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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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Ommegang (Abbey Ale)Ommegang (Abbey Ale)

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Ratings: 3,667
Reviews: 1,637
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 148
Gots: 270 | FT: 3
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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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4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Chimay goblet.

Another second chance at another Ommegang favorite. It pours a hazy auburn topped by a half-finger of slightly off-white foam. The nose comprises rye bread, figs, raisins, red grapes, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, and prunes. The taste follows very closely, with the addition of sourdough, pepper, banana, and a scraping of tangerine. The body is a hefty medium, with a moderate carbonation and a fizzily thick feel. Overall, a very nice dubbel, one that I'll be sure to keep revisiting in the future. It's a bit on the fizzy side, but it doesn't overdo this flaw and makes up fer it with a great taste and a hefty body.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 05:11:28 | More by TMoney2591
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4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a good beer, expecially considering that it is made in NY and not imported from Belgium!

Nice dark brown with a lacy 2 finger head.

Smell was impressive with lots of things going on here.... Malt, yeast, cherry, chocolate

Taste was good, well balanced and I am going to have to buy this one again. No Alcohol after byte.

Lots of carbination with a good feel to it.

A very drinkable beer, that is true to the style. About time an american brwery got the Belgian style right.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 16:26:26 | More by CheckmateBrew
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This classic Belgian pours a rich dark mahogony and has a creamy tan 2 finger head. It's aroma is filled with dark fruits - figs and raisins. The taste is terrific with dark fruits and caramel malt - very impressive. This is a medium to full bodied, very drinkable beer with a creamy mouthfeel and little carbonation. Give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 12:13:36 | More by yobeerman
Photo of KDeLibero


3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer comes to us from Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, New York, and it is a great example of a classic Belgian Dubbel. The Belgian Dubbel is a style of beer that originated in the Trappist Abbey of Westmalle in 1865. Since then, the style has developed into a strong brown ale that has become popular throughout Belgium and now in the United States as well. This was Brewery Ommegang's first brew, and they are now one of the leading Belgian style breweries in this country.

Ommegang Abbey pours a rich, dark mahogany. The aroma is toasty, malty, and reminiscent of Mexican Coca-Cola. These qualities are apparent in the taste as well, with more caramel, spice, chocolate, and dark fruit, especially figs. The beer is a bit sweet but this is balanced and mellowed by lively carbonation. This is an impressive brew that is right up there with the best of Belgium! It is full-bodied, yet finishes dry and very drinkable. Grab a few for the cold nights ahead.

There are so many different dishes that would be great with Ommegang Abbey. Duck stew with mashed potatoes is a perfect match. Game meats, roast suckling pig, lamb chops, venison sausage, and almost any dessert (especially those with chocolate) would all be excellent pairings too. As for cheese, try it with something nutty such as Brie de Meaux, Hoch Ybrig, or Piave Vecchio. Enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 19:59:53 | More by KDeLibero
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3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a glowing brown body with a thick lumpy light tan head. There is a light garnet red glow at the base when held to the light and a sea of tiny bubbles glide to the surface. S- The yeasty circus peanut ester aroma has some dry toffee and dark caramel notes to it and a light peppery phenol in the finish.
T- The brown caramel notes blend with cider like qualities and yeasty ester note that finishes with a soft cream. There is some bitter notes in the dry finish. There is also a melanoidin quality that takes on some toffee qualities but becomes more like prunes as the beer warm a bit. There are also some dried fruit qualities that come through when the beer opens up.
M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a creamy texture and no real alcohol heat.
D- The dry well blended rich toffee flavor has some yeasty cidery notes that are just a bit drab. Perhaps with some age more flavors will develop.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 18:52:00 | More by rhoadsrage
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2010 11:05:47 | More by Thorpe429
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New York

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head snifter

A-Dark Burgundy with a killer creamy head that holds up long after the initial pour

S-Toffee, Caramel, Bread, Biscuit

T-surprisingly carbonated, good, but not what one might expect based on appearance

M-nice and smooth from start to finish

D-definitely not for sessioning, however this is an excellent way to wrap up an evening...

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 01:05:14 | More by aranheaney
Photo of trf32


4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Dark, dark brown with a healthy light-brown head that sticks around on top and to the sides of the glass. What's not to like?

S- Heavy nose of roasted malts. Has a particular character I'm not sure how to describe.

T- It's everything you'd want from it. Nothing super crazy, but it has some depth to explore. Certainly enough character to satisfy without having anything too overpowering. It's quite malt-forward, and has a taste like sweet assorted dried fruits. There's quite a bit going on here. This isn't the first time I've had this, and each time I try it I pick up something else.

