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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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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.

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Photo of omnigrits
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

omnigrits, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of Brettster
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Brettster, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of MikeGill
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

MikeGill, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of ChopperSmith
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

ChopperSmith, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of DoppleJock
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

DoppleJock, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of darklordlager
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

darklordlager, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.


WeezyBoPeep, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of matjack85
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

matjack85, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of ATPete
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

ATPete, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of BeerNemesis
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

BeerNemesis, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of glid02
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

glid02, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of mrkc
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

mrkc, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of fastsrt
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

fastsrt, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of phillipzayas
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

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.

phillipzayas, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of feelmefoam
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

feelmefoam, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of wangbruins
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark caramel brown with almost no head at all but I've had the bottle for a while so that could be why.

S- Cherries, chocolate, coffee, and a smoky fireplace smell are all very abundant

T- Caramel and smoky flowers are the stronger with a little pine and citrus kind of sneaking in there

M- Very smooth and, actually, kind of creamy

D- It's a big bottle with a strong ABV so if you can get past that, you'll be good to go

wangbruins, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of OneDropSoup
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL into a snifter.

3 fingers of fluffy head over a barely translucent, mahogany/ruby body. Retains a finger of head, pretty great-looking.

Smells of dark, tart cherries. Sweet & yeasty smells, like pastry dough. Some alcohol. Slight green apple & banana.

Taste follows up with all the aromatic notes, combined with a slightly sharp, scrubbing carbonation that affects the flavor perception at first. It soon softens out & becomes nice & fuzzy, like a tongue pillow. Booze is more forward in the taste & feel, growing more formidable. Mild dryness, like leather, in the aftertaste.

Overall very good, a "cozy-down-&-relax" beer when you're winding down & still want to enjoy some complexity. The beer equivalent of a good book.

OneDropSoup, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of jonziefle
3.08/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Poured a cloudy (too the point of being opaque) reddish brown color with 1.5 finger light tan head. Okay retention, reducing down to a thin layer in 30 seconds. No visible carbonation. No lacing at all.

Smell: Bready dark malts to start. Syrupy sweetness, with a strong dark fruit nose. Some apple juice in with the malts as well. Heavy.

Taste: Strong alcohol and cider bite to start. Very malty, with the dark fruit (raisins) sweetness. Very cidery overall. Again heavy.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a slight alcohol bite. Syrupy.

Drinkability: A little too heavy/syrupy/cidery for me. The malts are there, but too sweet and dark. Alcohol isn’t too strong at 8.5%, either.

Buy Again? No

jonziefle, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of fjordhook
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served into a pint glass from a bottle. Poured with a nice dark amber color, the red is very prominent. The smell was most prominent with scents of fruits, but I felt the smell was almost non existent. For me it was above average at best, along with the taste. The beer did feel good in my mouth, gave a nice bite. Even though the beer had that going for it, the taste was really lacking for me.

fjordhook, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of defubar
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark reddish-brown color with a light brown head.

A very pleasant and yeasty scent.

I love the taste. It tastes of sweet dates/raisins and yeast.

It goes down very easily.

I could drink this all night, though it won't take very long for me to be hammered on it.

This is probably my favorite ale for over a year now. Nothing has bumped this out of 1st place for me. I love everything I've had from Ommegang and this is my favorite. Highly recommend it to anyone who loves an amazing Abbey Ale.

defubar, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark, cloudy brown body with an airy, khaki head. Nose is spicey and dry. Taste is caramel and toffee ride over a light burn of alcohol. Its a bit earthy and spicey but I did not notice much belgian yeast characteristics in this brew. Recommended.

barleywinefiend, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of Fladder
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer had a deep reddish-brown color: very pretty. The carbonation was mild and there was little head retention.

The smell had a very potent vanilla core and I would descrive it as "deep." Very intriguing smell.

The taste also held strong vanilla characteristics flanked by hints of almond. The beer showed spicy characteristics but the spiciness was more subtle than overwhelming. There was a definite sweetness to the beer that developed into a powerful, dominant red grape tone.

The beer was very drinkable, but the heavy, slightly drying tone wasn't fantastic (good, but not excellent).

Overall an excellent nighttime beer. I don't know if I'd be prone to drink this with meals, but later into the night it is perfect.

Fladder, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of Jesstyr
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a La Trappe chalice with a strong blue cheese.

A: light brown, soda-like appearance with a nice fluffy head that disapates to substantial lacing.

S: intriguing scent of banana, which is a first for me. Hints of chocolate.

T: very dry with a nice toffee/chocolate to it. Belgian sugars and a coffee-like aftertaste.

M: a little more carbonation than I like and a dry finish. Not the best trait of this beer.

D: goes down easy and the bottle flies away.

All aroun great dubbel, particularly as a warm up to another stronger Belgian.

Jesstyr, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of Dijeriduster
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked bottle into a Chimay goblet glass...no age info.

A - Great big off white head with a dark amber color to the liquid. Darker than expected.

S - Very fruity, almost wine like tones with little of the Belgian banana smells I expected.

T - Again fruity and wine like. Didn't dig it on the first sip, but came to like it after a few. Its like candied alcohol chilled on fruit. Quite nice actually.

M - Creamy head is present through most sips, higher carbonation then most for a slightly thing feel. The candied flavors makes this very slightly syrupy, but not in a bad way.

D - High drinkablity. This is an ideal beer for a wine lover, but also has plenty to offer to the recovering hophead. Very diff then most beers I've tried - will def be serving this at a future dinner party.

Dijeriduster, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of tzieser
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this one quite a few times before, I just haven't got around to reviewing it.

a: poured from a 12oz bottle into my St. Bernardus goblet. forms a huge, two finger off white head that doesn't dissipate very quick. clear and ruby in color-- this brew looks great. 5 minutes after pouring, there's still a thin head covering the beer. very good.

s: very complex, as every belgian dubbel should be. rich, dark malts up front, with scents of dried fruit (possibly dates) and that outstanding belgian yeast aroma. alcohol is fairly noticible in the back, but is very pleasant. nice.

t: oh man, how i love this beer. delicious malt flavor up front. very rich. tastes of dates and cloves, quickly followed by the delicious belgian yeast i previously mentioned. I absolutely love the flavor on this brew. it's almost indescribable. hops round out the flavor in the back, but are very barely noticible. alcohol is present, but works very well.

m&d: mouthfeel is perfect of the style. nice and smooth. drinkability is great. affordable and farily easy to find make this a go-to brew when having trouble finding something you'll like.

chances are, you've had this already. if you haven't, do yourself a favor and get a bottle or better yet a 4 pack right away.

tzieser, Jan 04, 2010
Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 3,930 ratings.