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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
93
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3,654 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,654
Reviews: 1,635
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 148
Gots: 268 | 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.

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mdm4584

Arizona

4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Found this at a liquor store in Scottsdale, AZ.

Poured a thick and lacy head. Dark coppery look.

Smell was heavily alcoholic, citrusy, and candied.

Heavily carbonated.

Quickly dissipating, fruity and spiced taste.

A good brew with holiday treats.

The price is silly low for the quantity and quality.

A fav amongst this style.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2007 04:53:36 | More by mdm4584
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brdc

Wisconsin

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

Small capped bottle.
Poured into a goblet, it creates a nice, creamy coffee colored head that eventually fades into a collar that goes all the way with the beer, leaving a thick lace on the way down but always covers the brew. This head tops a dark brown, red tinted brew, with an impresssive nose; candy, sweetened coffee, dark fruits, toffee, some spice.
Creamy on the mouth, it is full and satisfying, and yet drinkable.
Flavors of caramel, sweet malt, dark fruits, and yet it finishes dry, asking for more. Not a St Bernardus but close, a prime example of american made belgian strong.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2007 04:13:00 | More by brdc
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Mit

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Initial appearance of this beer was a deep translucent burgundy that hinted at the strength of the beer. It poured with a generous head that remained for about 5 min or so before settling.

Upon opening the bottle I noticed a fruity smell that seemed to disipate rather quickly once it was poured. What was left had an almost coffee smell to it that again seemed to hint at the overall depth of this beer.

Upon first tasting I beheld an almost smokey taste followed by a nice bitterness. I think I actually drank it too cold because as it warmed up it began to yield some grapier and fig/prune like tastes. The finish was nice and spicy...almost peppery with a sweetish accent. Definitely something to have when the fall weather is upon us.

A nice effervescent mouthfeel as one might expect from bottle conditioned brew. Quite a chewy and almost bordering on syrupy mouth feel.

Drinkability was moderate to good I think. Being a higher abv beer I think the beer could get a little too cloying if too much is consumed over a night. One bottle was enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2007 02:12:05 | More by Mit
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umustdrink

Minnesota

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

A - Opaque dark brown reddish color. Light brown head, pillowy and grainy, retains at a quarter inch, easily agitated to become much thicker. Fair amount of lacing just above the head.

S - Strong smell of sweet dark grapes, spicy bready malts, black licorice and a faint bitterness. A light bit of alcohol is detectable.

T - Taste starts out sweet and juicy with a light fruity grape flavor and some grainy bready malts, a sharp carbonation bite and eventually some spicier malty flavors with intensified dark fruits and hints of cocoa. Finish is bready and sweet.

M - Nicely viscous mouthfeel with carbonation in the right places.

D - Pleasant things overall, easily drinkable and definitely worth the value at $6 for a 750ml. Will do again.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2007 04:18:19 | More by umustdrink
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buffettfan

Arizona

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

Poured from bottle into a glass, while sitting out front handing out candy to trick or treaters! Lots of head, and it lasted a while too! Nice looking beer! Smelled fruity, malty and sweet. Taste was smooth! this is a very easy drinking beer. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2007 15:56:19 | More by buffettfan
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opened with a pop and poured into a tulip glass. Smell of malt and dark fruit (raisins, figs, plum?) hits the nose. Poured with a fluffy, off-white head the color of mahogany. Decent head retention and thin lacing adherence during the tasting. Subtle and consistent carbonation provides a pleasant mouthfeel; not too heavy and not too light. A little bit of alcohol astringence with flavors of malt, yeast and dark fruit. Pleasantly drinkable, but better for savoring than quick consumption. Enjoyable, but not my favorite from Ommegang.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2007 21:39:34 | More by Jwale73
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ccoffeegod

Virginia

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

big 22oz bottle bought at Grape and Gourmet in Virginia Beach, Va. poured into a brandy snifter.

Appearence: A dark amber with ruby highlights. Highly foamy offwhite head that dissipates very quickly, leaving minimal to no lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Smells of Malts and fruits mainly bananas. very rich smelling, yeasty undertone.

Taste: Wow. The first thing I taste is that overwhelming banana/anise taste. followed by a slight bitterness that tastes mildly like chocolate. This is followed by a mild alchol warmth.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated, smooth and thin.

Drinkablity: This is a very smooth beer, I could easily see my self kicking back with 2 or 3 of these.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2007 21:35:28 | More by ccoffeegod
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jmbranum

Oklahoma

4.93/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Amazing. Simply amazing.

