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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
93
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4,033 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 4,033
Reviews: 1,676
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 216
Gots: 423 | FT: 2
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-18-1998

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Photo of socon67
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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.

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.

Prost!!!

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).

Photo of GossageBrewery
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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.

Photo of chodinheaven
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of dcook11
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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.

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
12oz

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.

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.

Photo of albertjr21
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of billybob
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Photo of cooler4life
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Reddish dark brown, mohogany feel. One finger head.

S: Sweet, figs, plum, slight oaky twinge. Alcohol breeze is faint.

T: Brown sugar or maple. Dark fruit, I can't acertain which one. It leaves you with a tart grapefruit taste as it exits the palate.

M: Carbonation is a delight. Medium bodied with a dry finish.

Photo of devilben02
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish mahogany color with a fizzy, pinkish-beige head that is thin despite a vigorous pour. The aroma has a wonderfully fragrant combination of wine grapes, candied plums, and dark brown sugar. The flavor is likewise rich and complex, with notes of leather, rum-soaked cherries, raisins, brown sugar, and some deep underlying earthiness. The fine, active carbonation creates a texture that is both prickly and creamy. Overall, this is a wonderful beer that features rich flavors without being syrupy or otherwise heavy.

Photo of DirtyPenny
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured gently into a wine glass.

A: Pours with a 1-finger, light beige head. Beer itself is mahogany with rusty blood undertones. Contrails of lacing stick to the sides of the glass and make funny faces.

S: Sweet malt and dark fruit.

T: Slightly earthy, with notes of plum and raisin mingling with and taking precedence over the dark malt. Wisps of alcohol rise from the grave of each sip. Boo.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation and the feel of evaporating spirits at the end of a swallow.

O: Not bad. I think dubbels just aren't my thing. They're not quite red wine but they seem to haunt the same neighborhood, and I have to be in the right mood for a red. I wouldn't try this again unless I had the right food to pair it with.

Photo of rodney45
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: translucent dark red, like a banner in a medieval castle. Foamy white head, doesnt last the whole drink, but stays
around for a while.

S: Smell is both hop and malt heavy. The malt smells very toasty and warm, and the hops are very citrusy and sharp.

T: The first taste is of floral hop, a little bit like apricot and a wee bit grassy. This is a very sweet beer. Secondary flavor is malt, this is the most dominating flavor character. Its a tad pungent and skunky, which makes me think this beer has been tainted by being exposed to too much light in the display case. Finish is dry and the aftertaste is a tad sour. Tastes a lot like a brown ale.

M: Not really smooth, and not really bitter. I dont know what to make of this mouthfeel. It gets better as the beer warms
up.

O: This beer isnt my favorite from the guys at Ommegang. Its high notes are the texture, look and smell. Its low points come from the taste, which might be skewed by light exposure. I will find another one of these beers, and update if anything changes at a later date.

Photo of rowingbrewer
4.92/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a nice brown color with a decent tan head. there is some lacing on the glass. the smell is sweet with fruity esters and a nice belgian spiceness is present as well, its really a perfect balance between the two. the flavor is very full and again there is a perfect harmonious balance between the the sweet dark fruit flavors and the spiceyness from the belgian yeast. the mouthfeel is medium to full for the style and overall this is the best dubbel I have ever had. ommegang knows their shit.

Photo of Jimmys
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: opaque brown ale. magnificent brown hued head. literally massive. very inviting beer.

S: plums and brown sugar. alcohol and toffee. the residual sugar is strong in this one.

T: a little bit of tobacco. similar to the nose, the residual sugar is very present and puffs the body up significantly. cedar.

M: very pristine bubbly carbonation. full mouthfeel.

D; pretty big dubbel, but very well-made. gorgeous looking beer follows with a delightful smell and taste.

Photo of jrenihan
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium-hued brown, with a lot of thick, frothy off white head. Head begins to settle, but not too quickly.

Smell is brown sugar, fig, raisin, other dark fruits. Malty base is clearly present, slightly caramel like. A bit of spice. Very nice smell.

