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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,972 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,972
Reviews: 1,656
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 193
Gots: 377 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of obywan59
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown color with some deep red around the edges. Near mahogany. 2 finger tannish head looks creamy and voluptious. Decadent.

Very fruity in the nose. At times I get rich, dark fruit and spice reminiscent of Christmas. At others I get rich tropical fruits. As it warms, I get more of a sweet and peppery aroma.

The taste is drier than the nose. Metallic early on, but more of a tart citrus later--grapefruit. Bitterness follows with some light earthy Belgian yeast.

Full-bodied and rich. The carbonation lends substance as well. Peppery and creamy with warming alcohol in the throat.

Normallly, I prefer sweeter beers, but I have to say, this...is...superb.

Photo of bark
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2007 (I think).

The colour is warm brown, the liquid a little hazy (the beer is bottle conditioned). The short lasting finger thick head is beige.

The smell is light with dry notes of red berries and a touch of beef stock. There are some sour fruity hints.

The taste is fruity with beef stock, honey, red berries (with some sour notes) and raisins. Light body. The aftertaste is semi-dry with more berries and dried fruits. Some hop bitterness and mild Belgian yeast. The finish is a little salt with returning notes of raisins.

The carbonation is fresh, the bubbles small. The liquid is light.

A well matured yet light dubbel. Nice raisin flavours.

Photo of Viciousknishs
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch brewed in Belgian by Duvel for Ommegang. A true Belgian dubbel from an American brewery. I've had the Cooperstown version of this many times. The Belgian version has a little more zing to it.

A- pours a rich garnet burgundy color. A thick fluffy two fingered head reveals itself with an average pour. Some thick lacing on the side of my goblet. This is a gorgeous looking brew.

S- starts out with an intense fruity aroma of dark raisins and fig. Big yeasty charcter coalesces with the fruity esters imparting some clove and kola nut notes. Finishs with a rich doughy spiced cake like malt with a brown sugar/molasses sweetness.

T- Bready malt sweetness with recurring brown sugar and Belgian Candi flavors up front. The yeasty character coats the palate and gives off a dark fruit and spice character of raisin, fig, kola nut and clove. Dry finish with a hint of rum like alcohol on the finish.

MF- Full smooth yet active mouthfeel with a medium body and some frenetic carbonation.

D- drinkability is superb on this puppy. Rich and delicious.

Photo of Tartarus
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A&S: Pours opaque reddish brown with a good amount of khaki colored head. Smells of fruits and malts, scent is it's weakest attribute in my opinion, although I didn't get a pour with a ton of head.

T&M: Mouthfeel is carbonated and a little oily. Taste is dark and fruity with an aftertaste of malts. delicious deep flavors in this one. You get more and more of the fruit flavors as it warms.

O: Very tasty, I've had Three Philosophers before, and this easily proves that Ommegang isn't a one beer brewery(not that I thought they were) definitely makes me want to move closer to Cooperstown to be able to get their brews at a slightly better price.

Photo of deebo
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this one many times on tap and am a big fan of the style and this version. Reviewing from a bottle.

A-Pours a towering tan dense head (a little too much IMO)that lingers and laces the glass throughout. Is clear with a light reddish brown color.
S-Sweet carmelized brown sugar with lightly toasted malt notes, some alcohol bite.
T-Toasted malt with some fruity esters from the belgian yeast. Extremely smooth. Slight alcohol burn, but not in a bad way. Great balance of malt upfront and fruity yeast with a little hint of hops to keep you honest.
M-Medium bodied, average for the style. Vapory alcohol is noticeable. A little high on the carbonation, would like this a little less zingy to let the flavors dance.
D-Very, and at 8.5%, dangerous. I've had multiple pints of this on a few occasions, and the last is as good as the first. Me likey.
O-My favorite beer from Ommegang. This one matches up with any of the great dubbels out there. The alcohol isn't perfectly hidden, I guess that's my biggest knock.

Photo of FanofHefe
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber and red color combination that is mostly clear. Big, creamy tan head that has excellent retention amd leaves some sticky lacing.

The aroma features light notes of caramel malt, dark fruit, with just a hint of Belgian spices.

The flavor steps it up a notch. Solid spicy notes from the yeast combine pleasantly with a sweet malt base and dark fruity flavors. The flavors come through even stronger as the brew warms.

Medium mouthfeel with a dry finish. Overall, very drinkable and very enjoyable.

Photo of goblue3509
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy apple cider like brown color with hints of red tinge to the edges. There is a big off white almost khaki colored head. The head is frothy and just about four fingers in size. The head stays around at about one finger and leaves a little lace. The aroma is of belgian candy, very sweet and inviting with a slight earthiness at the very back end. Very strong aroma that you can smell as you come close to the glass. The taste follows suit, there is a sweet malt backbone with a very nice candy yeast flavor. There is also a slight dark fruit presence and a slight balance of earthy hops at the back end. The mouthfeel is very carbonated. Overall a very nice very good beer, nothing harsh to make you dislike it, just a smooth taste and an inviting aroma to make you want more.

