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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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3,920 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,920
Reviews: 1,654
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 179
Gots: 358 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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Photo of powellmg
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear, mahogany-colored beer with a thick, tawny head. Aroma of yeast, toast, spices. Taste has some licorice, spice, and sour fruits. Moderate alcohol warmth. Finishes dry and slightly winy. Pretty high carbonation; the fizziness almost gets in the way.

Ommegang Abbey is a great beer for sure. But, I admit I don't quite understand all the "A+" grades.

powellmg, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of GeoJ
4.9/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

There really isn't much I can add to the bevy of A+ reviews here, all of which have articulated so much better than I ever could as to why this brew is rated World-Class.

So I'll just state for the record that each sip of this beer made me close my eyes and nearly weep tears of joy.

In my humble, beer-loving opinion - this is as good as it gets.

Thank you, Ommegang!

GeoJ, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of megahurts4
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ommegang Abbey Ale

Appearance: orange-reddish, medium-large head, and some good lacing.

Smell: yeast, floral flowers, and a slight caramel.

Taste: fruity, yeast, and a faint hops.

Mouthfeel: medium.

This is a good brew. It has plenty of flavor. But it could use a bit more maturing to really get the full potential out of it.

megahurts4, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of bum732
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S: Caramel light malt with a touch of dried cherries, touch of anise, solid vanilla sweetness, some belgian spice, but restrained.

L: Very dark brown, light tan head that dissipates to a ring of foam.

T: Intense fruity malt, cherries, mostly with a very subtle earthy bitterness. Plum fruitiness leads to some earthy dryness bordering on roast. Finishes quite dry with some residual dried fruit.

M: High carbonation, medium bodied. Touch of alcohol.

As it warms, an intense dark fruit, plum skins and figs mostly. Loved it, great flavor.

bum732, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of chefelf
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one has been in the "cellar" for a while and I finally had it last night. It's beautiful to look at, deep brown with a nice fluffy head and great lacing.

I'm a fan of all Ommegang's beers that I've tried. The Abbey Ale is very nice. It has a slightly sour taste that I was not expecting but not in an offensive way at all.

Another very nice beer in the Ommegang family.

chefelf, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of Samp01
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice cloudy brown with a lasting tan head on the pour. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, some dark fruit, raisins, plums, dates. Taste is sweet malt, raisins, dark plums, dates and light hops. A nice medium body, good carbonation and a nice smooth mouth feel on the palate. Finish is sweet malt some yeast, dark fruit plums, a light toffee, raisins and dates with some light hops for balance. Overall a very nice, tasty and flavorful brew.

Samp01, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of mjw2808
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a hazy ruby color with not much lacing. The smell is of caramel malt. I notice slight taste of cherries along with the caramel malt and yeast. Unique mouthfeel, it was creamy and thin at the same time, hard to explain. This is a very good beer, worth trying.

mjw2808, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of EricMichael
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml into goblet.

appearance - Copper pour with massive, immediate, frothy head -- had to stop pouring to let the head settle some before I could finish the 750ml pour between two Chimay goblets. Head retained for the ENTIRE session. With each drink, the light ripple effect created with each movement caused a thinning of the head in the form of a ring with slightly thicker froth on the edges and an island of foam in the middle. Tilting the glass at anytime made an unbroken layer of lacing that shimmered like tiny crystals. Magnificent.

smell - Smells like a dubbel should. Caramel and hard apple cider. Some esters and mild alchohol.

taste & mouthfeel - Very complex malt flavors making it hard for me to place them. Definitely delicious, I can place that. Caramel, toffee, licorice and plum. Send me another bottle and I'll be able to pick up 5-10 more flavors. Smooth with a lot of carbonation. Finishes fresh and very dry. So dry you just want to sip again... and again.

overall - I love it. Exceptional beer that I will definitely have again and reflect more on what it offers.

EricMichael, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Opaque copper-red, looks nice in the light. Beige head, the lacing is lacking.

S: Tart cherries, spices, and yeast. Lots of yeast.

T: Fruit and Belgian yeast up front. Has a really cherry-like sweetness and tartness to it. Quite sweet, little bitterness. A hint of musk.

M: Surprisingly thin, and on the lower end of carbonation. No real alcohol burn for the ABV.

O/D: It's a solid beer all the way through, but just gets rather boring at times, and the flavors become monotonous.

mostpoetsdo, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of TheDane19
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ommegang Abbey Ale is the beverage that restored my faith in beer and started me down the road of craft and micro-brews. Thusly, it is the first beer I will review on BA.

I recently had this beer on tap at World of Beer. As an inexperienced beer drinker, whose perception of beer was ruined by light beer college hazing, i chose this beer after asking the bartender what he'd recommend for someone who has typically fostered a distaste for beer.

Served in a goblet, the beer had a nice reddish/burgundy hue, dissimilar from the clear-beer I had entertained as a college student. It had a pleasant, frothy head and felt like silk in my mouth.

