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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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4,066 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,066
Reviews: 1,679
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 219
Gots: 463 | FT: 2
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-18-1998

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Photo of sirpsycho
3.69/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 ml. bottle. Poured a dark brown, almost cola like, off-white head that disappears quickly. Aroma is sweet, figs, chocolate. Taste is sweet, carmel, slight fruits. Better as it warms up. Alcohol is well hidden as it makes a very slight appearance in the finish.

Photo of WalrusJockey
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle, served in Duvel tulips.

Appearance - rich, dark brown, with hints of pinkish. Thick, light-tan head, which persists decently.

Smell - I find this to be the lowest point of the beer. A very generic "beer smell," with no hint of the depth and range of flavors waiting within. That said, it isn't a *bad* smell, simply unremarkable.

EDIT: the glass is nearly empty now, and the smell has changed considerably. It is now sweet, spicey, rich and fruity, matching or even out-doing the delicious melody of flavors. Initial smell rating: 3, final smell rating: 4, at least.

Taste - Excellent. Hoppy start leads into rich, diverse flavors of dried fruit and spices. Nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves all seem to be present. The flavor is like a home made, dark spiced fruit-bread, only in beer form, with plenty of hops to keep it from being cloying or syrupy.

Mouthfeel - thick and heavy on the tongue, with almost the mouth-weight of whole milk; yet smooth on the way down, and hoppy enough to leave the pallet and the mouth empty, refreshed, and unencumbered.

Drinkability - too high! I could easily drink too many of these. The rich, spiced flavors, with the satisfying-yet-refreshing mouthfeel, all while hiding 8.5% ABV. This one can easily sneak up on you!

Photo of Traquairlover
3.3/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into snifters.

A = Clear red oak color with small yellow tan head that dissipates quickly, no lacing.

S = Alcohol is too prevalent and has the smell of the Chinese liquor mowtai (sp?). Although that is a perfectly fine liquor to drink I do not look for its smell in my dubbels. Otherwise there are some interesting smells though including cocoa powder, barnyard smells of dank earth and compost pile.

T = Very similar to the smell, the cocoa powder is very strong in the taste but so is the burning alcohol flavor together with overly salted noodles. This really is a weird beer. I think I could really appreciate it on some days but it is not a standard dubbel in my book.

M = Alcohol burn and stinging carbonation combine to give this a slightly unpleasant mouthfeel. It does have very good mouthcoating though. I prefer this style to have a fuller, creamier feel. Perhaps with more age that occurs, but even in a fresh beer this assaults my tongue just a little too much.

D = Ended up giving this average drinkability mostly because I ended up confused on this beer. It is very distinctive and I could see loving it and wanting to come back again and again. At the same time, I am probably going to wait awhile because of the mouthfeel.

Photo of TLove
2.96/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a glass from a nice 50mL bottle with a simple decor and a modest coloring

Appearance - great head and a good, deep red color

Smell - smells like a cider beer

Taste - tart and sweet, with a little bit of fig and apple, containing some light spiciness and earthiness, but the finish is really mediocre

Mouthfeel - Thin and way too sweet

Drinkability - below average.... not too different from delerium nocturnum if you like that, but way too sweet for me

Photo of trbergman
3.38/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750mL bottle poured into a Hennepin flute.

Appearance - A deep ruby-chestnut beer with two fingers of taupe, puffy head.

Smell - Tart apples, a touch cidery, dried fruits -- raisins and figs, the subtle hint of Belgian candi sugar.

Taste - Caramel and chocolate, fruit esters, raisin, pepper, clove. Some earthy bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Coarse, probably overcarbonated. Beyond that, kind of thin.

Drinkability - Fair. No trouble finishing the bottle, but not sufficiently impressed to want more.

Photo of PatrickJR
2.72/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 750ml bottle into red wine glass.

A - Murky, brown/rust colored with a little less than a finger of light brown head. Retention is short, though a thin collar remains. No lacing.

S - Very appetizing. Big caramel aroma complimented by overripe dark fruits with a touch of sourness. Noticable fig component. Some slightly chalky/phenolic aromas pull through as well.

T - Not at all what I had expected from the nose, and overall a bit harsh. The caramel and fruit make a brief appearance near the beginning, but the crazy level of carbonation washes these flavors away quickly and leaves a very medicinal taste. A little sweet, a touch of bitterness, and a very chalky/crushed aspirin sort of flavor. The finish is earthy in an unpleasant way, like eating a small amount of mud. A smidge of bittersweet cocoa lingers for a minute or two.

M - The mouthfeel ruins this beer. It's thin and there is an overbearing, prickly carbonation completely nullifying many of the expected tastes from the nose.

D - Well, I do know that I probably won't get through all 750ml of this beer. The phenols actually make this a little sickening here during my second glass. This may be destined for a drain pour.

