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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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Ommegang (Abbey Ale)Ommegang (Abbey Ale)

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Reviews: 1,702
Hads: 4,308
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 18.6%
Wants: 278
Gots: 697 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-18-1998

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Photo of thinkbreakfast
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App: Very dark, almost completely black. Head is thick and almost tan.

Smell: Alcohol and ripe bananas stand out. Slight malt backing.

Taste: Strong taste of overripe fruit. Lots of banana. Alcohol. Bitterness in the back. Aftertaste is both crisp and lingeringly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Not as thick as I expected. Aftertaste makes the mouth powdery.

Drinkability: It would be hard to drink more than a few, but good for the style, as I see it.

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Photo of TagoMago
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750 ml. corked bottle, poured into Trappist glass.

Appearance: Dark amber with a reddish hue when held up to light, with a very full-bodied appearance. The beer pours with a beautiful tan colored head. The retention is great as the head gradually subsides to a thick, creamy foam which rests atop of the beer. A nice tan lacing clings to the glass.

Smell: Intense malts with some sweet fruitiness - almost plum-like in character. Some clove notes. Some underlying, estery alcohol notes are present as well.

Taste: Rich and incredibly smooth. The body is extremely creamy and velvety, though the initial carbonation that hits the palate is quite vibrant and untamed. There are some intense malts upfront, coupled with some spicy, fruty, estery notes in the finish. Overall, the finish is rather dry.

Overall: This beer is nearly flawless. This is, without a doubt, the best beer of its style made in the US. This beer is actually better than many of the Belgian-made beers of the exact same style.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of noclue
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 750ml bottle corked and caged(bottle-conditioned).

Appearance: Big foaming off-white head with itsy-bitsy bubbles. Highly carbonated with rich, dark amber color. Very sticky lacing.

Smell: Sweet, Malty. Caramel! Strong nose.

Taste: Sweet yet spicy. Fruity. Tropical. Plums.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Tingles the palate. High carbonation.

Overall/Drinkability: A sipping brew that sneaks up on you. I don't have much more to say. Outstanding. Execellent. Superb. Great. I want more!

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Photo of NEhophead
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle-conditioned.

Burnt, off-white head that dissipates at a moderate pace. Very good amount of carbonation given that it's bottle conditioned. Dark burgundy hue peaking through a translucent brown color. Decent lacing slowly fading into the rest of the ale.

A great burnt caramel and cherry aroma. Malty sweet nose with some earthy tones peaking through.

A nice heavy sweetness. Like biting into a chocolate covered cherry with more of the emphasis on the cherry. Some chocolate and caramel hints. Doughy flavor in the aftertaste accompanied with a slight bitterness. A nice warming acohol abundantly present that adds a well rounded flavor.

An easy/slow sipping abbey. Very smooth due to it's sweetness. A bit heavy due to the upfront alcohol presence.

A nice treat for the palate due to the ale's complex flavors, but not a beer that I could drink all night. A nice American version of a great style to enjoy on occassion.

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Photo of zImage
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer followed the Soba after the Trapist Beer tasting and was the last of the evening.

Appearance: Dark red colors.

Smell: Sweet malty smells.

Taste: Good smooth flavor.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat heavy.

Drinkability: At $3.99 for a 75mL bottle, this can't be beat.

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Photo of 99bottles
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: A rich mahogany-red color with a active 3/4" head of yellowish off white. The head quicklf fizzles to a thin lacing on the surface. I drank it from a baloon style wine glass because I've had this before, and I prefer that to a tulip or other shaped glass.

Smell: A very full smell greets the nose from this beer. The body is of sweet malt with some tart fruit scents, cherries, apples. It develops to a sweeter esteric body as the beer has time to aerate.

Taste: The taste of this seems to have slight variations from bottle to bottle, but never anything bad; just different. I get a very vinous taste, and the similarities to wine are obvious. Again, more dark fruits like dates, plums, cherries swim through the sweetness of candi sugar. Some interesting spice notes, I taste clove. This bottle also finished with a sour phenolic twinge, maybe due to the second fermentation going a little overboard. It gave this smooth sipper a nice breath of life, and never got to the "band-aid" level of taste.

Mouthfeel: This isn't as heavy I you might imagine an 8.5% ABV Belgian Style to be. It has lively carbonation to keep it light on the tongue. Not cloying at all.

Drinkability: Excellent. I never have a problem finishing the 750 mL bottle. This is a really great beer and a great value. Quite the US interpretation of a Belgian beer.

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

cloudy chesnut red with an awesomely creamy and dense layer of tan foam that ain't going anywhere. sticky patches of lace coat the goblet. sweet caramel and fruitcake aroma with a hint of medicinal phenol character. lively carbonation, slightly fizzy, yet still very smooth and rich. bursting with dark fruit, cherry-like flavors. slick and sweet with ample caramel character that is more pleasant than it sounds. goes sort of medicinal in the middle with a phenolic character that is there for balnce, yet seems just slightly off-kilter. finishes with a peppery noble hop bite that quite satisfying. alcohol stays mostly hidden, and this is easy drinkin' for such a big, bold, and flavorful ale. one of the best american-brewed belgian style ales that i've ever had, made even more attractive at its price relative to other beers of this style and character. nice job.

