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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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Ommegang (Abbey Ale)Ommegang (Abbey Ale)

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3,930 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,930
Reviews: 1,654
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 183
Gots: 362 | 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 ebby82
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark amber into a tulip glass, with a nice frothy head that only slowly dissipates.

The aroma is a fruity bouquet, mostly cherries, maybe even plum. The odor leaves no doubt that a Belgian yeast was used.

The taste is delicate, again very fruity. It lingers on the palate, in a very positive way. Sweet, pungent, just really great.

Very drinkable, and just a really great beer. I don't know much about Dubbels, or Belgian styles in general, but I know that this is a wonderfully enjoyable beer.

ebby82, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of BeerCon5
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber color with two fingers of off-white foamy head that remains throughout the beer.

The scent is of sweet malt, caramel, some honey, and some fruit.

The taste is of fruit, spice, sugar, caramel malt, notes of yeast.

Medium body, smooth and crisp feel, dry finish, moderate carbonation.

This was a very good beer, there is lots of complex flavor and pretty easy to drink.

BeerCon5, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a heavy chalice glass. Pours a mostly clear, deep reddish mahogany body with a two-finger width, fizzy, tan head that dissipated quickly leaving some nice lacing that stuck around. Very nice vinous aroma. Berry honey, raisin, a light toffee bread malt, and some softly spiced yeast. The flavor is more malt based than the aroma, but still maintains a bit of a vinous quality. Starts with some toasted caramels and a bit of bubbly berry taste. Lots of raisins and some more toasty caramels come in during the middle while still maintaining a soft, bubbly carbonation. Some candy licorice, slightly tart dark fruits, yeast, and banana bread come in during the finish where it dries at a nice pace. Sweet aftertaste that lingers with a touch of chocolate, raisin, toasty caramel, vinous fruits, and a light spicing. Palate is full and creamy with a nice, soft carbonation throughout. Overall, a pretty solid dubbel. Just a tad too sweet, but enjoyable and even more satisfying at the backend of the 750ml bottle.

CuriousMonk, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of jss79
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this ale on tap. It was poured into a Hefe Weizen glass. 1 inch rocky off-white head that remained throughout drinking.
Deep reddish-brown in color. Fruity aroma with a distinct malty undertone. Initial taste was sweet with lively carbonation, a medium body that was finished with a nicely rounded bitterness.

jss79, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of MattyV
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.
Reddish-brown, semi-aggressive pour yields a big rocky light beige head that leaves lots of sticky spontaneous lacing and lasts the duration of the drink..
Nose is sweet dark fruits and spice, with subtle roasted malt/cocoa undertones.
Sweet fruitiness and subtle spice up front that cuts to a tart (cherry), slightly bitter (roasted malt) dry finish. A lingering honey sweetness starts to emerge as it warms.
Medium body, lively carbonation keeps it light on the tongue and accents the spiciness.
Nice complexity, I enjoyed the noticeable roasty components of this well-made dubbel.

MattyV, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of WildTurkey
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brownish with amber red color in chalice style glass. Thick off white head. Smells of apple, toast, fig, and yeast. Taste is much of the same with fruity sweetness, apple cider, fig and bread toast flavor. Also a little boozy sourness comes through on the back-end. Very good dubbel.

WildTurkey, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of boudreaux
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark, slightly opaque amber-brown; big, fluffy beige head.

S: Mix of candied dark fruits and a bit of lightly roasted malts.

T: At first, all dark fruits: figs, raisins, perhaps some plum; initial sweetness gives way to a rich complexity of other flavors like honey, caramel, and toffee; beneath it all there is a slight roasted maltiness; GREAT COMPLEXITY

M: Medium bodied beer; just enough carbonation so that you know it's there; relatively high ABV creates a lovely warming sensation in your mouth, adding a dynamic touch to the complexity of flavors

D: Goes down easily; very silky smooth; because of 8.5% ABV, I'd avoind drinking a ton at once

Overall Impression: A solid beer on all fronts. Ommegang Abbey Ale possesses a rich, complex character. I would consider it a heavy beer, in light of its richness and 8.5% ABV, making it a wonderful brew to sip and savor.

boudreaux, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of acehart1
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2004 vintage, sampled on Jan. 22, 2011

The beer is sweetier and earthier. It tastes dirtier (if that makes any sense). The body isn't quite there like it is with a fresher bottle. Some of the fruit flavors have mellowed out and it is a little off. I was expecting something different with a characteristic Belgian like this. We did, however, pair the beer with a lovely Havarti. (I can't believe how much I am starting to sound like Martha Stewart. She is totally invading my thoughts...might want to have that checked out.)

acehart1, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of drh524
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at an Ommegang/Duvel beer tasting. Have had 3 Philosophers a lot and like that but this was much better.

It's brewed with orange peel and various spices. You can easily taste the orange but it's not overpowering and is perfectly balanced with a hops taste.

drh524, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of Meerkey
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Thin off-white head quickly disappears. Nice tracing on top. Murky muddy-brown with red in it.

S: Fruits -cherries, syrupy sweet, spicy. A little nutty.

