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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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3,775 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,775
Reviews: 1,644
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 160
Gots: 304 | 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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Photo of Atlas1
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

Belgian. Strong. Dark. Ale. Four words that are music to my ears.

Kicked off the night at a local belgian restaurant and ale house, so when I got home I thought it only fitting to crack open the Ommegang sitting in my fridge as a night cap.

Pours a nice, deep dark mahogany brown with ruby tint when held up to the light. My DT tulip glass captures the aromatic pleasantries of the abbey ale quite nicely. Sweet, dark fruit scents as well as banana. Caramel and maybe some chocolate cherries. I get a distinct buttery aroma here too. Extremely complex and well done. This smell blows me away. Taste is in line with the aroma. Rich and malty, with strong fruit flavors - plum, prune, apple, and pear. A very sweet, noticeably tart taste lingers in the front of the mouth before the hop character finally kicks in to balance things out. Don't be misled by my comments, though, because the hops are here purely for balance. They play a bit role in this production. Firm mouthfeel. An all-around quality Belgian ale from Ommegang. Very tasty. Serve with a meal or with dessert.

Atlas1, Mar 18, 2007
Photo of VitBAficionado
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%

2 Year Old Cellared 750 mL bottle.
A: Pours a really deep dark ruby with a big tan head that shrinks to about a finger width. Small amount of lacing and low level of carbonation.
S: Smells of dark alcohol fermented fruit (cherries, plums... maybe some others) sugar/molasses and bread. Some spice as well.
T: Sweet malts and cherries through the front shifting more towards earthy bitterness and figs. Alcohol and yeast in the finish and still has that metallic aftertaste akin to an acidic Australian red wine. I was really hoping cellaring would get rid of this but oh well.
M: Velvet smooth medium-full bodied brew. Little too much carbonation at first but as it warms this pretty much goes away.
D: Given the 8.5 abv on top of 2yrs of cellaring it was surprising drinkable. Still...just dominated by too much unchecked sweetness to be highly drinkable. Really like to drink this over a pretty large span of time as it warms and transforms.

VitBAficionado, Mar 16, 2007
Photo of Melchizedek
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Pours a darkish brown with a substantial, thick beige head.

Smells of yeast, dark fruit, and some spicy alcohol. Tasty, with peppery notes atop sugary sweetness and boozy fruit. Hops light, bringing a touch of bitterness in the finish, lending the sweetness more of a caramel/molasses character. Medium body, a little oily.

A nice abbey ale - not my favorite style, but it works well as a sipper. Needs something paired with it, but I'm not sure what...

Melchizedek, Mar 16, 2007
Photo of BeerSox
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

12oz bottle into snifter. Brewed at the historic Belgian brewery in... Cooperstown?!

Deep maroon hue with a tan frothy head that slowly settles to a thin cap. Spotty lacing along the glass.

My first thought was: wow! Smooth dark fruit flavors mix with a little bit of creamy coffee and caramel. Sweet alcohol lingers in the background.

Chewy malts are loaded with a sweet caramel tone. A little bit of dry fruit mixed with roasted coffee flavors. The alcohol shows up, but it is not overpowering. Full bodied with medium carbonation, and an oily feel. The caramel and dark sweetness lingers for a while in the mouth after each sip.

An American brewer inspired by the Ales made in Belgium brewed this one to mirror their inspriation located 3,624 miles away. I think the brewers in Belgium could learn a thing or two from this one. Fruit flavors show up like any other Belgian Dark Ale, but this one comes equipped with a touch of caramel that gives it its own delicious characteristic. A bargain compared to other imports, this one still ranks among the best. Careful with the alcohol though, it sneaks up on you.

BeerSox, Mar 13, 2007
Photo of allengarvin
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

After a two year absence, Ommegang has returned to Texas. This is a 12-oz bottle poured into a Chimay goblet. It pours a very dark, red-tinted color with a tan head of foam (that fades pretty quickly). Nose is ripely fruity, sweet, with hints of caramel. Malty but not sweet in flavor, with a touch of roastedness; plummy fruit notes appear after a moment, and alcohol becomes apparent in the finish. Not too heavy bodied despite the strength, with a smooth mouthfeel.

allengarvin, Mar 10, 2007
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

Big foaming head on top of a hazy amber body. head died down a bit and the aroma came to life.
Raisin, some sweet sugars and yeast are dominant in the nose. A bit of spice seems to be here as well
Taste of rich wild yeast, bisuit, figs some caramel and a touch of citrus rinds
Feels crisp, a bit of a twang to it.
Good drinkability. I'd prefer the Maudite to this one.

