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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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3,806 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,806
Reviews: 1,645
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 163
Gots: 318 | 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 Reagan1984
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into my tulip glass and was greeted with an amazing tan whipped cream head. This showed amazing retention and have a great deal of structure. The beer was a dark ruby red with brown tones. While it was dark you could see it was translucent with no visible carbonation. This was one of those beers that you slowly poured and could manage to have the head rise about a ½ inch above the top of the glass.

The aroma was deep with lots of things going on. Dark cherries, ginger and other spices.

The flavor was great and very complex. Dark dried fruits were abundant. Dates, dark cherry with lots of spices. I still get a touch of lemon peel and ginger. Some sweet malt notes and the twang of the Belgian yeast. Slightly tart at moments. At the finish there certainly is a hop bitterness to balance the sweetness.

Mouth feel is medium bodied and big & bold. This is very drinkable, but one to be savored. There's a lot going on here and you don't want to miss it.

Well done!

Reagan1984, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of dolemite77
3.13/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a nice ruby color... thick head at the start, but diminishes and almost no lacing. Aroma is fruity with peppery notes. Flavor is similar to that, with a bit more of a metallic tang than I would prefer. Flavors also bring out some fruit. I prefer the 3 Philos to this one...

dolemite77, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of orangemoustache
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish cherry with low transparency. On top sits a three finger tall almond cap of delicious looking froth. The nose is chocolate and caramel blended with dark fruits,a hint of alcohol. The flavors are in line with the nose,leaning toward the caramelized dark fruits and alcohol side of the spectrum. I taste a bit of spicy pepper,I'm sure it's the yeast. The body is medium to light and could have a bit more assertiveness,although it's not a wimp either. Bubbly carbonated feel with a very soft,yet lingering sugary stickiness. This lacks the captivating/it factor for my tastes. A very good Abbey none the less.

orangemoustache, Nov 07, 2008
Photo of bigkahunas4
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance: About a one finger head, with some of the better retention I've ever seen. Some constant carbonation is floating through this deep brown body - really unlike a color I've ever seen.

Smell: Not a huge nose here - but I'm picked up some bland belgian yeast.

Taste: Very tastey brew, with a nice high gravity yeast. Sweet sugar cane notes, and a hint of alcohol. Some sweet bready mild hops at the end give it a nice finish to keep it in check.

Mouthfeel: Fantasticly smooth with a nice biting carb. Rather smooth.

Drinkability: Really nice. Warming and hearty. Despite a lackluster nose, a really fine beer one can easily get their hands on.

bigkahunas4, Nov 07, 2008
Photo of bonkers
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I popped open a 750 ml bottle and poured some into tulip glass. It pours a pleasant burgundy color, with abundant white head. The head leaves quickly sans lacing. This "abbey ale" smells of drunken figs and dates. A very pleasant beer to drink, it has flavors of sweetened, dried fruit with a phenolic finish. A crisp and dry ale. A nice medium bodied sipper, that if you do not watch out could suprise you with its 8.5 ABV.

bonkers, Nov 03, 2008
Photo of Jyubei
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Dark body, with reddish appearance in light. 1in head and good lacing.

S. Hops, roasted malt, toffee and lambic fruitiness.

T. Hops take the backseat to roasted malt and a toffee butterscotch taste similar to a scotch ale. It also has berry lambic notes, with a malt and caramel aftertaste.

M. A fine fruit syrup stickiness.

D. A marvelous brew that is enjoyable as a nightcap or dessert beer and probably any other time as well.

Jyubei, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of allergictomacros
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Lightly hazed ruby red with a moderately dense head of foam.

S - Spicy, fruity with some bread and honey/floral notes. Touch of sharp funk.

T/M- Dry, warming and fruity. Hops are well controlled. Lots of toastiness and a light chocolate works well with alcoholic complexities and spiciness. Hints of apples. IMO a bit too effervescent though.

D - Pretty drinkable for the abv. Some solid flavours.

allergictomacros, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of adamette
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle at the Brewery in Cooperstown about 5 hours ago.

A Thick light brown head supported by deep brown, amber like translucent body. Great, confident appearance.

S Very minimal Licorice smell described by employee at Ommegang from the Anise and difficult for me to discern. In addition to that, however, the smell was not a strong one, some malt and hops.

T Complex, big, some alcohol to this great malty brew. Hops do not dominate but rather are there to help balance out the sweetness.

M Full with active carbonation to go along with strong, full tastes.

D Great for a beer with this high of an ABV.

Notes: Yet another great offering from Brewery Ommegang and a great way to honor the Belgian tradition of brewing.

adamette, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of treehugger02010
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a bottle of this at Gristedes in Scarsdale, NY.
Appearance: Deep amber brown body with a light tan head, lots of carbonation excellent retention and even better lacing.
Smell: Boozy, dark fruit.
Taste: Spicy with lots of dates.
Mouthfeel: Crisp and bubbly.
Drinkability: Good.
Don't drink and review.

treehugger02010, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of cswhitehorse
3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Ommegang poured an amber color with a very small foam head and very little lacing.

