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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,850 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,850
Reviews: 1,650
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 167
Gots: 332 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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 CampusCrew
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: deep red amber

smell: high potency, caramel fruit sweetness

taste: a little more a fruity falvor vs. chinya red. really liked it.

mouthfeel: rish and tastes expensive

drinkability: I was pleasantly suprisd, it's not overrated, smooth and easy for how stong the ABV is.

CampusCrew, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of washburnkid
4.93/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Two fingers of incredibly frothy and a head that seemed so alive and inviting. Body is a dark brown and ruby. Head retention is nice; not much lacing to speak of.
S: Sweet, spicy, bitter chocolate undertones with hints of licorice. A semi-earthy aroma comes out, with some coffee and dark fruits in the back.
T: Incredibly sweet flavors in the beginning, reminiscent of a porter with tastes of chocolate and coffee. Complementary flavors of spice and a bitter hoppy finish. Fruit is left behind as well. Can't taste the 8.5% abv one bit. Some metal is discernible immediately after the pour but that eventually dies out.
M and D: Medium-bodied with tons of yummy carbonation, though the beer is still smooth going down. So easy and pleasant to drink, and the alcohol really sneaks up. I look forward to cracking open another 750 soon!

washburnkid, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of markskar
4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Seen this around town for awhile, thought I'd give it a shot. I've only recently come around to accepting the Belgian style of using candied sugars, which is what can lead to "cidery" flavors, but once you know this, the flavor complexity goes far beyond that.

A: Deep browish-red, almost the color of the brown bottle, with equal clarity. Champagney fizziness visible, which seems to be pretty common with the style, but the carbonation dissipates a little too quickly.

S: Spicy, a little bit of alcohol odor that is fairly well masked with a lovely bouquet of dark, dried fruits (plums, raisins, raspberries...).

T: Wonderful flavor. The cidery flavor is there, but is strongly and properly overcome by bittersweet fruits. Raisons, both tart and sweet at the same time. Delicious Abbey Ale!

M: Seemingly perfect for the style. Dry, and champagne-like at first, but has a nice full body that lingers on the tongue. Very satisfying after a big dinner. Nice warming qualities.

D: Tremendously drinkable. Not something that you would want to drink all night, but that is not what this is for. Seems to me to be a perfect desert in itself, or something to accompany a rich, chocolatey desert...maybe topped with raspberries...mmm, now I'm hungry...

markskar, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of laituegonflable
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish-brown colour, nice medium beige head that dissipates into a thin film of fair foam. Very nice, sticky lacing web. Cloudy body. Pretty darned nice or whatever.

Sourish with a lot of fruit characters on the nose. Apple, pear and apricot with a very slight wet soil lingering on the back that grounds it well(in an electrical charge sense, not a mortar & pestle sense) into something other than a light fruity woman's beer. Suggests a tartness that isn't full cup of tea but the fruit is pleasant enough for it to be maybe 3/4 cup of tea.

Kind of a sour, amber ale character abounds through the palate, although there is a sweet, almost milky flavour on the front. The fruit that suggested itself on the nose is conscpicuously absent except on the mid-palate, where it blends very nicely with the tartness which lingers on the finish. Nice earthy tones in this, like a colony of earthworms have ground their way through this beer, and mouthfeel is nice and full, with the slight puckering on the finish its only downpoint.

This is a nice beer, with a complex array of brooding, Autumnal flavours. Although I'm not a huge fan of the finish, it really only lingers, there's nothing unpleasant flavour-wise on the back of the palate. In fact, the more I drink the more I'm thinking the tartness is just a nice fruity character. I might mark it up 1/2 a point. I might not.

laituegonflable, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of JJBlanche
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A friend had been talking this one up for a while, so I needed to grab a bottle.

A -- Good head, decent retention, good lacing. Very nice red color, very bright/clear. Almost too clear, seems to have undergone some level of filtration, as Belgian yeast isn't this flocculant. Filtered and Belgian do not go together, IMHO. I'd guess that it was filtered, then inoculated with fresh yeast for bottle conditioning.

S -- Getting some malt, citrus. A touch of alcohol. Good, but not great in this regard.

T -- Pretty good, but there's really not too, too much going on. Just phenols and some other muted flavors, with hints of alcohol. Cidery. It's decent, but it doesn't blow my mind like I thought it would.

