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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
93
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3,972 Ratings
THE BROS
100
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Ratings: 3,972
Reviews: 1,656
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 193
Gots: 376 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of SassyBootblack
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled and served in a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Somewhere between deep garnet and brown. Thick tan head.

Smell: Sweet malt and minerals.

Taste: Deep fig and plum flavor, finishing with a minerally tang. If there's Belgian yeast characteristics, it's hard to notice underneath the dark fruit.

Mouthfeel: A little brisk from lively carbonation and whatever is making that tang flavor. Appropriately drinkable body.

Drinkability: Very delicious. Relies more on malt than yeast character, but it's hard to argue with results, this tastes good.

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

Poured into a trusty Duvel tulip glass.

A- A deep reddish brown...almost garnet in color. A brownish yellow head with a nice spongey appearance. Settles and leaves no lace.

S- The first thing noticed is some dark fruits and definite apple notes. Just a bit medicinal.

T- Nice sweet, carmelized malts. Also get some dark fruit flavors. Just a bit syrupy. Flavors become more complex as things warm up. A lingering pleasant sweetness on the finish.

M- Light bodied and very highly carbonated. Just a bit of warming from the alcohol.

D- Quite nice. Easy to drink...lingering flavors are pleasant. Nice to have this on our side of the pond. A top contender in this style.

Photo of ironbike1
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. 2010 bottle.

Poured a beautiful dark orange brownish color with an off white head about an inch deep that lingered for what seemed 5 minutes. Very puffy and creamy looking head.

The smell is of fruits and figs with caramel,pretty typical of the style but there just seems to be a very unique freshness to this one.
Taste is very much like the smell, with figs and very smooth and creamy. Also a slight hint of spices. The head still there but about 1/4" now with great lacing.
Mouthfeel is super smooth and the drinkability of this dubbel is excellent and easy to finsih.

A must try from ommegang. I will be aging a couple bottles aswell.

Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split a 750ml corked and caged bottle; poured into a Chimay goblet.

A: Pours a wood stain brown with a perfect off-white head

S: Smells of cloves, spices, breadiness and booze.

T: The booziness hits you at first, then mellow over time. Floral notes and sweet figs shine through.

D: It is a little inbalanced, to be honest. There are Dubbels with the same or similar ABVs that are much smoother than this, but its interesting flavour keeps you coming back for more.

Overall: A good Dubbel, but certainly not one of the best in the world. Worth a try, though and well worth the money.

Photo of derekmorris7
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice beer..beautiful dark amber color. Came in a four pack and loved every sip. Nice mouthfeel with slight cling but fresh and trailing sweetness. Taste was sweet but had a balanced rough almost coffee like note. Very printable even though you can really feel the moderately high ABV. Highly recommended!

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

This beer has been stored in my cellar for 1.5 years.

Body is clear dark mahogany brown. An easy pour produced a half inch tan foamy head which dissipated quickly to a ring. At that point, no lacing.

Aroma of malt, candi sugar, wet hay, dark fruit (prunes and raisins), maybe some fruit peel, coriander. A little cola. Smells boozy.

Tastes quite malty, moreso than most doubles. There is some sweet malt up front, some dark fruit, a bit of coffee, and a little coriander and cola. Finishes dry with some roasted malt bitterness. Can taste the alcohol in the finish.

Body is medium with enough carbonation to make this slightly creamy.

This is tasting pretty smooth, no doubt helped by cellaring. The alcohol is quickly warming, more than I'd expect from a 8.5% ABV. In sum, I'd say it is a bit more dry roasty than many dubbles, not too sweet, not as highly spiced, and pretty drinkable.

Photo of kbutler1
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Poured into a DFH tulip glass a clear, dark reddish brown color with a very lively and think light tan head that is slow to settles. As it the head settles it leaves a nice sticky lace on the glass. The aroma is on the rather light side with notes of dark fruit and very slight booze. Dark fruit, caramel, and a subtle spice all play in the flavor. Light/medium mouthfeel with a pretty lively level of carbonation. Overall, I lke this enough to drink again but it isn't anything I'd go running out to grab all that often. Ends with a lingering slight spiciness and mild bitterness.

