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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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3,969 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,969
Reviews: 1,656
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 192
Gots: 370 | 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 BB1313
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured a dark reddish brown w/ beautiful fluffy head and nice lacing. Ommegang beers have the prettiest heads imo. Smells sweet w/ hints of banana and grapes and sugar. Malt is pretty present blended w/ some dark fruits. The taste is more bitter than I anticipated, but still sweet enough, tasty. Alcohol is noticeable, but pretty subtle. Pretty carbonated mouthfeel. One of these will do.

Ommegang makes solid brews, and this is no exception.

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

Pours a dark copper/red with a frothy tan head. I used a goblet for this, and it looks absolutely spectacular. Really.

Aroma is malty, fruity and a bit sugary.

Taste is malty and fruity at the offset and finishes off sweet. Barely any alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel is light, well carbonated, creamy, and is overall very drinkable. And very good.

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

A- Bottle (25.4 oz) poured into a goblet glass. Pours a dark brown mixed with a reddish amber. One inch frothy head, which dissipated into a thin lace.

S- Dark fruit, with overtones of bread and a slight tinge of alcohol. Every beer review should contain the word "tinge". Check.

T - The abbey ales are one of the few beer styles that I do not have much experience with drinking, meaning I do not have much basis to compare it to. The taste has some dark fruit (mild), mixes of sugar, malt, and the presence of alcohol (but it is not overbearing). Not much in the way of hops. Pleasant tasting, but not overly complex.

M- The mouthfeel is almost perfect. The carbonation is spot on, with only a slight thinness that hits the back of the tongue.

D - One bottle of this size is perfect. I would imagine this would work well with a big dinner, with the first glass during, and the second after as a "dessert". Will definitely try it again and would recommend it.

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

Appearance: 25oz corked and caged. A rich mahogony in color, poured with a ton of head at first. Leaves some lacing in the glass.

Smell: Malty, breadyness, hint of booze.

Taste: Mellow port like flavors follow through midsip. Faint roasted malt, nuttyness. Has a twang to it as well, sour granny smith apples. Rather tart for a dubbel but enjoyable nonetheless.

Mouthfeel: Dryness. Champagne finish. Medium bodied ale.

Drinkability: An ideal session beer to an enthusiast with no prior obligations for the evening.

Photo of beveritt
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a Belgian 750ml bottle into a Duvel chalice. Label is reddish brown background with an orange lion coat of arms. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with 3 1/2 fingers of medium tan head. This settles slowly, eventually dropping to a nearly complete coating of foam with a larger island above the point of nucleation. Nice lacing. The beer itself is a clear, brilliant ruby red.

Smell: Semi sweet malt with the distinct note of tart cherries. Slight musty undertone.

Taste: Biscuity malt upfront with nutty undertones. Yeast brings fruity esters to the mid flavor, especially tart cherries and strawberries. Lingering sweetness with a distinct tartness.

Mouthfeel: Average to higher than average carbonation level. Body is great, very lively mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Good example of a classic style. Flavorful and lively. I will definitely revisit this one again.

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

12oz bottle served in trappistes rochefort chalice.

pours a dark, very deep amber with a solid finger of fluffy tan head that leaves nice lacing. in the nose i get dark fruits, the malt and yeast typical of a dubbel, some spice, and alcohol. taste is more of the same: had to let it warm for a few minutes before the flavors really started to emerge. sweet finish. booze is there, but relatively well hidden... mouthfeel is okay, more carbonation than i remember the last time i had this (in the 750ml bottle) - a little too much imo. nonetheless, high marks for drinkability.

Photo of ericj551
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ommegang Abbey Ale pours a hazy deep red brown with a beautiful fluffy head that lingers nicely. The aroma is fruity, tropical citrus and pine with some nice raisiny dark fruit. The flavor is sweet and malty upfront with tons of rich dark fruit. There is a hint of chocolate and a nice dry, slightly phenolic finish. Not a hint of alcohol, exceptional for it's strength.

Photo of mash4077
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A- Huge, three finger light biege head. Deep, dark amber color. Head lasts quite a while, but not "too long". A great looking beer.

