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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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3,788 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,788
Reviews: 1,644
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 160
Gots: 310 | 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.

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

Had a 750 bottle for $7.99

Dark reddish borwn with tan head, had slight aroma of figs and candi sugar
Taste of belgian candi sugar, lightly sweet, full bodied, taste a bit boozy almost like a beer with some whiskey in it, heavy mouthfeel
I am a big fan of ommegang, and this style beers, but this wasnt my favorite dubbel

Outchillen, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of neorunner
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Blind Beer #8 - http://flic.kr/p/9tSHyk

Thanks to Kevin (shrek806) for sending me this in Round #4 of the Blind Beer BIF.

This 12oz bottle is being used to break in my Pink Floyd Animals glass. Maroon brown pours beautifully into the glass. Head is thick and frothy with enough structure to turn into a scoop of ice cream on top of the glass. As I move the glass it jiggles like jellow.

Aroma is sugary like molasses and dark figs. Flavor comes across as a nice rich creamy ale with a good amount of sweetness that was apparent in the nose. Taste is a bit stronger than a standard brown but not a double digit powerhouse either. I'd say somewhere around seven-ish percent.

The reveal - Ommegang Abbey Ale. Great stuff, although I prefer their quad (Three Philosophers) a bit more.

neorunner, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of cakennedy
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am a huge Belgian ale fan so I think that biases my review here, but this this is a great beer. It has a very dark chestnut look, with a fruity smell and taste. The taste is dark and sweet, slightly slightly bitter, with a good finish that is just a tad alcoholic. I think this beer, if you like the dark Belgians, is a real winner and I would very much buy this again.

cakennedy, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of ScottUCF84
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got around to reviewing this classic American brewed Belgian ale. Poured from the 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass creating a creamy khaki colored head that never dissipates. At first glance this dubbel looks a dark brown, but holding it up to light reveals a deep ruby. Beautiful.

The nose brings dried dark fruits, brown sugar, and alcohol. The taste follows up and delivers similarly, but with sweet caramel malt holding it all together. The alcohol definitely makes itself known as the beer makes its way down your throat.

After letting this dubbel warm slightly, the carbonation secedes, giving this beer a smooth, almost slick texture. Make sure not to drink this one too cold.

All in all a textbook dubbel that is easy to obtain. I commend Ommegang for doing what they do.

ScottUCF84, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of MillRat
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A well-crafted dubbel. Reddish-brown body topped by a thick tan head that has staying power. Nose full of malt and yeasty dark fruit character. Flavor is true to the aroma, with a bit sharpness from the alcohol teaming with the low-level hop bitterness to keep the malt in check. Finishes just a little on the sweet side, but overall a very flattering take on a classic dubbel.

MillRat, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of Wamesit
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark red with a thick, rocky off-white head that gives way to thick splotchy lacing.

S - The nose is alcohol with a hops presence. Sweet darks fruits deeply throughout.

T - Richer malts spectrum. Caramel sweetness. Alcohol still going hand in hand with the slight hops bitterness. The sweet fruit lingers in the background, playing off of the fumes of the alcohol. This is what I always expected a Dubbel to be, a slightly less fruity, darker and spicier (clove) Belgian Strong. Great balance and playfulness. Delicious.

M - Medium, rich, good carbonation. Lively.

D - Highly, highly drinkable.

Wamesit, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of RyanOkonski
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Reddish brown, with a two-finger foam head. Leaves nice lacing.

Smell- Citrusy hop aroma, with bit of floral scent.

Taste- Strong taste of both the alcohol and the hop character. Is moderately rich and the flavor lingers on the palate.

Mouthfeel- Smooth and inviting, with a surprisingly crisp finish.

Drinkability- I would drink this on occasion, it's not a bad thirst-quencher, especially for being a medium-bodied beer. Duppel's aren't my favorite, but it definitely was worth the experience. If you like belgian-style ales with relatively high abv, and rich fruity flavors, I recommend this beer.

RyanOkonski, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of StlHopHead77
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a deep,hazy amber with a sturdy,2 finger,bone-white crown that lingered throughout and left attractive sticky lacing.

S-Baked red apple,ripe plum,red currant,toasty malts,earthy yeast notes.

T-Raisin,clove,dried,dark fruit(date,some prune,fig),dry spice notes of cardamom pods,pink peppercorns and raw sugar.

M-Rich,ample and complex.Nice weight and overall balance.

D-Maybe a little sweet for sustained drinkability.

StlHopHead77, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of KajII
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Best served in a Trappist glass]

Poured a hazy brown with a large tan rocky head and had good lacing. The aroma was of sweet toasted malts, dried fruit, a leathery yeast and had a moderate alcohol scent. It tasted slightly sweet yet acidic in the beginning and finished about the same with a mild alcohol flavor. Mouthfeel was light to medium in body with the texture being quite creamy. Overall an assume brew and quite satisfying to drink.

