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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,778 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,778
Reviews: 1,644
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 160
Gots: 304 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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 scarletfire79
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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
Photo of Prufrock
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Photo of ledemie
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I always liked the Jenlain and Belgium beer , I move to the US and could not find a Beer that I like, So i made some Belgium style beer, this beer as a good all around taste , I love it I even went to the Brewery in Cooperstown NY, this is a nice beer I still need to try the "3 Philosopher" from Ommegang, good aftertaste, good color abit pricy for a 4 pack 7.99$

ledemie, Jan 23, 2007
Photo of rkuhnel
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 750 ml bottle priced at $5.85 from the Northcoast Coop in Eureka, California. Deep rich mahogany color with a light brown head, and good lacing. Nose is very complex, with malts, yeast, honey apricot, berries, prunes, caramel and chocolate. Flavor is much like the aroma but even more intense. Mouthfeel is rich and somewhat oily. Dry and nicely bitter finish. Excellent overall balance. While not inexpensive, this is really an excellent Belgian Strong Ale.

rkuhnel, Jan 22, 2007
Photo of barondebourgogne
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I have experienced this beer several times at tastings. This is my first 750 ml bottle tasting. I was not disapointed by the experience!

Two special notes: First, allow this beer to warm to at least 55F+ before tasting. Taste, Smell and Mouthfeel improve dramatically as it warms. Second, choose your glassware carefully. I started with the standard Ommegang chalice and quickly moved to a round wine glass (Duchesse de Bourgogne). The aromas from the wine glass were intoxicating and was the glassware of choice.

Appearance: Brownish red with ruby highlights. Light tan head that stayed with the highly carbonated brew for the entire tasting. Sparkling clarity. Held up to the light, this was a beautiful beer to behold.

Smell: This is beer was all about the aromas. I could not stop sticking my nose in the glass and going for more. The fruitiness was incredibly complex and improved dramatically as the beer warmed. Alcohol notes up front, quickly replaced by juicy fruit, caramel malts and dark fruits. The smell of this beer was its crowning glory.

Taste: The beer started and finished hoppy. The treasures were in the middle. Cloves, honey, raisins and sweet plums, fig and prune. Caramel and Special B malts rounded out the juicy sweetness. Finished metallic, especially when served colder. This took a back seat as the beer warmed. Metallic notes overtook the better qualities of the beer.

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation start. Soft and round in the middle, but surprisingly, not cloying. Incredible balance to this beer. Finished dry and BRUTish, very much champagne-like. Hops and metallic notes in the finish contributed to the dry ending of every sip.

Drinkability: Very kingly, sophisticated and worthy of praise. I look forward to pairing this beer with a meaty dinner or cheese plate. This was a real treat at a great price. I will be back for more.

barondebourgogne, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of Kudashov
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in my trusty Guinness pint glass .

Appearance - Dark garnet color . Foamy thick head with some nice lacing .
Smell - Raisins . Raisins from my mom's Irish bread .
Taste - The brew is pleasing . Tang & fruitiness fills my mouth with flavor .
Mouthfeel / Drinkability -- What can I say .This is a great beer . Will purchase again . A joy to drink .

Kudashov, Jan 20, 2007
Photo of sstackho
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oof, I opened this bottle to celebrate the day we brought my new son home from the hospital, but am finding I'm too knackered to do a decent review! Pours a dirty brown with reasonable head. Nice beer, complex flavours. Tastes like a Belgian. Good for a celebration. The 8.5% alcohol and sleep deprivation should work well in, oh, about 10 minutes.

sstackho, Jan 20, 2007
Photo of KingG
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ML bottle.
Poured into my Duvel tulip glass.
Sampled at room temp.

Appearance is excellent. Dark maroon colored brew with red hues around the edges. Huge, clumpy, tan-colored head forms. One of the best heads i've seen on any beer. IPA-like lacing coats the glass.

Smell is very good. Earthy and fruity. Sweet malts tickle the nose. Black cherries. Slight vanilla towards the end.