Mebuzzard, Mar 06, 2007
Photo of alexskovan
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Poured a deep ruby/amber with a big creamy tan head. Alcohol was prominent in the nose at first, and rather unpleasantly so -- but be patient! Given a minute or three, the ethanol recedes and the other notes come out: caramel and fruit esters. Taste is mouth filling, a little sweet, then bitter on the finish. Apricot and sourdough yeasty bread.

A nice one when you're in the mood for a big beer.

alexskovan, Mar 05, 2007
Photo of neenerzig
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%

This beer pours a dark copper brown color with a light tan head about a finger and a half thick when poured. Settles to a decent film layer 7 of 8 minutes after being poured. Had some decent layer. Has a fairly nutty aroma with smells of dark fruits such as plums and raisins along with hints of caramel and citrus. Sweet, malty flavors with hints of caramel and chocolate as well as the aforementioned fruits are present. Taste is rounded out by a trace of roasted hops. Quite tasty. Has a fairly crisp, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Quite easy to drink indeed.


neenerzig, Mar 05, 2007
Photo of leedorham
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Purchased in a 750ml corked and caged bottle.

Pours a dark orange-brown with an almost tan head. Good head and lacing throughout.

The aroma struck me as a vry distinct taste and took a while to pin down. I finally figured out it was pineapple. Very much pineapple with a bit of other citrus mixed in.

Very low lying hop profile. The malt and citrus profile dominates with little bitterness or hop profile to speak of. Fruity, floral profiles dominate. Light mouthfeel and go-down considering the abv.

One dimensional but good. Solid 4.

leedorham, Mar 03, 2007
Photo of demcorhip
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Although bottle conditioned it poured a clear mahogany colour, the yeast stayed in the bottle. A one finger tan coloured head formed on the pour. A fine collar of lacings rimmed my glass.

Raisin and grape aromas as well as a hint of dates greeted my nose. A touch of leather, carmelized brown sugar, treacle, and woody hops also present.

Carmelized candi sugar, vinous notes of raisin and grape, a touch of sweet, dark, tobacco, with lesser hints of milk chocolate. Woody flavours also present, perhaps due to a mild fusel character that adds to this ale, as well as earthy and slightly woody hops.

A touch of carmelized sugary sweetness from the candi sugar and rich, treacly malts, but finishes somewhat dry due to the mild fusel character and the earthy hops woodiness. Medium bodied, mildly carbonated rich ale.

A well made, fairly drinkable ale that does a decent job of covering up its alcohol due to the depth and richness of this brew. A good choice for introducing newbies to belgian styled brews, and a good choice, even if not outstanding, for the more experienced drinker. Wont be rushing out for more, but can see myself enjoying this one again.

demcorhip, Feb 28, 2007
Photo of TexIndy
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle with no dating system. Shipped back from Indy during Xmas - before I heard they were coming back to the Texas market. Had a dark cherry almost bloodish color with a thin head that quickly dissipated - was tannish. The aroma was sweetish with a big burgundy front with a hint of the ABV. The taste was good but not as great as I'd hoped. Will need to try a non shipped sample now that they are back. Mouthfeel was good. Overall, it was a good beer in a style that I mostly like but not a major player in my rotation. Like enough to have again in the 12oz size couple times a year. (4, RB, T, O)

TexIndy, Feb 28, 2007
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

750 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep ruby red color. Tan head dissipates quite fast, becoming a thin inconsistant film atop the beer.

Smell: Sweetbreads and cherries. Generally fairly malty. A bit atypical, but nice.

Taste: The initial taste is somewhat obscured by the strong carbonation. The fruity malt flavors come later; the cherries are more subdued and accompanied by apples and plums. No overt alcohol flavors.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied. (Lighter than I anticipated.) Smooth and very tingly carbonation (excessive).

Drinkability: Strong, yet the alcohol flavors are combined well with the others. The carbonation gets to me a bit, however.