Deep dark murky amber with thick (but rapidly disappearing head) brew. Glorious aroma with lots of alcoholic warmth and winey-ness. And the winey-ness continues to the flavor. Imagine a Chimay Blue intensity but more fruity. Also there's more spicyness, cloves are the dominant note.

I'm reminded a bit of good red wine but richer. So complex yet so balanced that it is hard to pick out the constituent parts, in fact the final product is truly original. It does remind me some too of good brandy or bourbon.

The mouthfeel is more prickly than I expected. It works well as a foil to the tangy yet rich fruitness, but I think I do prefer Chimay's luxoruious smoothness.

Unbelievably good. The best beer I've had in ages. This beer makes me believe in God. It is that good.

(12 oz. bottle bought at Central Market while traveling in Fort Worth, TX. Drank from a wine glass as I didn't have a chalice handy. I poured the yeast right in as I like Belgian style beers better that way.)

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2007 04:15:30 | More by jmbranum
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jdubjacket

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled this for the first time at the Decatur Beer Festival. I have always been hestitant to try Belgian Ales that aren't from Belgian, especially from this brewery, who gave us Three Philosophers, which was not my favorite. This beer really outdid its counterpart.

Tastes like sugar & candy - but not overly sweet. It maintains a very good balance. The alcohol is fairly prominent but not enough to knock you on your ass. This beer was pretty damn good. I may have to pick up my own bottle just to sample it further.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2007 02:26:12 | More by jdubjacket
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Jmamay22

New York

3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into my goblet a hazy dark amber brown with a tan colored head. Head settles to a thin cap and three hundred and sixty degree collar.

Smells of fruit and belgian yeast. Nails the well known, but difficult to reproduce belgian scent. A dark sugar and yeasty smell that turns to dark fruit.

Very strong yeast and candy/brown sugar prescence.

Heavily carbonated, smooth, yet somehow a little too light mouthfeel. Drinkable, but the strong alcohol content does make itself known.

Ommegang does a smashing job making Belgian brews in America and this is a good example.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2007 23:21:51 | More by Jmamay22
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

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

A- Murky medium brownish red body that pours with thick creamy light tan head. Head eventually fades to 1/2 finger and has perfect retention. Little to no lacing is left behind in the glass because it seems to heavy to stick to the sides. When held up to the light the red in this brew shimmers through its dense fogginess.

S- Licorice, subtle spice (mostly clove), fig, caramel, toffee, alcohol, and hints of cinnamon and dark fruit. Interesting and complex combination that seems to mold well together.

T- The cinnamon and clove fight with sweet plum and caramel malt for dominance upfront. A hint of toffee can be detected also. A big dose of licorice and hops arise for the finish and add to the complexity of the flavor that is already present. Lots of cinnamon lingers along with hints of caramel malt and a blanket of alcohol warmth.

M- Medium carbonation with a medium weight body that is smooth, creamy, soft, and easy to swallow.

D- This is an excellent and complex brew by Ommegang. It has sour, sweet, smooth, and spicy characteristics that blend together very well. The 8.5% is not hidden here-and my 12 oz bottle was plenty for one sitting. I will have this one again-as Ommegang has become one of my favorite breweries. I still have a bomber 3 Philosophers left in my fridge and I am looking forward to trying it. Then I shall move on to Chocolate Indulgence.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2007 17:29:22 | More by PittBeerGirl
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joeskirkie

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

In an Ommegang chalice it sits a deep burgundy, with a nice thick lingering head.

Smells of dark fruits, sweet dark cake, and some alcohol. I guess you could say rum cake.

The first taste is of the alcohol, followed up by the dark fruits (raisons), then a lingering cherry tartness, some mild brown sugar sweetness and obvious warming alcohol sensation on the finish.

It's fairly light in the mouth, but sticky and alcoholic, I've had higher ABV beers obviously, but I'm really picking it up here.

It's good, I never really had a bad Ommegang, but I'll opt for a Rare Vos or a Three Philosophers anytime.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2007 01:37:56 | More by joeskirkie
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hopsleeroy

North Carolina

3.05/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured a large foamy white head atop dark burgundy liquid. Took a while for the head to come down with very nice carbonation lacing on the glass. Making me thirsty just looking at it. First smell was of alcohol and fruit. A little like fruit cake made with rum. First flavor was sweet and dark malt. Alcohol is balanced and with fruity maltiness(is that a word?) but the warmth is spreading nicely down my arms. Minor hop notes at the finish.