Taste is good. The malty sweetness is pleasant in this brew although a bit cloying toward the end. Nice flavor of dark fruits (black cherries, plums). Enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is very good. The beer dances all over the tongue, watering the mouth, then finishing with a pleasant dryness. Carbonation makes it's presence but (thankfully) isn't over-done.

Drinkability is good. Relatively easy to put down but a 750ml bottle is more than enough.

Overall: An enjoyable brew from a top notch brewery. Recommended.

KingG, Jan 19, 2007
Photo of montageman
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a chalice. Very nice deep orange to red in color with a large amount of pillowy tan head, which slowly fades into lacing that continually covers the surface. Lots of dark cherry is evident in the nose - there is also evidence of alcohol. Taste is fruity with a malty backbone and little caramel there as well. The alcohol is well hidden. The mouthfeel is nice, although I think less carbonation would make this work a little better. This is a tasty beer, but like any Belgian, should be drunk slowly. Sipping is key, especially because this warms nicely. Highly recommended.

montageman, Jan 16, 2007
Photo of eberkman
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Here's one I've had many times but never got around to reviewing.

Pours from a 750 ml corked bottle a deep burgundy with a rich, tan head that doesn't necessarily hold its volume (regrettably) but leaves a nice thick sheen of lacing on my Chimay chalice.

Smell dominated by malts with all sorts of sweet notes -- caramel, molasses, candied dark fruit, toffee -- quite a complex aroma.

The taste does not disappoint. Rich maltiness -- the aforementioned aroma notes all translate into the palate. The caramel, the toffee, the dark fruit - it's all there. Along with a healthy medicinal alcoholic taste that warms on the way down.

It feels quite substantial in the mouth -- nice and full-bodied with a real physical presence as it laps over the tongue. Drinkability is excellent for a high-alcohol brew in the sense that I keep wanting more. It really sucks you in, but it really kicks you in the behind as well. It's lower ABV than Gulden Drak but it seems to have a similar impact.

I love this beer. And I love the fact that it's $4.99 for a 750 at Trader Joe's and it's perfect with breakfast for dinner (steak and eggs for me this evening) on a cold night when you're not working the next day.

eberkman, Jan 12, 2007
Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep reddish-brown tinted chestnut with good clarity. Tan head of thick fizz quickly fills the glass, showing decent retention and leaving some spotty lacing. Strong raisin aroma, also vinous and fusel are present but mellow. Toasty dark belgian malt and faint Styrian hop scent with soft lactobacillus and fruity phenols in the background. The initial taste is of dark Munich and Aromatic malt, followed by a malt-driven raisin flavor. A solid caramel malt base and appropriate Styrian flavor and bitterness. The afteraste exhibits some medicinal phenols, a lambic-esque fruit character and slight vinous alcohol. This is very well balanced ale with plenty of complexity that represents the style well, as well as abbey beers in general. The medium body is well-attentuated but retains enough malt character so as to not be too dry. The medium cabonation is extra fine, adding a level of crispness without being overly fizzy. Finishes with lots of residual raisin and ripe fruit flavor, along with a boozey warming sensation but still holds a fair drinkability. The label says it was brewed and bottled in Belgium at the Duvel brewery, apparently to meet demand. With such high quality at the affordable price, its obvious why Ommegang is becoming so popular.

PBRstreetgang, Jan 10, 2007
Photo of builder53
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque purple/brown with significant tan head and good lacing. Essences of blackberry/cherry. Taste is of a blackberry/plum with some light grains, and good forward hoppiness. Mouth feel is a good full one, very creamy with a little thickness to it.(A well crafted combination.) It finishes dry with some hints as to it's 8.5 ABV! I would certainly drink again.

builder53, Dec 29, 2006
Photo of bigone4
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark slight hazy brownish amber hue. The color reminded me of a dark mahogany. Quite thick looking like fresh pressed apple cider. Light fluffy off-white head that stuck around until the glass was empty. Mild lacing of the glass made a nice ring each time I took a sip. The smell was of a sweet malt flavor rather fruity tones. Subtle dough like scent with a sour grape juice scent. Light plum flavorings mixed with a mild caramel hint. Nice nose that was really pleasant to smell.

