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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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Ommegang (Abbey Ale)Ommegang (Abbey Ale)

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4,096 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,096
Reviews: 1,686
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 222
Gots: 493 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-18-1998

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Ratings: 4,096 | Reviews: 1,686
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.


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.

Photo of BDIMike
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of cooncat
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
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!

Photo of TMB0424
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of Quej
3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

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.

Photo of a4ester
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
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!

Photo of argock
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of sonicdescent
3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Photo of jpiper
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of admiralcrunch
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
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?

Photo of froghop
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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.

Photo of wingman14
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark brown with a very foamy tan head. Smell has some sweet notes and fruity characters, some strong spices, a hint of alcohol, and some yeasty smells. Taste starts spicy, them moves to many fruity notes, then finishes with some yeast notes and alcohol tones. The aftertaste is mostly a subtle fruit flavor. The mouthfeel is smooth with a nice balance of many flavors, a medium light body with nice carbonation. This beer has nice drinkability, a higher ABV might be a reason not to have too many, but a quality beer with great flavor. Definitely a beer to check out.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Chimay chalice and got a huge, fluffy head of light tan, which sits atop an absolutely gorgeous ruddy brown/burgundy, absolutely opaque with zillions of bubbles. The creamy head sticks around a long time, and once drinking commences a sheet of thick lace is left blanketing the inside of the glass. Excellent retention. Looks fantastic.

Nose drapes a mineral/earth layer over red fruits (pomegranate, cherry), milk chocolate, sweet spices and dirty--but not funky--yeast.

Malty goodness rushes over the tongue, with hints of caramel, sour berry, chocolate, yeast, red/dark fruits, fresh cream, polite alcohol warmth and light kisses of dessert/pie spices. No one prevalent flavor impression, just a lot of milder flavors working together. Finishes with a mineral/stone earthiness that, while interesting, detracts slightly. Would be an easy 4.5 if that mineral element weren't hanging around.

The totally fabulous mouthfeel is the highlight of this beer. It's full and round, though not exactly thick. The creaminess is a thing of beauty, letting just enough carbonation in the lend some depth of texture. Despite its abundant creaminess, it's got an airiness to it that seals the deal. A real winner, texture-wise.

This was one of the first U.S. microbrews I ever had, and I remember initially picking it up only because it was a Belgian-style ale--the kind of beer that made me turn a corner and the sort of beer I was obsessed with for awhile. It probably tasted more exotic to me in those greener days, but wow, this is still wonderful.

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

Ommegang... Oh, what a head. A huge, melted styrofoam, creamy head. The beer itself is the darkest shade of magenta I could imagine. Dark, but not obscure in hue. It's really turbulent and cloudy. It's a candidate for 'best head ever' along with Hennepin. Head and lacing are so tenacious. The aroma is of deep grain, alcohol, grass, hay, plum, black cough drops-- all soft. It's dank, like a basement. It has a medium to heavy body. It's soft and syrupy with an acidic flick at the end. It lingers. The flavor is like wood with tarragon, fig, plum, fennel, tamarind and brazil nuts. It's very complex and very boozy with an aftertaste like scotch. It actually tastes stronger than 8.5% ABV. Great beer.
(rated Aug 21, 2007)

Photo of JayNH
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep dark reddish brown with a large foamy head. This is a good looking beer...

S- smells like a booze soaked spicy fruit cake. I mean that in a good way. Very pleasant and intriguing to the nose.

T- Sweet with a toasty maltiness. Almost sugary sweet, mildly fruity with a definite alcohol presence.

M- Well carbonated, has an almost "slick" mouthfeel. Finishes very dry. A nice solid body to it.

D- Overall a "sipper" brew, but still very smooth and drinkable. This is good beer...

Photo of mdcrouser
3.42/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Coolly solid across the head, like planed wood shavings on a workbench - made from something heavy, but in this context, easily moved with a light puff of air. A solid brown color gives way to shafts of ruby and amber, each containing a defining characteristic of the beer. Once this ceiling is broken though, it's like biting into a piece of fleshy fruit - dry, but growing juicy, seemingly filling your mouth with carmelized sweetness. Light, airy, and pretty stimulating, and deceptively strong, with only a mild hint of alcohol - almost an undercurrent, enveloping your tongue.

Photo of gabe23
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Deep amber color, huge off-white head that hangs around a long time.

S - Very sweet and inviting. Notes of bread, honey, fruit, and spices. Almost like a warm raisin coffee cake.

T - Smooth malt and fruit, alchohol warmth, and a slight spicyness. Very dry with a bitter finish, but it's a nice balance to the sweetness.

M - A bit too much carbonation for me. And the coating left on the inside of my mouth was not very appealing.

D - The complex flavor is enjoyable, but the high ABV and carbonation mean only one per sitting for me.

Photo of BCK
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 ml bottle into an imperial Pint glass.

Lovely brown ale with a hint red tint when looking at it with backlight. Nice, thick two finger head when poured.

Really didn't pick up a whole lot of aroma, maybe a little yeast, and fruit, possibly raisin.

Fruit taste, with a nice warming sensation soon after drinking. Love the malt.

Very crisp brew, goes down smooth.

Very nice brew and a wonderful introduction for me into the Belgium Ales. Even with it's higher ABV, this could be a real nice beer for a long evening.

Photo of Riccymon
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured dark brown with amber hints from 12 oz. bottle, and an instant, massive tan head resulted; very nice appearance. Smell was largely of bread with rich fruit in the background. First sip was stronger than expected, though the flavor was similar to the smell--bread, raisins, maybe cherry, malt--and a little alcohol. The 8.5% ABV is well-integrated in this beer, but it's there. A few sips in, I really began to enjoy the complexity of the flavors. Mouthfeel was unremarkable except for a moderate amount of carbonation, and the strength of the beer drops the drinkability score a bit.

Overall, I really enjoyed my second offering from Ommegang and look forward to sampling more.

Photo of RunDWP
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this 750 ml corked bottle sitting in my fridge for a couple weeks before breaking it out late night after a movie. Poured a dark reddish brown in a tulip glass with a thick, almost two inches thick, solid foam. A caramel, raisin sweetness on the nose and the initial taste was one of sweet raisins and yeast very much in the forefront, really dominating the malt and hops. Maybe a little roasted malt in there. The flavor was a also a little bread like, and the yeast had a certain zippy spiciness to it. Liked the complexity to this one, and really enjoyed this one.

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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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