Ommegang (Abbey Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,687 Reviews
THE BROS
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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

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

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Photo of spacecake9
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoying this in my Ommegang goblet...
A - Pours a dark reddish brown with 1/2" head of tight bubbles that settles quickly to a tan cap.
S - Aroma is not as strong as you might expect or hope for. A little bit of dark fruit perhaps.
T - Maybe some wine, definitely dark cherry notes. A little bit of spice too.
M - Medium mouth feel and very carbonated.
O - This might be my favorite of the Ommegang offerings. Very enjoyable and reasonably priced. Do yourself a favor and let this one warm up - don't drink it straight out of the fridge. (540 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The nose is filled with dark fruits like prune, date and raisin. I also get a cola nut and malt backdrop.

The flavor is rich with prune and date, some crabapple, light fig and a touch of molasses. The finish is just a touch spicy with ginger and nutmeg. (254 characters)

Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.69/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a ridiculously dark mahogany ruby. Forms a finger of quickly dissipating lightly tan head.
S - Not much going on here, mostly just malts, maybe light touches of wine if you search for it hard.
T - Medium wine notes, nice savory grape, lightly sour, lots of malts. Really well balanced between the sweet, savory and bitter. Makes this sessionable.
O - I'm normally not a fan of the Dubbel style, but this one I enjoyed, so it must be good! I'd recommend this to both Dubbel and Belgian fans in general.
V - Medium value, got in large, corked bottle. (562 characters)

Photo of Fcolle2
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber in color with a dark crimson hue and a foamy off white head that retains nicely. Aroma has notes of figs, dates, and some slight spice. Mild alcohol and an almost savory aroma near the end. Taste is more phenolic spice forward than the nose. Notes of fig plum and cherry follow before a big dry yeast and husky malt flavor finishes. Mouthfeel is medium bodied highly carbonated and very dry. (403 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.54/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Dark burgundy color with some chestnut hues. Creamy beige head retains very well even in the wide glass. Thin rings of lacing.

S: Fruity and spicy aromas. Plum, prune, cherry, and some lighter notes of pear. Vague herbs. Yeasty. Black pepper phenols. Rich malt scents of fruitcake and molasses. A very deep and complex nose.

T: Candied fruits. Plum, cherry, dates. Yeasty overtones. Slightly musty. Dry herbal backing rides up with some bitterness. Brush of alcohol. Light peppery phenols. Rich malty flavors of fruitcake and molasses shift into carob and cocoa powder as the beer dries toward the finish. Cocoa, stone fruits, and dry herbal bitterness on the finish.

M: Round and creamy in the mouth with a sense of weight that presses in gently. Very fine and aggressive carbonation scrubs briskly.

O: Pit this against any Trappist or Belgian brewed dubbel in a blind tasting and it will hold its own just fine, if not take the crown. This is truly one of the world's best dubbels as I see it. Great pairing with rich triple creme cheeses, hearty dishes like beef burgundy, or even sticky desserts like fruitcake or bread pudding. This is a landmark beer for American-brewed Belgian ales, and it set the bar pretty high for everyone else. (1,285 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a St. Bernardus glass.

Look: Rusted cherry body with a tan colored head. The head recedes to a light film with only spots of lacing.

Aroma: Fresh baked bread with candied fruits, cinnamon spiciness, and tangy fruitiness.

Taste: Sweet and malty, a nice fruit cake comes to mind -- but not the punchline kind of fruitcake we all know of. Nice pepper and cinnamon bring some spice and great flavor. Tangy cherries in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slightly dry.

Overall: Really delicious, I would love to drink this during Christmas Eve as it has a lot of great holiday feel to it. (602 characters)

Photo of Mikefriedman90
4.94/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Outstanding beer, exactly what I've been looking for. Dark brown pour, strong at over 8% but masked by rich, malted fruit flavors. Very easy to drink, very enjoyable- definitely going back for more (197 characters)

Photo of pwalkley
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite beers of all time. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip. L: deep hazy amber with a huge off-white head to tan. I have to pour very slowly to prevent it from overflowing my snifter glass. S: nice fruity smell, some yeast, lightly toasted bread, figs. T: very rich, complex flavor. Fruit and yeast flavors, caramel. very little bitterness. F: full body, lots of carbonation. Alcohol not too strong. O: an amazing beer. And a less expensive way to enjoy a perfect example of a Belgian dubbel. (519 characters)

Photo of Millertime102
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Extremely delicious, tried it with Pizza maybe thats what threw me off a little. However a dark, well rounded beer, smells great and tastes good. Just a little heavy for me and a bit of a dull after taste. At 8.5%, the price is reasonable and being from the U.S. Its a must try! (278 characters)

Photo of bmeehan
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Abbey Ale is fantastic in the safest way possible. It looks beautiful when it's poured, it's not offensive to any senses, and it tastes rich while maintaining a smooth finish. I love drinking this because it doesn't really have a weakness. It's just good. (255 characters)