The problem is the more I taste the less I like it. There is a medicinal and copper metallic flavor that comes forward as the beer warms. Stange beer to me. I taste different flavors with each sip but I don't care for the flavors that are coming to the forefront as when I tasted it at first. Good elements but I don't think I'll buy it again. A steal though at 6 bucks.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2007 23:53:51 | More by hopsleeroy
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sweetkness

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got a good deal for a 750 mL bottle. Poured with a nice head which left a nice lacing in a wine glass. Beautiful burgundy color with a nice unfiltered cloudiness. The aroma from the glass was great, smelling of various dark fruits, prunes/raisins etc. A note on the taste/mouthfeel, a lot of beers are better when they come closer to room temperature, this beer was chilled at about 40 degrees and needed to sit out for close to 45 mintues before the it got literally to room temperature. Served on the cooler side it had a more harsh alcohol taste which also gave it less body to match the carbonation, but once it was at about room temp. the flavors that were noticed in the aroma came out nicely, tasting of dark dried fruits and a unique yeast flavor....the mouthfeel was also more balanced. Quite drinkable, but I split the 750 mL with my wife and that was plenty in one session of this style.

One more note on this beer which I liked, when the bottle was empty there was a good amount of yeast sediment left around the bottom ring of the bottle, this is something you see often in homebrews, but little in commercial beers since they are so often filtered. Not necessarily important overall, but it gives the beer more of that "homemade" small batch type of feeling.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2007 16:02:53 | More by sweetkness
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Biscuit033

Pennsylvania

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

A: Nice mahogany color with about two fingers of head that stayed around for a good bit.

S: sweet dried fruits like raisins but more like dates. There is caramel and brown sugar notes.

T: Dates and and some currants come through the molasses and toffee flavors with the bitterness of dark chocolate and coffee. There is a sweetness here but it is very balanced.

M: Great Carbination and bitterness.

D: Though the alcohol isn't noticeable. This beer commands you to sit back and enjoy it slowly.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2007 21:25:29 | More by Biscuit033
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wesleyhighley

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Want to sit down with a good bottle of beer and watch your favorite movie? This might be the one to choose. I'm a big fan of the darker/heavier/more alcoholic beers and I really like that this didn't taste too rich, but still was full of flavor.

One caution, don't eat with walnuts. Something about walnuts + ommegang gave me the sensation in the back of my throat of having just done a shot.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2007 04:32:09 | More by wesleyhighley
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redneckchugger

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12 oz bottle into my chimay chalice.
pours a dark golden brown, some tan head, with little lacing.
smells of brown sugar, astingant alcohol, bread, and figs.
taste had much less booze than the nose, bread and figs still there with the brown sugar, as well as a hint of fresh earth, and maybe some raisens
mouthfell has some alcohol burn, sli9ghtly creamy, thinner than i hoped for. very drinkable, for a 8.5% beer but this one is too good to do anything other than savor.
excellent take on a belgian

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2007 05:25:09 | More by redneckchugger
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ArrogantB

Colorado

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

This seemed like an exceptional deal at $5.50 per 750ml bottle and I liked Hennepin so here I am. I poured this into a snifter but I bet a wine glass would have worked as well. The color is the darkest red I have ever seen but not quite brown. The head is a craggy rocky fortress of cream-colored bubbles. The smells are like squeezed grapes, wine, alcohol, raisins and I find myself sniffing away as I sip. The flavor is strong, some raisins, long aftertaste of licorice and a slight tinge of alcohol. I think the mouthfeel is really smooth but the beer does coat your mouth thoroughly. The alcohol starts rearing its beautiful head towards the end of the first glass and by the end of the bottle I feel like dying. I drank this while listening to the new 9th Wonder album: Dream Merchant Vol. 2, you should too.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2007 16:34:26 | More by ArrogantB
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Brianmerrilyn

New York

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

750ml bottle, poured into oversized wine glass at Bar Americain (52nd 6/7th), Bobby Flay rest with rack of pork. Let the initial redish head go from 1 finger to slim ring. Burgandy color with slight orange glow. Brown sugar with addes spices, malt and dry cherry aromas, quite complex and satisfying, even dates or figs perhaps. Taste is less complex than aroma but retains texture and body. Mouthfeel is somewhat smooth and wee bit of carbonation. Goes down nice and easy but becomes rougher towards the end.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2007 17:53:24 | More by Brianmerrilyn
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Erdinger2003