Photo of Kinsman
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

As a big fan of Dubbels, I thought it was about time to revisit this one so I could review it for my records.

Reddish brown with some amber hues mixed in. Lots of action coming from the head on this, rising up to about 3 inches thick in the glass and slowly fading to leave a really sticky lace behind.

Aroma is sort of sweet but more spicy with a notable clove aroma. The underlying sweetness is a bit fruity but more notably caramel.

Taste is a delicate balance of malty sweetness suggesting caramel and maybe some apples mixed in with nice Belgian yeast flavor that is a bit estery but even more so spicey with flavors of clove and some pepper too when the yeast at the bottom mixes in.

Mouthfeel has a medium body but with a smooth velvety texture and a slightly dry finish. Carbonation does seem a bit too much here.

Overall, you can't really go wrong with this Dubbel. A bit complex but well executed but the sweetness is can be cloying after a while.

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

Beautiful deep brown. Wonderful sweet smell that's hard to pin down. It's just awesome. Tasted slightly sweet with full flavor mix of perfectly combined malt and yeast, again very hard to describe accurately without going too far down any one road. Plum notes show up in the flavor, but don't linger too long. Very nice going down in full-flavored swallows. If you can find it, grab it.

Photo of sprucetip
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From notes. Very active with enormous and long lasting fluffy tan head. Exceptional clarity, but with visible yeast chunks tumbling about with the bubbles when backlit. Gorgeous chestnut color turns ruby with backlight.

Bubblegum yeasty spiciness, sweet maltyness, and light esters. Dark fruit adds depth.

Dark fruit, mild bitterness, malty sweetness, and a hint of booze up front. Add to that some spicy yeasty flavors, and a touch of bitter dryness at the end. Pretty well balanced and complex too. A bit more bitter than I remembered.

Plenty carbonated, with a fairly rich body. But the mild bitterness and drying character detract from the more luscious aspects of the feel.

It had been a long time, and this one actually performed similarly to how I had remembered it, as a very good beer that has a bit of a distracting bitterness.

Photo of LuthersMug
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brew with a huge creamy tan head that lasted forever. Lacing was oh so creamy.

S - Not the strongest, but hints of bread, yeast, dates.

T - Strong malts up front, creamy and sweet, even a little spicy nutmeg and cloves. Followed up with a bready, yeasty flavour.

M - Creamy, balanced fairly well. An enjoyable brew at 8.5%.

D - Keep these coming.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have had this beer for at least a couple years. It has been living on the upper shelf of my beer closet and I stumbled across it a couple weeks ago when I was going through all of it. Since this one rose to the top as one to drink...seems like a heck of a time to pop the top on this one.

Appearance: Pours a very dark ruby to brown color that you can see is pretty clear when you hold it up to the light. It has a huge head of creamy tan foam on top that was at least 1 1/2" after the pour and was every bit of an inch high a couple minutes afterward. I poured it really carefully. The beer is leaving some tan lace on the glass after the head starts to fall. After drinking half of the beer, there is some pretty solid islands of lace stuck to the side of the glass.

Aroma: I get lots of sweet and dark malts in here with dark caramel to toffee in particular. There are also plenty of toasty notes that seem Munich malt derived. There is a little bit of oxidation in here, so it is showing the age that it has, but it is still making a solid showing in the aroma department. As the head starts to fall some, you can get a lot more fruitiness with raisins coming out in particular.

Taste: Wow! The flavor is much more bold than I anticipated from the aroma. It is somewhat syrupy with the dark malts and toffee playing hard on your palate from the start. The carbonation is absolutely essential for this beer to not end up harsh on the palate, so it is mixing with the residual sugars to make give the edge that the dark malts have a creaminess to ride on as they make their way down to the belly. The mouthfeel is somehow that of a dry beer, which must be the combination of the high carbonation and the astringency that I am getting from the dark malts. The oxidation that I picked up in the nose is barely noticeable in the flavor...over top of the rest of the ensemble. The finish is balanced way toward the malt with the creaminess coating your palate for quite some time after the sip...you notice a subtle warming from the alcohol setting, but it is very reserved. In all fairness to this beer, I am about a third of the way through my glass and the beer is getting much more drinkable. This may have something to do with the ABV, but either way, it is getting better. Perhaps it is because it is warmer...?