Photo of gotweid
4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Big, frothy, foamy head. Wildly carbonated. Dark amber in color. Aroma of super sweet malts. Yeah, that's what it smells & tastes like. Add some caramel(?) & dried fruits, make it super smooth, warming, full bodied. Noticed a little spice but that seems to take a back seat after a few sips. Finishes dry, like it's supposed to. Alcohol strength doesn't show until later, and then it grabs you, so you grab another. Dang, this is good! Another great one by Ommegang. (466 characters)

Photo of Premo88
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into chalice
(reviewed 8/15/13, best by 4/2016)

L: loads of foam, about 1/2-inch head of tan, almost darker tan/brown; murky caramel brown brew; not a ton of lacing

S: fruit, sweet fruit; some yeast ... bread; light candied figs; wine notes ... definite grapes; tooti fruity gum; banana 2/3 of the way in

T: sweet fruit with some yeast to balance; wine/sour grapes, sweet-sour grapes; banana as it warms near the end

F: full medium body, loads of carbonation

O: a great American version of the Belgian classic; loads of fruit with just enough of that real trappist monk yeast punch (612 characters)

Photo of infinitebruner
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

December 13, 2014

12 oz bottle, tulip

A – Deep, luxurious, dark mahogany, mostly brown with ruby highlights. Fairly clear. Foamy, slightly craggy head is a light khaki color with long retention.

S – Toffee and brown sugar, with some apple and pear notes, dark cherry pits, and rich cola cake. Raisins and caramel also present. No hop aroma.

T – Juicy, slightly bitter cherries, bitterness perhaps from hops though no hop flavor is apparent. Light caramel and dark toffee. The cola is prominent here as well, with a licorice-like tinge.

M – Thickly carbonated and fairly full-bodied. Moderately dry finish with enough bitterness to counter the sweetness from the malts.

O – Ommegang is one of the best American producers of Belgian styles and this is no exception. Straightforward, not flashy, but incredibly flavorful, complex at the same time. A phenomenal beer, a dubbel that would make the monks proud. (932 characters)

Photo of BrewUSA
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look 9/10
Smell 17/20
Taste 37/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 89/100

Real nice Belgian abbey... Decant balance of sour, dark fruit, cherry, caramel and some spice... I don't love the style, so my review should be taken with a grain of salt. Never the less it is very well balanced and pretty easy to drink at 8.2 has enough malt to balance out the sourness. Great Dubbel~ (467 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%

Pours a bright copper color with a white head. The smell is sweet from the alcohol and the wheat. The taste was excellent with rich malt and bitter hop notes throughout. The finish was also exceptionally clean. I really enjoyed the balance of the sweet malt flavors such as banana and the bitter hops and spice make this a refreshing beer any time of year and one of my personal mainstays. (389 characters)

Photo of NSXAG
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Ommegang Brewery - Abbey Ale [Dubbel ale brewed with licorice root, star anise, sweet orange peel, coriander and cumin] (750ml ---> Dogfish Head Curved Pint Glass : 8.2% ABV : 20 IBU)

This is the first Dubbel I've reviewed and quite possibly the first one I'll have ever tried in my life... Certainly the first of it's style since I've become more interested in craft beers, and coincidently it's also the first beer that Ommegang officially brewed... I was going to get a foreign Dubbel, but I'm much more a fan of American sbeers (at the present time) so I chose the domestic route, and having seen PLENTY of good remarks about Ommegang's Farmhouse Ale, I figured that'd be a decent choice for a Dubbel... Also, since their specialty is Belgian style brews, it seemed fitting that they be my brewery of choice in trying this Abbey Ale... It poured what seemed to be a medium bodied beer that had an extremely vigorous 3 inch rusty colored head with some pretty decent sized bubbles within it... The head dissipated rather quickly though, leaving behind a touch of lacing and not very much of a cap, but the hazy red hue is a beautiful tone with quite a bit of opaqueness to it... The aroma present on the nose immediately is the almost raisiny malty sweetness, with a bit of molasses and spice, as well as a touch of bread/wheat in there also... A very strong nose on this brew, not aromatically challenged in the slightest... The first taste is full of the dark berry sweetness of malts, while the spiciness of the beer gently tiptoes on your palate as well... After a few sips and letting the beer set a moment as I wrote this, the licorice became more pronounced with the passing of time... The finish is pretty crisp and somewhat drier than the rest of the beer's elements, this is also where you'll taste some faint bread elements, but the berry flavors are still the most prominent... The mouthfeel has a medium fullness to it, with the effervescence giving it a creamy mouthfeel... Overall, pending this is a good representation of this style, the beer was crafted well,with a decent amount of complexity to it... I would have preferred a bit more spice in place of the fruitiness that's contained within this beer, but regardless what I would have done it's far from a one note song... That being said, I wasn't overly impressed with this beer, but that could simply be that this is mores not my favorite STYLE of beer, as the flavors all worked well with each other and were in good balance... Another good brew - Cheers!! (2,539 characters)

Photo of teromous
2.72/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: It's a hazy brown colored body with a thick fluffy creamy khaki head that stands for a long time. It's a very beautiful looking beer in the glass. The head really accents the beer nicely. It doesn't produce much lacing.