M -- Quite good. Appropriate for the style.

D -- Quite good. Alcohol is well-masked, and you do get some pleasant warming. Not as drinkable as some others within the style.

Overall a good brew, but not something I'm seeking out again, especially with Allagash Dubble on the market (which slams this brew, in my opinion). The flavor only confirms my suspicion, that this beer passed through some level of filtration, and was then re-innoculated. It just seems too boring for a truly unfiltered Belgian.

JJBlanche, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured some from a 750 into a tulip glass. Literally about half of this was head, huge tan and rocky. the beer appears brownish but when held to some light a beautiful deep scarlet color comes to life. Meanwhile the head fades slowly and lacing abounds!

Nice aroma of spiced figs, fruitcake, big earthy malt and some holiday spice as well. There's even a touch of sourness in there as well. Oh boy...! The taste really runs the gamut here. A nice earthy and bready malt character, spicy dark fruits, only slightly boozy and that in a very good way. The light sourness hits the palette about the same time as some hop bitterness, it then turns dry pretty quick. Complex and interesting.

Body seems a bit thin which is a bit disappointing considering everything else this beer has going for it. Aroma and flavor have a complexity that rivals some of Belgium's best beers, but in the end it falls a bit below them overall.

Still, a great beer and worth checking out if you have not.

ZimZamZoom, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of Arbitrator
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear chestnut color with ruby highlights when held to the light. Generous bubbles up the glass. Pours with a 2" dense head that continues to grow in the center of the glass, resulting in an ice-cream-cone like appearance. Takes close to 10 minutes to die down into a half-inch of foam on top of the brew. Leaves nice rings of lacing down the glass as I sip.

S: Green apples, raisins, dates, cloves, cinnamon, brown sugar, and caramel. Kind of a weak nose, though -- really requires some agitation and concentration to bring it out.

T: The first taste is spicy cloves and cinnamon, with a nice undertone of caramel and bready malt. This segues into a lightly sour and tart green apple flavor with brown sugar and molasses sweetness, while the cloves remain in the background. The finish is dark raisin, plum, and date sweetness.

M: Medium to full-bodied, with just slightly too much carbonation. It prickles the tongue and detracts from the taste a bit. No alcohol detected.

D: High. A good dubbel, but not a great one.

Arbitrator, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of aeminter
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber almost brown with a nice thick tan colored head. Nice lacing.

I'm not smelling a whole lot other than malt, but then again my allergies have been giving me fits today. I'll assume average...

Rich, thick, sweet and a little estery...hint of coffee and chocolate bitterness...no noticeable hop flavors...
Full bodied and complex with good carbonation and a medium finish.

aeminter, Mar 23, 2009
Photo of bkilpatr
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into an Ommegang chalice. 03/20/09.

Pours a deep copper-brown color with lots of tiny floaties hanging around. About an inch of tan head slowly dropped to a thin layer with slight retention. Aroma is sweet and malty with brown sugar, green apple, and raisin.

Taste starts with tons of brown sugar and sweet malt. Caramel covered green apples join the party. Following that are raisins and dates. The end is spicy pepper and Belgian yeast with some alcohol mixed in. A bit too sweet overall.

Feel is very smooth and medium-full bodied with a somewhat dry finish. A high amount of carbonation creates a creamy texture. Some alcohol warming. Drinkability is decent given the noticeable alcohol presence.

A pretty good dubbel, but there are better ones out there. Definitely worth a try, though.

bkilpatr, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of delmarnate
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a twenty four ounce bomber. Pours nice with a three finger head that dissipates slowly with nice lacing. The nose is very fruity with a bit of spice, and the beer is fairly carbonated. Very good first sip with fruits and malts. slight bitterness in the aftertaste mixes well with the fruitiness, and keeps the beer interesting. At 5.69 a bottle this beer is very good value for the price considering the cost of other Abbeys. Highly recommended.

delmarnate, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of macktbone
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This has become widely available in our area and I have continually seen this at great prices making it hard to ignore the value.

A- a walnut brown color with traditional belgian thin head and pearls of carbonation.

S- Brown sugar, salted caramel and candied fruit.

T- Eye opening strength of flavor. Strong bitter hoppy aftertaste suprising for this style.
Thick heavy malt that gives this good promise.

M- medium carbonation but thin bodied in feel.

