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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,848 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,848
Reviews: 1,650
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 167
Gots: 328 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-18-1998)
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Photo of TheycallmeTim
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml "brewed and bottled in Belgium for Brewery Ommegang" bottle with the "Brewery Ommegang" neck label into an Ommegang chalice.

A--Pours about a two finger head that's cola in color if not body (much more foamy than fizzy) that holds on amid being pockmarked with tons of tiny bubbles. Very busy head that leaves excellent lacing in the chalice. Body is the color of a freshly oiled saddle in the sun. Beautiful looking glass of brew.

S--Oh man--Deep bing cherry on the nose with some overripe plum skins mixed in and some faint molasses, pumpernickelish undertones. Plenty inviting to sip.

T--Raisins, more old plum skins, and plenty of malty goodness up front. The malt lurks throughout the taste, so that even the bitter and metallic on the back end hint at malty. Still, the end of the taste is dry enough to make you want more, and more, and more of this complex taste spectrum. Lots going on here.

M--Definitely full, and only gets fuller as it warms, feeling syrupy without being cloying as you approach room temp. Viscosity is a perfect accompaniment for the dry crackling pastime of watching leaves fall.

D--Probably not something I'm going to drink a ton of in one sitting, but that's not the point. A single bomber poured slow and savored is better than even a pot of tea for these cooling temperatures and the color show they bring to the northeast. So damn satisfying!

TheycallmeTim, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of chuckd123
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had several of these lately and figured I'd take the time to review. Had it in a bottle this weekend in Atlanta (Peasant Bistro). Bottle was brought out ice cold, so I let it warm up a bit before drinking, but definitely was kept too cold in the fridge.

Nice dark copper color, very thick head & lace hung on literally until I finished the thing. Literal spider web of lacing for a good 40 minutes.

Taste was excellent - a slight spice note is present, but overall a good balance of hops and that typical belgian-style dubbel flavor.

As for drinkability, the abv (around 9%) and general heavy feeling make this something I probably wouldn't put back more than 2 of in one sitting.

Very good example of the dubbel style. Well done Ommegang.

chuckd123, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of Torchiest
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a twelve ounce bottle into a Belgian goblet.

Came out a gorgeous, deep mahogany, with a inch tall creamy brown head that dissipated very slowly, leaving solid lacing all the way down.

Smell is sweet, fruity, raisin and plum evident, some malt.

Very sweet front, cluster of dark fruits and malt in the middle, chocolate in the finish, aftertaste is almost woody, muted bitterness. Amazingly complex and very delicious.

It almost caresses the palate and throat as it passes, so soft and delightful is the body. Sheer joy.

Little to no heat for such a strong ale, the drinkability on this is amazing. I could guzzle it easily, and I look forward to each sip.

Torchiest, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of jisom123
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the First Craft beer that I recall drinking. It changed the way I look at beer. I cleaved Ale from Lager and began to preach. I have over 4 converts under my guidance. There are more beers out there than light American Lagers; and this just happen to be the first Ale to open my eyes. I look back, years later and could not think of a better Ale to be my first.
The distributor prices rises by 50 cents every 6-8 months in Indiana. Basic economics unfortunately.
Greatest beer for your dollar.

jisom123, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of JRed
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, dark red color with a small head that clings. Not a very pungent aroma but indeed pleasing; some citrus and alcohol. The taste is earthy and medicinal with a dry aftertaste. There's dark sweet notes as well that float in and out of the streams of alcohol and touches of black pepper. This is a medium bodied brew that could do very well accompanying cuisines with lots of spice, think Asian or Indian. A beer that is meant to be drank slowly to savor the flavors and alcoholic kick.

JRed, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of philbe311
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful pour... Rich burgundy color... Lush off white head fades leaving an elegant lacing... Slightly translucent... Coats glass exceptionally well...

S - Berries... Malt... Spice... Raisins... Alcohol... Well blended and balanced... Nice complexity...

T - Malt complexity... Alcohol... Pepper notes... Cherries... Fairly mild for a Belgian Ale, but still extremely enjoyable...

M - Champagne like mouth feel... Cry... Surprisingly light bodied... Easy drinking for a Belgian Ale...

D - A truly enjoyable and mild Belgian Ale... A pleasure to drink... I also take some pride that America was able to produce such an epic Belgian Ale...

Bottle Artwork - Elegant label... Nice cork... Label color is reminiscent of beer appearance... Yellow text compliments bottle... Love the font selections...

philbe311, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of hellcatsjg
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cherry cola like colors. Deep dark red with a big fluffy tan head.