Iowa

1.83/5  rDev -56%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Poured it slowly and the head almost fell over the side after a few minutes. Then fell a little back, but stayed thick and pillowy 1/4" head with a kick-butt lacing. The color is a beautiful red color that's dark ruby and just great. The smell has sour dark fruit, not much else. The taste is very sour. It's very bitter/sour with some cork tastes...it's like tasting a piece of wood or sucking on some cardboard. Mouthfeel isn't horrible, not so bad. The aftertaste reminds me of the taste you get in your mouth after puking. Overall I don't think I will ever try this ever again.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2007 15:02:06 | More by Erdinger2003
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zerofear13

New York

3.23/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Not sure if I got a bad bottle, but I did not enjoy this. I feel almost bad about dragging down the average, but I'm almost positive it wasn't skunked and there was no sign of the beer being out-of-date. The 750 ml. bottle poured out almost like wine, with a ridiculously frothy head that retained for several minutes. The smell was of fruity and sweet wine without the blatant alcohol. The taste followed afterward. It was incredibly sweet and almost unbearable to finish the whole thing. As a beer-lover I'm not sure how many people would enjoy this brew: almost no signs of hops or balance to the overly sweet brew. Not sure if I'd be willing to pay another $7 to try again.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2007 18:28:22 | More by zerofear13
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woemad

Washington

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes-consumed in early September:

750ml corked and caged bottle purchased at the Yoke's in Kennewick, WA, in June on sale for $5.99. No freshness date.

Poured into a St.Bernardus goblet, this was a dark brown color thta took on a slightly more reddish hue when held up to light. Big, light tan head that hung around for along time, leaving thick sheets of lace.

The nose was of dark fruits, such as raisins and figs, with a little bit of brown sugary sweetness and some oak notes.

The taste was sweet, but not cloyingly so. Brown sugar and dark fruits dominated. The flavor seemed more cherry-ish than the nose, and the fruitiness grew as it warmed up.

The beer had a velvety smooth mouthfeel and was medium bodied.

This is a very drinkable beer, with little sign of the relatively high abv. It makes an excellent after-dinner beer, but would probably not be a good one to session.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2007 18:56:44 | More by woemad
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Mdog

Minnesota

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

Appearance: Hazy red-amber, big fluffy Belgian head.

Smell: Toasted bread with fruit jam, some yeasty funk.

Taste: Dominated by dark fruits, a little alcohol bite. Mostly sweet fruit flavors, finishes quite dry.

Drinkability: Relatively inexpensive for a "Belgian" and easy to drink gives this an above average rating here.

Continuing to revisit the Ommegang brews now that they have come back to Minnesota. I first had this beer when I went to the baseball hall of fame and took a side trip to the brewery. I brought back a bunch in my carry-on. Their flagship beer is very good, a strong dubbel is how I would describe it.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2007 22:10:20 | More by Mdog
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Amalak

New York

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

App: Well the bottle itself is awesome (corked and all). In a glass it is just as nice. Dark-brown texture.

Smell: Nice, but hardly memorable. Some malts.

Taste: The flavor of hops is quite tame, considering what I was expecting. The alcohol hit is quite hard, but it's not overdone. There's some caramel sweetness, slight, and a bit of a burnt feel.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated, and kind of overpowering. I am all for a bubbly, zesty beer, but this had fizz without substance.

Overall: The price of the bottle was a bit much for the overall feel ($8). But if you're looking for something strong, this is a well done heavier brew..

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2007 02:49:56 | More by Amalak
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Patrick999

Florida

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can't believe it took me so long to get here. Poured into my Ommegang chalice a dark brown red; head was certainly present and stuck around well.

Smell was of sweet toffee, a little spicy alcohol - yep, it smells like a Belgian alright.

Taste - This is a really tasty beer. Plenty of raisin, plum, prune and spice...a rum-soaked raisin-spice bread. As with all the other Ommegang beers I've tried, it's really difficult to believe this is from Cooperstown, NY....to me, their line-up stands tall with the Belgian ales; more of an equal/peer than an imitator.

Mouthfeel - A little sticky in the end, though less than you might expect. The copious spicing actually seems to help dry this out somewhat to balance.

D - Easy to finish one, but there's something about this beer that seems a little more filling than usual. I kinda feel full, as though I've just eaten. Still a great beer, and the price is right.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2007 01:51:43 | More by Patrick999
Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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