The taste was quite enjoyable nice rolling sweet malt flavors mixed with the light fruit. Mild hints of dried fruit and caramel. Nice chewy raisiny taste. Quite drinkable and very flavorful. Feels smooth and silky in the mouth. The malt flavor was balanced with a light dry finish. The fruity esters seem to cling to the pallet and allow for a nice mixing of the many flavors captured in this brew. They have created a well balance beer that has many complex features from the nose to the finish. The tangy flavors jump around the pallet. Well crafted beer and I certainly will try again.

bigone4, Dec 28, 2006
Photo of Will46andbrew
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is definately one of my favorites! The Three Philosphers is my favorite Ommegang brew but this is a very close second!
It has a nice strong, smooth taste. I'm new to Belgians so I don't know that many, but I know that I like this one and I often have one in my refridgerator.

Will46andbrew, Dec 27, 2006
Photo of techdiver
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep ruby brown with a decent head that dissipates at a modest rate.

Fruit and malt greet the nose.

Taste is well-balanced, just a marvelous delight. I find a great deal of similarity between this and Trois Pistoles.

Again, most drinkable. Split a 750ml and wish I had more.

techdiver, Dec 27, 2006
Photo of jabocu
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a burgundy brown color with thick sudsy two finger tan cap. Head falls into a one finger rocky top that hangs around for a while. Aroma has juicy raisins, honey, toasted caramel, biscuit, and slight earthiness. Flavor is toasted caramel sweetness, plums, earthy-nuttiness, Belgian yeast, slight sour apple and cherry, and acidity on back of tongue. Alcohol is noticeable. Coats the mouth at first with a medium body, but ends with a dry finish. Medium carbonation. Very drinkable, glad this one comes in a big bottle!

jabocu, Dec 23, 2006
Photo of DragYourBone
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first brew from ommegang - I'll try more...

Visual - Inch thick foam over a dark reddish brown ale in a chalice cup - beautiful. Afer a few minutes the head took on the shape of a mountain as the sides collapsed and the the center remained unmoved; slightly crooked.

Scent - Semi-sweet Belgan yeast lingered (some corriander, lemon, all spice mingled with other nuances).

Taste - On the initial swallow foam was carried in with the ale an left a light acidic tone - a little more than I expected. Not dramatically present; just not expected. Less taste than in the nose, but still very pleasant. The foam, and the acidity, was not as pronounced after subsequent sips.

Mouth - Nice full wetness with a healthy tongue-smack quality. Can I have another please.

Overall a nice Dubbel ale that I would certainly entertain with again.

DragYourBone, Dec 16, 2006
Photo of ekempey
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A nice dark amber color, with a 1 finger fluffy off white head.

Smell: Very fruity, hints of apples and cherries.

Taste: Great first taste as it hits the tounge. Definate overtones of differnt fruits, cherries, apples, berries, everything is there. Near perfect imo.

Mouthfeel: Nice and full bodied, rich and creamy at times. Felt better as it warmed up.

Drinkability: Lovely, definately very drinkable, great flavor overtones really make this beer shine.

ekempey, Dec 08, 2006
Photo of jameaterblues
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes.
A- Very dark bubbly brown....1/2inch dark tan head with a thick wavy lace.
S- Very floral and fruity....dark berries raspberry and blueberry. Definitely fruity yeast esters...thick malt of dark chocolate.
T-Heavy and bubbly at the same time....light dark chocolate bitterness, and a little bit of berry coming through...overall sweet malts...and a tingling hop finish.
M/D- Again bubbly and heavy...It seems to have a little More of a bite than other beers in this style that I have tried....I am really working on drinking more Belgian style ales to get my vocabulary and description up....I'm sure I'll get better as I drink more...overall a wonderful beer and very affordable.

