade quickly to a relatively intense fruity tartness. Some dark chocolate and licorice notes become evident at the swallow. the finish is malty but not sweet, warming and spicy but not hot. On subsequent swallows, this bottle shows evidence of oxidation, but the leathery sherry/madeira notes that result are not at all objectionable and only add to the complexity.

This beer has a medium body with high carbonation. It is slightly astringent and the alcoholic warming is evident but not harsh.

This is a fine effort and immenently drinkable. If not entirely true to style, it is so tasty that the minor transgressions on tradition are easily forgotton. (1,246 characters)

Photo of Popsinc
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown pour with a rich tan head. Nice liveliness and lacing. The nose mildly sweet with hints of prune and fig and there is an evident pinch of spice in the mix as well. The taste starts lightly earthy and build up towards a semi sweetness that includes dull black licorice, molasses and prune/raisin. On the finish there also seems to be a tart woodiness that creeps in ever so slightly. A good mouthfeel that is lively and medium bodied. A subtle version of a strong dark Belgian that does a good job in remaining well balanced without being over the top. (562 characters)

Photo of soper2000
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice tan tan head resting over an dark amber body. Aroma is strong with hints of alcohol, fruit and other sweet notes. Taste is definately full flavored, there is a lot going on here. I sense pepper, some raisins, and a good dose of alcohol. Mouthfeel was a bit thinner than it's cousin Hennepin but still smooth and well carbonated. Drinkability suffers a bit as this is one fatiguing brew. (393 characters)

Photo of Dubblebock
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewery Ommegang, located in Cooperstown, New York, makes a living out of producing beautiful Belgian styled ales. The word "Ommegang" is Flemish in origin, and means "to walk about", a reference to a folk festival which is still held to this day. This particular ale is a Belgian strong dark ale, and it simply carries the name of the brewery as it's nondescript title. Nice label, documenting some of the traits of the beer and highlighting a little bit of the Cooperstown scenery.

The ale itself pours with a lot of carbonation and a well-developed and tightly foamed head. Rich amber-copper coloring, lots of bubbles rising to the surface. Fruity nose.

Excellent taste, easily worthy of it's Belgian origins. The fruits and spices kick in early...coriander...pears....apricots...sweet at first, but not overly so....slight chocolate hints as the ale crosses the palate....gets a little dryer as it warms...hints of raisins....very warming at 8.5% ABV. A little bit bitter in the finish. Beautifully complex all the way around.

Good mouthfeel, very drinkable, easy to quaff. Brewery Ommegang really did a fine job with this ale. This easily matches it's peers from across the ocean. They're not merely aping the style, they're building their own complexities into this beer. A great effort. (1,302 characters)

Photo of Zorro
4.68/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy deep brown brew with a tan head.

Smell is very fruity and spicy like a real Belgian. Apples and perfume dominate the sweet smell.

Taste is full of spice and fruit. Cinnamon, Nutmeg, molasses, all spice and Apple flavors dominate the tongue. Like a real Belgian the flavor shifts as you sip it. The Alcohol level is nice and warming, every sip ends dry. Citrus and woody flavors sneak in later.

Mouthfeel is quiet good.

This stuff is among the most drinkable stuff on earth. (500 characters)

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml caged and corked ($4.70)

Wow!! That is the first thing that comes to mind when you pop one of these open and see what lies ahead. Wonderful dark brown with orange hues when held upto the light. The aroma is full with sweet malt and yeast. The head comes up strong and slowly disolves into a scattered heavy film with fairly heavy lacing. The taste is very dry at first and a taste of raison hits the tongue. Chocolate follows with a nice finish. There is definately a rough texture in the finish though. Overall, this beats many from Belgium and is a wonderful, wonderful beer! (586 characters)

Photo of Shiredave
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.
Explosive pour- massive , foamy head that slumps leaving sheets of tan lace behind. Deep burgandy brown with streaming carbonation.
Aroma is toffee and ripe fruit with hints of coffee and anise.
Flavor is roasty sweet- stewed plums and candy sugar along with notes of chocolate and spiced wine.
Fuzzy, medium bodied mouth feel, sweet and warming finish of sugar coated fruit and a touch of alcohol warmth.
Rich and full of malty/ fruit flavors that works with hearty dishes or dessert or all by itself. (527 characters)

Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.24/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL. bottle caged and corked.

Pours a brown body that turns the deepest shade of ruby when held to the light with a light leather colored head and some splotches of lace. The nose first picks up huge notes of alcohol that drift away slowly into banannas and dark malts. The alcohol maskes a lot of the scents. Taste was of dark fruitiness, creamy mellow smoothness, slight chocolate flavors and tons of warming alcohol. The mouthfeel is spritzy and highly carbonated until the yeast is added then it gets mellower. In fact the whole taste gets much more palateable after the yeast. This beer has a lot of promise, but falls well short. The alcohol dominates the nose and the flavor, which is a shame because this could be a great beer. This could do with some serious aging and in my opinion is the weakest offering of Ommegang's (835 characters)

Photo of brewQ
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The corked 750ml bottle made a great presentation. The beer itself, with a thick tan head and impressive hefty aroma delivered on the promise.