Taste is very similar to the nose, and also great. The fruit is not as noticeable, and the malt steps forward even more. Fairly bready, the fig is still there a bit, and there is a bit of a boozy finish. The beer is moderately sweet, but (thankfully) not as much as some dubbels can be.

Mouthfeel is nicely full bodied (though not particularly heavy). Slightly more carbonated than I would like, but only just. Nice feel.

Overall, a really nice beer and excellent example of the style. I find dubbels are occasionally too sweet, and this one is not. Really enjoyable.

Photo of RickS95
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown, with some reddish, burgundy tones. The head is relatively thick and white. The contrast between the colors of the beer and the head are impressive.

Dark fruits and a biscuity yeast smell fill the nose. Spices like cloves play a secondary role.

Taste is impressive. Initially it's sweet with the dark fruits in a port wine kind of way. Near the end it's got a toffee-like taste, with some cinnamon.

The mouthfeel starts off creamy. Before the first sip, you can see the creaminess of the beer from the way the head looks. Some heat from the spices is always present and in the end, a hint of sweetness shows up.

This is a really good beer. It's pretty mild for a dubbel. Good ABV that's balanced very well with the fruitiness and creaminess. Glad I've got a couple more of these.

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass

A- Poured a dark burgundy color with a huge four finger latte colored fluffy head

S- Raisin, dark fruit, cherry, and alcohol

T- Rum soaked raisins, black cherry, and candy sugar

M- Sticky mouthfeel, nice body with good carbonation

O- Nice full mouthfeel with good carbonation, the alcohol is apparent, but this is not a boozy beer.

Photo of jayhawk73
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark brown w/ a massive three finger cocoa head that sticks around forever. Nice carbonation, and decent lacing. Dark beer that I can't see any light coming through at all. Beautiful head on this one, it's super impressive.

S- Caramel malt, yeast, rum soaked fruit. Actually a very good smelling dubbel. Very close to 4.5... If the nose was a tad bit stronger, it would totally be there. It's just a little on the weak side for me.

T- This is very tasty. All the smells come out in the taste, and it's very balanced and smooth tasting- just like a good Belgian. Big time malt backbone on this beer as well, although it's not over the top. Some spices in the taste as well, although they're in the background.

M- Super smooth and creamy, very balanced, nice alcohol burn on the aftertaste which increases as the beer warms. Excellent feel for the style.

O- This beer is super close to being world class, it falls just a notch short in a couple categories. Definitely recommended pickup though- it's worth drinking again. I enjoyed this one quite a bit. Cheers!

Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel snifter.

Appearance - Thick light brown head with lots of retention. Good stick. Dark hazy amber body.

Smell - Caramel, malty. Not much hop. No off smell. Balanced but bland.

Taste - Alcoholic finish. Moderate effervescence. Low to no astringency.

Overall Drinkability - Good beer. Session abbey for taste and price.

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

A- 4.5 Very pretty deep red/mahogany color that sits beneath a creamy tan head. The head is made up of very fine bubbles and is about a 1/4" thick. A swirl around the tulip leads to very smooth, moderately sticky lacing and a bubbly dance beneath the cap.

S- 4.5 This has a great aroma made up of figs and dark fruit in general. I get a bit of raisin. There's a little spice here as well, though nothing individually distinguishable. It is almost like a holiday bread. The Belgian yeast is present but mild. There's the slightest hint of booze.

T- 4 The taste isn't as complex and developed as I found the aroma, but it is quite good nonetheless. It is heavy in the dark fruit realm initially, and then that yeasty spiciness makes its appearance to finish. The hint of booze I smelled isn't as pronounced in the taste, but there's just enough that I know it is there.

M- 4 A smidge over medium in body. The carbonation is a tad high. Otherwise, it is pretty smooth and not really heavy for the high ABV.

D- 4 This is a fine ale, and I'm hardly surprised given the brewery. Ommegang always seems to be solid. This is a good one if you're a fan of the style for sure. It packs a great punch of aroma and flavor and isn't all that heavy. At its ABV it will get you where you need to be, so you won't need a whole lot! It's nice to have this brew readily available to fall back on occasion.

Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 4,033 ratings.