S- Alcohol isn't perfectly masked, but isn't a huge disturbance. There's a peach smell, good maltiness. Not much else.

T- The peach is definitely in the taste, along with a feel of white grape, and now the alcohol taste is virtually non-existent (except a little in the aftertaste). Very light caramel flavor midway through, possibly crystal malt. Overall quite malty and very little hops but the balance actually doesn't seem off. Definitely gets better as it warms (as the bottle implies).

M- This has quite a pinch on the tip of the toungue. Very well carbonated and pretty creamy. Very nice.

D- I was expecting it to be a bit more drinkable, not sure I could sit through many of these in a row, but one was just fine.

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

Pours brown with a nice fluffy light tan head. Great lacing and a ruby tint when held to the light make this beer visually appealing.

The depth of the smell of this beer is superb. Sweet fruit, banana, pear, and candied apples pair with grass, some light pine, and a touch of funk.

Figs, raisins, and citrus start the taste with some bread, bananas, and sweet pine to follow and finish. The aftertaste is similar to marshmallows and candy with a hint of hops.

The feel is light, yet creamy.

The drinkability is good. Great smell and complexity of flavor. Great Belgian from the US.

Photo of ianmhall
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a stemless burgundy glass...

A- zero opacity... a glowing brooding chocolate brown with orange and red highlights... pours with a thick inch and a half tawny tan head, you could float a quarter on this head that slowly calmed down leaving a velvety, fine head... this is a sexy beer!

N- banana, sweet fruit, getting a bit of apple... candied apple... the depth of the nose doesn't strike me as exceptional although it does scream elegance- some slight licorice, clove, and caramelized brown sugar

T- a big Belgian brown with tons of caramel, molasses, banana, good spicy hops which at first swig reminisce of radish, cola, slightly cloying with sweetness... such brown sugary opulence, banana flambe, dark sugar, black rum, and butter

M- medium bodied but on the fuller side for a belgian brown (based on the ales i have tasted so far), possibly a bit cloying and in pairing with food you will want to have a bit of acidity and sharpness in a food counterpart to this beer (i want some cheese and spiced pear, then a pork loin with a cherry-balsamic compote)

D- 93/100- i will enjoy this beer when ever i have the opportunity... great quality... one of americas' best!

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

I am, frankly, surprised to see Ommegang (Dubbel) Abbey Ale generally rated so highly by BA reviewers. Don't get me wrong, it is a very good beer, but it fails to hit the mark as a Belgian dubbel in many respects. The color, the head, the lace on the glass are all fine, but the aroma is hot, syrupy sweet, and full of burned sugar. And so is the flavor. The dark roast is too much, IMHO for a dubbel, and the body/mouthfeel too full and sweet by far.

I think of a dubbel as a Belgian take on a doppelbock, and this beer is just too much doppelbock and not enough Belgian. I would like this beer to be drier, crisper, spicier. Lots of sugar and caramel flavors would be okay, but not so much sweetness. The body should be medium and dry, not heavy and syrupy. The nose should scream fruits and exotic malts, not roasty-toasty-espresso aromas.

The alcohol of a dubbel should add a slight hint of warmth at most. This beer is nearly up to winter-warmer status. If you like a rich, complex, alcoholic doppelbock, I think you'll enjoy Ommegang Abbey Ale. I do. But I'd rather be drinking a good abbey dubbel!

Photo of Arithmeticus
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: dark brown with a hint of red; beautiful blossom of head
S: sweet, light aroma; no strong overtones
T: beautiful sweet rich dubbel flavor that starts off, initially, with a light smack of cherry; slight bitterness; very similar to Unibroue's La fin du monde, but without the cloying hammer.
M: abundantly fizzy
D: you'll want another, if you can find your way to the fridge ok.

Great beer, ideal for philosophical conversation.

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 25.4oz bottle into 400ml New Belgium branded tulip glass.

Appearance: Very dark caramel color (almost black) with a large beige head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves behind lots of lace.

Smell: Sweet fruits with a strong alcohol aroma.

