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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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3,927 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,927
Reviews: 1,654
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 183
Gots: 359 | 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 josefnewsong
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best examples of the style. What really makes it stand out from other dubbels is the creaminess of the body. Lots of candied sugar and caramel flavors with some yeast and spicy characteristics. Also it's a very pretty beer. I always have a small stockpile in the cellar. Can become cloying after a while.

update: This is a world class brew on tap. draft version is beautiful. sweet but with a creamy mouthfeel. not as cloying as it is from a bottle

josefnewsong, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of Cakanator
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Last had at Ommefest. Just as I remember it being such a great all around beer, great color and aroma. Plenty of spices and slightly sweeter aromas with nice dry finsh, so good. The most solid brew that ommegang makes year in and year out. The dark brown color and full flavored palate makes me wonder why so many other breweries are making crappier beer for more money. Truley a gem I think we all overlook.

Cakanator, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of DoctorDog
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: ~7oz sample from 750 ml bottle, poured into a small, stemless wine glass.

A- Pours a deep slightly reddish-brown. ~2 fingers of creamy tan head, which fades very slowly, leaving a nice cap. Heavy, sticky lacing.

S- Quite solid dark fruit scents dominate...raisins and cherries and such. Solid malty sweetness, with a sturdy amount of booze in the nose.

T- Unsurprisingly, flavor follows olfaction. Dark fruitiness of raisins and the like. Solid malty sweetness. Sturdy alcohol presence on the finish.

M- Moderately high carbonation. Body is medium, and the incredible head retentions helps to give it a creamy feel.

D- Pretty decent. This was a great beer to share and sip, but could easily be enjoyed in a "full size" serving and beyond.

Future outlook: Very good drink, and readily available. I can easily envision crossing paths again.

DoctorDog, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of WitteBelgique
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Always a good Dubbel in my opinion.

A: Nice dark brown caramel color.

S: I'm no expert(although my wife is Belgian...thus I've had a lot of Belgian beer), but to me it has that classic DubbleTriple rich malty smell. In this case it isn't too strong. I've had some Triple's that were just overpowering in this regard.

T: Good solid flavor...I won't throw inane candied fruit or bananas at you...it just has a nice smooth taste.

M: As others have said it is very carbonated, you'll get a nice 3 finger head on this one. So it does have a nice mouthfeel.

D: Very drinkable IMHO, I could drink 2 of these and be all set at 8.5%. Certainly a very respectable beer and Brewery Ommegang is doing a right good job up there.

WitteBelgique, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of GeezLynn
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown apple cider color with a frothy tan head than slowly recedes to the center. Strong old sugary fruit aromas, especially plums and raisins. Yeast and alcohol are also quite noticeable. Flavor is sweet dark fruits (figs, prunes come to mind), some licorice, clove spice, with a slightly bitter, yet sticky finish. Plenty of complexity for sipping.
Mouthfeel is overcarbonated in the foamy sort of way. Improves slightly after sitting awhile.

Flavor is interesting for awhile, but the mouthfeel really detracts from the drinkability of this beer.

GeezLynn, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of FickleBeast
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Delerium Tremens pink elephant snifter. 8.5% ABV on bottle

A - refreshing pop of the cork leads to a dirty brown pour with a massive off-white head

S - banana/fruity yeast aroma - very pungent and not particularly to my liking

T - instant taste of maraschino cherry, candied fruit. Aftertaste is more of plum and sweet roasted malts. Pretty good!

M - highly carbonated, this beer fizzles on your tongue

D - this is a very drinkable 8.5% abv - was able to get through the whole bottle.

I think I may tend to confuse fusel alcohol flavors with Belgian yeast flavors, miscategorizing fusel beers as "belgian tasting". While I don't typically prefer beers of this style, I'm digging this one - maybe I need to try some other good belgian style beers.

FickleBeast, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of erz316
3.38/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

c&c bottle into trois pistoles chalice

the body is a good colour, dark brown, and a red brown when held up to the light. the head is big and creamy, light brown/dark cream coloured; retains well, laces average. the nose is good and fruity, malty, and a touch of booze. taste is missing that dubbel punch. it has the right parts but they're all in the wrong proportion, its fruity like a bdsa, a bit astringent or bitter hoppy,the aftertaste is like i licked a steel pole; again, I have proven to myself that the trappistes cannot be beat! the feel just istnt right, too thin and bubbly.

Plus, who the fuck quotes Montaigne on a beer bottle?

erz316, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of ekmoody
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - poured a rich amber color with a reddish tinge to it. Plenty of foamy head that sticks around for a little while.

S - Smells fruity, somewhat like apples and raisins, with a touch of alcohol in the aroma (this is a bit of a boozy beer after all).

T - Definitely pick up a raisin/plum kind of flavor, with the malt as a solid undertone. This is an unusual flavor amongst beers I've had before.

M - Not too carbonated, especially given the foaminess of the head. I think I'd like the beer a bit more if it had just a little less alcohol in it.

D - A very smooth drink for the alcohol content, but still not the type of beer I could have several of.

ekmoody, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of kylejohnson03
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked caged 750 into a goblet. There is no vintage on the bottle.