T: Yummy. Dark fruits again, alcohol. Spicy. Tart aftertaste. I got a little metallic aftertaste too, but I can't tell if it's the beer of the glass.

M: Heavy and sweet on the tongue. Carbonated and spicy.

D: Very tasty. The only problem I have is the tell-tale hint of metal.

Meerkey, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of Ty1erC
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*12 oz bottle poured into a snifter glass.*

a: wow. it's a beautiful, deep mahogany with lots of creamy head. a beer of this style could not look any better.

s: it has a subtle, yet complicated aroma; raisins, apples, spice.

t: the taste is very similar to the smell; sweet malt, subtle candied fruits, raisins, a spicy finish.

m: medium-bodied, high carbonation.

d: this concoction is very drinkable. i think the higher carbonation level balances out a lot of the alcohol presence. a great beer.

Ty1erC, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of mcgwire756
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bowlmor in NYC.

Poured a brownish color with a nice 1 finger head. This beer has a flavorful malt smell. The first sip was very smooth and stayed that way through the whole beer. Tasted of sweet malts and sugar. At 8.5% this tasted so smooth and easy to drink, one would have to be very careful if they are hanging out for the day like I was. A great beer to have a tap, and something I would have again if I saw it on tap. Not different enough however, to have on hand all the time.

mcgwire756, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of Sudsy89
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle, chilled.

Pours a dark reddish-brown, has a big foamy head, high level of bubbly carbonation. A very pretty beer. Smells fruity, malty, has a hint of alcohol in the aroma. I did notice a cherry taste too, big malty sweetness and a bit of yeast. Medium-bodied mouthfeel, just right. At 8.5% abv, it's more of a sipping beer for me, but still delicious and I'd definitely want another. Overall this is a very enjoyable beer to have with a meal or especially a dessert, the taste goes well with fruit or chocolate. This was the first Dubbel I've tried, and I'm impressed.

Sudsy89, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of BigPlay1824
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a mug

A: pours a deep brown color with a ton of off white very foamy head that lingers very long, leaves a nice amount of foamy lacing

S: nice maltiness, slight licorice scent, slight caramel scent

T: very nice caramel malts, nice slight licorice note, nice burnt undertones

D/M: smooth drinking, great complexity, little carbonation tingle, overall wonderful

BigPlay1824, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of Stoutman88
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle

A - deep, deep red and brown color. Thick and foamy tan head. Quick rising bubbles. Great head retention.

S - Cherries and slight citrus smell. Generally sweet smelling.

T - Very sweet malt. Candy and caramel present. Cherries and bananas predominant. Apple. Hops are there, but easily masked by malts. Alcohol present.

M - Thick and heavy. Great carbonation. Feels "velvety"

D - Beer is a bit cloying. A "big" beer, more of a sipper than anything. Takes longer than usual to drink.

Notes - First Belgian stlye I've tried beside Blue moon. Saw on a mix and match rack at Wegmans and decided to try. Definatley a great beer.

Stoutman88, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of crazyjoedivola
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a chimay chalice
Pours deep Burgundy with a two finger beige head that shows decent retention and good lacing
Smell is a little light and all Dubbel. Cloves, dark fruits, yeasty bread dough with a faint scent of alcohol
Taste is just what you smell but with some tart cherry flavors and malt body. The tart cherries last on your toungue
Mouthfeel is solid lots of carbonation
Drinkable? Dubbels are great beers but at 8.5% one is plenty if you expect to be able to taste it. This beer is worth a try though.

crazyjoedivola, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 1/11/11 notes. Went to St. Arnolds on Jefferson Place with my girlfriend for dinner, just south of Dupont Circle in Washington, DC. Had this on tap.

a - Pours a murky mahogany brown color with one finger of light tan head and light carbonation evident. Head lasted for several minutes.

s - Smells of dark fruits, figs, yeast, fruity malts, sweet sugar, and very light alcohol. Cherries really come out a lot as it warms up; very nice.

t - Tastes of dark fruits, especially cherries, yeast, bready malts, figs, sweet fruity malts, and sweet sugar. Really enjoyable.

m - Light to medium body on the medium side and low to moderate carbonation.

d - A very nice dubbel strong on the cherries as it warms up. I found it very easy to drink and loved the taste. Would like to have again.

mdfb79, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of Bonis
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - A dark cloudy amber color off the pour. Huge light tan bubbly head settles after a couple minutes to a thin layer of bubbles.

S - Aroma is of funky belgian yeast mixed with plenty of dark fruits. The sweetness of the malts are plenty big and some burnt sugars are mixed in as well. I don't smell much alcohol.

T - Very malt forward as expected. The dark fruits are huge, some offering a touch of sourness on the palate, a very inviting and subdued sourness. The yeast is notable as well and adds to the characteristics of the dark fruits. Little to no alcohol can be tasted.

M - Medium body with a little too much carbonation (this being my least favorite aspect of the brew). Sugary alcohol coats the mouth with each drink, but it is quite smooth overall for it's alcohol content.

