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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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3,848 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,848
Reviews: 1,650
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 167
Gots: 328 | FT: 2
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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:
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Photo of Ozone34
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gorgeous brewery right on the Cooperstown, NY mountain side. I was in Cooperstown for the Cal Ripken/Tony Gwynn Hall of Fame Induction.

A: Beautiful tan frothy head, poured perfectly into a traditional Belgium goblet. Dark brown

S: very sweet plum fruity smell

T: reminiscent of any Belgium strong ale, carbonated upon first taste as it warms it gathers the alcohol sweetness

Mouthfeel: Perfect carbonation resulting from the bottle conditioned

Drinkability: Not so high due to the higher ABV but still allowable.... 2 or 3 and you are feeling rather fine.

Ozone34, Aug 21, 2007
Photo of Nipitato
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber at Trader Joe's in Brookline, MA.

A: Deep coppery brown hue. Nice quarter inch cream colored head. Clear with a glowing ruby character.

S: Sweet and strong malt aroma - caramel/toffee. Some dried fruit esters detectable - raisins. Alcohol aroma present and floral.

T: Sweet malt flavor dominates. Prominent esters that taste like dried cherries/raisins add balance and complexity. Alcohol flavors subdued. Slight bitterness at the end. Complex. Well attenuated despite sweetness.

MF: Medium dry on the palate. Full creamy body. Highly carbonated creates lighter feeling.

D: Delicious - rich and sweet. Easy to drink. Hides its alcohol well.

Nipitato, Aug 20, 2007
Photo of supercolter
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one at the brewery in NY.
Appearance was good, raisin colored, a decent head.
Smell is of light raisins, some dry malt and a scotch of hops.
Taste is a bit weaker than the smell. I was not as impressed with this.
Mouthfeel is good, medium in body.
Drinkability is above average for the style.

supercolter, Aug 11, 2007
Photo of mhaugan
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bomber served in a snifter

Pours with a very large, fluffy head. Nice dark amber color. Taste is complex like I have come to expect in a Belgian style. Slightly sweet tasting with spices and fruitiness. High ABV and complexity limits the drinkability, but is quite tasty.

mhaugan, Aug 08, 2007
Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into a chalice...

A- A beautiful dark mahogany color- reminding me of a black cherry. Light head- forming a fine ring around my glass.

S- Smell was of vanilla, cherry, oak, dried fruits.

T- Taste was wonderful- lots of those dried fruits I was talking about- a little alcohol- spices and sweet flavors.

M- Unbelievable smoothness- silky carbonated texture.

D- Goes down way too easy- To me, this could be enjoyed by anyone who appreciates flavor and impecable smoothness.

DavidSeanNJ, Aug 07, 2007
Photo of saintwarrick
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is one dark brew, a deep garnet with a fluffy off-white head.Aroma is fruity, pears, passion fruits, plums and a bit of pineapple. Taste is dark and fruity, plums and pears again, but sweet with dark caramel. Slightly peppery as it goes down with a bit of a hoppy bite. A very good sipping brew. My taste lends more towards the lighter Belgians, but I would not turn down this brew.

saintwarrick, Aug 02, 2007
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a good initial head that fades to a cap. Decent lacing. The smell has traditional aromas for the style of clove and banana, and maybe a hint of cinammon. Dry malt underneath. The taste is pleasant if a bit subdued from what I was expecting from the aromas. The flavors are still similar to the nose, but there is less banana in particular. Spicy and dry on the finish and with a bitter aftertaste. There is a good body to this beer. My only complaint about the mouthfeel is that maybe its a little spritzy. Goes down smooth, quite drinkable. A well priced everyday alternative to a nice Belgian.

Georgiabeer, Aug 02, 2007
Photo of warmstorage
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle, Cave Aged version, $7.99 at Gold Rush Liquors in Anchorage, AK. Tag held to neck with rubberband states, among other things, that the bottle was cave-aged at Home Caverns at a depth of 156 feet, at a constant temperature of 52* from October 2005 through September 2006.

