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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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3,930 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,930
Reviews: 1,654
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 183
Gots: 362 | 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 UDbeernut
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bier Markt, poured into snifter

A: light amber almost purple color, nice head with retention, ends in a cap

S; clean smell of sweat malt, spice, and alcohol

T; nice clean taste, slighlty sweat front. Ends dry with alcohol

M&d: decent mouthfeel and drinkability. Ny first dubbel so I can not raealy compare to the style. All I can say is I have not been let down by OmmegangN they continue to impress.

UDbeernut, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of surfer4life
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ok, so I'm fairly new to this but here goes.

Poured into my Goblet from a 750ml bottle.

A = Dark brown with a huge head that stayed around for quite a long time with minimal lacing.

S = Stong maltiness, strong smell of apricots and citrus hints of cloves.

T = sweet fruitiness in the beggining followed by a stong taste of alchol. Hints of cloves as with what was smelled. Finishing with a bitter note.

M = Almost over carbonated, just a tad on the high side, but this doesn't detract from the overall experience of the beer.

D = I'm afraid I could drink this way to often.

Again, I seemed to be impressed by this brewery and hope to visit it someday with such stellar beers coming from them.

surfer4life, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of cameraman
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A deep amber to a red color, with a beige color, an inch thick and has incredible sustainablity. A malty sweetness is dominant in the scent with touches of yeasty bread, with bit of sugary sweet, fruitness. The taste starts with a strong malt flavor, with a yeasty fruitiness, a dried fruit sweetness and finishing with a mild bitterness. a creamy teaxture, with a bit of chwiness, it leaves the palate dryand clean. This is a well made dubble, bring that maltiness in the flavor, the creaminess in the feel, and the yeasty esters. Those aspects make this a must try beer, from a great american brewery.

cameraman, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of smcolw
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy neutral brown. Thick beige head that lasts a long time and leaves thick, fine lace on the glass.

An undercurrent of slightly soured cherry in the aroma. Light cream. A strong maltiness without the typical Belgian yeast aroma.

Strong alcohol warmth with a deep (dry) malt flavor. A rich brew, but the carbonation provides adequate balance. Big flavor that lasts through the aftertaste.

If you like this style, you'll likely love this beer.

smcolw, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of mfreire212
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The wife and I are big fans of Ommegang, to put it mildly. Been to Cooperstown a few times and the brewery, itself. For some reason, I have yet to review the flagship beer, Ommegang (Abbey Ale). So....

Poured from a cold bottle into my Ommegang chalice. Nice ruby/brown color, stark white head that lasts for a bit. Interesting contrast in the glass.

Pungent, sweet aroma of what seems like mostly like molasses, which is a good thing.

This beer tastes even better then the preceding aroma, again more molasses. Silky smooth with just a hint of alcohol that warms you up nicely.

I usually have a pair of these in one sitting, which is more then enough to leave you with a comfortable "buzz".

Recommended and worth the price.

mfreire212, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of farrago
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep red to bronzed color, mostly opaque, the head comprised of lots of miniscule bubbles, slow to fade, sits there like moving isn't in the picture. Mixture of fresh black fruits and glazed fruits in the nose, more raw brown sugar than manipulated sweetness, maybe some fresh honey, the roasted malts build as it warms, scents more smooth than invasive. Medium-bodied, very balanced for its weight, gives it a semi-relentless character. Here the red cherry, raspberry, golden raisin flavors ring more clearly, not fruity per se but you'd have to be a moron not to taste the fruit. As a result, the roast is sweeter with more caramel notes. Carbonation level is average, more upfront, dies off. Feels like a well-worn autumnal blazer, nothing fancy anymore but moves where and when you want it to. Truncated end worrisome, though.

farrago, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of taylor714914
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Dark Cherry, amber, just a slight twinge of haze. This brew pours with a thick 3 finger fluffy clay colored head.

S - Malty, Spicy, Sweet, cloves, honey, alcohol, dried fruits, light molasses.

T - Heavenly. Sweet spice, caramel notes, dried fruits, fig or prune like, light alcohol....freaking amazing.

M - Quite carbonated, mouth coating but not thick, a but prickly and a dryish finish just make me want to keep drinking!

D- Absolutely! I could drink this all day, all night, pretty much constantly. Great balance and loads of flavor make this a beer to come back to over and over.

