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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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Ommegang (Abbey Ale)Ommegang (Abbey Ale)

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,715 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,715
Reviews: 1,638
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 154
Gots: 287 | FT: 3
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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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clayrock81

Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.8%

Pours a clearish auburn brown with one-finger head that gives a slight bubbly head that sticks around. A great smell that is typical of great Belgians as it has an orange fruit smell, hints of yeasty breadiness and some caramel sugary sweetness. Taste follows as this thicker, chewier beer is full of sweet sugary malts, a lingering yeast note that keeps it balance and even lends itself to a slightly dry backbite. Has some fruity citric notes in there along with some spicy clove to furthur enhance the beer (the fruit tastes even have a little juicy grape/apple note and a tad tart edge). Classic dubbel.

02-22-2010 16:57:20 | More by clayrock81
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AlFromBayShore

Georgia

4.72/5  rDev +13.5%

A - has an opaque dark brown color that is a little off. Its like the color of brown sugar.

S - mildly boozy, sugary like sugar cane, candy, dried fig, dried dates, raisin, and minor notes of melon and strawberry in the background.

T - those dried figs and dates, and raisin but refreshing and crisp. minor notes of Peach? Turbinado sugar and subtle maple syrup. That refreshing quality must come from a fruitiness in this ale.

M - medium bodied with prickly carbonation.

D - gulping and hearty!

Second week in a row that I've bought this beer. Its in my top three of Belgian ales.

02-20-2010 01:47:14 | More by AlFromBayShore
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

Haven't had this in a while -- actually surprised I haven't reviewed this already. Pours amber with a decent off-white head and crazy carbonation. Good spotted lacing on the sides of the pint.

Fruity aromas, with some hop leaf notes (you have to dig them out). There's plenty there.

Terrific flavor in this one. Some toasted malt, but big sweet/tart fruit with some yeast and light bitter bite fighting through. A bit boozy, but well hiden by other flavor elements. Cleaner finish than I expected. Really really drinkable beer here. Right amount of flavor and body (medium with solid carbonation), with no off flavors. Fantastic and so accessible. A must to try.

02-20-2010 01:09:06 | More by OtherShoe2
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ksimons

New York

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%

A-poured into a Ommegang goblet. About an inch or so of head, a very dark cloudy amber brown.

S-malty and sweet

T+M-Mild carbonation, a rich malty taste is most present, aftertaste is somewhat sweet

Overall a great beer, really malty but not too sweet

02-18-2010 01:31:07 | More by ksimons
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Bessie113Life

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

This was a beer that was on a friends "To Drink" list:

Color: This beer was a deep copper bordering on garnet. Thick head that dissipated very slowly, leaving a thin layer of lace on glass.

Smell: Very malty, almost syrupy, with fig overtones. Slight spice but mostly fruity. Pretty aromatic.

Taste: Tart at first, malty. Then notes of the fruityness, a bit of spice to round out and enhance. Aftertaste was a bit sour but delicious syrup( excuse me for mentioning but the afterburp was true to fruit form, figs and I love them).

Mouthful: Was a bit carbonated, but quickly gave way to sweetness.

Drinkablility: Was okay on its own, not something I would pick up. I did pair this with a pork dish (website to follow) and salad and was very much to my liking. That is how I would recommend this beer with a meal.

Ommegang Brewery recommended a hearty meat dish with this beer, preferably French, so I found a "Pork Chops with Mustard and Cream Recipe" (thanks to foodnetwork.com), very tasty. I modified a little, email me for my substitutions, happy to respond.

02-17-2010 01:36:03 | More by Bessie113Life
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schanker21

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured from a bomber into a wine glass.

A- Murky copper with a light tan head. Head is pretty big and dissipates slowly.

S- Yeast, lots of malt, syrupy smelling (for lack of a better term), very slight hops presence in the nose.

T- Slight hops taste up front with a big malt backbone. Sweet, but not overly so.

M- Very low on carbonation to the point the it almost makes it a little watery. The low point on an otherwise very good beer.

D- Overall very good. For the price it's hard to beat.

02-13-2010 03:59:06 | More by schanker21
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generalnotsew

Tennessee

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

A: Thin and very dark. I can barely see through it. Guess I would describe it as copper. Nothing really stands out here.

S: Sweet bready malty with some grape. If I sniff real deep I almost get grape juice. Fig and plum is also present.

