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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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Ommegang (Abbey Ale)Ommegang (Abbey Ale)

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3,650 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,650
Reviews: 1,635
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 147
Gots: 267 | FT: 3
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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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-18-1998)
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Photo of jake87


4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look. dark to the point of being opaque
Smell. sweet fruitiness with a waft of alcohol
Taste. fruity and slightly yeasty, a little bit of spice and maybe even some licorice
Feel. thick mouthfeel with moderate carbonation
good beer, goes good with pork and mashed potatoes. definately something I'll try again

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2008 04:47:18 | More by jake87
Photo of kinger


4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mild complexity is the best way that I can try to sum up this bountiful brew. Pours a deep rich burgandy color with more than ample head that never leaves, there is considerable amounts of lacing rounding out a wonderful appearance. The aroma is a bouquet of dark fruits and spices. Plums, raisins, figs perhaps swirled around some cinnamon and cloves. Mouthfeel is slightly thinner than I was expecting but adequate. The flavor is a toned down version of the aroma, lots of intricate flavors come together to form a very appealing taste. Finish is smooth with a slight alcohol warming, nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 19:56:08 | More by kinger
Photo of spointon


4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this ale from a 750ml corked and caged brown bottle into my St. Bernardus goblet.

A= This ale poured a nice ruby brown color with a rather short tan head. The head quickly dropped to a skim. The carbonation release was pure Belgian effervescence. Also, some serious particulates floating in suspension here.

S= I found a lot of dead-on Belgian aromas of raisins, candied fruit, and spices here. Definite alcohol aromas in the end too.

T= This ale sported a nice complex combination of spicy and fruity flavors up front, malty sweetness in the middle and a slightly sour, dry finish. Despite the ABV, the alcohol was pretty invisible.

MF= This was a pretty light Dubbel, probably made more so by the high carbonation level.

D= A damn fine American example of a Belgian style ale, and another great offering from Ommegang.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 05:23:41 | More by spointon
Photo of auxiliary

Rhode Island

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

appearance - Nice amber color with a think head.

smell - Sweet smell, some malt present.

taste - Nice balanced beer.Nice sweet malt with some bitterness at the end.

mouthfeel - Medium body with carbonation.

drinkability - Nice balanced beer, would purchase it again. It does come in big and small bottles.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2008 20:17:58 | More by auxiliary
Photo of TrevorGW


4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark chestnut color with a decent head that doesn't last too long. The bottle is classy and elegant looking.

Aroma is not too strong, but gives off a nice dark fruit smell.

Flavor is of raisins, black liquorice, and some spices that I can't quite identify. A dark sweetness that is quite remarkable. Delicious taste overall.

A great introduction to the Abbey style! Highly drinkable with nice carbonation, light on the bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2008 16:35:00 | More by TrevorGW
Photo of FSUmac


3.25/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet....

Appearance: Pours a deep reddish brown with a very nice 2 finger head.

Smell: Very fruity. I smell cherries, apricot with a hint of yeast.

Taste: Not as fruity as it smells. I get a sour taste with a malty back. The sourness lingers on the tongue.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Pretty sticky mouthfeel. Finishes dry. Carbonation is well balanced. I think this beer is pretty good because I like this style, but I would say it is not my favorite. I think it lacks sweetness. Certainly not bad and definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2008 04:17:39 | More by FSUmac
Photo of GilGarp


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

Pours from a 12oz. brown bottle into the new belgium globe glass. It's a really nice brown with a hint of red, lots of head but it doesn't last, and very little head.

Aroma is faint, sweet, and slightly yeasty.

Taste is very impressive with strong malts and yeast, bread, prunes, banana, and a great amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium body and highly carbonated.

It's a good american redition of a belgian dubbel but not one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2008 00:45:43 | More by GilGarp
Photo of radiator


4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured a red/brown from bomber

S: Smell is nice and sweet, like brown sugar with a bit of spice. Pretty average for the style.

T: Taste is sweet but not overbearing. Hints of caramel and fruit with a noticeable malt, but again the flavor is not overbearing.