Pours a deep amber with a huge, dense rocky beige head that leaves massive lacing.

Aroma is earthy and cherries, little else.

Taste is cherries, sweet, tangy Belgian yeast, brown sugar, lots of residual sugars, and lingers long with sweet cherries. It's a little sweet for comfort, even for a Belgian dark ale.

Mouth is thick and slick.

An interesting experience, and I'm glad I got it, but I probably won't bother again. It's essential Ommegang, perhaps more pronounced sweetness and cherries.

warmstorage, Aug 01, 2007
Photo of sescallier
4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is very good, pleasantly dark yet crisp. Definitive fruit mixed with a traditional abbey style. The 8.5% is apparent but not overpoweringly alcoholic tasting.

In error some are under the impression that this is brewed in the US like some of the other of this breweries beers, it is actually brewed in belgium and bottled there also at the Ommegang brewery then sent to the new york branch.

sescallier, Jul 29, 2007
Photo of bunnyhustle
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle with cork top, love popping those corks. Pours very, very dark brown but upon closer inspection its actually a dark amber color. Thick, dark head that quickly lowers into a thin layer remaing for the rest of the beer, nice lace left behind. Smell is of roasted grain, some caramel, and some alcohol. Taste is very similar, very malty with a roasted quality to it, a hint of caramel, and I swear a touch of coffee. Thick and creamy mouthfeel with good amount of carbonation. Slightly lower score on drinkability due to the punch it packs but overall a really good beer.

bunnyhustle, Jul 25, 2007
Photo of dstc
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with ruby highlights and a great big foamy tan head that falls slowly with a nice lace.

This beer has a big fruity smell with hints of spice coming through. Nice malt aroma as well.

Mild, nice roasted malt flavor although it seems too mild for the style of beer. Tinny, metallic taste and a mild alcohol bite.

Medium to thin mouthfeel with alcohol bite coming through. Although it has a big foamy head the carbonation seems low.

Very good beer but for a "Strong dark ale" it seems a little weak. Nonetheless this is definitely worth drinking.

dstc, Jul 23, 2007
Photo of beeragent
3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. The beer pours a dark brown, forming a 1/2 inch creamy tan head, leaving very light spots of lace. The aroma is not as strong as expected, consisting of a strong alcohol presence, along with a little raison/prune aroma. The taste is also not as expected, but not bad. Strong raison flavor, light dark fruits, noticeable alcohol, and maybe some light malt thickness. Very complex. Thick mouthfeel and smooth finish. Very drinkable Belgian. Overall, not what I thought it would be like, but interesting nonetheless.

beeragent, Jul 04, 2007
Photo of bosco7
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark reddish-brown with massive foamy head composed of pinpoint carbonation. Very inviting.

Lots of chocolate, banana, rum, raisin, some booze, and vanilla in the nose.

Wow. Tastes phenomenal. Fig, raisin, rum, black pepper, clove, nutmeg, dark chocolate, pear, banana and hints of vanilla. Wow. Finishes dry leaving the palate clean and ready for another go.

Smooth mouthfeel that finishes with some dry carbonation bite, making it a highly digestible brew. This American brew puts a lot of Belgian offerings to shame. Well done. Highly recommended.

bosco7, Jul 03, 2007
Photo of kenito799
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle poured into a Duvel glass.

Not the first time I have enjoyed this wonderful beer. This mahogany brown brew shows reddish highlights when held to light. A huge rocky foamy head is raised and leaves crazy lacing patterns. Aroma is fantatstically pleasant but I have a hard time describing it. There is malt, cola, spice, but none of these elements predominates and all that comes to mind when you sniff is fresh, clean, delicious smelling beer. Ok, the allspice note is unique and your nose can latch onto that--freshly baked spice bread.

The taste is similarly brilliant. A robust, malty, spicy, alcoholic brew yet there is such a light crispness, such an effortless harmony between malt, bitter, and cool spice (allspice, clove)--this is a joy to drink. Tangy, subtly bitter spicy finish. The active carbonation and the cool spice give this brew a truly exceptional mouthfeel and drinkability. Alcohol incredibly well hidden.