D- 8.9% alcohol gives a nice warmth while enabling long term enjoyment.

The price of this at $6 along with the general solidity of this beer might make this a go to belgian for all to enjoy. Recommended!

macktbone, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of TheFightfan1
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a pint glass. Pours a reddish amber clear color with a tan heading.Very thick and heavy looking.

Nose has rich maltiness smell to it with a nice fruity crisp smell,also a touch caramel.

Taste is exploding of the palate very rich malts,dark fruit,and a slight spice.

Mouthfeel is heavily carbonated but very smooth going down.Carbonation stings the tongue.

All and all a great beer. You can see why this is in the upper echeleon of beers.

TheFightfan1, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of bsend
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a pint glass.

The ale pours well into a glass having a deep color. Brown, amber, and a decent level of darkness.

Regarding smell this beer provides a variety of spice, sweet, and fruit smells. All of these ingredients mix together to provide a complex aroma that awakens the senses.

This beer introduced me to the dubbel style. Despite its American brewing origins, this beer stands the test of mulitple tastings of dubbel ales from different regions of the work. The beer has definite fruit, nut, and spice flavors that combine to provide a unique flavor all of its own. The beer is has sweet aspects to it, but none are over powering.

The beer plays well in the mouth with a decent head, medium level carbonation, and a variety of different taste regions being used on the tongue.

The beer goes down smooth, and continues to be one of my favorite to sit down and drink. Definitely a beer to sit down and enjoy alone (or at least) at the beginning of the night.

Final Thoughts - Definitely purchase this beer and give it a try. My favorite of the dubbel style. Each new drinking experience provides new flavors, and additional character. Very affordable at $6-$6.50 for 750 ml bottle.

bsend, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nice medium/dark brown with a very nice dark tan thick head. Quite cloudy from being not completely filtered.

S - Still quite cold so it hasn't quite completely opened up, but I get hints of caramel, sweetness from the malt, and a hint of tart fruit in the background.

T - Again, the temperature is a little too low so the flavor is kinda "tight". To me it is very yeasty, slightly roasted malts, tart apple-like fruit, and toffee.

M/D - There is quite a bit of carbonation, but not heavy. It has a medium to thin body but it's very nice on the palate. Very smooth with superior drinkability.

After trying Hennepin right before this I must say Ommegang has something really good going. They create brews that could rival true Belgians. This particular brew was very dark in color but light in flavor and body. Very nice and complex.

VaTechHopHead, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of Lepley
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours amber-brown with lots of foamy brown head, good lacing.
S: Sweet, fruity, peach, grapes, spicy.
T: Fruity, peach, malty, spicy, alcohol, light bitterness.
M: Smooth, lots of carbonation.
D: I don't drink too many Belgians, they're something I'm trying to get into more. This was pretty well balanced, very intense flavor, though I felt it was too boozy. Overall an excellent beer. I'll probably have to give it another try.

Lepley, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of joshuadlight
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Been saving this dubbel for quite a while.
Pours beautiful dark brown with a thick and lasting head. Looks like a perfect representation of the style.
Smells of dark fruit and sugar, tastes not far off. Plums, brown sugar, and almost a buttery aftertaste. No bitterness to speak of. Not overly carbonated or too flat. Good mouthfeel. Pretty potent stuff, couldn't drink too many of these.

joshuadlight, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of drtth
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled and poured into Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: Dark brown with reddish tinge and beige head about 1 ½ " thick. The head persists for several minutes, leaving behind some lacing on the glass and rim of foam around the glass. Sipping results in lots of lacing on sides of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is of sweet rich fruits, dark brown sugar and a bit of alcohol.

Taste: Bitter sweet plum and/or raisin, yeast, some brown sugar and/or molasses a faint touch of alcohol without any hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin but filled with nice creamy carbonation and a long finish.

Drinkability: A rich enough flavor that one is very drinkable but one a night is enough.

drtth, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of ToddT
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Mahogany colored beer with a big three finger cream head. Head lasts forever and leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

S- Light nose of fruit, apple, bananas, malt and spice.

T- Sweet, honey and caramel at first then tempered by the malt. Fruit notes come next, very complex in the mouth and layered in the flavors, apple, banana, and raisin. Finish is slightly bitter with cloves and other spices and slightly dry as well A little warmth of the alcohol in the finish too.