This beer is by far one of my favorites. There are loads of flavors to be explored in this brew. It seems like I find something new every time I revisit this classic, stand-beside brew. Worth the 50 something a case. Also, when set down for a year of so, it becomes quite divine and the layers of flavor really develop and the alcohol taste take a backseat. Do yourself a favor and go pick some up!

taylor714914, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of fingerlaker
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm biased.

The reason is, this was THE beer that got be back into beer. I was ignorant to the fact that beer doesn't have to be tasteless yellow date-rape juice that the Zeta boys pour out. If that pale MacroFizz is a 101 class, then Ommegang Abbey Ale is an 500-level course.

After uncorking the imperial bottle, I poured it into a very large cognac snifter. Because I have drank this beer many times, I knew that the best temp to drink this at is room temperature, so I let the bottle that was chilling at the Wegman's cooler sit in the kitchen for a few hours to warm back up.

Swirling it around to get the air in it, I smell the roasted barley and the spices, the mild hops and a twinge of alcohol. Put through all of that is the wine-like fruit notes. The smell is incredible and I wish Yankee Candle would pick it up.

I think the look of a beer isn't important, but my god, I have yet to see a beer that looks better in a glass. A FULL head thanks to the active yeast and a ton of sediment swirling through the beer, making it opaque and a black hole to any light trying to get through. There are bubbles comming up constantly. The carbonation stays on top in little fingers and refuses to leave.

Taste? Oh god... The first thing I get is the mostly flat flavor of the barley, with the roasted rolling in later. About 1/2 second after getting it in my mouth, I notice the hops and fruit- tastes like grapes, plums and rasins. The body is full and heavy and steamrolls across your mouth with its roasted tones.

Going down the throat and into the ol' digester, the throat is warmed up. The feeling is like nothing else. The alcohol content is high enough to give me a buzz after killing the entire imperial bottle.

Frankly, this beer is f***ing fantastic.

fingerlaker, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of PhillyStyle
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a flute glass, at Pub 71(Atlanta, GA):

The beer appeared to be a very nice dark ruby red with a light off-white head that was retained very well.

The aroma was sweet smelling, fruity, maybe cherries with a slight hint of alcohol.

The taste is excellent and on point with the nose, yet not as sweet as expected. The Belgian malt comes through nicely, as well as the sweetness. The hints of cherries, Belgian yeast and the alcohol, as the beer warms, make the taste very well rounded, complex and delicious.

The beer has a good carbonation level to it, in addition to its medium body. The beer is fairly rich, creamy and smooth. The beer is highly drinkable, but the ABV sneaks up on you and it is noticeable after two. Overall, this is an excellent, if not exception beer. Highly recommended and I think that I will be heading to the beer store to try it bottled.

PhillyStyle, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of Crajun
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first Dubbel - if this is typical, it won't be my last!

beautiful honey amber color with BIG head!

S - fruity, slight alcohol

T - WOW; that was different; very smooth, complex in beginning, carbonation "popping" in middle and dry at end

M - Lots of stuff happening here; much carbonation

D - YES; dry finish leaves you wanting more.

Purchased at Mr. G's in Dallas which is a very large beer store here; clerk stated this was one of his favorite 2 beers.


Crajun, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of tmoneyba
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured cloudy reddish color with a huge frothy off-white head that diminished very slowly leaving good lacing.

Good complex fruit and wine aroma.

Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation.

Good fruity flavor with a sweet finish that had a moderate duration with no alcohol bite.

Very good brew and one of my top six by style.

tmoneyba, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of BDIMike
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper-brown color with a cloudy unfiltered look to it. The medium-sized head is tan-brown in color and has good retention througout the drink.
Smell is very nice. Strong smell of sweet sugary malts. There is also some smells of plum-like fruits.
Taste has a lesser version of the stronger smells. There are the very sweet malt tastes and the plum and raisin fruit tastes. There is a bit of bitterness at the end, almost like a red wine.
Mouthfeel is not as thick as I would like for such a high quality beer. It has good carbonation, almost biting the tongue, like a cider.
Drinkability is good for such a strong and complex beer. A lot of strong tastes that all balance each other well. Nice beer that pairs with a lot of different foods very well.

BDIMike, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of MVotter
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is exceptional! It's a malt lover's dream ... malty/butter nose and a delicious malty/buttery taste ... effervescent in the mouth.

The entire experience is rich ... luscious. Ommegang (brewed in the shadow of the National Baseball Hall of Fame) hits the grand slam with this brew.

Simply superior.

MVotter, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of smedley
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep, dark amber, big thick head that turns into a big bubbly explosion. Some lacing. 3 inches of head disappeared in about 90 seconds.