T: I get quite a bit of tanginess up front. The grape juice quality carries over. Wish I hadn't chilled it so much. If it warms before I am done I will edit a bit. Has a sweet biscuity quality. I do remember last time I had it. It was bursting with flavor. The fig is still quite prevalent.

M: Maybe a little too over carbonated and there seems to be a lot of alcohol warmth. That is something you usually get in the Quads but not the Dubbels. Not bad but not great either.

D: Drinkability is on par with others of it's kind. But Dubbels just don't seem to have that overly drinkable quality and the alcohol warmth takes away from this one.

02-12-2010 04:45:46 | More by generalnotsew
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squirrelpirate

Maryland

4/5  rDev -3.8%

Ommegang Abbey Ale pours a burgundy hue with a thick layer of tan head that leaves a thin lace down the glass. The aroma is a combination of caramel/brown sugar sweetness, notes of alcohol, and dark fruits.

Taste is fruity with bits of spice and caramel sweetness. The alcohol is not as prevalent as I expected, and there is a dry bitterness in the finish.

Medium-heavy mouthfeel with an ample amount of carbonation. Good drinkability.

02-11-2010 05:49:17 | More by squirrelpirate
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%

A- Rich, thick, fluffy everlasting head that pastes itself all over the sides of the glass. This head is really nice. The beer is a deep garnet. Its semi clouded over (at least on the first glass).

S- Sweet and distinctly belgian. Cherries, sour dough, dates and figs. It would be nice if it were a bit stronger, but whats there is very nice.

T- Really sweet and fruity. Big juiciness from flavors of granny smith apples. Very apple-y. A tad of spice and alcohol towards the end. This tastes like there is more alcohol than there actually is.

M- Fluffy feeling carbonation, kinda sticky, especially in the back of the throat.

D- Slightly boozy. This one doesnt hide its ABV at all. Very rich and sweet.

02-11-2010 05:18:41 | More by MbpBugeye
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TCgoalie

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

Appearance: When held up to the light, you can see the dark reddish amber color. Nice head retention.

Smell: Malty grape smell with some scents of yeast.

Taste: Sour candy flavor dominates with a touch of hop bite that doesn't last long. The aftertaste reminds me of a tart apple.

Mouthfeel: Seems to have a light presence with a dry finish.

Drinkability: Not bad. I wouldn't have guessed this is 8.5%. The sweetness would keep me from having several.

02-07-2010 20:24:52 | More by TCgoalie
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omnigrits

Texas

4.65/5  rDev +11.8%

750ml corked bottle into a tulip stem.

Massive off-white head that soon dies down to a one finger topping above a deep, rich reddish brown brew. The aroma is immediately Belgian - sweet, yeasty, slightly medicinal, very fruity.

The taste... oh, so good. More of the same with hints of spiciness, a touch of apple maybe. Nowhere near as sickly sweetly malty as some dubbels I've tasted, and a wonderful dry finish. Plenty of carbonation and a light but not thin mouthfeel.

A seriously good beer.

Edit: This a beer that's simply itching to be accompanied by good cheese, so I've broken out some Red Leicester I just happened to have standing by.

02-07-2010 02:12:14 | More by omnigrits
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Brettster

Indiana

4.68/5  rDev +12.5%

I first had this beer while spending the weekend at Cooperstown, NY. Did not make it to the brewery but had it on tap at the Dugout pub. This time I am reviewing it from a bottle.
Poured from a 750ml bottle to an Ommegang chalice. This is a dark hazy amber, almost brown. Produced a beautiful off white two finger foamy head that hung around the duration of the beer. Brings nice hints of sweet fruits. Tastes sweet with hints of fruit and a slight citrusy finish. Very smooth and creamy. This is a tremendous American rendition of a Belgian Dubbel.

02-05-2010 23:45:55 | More by Brettster
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MikeGill

New York

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

750ml. bottle with cork poured into a Riedel stemless Burgundy glass.

Light opague mahogany with amber hues. Two inch head which quickly became a one inch head which eventually settled into sticky inconsistant lacing.

Root beer, mascerated fruits and clove aromas. Very warming and slightly bitter. Good viscosity with a definate carbonation bite. Flavors of dried cherry and carob dominate with black licorice notes. Alcohol is well masked in the bountiful finish.

02-05-2010 18:59:42 | More by MikeGill
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ChopperSmith

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber-brown color with a tan head that retained nicely and left good sticky lacing.

Smell: Sweet yeasty phenols of fruit and banana with some nice caramel malts in the mix.