Photo of gdfan47
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

had this at the memphis tap room, (which is one of my favorites right now)

it pours a creamy dark brown with alot of froathy head

smells of yeast and a slight ripe fruit smell

it tastes like a smooth beer, this style is new to me and I dont quite know what to say, I like it. Its fun and its new to me

for such a dark looking beer, it goes down smooth and is pretty easy to drink

the 8.5 is nice, very nice

i will def try this one again

Photo of luvbeer
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the best beer I have ever had. It is rich tasting and very full of flavor. The head pours about 1.5 inches thick and it stays in a nice cold frosty mug for a long time. It is the best bang for the buck beer when it comes to price/taste/ABV%! When I want to impress anyone, I bring a 4 pack over and have never had anyone say anything negative about this beer. When it comes to great taste and value, this beer beats them all. If you have never tried this beer, you are missing out on one of the best beers ever made.

Photo of ewright
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: very dark brown with ruby highlights. A finger of foam formed on top but recedes rather quickly. Some lacing is evident.

S: Belgian yeast aromas are evident... Some banana and a bit of spice.

T: Mild banana and clove notes up front along with biscuit notes from the malt background. Very little malt bitterness, enough to balance but not enough to be a dominant flavor component.

M: Fine carbonation as befits the style. Moderate residual sweetness contributes as well.

D: A nice Belgian style ale from here in the states and a good deal as well.

Photo of stephens101
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired this highly anticipated brew during a recent road trip to Texas. A deep, dark brown brew sits under a fluffy tan head. Retention is excellent. As the bubbles pop and the head slowly fades, a craggly lacing is left behind. Nose is somewhat unique and spicy, with raisins, sugar, and notes of taffy present. Tastes of dark fruits and a bit grainy at first with an earthy essence mixed into the equation. A slight, but lingering bitterness resolves things in the end. This one isn't too big on the carbonation, with only a slight burst of bubbles upon a good shake. This brew doesn't weigh too much on the palate, and actually floats just a bit, resulting in a tasty yet quite drinkable experience.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into my tulip glass and was greeted with an amazing tan whipped cream head. This showed amazing retention and have a great deal of structure. The beer was a dark ruby red with brown tones. While it was dark you could see it was translucent with no visible carbonation. This was one of those beers that you slowly poured and could manage to have the head rise about a ½ inch above the top of the glass.

The aroma was deep with lots of things going on. Dark cherries, ginger and other spices.

The flavor was great and very complex. Dark dried fruits were abundant. Dates, dark cherry with lots of spices. I still get a touch of lemon peel and ginger. Some sweet malt notes and the twang of the Belgian yeast. Slightly tart at moments. At the finish there certainly is a hop bitterness to balance the sweetness.

Mouth feel is medium bodied and big & bold. This is very drinkable, but one to be savored. There's a lot going on here and you don't want to miss it.

Well done!

Photo of dolemite77
3.13/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a nice ruby color... thick head at the start, but diminishes and almost no lacing. Aroma is fruity with peppery notes. Flavor is similar to that, with a bit more of a metallic tang than I would prefer. Flavors also bring out some fruit. I prefer the 3 Philos to this one...

Photo of orangemoustache
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish cherry with low transparency. On top sits a three finger tall almond cap of delicious looking froth. The nose is chocolate and caramel blended with dark fruits,a hint of alcohol. The flavors are in line with the nose,leaning toward the caramelized dark fruits and alcohol side of the spectrum. I taste a bit of spicy pepper,I'm sure it's the yeast. The body is medium to light and could have a bit more assertiveness,although it's not a wimp either. Bubbly carbonated feel with a very soft,yet lingering sugary stickiness. This lacks the captivating/it factor for my tastes. A very good Abbey none the less.

Photo of bigkahunas4
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance: About a one finger head, with some of the better retention I've ever seen. Some constant carbonation is floating through this deep brown body - really unlike a color I've ever seen.

Smell: Not a huge nose here - but I'm picked up some bland belgian yeast.

Taste: Very tastey brew, with a nice high gravity yeast. Sweet sugar cane notes, and a hint of alcohol. Some sweet bready mild hops at the end give it a nice finish to keep it in check.

Mouthfeel: Fantasticly smooth with a nice biting carb. Rather smooth.

Drinkability: Really nice. Warming and hearty. Despite a lackluster nose, a really fine beer one can easily get their hands on.

Photo of bonkers
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I popped open a 750 ml bottle and poured some into tulip glass. It pours a pleasant burgundy color, with abundant white head. The head leaves quickly sans lacing. This "abbey ale" smells of drunken figs and dates. A very pleasant beer to drink, it has flavors of sweetened, dried fruit with a phenolic finish. A crisp and dry ale. A nice medium bodied sipper, that if you do not watch out could suprise you with its 8.5 ABV.

Photo of Jyubei
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Dark body, with reddish appearance in light. 1in head and good lacing.

S. Hops, roasted malt, toffee and lambic fruitiness.

T. Hops take the backseat to roasted malt and a toffee butterscotch taste similar to a scotch ale. It also has berry lambic notes, with a malt and caramel aftertaste.

M. A fine fruit syrup stickiness.

D. A marvelous brew that is enjoyable as a nightcap or dessert beer and probably any other time as well.

Photo of allergictomacros
3.82/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Lightly hazed ruby red with a moderately dense head of foam.