Quite an affordable and honest attempt at a Belgian ale, though it still has a ways to go. But if you like Belgian ales it's definitely worth a try, and I wouldn't be surprised if I got this again.

mithrascruor, Feb 26, 2007
Photo of ElGordo
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%

12oz bottle from the 2000 vintage, dug up during the close-out sale at Sindee's Market. Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.
Body is a muddy brown color with red highlights when held up to the light, topped by a smallish tan head that dissipates to a thin halo rather quickly. Aroma of sweet dark malt, Belgian yeast, and more than a little sour acidity, with notes of dark fruit and sour cherries. Palate is a complex blend of dark malt and candi sugar sweetness, offset by subtle notes of dark fruit and yeasty funk. Finish is slightly acidic, like a good balsamic vinegar. Body is creamy, although a little foamy when disturbed - drink carefully in small sips. Aging definitely changed this beer, although I'm not sure that two years is not the optimal age for it.

ElGordo, Feb 20, 2007
Photo of stephendr
4/5  rDev -3.8%

750 ml. bottle- color of redish mahogany , with a thick light brown head - nose of malts , citrus hops , red cherries , deep red fruit , and is bright and clean – taste of malts , deep red fruit , hopps , and red cherries - body silky with a little bite , and it has medium carbonation – aftertaste of fresh dark red fruit , and bitter sweet thing gong on

stephendr, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of barleywinebrewer
4/5  rDev -3.8%

had to laugh when I was looking at the best of BA lists and saw how high this ranked. I've had bottles of this randomly for years but never got around to reviewing it here. A great example of the style and in the last couple of years, widely distributed in NH. There are a ton of reviews about this already. I'll look at it from a different angle this morning. Great with a variety of rich foods, tasty on it's own and is wonderful to bring to parties as a gateway beer.

best of breed - no. Very good - yes. Consistent quality. as good as I remember it. Enjoy!

barleywinebrewer, Feb 15, 2007
Photo of tempest
2.93/5  rDev -29.6%

I don't what it is, but I'm missing the boat on this one. I got a bottle with dinner at La Cena, just outside Syracuse to go with some mole chicken. It really just tasted like a strong extract beer to me. Tasted of carmelized light or medium extract with a touch of unpleasant hops. I had one good sip where I tasted chocolate, but the rest was nothing to savor. I will say it at least looked the part and hid the alcohol. Someone tell me what I'm missing, please.

tempest, Feb 15, 2007
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4.68/5  rDev +12.5%

murky brown tawny liquid poured slowly from the bottle; a meringue head forms and floats on top of the beer, rising and falling, never disappearing. aromas of burning sugar, liquor, coffee, chocolate. taste is wonderfully complex. chocolate covered orange peels, extract of vanilla, caramel, lots of sweet malt, figs, raisins... something new every sip, this beer dominates the mouth and sinus cavities alike.
things are kept lively by a thick body with crisp and strong carbonation. alcohol is definitely present, but never out of place. this is dessert and your after-dinner drink all in one.

schusterbauer, Feb 14, 2007
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3.83/5  rDev -7.9%

A burgundy abbey ale brew of
good character and fine qualities
sits well in the front to middle of the palatte
and goes down easy

pours a rich maroon red
with pronouncedly
yeasty overtones and
fruity esters
a medium carbonation makes
an easy gulp-
A traditional "belgian yeast" ale
leaning toward the
acidic malt and tart fruity
good stuff.

meadhead, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of Neehan
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%

This poured a very dark, ruddy amber with a 3/4 finger head and nice lacing. Some extra swirling in the glass brings out the head and overall appearance, as well as the fruity aroma. This is rich in apples, plums, and darker fruits. Again, rich and satisfying. The taste is heavy in such flavors with a very slight bitter and an ever so slight dark chocolate flavoring. The mouthfeel is exceptional, perfectly balanced with a nice combination of smooth, crisp coolness that pleases the palate. Always a great go-to, especially considering the price.

Neehan, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of BlindPig
3.1/5  rDev -25.5%

A- About a 1/4" tan head when poured into my goblet. Lays on top of a very dark ruby red body.
S- Alcohol and cherries come through the strongest. Other fruits are in there too though. Some malt back is there too. Spices come out. Alcohol is pretty big in this.
T- Big fruit flavors. The alcohol almost clears the nose. Not to much warming it is kind of weird (could be spices or yeast?). There's like a hot touch on the tongue of what seems like alcohol. The fruits are in there too. Maybe like some kind of ester. Light hops in there to help balance it out a bit.
M- Medium to full body with medium carbonation.
D- I don't like this at all really. It does get a bit better with more sips. Nothing good though.