Taste: Begins with sweet malt flavors, finishing with slightly bitter yeast alongside some apple and white grape flavors. Also has the expected bittersweet alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel: A heavy yet thin body, with balanced, natural carbonation and a dryer finish.

Drinkability: A good sipping beer, lighter and sweeter than what I remember from other Dubbels. Still, this is worth a shot, although it may not satisfy the biggest Belgian beer fans.

Photo of Sam21
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Cork/cage 750ml bottle into wine glass. Bottled early 2010.

Appearance - Pours a deep mahogany with a light-brown head. Decent retention. Leaves a nice ring when it dissipates and one or two small spots of wet lace as it goes down.

Smell - Malty and sweet. Ripe dark fruits and floral notes. Richly sweet with some clovey spice and subtle metallic notes.

Taste - Matches the nose. Loaded with robust dark fruits and held together by a long dry and sweet finish. Subtle kiss of alcohol in the end. Spicy clove balances out some of the sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Medium-full and very smooth. Soft and very lively carbonation. The dryness in the finish really pulls everything together nicely.

Drinkability - What a treat! Beautifully dark, rich, complex, and delicious. A good beer for cold nights and good company. One 750 is plenty. Ommegang never disappoints.

Photo of impending
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into a tulip. Very dark chestnut, opaque. Dense solid head leaves sticky lacing.

Classic complex belgian aroma. Malts, tangy ?, hint of clove and dark candied sugars, no sense of alcohol.

Taste is the aroma x2 but adds a roasty accent. Nice mouth feel. This brew deserves to be sipped slow enough to savor the various taste / temperatures. An excellent brew !

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

A: Pencil thickness of head which drops quickly but retains a thin layer over the surface, color reminds me of ice tea, the beer is ever so slightly opaque - 3.75, S: The initial burst of aroma reminds me strongly of Tootsie roll and latte, there's a deep caramel and slight spiciness, I also catch some prunes and dates or some sort of dark pitted fruit, sweetness is present but quite muted - like a watered down maple syrup - 4.25, T: Spicy palate, a medium malt sweetness on the beer that finishes dry, I also pick up the faintest signs of earthy hops on the tail end of the beer, raisins, alcohol is apparent but not disruptive to the flavor - 4.00, M: Slight effervescence to the beer, medium to light in body - 3.50, D: All around a very nice Dubbel, very drinkable - 4.00

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

Had this beer served out of a bottle at the American Craft beer Festival. Served in a two ounce tasting glass.

A thick beige head and a murky brown body

S bubblegum and fruit cake spice smell

T spice, sweet grain middle, fruit stone end

M medium body

D okay. Complex. Probably good with food. I would have this beer again.

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

This beer has a head like lightly toasted marshmallow with excellent retention. The liquid is dark and inviting and it's promising me flavors of dark fruit, as many Belgian darks do. Lovely, sporadic lace creates forms that a gypsy might be inclined to prognosticate from.

Belgian yeast and hops dominate the nose giving off banana and caramel. Reminds me of bananas Foster if it was made with brandy instead of rum.

Okay yes, there is some dark fruit there (dark cherry and plum), but not as overwhelming as some Abbey ales from Belgium that I've tried. There is a candy sweetness that is tempered by the alcohol, both mutually muting the other in a show of expert control by the brew master. Spicy notes in the form of black pepper. There's a little mustiness in the wash that becomes orange rind bitter as it fades.

I'm not enamored of the way the bitterness expresses itself in the aftertaste of this beer. The sense I get is of a layered metallic grittiness on the sides of the tongue toward the back that outstays its welcome. The carbonation level is fine and the body is prefect for the style.

A nicely constructed beer, which I've come to expect from the boys from Cooperstown. A wonderful rendition of the style with all the earmarks of some of the best versions. It loses a little of its luster in the aftertaste, but not enough to ruin the experience of a well-crafted beer.

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

Popured into a SN tulipish glass from a 750ml corked bottle. Beer is a deep copper color with a billowy off white head.