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Photo of sublimesipping
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served from a bomber into a goblet glass. this beer was way more than I was expecting it to be. Beautiful, dark, ruby red rust color, excellent glass lacing and clarity makes for a very attractive and inviting presentation. Aroma of port, dried cherries, and dulce de leche. Tastes as a little bit of heaven. again notes of cherry, caramal apple; a port effect gives it a subtle, mellow hint of alchohol. A lingering, warming sweetness that carrys itself well from the bottle to the glass to the tongue and down. It seems to envelope the body, preparing and paving the way for the next wonderful sip. This is truly an exceptional beer that I greatly enjoyed this night with an amazing cheese and fruit plate. Try it and savor it. I don't think that you will be dissappointed.

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Photo of rlcoffey
3.01/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

750 ml bottle. Poured a red-red-brown, dark red bordering on brown with a big head like expected from a belgian style. Very nice appearance. The smell threw up the first warning flag on this beer. It smelled like a Belgian, only more so. Overpowering smell. The taste backed this up. The fruity/sweet tastes are there, only subtle and in the background. The spicy and expecially peppery tastes overpower taste buds. A very complex taste, different mouthfuls varied from smooth to extremely harsh. I think a little too much of a good thing. I had no interest in having another of this beer. I wonder if cellaring a bottle away for a year or so wouldnt smooth out this beer and take it up a notch. I think my overall impression is raw, harsh, and overdone.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.67/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown iced coffee and hazy with a nice brown head and good carbonation but no lace worth mentioning. Raisiny and fruity aroma and taste; alcohol is evident but well masked. This is a Dubbel on steroids ! Medium-full bodied, rich, and smooth.

An excellent American value !!

Label states: "Belgian Style Abbey Ale"

(25.4 oz. / 750 ml corked champagne style brown bottle with a wire cage)

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Photo of twilight
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 in chalice.

Pours a brownish red, but primarily red with a frothing head. Unfortunately, it doesn't stay, but the ring around the glass keeps me company for a while. The smell is... well, I kind of want to say plums or raisins, but I can't really remember what they smell like. The smell is caramelly with hints of spiced fruit. It kind of reminds me of the winter holiday season even though I don't celebrate. It's grassy and sweet, almost like holding hands with your girlfriend while lying on a cool autumn lawn during twilight. The taste of spiced fruit, but with a strong spice backbone and that sweetness that gives it a slightly spicy body, without being too cloyingly sweet or full. The alcohol is definitely present, though. I like this one. Carbonation is light and defers to the taste. I should get this in smaller bottles or find someone else to split it with. Though definitely not my favorite, a good strong beer. The price, as well, is quite nice.

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Photo of Stingray5
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml pours dark chestnut with a large fluffy off white head. Peppery aroma with dark fruit. Thinner side of medium mouthful. Initial taste is very strong in alcohol, but as it warms this settles to pepper and spice with prune, grape. Long lasting spice in the finish has quite a kick.

Overall a bit unbalanced due to the strong pepper and spices, and slightly thin mouthful, but not bad. Begs to be aged.

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Photo of xgrigorix
3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Brown bottle, 750 ml size. Corked & caged, no dates.

Bugandy is certainly the word to describe this beer. A glowing reddish brown, with lively carbonation racing to freedom. Capped by a voluminous tan head.

Lots of crazy fruit in the nose - plums, apples, & raisins. Surrounded by spicy notes of licorice & pepper, along with whiffs of alcohol rushing in on the last wave.

After all of the promise & intrigue of the nose, the actual taste turns out to be a bit of a let down. Everything promised in the nose is there, but the whole thing seems muted & dull. Nothing really pops. I am at least digging the way the licorice flavour lingers on after the finish.

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Photo of konabrewer
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mohagony color with sparkling effervescence into my goblet.
Nose is spectacular with sweet malt and yeast character. Nice fruity esters come all the way through.

Visibly superb!
The mouthfeel is full with carbonation. Must be 3 volumes or higher

The taste is about perfect as one could get.

As far as style, this beer is made exceptionally.
Brewery Ommegang is one of my favs for sure.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ommegang pours a dark mahogney color with a light tan head. The aroma is malty sweet with notes of raisins, caramel and yeast. Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth with a light tingle on the tip of the tongue.

There's lots of flavor packed into this beer. It begins somewhat fruity (cherry?) with a hint of apple. Some spices (allspice, nutmeg) and molases flavors seem to fill the middle and it finishes with a mild oak taste. All the while there's a nice caramel malt holding all the flavors together. A mild cherry flavor lingers on the palate after each sip.

This is a very tasty Belgian style dark ale that cost less than many similar imports. It can also be found in 4 packs of 12oz. bottles for those times you may only want one glass of beer.

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Photo of BeefyMee
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of chaduvel
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of Quaffer
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of Skidz
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of nomad
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.57/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Photo of LuckySevens82
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Biffster
3.81/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of Popsinc
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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