jameaterblues, Dec 07, 2006
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown almost completel opaque body with three fingers of head that slowly dissipates. Smells chocolatey with some fruit and alcohol notes. Tastes fruity, maybe of grape with a little citrus with more chocolate at the finish. Rather well-ballanced between the two. Alcohol, while present, is not very noticeable. On the higher end of medium-bodied, with a pleasant silky smooth texture. Definitely a sipper, but very enjoyable, especially for cold late fall and winter nights like tonight. The alcohol is so well-hidden, it creeps up on you. An excellent beer, and a steal at 5$ per 750ml bottle. Fantastic, worthwhile ale.

MrHurmateeowish, Dec 06, 2006
Photo of InDreams
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Man, as soon as it pours I remember how much I love a good Belgian. Very dark brown color, with a thick inch and a half of tan head. Someone used the term "mocha-like" and I think that's a perfect observation. Head sticks around a good while too, and leaves a bit of lacing.

S: Sweet and rich. Smells of caramel malts, raisins, toffee perhaps, yeast. I wouldn't say that I picked up on any of it's alcoholic character, or anything resembling hops. Really pleasant though, inviting as all hell.

T: I definitely did not buy enough of this. God damn is this tasty. Very similar to its aromatic character, but I'm going to have to go further in the direction of raisins. It's almost wine-like -- the raisin notes that pull through -- but it goes exceptionally well with the sweet, caramel maltiness and what I can really only describe as a blend of flavors like chocolate, nuts, maybe cherries, and yeast. Very complex, as you might be able to tell just by looking at people's reviews. So damn good too.

M: Medium bodied, creamy might not be the best word, I might go more with syrup like, but not nearly that heavy. Smooth and with no carbonation or alcoholic kick.

D: Why does it have to end? To hell with it's 8.5% ABV, this is the kind of beer I would be satisfied to be stranded on an island with. I would drink a six of this all by myself, or empty a few 750's, casually and slowly, enjoying every drop. It's so damn tasty and so easy to drink. Few beers have been so pleasing.

InDreams, Dec 04, 2006
Photo of AaronHomoya
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent-sized head, and a very dark brown color. Malty, spicy, "Belgian" aroma with some alcohol aroma too. Taste is malty, sweet and roasty. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, dry finish and a warming feel. A very tasty beer that is pretty drinkable, but has some strength at 8.5% ABV.

AaronHomoya, Dec 02, 2006
Photo of mnj21655
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL corked bottle poured into a a goblet

Pours a deep, red mahogany in color with a nice off white head that settles down to just a coating but leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Smells of dark dried fruits (plums and cherries come to mind), a hint of yeast, and some dark, possibly toasted, malts. Not overpowering but overall very pleasant. Taste is of the dark fruits and caramel with some sweetnees and a mere hint of malts. The malt presence was, in my opinion, lacking. All of these flavors hit you upfront but disappear almost immediately. Good mouthfeel, carbonation is a little bit high, and is medium bodied. As for drinkanbility, could I have another? Sure, why not. The alcohol is very well masked and its an ok brew but really nothing special.

mnj21655, Dec 02, 2006
Photo of Shovelbum
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a towering head of mocha-like froth over a deep mahogany body. The lace coats the class in sheets all the way to the bottom of the glass. Aromas of vinous fruit, herbal spice, and a hint of caramel. Flavor is a sweet caramel and vinous fruit up front, but becomes pronouncedly more dry and spicy by the finish. Plenty of carbonation makes this ale light in the mouth and dance on the tongue.

A great ale. It can easily run with, and even pull to the front of, the Belgian pack from across the pond. Great malt complexity balanced by equally complex hop and spice additions. The alchol is well hidden. Definitely worth a try, if not regular rotation in your drinking regimen.

Shovelbum, Dec 01, 2006
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