Taste: Like it smells, sweet and yeasty with fruit and malt flavors blending well. Slight hops flavors in the mix as well. Very satisying Dubbel flavor and style.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body with nice creamy carbonation. Not overly syrupy, but still a bit think in the mouth.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. A good example of the Belgian Dubbel style. Another winner from the fine brewmasters at Ommegang.

02-03-2010 18:31:09 | More by ChopperSmith
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DoppleJock

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%

02/01/2010
750 ml bottle poured into a St. Bernardus goblet.

A: Pours a rich dark red. Almost looks like blood when held up to a light! 3-finger caramel head. Amazing retention with lots of lacing. The definition of a Dubbel.

S: Starts off with sweet dark fruits and finishes with dark chocolate and toffee.

T: Tastes much like it smells. Alcohol is masked very well. Really pleasant taste.

M: Full-bodied with a warm finish.

D: First had this almost seven years ago before I had a full appreciation for Belgian-style beers. Remember it knocked my socks off. Feeling is still there today. An American Trappist-Style Dubbel that rivals most European versions.

02-02-2010 03:54:59 | More by DoppleJock
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darklordlager

Wisconsin

3.68/5  rDev -11.5%

Ommegang Abbey
A: Pours a very dark amber with a lively & enormous brown-orange head that displays magnificent retention. Looks as if someone dropped a mini throw-pillow on top of it. Gorgeous.

S: Fruity esters attack the nostrils, bubblegum/banana hefeweizen-like scents.

T: Tug of war between fruity/estery weizen yeast-like characteristics and bready malt with a hint of dark fruit. Peppery, caramel malt. Herbal/flowery.

M: Extremely high carbonation, medium body.

D: Not my favourite dubbel, but an interesting offering and turned out better than I originally thought after first taste.

01-28-2010 02:28:21 | More by darklordlager
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WeezyBoPeep

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: Murky dark amber with a chocolate hue. Tannish head with an assortment of different sized bubbles.

S: Big time caramel and ripe bananas. Notes of prunes and dark fruit + molasses with an underlying pungent funk.

T: An initial brown sugar and molasses taste is followed up by an alcohol tang, almost a red wine mouthfeel; heavy and not too carbonated; creamy but sharp. Hints of that funk are detected in the finish which lingers with a maple candy-ish character.

D: I'm not sure I'd call this a session beer for me. I think two would be my limit.

Value: Personally I think these Ommegang beers are pretty good but overpriced for sure.

Value:

01-27-2010 15:28:37 | More by WeezyBoPeep
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matjack85

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +1%

I found this 750ml brown bottle at the Trader Joe's in Glen Ellyn, IL for just $5.99 a bottle, so I snatched up the last one. The bottle itself has a wire corked cap on it like a champagne bottle and the label is full of information about the beer and even how to pour it.

Pour this beer slowly or you will get a head that takes up 3/4 of the glass. Even poured slowly you will get a dark ruby colored beer with a 3 finger foamy tan head that will hang around awhile and leave lots of nice lacing on the glass.

The beer smells like you just opened a fresh roll of Life Savor hard candies. It's really sweet smelling and very fruity.

The taste is not nearly as sweet as the smell would suggest. Instead, it's full of dark fruit flavors like plums,figs, and red grapes, and then add to that a toffee-like sweetness. But we're not quite done yet. The finish then offers up a spicy, alcoholic taste with just a lingering hint of brown sugar/molasses sweetness. It's a very interesting, complex, and wine-like beer.

This has a very smooth and silky mouthfeel to it. Medium to full bodied with just a moderate amount of carbonation - very wine-like.

I finished the entire bottle by myself, but the 8.5% abv will definitely come back to kick you, so I wouldn't recommend any more than this at one sitting, but it's a great sipping beer. Many reviewers found even more flavors in it than I did, so drink it slowly and see how many different tastes and smells you can pick out.

01-27-2010 08:24:15 | More by matjack85
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ATPete

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

12oz bottle

This beer is a true classic, my personal benchmark for the style and thats saying something for sure. Pours a deep brown with orange/red highlights and a medium sized tan head that leaves a generous amount of fine lacing on the rim of a the chalice. A wonderful bouquet of ripe dark fruit, dark rich malts, caramelized sugar, a lightly spicy yeast note and a slight wave of alcohol. Full and very round in the mouth, a perfect level of carbonation makes for a larger quaff. Rich enough without being to filling, very well balanced. This beer has endless food pairing possibilities.