M: Crisp and smooth, with a mild carbonation.

D: I found this to be considerably more drinkable than other dubbels that I've tried, easily went through the bomber and could've had another.

I'm generally not a fan of this style of beer, but enjoyed this beer nonetheless. Not as heavy or as sweet as other dubbels I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2008 03:55:48 | More by radiator
Photo of Strix


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

Pours an opaque soft brown with a good head.

Smells bready, with sweet fruits.

Taste subtle, but very nice. Dark fruits, caramel, toffee, malt, and bread. A nice blend.

Good amount of carbonation.

I don't go crazy for the style, but this was nicely done. Very solid, I'd have this again.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2008 03:26:14 | More by Strix
Photo of Dodo2step


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

P- Market Cross Pub in Carlisle

A- As soon as i pour i can smell the fruits and alcohol. Pours a nice mountainous head that hangs about for a bit. a light burgundy red color that is somewhat opaque.

S- Some aromatic dark candied fruit. malt, grain and a bread yeasty smell.

T- a nice dark toffee flavor hits the palate first. light taste on the dark fruit. Malty and tasty at the same time.

M- cabonated and rich and creamy. Smooth and silky. The head lumbers around in the mouth as i swallow.

D- very tasty and rich in the fruit and yeast. A brew that i cuold drink all day in moderation though. This could come up in and bite you in the ass after 4 or 5. A nice beer to play poker with.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2008 22:35:57 | More by Dodo2step
Photo of tonytuffnuts


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

Traditional bomber pours into the Ommegang chalice so wonderfully. Dark amber with a dirty white, foamy head that leaves the glass with a hairy lace.
Smells bready with the malts very present; a sweetness is there, like dark cherry and fig.
A figgy sweetness hits the tip of my tongue, followed by undertones that're short of chocolate (toffee maybe?). The fine, massaging carbonation ushers in a distinct yeast finish. I have to add this revision: as it oxidizes, the alcohol pokes through, along with dark caramel, toffee, and that distinct Ommegang yeast strain.
What a well executed brew! Ommegang sets a great industry standard, and this flagship brew really bears the torch.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2008 00:59:38 | More by tonytuffnuts
Photo of JayDub


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

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A - A beautiful deep maroon hue, similar to the color of the label, a bit hazy. A thick, dense, creamy, tan head of about 2.5 fingers, settles slowly to a healthy layer. Good lace.

S - Malt sweetness dominates, some candied fruit. Light bready yeast notes.

T - Dark fruits and rich malts.

M - This has a healthy dose of carbonation that keeps it lively in the mouth. Some significant spice comes along in the middle and along with the carbonation produces a clean and dry finish.

D - This is a pleasant beer to drink. The 8.5% ABV is surprising, I just don't get a sense of any significant alcohol content, very well disguised. The carbonation is a bit heavy for my preference.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2008 03:51:45 | More by JayDub
Photo of mikejk305


4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a murby reddish brown from the bottle. The cork flew quite a distance when I opened it, that let's you know carbonation is present. A pretty foamy head that went quick with no lacing.

Smells very nice, bready and fruity with a bit of spice. I agree with a past reviewer that smell is the high point of the beer.

You taste alot of what you smell, especially the fruit. The carbonation doesn't hide and might be a bit much. Still has a medium mouthfeel with a warm finish.

Would be nice after dinner, maybe with a dessert. One glass is enough for a sitting.

Overall pretty damn good, not my favorite style but I enjoyed drinking it.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 01:20:41 | More by mikejk305
Photo of CrellMoset


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

Reviewed way back on March 16th, but I'm just now gettin' around to posting. Poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Rich and heavy looking in color - a deep, largely-opaque, ruddy-brown - and with a huge, creamy, bulbous head, an interesting contrast to the spritzy, effervescent carbonation.

Smell: Very bready - sweet, earthy multigrain bread, as well as some caramelized sugars - and some saccharine, pungent fruit notes, plums and apples mainly mingle with wisps of alcohol, spices (licorice, cloves, cinnamon), and citrus peel (oranges). Very complex!