Photo of jera1350
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A massive head of tan fluff sits atop an amber body. Amazing head retention.

The nose is predominately bubblegum with notes of candy and malt sweetness.

Pretty strong hop presence, moderate malt sweetness, complex with some alcohol notes. Some dates and dark fruit mixed in.

Dry and presents a warming feel from the alcohol. Great creamy carbonation.

A good representation of the style. Solid beer, but didn't blow me away.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. My favorite glass for Belgium style brews. This bottle was from the 2010/2011 production and well stored in a temperature controlled environment.

Very lively pour, lots of carbonation. You can watch the bubbles stream up from the nucleation etching on the bottom of the Duvel tulip. Very attractive. Pours a very thick three fingered head which settles down to a very nice one finger cap. Nice “lace” lingers on the side of the glass.

Cloudy yeast filled medium dark brown amber color.

Distinct nose of Belgium yeast and malt, very elegant, fresh and lively, faint hint of chocolate in background, smells like a fine French pastry, just a hint of the 8.5% ABV, Extremely enjoyable.

Incredibly delicious, crisp, distinctly yeasty entry in the mouth, followed by that extremely enjoyable Champagne like carbonation, creamy, full bodied, chocolate nuanced malt, just a light touch of sweetness makes for a very balanced brew. It tastes like it was just tapped, even though this is a bottled beer. It is so delicious you just want to drink another one and then another. It is an excellent example of the Belgium Dubble style, you really could not ask for much more.

Long, delicious, yeast dominated finish, with lingering malt, and carbonation.

I truly love this style of beer. While it seems highly carbonated it does not make you feel bloated, and it is quite easy to drink several of these back to back. Definitely drink this no colder than 50 degrees. As it warms up it releases all that it has to give and that is quite a lot.

Years back the only Dubbles available were from Belgium, and while many were great beers, freshness was always an issue. As I have stated before the USA is making world class beers in every style. We are currently living in a Golden Age of beer. Enjoy it while it lasts.

Photo of ajcobb24
3.4/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a dark amber color into a snifter. A lot of carbonation with this beer compared with other quadrupels. About one and a half fingers of head. Heavy stickage to the side of the glass as it is swirled around.

Smell - Malty and slightly sweet smell. Some dried fruit and earthy notes.

Taste - Not as impressed as with some quadrupels I have had. Maybe it is because I have tried several quadrupels now (and am not used to Dubbels), but I feel as if this beer is just attempting to copy the other (better) quadrupels out there. I taste heavy malt taste that is not very sweet as all (despite the fact that my mouth and glass lip are sticky by the end of the tasting). Also in there are some dried fruits and earthy notes. Maybe some star of anise as well.

Mouthfeel - Not too heavily bodied as to be overpowering. Despite there being a lot of carbonation on the pour you cannot taste too much of it in your mouth (a good thing for me).

Overall - What can I say? Maybe I have become a quadrupel snob with the likes of Westvleteren 12 and Rochefort, but I like a sense of sweetness and fruit in my beer. This just feels like a semi-good imitation beer. Really cannot tell the big difference between a Quadrupel and Dubbel.

Photo of Dave128
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

A - one of the best looking beers I've seen in a while. Beautiful hazy brownish bronze. Ruby highlights make the beer shine wonderfully when held up to the light. Head lasts forever even though lacing is not too significant

S - Rich malty nose. Some dried fruit notes and alcohol is apparent.

T - Very rich and mysterious. I can pick out different flavors each time I take a sip. Fruity esters ablaze on the tongue make it a pleasurable experience each time. Alcohol finishes off the taste without much bitterness.

M - medium bodied with the perfect amount of carbonation.

O - A very rich and fulfilling experience. I'm sad that this single has to be finished.

Photo of Morey
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful looking beer here! Brownish-red color, but when you hold it up to a light source, you get ruby red hues with moderate haze. Light tan colored head stood 4 fingers tall and after about 10 minutes, it's still holding strong at about one finger! Plenty of lacing all over the glass.

Smell is fruity (ripe) with some faint spices in the background. There's also a sweetness to the aroma.

After taking my first sip, I wasn't really "wowed" so to speak, but it's growing on me with every sip. As with most Belgians, there's a pretty lively carbonation present. I'm definitely getting the ripe fruits in the middle coupled with a dense malty sweetness that isn't overly sweet, but works really well with the other flavors. Slight medicinal finish that smooths out rather quickly.

Medium leaning towards full bodied mouthfeel with an aggressive carbonation.