There was a subtle sweetness to the beer and a handful of different spices and fruits could be detected; clove, banana, cherry, chocolate... like a virtual sundae in beer-form.

I have found my new stand-by beer.

TheDane19, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of rlee1390
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear deep red, two finger head that leaves behind some lacing.

S-Dark fruits, cherries, some spices and caramel.

T-Very similar to the nose with lots of dark fruits and cherries along with some caramel. There is a slight bitterness as well.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation and creamy.

O-A decent Dubbel, I personally felt as if clove and banana flavors work better within the style.

rlee1390, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of mariposafan
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost a garnet red with a huge, slightly loose head. Great lacing. One of the best looking beers I've seen yet.

Smells like I think a dubbel should. Lots of spicy and estery notes with a solid backing of yeast and sugar. Could stand to be a little stronger.

The flavor could use a little more depth - it's just slightly watery. Otherwise it follows the aroma to a tee - lots of those flavors that are unique to abbey style beers. There's also a little tartness here - not enough to really detract, just enough to differentiate.

I don't think the mouthfeel could be better. Good viscosity and the carbonation is mostly smooth but with just enough bite to help clear the palate.

Overall this is a superb beer, though a little stronger flavor and aroma would make it still better. I only wish it were readily available in 12oz bottles around here.

mariposafan, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of socon67
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark brown with carbonation that creates a nice cremne colored foam head.

S - Scents of cherries, caramel and cinnamon. This is a fairly complex mixture of smells.

T - Tastes like a rich candy bar. Flavors of cherry caramel, candied fruit, and a syrupy sugar. Very rich in texture. Only at the end does a hint of booziness remind you that this is not dessert.

M - Medium bodied, but packs a punch. Has an acidic burn on the back of the tongue.

O - A suprisingly great domestic dubbel from a brewery that makes solid belgain crafted ales.

socon67, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of output01x
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL. bottle (Bottled On 12/22/10 / Best By 12/2013) into a tulip glass.

A slow pour yields every bit of a creamy 3-finger head. The head is tan in color and takes forever to die down, but never really goes away. The body is an opaque, deep reddish mahogany with traces of sunburst orange when held to light. Jets of carbonation bubbles rush from the bottom of the glass. Thick, gloppy lacing clings to the glass in messy patches.

Notes of cherry and spiced apple cider come pouring out of the head. Sweet candied sugar and a little medicinal alcohol are also present.

Sweet dark fruits including cherries and fig start each sip with a bit of candied sugar. Caramel malts come in after the swallow and play very well with the dark fruit flavors. A slight alcohol warmth lingers at the back of the throat but is not overly apparent.

Medium bodied with good carbonation, this beer has moderate drinkability. The body is a little thick and sticky. The carbonation, while somewhat fizzy, does not seem quite strong enough to really help push this beer along.

All in all, this is a very tasty beer. The appearance is fantastic and both the nose and taste are great. This beer could use a little more carbonation considering the thicker body, but it does not detract from this beer much.

output01x, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of drinkiusmaximus
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours burgundian, the label tells the truth. Like a ruby tinted tea. Nice three fingers head plenty of retention and moderate lacing.

S- Like rum soak candy and dark fruits. You can defifntely smell the esters a nice twinge of alcohol.

T-Spiciness and rum soaked prunes dominate. sweet maltiness and a bitter metallic twinge.

M-medium bodied and very smooth and creamy. This one has a extreme dryness which leave you wanting another sip.

D- Overall a good brew definitely a sipper savor the complex sweetness balanced by the fruity alcohol notes.


drinkiusmaximus, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear brownish amber in color and poured with a thin yet dense off white head that faded away, leaving only a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are sweet aromas of candi sugars in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is very sweet with flavors of candi sugars.
M: It feels medium-bodied and relatively smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The sweetness is slightly cloying.
O: The beer isn’t that difficult to drink because the alcohol is well masked from the taste (provided you can get through the sweetness).

metter98, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of GossageBrewery
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a pint glass. This Belgian Dubbel pored a nice dark amber brown color with a nice tan head. Head retention was average and it produced decent lacing. The aroma was full of sweet malt, caramel and prunes. The taste of this ale has a strong malt base, it is sweet, creamy, and has a raisiny and spicy notes. The beer was sweet from start to finish. Awesome beer, best American version of a Belgian Dubbel that I have tasted thus far.

GossageBrewery, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a slightly hazy brown color with a large off-white head. The aroma is heavy on the toffee and caramel with a little bit of dark fruit mixed in. The beer smells about like a I expect a dubbel to smell. The flavor is more of the same. I get some dark fruit (mainly cherries and plums) as well some Belgian yeast and some brown, candy sugar notes. There is a little bit of alcohol noticeable but the beer is still easy to drink. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice American-made dubbel.