Opinion: Well, I am going to have to say that this is not the smoothest Dubbel I have ever tried, especially up-front. The dark malts are just too assertive for the first few sips to make it really stand out as a beer to seek out. As it is, it is pretty decent as I am half way through the bottle and I can think of just about any other Dubbel I would rather have than this one. I guess this would be an alright one to follow up an Imperial Stout or something that was more roasty, but as a first beer, it was a bit of a shocker to the system for too long in the session for my taste.

Photo of Dhren1979
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage: 2010

Serving Type: 750 ml bottle poured into a wine glass.

A: Pours a deep redish, copper with nearly 2 fingers worth of light, fomay head. The head slowly dissipates. Lacing it quite prevelant.

S: Is that the aroma of ripeded pear?? Sweet smells of fruit (fig? pears?) and sugary malts.

T: A slight sour tast up front but is quickly followed by sweet fruits and some spice. Brown sugar. Subtle malts. Dry almost champagne-like finish.

M: Medium body, refrshing beer. The carbonation and the tiny bubbles play well on my tongue.

D: I would get this again. I slight sipper (if you want it to be) but it can be consumed rather quickly.

Photo of beyah
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml.

Dark, with an extremely healthy head comprised of tiny babout 1 finger of head when pured into a typical pilsner glass.

Complex Malty smell, with a slight spivcy, fruity background

Taste is better as it starts to aproach room temperature getting more complex, has a dry finish.

Excellent mouthfeel small bubble on the tounge similar to most other Belgian style beers.

This is one of the best dubbles I have ever had.

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

poured from a 1 pint 9fluid oz corked bottle on a ommegang chalice style glass.

A- dark and thick ( cannot see through) with a huge head that reamined throughout the entire beer. Moderate carbonation.

S- Light fruit and apparent caramel aroma also some spice I cannot identify is in the background maybe clove.

T- phenomonal taste the caramel stands out upfront with a thick sweet malt. The spice compliments in the background.

M- Thick

D- I would def go back to this beer again and again.

Photo of stckhndlr
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

After sampling what I feel is the best beer ever, Trappistes Rochefort 10, I picked this beer off the shelf only because the label stated it was inspired by the centuries-old brewing traditions of the Trappist Monks. While I will admit it is not AS good it is still a fantastic beer. Very close. Came in a 750 ml corked bottle.

A- Gorgeous dark orange amber color. Visible carbonation that looks like a dark golden champagne. Had to pour carefully because it has the ability to produce a staggering amount of beautiful pale tan head.

S- Has a sweet musty smell the is just wonderful. Actually has a soothing effect to it. Could just sit and smell it forever.

T- Now again, the flavor of this is not quite as good at the rockefort 10. But, it is close. A yeast based fruitiness with a distant chocolate hint mixed with a toasty finish.

M- The carbonation allows the beer to just explode in on the palate and completely fills the mouth. Makes it feel really thick and creamy.

D- I could easily drink this everyday. Can't get tired of this one. Made me feel really sad when it was all gone.

Photo of txbrewer
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pleasant reddish hue, even in the head (and this stuff can foam up!)

S - The label says 'rich, fruity and aromatic burgundian brew'. I definitely got the fruity aromatic part of this, even a moment after I popped the cork on this one.

T - Wonderfully smooth bitterness followed by some raisin like flavors and then off to the mild hopland.

M - A thin creaminess that goes well with the taste

D - Quite so and almost too quick - the smooth bitter (reminds me of a good bittersweet chocolate where you just do not mind that bitter taste) just wants me to drink even more.

I would most definitely go back for another and would suggest this one to quite a few beer fans.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.)

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