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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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Ommegang (Abbey Ale)Ommegang (Abbey Ale)

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,736 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,736
Reviews: 1,638
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 156
Gots: 291 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-18-1998)
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bbeerman

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +1%

This beer looks fantastic. Excellent lace on the glass, even though I did not use the proper serving device. Smell is also fabulous. Almost has a hint of sweet fruit.

Taste definitely has a sweetness to it that I do not recall from past experiences, but then again, perhaps my past experiences have included one too many bottles. Very good taste, but not exceptional.

Easy to drink and goes down smooth. Currently enjoying a 1 Pt. 9.4 Oz. bottle as my night cap, so please excuse if my spelling is off.

Not the best bottle of Ommegang I have enjoyed (so far, the best has come from Cork's in Mansfield), but still quite tasty. One of the best breweries in the US.

08-17-2008 01:30:53 | More by bbeerman
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Vixie

Illinois

2.93/5  rDev -29.6%

A: Poured very dark, with a tan head. The look reminded me of a glass of root beer.

S: Very aromatic, fruity is the best way to describe it.

T: Sweet was the first word that came to mind. Definite raisins and brown sugar, can also taste the alcohol. The carbonation gives it a bit of a bite, and a light hoppy finish.

M: Fairly good, the carbonation adds a lot to it. Not a lot of aftertaste, so was a bit on the thin side.

D: Ok in small doses, but the sweetness would make it hard for me to drink much of this. A nice beer to sample, but if this is a typical example of a dubbel, I think I'll rate it as one of my least favorite styles.

08-17-2008 01:10:26 | More by Vixie
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Goliath

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -7.9%

Pours dark brown with some ruby hues in the light. A large inch and a half light tan head forms on top. Fairly poor retention and no real lacing.

Definitely a pleasing aroma. Rather sweet, candy sugar, caramel, plums, dates, and mollases.

Taste is fine. Caramel, mollases, dates, a little spice, and some yeast. Not the best dubbel but not bad.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and extremely carbonated. Too much IMO.

Drinkability is moderate. Good flavors make for easy drinking. The high carbonation really ruins it for me though.

08-13-2008 22:28:53 | More by Goliath
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meatmallet

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -6.3%

Appearance: Murky brown with a thick tan head.

Smell: Smells like rasins, spices, and alcohol. Very sweet and not very strong.

Taste: Heavy on the sweet dark fruits and alcohol in the beginning. Has a slightly bitter and warm alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel: Kind of slick in the mouth with high carbonation.

Drinkability: Overall it is a gteat beer.

08-13-2008 01:58:05 | More by meatmallet
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tronester

Oklahoma

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

Pours a cloudy chocolate brown, with a medium tan head. Smells of licoriche and honey. Very aromatic. Taste is very malty, with hints of rasins. There is a tiny bit of Belgian yeast strain flavor as well. Very tasty. Mouthfeel is smooth and rich, carbonation levels medium. An easy drinking dubbel (especially for the ABV!) that tastes great.

08-10-2008 02:30:47 | More by tronester
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ders

New York

2.4/5  rDev -42.3%

I saw the reviews on this so I wanted to try it. I'd like to try a different bottle because maybe I got a bad batch, but maybe I didn't so I'll probably not try again.

Anyway...

A - Pretty dark red with a nice head. Kind of looks like the head from a soda right when you pour it.

S - Smells dark. I don't smell much, but I often don't.

T - Whoa. The first couple sips were ok. Malty, a little hops. Then I started tasting cough syrup and something else that is quite unpleasant.. mostly when I breathe out. It's good as long as I don't breath out. This is gonna be tough.

M - Prettty nice. Smooth. A little carbonation.

D - I'll finish the bomber, but that's only because it's there!

08-10-2008 00:24:55 | More by ders
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joezak5

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel sniffter; dusty reddish brown, overflowing thick, brownish head and really nice lacing when enjoyed.

Smell: Deep dusty and earth yeast and caramel apple malt

Mouthfeel: Light, syrupy and just a little chewy... very muted carbonation

Taste: Earthy apple cider malt with cherries and peppery spiciness on the finish

Drinkability: Another winner from Ommegang... you can't go wrong with this brewery... a beautiful, affordable dubbel

08-08-2008 06:19:58 | More by joezak5
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

I enjoyed this as a reward from volunteering at BCTC 08. Poured from the cool 12oz brown bottle into my BFM goblet.

A - A dark ruby w/ shades of chestnut the beer has great clarity-poured to leave the yeast in the bottle. The cap is ecru consisting of tiny beading and smooth microfoam surface. The lace is moderate and clings haphazardly

S - A blend of dried fruit-(raisin, currant) and spice w/ an earthy, leathery and somewhat beanlike aroma. Toasty w/ a nice alcoholic tinge

M - Warming w/ dry slightly metallic and spiced qualities in the big full feel. There is subtle sweet tinges and the full carbonation brings out a yeasty creaminess and more spice in the finish

T - A nice bran flake-like toasted note that starts this off w/ dark sugar and dried fruit flavors. The taste is somewhat dry w/ a raisin and spice(nutmeg) blend. The dark sugar flavor comes out later w/ more yeast tast. The finish gives a touch of creaminess to the taste w/ gentle bready flavor. The intensity is vast w/ plenty of slight floral and prune accents. The flavor is slightly peppery w/ a dark coffee note.

D - A fantastic dubbel w/ a great repeated drink score. This is big -8.5% and smooth which is a great combo - can't go wrong w/ an ommegang dubbel, like a festival for your taste buds.

08-07-2008 15:20:07 | More by Slatetank
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Haybeerman

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

A: Deep burgundy brew with two inch or better foamy off-white head. Half inch head held all the way to the bottom and laced generoiusly along the way.

S: Very malty sweet. Dark fruit and some caramel. Not as impressed with aroma.

T: Sweet malt and dark fruit right up front. Some spice then warming alcohol. Pleasant balance between sweet malt and spiciness.

M: Creamy and silky smooth. Medium carbonation balances nicelyu.

D: High ABV dings the drinkability a little bit. I can see the slight harshness catching up to me over time.

08-07-2008 14:14:29 | More by Haybeerman
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gonzo46and2

Florida

3.63/5  rDev -12.7%

Second time I've had this one.

Pours a dark ruby with a sticky white head.

Aroma is nice. Pineapple carmelized candy and hints of roasted nuts.

Taste is much more on the malty dark fruits and nuts.

Big carbonation

Good alternative to expensive imported belgians but lacks some characteristics of really good belgian beers. I will buy this again for sure.

08-03-2008 02:35:15 | More by gonzo46and2
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midaszero

Washington

4/5  rDev -3.8%

A - Cloudy mahogany with tons of light tan head that sticks around

S - Sweet dark fruit and malts

T - Raisins lots of raisin flavor. Some Belgian spice. Nice balanced flavor.

M - Medium body and with medium carbonation

D - Pretty good. I hear it is awesome with some age on it so I am going to have to lay some down.

08-02-2008 19:31:21 | More by midaszero
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jake87

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

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

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

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

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

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

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

Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

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

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

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

Tennessee

3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

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.

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

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

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

Missouri

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

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

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

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

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

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

Texas

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

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

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

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

Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

06-24-2008 01:27:31 | More by CrellMoset
Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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