S - Spicy, fruity with some bread and honey/floral notes. Touch of sharp funk.

T/M- Dry, warming and fruity. Hops are well controlled. Lots of toastiness and a light chocolate works well with alcoholic complexities and spiciness. Hints of apples. IMO a bit too effervescent though.

D - Pretty drinkable for the abv. Some solid flavours.

Photo of adamette
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle at the Brewery in Cooperstown about 5 hours ago.

A Thick light brown head supported by deep brown, amber like translucent body. Great, confident appearance.

S Very minimal Licorice smell described by employee at Ommegang from the Anise and difficult for me to discern. In addition to that, however, the smell was not a strong one, some malt and hops.

T Complex, big, some alcohol to this great malty brew. Hops do not dominate but rather are there to help balance out the sweetness.

M Full with active carbonation to go along with strong, full tastes.

D Great for a beer with this high of an ABV.

Notes: Yet another great offering from Brewery Ommegang and a great way to honor the Belgian tradition of brewing.

Photo of treehugger02010
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a bottle of this at Gristedes in Scarsdale, NY.
Appearance: Deep amber brown body with a light tan head, lots of carbonation excellent retention and even better lacing.
Smell: Boozy, dark fruit.
Taste: Spicy with lots of dates.
Mouthfeel: Crisp and bubbly.
Drinkability: Good.
Don't drink and review.

Photo of cswhitehorse
3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Ommegang poured an amber color with a very small foam head and very little lacing.

The aroma was spicy with some fruit tones coming through. The taste was full of brown sugar, fruit and a super spicy finish. It was less than average carbonated and didn't leave much of a mark in the mouth. Overall I thought it was good but not great. I will give it a try in a few months.

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

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Trois Pistoles goblet. Color is a deep brown, two finger head, a lot of carbonation appears on the bottom of the glass, with a bit of lacing.

Smell is toasted malt, faint burnt wood, grass, mild sweet tart, & a splash of booze.

Initial feel is very crisp with the strong carbonation where the flavor leads to a roasted malt, tobacco, pepper, pears, and honey. The feel is a bit chewy and syrupy towards the end and leaves the mouth dry.

A complex offering that revels so many different flavors and a joy to sip. A little boozy but not overpowering and for the price it's outstanding. Ommegang does Belgium right...

Photo of rpgman456
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle of this from my local specialty liquor store and poured chilled into a tulip glass.

Color is a dark brown amber with a thick foamy cream colored head. Aroma is of sweet malts, various fruits with a smoked winter-esque feel. A thick lace of foam retains with the beer long after the pour. Giving the beer a swill, more volatiles are released, evoking the sweet aromas of banana and fruit pie. Taste produces a mouthful of wonderful flavor, fruits, spices and hops abound the palate with a slight alcohol-heavy aftertaste. As the beer warms to room temperature, the sweetness of the beer becomes alive, producing an entirely different feel and texture. The one downside of this ale is its 8.5% ABV on what is a dangerously drinkable beer. Overall a fine specimen and another reason why Ommegang continues to live up to all the hype.

Photo of vegasennui
2.55/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer is totally disappointing. Its not that its a bad beer, but aroma and flavor are just largely not present. Its neutral the way that Guinness is neutral to an experienced drinker. If you are not a fan of the general style then its a strong flavor but i just expect more character then this from an abbey ale. There is a slight after taste of pennies, which is annoying but even that is so faint its nearly not there. Its very drinkable, because its neutral, but not actually good. Have it with food instead of diet soda.

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

Pours a deep ruby brown with a tasty looking cashew colored head. A little too cloudy to see any carbonation, etc. Smells malty and sweet with some dark fruits and spices. Taste reminds me of a good rye/wheat bread, or more like a fruit bread/fruit cake you'd get around the holidays. One of the more enjoyable Dubbels I've had. Feel is a tiny bit on full the side of medium and a little sticky. I am consistently impressed with Ommegang. I tried all of their beers at a festival once, but it was late and inappropriate setting experience the magnificence of this brewery. It's since I've joined BA that I've really gotten into these beers. Hennepin is a staple in my kitchen now, and I've had fun with Three Philosophers too, (had some with sweet potato fries once, great pairing!). I think I'm gonna go scoop up some Ommegeddon (one of the few I haven't tried) after work tomorrow. Fantastic beers at a really friendly price.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I continue to be impressed with Ommegang's brews.

A: Pours a deep reddish brown into my chalice. Head is about 1 inch tall which then dissipates down to about 1/8 inch and then sits. Good lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Booze is definitely evident, but it is balanced nicely with the dark fruits, and nuts.

T: Taste pretty much mirrors the smell, but the dark fruits are more pronounced and the nuts add more of a supporting flavor. The alcohol is definitely evident in the exhale.

M/D: I liked the level of carbonation, which is pretty high and sticks in the throat during swallow. Should be expected from the head you get when you pour though. This beer is way too heavy and high in alcohol content to drink many, but damn is it good!

Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 4,066 ratings.