BlindPig, Feb 03, 2007
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2.63/5  rDev -36.8%

Serving: 750ml bottle

A dull, hazy maroon brown beer unleashes a storm of carbonation racing up to feed a thick, cloud-like parchment twinged head, initially measuring three fingers thick, it subsides receding into a neat and impressive finger thick cap. Huge dollops of lacing are left clinging to the inside of the glass, this beer has all signs of a very sweet-sugary flavor.

Earthy spices, dark brown sugar, caramel, molasses, alcohol soaked dark fruit, much like sweet rum raisins, and stodgy dark bread aromas with hints of citrus zest must be teased out of this beer's bouquet. Not many sour or bitter scents are present to balance the sweet aromas.

Dark honey bread, crystalline brown sugar, caramel earthy malt, molasses, and a bit of bitter alcohol infused candied fresh figs glide over the palate finishing a slight dry with a touch alcohol and more molasses. Hints of buttery phenols and citrus bitters are layered over a mountain of cloying crystalline sweetness, hardly enough to balance this velvety smooth brew. Austere bitter and tannic flavors develop as this brew is exposed to the air and warms a bit, a welcome change perhaps attributed to yeast sediment, though not a great addition to this beer's flavor.

Medium to full bodied, this beer coats the palate well leaving a film similar to very sweet fruit soda, very cloying, distracting and even drying. About three quarters through the bottle it gets a bit difficult to keep going and finish the deal. A notable effort is required to drink this brew beyond the first glass, odd off flavors combined with the cloying sweetness keep me from going back to the glass.

A sea of sweetness drown more intruiging islands of delicious earthy malt, dark fruit, butter and molasses; an unfortunate imbalance because this beer has so much to offer.

Jwaks, Feb 02, 2007
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2.58/5  rDev -38%

This beer presented itself well enough, looking much like one would expect a dubbel to, dark dirty red with a two finger head on the pour. Oddly, the head wasn't very dense at all, more like dish soap.

The smell was decent, but unremakable. Candy sugar, plums, etc. The taste was similarly unimpressive, and had an unbelievably metallic aftertaste. If I had to describe this beer in one sentence, I would say that it's like Brussels by way of Burton-on-Trent. I felt like I was sucking on a penny, and poured the damn thing out after drinking about a fourth of it.

jeffjfindley, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of scarletfire79
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%

pours dark amber with a creamy head. looks perfect. there are some different smells going on, honey and maybe some licorice. slight caramel. the taste is amazing. caramel honey notes with really solid mouthfeel. amazing that this isn't belgian. for the money you can't get any better. i'd pay double for the same bottle. amazing. can't wait to visit this brewery!

scarletfire79, Jan 31, 2007
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4.38/5  rDev +5.3%

750mL bottle, corked and caged, into a Rochefort goblet.

slightly murky, muddy medium brown with a thin layer of off-white head; the wide Rochefort goblets are not very conducive to much head. not good for lace, either, and this one leaves none.

dynamite aroma. pleasantly but not overwhelmingly sweet, rounded and complex, with notes of caramel, toffee, red wine, raisins, and a slightly abrasive alcohol, and all of that has a slightly roasted tone. hints of spice and cloves as well.

like other Ommegang brews, too carbonated, which detracts from what would be a nice heavy feel. sweetish tones from the aroma all come through in the flavor in the front, with dark fruits and a toffee sweetness, but it also has a balancing, lasting bitterness in the finish. nice balance makes for very good drinkability; biggest knock from me is the excessively fizzy feel.

Prufrock, Jan 31, 2007
Photo of ByTor2112
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%

Well this is my first big bottle from the brewery. Poured a deep mahogany color with a nice poofy head.
Aromas of fruit, tart yeast, a pungent musty smell, some sugars as well.
Taste, wow, I have not had a complex Belgian like this in a while. Almost wine like, but in a robust way. Lots of fruit characterisitics, raisins, figs and a little nutty. Yeasty flavors there also. Rather carbonated. Really tart and I think mine was still a little too cool. As this warmed up it got much richer and the malt was a little more present, hops about non-existant. Are there any grapes hidden in here? Very nice and it was much more inviting as it warmed up. I like Rare Vos a bit better( been a long time) and I have not had the Three Philosophers....yet! Ommegang is a very good beer, al ittle too much on the wine side for me, but a tasty treat all around.

ByTor2112, Jan 29, 2007
Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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