KajII, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of therica
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= huge active beige small-bubbled foamy head over cola-brown. Plentiful lacing and rimming, a thin pooling over most of it.

S= bold whiffs of spices and possibly herbs, a malt dryness felt in the nasal, decent hops florals, some liquor. Fresh prune and maybe apricot.

T= strong, nicely bitter for a Belgian even for a dubbel. There's a spice in here that I use in Asian and Indian cooking that I can't quite identify-- maybe something like allspice (which has in turn coriander and anise), maybe some slight ginger. A bit of prune. Light apple notes and maybe apricot. Rather creative. Plentiful carbonation.

M= dry with hops bitters and slight sweetness on the tongue.

D= to the extent of the ABV%. Some extra belching that might be a detractor for session bloating. In fact I'm still bloating up, half an hour later! A lot more so than with a typical Belgian-Belgian Dubbel. Maybe a bit too carbonated?

therica, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes

Appearance: dark brown with an amber red hue when held to the light, has a frothy 2 finger tan head that lingers, nice lacing

Smell: honey, dark fruits, and hints of sweetness

Taste: much like the smell, sweet, notes of caramel and sweet malts, dark fruits

Mouthfeel: mild to moderate carbonation, medium body, smooth, creamy

Drinkability; a nice warming dubbel with sweetness that is balanced enough to not be considered a dessert beer.


THECPJ, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of Aiptasia
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this one on BA's recommends for an American version of a Belgian Abbey-style ale. Poured into a 16 oz. pint glass.

A: Pours a clean pale nutty red into the glass with little foam and little to no lacing.

S: Smells of burnt sugar hops, horse blanket and hay.

T: Bigger hops bitters than I was expecting. Notes of bubblegum and s'mores in the middle with a very dry citrus rind bitter finish.

M: Not over carbonated. Full bodied and bitter for a Belgian.

D: Better than average but not my favorite.

Aiptasia, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of avaccani
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep amber that was a tad bit cloudy. Large 2 finger bright white head. Laced the glass the whole was down.

S - Wasn't my favorite. Smelled boozy, cough syrup, maybe some darker fruits, raisen.

T - I wasn't too impressed with it. Tasted just like it smelled. Very medicinally. Reminded me of cough syrup.

M - Carbonation was spot on.

D - I had 2 glasses out of the 750ml bottle and I just couldn't finish it. This one just isn't for me. I will review this one again in the future to see if my tastes change.

avaccani, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of bigoten13
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Ten Tables in Jamaica Plain, MA. Poured into a wine glass (trendy?) and was an delectable mahogany amber color with a thick dominate foamy head. Perfection in a wine glass!

The smell was unique, a bit of sweetness to it and some spiciness (perhaps clove), my descriptive abilities do not do it justice. Anywho, it tasted fantastic, very smooth and a good helping of balanced fruit flavors, with some maltiness to finish it off.

Mouthfeel was great, it was so well carbonated I could feel each bubble burst on my tongue. And each sip left me wanting more and more and more.

bigoten13, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great one!
Poured into my crystal mug the beer looks a rich red mahogany brown with a nice creamy beige head building. This head seems to stick around for a while.
The smell announces definitely some fruits and caramel with honey. Very attractive and not overbearing.
Taking the first sip you will be in for a pleasant surprise! Very decent plum, fig, little apple up front introduced by a nice prickly feel do to good carbonation. It almost needs this prickliness to bring out all the flavor. This is followed by caramel and honey malts. At the end this abundance of flavors is being checked by a great selection of hops, with leaves a nice bittersweetness to prepare for the next sip.
Very drinkable medium bodied beer just how I love it.
Great job, Ommegang

Hopfenpeter, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of TheSarge
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours decently for a two finger thick tan head, and has a very cloudy and dark caramel colored body.

In the aroma I'm getting pair, candied sugar, perfume, and tart under ripened orange to name a few characteristics.

In the taste and mouth feel it's quite the cooked veggie flavor, metallic hops, candied sugars, and earthy qualities. A bit chewy, and warming in the end.

I don't know what went wrong with me and this beer for me. Just didn't pique my taste buds as a great Dubbel.

TheSarge, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of SassyBootblack
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled and served in a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Somewhere between deep garnet and brown. Thick tan head.

Smell: Sweet malt and minerals.

Taste: Deep fig and plum flavor, finishing with a minerally tang. If there's Belgian yeast characteristics, it's hard to notice underneath the dark fruit.

Mouthfeel: A little brisk from lively carbonation and whatever is making that tang flavor. Appropriately drinkable body.

Drinkability: Very delicious. Relies more on malt than yeast character, but it's hard to argue with results, this tastes good.

SassyBootblack, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of Brunite
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a trusty Duvel tulip glass.