A: Pours a rich dark chestnut with three fingers of head. Goes down fairly quickly and settles into a nice thin layer. Minimal lacing is left behind.

S: The smell is sweet and fruity. A little bit of chocolate and alcohol as well.

T: The malts jump out at me first, with a caramel sweetness behind. Finishes with just a touch of alcohol.

M: This beer has medium amount of carbonation, just bubbly enough to know its there.

D: Still on my first glass, this is so incredibly smooth but flavorful enough you dont want to rush through it.

Another great brew from the crew at cooperstown. Glad that these beers have finally made their way to Oklahoma. I would stay and write more, but my glass is empty and the rest of the bottle is calling my name. Cheers!

kylejohnson03, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of sliverX
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a rich copper tinged brown with a thick cream colored head that hung on quite well
Smell is sweet Belgian candi, malty, alcohol present
taste follows nose perfectly
mouthfeel is a thick medium with lots of carbonation, very lively on the tongue
Drinkability is pretty good on this even at 8.5% can't go wrong with this "Belgian"

sliverX, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of MrDanno96
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank at cellar temperature.

A: Pours a dark amber color that has some reddish qualities when held up to the light. Initially poured A TON of head. After several minutes it settled to about a full finger of foamy head that displays good retention. Once the head settled down it looked great!

S: Sweet fruits are most apparent on the nose. Apples, grapes, and raisins. The alcohol is also readily apparent in the smell. Some malts and yeast as well.

T: Darker fruits a little more apparent in the taste than smell. Plums and raisins along with a little apple. Hints of yeast and dark chocolate in the finish. The alcohol is also very apparent. I don't mind boozy tasting beers, but in this case I feel that it's taking away from the other flavors just a little. Still, not bad overall.

M: Medium to full bodied with surprisingly little carbonation after all the head it initially produced. Goes down smooth. Nice.

D: Definitely more of a sipper than a session beer. It's a decent Dubbel, especially for the price (750 ml for $5.50). I just wish the booze wasn't so apparent in the smell and taste. I'm going to throw the other half of this bottle into the fridge for an hour and see how that changes the experience. I'll edit my review if I find any sgnificant changes.

MrDanno96, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of yuenglings
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A:very nice big head even with a slow pour, that reduces it self to a nice ring and leves good laceing. has a nice red gold color to it.
S:Malts right of the bat little bit of caramel/dark chocolate then right to the fruityness and finishes with a pleasant alcohol smell
T:The fruits are more present in the taste then the smell, and can be better difined as plum and black cherry, and just the slightest bit of alcohol mixed with coco at the end but its a good alcohol taste.
M:about as good as it gets smooth with a good fizzyness to it
D:This is a beer i could sit buy the fire and sip all day or night or both but i would want to make sure i had nothing to do cause after a coupple of these i would not wanna stand up.

yuenglings, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of CJfromPhilly
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the 12 oz. bottle a somewhat hazy iced tea-ish brown color with the traditional huge Belgian head that quickly settles into a thick collar. Very active carbonation, quite a few bubbles rising through the brown haze. Aroma is sweet and fruity...my nose picks up hints of peach, apple and apricot. first sip is almost orgasmically delicious! Raisins, plums, peach, apricot, caramel, honey... all soaked in a rum like alcohol backdrop...but the alcohol acts a a compliment to the chorus. Present, but not overpowering. Mouthfeel is rich, creamy & tingly with some alcohol bitterness on the swallow, but again, nothing overpowering. My, oh my! Simply fantastic!!! Now the Baseball Hall of Fame drops to second place on the list of reasons to visit Cooperstown!

CJfromPhilly, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of Richardberg
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dominated by malts: strong and dark, toasty w/o hint of burnt flavors. Smells of figgy syrup and yeasty bread. Taste is balanced and fresh, not at all heavy, with no hint of alcohol. Loses much of its apparent complexity though.

Medium body; not much "fizz" per se, more like large bubbles that "bloom" in the mouth. Very drinkable, almost scarily so for an 8.5% beer.

Richardberg, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of jeffjeff1
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet

Appearance- dark brown color with red tints, creamy head

Smell- fruity aroma

Taste- interesting flavor, caramel, dark fruit, has a tang to it

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, very nice

Drinkability- very good, I enjoyed it thoroughly,will drink it again

jeffjeff1, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of TKEbeerman
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ML into my Chimay Goblet.

Pours a beautiful burgundy red with some burnt orange tone. Sitting on top of this lovely brew is about a 1inch thick head, off white with some burnt orange tones. The head dissipates rather quick to half of it's original pour, but does manage to leave a little lace on the way down.

The aroma is that of spicy fruit. Maybe grape fruit mixed with grapes and some apple. It's a very fresh smell, like that of an apple orchard on a crisp fall day.

Out of the many beers I've tried since my 21st 7 months ago, this one has to be one of the most balanced brews I've ever tasted. Malt and hops come together to create a devilishly smooth, fruity, and spicy flavor with no bitter bite at all. (I love me some bitter beers, but a break is needed time to time). I'm no wine connoisseur, but the flavor profile of this Abbey Ale is much like a red wine.