Mora2000, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of chodinheaven
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful beer and presentation. Dark ruby red color with brown undertones, a fizzy tan head that dissapates to a nice patchy sheet. Really pretty beer. The aroma is interesting. There's a burnt quality to it, maybe dark roasted malts and mysterious spices. Coriander comes to mind. The Belgian style yeast is unmistakeable. There are some fruit rind smells as well, maybe orange and a touch of apricot.

Fizzy mouthfeel from the higher carbonation. There is a bitterness that seems to stem from a combination of some sort of spice and alcohol. The Belgian yeast strain is there as well. There's a lot going on with the flavors, very complex beer. There's a sweetness and dryness that comes from dried fruits. Apricots and figs certainly make there way in there as well as orange rind and coriander. There's almost a licorice like taste in the bitterness, not so much a hoppy bitterness. The alcohol is definitely a big chunk of the flavor profile too, but its really cool to taste it as it blends in to the other flavors. It has a dry and fizzy finish that tops it all off nicely.

This is a really good beer, and this demonstrates why I should be getting more into this style. Ever Belgian style dubbel I've had has been really good, but this may take the cake over all of them. I will definitely be checking out more in this style and I owe a lot of that to this beer.

chodinheaven, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of dcook11
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a Tulip glass.

A- Light brown or dark amber with a soapy two finger off white head that dissolves into a persistent pencil thin head.

S- One of the more complex brews ive had smell wise. I really sat with this one over an extended period of time and watched it change. 30 minutes out of the fridge the predominant odor was that of soy sauce and alcohol. About 15 minutes or so later, the aroma became or of a solvent one (like expo markers) and tropical fruit. After about an hour or so green apple (sour jolly ranchers) were present. I also detected a touch of coffee.

T- Soy sauce, alcohol, belgian yeast, and a touch of hops. Finishes a tad bitter.

M- High to medium.

O- Very complex. A bit hot, but some aging would solve this. Worth a try.

dcook11, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of CharlieMurphy
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage- I only know because that's when I bought it, no bottle date to be found

12oz poured into an Ommegang chalice (pretty fucking cool right?)

A: Pours a deep murky yet monochromatic burgundy. Bitch couldn't fit the full 12oz's. Left a balmy lemon maple doughy cloud of a head 1'+ that had excellent head retention that looked like an underbaked muffin going down only slightly from the initial pour.

S: Sweet belgian candi sugars, some lemon seems to be there (don't know why could be in my head from the appearance), a slight smoked undertone is the dust left after the battle.

T: Not quite the same as the smell, but close. prunes, plums, and belgian candi sugar with some saisons on the finish. Solid as balls.

M: Medium well carbonation. Slightly dry on the finish and remains but doesn't feel to be dehydrating

O: Overall I'm surprised I'm reviewing this because, it's so common around me I take it for granted. All of Ommegang's beers are solid. I'm fortunate to live so close to them.

CharlieMurphy, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

704th Review on BA
Bottle to Goblet

App- Top to bottom fading dark to light brown. A big puffy two finger head with nice lines and good cling.

Smell- This was a bit big on the nose. Deep dark fruits although not dried more fresh raisins and plums. A nice hint of yeast.

Taste- A good dubbel, it was nice and bubbly with a underpined malt balance with the other side being a bit yeasty.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonation levels. Leaves a nice yeasty bubbly feel.

Drink- Overall a good dubbel. Nice, big fruits and yeast. Balanced and tasty. Would like another bottle.

FosterJM, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich, hazy, tawny brown hue with two fingers of pillowy ivory foam. A nice-looking, standard dubbel.

Smell: rich malt aroma with hints of toffee and caramel with a little biscuit thrown in toward the end. Alcohol is present and the aroma seemed a little harsh at first but I find it growing on me.

Taste: malt flavor is sweet and dank with a mustiness and a chalkiness that I rather like. Fruity complexity is somewhat low but includes cherry and plum. A tasty dubbel.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a huge, delightfully creamy carbonation. Right up there with the best.

Overall: a solid dubbel. I would have this again.

flagmantho, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of albertjr21
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750 ml. corked bottle "pkg on 9/10/10" poured into a snifter on 8/7/11.

This beauty appears a deep reddish-brown color, perhaps mahogany (or the color of maple sap) under a creamy and fully committed head. A generously deep bouquet of toasted candied maple, brown sugar, and caramel cookies with notes of ginger and raisin fills the nose. Body is a full yet relatively smooth one. The malt-centric taste notes here are very much foretold by the aroma but do finish differently with a more herbal and earthy tone than the expected fully sweet one. With its ending carbonation, the finish is also slightly reminiscent to that of the caramel-noted cola finish in a soda.

albertjr21, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of billybob
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a cloudy brown very big head that settles out nicely light lace. pleasant fruity nose with a hint of alcohol. taste, so much going on its hard to find a place to start, dark fruits soaked in a alcohol base cloves black pepper dark sugar malty spicy sweet boozy something subtle and new with each sip. smooth light to medium body and carbonation holds well. buy it try it you will like it.

billybob, Aug 06, 2011
Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 3,920 ratings.