Aroma: Alcohol...It's right up front on the nose. The beer is only 8.2% ABV and it doesn't do a very good job of hiding it. There is a light "bakery" scent to it...kind of like cookies...but not sweet or artificial. It's not that strong of a scent. Not much going on in the nose really.

Taste: Alcohol flavor, with some light caramel that coats the tongue and slowly increases the caramel flavor in the mouth as drinking this beer continues. There is a light hint of banana chips in the background, but very light on overall Belgian yeast character.

Mouthfeel: It has a good presence in the mouth. The beer is smooth and the alcohol gives it a faint warming sensation. Good carbonation. Very easy to drink.

Overall: It's a decent enough Dubbel if you have that Belgian Abbey Ale craving, but it doesn't quite meet the mark when it comes to some of the more diverse flavors that are available on the market. I wouldn't say "don't drink it" because is is a lovely beer. It just feels like a beer that was hurried or something. (1,260 characters)

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

Poured from the bottle into a goblet. Immediately upon cracking the seal, the familiar scent of candied sugar and belgian yeast started to permeate the kitchen. Smell intensifies in the glass and dark fruit begins to come through, where this dark, honey brown beer pours a 1-finger, tan head. The head becomes a brilliant patchwork of bubbles of different sizes, with large pockets of bubbles forming where carbonation streams upwards. Head stays intact all the way down the glas and leaves behind a small bond of lacing on the bottom. Candied caramel and sugar upfront. The body is a delicious blend of candied plums, caramel and musty belgian yeast. A bit of light earthy hops as the beer passes over the back of the tongue, but still candied brown sugar is the dominant flavor. Rum, plum, and dark brown sugar finish. The body is medium bodied yet fairly soft and creamy. It suites the beer very well.

I feel like this beer must be the benchmark for all american beer companies seeking to brew a traditional belgian dubbel. Everything about this beer is practically spot on from the beautiful honey brown color and robust head to the complex flavor and delicate mouthfeel. I would definitely buy this again. (1,213 characters)

Photo of MaximalC
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque bronze with burnt orange highlights and a a good finger's worth of fine khaki foam--just beautiful to behold. Rich aroma smells of molasses, prunes, cherries, clove, coriander, brown sugar, toasted bread, and a hint of alcohol.

The bold and complex flavor profile features molasses, toasted bread, cherry, and plenty of tangy, vigorous yeast. The spices and robust carbonation do more than enough to balance the malty backbone. The yeast presence pushes the envelope a bit, but manages to remain just under control. The mouthfeel is lush, vibrant, and a solid complement to the taste.

Overall, this is a bold and flavorful brew that isn't as decidedly sweet as most of its peers. Its balance and gorgeous presentation make it one of my preferred dubbels, even though it isn't an archetypal representation of the style. (836 characters)

Photo of Roxie_B
5/5  rDev +21.1%

Appearance: Fluffy tan head. Opaque mahogany with topaz highlights.
Aroma: Toffee, caramel and Belgian yeast.
Taste: Wheat berries, almonds, dates, golden raisins & lightly toasted malts.
Mouthfeel: Creamy and fluffy. (217 characters)

Photo of mthomp081
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%

Poured into pint glass, cream head, dark red, slight brown. Aroma of caramel, raisins, plums. Taste is much the same but super flavorful. Really tasty and enjoyable. (168 characters)

Photo of yarnbomb
4.75/5  rDev +15%

It's this beer's fault that I really fell hard for craft beer. Before that, it was something fun to explore but now I am hooked on the heavy rich stuff- thanks, Ommegang! (170 characters)

Photo of Acidik_Inc
4.75/5  rDev +15%

I love this ale! And yes, I am a bit bias when it comes to the Abbey Ale line up. And no doubt, this a lead contender. And for me, I can fairly judge a beer/wine store by its selection of Abbey Ales. Without touting my love any further, this ale packs a delightful punch of pure malts. An instant salivation, especially when the froth saturates your ever hunger. YUM! (368 characters)

Photo of kkleu357
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

From notes on 1/12/13

Sweet malty aroma with lots of yeast. Brown color with creamy very foamy head. Has a bready, malty flavor with hints of licorice and caramel. (164 characters)

Photo of SebD
3.82/5  rDev -7.5%

Appearance: It has a nice murky amber/brown color to it. It has a nice creamy beige head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of dark fruit (plums, figs, raisins), some breadiness, brown sugar and some spiciness form the yeast.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has sweet dark fruit (plums and figs mostly) a light breadiness, some brown sugar and a touch of spicy Belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel: It has a med/high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas. Good but nothing exciting.

Serving type: bottle (654 characters)

Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
92 out of 100 based on 1,687 ratings.