The mouth feel is medium compared to other Dubbels I've had. Carbonation is smooth and not overdone.

As for the drinkability, I can easily drink this 750 and down another. The 8.50% ABV is well hidden, but pokes it head out as it warms your belly after every sip.

Overall I wouldn't mind drinking Ommegang Abbey Ale again, but compared to the Rochefort 6's I have hiding in the closet, it might be a while before I pick up another 750 of this beer.

TKEbeerman, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of abar22
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a DFH Signature Glass.

Ommegang Abbey Ale has the standard Dubbel attributes. Dark,slightly muddy brown with ruby highlights in the light.The head is ample and creamy off-white in color. It settled into a solid thick cap with little to no lacing.
My head cold is battling my nose and winning. The dark fruits; grapes, raisins, dates are still coming through. What I can sense I enjoy and from memory I know this beer brings some nice aroma.
Each drink brings the carbonation you would expect from a Belgian. Peppery throughout, nice bubbly mouthfeel, and hints of dark fruits. Semi dry finish and fairly refreshing.
Good carbonation and solid mouthfeel puts this right in line with other Dubbels.
Dubbels are as drinkable as Belgians get for me. Great taste and nice carbonation without the heaviness of a Quad makes a great drinking brew.

abar22, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of paco1029384756
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a burgundy color with two fingers of foamy white head.

Scent of sugars, sweet dark fruit, caramel, and yeast. Great scent, the sweet dark fruits are very inviting.

Taste of caramel, dark fruit, earth, and yeast. A great example of the style, and for the availability this cannot be beaten.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a strong biting carbonation, just wonderful.

paco1029384756, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of dfillius
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass
A: Aggressive pour yields 2 fingers tan head with great retention. Cloudy dark maroon - forgot to leave sediment in bottle :-(
S: Fruity, tangy yeast, some malt notes I have trouble pinpointing.
T: Sweet malt with fruit and a nice finishing tang. A little funky but bright and satisfying. Earthy notes in aftertaste. A little diacetyl is a plus. Caramel, toffee. Boozy as it warms.
M: Smooth, slippery. heat when warm.
D: Tasty, delicious in fact. I would drink another and buy another 4-pack. Too funky and too much late booziness to be perfectly drinkable.

dfillius, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of DrScotch
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep red with a large whie head that takes its time to disperse.

Aroma is oranges and raisins, with a tang that I usually associate with sour ales.

Sour tang is pleasantly subtle, definitely contributes to teh flavour but does not dominate the complex berries, malt and finishing bitterness. Hidden alcohol

Definitely a tasty brew, and I will have no problem finishing this bottle and probably another, but not quite at the Rare Vos level.

DrScotch, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of ujsplace
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice...

A: Dark reddish brown with a thick, creamy tan head.

S: Sweet, dark fruits...

T: Sweet malts, rich, earthy over-ripened fruits, toffee like sweetness that is not overdone at all with a nicely warming alcoholic finish.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and creamy

D: A very nice take on the style, I could really get into this one.

ujsplace, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of crhensel
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

(12 oz bottle poured into trappist glass) Poured a deep brown/mahogany color with beautiful head and lacing. Aroma reminiscent of sugary fruit and toffee. The sweet aroma does not disappoint as the taste brings forward a nice caramel note with a great malt sweetness. Finishes crisp with a slightly bitter note, but overall an excellent mouthfeel and predinner compliment to cheese, or (as I had it) a beautiful compliment to chocolate cake!

crhensel, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of ocelot2500
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany with a rising brown head. Enough lacing on the glass.

Smells of dark fruit, toffee, and some brown sugar.

Tastes of the dark fruits up front rounded out by some candy like sweetness. A little caramel type burnt sugar flavors come through. Plenty sweet, also a little bread like. Some spice is evident.

The mouthfeel is a decent medium, a little too much carbonation results in a thinner feel than I would like.

ocelot2500, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of drpimento
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured with a fantastic, foamy, frothy, textured, off-white to light tan head and infinite lace. Color is a lovely, clear coppery amber. Aroma is yeasty and malty. Flavor is dates, figs, raisins, and dark bread. Body is great as is carbonation. Finish ditto. Session beer??? mmm dunno

drpimento, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of MaineBirdMan
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this Abbey Ale out of a 12oz bottle. I was quite pleased with this Ale.
Appearance: Poured the beer into a pint glass. I know I should have used a different glass but I had to use what I had. There was a nice head (about a quarter of an inch). There was a red almost cranberry color.

smell/nose: There was a mild scent of hops mixed with candied fruit.

taste: sweet candy flavor. A little bitter but not overpowering. Nice amount of hops. There was almost a cherry cough syrup flavor towards the end of the beer. It did have a very smooth finish. It did linger on the tongue. With a ALC/VOL at 8.5% I could sense some of the alcohol but it wasn't overwhelming.

Drinkability: Easy to drink a few but the sweetness makes it hard to have too many.

MaineBirdMan, Oct 06, 2009
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