The aroma was spicy with some fruit tones coming through. The taste was full of brown sugar, fruit and a super spicy finish. It was less than average carbonated and didn't leave much of a mark in the mouth. Overall I thought it was good but not great. I will give it a try in a few months.

cswhitehorse, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of jdoncbus
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Trois Pistoles goblet. Color is a deep brown, two finger head, a lot of carbonation appears on the bottom of the glass, with a bit of lacing.

Smell is toasted malt, faint burnt wood, grass, mild sweet tart, & a splash of booze.

Initial feel is very crisp with the strong carbonation where the flavor leads to a roasted malt, tobacco, pepper, pears, and honey. The feel is a bit chewy and syrupy towards the end and leaves the mouth dry.

A complex offering that revels so many different flavors and a joy to sip. A little boozy but not overpowering and for the price it's outstanding. Ommegang does Belgium right...

jdoncbus, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of rpgman456
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle of this from my local specialty liquor store and poured chilled into a tulip glass.

Color is a dark brown amber with a thick foamy cream colored head. Aroma is of sweet malts, various fruits with a smoked winter-esque feel. A thick lace of foam retains with the beer long after the pour. Giving the beer a swill, more volatiles are released, evoking the sweet aromas of banana and fruit pie. Taste produces a mouthful of wonderful flavor, fruits, spices and hops abound the palate with a slight alcohol-heavy aftertaste. As the beer warms to room temperature, the sweetness of the beer becomes alive, producing an entirely different feel and texture. The one downside of this ale is its 8.5% ABV on what is a dangerously drinkable beer. Overall a fine specimen and another reason why Ommegang continues to live up to all the hype.

rpgman456, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of vegasennui
2.53/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer is totally disappointing. Its not that its a bad beer, but aroma and flavor are just largely not present. Its neutral the way that Guinness is neutral to an experienced drinker. If you are not a fan of the general style then its a strong flavor but i just expect more character then this from an abbey ale. There is a slight after taste of pennies, which is annoying but even that is so faint its nearly not there. Its very drinkable, because its neutral, but not actually good. Have it with food instead of diet soda.

vegasennui, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of notafood
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a deep ruby brown with a tasty looking cashew colored head. A little too cloudy to see any carbonation, etc. Smells malty and sweet with some dark fruits and spices. Taste reminds me of a good rye/wheat bread, or more like a fruit bread/fruit cake you'd get around the holidays. One of the more enjoyable Dubbels I've had. Feel is a tiny bit on full the side of medium and a little sticky. I am consistently impressed with Ommegang. I tried all of their beers at a festival once, but it was late and inappropriate setting experience the magnificence of this brewery. It's since I've joined BA that I've really gotten into these beers. Hennepin is a staple in my kitchen now, and I've had fun with Three Philosophers too, (had some with sweet potato fries once, great pairing!). I think I'm gonna go scoop up some Ommegeddon (one of the few I haven't tried) after work tomorrow. Fantastic beers at a really friendly price.

notafood, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I continue to be impressed with Ommegang's brews.

A: Pours a deep reddish brown into my chalice. Head is about 1 inch tall which then dissipates down to about 1/8 inch and then sits. Good lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Booze is definitely evident, but it is balanced nicely with the dark fruits, and nuts.

T: Taste pretty much mirrors the smell, but the dark fruits are more pronounced and the nuts add more of a supporting flavor. The alcohol is definitely evident in the exhale.

M/D: I liked the level of carbonation, which is pretty high and sticks in the throat during swallow. Should be expected from the head you get when you pour though. This beer is way too heavy and high in alcohol content to drink many, but damn is it good!

NittanyBeerFan, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of BigJim5021
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Score another win for Ommegang. No one does a budget-priced Belgian like the folks from Cooperstown.

This brew pours a gorgeous, dark, hazy amber with an everlasting white head. Lacing is spotty, but it could be because I couldn't fit the entire 750 ml bottle into my glass and had to keep sipping and pouring.

The smell is fruity and has a nice alcohol bite to it.

The flavor is reminiscent of the scent and with a nice dry finish. It's not as complex as the Rare VOS, but it's tasty nonetheless. The alcohol creeps out a bit as it warms too.

The mouthfeel is bubbly and medium bodied. Very pleasant.

Ommegang strikes me as just an all-around awesome brewing company. Who else can offer $6 750s of kickass Belgian-style beer? And in this economy no less. I'll take this over a near-$7 sixer of domestic swill any day,

BigJim5021, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of coldmeat23
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Leffe over-sized wine glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Good dark amber color liquid. Medium sized head which dissipates rapidly to a light film. Minimal lacing.

Big, sweet, malty nose. Nice caramel notes. Sweet, dark fruits. Brown sugar caramalized bananas. Very slight alcohol smell.

Complex flavors, as well. Booze soaked dark cherries. Toasted malts. Pineapple, pear, and bananas. Slight fig and clove flavors.

Very nice and creamy in the mouth, as it should be, for the style.