The smell was wine like with warm alcohol notes and the flavor was full bodied.

Even though it hit me with full body it was very drinkable on a February evening.

I've been meaning to visit these folks (and maybe the baseball hall) next time I travel that direction- this beverage just cements the idea.

Cheers to the Belgians! (481 characters)

Photo of claytri
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a dark carmel with tints of red. It developed a finger of tan head that settled to a nice film. The smell was very complex with multiple fruits, including raisan, apple, and grape, with some spicieness. A very winey taste with a lot of complexity. There is a good maltieness up front and a distinct alcohol taste, this is rounded out with a viariety of fruit and spice flavors. There are traces of vanilla and a twist of hop in the finish. The feel is smooth and oily. A nice fresh alternative to the imported Belgians, but unlikely to supplant them. (559 characters)

Photo of krberg
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one beer that makes me proud to be from upstate NY. I have always found it difficult to fathom the complexities in Ommegang.
It does not look any different than a thousand other beers I've had, but its smell places it definitively into the "Belgian" category. For the uninitiated, it does smell, and even taste, mediciney, but like any Belgian fan I look for the subtleties. Ginger, citrus, bready yeast flavors. I love the smell of the alcohol as it exits my nose after taking a drink. I have always found that satisfying with high alcohol brews.
Ommegang is nicely carbonated and rich and stays on the palette. Its tenacity, I think lends Ommegang to food parings. Perhaps moussaka, salat tangier, or a carrot cake.
My biggest "problem" with Ommegang is that I find it to be a statement of intent. It goes down so easily that a person could drink a couple 750s without thinking about it. Of course, at that point, thinking will no longer be an issue. I also feel that there is a certain bias against domestic “Belgians” but I would urge everyone to forgive Ommegang’s domesticity and compare it directly to its heritage. Not only is that fair, but I think any Belgian fan would be more than impressed with what can be produced in the States. (1,257 characters)

Photo of travolta
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle conditioned cork. i love popping the cork on these.

Apperance: Head does not last as long as id like, but it is a nice mocha color. Great foam. dark chocolate strawberry in color. like a really thick apricot.

Nose: GREAT nose. This beer has one of the best noses for a fake Belgian Ive ever had. It is easy, and goes straight up the nose. I get some carmel, peach. Some simple fruits and a nose of alge or fungus (in a good way).

Taste: At first I get fruit soaked in alcohol. The alcohol taste is very present in this brew. If you think about it too much, you can ruin the taste. there are some astringent fruits. Lime and lemon.

Notes: The alcohol is very present in this beer. It may or may not ruin the fruits and wheaty tastes, it depends on what you like. (780 characters)

Photo of JamesBerry
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a dark reddish brown color with a medium-sized, even head. Sweet caramel aroma with some estery notes. Sugary malt taste, followed by a somewhat bitter aftertaste and just a little bit of alcohol to it. Mouthfeel is at once mellow and refreshing. (257 characters)

Photo of RocketWidget
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad stuff! Fairly complex, fruity and malty, with a good head and good blackish color. Nothing here that absolutely WOWed me, but then again, nothing at all to complain about either. I liked the Three Philosophers a bit more, but a decent showing from Ommegang. (265 characters)

Photo of 86MonteSS
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Trying this for the second time, I intentionally shot the cork. To my surprise, it ricocheted off a wall that stood about 15 feet away and landed back in my hand. I dropped it before I could gain control of the bouncy little bastard, but it made my night. It's the simple things....

At $3.99/750ml, this is easily the best Belgian bang-for-your-buck. A mahogany body with a moderately-sized pale tan head. A lot of yeast and alcohol in the nose. The taste follows up in much the same manner with faint notes of chocolate and cider. It's a very drinkable beer once you get into it, and I can see myself buying many an Ommegang 750 in the future. (647 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have this brew with lunch today. It comes in a 12 oz bottle. The chilled brew pours a slightly hazy red hue. A beige creamy head foams up very easily and releases a yeasty fruity aroma instantly.
The scents range from twangy yeast, to apples, to cherries and overall general fruity sweetness.
I move onto the first sip and am not dissappointed. There is mild carbonation and medium body. The flavor is similar to the aroma.
I pick up a cherry sweetness, again the yeasty flavor and alsomild overall fruit. The finish allows some cirtusy flavors to come through and also gives a slight alcohol burn on the way down to my tummy.
No hops anywhere that I could detect.
This is a very tasty brew and I am glad I finally tried it. It is smooth and drinkable, complex yet easy to enjoy and not overanalyze. (807 characters)

Photo of CBFanWish
3.4/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I have been hesitant to buy this. I don't know why, but I have been. It pours a very deep amber colour with a copper tint. The head was very big and hass lasted a while. The scent was the fruitiest smell I have ever had. Apples, berries and a hint of lemon make up the aroma. The taste was also equally as fruity. It has an apple taste along with kind of a bready taste. It is finished by a wonderful hoppy bitterness. Though it isn't the most carbonated beer in the world, it sure felt like it. It goes down sharply. (517 characters)

Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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