A fun beer to sip on. I'm not a huge Belgian fan, but I find myself throwing more and more of them into my mixed six packs as of late.

Morey's Bottom Line: I'm no expert on Dubbels. I've only had a handful within the style, but this one grew on me as I drank it. It's easy to see why this beer receives the ratings that it does.

Photo of lenin2040
4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

i haven't had too too many dubbels, but this one is just out of the park delicious.

A: deep ruby. huge just slightly tawny head as befits the duvel glass i pour this 12oz bottle into. settles down to 1/3 inch head with great lacing. continues bubble flow from the etching at the bottom of my glass

S: spicy. brown sugar. allspice with a hint of lemon zest, a little toasty malts and just the hint of booze.

T: fabulous complex malt driven sweetness with plum notes in the background. balanced by just enough bitterness. finishes slightly tangy.

M: great full soapy mouthfeel. appropriate carbonation for the style. dries up nicely at the end

Overall, a staple when i feel like something belgian style. bonus points for being available in four packs for very reasonable $.

Photo of rickyleepotts
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Whoa… I wasn’t even done pouring this before I had to stop and smell it. It smells AMAZING! I don’t even want to drink it, just smell it. I wouldn’t be surprised if you can smell right now… as you read this.

From the looks of the bottle, you would think this beer comes from somewhere overseas. Granted, this is based on a Belgian recipe, but is brewed right here in New York City. It’s actually brewed in Cooperstown. I have been to Cooperstown, but was too young to remember this brewery being there. I am sure we drove right past it.

The bottle warns you to pour slow not to disrupt the sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Speaking of the bottle, it’s HUGE! What’s with all these beers being in these large bottles? Who cares… it’s 8.5% ABV so I’m not complaining. The beer, once poured (slowly remember) has a nice thick head. It’s also appears to be somewhat thick in the glass. Let’s see what this Abbey Ale tastes like.

At first… it is extremely smooth, almost sweet. Then you are hit with a faint carbonation on the front of the palate. Before long you are feeling the sweetness crawl all the way down your throat. Then… after you sit there for a few seconds, as the aftertaste leaves your mouth… you can’t help but want another drink. I just heard Sheryl say, “It’s so thick!”

The aftertaste on this beer is incredible. I have never sampled a drink (beer or other) that has done so much along the way. The smells are intense, filled with those spices everyone talks about. Then the initial flavors… it just gets better and better. This beer is incredible! If you like beer, any kind of beer… grab a bottle of this. Bottoms up people, this beer is good.

Photo of MadCat
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Chimay chalice as I do not have the Ommegang chalice

Appearance: Dark reddish brown with a good tan head that leaves good lacing

Smell: Very fruity, cherries, plums, grapes, sweet malt, hints of anise

Taste: Again, very fruity, cherries, plums, grapes, sweet malt, caramel, some clove, some anise, pepper, finishing with some earthiness

Mouthfeel: Full body, good carbonation, very creamy smooth, dry finish

Overall: An excellent dubbel, easily comparable to the best from Belgium

Photo of n2185
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a murky brown with two fingers of tan head that recedes into a foamy ring with little lacing.

S: Some spice notes up front followed by a sweet candy sugar, bubblegum, and dark fruits aromas like figs and plums. There are some yeast aromas on the finish.

T: Bubblegum and dark fruits at first along with some spicy characteristics. Flavors of yeast and hearty bread that balance well with the initial sweetness follow with a slight alcohol burn on the finish.

M: Medium-light body with high carbonation, this beer is nicely attenuated so that it doesn't become too sweet and thick.

O: Overall, a very good dubbel and better than many Belgian attempts at the style. It balances the sweetness nicely with the bready characteristics and is highly attenuated so that it doesn't become sticky sweet.

Photo of smakawhat
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

Out of the bottle pours a very large foamy off white head. Body color is a great dark ruby and somewhat clear. Snapping noises come from the bubbles of the head. Seems to leave a good puck as well on the top.

Malty and clean smelling, but kind of small. Virtually no sense of dark fruits, and not much of a big caramel malt either. It's pleasant, but it also makes me think it's a little wet to come. A small bit of yeast on the nose as well.

Taste is, all in the finish of a good malt swallow, and prickly carbonation. Mid palate comes through after a few sips, with a little background quinine tonic water taste. Fairly refreshing and easy drinking.

Overall I think this is a good starter for the style if you're looking into Dubbel. It's drinkable and after a few sips gives a nice warm in the stomach feeling too.

Photo of vande
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A ~ a good, strong cloudy dark red pour.... this one I've had for a bit, so very little head....

S ~ Fruit, spice....some sugar....

T ~ plum/raisin & sugar, earthy tones, spices...bit of sweetness

M ~ Calm and soft....pretty smooth drink

O ~ Pretty good beer. May have had this one a bit too long, don't remember when I bought it. Eitherway, I enjoy Ommegang's beers and would never turn one down.