Smell: Cherry, malt, oak, vanilla, dark fruits, alcohol. Nice complex aroma here.

Taste: Big complex flavor, like the nose. Sweet dark fruits with vanilla and oak along with a good amount of malt up front. The alcohol comes up on the back end but not too strong. Again, nice and complex.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied but very creamy.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink. The 8.5 ABV is not a factor here and the bottle goes by very quickly. Tasty, complex, quite drinkable. Very good choice here.

hellcatsjg, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.4/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color with a tan head. In the aroma, candy sugar and a small fruitiness. In the taste, candy sugar stands out, small fruit, and a sweet maltiness. A smooth and medium mouthfeel, and a dry fruity, banana like, aftertaste. Very similar to a true Belgian, although heavy on candy sugar, but very nice.

OWSLEY069, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of mullenite
2.6/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle.

Poured a deep brown with reddish tints when held to light, nearly opaque. Two finger tan head with orange highlights.

Smelled very strongly of cherries, I couldn't pick up much more than that. There were other scents there but cherries were the only one readily identifiable to me.

Tasted very similar to it's smell. Complex with an overpowering cherry flavor to it at the tip, a little bit of raisin showed itself in the middle, finishes with a clean alcohol taste.

Mouthfeel was decent, not too heavy but not too light. Carbonation was spot on for my tastes.

This was not a beer for me, I have had dubbel's before and enjoyed them but this one had too much going on for my tastes. The cherry flavor was too strong and reminded me of children's cough syrup. I had to force myself to finish the glass because of this and while I may give it another shot to be fair, I don't see myself drinking much more of this.

mullenite, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a tulip-shaped Duvel glass.

A: Poured a rich, burgundy amber color with ruby, red and brown highlights, and a great dome of white carbonation bubbles. Carbonation was clingy and active throughout, and there was some nice lacing as well.

S: Smells of dark fruits and sweet Belgian sugars. The fruity aroma is made up of berries, cherry, raisins and plum. There's a slight phenol alcohol aroma made noticeable as it warms, but it's masked in the flavor.

T: The taste emulates the smell fairly closely, with a lush flavors of raisins, black and raspberries up front. Additional fruit flavors noted were pear, peach and apple. The taste is laden with sweet sugar and sticky caramel flavors, while there is a slight drying hop finish. Very nice.

M: Mouthfeel is sticky and rich, but just right for sipping.

D: A very nice beer to have on its own or with a cheese pairing as I opted for with this brew. At 8.5%, this is a nice dubbel meant to be savored. A rich and drinkable brew.

Another Belgian success story from Brewery Ommegang. This dubbel was sweet, fruity and aromatic just as described. It paired particularly well with a mild, orange cheddar. Pick up a couple of bottles if you can and be sure to share with a friend.

Gambrinus1184, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of changeup45
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber color topped with a thick long-lasting tan head. Roasted malt aroma, with hints of fruits. Taste is burned, blackened, roasted malts, and a little sweet cherry flavor then on to a candy-like tangy finish. Full-bodied and rich. A very solid brew.

changeup45, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of thekevlarkid
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The flagship brew from this famous brewery. Gorgeous deep mahogany color which becomes cloudy when the bottle is fully decanted into my glass. Tan head with orange highlights, thin, tiny bubbles, good lacing. Head quickly reduced itself to a skim. Sweet malt, candied fruits and fresh bread in the aroma. So smooth! Complex flavors of toffee, floral hops, alcohol notes and a long finish that ends on a caramel note. Truly a layered beer. Great balance, medium/light carbonation. More ALC% as it warms and toasted malts as it approaches room temp. Impressive example of the Belgian style being made by an American company and a gratifying experience.

thekevlarkid, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of bbeerman
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

bbeerman, Aug 17, 2008
Photo of Vixie
2.93/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Vixie, Aug 17, 2008
Photo of Goliath
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Goliath, Aug 13, 2008
Photo of meatmallet
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

meatmallet, Aug 13, 2008
Photo of tronester
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

tronester, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of ders
2.4/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

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!

ders, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of joezak5
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

joezak5, Aug 08, 2008
Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Slatetank, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of Haybeerman
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Haybeerman, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of gonzo46and2
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

gonzo46and2, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of midaszero
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

midaszero, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of jake87
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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

jake87, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of kinger
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

kinger, Aug 01, 2008
Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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