S - Sweet and malty with some spicy cloves and ripe pears, clear alcohol smell.

T - Spicy clove flavor comes through immediately. Sweet, hints of fruit soaked in alcohol. The alcohol taste comes through - to be expected from an 8.5%. Starting to really notice that alcohol smell now.

M - High carbonation - very high. Decent mouthfeel, crisp and very dry. Not a favorite of mine - trying to appreciate the style, but that's about it.

smedley, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of cooncat
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving from 25.4 oz cork capped bottle into large goblet.

On the pour you get a ruby redish brown colored brew, with a tight almond colored head. The head reduces to a very thin cap in short order, and lacing is minimal. You can get a little on a swirl, but no stickage.

Nose is very sweet, with ripe dark fruit, like raisins and plums, as well as some notes of molasses and brown sugar. No hop notes. Kind of smells like a barleywine; at least some barleywines I've had.

The taste is pretty close to the nose, with huge sweetness up front, but not cloying due to the carbonation level. "Tiny bubbles" continuously rise to the top. The label declares this Abbey dubbel "Burgundean" (like a burgundy wine, I suppose). I can see the comparison, but it is slight. As it warms, I get faint maraschino cherry and chocolate tastes along with the others. Very complex. No hop notes were ascertainable, and the mouthfeel is light-medium, due to the carbonation. The 8.5% abv is not noticeable, except for a little warming in the tummy.

Overall, a very enjoyable brew. Admittedly, I'm not a huge Belgian connisseur, but I do appreciate this beer, and it is definitely one to experience.

Na Zdravje!

cooncat, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of TMB0424
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from notes. 750 ML bottle poured into chalice.

Pours a somewhat unique looking copper/caramel colored body. Good carbonation rising up to meet the huge, thick dirty brown head. Ommegang brews have the best heads. Pretty good lacing, head turns into several continents sitting atop the body. Good looking.

Aroma is sweet, fruity, yeasty with a splash of spices and alcohol thrown in there. Caramelized malts are definitely the most noticeable, with hints of darker fruits and bananas in the background. Yeast provides a nice bread-like aroma as well.

Taste is of sweet, caramelized darker fruits (plum, fig) and a slightly chocolate, yeasty flavor which is very nice. The alcohol finishes it up with a nice and welcoming warmth, preceded by a slight hop kick. Hints of cherries, fresh baked bread are also coming to mind. Nothing OVERLY complex here, but it's extremely tasty nonetheless.

Mouthfeel is slick, crisp, goes down very smooth. Leaves a little bit of an oily feel on my palate. Although sweet, it's not overboard, and this is an extremely drinkable brew for its ABV. An excellent dubbel as Ommegang never, ever disappoints.

TMB0424, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of Quej
3.45/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Very dark red and hazy with a nice tan head.
S - Smells very fruity and sweet, with some hoppiness detected.
T - Mostly fruity tastes of berries, cherries and other red fruit. Not strongly sweet and even a bit boozy and rough.
M - Thick and heaavy bodied, nicely creamy frothy almost.
D - Decent but a little sweet and thick to be sessionable.

Quej, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of OtisinAZ
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great pour perfect dark caramel color with a thick bubbly head.

Strong candy, fruity smell,with a Belgian yeast note.

Taste was sweet slightly bitter with caramel layer. Very drinkable.

Good mouth feel with a warm lingering candy taste. Beer was true to style for an American "Abbey" ale.

OtisinAZ, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of a4ester
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I opened a bottle and poured some into a snifter. It pours a nice burgundy color, with a decent pale tan head. The head didn't last very long and there wasn't much lacing. Smelled of figs and dates. A very pleasant beer to drink, it has flavors of sweetened, dried fruit (reminded me of apples) . I was very pleased with this abbey ale and believe it could go down a bit too easy!

a4ester, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of argock
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL bottle into an oversized wine glass.

A: Dark amber/brown with 1/2 finger, light, off-white head with a cap remaining 30 minutes after pouring with nest of small-bubble lace.

S: The aroma is exceptional with raisin, rum, bubblegum, clove, and leafy hops as the prominent components.

T: The taste is excellent with loads of dark fruit, tart apple, pear, and understated spice flavors. It tastes like spiced rum-soaked raisins and dates. There is a fair amount of candy and brown sugar present. The leafy hops add to the drying finish.

M: The feel is scrubbing and dry in nature. Aftertaste is forever and belies the sugar used.