Photo of BeerPhan86
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a murky ruby-mahogany with a two finger tan head. Completely opaque.

S - Candied sugar, sweet figs and molasses. Hints of dark fruit and cherry with a slight hint of banana.

T - Very fruity and sweet initially but rides out into some nice earthy spices. Raisins and plum are noticeable as well as a strong, dark malt character. A touch of honey and plenty of noticeable alcohol in the finish. Slightly bitter and funky aftertaste. Relatively mild hop presence that I would like more of.

M - Thick and chewy with medium carbonation. Slightly slick on the lips.

D - Far too sweet and strong for me to session, but it makes a fine sipping dubbel.

Overall, a good representation of the style. Could lend itself to more of a hop character. The flavors open up more as the beer warms up a bit. Definitely a sipper for me, and more of a dessert beer than anything else.

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

First had: on tap at Ommegang, Cooperstown, NY

Poured a cloudy copper-brown with a small beige head that dissipates quickly. Dark sugars in the aroma, with dried fruits, and sweet malts. Similar taste, with brown sugar, molasses, raisins, peach, and a hint of clove and allspice. Alcohol comes through just a bit. Complex and flavorful, well-balanced, medium-bodied, and a pleasant drink.

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

A- Pours burgundy chestnut with moderate carbonation and a luxurious full creamy head which settles into a thick film. Ample lacing.

S- Slight raisin and dark fruit aromas on top. A rum aroma seemed to fill the background of the aroma. Slightly spicy.

T- There's a very subtle hop foundation and tons of malt stacked on top of it. I can appreciate how they managed to get the amount of malt they got in without making it writhingly sweet.

Raisin is very much at the from with a toffee caramel flavor accenting it. The spiciness isn't much behind, but is a bit subtle. There's a bit of lighter fruit to this one as well, but it's pretty short lived.

M- A medium-full, creamy body that somewhat hints that this one may be a meal. The carbonation makes this one seem bigger than it is, which is nice, but it also seems a bit prickly on my tongue.

D- Hides the alcohol considerably well. The only time I really noticed it was after swallowing it. It's a bit too drinkable for the ABV.

The only real downside is that there's no huge plus. It's good in all regards, and a great all around drink, but I can't say that it left me needing to get more. I know they did a great job on another Belgian brew, but it isn't up my tree. Perhaps too much sweetness for me.

Photo of BeerMarshall
2.98/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

To be honest, I was a bit disappointed. I'm looking for a "go to" domestic dubbel so as not to spend all of my money on the real thing. Perhaps just not what I was expecting from a dubbel. I let it warm a bit before serving, served from a 750ml bottle to a pint glass (no tulip or goblet available).
A: Color is pleasant dark ruby,
S: aroma pleasant as well, if a bit sweet.
T: Taste is not what I expected. I think a bit sweeter than I expected, does not finish with the dryness I am accustom to from the real thing (as compared to Westmalle dubbel or chimay blue) and just a hint of medicine-line taste. There is a strange tang for the lack of a better word. Not wholly bad, just not something I expect.
M: Mouthfeel is a bit heavy, a bit syrupy. I would be interest in seeing the FG number as I suspect it does not attenuate to the same degree as other abbey style beers, or perhaps I got an under-attenuated batch.
Overall: Again, not awful, but not what I would call a good example of a dubbel. Bears some similarity to Millennium ale from Dominion brewing co. out of virginia, which is intended as a barley wine if that helps for comparison. both would be best enjoyed in smaller quantities.

Photo of drabmuh
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ommegang's flagship beer? Now that's damned embarrassing. Goddamn.

Beer is brown and mostly clear with a thick tan head of small bubbles, big head....lots of carbonation.

Aroma is sweet and yeasty.

Beer is light in body, heavily carbonated in the mouth. Beer is pretty dry, heavy in yeast character. There is a mild metallic flavor to this beer. It is good, gets better as it warms. I'd have it again if there were few options.

Photo of denver10
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark amber with a huge khaki head. Aroma is sweet juicy dark fruit, a touch of some roastiness that gives off some chocolate, spice, and a little orange. Flavor follows suit. A crisp, active mouthfeel. Overall, this one was my intro into American made Belgian styled beers and it was a great one. Great beer.

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

I purchased the 750ml bottle.

I was struck first by the head, which was plentiful and sticky. The color is a light brown with tints of orange. I did not get an overwhelming taste of caramel, but I did find a faint taste of fruit. It was somewhat sweet, but not overwhelmingly so. The thing I was struck by most was the carbonation, which was noticeable and lasting. Overall, despite the alcohol content, I didn't feel as overwhelmed as I sometimes am with Say Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA. This is a really nice beer and a great introduction to Ommegang Brewery.

Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 3,972 ratings.