M- Absolutely coats your tongue with flavor. Terrific if that's what you want. It's what I want so I'm happy.

D- Um, not exactly a session beer. It's actually pretty drinkable for what it is though, since it doesn't have one flavor that overpowers.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 23:42:38 | More by trf32
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4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a dark mahogany brown with a 1-2 finger foamy tan head. Nice lacing.

Smell: Dried fruit, caramel malt, spices and a hint of alcohol.

Taste: Sweet dried fruit up front followed by caramel malt in the middle and ending with mild phenols and a slightly bitter metallic taste.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with a high amount of carbonation. Nice tingle from the carbonation up front. Alcohol warmth comes through as you drink it.

Drinkability: High drinkability although having more than a couple could spell trouble.

Overall: Very solid beer overall. Great representation of the style. Definitely worth giving a shot.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 00:49:56 | More by adam42381
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4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear, dark, copper color with a bit of ruby red showing through in the light. It's got a very thin head that leaves tan lacing till the end. Abbey Ale's aroma has hints of raisins, vanilla, and dark roasted malt in it. The flavor has notes of toast, grapes, sour cherries, and maybe some molasses. It's got a medium full mouthfeel. Ommegang Abbey Ale is smooth and creamy but is also filling. This beer was a great match for chunks of smoked swiss cheese. Highly recommended!!

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 02:35:22 | More by B967ierhunter177
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Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Nice cap of head all the way through. Murky red colour with no visible carbonation.

S - Tons of nice dark fruit with some booze and yeast.

T - Slightly sweet with nice dark fruits again and a little bit of booze coming back. The booziness is very mild but present.

M - Nice in the mouth with a small amount of carbonation to keep it dancing. Coats the tongue.

D - High. Nothing wrong with this. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 19:06:14 | More by tbeckett


3.28/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Bottle to tulip.

A: Like all of Omegang's brews, this one pours with a huge head. Four fingers of light brown, soft creaminess lasts incredibly long. Dark ruby-brown opaque interior with transparent crimson edges. The head comes clean off of the glass, leaving only light smatterings of lace that stick from the body.

S & T: Light malts of toasted grain and rendered sugar. Light earthy yeastiness. The hop component is hard to pick out, might be herbal. Lots of sweet, overly ripe fruits. Cherries, dates, golden raisins. Moderately sweet. Light flavors/aromas of tobacco, anise and cola. Long lasting flavor. The back end of the palate presents a lingering fruit bitterness, which is hard to describe accurately, but something that I don't find very enjoyable. Moderate presence of alcohol.

M: Medium to medium full body with any alcoholic texture. Average fizzy carbonation.

D: Since I don't enjoy the finish of this beer, I don't find it to be very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 13:26:57 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

dark colored ale with a great head which dissipates slowly. Head is a light brown color.
Very fruity smell with hints of molasses.
Taste is of dark fruits with a finish of molasses. A great taste.
Good mouthfeel. Nice medium freel. Clear ending.
It is definitely drinkable, but only for one or two. After that I could not taste it or anything else.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 23:24:14 | More by lou50rp
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New York

3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

After having a few of these, I've learned to take a bomber out of the fridge (if you don't have a cellar) and let it warm up before and as you continue enjoying.

Lots of fruity, malty notes in this dark brown, delicious dubbel. It's definitely one of the best bargains and most accessible Belgians around here. It doesn't pack as much of a punch as their quad, but it exemplifies the style very well.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 20:46:15 | More by wifehatesbeer
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4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich caramel brown in color with a visibly thick body and a huge head. Robust with bouquet and flavor. Caramel, burnt sugar, molasses, cofee, chocolate, fresh bread. A heck of a dubbel. Even better as it warms.

And it's amazing Trader Joe's has this for a measley $8 or so.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 11:55:00 | More by MoreThanWine
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West Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving type - 220z bottle

Appearance - Reddish brown with a nice creamy head

Smell - Floral, lots of fruits, belgium yeast was present

Taste - O my, Very smooth, and fruity, espically cherries! Wow this was tasty. Was sweet but not too sweet that it would be a desert beer. The yeast kick was nice cause it wasnt so intense that it overpowered the beer. Really nice combo, man i love it

Mouthfeel - Sweet on the tounge, perked up the palette, and made me say i needed more after every drink. Super beer!

Drinkabilty - The 22 0z would be perfect for one person. Any more then that and you would spoil yourself and miss out on the flavors cause you would expect it. Fantasic, cant wait to get more!