01-27-2010 00:39:10 | More by ATPete
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BeerNemesis

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Ommegang Abbey Ale, 750ml. (2009 vintage)

a - The nearly opaque Mahogany body glistens and bubbles cheerfully. 1.5 finger head that recedes slowly leaving a coppery ring of foam. Mild carbonation visible.

s - Smells of cherries, yeast, clove, perhaps anise.

t - spicy / peppery on the tongue initially. This gives way to some dark fruitiness and malt. Finishes dry with some lingering sweetness.

m - carbonation and dryness leave me wanting another sip. Light and tingly mouthfeel.

d - It's a good beer to be sure, but it doesn't overwhelm me with complexity, which, for a dubbel, may or may not be a bad thing.

01-26-2010 01:23:20 | More by BeerNemesis
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glid02

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Bottle shared by a friend.

Pours a slightly hazy chestnut brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sweet malts with a good deal of caramel notes, brown sugar, and medium fruits - plums and raisins mostly.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Sweet malt flavors up front are joined shortly by good doses of caramel and sugar-coated raisins and plums. The fruit flavors are crisp and fade out before a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a creamy thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have another.

Overall this beer doesn't disappoint. One of the ubiquitous offerings from Ommegang and there's a reason why. Worth a shot.

01-25-2010 17:22:24 | More by glid02
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mrkc

Alaska

4/5  rDev -3.8%

The bottle is a stately 75Cl, corked and basketed, with a red label with heraldic lions holding aloft an O. This is sullied by the instructions for pouring on the side. Upon pouring, I realize how translucent the glass actually is. There doesn't seem to be any indication of when it was bottled. The beer pours easily, with a rusty colour, and a minimal light tan head. It smells yeasty, with hints of banana and pepper. The odour is sweet and creamy. Drinking it, it has a silt like consistency on the tongue. The creamy texture really stands out here, as well as the mild fruits. There's mild carbonated bite to it, but the liquid clings to the mouth, coating it. Due to its mouthfeel, it suffers from lower drinkability. You must pace yourself, or intersperse glasses with either water or cheese, because it becomes overwhelming otherwise.

01-25-2010 04:05:14 | More by mrkc
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fastsrt

New York

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%

750 ml bottle in my chalice opened with a huge pop
A: deep rust color, rose a massive lingering head, creamy head, good lace clinging till the last drop.
S: raisins, coriander, spice, other dark sweet fruits.
T: fruity, prunes, dates, raisins. I detected a slightly funky flavor hidden in the beer.
M: carbonation is a big player here lifting the sweetness away form the pallet to let the other complex flavors shine through. as well as giving a light mouth feel but the finish is a bit on the sweet side.
D: drink is as good as it can be, smooth, this is one of my top styles and for the price it can not be beat.

01-24-2010 22:40:51 | More by fastsrt
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phillipzayas

Texas

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

A - very dark. Seemed quite hazzy even from the top. Simply because there was still yeast at the bottom of the bottle. Head retention was a bit weak.

S - toasty, sweet, almost liquorish smells. Ahhh.

T - Very nice taste. Very liquorish like with toasted accents. I really enjoyed it.

M - Not terribly good on this one. The carbonation was still much more on the line of a soda pop. Not like the carbonation in a standard style dubbel beer. I didnt enjoy too much.

Overall, great sipping beer. I could see myself drinking this again over a nice fire place and chatting with friends. I think this one shouldnt be paired with anything. Just enjoy the naked, unadulterated flavors.

01-20-2010 22:16:22 | More by phillipzayas
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feelmefoam

South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%

Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a dark, murky blood-amber color with some lighter plum highlights when held up to the light. A beautiful, fluffy, fizzy, pockmarked tan head was pushed up to its apex about two full fingers above the liquid line. A very pretty beer.

Dark fruits, brown sugar, some toasty caramel, and a bit of honey are present in the nose. Not overly aromatic, but it smells good.

Sweet up front as the honey and dark fruit flavors mingle nicely. A more toasty aspect in the middle, followed by a spicy dry finish. The mouthfeel complements the beer as well; it's medium-bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation that works well with the slightly warming effect of the alcohol to make the beer have a rich, creamy feel on your tongue.

Overall, a very drinkable Belgian put out by America's own little slice of Belgium, Ommegang brewery. This is my third (I think) beer from them, and I've yet to be disappointed.

01-19-2010 02:13:40 | More by feelmefoam
Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 3,715 ratings.