As I carefully evaluate all the Ommegang brews so far this is my favorite. Easily one of the best Belgians brewed this side of the Atlantic.

kenito799, Jul 01, 2007
Photo of GRPunk
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a wine glass

A- Dark brown/red with a thick brownish head and good lacing.

S- Lots of sweet malts giving a raisin or plum scent.

T- Again the sweet malts come through gving a raisin flavor.

M- Very rich and thick. It coats the mouth nicely.

D- This is a great nightcap/sipping beer. I decided to give it a try on a fairly warm night and think it would be more enjoyable to come back to this fall or winter.

GRPunk, Jul 01, 2007
Photo of coalcracker
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to pilsner glass (nothing else available!).
Appearance: As the bottle describes, "burgundy", deep red color. Head is effervescent, but a 1/4" head remains several minutes after the pour.
Smell: Sharp and fruity scent immediately after the pour.
Taste: Slow to develop on the tongue, a malty presence with a slight alcohol jab peaks midway through. Hints of raisin, caramel, and some fruit present. Aftertaste lingers a bit after the tasting.
Mouthfeel: balanced, not too heavy.
Drinkability: The alcohol presence is hidden well, though noticeable with some effort. At 8.5% ABV, best served as a sipper or a good autumn-time brew.

Overall, a nice abbey ale. This brewery has put out some good beers and this is not an exception.

coalcracker, Jun 22, 2007
Photo of jjayjaye
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz serving pours very dark with mahogany hues and a big stiff head that is kept alive by visible effervescence. Anice amount of lacing present.

The smell is a cherry, fruit, lightly yeasty and some caramel.

Medium bodied, the mouth feel is smooth and creamy nicely carbonated complementing the richness of the flavor.

The dark fruit malt flavor is sweet and traces of the 8.5% ABV. I like the 12oz size, but a 750ml wouldn't be outrageous

jjayjaye, Jun 09, 2007
Photo of crwills
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasting at biegaman's place with grub, viggo, lexx, blankboy (RB), and tupalev (RB). I didn't write down who brought what, unfortunately, so thanks everyone!

Pours a reddish-brown colour with a small bubbly head. Sweet aroma with some floral elements to it, and a little bit of spicy/moldy/peppery something in there that gives it a unique kick. Flavour is dark fruit and heavy, sweet malt, with a little bit of a peppery hop undertone. Good balance to this one, and well-hidden alcohol. Liked it!

crwills, Jun 04, 2007
Photo of MiScusi
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 12oz bottle.

The fairly clear caramel colored liquid fills up my Chimay chalice as a dark dark brown murky bowl of liquid. Not much of a head formed on this, and only soapy bubbles remain on top. The aromatics on this beer are huge. I pick up what I can only describe as dark grape juice. Like grapes and chocolate mixed. I am not sure I like the smell all that much, but I'm also not sure it's not totally suppose to be that way, so I will give it a good just for being aromatic and pungent- it definitely has that Belgian feel to it.

The taste is tart at first giving way to grapes (dark fruit taste? I'm not that experienced in dark belgian ales, but plan to be soon). The finish is sweet and a warmth is left in my throat post-sip.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly light for a dark ale as rich as this, but I don't get a watery sense to it at all. At 8.5% it is dangerously drinkable.

MiScusi, Jun 04, 2007
Photo of soupyman10
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice two inch head on top of a brown beer with solid amber highlights. A pretty good looking beer, although the bubbles are a little large. Pretty good lacing. Nose is strong brown sugar and molasses, some quality spices. Good, although maybe not the most complex beer ever. Taste is good. Some dried fruit, maybe raisins and a hint of apricot. Lots of molasses and sweet malt. A touch of alcohol on the tip of the tongue. Feel is a little thin, but pretty good. Overall, a solid beer - kind of a standard Belgian Dark, really. Check it out, although I might go for a Maudite over it.

soupyman10, Jun 01, 2007
Photo of jar2574
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 ounce bottle I got in a 4-pack.