Taste: A lot of the notes present in the nose are hard to detect here (because of the mouth - get to that in a second). However, strong, sweet grains - buttery toffee and earthy malt - and fruit sugars - again, plums, but also pears and oranges this time - provide most of this brew's punch. Spices (anise, cinnamon), alcohol, and a mild farmhouse yeast flavor are also noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Extremely prickly, I'd say "expressively" carbonated, kind of like a champagne. In conjunction with the high alcoholic content, it somewhat distracts from a few of the more delicate tastes that I know are there (I could smell 'em!). True to style, perhaps, but this beer could be even more if it were a little more delicately carbonated.

Drinkability: Despite the mouthfeel, "warm" finish, and general heaviness of the beer, I'd say it's pretty highly drinkable. Excellently priced, and goes well with both lighter fare (very complimentary) and heavier, more savory dishes (supplements this beer's flavors nicely!).

Darker, heavier, this ale was a meal unto itself (the .750 L was perhaps a little too much for me to drink practically on my own). A delicious meal, however, and one I'd be glad to have again. These two beers will likely become staples of my refrigerator.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2008 01:27:31 | More by CrellMoset
Photo of cvstrickland

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12-ounce bottle, poured into a Chimay chalice yields a ruddy, hazy-cranberry body topped with a half-finger of luxuriously-fine pale tan foam that quickly settles to a silky sheet, leaving sparse islands of lacing.

Smell is fruity with ripe plum, green grass, and grapefruit.

Taste is fruity with grapefruit bitterness and plummy sweetness atop a big-boned dry-syrupy malt character. A touch of spicy molasses and dark roasty notes precede a mildly-drying, darkly-bitter finish.

Full-bodied with an edible biscuity character. Tastes delicious and feels nutritious.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2008 17:12:12 | More by cvstrickland
Photo of AlesALot


4.88/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle poured into Ommegang chalice at room temp.

Pours a thick deep brown with a slight redish hue. A slight off white head that fades, but doesn't disapear.

Smells of prunes and raisen with alcohol present and lots of dark malt.

Full deep malt flavor with dark fruit every where with some peppery spicyness on the back. Alcohol is there, but not pronounced.

Feels nice and silky with a nice tingling carbonation. Warming on the palet and in the chest.

A wonderful American version of a Belgian dubbel. Pick this up if you enjoy any of the trapist dubbels. I love this with some Dutch blue cheese on whole grain crackers and red apples.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2008 23:20:37 | More by AlesALot
Photo of tiger88


4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep orange-brown into the glass and produced a good looking orange tinted head that hung around several minutes. With each sip, a tremendous amount of lacing followed the beer. It smeled wonderfully light. Like a subtle sweet maltiness that was balanced just right. Upon first taste I knew I wanted more. A very well balanced slightly sweet perfect example of the Belgian Abbey style. Mouthfeel was light like the aroma and left a bittersweet taste on the back of the tongue. Overall drinability, I would give this one high marks. Great to share with a friend if you can sacrifice half a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2008 20:45:56 | More by tiger88
Photo of Rootdog316


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

Dark copper/maroon, cloudy and opaque with a generous head that had excellent retention and nice lacing. Malts and dark fruits evident on the nose, as well as some brown sugar. Flavors of dark fruits - figs and cherries, some cloves and spices, and caramelized sugar. Very soft on the palate, lively carbonation, and a smooth, dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2008 00:01:24 | More by Rootdog316
Photo of 11thFloorBrewing


4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a chalice shaped wine glass.

Appearance - beautiful dark rosewood color, off-white head, a bit heavy on the foam due to my pouring ineptitude but settled into a nice long lasting bit of head, just gorgeous

Smell - sweet, caramel, not a very impressive aroma

Taste - wonderfully smooth caramel flavor with well balanced bitterness and roasted malt flavors on the finish, would like to see the malt flavor a bit stronger

Mouthfeel - good body, strong carbonation, chewy

Drinkability - I'm not going to drink a bunch of these but I will thoroughly enjoy every sip, very challenging, I'd like to use this for a reduction sauce with roasted lamb chops and of course pour a glass alongside

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2008 00:20:26 | More by 11thFloorBrewing
Photo of tedpeer


4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce poured into an Ommegang chalice.