A- A deep reddish brown...almost garnet in color. A brownish yellow head with a nice spongey appearance. Settles and leaves no lace.

S- The first thing noticed is some dark fruits and definite apple notes. Just a bit medicinal.

T- Nice sweet, carmelized malts. Also get some dark fruit flavors. Just a bit syrupy. Flavors become more complex as things warm up. A lingering pleasant sweetness on the finish.

M- Light bodied and very highly carbonated. Just a bit of warming from the alcohol.

D- Quite nice. Easy to drink...lingering flavors are pleasant. Nice to have this on our side of the pond. A top contender in this style.

Brunite, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of ironbike1
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. 2010 bottle.

Poured a beautiful dark orange brownish color with an off white head about an inch deep that lingered for what seemed 5 minutes. Very puffy and creamy looking head.

The smell is of fruits and figs with caramel,pretty typical of the style but there just seems to be a very unique freshness to this one.
Taste is very much like the smell, with figs and very smooth and creamy. Also a slight hint of spices. The head still there but about 1/4" now with great lacing.
Mouthfeel is super smooth and the drinkability of this dubbel is excellent and easy to finsih.

A must try from ommegang. I will be aging a couple bottles aswell.

ironbike1, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split a 750ml corked and caged bottle; poured into a Chimay goblet.

A: Pours a wood stain brown with a perfect off-white head

S: Smells of cloves, spices, breadiness and booze.

T: The booziness hits you at first, then mellow over time. Floral notes and sweet figs shine through.

D: It is a little inbalanced, to be honest. There are Dubbels with the same or similar ABVs that are much smoother than this, but its interesting flavour keeps you coming back for more.

Overall: A good Dubbel, but certainly not one of the best in the world. Worth a try, though and well worth the money.

JohnnyChicago, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of derekmorris7
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice beer..beautiful dark amber color. Came in a four pack and loved every sip. Nice mouthfeel with slight cling but fresh and trailing sweetness. Taste was sweet but had a balanced rough almost coffee like note. Very printable even though you can really feel the moderately high ABV. Highly recommended!

derekmorris7, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of Beerenauslese
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has been stored in my cellar for 1.5 years.

Body is clear dark mahogany brown. An easy pour produced a half inch tan foamy head which dissipated quickly to a ring. At that point, no lacing.

Aroma of malt, candi sugar, wet hay, dark fruit (prunes and raisins), maybe some fruit peel, coriander. A little cola. Smells boozy.

Tastes quite malty, moreso than most doubles. There is some sweet malt up front, some dark fruit, a bit of coffee, and a little coriander and cola. Finishes dry with some roasted malt bitterness. Can taste the alcohol in the finish.

Body is medium with enough carbonation to make this slightly creamy.

This is tasting pretty smooth, no doubt helped by cellaring. The alcohol is quickly warming, more than I'd expect from a 8.5% ABV. In sum, I'd say it is a bit more dry roasty than many dubbles, not too sweet, not as highly spiced, and pretty drinkable.

Beerenauslese, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of kbutler1
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Poured into a DFH tulip glass a clear, dark reddish brown color with a very lively and think light tan head that is slow to settles. As it the head settles it leaves a nice sticky lace on the glass. The aroma is on the rather light side with notes of dark fruit and very slight booze. Dark fruit, caramel, and a subtle spice all play in the flavor. Light/medium mouthfeel with a pretty lively level of carbonation. Overall, I lke this enough to drink again but it isn't anything I'd go running out to grab all that often. Ends with a lingering slight spiciness and mild bitterness.

kbutler1, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of Kinsman
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

As a big fan of Dubbels, I thought it was about time to revisit this one so I could review it for my records.

Reddish brown with some amber hues mixed in. Lots of action coming from the head on this, rising up to about 3 inches thick in the glass and slowly fading to leave a really sticky lace behind.

Aroma is sort of sweet but more spicy with a notable clove aroma. The underlying sweetness is a bit fruity but more notably caramel.

Taste is a delicate balance of malty sweetness suggesting caramel and maybe some apples mixed in with nice Belgian yeast flavor that is a bit estery but even more so spicey with flavors of clove and some pepper too when the yeast at the bottom mixes in.

Mouthfeel has a medium body but with a smooth velvety texture and a slightly dry finish. Carbonation does seem a bit too much here.

Overall, you can't really go wrong with this Dubbel. A bit complex but well executed but the sweetness is can be cloying after a while.

Kinsman, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of SFrankBrew
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful deep brown. Wonderful sweet smell that's hard to pin down. It's just awesome. Tasted slightly sweet with full flavor mix of perfectly combined malt and yeast, again very hard to describe accurately without going too far down any one road. Plum notes show up in the flavor, but don't linger too long. Very nice going down in full-flavored swallows. If you can find it, grab it.

SFrankBrew, Feb 10, 2011
Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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