Smells very belgian-y, which is to say malty and yeasty. Taste is little more mellow than I was expecting. I mean its generally malt/yeast with a bit of what people usually describe as dark fruit. Finish is a little hard to describe- there is an almost noticable absence of what was once there... hard to describe. Of note is that it is a very smooth beer.

All told, this is a pretty nice beer. Price point of 6.99 makes it a good choice when I'm feeling in a belgian-y mood. I'd like to check out their trippel.

Photo of bogus564
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First Ommegang offering I've ever tried. After this, I will be trying more.

The pour was quite nice, resulting in a 4 cm head. The color is a beautiful dark amber which can be seen through.

The smell is nice and malty, with a nice sugary vibe to it.

When I took my first sip, I got a nice malty, chocolaty sensation of some sort. Then, I noticed a very nice citrus feel, kind of orange, faintly grapefruit, maybe cherry feel. There was a hoppy aftertaste to it, which I enjoyed as a hophead.

Overall, a very strong choice. This would be outstanding with a nice steak served hot off the grill. I'm looking forward to my next Ommegang choice.

Photo of jbertsch
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my new ommegang chalice, this one looks great. Dark ruby red color. Almost like tea, with a thick, frothy head one-finger in size. Great leacing.

Significant caramel malts, molasses, fruits (fain banana and raisin) and clove arouse the nose.

The taste matches the aroma - tastes like a library; historic paper. I do get a strong sense of tea leaves, as well as notes of brown sugar.

Mouthfeel is very carbonated at first but mellows out a bit halfway through the session.

Nice drinkability rounds this one off with very high marks for me. Another stellar Belgian recreation take from Ommegang.

Photo of jmarvin4189
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - a very dark amber red color

Smell - a very faint malty smell. I didn't really smell too much with this beer

Taste - It had a fruity caramel taste, couldn't sense any hops it was a very malty beer.

Mouthfeel - very smooth, not much carbonation. definitely a beer to sip on an relax with.

Drinkability - very drinkable, its a nice relaxing beer but i think personally I could only have 1 since it doesn't settle too well in my stomach... Just a warning for you beer drinkers who also may have Crohn's Disease

All in all it was a very good beer that I wish I could drink more of.

Photo of joeland
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance-amber color with an off white head with an amazing amount of lacing

smell- a very weak malt smell

taste- an amazing carmel malt taste. Very sweet with a hint of bitter.

mouthfeel- a bubbley mouthfeel

drinkability- I could have a few of these

Photo of scottbrew4u
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Delivered to me a clear, mahogany color with a half inch, dense tan head. Good lacing as you get down the glass.

S: Roasted and burnt grains, plums, currants, dried dark cherries, toffee, molasses and hints of sherry make up the malt profile. Hops are earthy and slight citrus. Much quieter an influence though.

T: Roasted malts are slightly burnt and bready. Flavors of dried fruit; plums, currants and dark cherries. Some toffee and candy sugar sweetness with a touch of sherry. Hops add a touch of bitterness and slight peppery spice. Very complex flavors and blends of dark fruity esters some coming from the yeast Finish is on the sweet side.

M: Medium to full body with some slick creamy carbonation and a noticeable alcohol warmth.

D: Very smooth and deliciously sippable with a lot going on for the malt lovers. Excellent beer to have one or a few of with friends.

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

From a 750 mL bottle, this Dubbel pours on the lighter side: hazy dark amber with reddish tones. The head is big and fluffy; the lacing and retention are above average.

Aroma is of fruity esters and caramel malts, a touch of chocolate here and there.

The flavor is delicious and malty without being overpowering. Yes, the alcohol is a tad warming at over eight percent, but this Dubbel is on the lighter side of the style spectrum. The flavor is fruity and caramel-like, with hints of pear, grape and chocolate. I get a touch of banana esters and other yeastiness. There is a very satisfying, rich and malty weight, but no plodding mouthfeel-- neither sipper nor guzzler. The fluffy mouthfeel is aided by copious yet fine bubbles.

An excellent Abbey Dubbel. Authentic-tasting for American-made. Ommegang strikes again!

Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 3,969 ratings.