M- Very light in the mouth, well carbonated but not overly so. Medium in body and very smooth.

D- For a dubble this is highly drinkable. No real notice of the 8.5% ABV, complex in flavor and leaves one wanting just one more sip.

Glad to see an American beer that can hold it's own with the Belgians. I can see why this brewery has received the accolades it has and it deserves them.

ToddT, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of BierFan
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Dark brown body with a real big tan head. Really good head retention.

Smell: Yeasty and fruity. Hints of bananas, apples, and raisins.

Taste: The flavors are fairly fruity and herbal. Dried cherries, cloves, and more raisins. This beer definitely delivers.

BierFan, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of droomyster
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy, very dark burnt copper with warm, reddish edges, and billowing tan head that lasts and lasts. Sweet smells of raisins and molasses with a nice yeastiness. A taste that makes me throw both hands in the air..."shoots, scores!" This beer is right on the money: a complex array multi-layered malts,rich toffee and dark fruits like raisins and dates. This is an exceptional beer. Body is very finely carbonated and holds together in a way that allows you to appreciate its heft (whereas some dubbels are overcarbonated and practically explode on the tongue without giving you the chance to savor the flavors).

droomyster, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of colts9016
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to aeminter for this bottle.

Poured into a Chimay Chalice at 45 degrees.

Appearance: A dark amber color with dark copper hues. There is a one finger head that is tan and has some retention to it. The clarity of the beer is somewhat opaque but there still is some highlights that are visible. There is lacing on the glass.

Nose: There are a nice toasty malt aroma with dried cherries, fruity esters which are banana and apples, and some spicy phenols. In the background of the beer is a spice like cloves, caramel,and peppers.

Taste: A nice toasty malt, with dried cherries, fruity esters which is green apples, spicy pepper, and cloves. The beer has notes of bananas, caramel, and a soft alcohol.

Overall: The mouthfeel is carbonated, spicy, medium body, and warm. The finish slightly bitter and medium finish. The beer is good and very easy to drink. The body to me is not quite there. It has a nice rounded and spicy flavor to the beer.

colts9016, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of Cylinsier
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 75 cl bottle.

Pours a dark cloudy nut brown with a thick tan head with pretty good retention. Looks deep cherry red when held up to the light.

Smells of nuts and a bit woody with a hint of alcohol. Additionally, there are some dark fruits in there.

The taste is not as sweet as dubbels I've had in the past. Malts, barley, a hint of bitterness like licorice, and an aftertaste of warmth from the alcohol.

The mouthfeel is full and the carbonation is apparent but not aggressive.

Like this one a lot. While not a big fan of the sweetness of some dubbels, I feel like I miss it a bit in this one, but I suppose its a nice break from the routine. Definitely worth a look; Ommegang seems to consistently have the best beers in the Belgian style outside of Belgium.

Cylinsier, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of unclejimbay
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ommegang (Abbey Ale)
Brewery Ommegang
Style: Dubbel
ABV: 8.50 %

Reviewed @ home 12/14/09, bottle>chalice
A 4.5, deep amber color, 2.5 finger head, excellent head retention
S 4.5, dark fruit notes (plum/cherry/raisin) on a rich malt base
T 4.5, same as it smells, as I would expect for a dubbel, rich fruit notes on finish
MF 4.0 Med+ carbonation (more than expected, but I like it), medium+ body
D 4.0, It's a rich intense dubbel experience. I like the higher than usual carbo, but this one is a sipper given it's dense dark fruit notes. Not a session beer in my book, but a solid dubbel for sure.

unclejimbay, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of matty
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber colored beer with a rich slow fading head.Aroma is dark fruit.Taste is the same dark fruit,sugar cane and caramel.This is the fourth beer I've had from this brewery and I have enjoyed them all.Something I believe everyone should try at least once.Recommended and I would buy again!!

matty, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of thain709
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A beautiful deep amber/mahogany body...big fluffy light brown head that sticks around for a long time until it settles into a thin cap...laces the entire glass

S - Very sweet...caramel malts...honey

T - Pretty well rounded beer...nice and sweet...the caramel and honey notes really come through...a strange spice in the background that leaves me guessing

M - Coats the palate nicely...very smooth

D - This beer goes down so smoothly and so nicely...I really enjoyed it...I hope I can find some more Ommegang around here

thain709, Feb 20, 2009
Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 3,850 ratings.