T: A delicious dubbel that is easy to find and a decent deal at $5.99/750mL -- an excellent beer at a great price. Drinkable and complex -- an exceptional Belgian ale.

argock, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of sonicdescent
3.43/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a chalice, the pour left a nice two finger brown head that moves into a cap with some thick islands left by the continuing carbonation that leaves some pretty lacing. The drink is a dark brown light trap.

Smells of bananas! Much different than the other dubbels that I have tried. Not that this is a bad thing at all. Swirling the glass reveals some more traditional malt scents.

Taste is a bit drier up front than other dubbles I have had, and unfortunately I'm not a fan. Much less sweet than the Westy or Bernadus dubbels, more dark fruit. Closer in taste to their quads.

Mouthfeel is good, very light bodied and pretty heavily carbonated. Leaves quite the dry aftertaste.

As for drinkability, I can't knock it too much over personal taste but I would not buy this one again.

sonicdescent, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of jpiper
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been wanting to try Ommegang's dubbel for a while now. And I'm looking for a more available and inexpensive beer (than Westmalle Dubbel) to use in Carbonade Flamande which I plan to make for some friends this weekend. In that spirit, I've split a 750 with my wife, poured into a Westmalle chalice at about 50-55 degrees.

4.5. Nice very dark brown color, opaque even when held up to a light. Develops a decent 2cm off-white fluffy head which remains as a thin layer. There is a nice trailing lace when drinking, but it doesn't seem to want to stick to the glass more than 1cm above the beer.

4. Wonderful smell of tart green apples, some sweet caramel. There's even a winey acidity... like a savignon blanc. Not overwhelming, but very present. Actually remeniscient of Westmalle dubbel, if a bit stronger and simpler.

3.75(3.5). First sip is sweet malts, the apples aren't nearly as strong as on the nose. Thin finish. More tastes leave an musty impression: definite bready yeast. It lacks some complexity. Alcohol is well hidden. There is a bit of tartness. The hop profile is minor - very little bitterness, but perhaps some citrusy contribution. Definite refreshing apple aftertaste. There is nothing offensive here. Well balanced flavors, not too sweet, but light-bodied. I'm leaning towards 3.5 because it is a bit thin.

3.75(3.5). The mouthfeel is fairly dry and effervescent. Nothing terribly special and also a little thin.

4.5. The light-body (probably most people's medium body, but I stick to the high gravity beers usually) makes this one very drinkable. The refreshing apple reminds you to take another sip if it's been too long, though the sip is a touch dissapointing. This would make a great session beer.

At $6/750ml this is a real value. An excellent example of the style from Ommegang. Might be worthy for the Carbonade, but I'd add more and reduce it if substituting for a Westmalle Double. No worries about bitterness building when cooking with this. I'd like to put some down in the cellar for a year or two and see if the complexity builds.

jpiper, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of admiralcrunch
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a year-old cave-aged bottle at the Brewery.

The Abbey Ale does well with some time on it. The flavors were very smoothed out, with a less carbonated mouthfeel. It was still very much Ommegang Abbey Ale, but with a different spin on it. More of a hot alcohol sensation than usual. I hope they keep doing the cave aging. Maybe eventually they'll do enough for distribution beyond the gift shop?

I very seriously considering getting a bottle, but at $17 was just too much. They seem to have plenty of it, so if it's still available in a few months I'll pick some up. They also said they are getting ready to retrieve some cave aged Hennepin soon, and that their new Tripel is done, just waiting to go out. Maybe waiting on a label approval?

admiralcrunch, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of froghop
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours cloudy brown with a maroon tint, large creamy tan head, and excellent lacing.

smell is sweet, maple syrup, roasted pecans, some cocoa, prunes, caramel, and spice.

taste is smooth, prunes, raisins, touch of cherry, some cocoa, burnt toffee, some malt, ends thick, somewhat bitter, and tangy on the tongue.

froghop, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of scruffwhor
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Given to me as a gift from my Oma for x-mas.

Pours a deep, ruby amber hue beneath a great two-finger beige head. The foam linger as a nice film. Herbal toasted malt is the first thing that comes to mind. Very bready with some Belgian brewing spices in this nose. Pleasantly sweet caramel notes drizzled on sweet wheat bread. A little viney towards the finish. Great carbonation helps enhance all the flavors of this beer. Upping the complexity and drinkability of this 8.5% beer.

scruffwhor, Dec 26, 2008
Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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