D - Like many in the Belgian style, this beer is way too drinkable. I'd recommend it to any beer lover.

Bonis, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of schlimenhaumer
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet-shaped glass at sea level.

A - This beer maintained a consistent two-finger head and had an appealing translucent amber color. Nice lacing.

S - I have a notoriously bad sense of smell, but alcohol with a hint of cherry came through to me.

T - Very nice, what I expected from a Belgian double with a hint of cherry.

M - Starts out wet with a dry finish that makes you want to come back for the next sip.

D - A bit heavy and high in alcohol, but definitely on the affordable side for a beer of this caliber. I finished nearly the entire bottle by myself!

schlimenhaumer, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of airheadmtrcycle
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Sierra Nevada pint glass. Three fingers of tan head was over a beer that I'd call opaque brown with red hues. The head faded but left lots of lacing.

Aromas of dark fruit and alcohol dominate my first smell. The first tastes are uber-sweet with ripe fruit, like figs and raisins. Brown sugar is there as well. The alcohol is not as obvious on the palate. In fact it's pretty well concealed, but seems to be playing a role in keeping the sweetness from being cloying. I'm warming nicely on this freezing evening. As I progress through the beer (and as it warms) it seems more balanced, less sweet and the alcohol never shows again.

The mouth feel is lush, smooth and full in its own way. Not full like a stout, but full as in not watery or lacking in any way. It's surprisingly drinkable for such a sweet, full ale.

I didn't think I was going to like this after my first swig. I took a shower and let it warm up, then everything came together. I haven't had many dubbels but this one made a positive impression on me. I'll keep my eyes open for others. I wouldn't hesitate to pick up a bomber of this tomorrow if this weather holds, and they say it will.

airheadmtrcycle, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of philmorepunk87
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- bottle states burgundy which describes this beer well, has a nice two finger head.

S- dark fruit, funky yeast and alcohol

T- mostly dark fruits really not as complex as some of the other dubbel's

M- highly carbonated and has a semi thick mouthfeel

D-I would not want more than one of these

philmorepunk87, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of jwinship83
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle picked up at the brewery. poured into the ommegang chalice pictured on the label.

A- this one pours out a murky dark brown colored body with a rather large khaki colored head on top. the head is pretty quick to fall, and leaves behind think rings of lacing.

S- the first thing i notice with the nose are fruits and yeast. apples, figs, dates and raisins with just a hint of cherry. sweet malts and brown sugar are in here as well.

T- the brown sugary sweetness i could smell comes through strong in the taste, as does the belgian yeast. pretty fruity also. lots of raisins, figs, dates, and apples. not much alcohol.

M- light bodied and highly carbonated. there is a little bit of warming from the alcohol.

D- easy to finish and quite the bargain at $7.99/bottle. this is probably my go to beer for this style. ommegang is one of the best breweries on north american soil at making authentic tasting belgian beers.

jwinship83, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of ommegoose
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle.

Two inch rocky head on top of a mahogany body. Not quite opaque, with ruby hues, but adding the yeast takes some of the brightness out. No visible carbonation. The cap holds quite well and leaves a nice amount of lacing.

Fruity, mainly dates and figs, white grape. Clove. Maybe a trace of banana with that. Cherry and bubblegum pretty far in the background.

Dry yeasty flavors are most apparent at first. Peppery, cinnamon. Chalky cocoa, raisins, dates. Pretty bold, but sweetness is subdued. Finish has a hint of spicy bitterness. Herbal blend is Ricola-esque. Does turn sweeter as it warms, with lighter fruits like the rest of the ones I found in the nose, and a healthy amount of caramel malt.

Very effervescent. A hard pour still left a very lively body. Turns really lush given a little time. Still packs a little heat on the way down.

This is a classic American Dubbel. Fairly reminiscent of Chimay Red to me, from what I recall. At the price this goes for it is hard not to be satisfied, even if some of the Belgians trump it. This is not a difficult 750 ml to tackle solo. I almost bumped the flavor higher, but that's probably the territory for the Belgians to occupy. Still, very nice effort.

ommegoose, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of Tucquan
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2010-05-15 at the Mt Hope Brewfest in PA (from tasting notes)

A - Ruby red with a generous head and good lacing

S - Belgian yeast, candied fruit, alcohol and a bit of lemon peel.

T - Tropical fruit, spice, citrus, fairly sweet, alcohol esters. Dry finish. Delicious.

M - Light body and medium carbonation give a moderate champagne-like feel.

D - A good sipping brew. IMHO, the best beer at this Brewfest.

Tucquan, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of TheBear11D
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 pint 9.4 oz bottle

Pours a deep amber that lightens to around with a lasting foamy light tan head that lasts for eternity with good lacing.

Smells quite strongly of good fruit; raspberry, grape, apple and raisin. Chocolate malts are faintly noticeable in the background.

Flavors are great and complex. Honey and caramel up front with a mixture of fruit that hangs around in the aftertaste.

Full thick body with plenty of carbonation that is suiting for this brew.

A very enjoyable beer. Enjoyable every sip.

TheBear11D, Jan 03, 2011
Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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