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 08:03:53 | More by wvsabbath
Photo of ryantaussig

New York

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice hazy ruby color. Pours with a thick head. I'd suggest the over-sized Duvel Tulip here. The head is a beauty. Thick creamy color and quite thick. Dissipates after a few minutes with a thin lacing.

S: Caramel comes forward with a bit of a fruitiness in the background. A healthy dose of alcohol.

T: Spice and fruit come forward right away. A mild caramel sweetness and a reasonable bit of carbonation reach out next. Finishes with a warm earthy alcohol finish.

M: Not nearly as dry as expected, but I'm not complaining at all. Has some good body to it before the medium-dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2010 01:28:32 | More by ryantaussig
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Dark reddish brown with a tan head and plenty of lacing

S- Caramel, molasses and a definite booziness

T- Molasses! Spices with the malty belly and a syrupiness

M- Medium bodied, smooth and syrupy with a higher carbonation and significant heat from the alcohol

D- This has a little more than year on it in my cellar and it's much smoother than when I cracked a "fresh" one from the store. It's very nice for the style!

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 04:08:51 | More by aepb1
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3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-very dark reddish amber, light tan head

S-i'm getting a hint of cherries and caramel

T-burnt maple, belgian sugar. a bit of a funky after-taste however

M-very carbonated, dry finish

D-eh the tastes sorta bland together. alcohol note becomes stronger

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 01:46:18 | More by AdamBear
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3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A= The pour is a nice hazy brown color with a great four finger head on it that is an off white light tan color with some nice lacing as well as some beautiful retention on the side of the glass.

S= The smell is a little light for a Dubbel. Light caramelly sweetness as well as some of the of the dark fruit character that is common in this style of beer. Somewhat muted in the nose.

T= The taste is on target with the style. Great spicy sort of apple cider spice profile to it as well as some of the great caramelly sweetness to it. Good Belgian sugar and some nice toffee deeper in it.

M= Nice and light on the tongue. Typical Dubbel feel to it. Could be a little dryer.

D= I can see why this beer is so highly rated. A typical Dubbel that is made in America. I've had more flavorful Dubbels no doubt but for an American Dubbel this is on target. Dry and a little more rugged and this would be the real deal.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 02:08:45 | More by jjanega08
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3.18/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml into a BJ's Brewery '2010 Fathers Day' pint glass...

A- Poures mahogany with a two finger tan head. Good amount head retention and lacing with this one...

S - Lots of fruity and spicy notes come through...

T - Plums, apricot, raisins followed by the sweet taste of brown sugar and maybe some caramel. A little sweet for my taste...

M - Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation...

D - Not my favorite brew from the style, and something I probably won't be buying in the future. Glad I tried it, but I was hoping for something more. Surprised by the rave reviews. Hope Three Philosophers proves to be better than this one...


Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 22:26:58 | More by comfortablynumb1
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Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright ruby brown colour with thick off-white head. As the head dissipates, it leaves a nice layer of head on top of the beer with some lacing on the glass. Smells of cherry, raisin and nuts with the sweet malt. The flavour is really nicely balanced and the Belgian yeast comes through. Carbonation is quite high. A very nice dubbel.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2010 02:07:41 | More by kwjd
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3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: dense, hazy brown with decent off-white head and lacing.

Aroma: cocoa, nutty, malty, spicy, and raisin notes.

Flavor: acidic, syrupy and malty with dry finish.

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium body with high carbonation.

Overall impression: malty and sweet, this is unique for the style. it's not my favorite but very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 03:43:14 | More by mexikrainian
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4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark opaque brown with a thick, dense tan head. The head retains very well and leaves quite a bit of lacing.

S: Deeply sweet, dark fruit with wood-like notes.

T: Full, deep, and sweet all the way through. Finishes dry with a hint of hops. Very rich and nicely balanced.

M: Full bodied, medium carbonation, quite smooth.

D: Quite nicely drinkable for this ABV, though perhaps a tad too sweet.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 04:16:26 | More by seand
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4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reddish mahogany in color with a thick frosty, beihe head with staying power. Lots of thick, sticky lacings. Thick and syrupy feel, but with lively carbonation. Sweet malty aroma with hints of dark fruit, spice and a slight hint of alcohol. Malty sweet with spice in the beginning with dark fruity flavors and a touch of alcohol at the end. Thoroughly enjoyed this. Ommegnag never disappoints.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 16:45:35 | More by IronLover
Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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