Dark, milk chocolate color. Very little carbonation. Thin cream-colored head. It has a complex smell, with hints of chocolate, coffee and fruitiness.

First impression of its taste: chocolate and caramel, almost like a dessert. Then there is a touch of spiciness and a nice hop kick followed by mellow aftertaste. It's a bit chewy, but very smooth and drinkable.

jar2574, May 30, 2007
Photo of tweeder263
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First thing i notice is the very nice sweet smell this ber gives off.Very nice.Very dark amber in appearance with a huge head.Hazy in appearance,,and did i mention dark?Slight smell of alcohol but not offensive.Pretty complex beer,slightly tart,mild alcohol feel. A different style of beer that i havent tried yet.As i drink more of an underlying sweetness starts to take shape.Mouth feel is ok could be a bit beefier.Definitely a once in a while beer,but i look forward to trying this again.

tweeder263, May 30, 2007
Photo of sleazo
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle delivered by FreshDirect

A-Pours a very dark reddish brown with some bits floating in it. there is a meringue like head which takes a while to settle down. Simply put a gorgeous looking beer.

S-Alcohol presence is high here almost a bit rum like. The rich roasted malt aroma has hints of plums and dark purple grapes. Very fruity in aroma wth a good deal of sweetness. Further aromas come out as it warms, cinnamon, maybe some allspice and alot of yeast.

T-Very sweet, almost barley wine in taste. There is a certain bitterness which is hard to describe. This is a very malty beer which similar to the smell is loaded with dark rich fruits though the taste has a bit of cherry to it which I did not notice from the smell. Nose is also a tad spicier.

M-Chewy would be the right word for this. It is almost like dipping into a piece of liquid bread.

D-This one matches up quite well with some dubbels from Belgium. I think this is more like a dubbel. This is a complex beer good for sipping. I may have picked the wrong month to enjoy this as the heaviness is a bit much for a warm day in NYC. Very good, highly recommended.

sleazo, May 30, 2007
Photo of grub
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

group tasting may 26/07 with biegaman, Viggo, Lexx, crwills, blankboy@RB, tupalev@RB, and me (grub). everybody threw something into the mix and we had a great lineup of beer. biegaman contributed this one, which has been in his cellar for about 8 months, so thanks jan!

750ml bottle, corked and caged.

pours deep ruby red, nearly brown, with a fairly dense tan head. the head drops quickly and leaves spotty behind.

aroma is great. lots of dark fruit. cherry and cranberry. light toffee and caramel sweetness. bready malt. hint of toasty character.

taste is great. bit of alcohol. low bitterness level. really nice dark fruit - date and cranberry. bit of caramel and toffee. bready malt.

mouthfeel is good. medium-low carbonation level with a nice big body. somewhat dry finish.

drinkability is great. well balanced. interesting and very good. thanks again jan!

grub, May 28, 2007
Photo of Beerzebub
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, in a large wine glass.

Murky reddish brown, with a finger of dark beige head that diminishes but is revivable. Not much lace.

Smells rich, savory and complex. Soy sauce, prunes, tamarind, yeasty brown bread, roasted nuts, milk chocolate, cinnamon, clove, black pepper, solvent, rummy alcohol. The chocolate and cinnamon notes mimic Mexican hot chocolate. Outstanding!

Tastes bold and complex. Pungent savory and sweet elements balance very well. Plums, prunes, soy sauce, dark bread crust, cocoa, spices, solvent, alcohol, but plenty else that I cannot pin down. Something like cheese, maybe aged Gouda, and some herbal character. Some very mild tealike bitterness and astringency. Goes from mainly fruity to mainly savory, with a bare hint of nutty sherrylike oxidation emerging in a long finish, with noticeable solvent and alcohol.

Fine, soft carbonation and a bit of stickiness make for a good mouthfeel. Remarkably drinkable, for what it is.

A very distinctive and contemplative beer, and quite tasty.

Beerzebub, May 27, 2007
Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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