Very tasty and highly drinkable brew.

coldmeat23, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of TeamSeabass
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick toffee-colored head that concentrates as it sits. It looks beautiful next to the dark reddish colored beer. I did let this one sit a few minutes before taking the first drink.

Taste is very likeable. Dry and fruity sort of like a red wine, not that I'm a wine drinker. A bit of iron on the aftertaste but its so mild and doesn't linger. Maltiness comes in also alongside.

Great layer of consistant foam lacing that holds and just coats the glass. This beer was gone too fast.

Another tasty offering from Ommegang, my favorite brewery at the moment.

TeamSeabass, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of Albinoh
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark hazy brown color, nice head at the beginning that settles first to a small bubbly lace that eventually dissapears. Fruity/yeasty aroma. Lot of carbonation, you can tell before even taking a sip that the beer will be on the high carbonation side as the fizzy sound leaves the glass. Fruity taste, alcoholic, I even thought of chocolate (??) I guees I'm confusing the taste with the candy sugar. Medium body. Dry at the end as a mild bitterness hits the tongue. No much of an aftertaste. In my opinion the carbonation was too much in this beer, I'm not against carbonation, but I felt it overwhelmed the taste of the beer.

Leaving the beer warm up a little bit, or maybe just letting the bubbles escape for a few minutes makes the beer taste a lot better. The sweet/malty alcohol hits the palate.

Its a good beer, specially for the price.

Albinoh, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of beerfairy
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cork came out easily. Purs a dark reddish borwn with a very nice creamy head. Amazing lacing in the glass and nice bubbles in the head.

S: Dark cherries, pineapple, and a little bit of cloves.

T: Tastes slightly like carbonated red wine, very complex flavors, fruity, but not sweet.

M: Very dry and carbonated

D: ABV is 8.5%, could have a couple, not a lot though.

beerfairy, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of abfraser
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cave-aged for a year in Howe Caverns

A: Cork was extremely hard to pop out. I had to use a corkscrew. Lot of pressure under there, as it began foaming out the bottle. Pours a dark, deep brownish red, with good creamy colored head

S: Pineapple, dark cherries, caramel malt maybe a little bit of cloves. So many layers

T: Boozy dark fruit, some citrus & tropical fruit, earthy, good subtle tartness. Amazingly complex.

M: Quite dry, medium-bodied, nice balanced level of carbonation.

D: Mouthfeel leaves this quite drinkable. But abv is high, so not too drinkable.

What a beer for $6! An amazingly complex brew. I don't know how much this is different from the regular, non cave-aged, but I intend to find out.

abfraser, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of weissbierdrinker
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle, it has a thick red tan colored head that stays around for awhile leaving some nice lacing around the glass.

Smell is not to strong but not faint either smells of flowers, alcohol and something sweet, very nice on the nose.

Taste is like very ripe fruit up front that that changes to a peppery spice that is followed by some clove and sweetness not really a dry finish leaves a slightly sweet feeling on your tongue and you can feel the alcohol a bit as it goes down but it not overpowering at all, like it's just there to remind you that its a 8.5 ABV. Mouthfeel is kind of think like velvet cake is what it reminds me of anyway.

Overall it's a very nice beer that it easy to drink (not like a Bud Light ) but for an 8.5 ABV it is.

I wouldn't drink more than three in an hour though. It has some kick!

weissbierdrinker, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice ruddy crimson color with a rather thick, creamy off-white head that retains well and leaves some

S: Wow--this smells great. Strong sweet candy aromas with some lovely spice notes and a hint of dark fruits (raisins, etc.). Lots of fruit and sweetness--it's wonderful.

T&M: Once again, sweet fruits, some clove and pepper-ish notes, fruity flavors from the yeast. Not as bold in flavor as aroma, but still solid. The body is medium to full with an intense carbonation, but not as fine as I'd like from a Belgian. As a result, the carbonation tends to be a distraction from the flavor instead of a fine bubbly enhancement like some other Belgians have.

D: Finer carbonation would help drinkability more, but this is still a good beer. Nice flavor, wonderful aroma, and it looks great. It's an affordable, domestically produced Belgian-style beer that I'll be buying again.

BamaBeerBuff, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of tr4nc3d
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice light brown, tannish color, with a beatiful big head and lacing.

Smelled fruity, like dried fruit, black licorice.

Tast was really awesome. Nice dark fruitish taste, chocolate, creamy, with a nice clove like spice finish to it.

Mouthfeel is carbonated, rich and creamy, with noticable alcohol.

Drinkability for this is pretty high for me, nice overall beer which I would purchase again.

tr4nc3d, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of prsguitarsr4me
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer! Pours beautiful dark and creamy with a fantastic head. Smells and tastes like a Belgian beer - what can I say? That mean's its good. Excellent balance - alcohol is blended very well, but gets to you after a whole bottle. That's okay though! I'll be getting another one of these for sure to put back to back with the Chimay Blue. Recommended for sure!

prsguitarsr4me, Sep 29, 2008
Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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