A - Dark red. Vigorous pour resulted in huge head that quickly receded to a half inch. Moderate lacing.

S - Fruity, Caramel.

T - Bitter, fruity and slightly sweet. Balanced.

M - Medium carbonation, a little more than I like. Creamy.

D - Good drinkability

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2008 23:38:06 | More by tedpeer
Photo of wvdrummer


4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was my first experience with Ommegang, and it wasn't too bad. Actually it was quite good. I generally prefer a little more hops in a beer, but when I'm drinking a beer like this I know better than to expect more than the bare minimum.

Appearance was a dark caramel with more than gererous head right off the bat.

Smell was the one category I felt this beer to be lacking. I was in an area where I should have smelled a little more I think. I got hints of caramel to back up the look, but that was about it.

The taste was exactly what I was looking for. It was deep, rich and smooth. I can read, so I knew it was a high gravity brew, but the alcohol did not interfere with the warm, malty symphony in my mouth. Only after I was halfway done did I notice I was drinking a high alcohol beer.

The mouthfeel was like a meal and just as it should be.

Drinkability is what it is. I felt satisfied but did not want another.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2008 16:20:37 | More by wvdrummer
Photo of Walker8810

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

beautiful dark reddish brown hue. lots of head. good lacing.

aromas of licorice, brown sugar and molasses.

good mouthfeel, very silky going down.

slight astringent taste due to high alcohol content. you can really feel the alcohol warm the back of your throat. fairly sweet without much hoppiness to it.

overall a delicious malty treat with a kick.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2008 23:11:04 | More by Walker8810
Photo of williamherbert

New York

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thick and dark ruby red look. Thick cardboard head. Very deep. Looks like a darker thinner blush wine.

Smell is a pungent Belgian aroma with the addition of dark cherries. The fruit is light, however. The malt is dark and roasted. Plenty of bread-like yeast. A bit musty but appropriately so.

Heavy burst of alcohol, followed by a bittersweet combination of dark caramel and sweet berries. Nutty at the bottom, but darkly sweet on top. Some dark chocolate. Sugary sweet as it warms.

Milky, creamy feel. A bitter bite on the way down. A real slow-sipper. Fizzy and bubbly toward the end. This is a very strong beverage. Thick and chewy. Sweeter than expected; quite challenging.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2008 23:37:59 | More by williamherbert
Photo of daythree16


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

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a goblet. Pours a dark amber/burgundy about the color of iced tea with a two-finger cream colored head that slowly fades.

The smell is very sweet with notes of bubblegum, candied fruit, some spice. Also some floral hints in the background. The taste is very intense. Sweet and alcoholic and some caramel malt.

Very silky mouthfeel, and the alcohol burn is very noticeable. I would definitely have another. For such a sweet and alcoholic beer, it is relatively smooth and leaves me wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2008 04:33:42 | More by daythree16
Photo of mwilbur


4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into Ommegang chalice.
A: Pours a very dark garnet with nice 1 inch creamy light tan head. Good retention and nice lacing in the glass.
S: Notes of malt, toffee, caramel, and slightly burnt sugar. Very nice.
T: Interesting and complex. Notes of slightly underripe plum and fig hit first...very interesting and fresh. Nice yeast and malt backbone. Later, light caramel, toffee, and brown sugar notes. Spicy, peppery finish. Darker notes arise as this warms. Simply excellent.
M: Extraordinarily smooth. Coats the tongue very well. Taste matures in the mouth in the several seconds after the sip is swallowed. Hint of acidic bite at the end.
D: Very drinkable, however the ABV and complexity do limit the sessionability a little. You can not quaff this one like their Hennepin. But sipping and enjoying you can do! An excellently constructed brew and highly recommended. Ommegang is consistently putting out high quality beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2008 20:10:22 | More by mwilbur
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