Ommegang (Abbey Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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93
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3,976 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,976
Reviews: 1,656
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 193
Gots: 381 | FT: 2
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-18-1998)
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Photo of mwilbur
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into Ommegang chalice.
A: Pours a very dark garnet with nice 1 inch creamy light tan head. Good retention and nice lacing in the glass.
S: Notes of malt, toffee, caramel, and slightly burnt sugar. Very nice.
T: Interesting and complex. Notes of slightly underripe plum and fig hit first...very interesting and fresh. Nice yeast and malt backbone. Later, light caramel, toffee, and brown sugar notes. Spicy, peppery finish. Darker notes arise as this warms. Simply excellent.
M: Extraordinarily smooth. Coats the tongue very well. Taste matures in the mouth in the several seconds after the sip is swallowed. Hint of acidic bite at the end.
D: Very drinkable, however the ABV and complexity do limit the sessionability a little. You can not quaff this one like their Hennepin. But sipping and enjoying you can do! An excellently constructed brew and highly recommended. Ommegang is consistently putting out high quality beer.

Photo of DmanGTR
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured a beautiful burgundy red/brown with a large off-white head that laced until the very end in my tulip chalice

S - very fruity, like raisins, black currants, and cherries. Tart with a touch of oak. Very floral and complex

T - toffee, fruits, malts, and yeast. All in perfect balance with a sherry-like finish

M - medium bodied with mild carbonation. Runs well over the palate.

D - treat this classy cat with care. It is pretty drinkable, the only reason I give it less is because the alcohol can catch up to you.

Overall - came in a nice big bottle with a cork. Like its cousin, the Three Philosophers, this beer is not for the faint of heart. Goes nicely with a lamb chop or filet mignon. Will buy again.

Photo of Derek
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

American & Belgian Brewed, back-to-back (both cellared ~2 yrs):

Brewed in America.

A-4: Chestnut brown with a tan head, very little retention, slight lacing.

S-4.5: Predominantly fruity (dark fruit, tropical fruit, citrus rind), alcohol, fruit bread with a light spicing.

T4: Fruit bread, dark fruit, light spicing, citrus rind, balanced bitterness, alcohol is subtle.

M4: Moderate body with a slight residual sweetness, though the alcohol leaves a slightly dry finish.

D4: A good drinker.

Brewed in Belgium.

A-5: Chestnut brown, tan head, great retention & lacing.

S-4: Spicy with some higher alcohols, a light fruitiness, brown sugar.

T-4: Fruit bread with plenty of spice, citrus rind, roasted nuts, good bitterness, warming alcohol. A slight hint of leathery funk, like it was kissed with Brett.

M-4: Well-attenuated moderate body, good carbonation; dry, spicy, slightly alcoholic finish.

D-4: Dry & digestible, with an alcohol warmth.

When they were fresh from the fridge, I preferred the Belgian (it was more well-rounded and the fruity esters in the American were pretty intense). But as they warmed to room temperature, I preferred the American (when the alcohol & spiciness in the Belgian really came forward).

Photo of KeefD
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Dark amber brown with hints of ruby colors showing through in the light.

Smells sweet and bready and spicy. Good yeast strain was obviously used in this ale. Taste is similar. Tons of sweet malts, candied fruits, spice and alcohol, and a dry yeast finsih. Incredible carbonation gives this one a full body.

This was a great version of a Belgian strong ale. Kudos to the fine brewers at Ommegang who really know how to make a great Belgian style ale.

Photo of BretSikkink
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color, appears to be quite hazy, lighter reddish color round the edges. The tan head is very attractively packed and smooth, but the retention is rather poor and the lacing is weak.

Strong aromas of brown sugar, candi sugar, toffee, rum raisins, maybe some fig. Fusel alcohols deep in the back, along with a phenolic sort of yeasty aroma.

Overall wonderful flavor and thickness, very smooth and creamy. The malts are sweet and caramely, not overboard, with some hints of clove spicing as well. Big carbonation, just a hair over the top for my "personal favorite" stamp, and the finish includes a peppery prick of alcohol.

Good American interpretation of the vaunted dubbel style. Highly recommended if you've not tried it; the price alone makes it worth your while.

Photo of diamondc
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark red .. burgundy .. lots of sticky lacing and a nice fluffly head. Aroma is of dark chocolate, wet dirt, cherry, coffee, brown sugar. Taste is all of the above with some extra dried plum, licorice, molasses flavor. Mouthfeel is really good on this one, although the carbonation is very 'prickly' making it feel a bit soda-like.

Of course, not an "everyday" type beer, more like once a month with some beef stew or chocolate.

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

Had this in a big bottle, got it from the brewery itself.

Poured a dark clear cedar color. About 2 inches of head initially, calming down to a finger.

Smelled like raisins, brown sugar, very sweet and a tad fruity.

Taste was very smooth, a bit spicy for the style, a bit of hop and woody undertones. Bit of a bitter start with a sweet finish.

Mouthfeel was pretty heavy, felt a bit unbalanced to me as far as weight goes, but taste was very nice, and with the right meal it would be perfect.

Drinkability here is good, I've got 3 more and I plan to cellar 2 and drink the other.

Photo of gabemasiulis
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass from the 750 ml corked bottle.
A) This Dubbel has a dark brown, opaque color, with maybe a touch of red in it. Poured with a thick peaking head in a tan color.
S) A sweet, fruity aroma peeks out of this bottle just after opening, and develops into something with a bit more body and character after pouring and breathing a little. Very interesting.
T) Starts off a little bitter, but balanced by a french oak aged background. Finishes with bitterness, and a fruity sweetness that lingers.
M) This beer presents a pleasing amount of complexity from both the aroma and taste, balanced, but still suprising.
D) A very good Dubbel with a few little suprises here and there, nothing that I can easily put my finger on, but the subtlety has me stocking my cellar with it.

Photo of brushtachio
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red/brown with a finger head that shrinks to a ring in a few minutes. Love the smell... sweet toffee, caramel and raisins. The taste starts where the nose began with more raisins, dates and overripe plum flavors. Then it balances out with a nice hop bitterness that reveals just a touch of alcohol warming to leave with you. A really solid beer that stands up with some of the Belgian Dubbels I've tried.

Photo of GJ40
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 750ml bottle in a chalice.

A - Mahogany color with a thick head that has very good retention. Very inviting.

S - Sweet, roasted and a bit earthy. Not bad but definitely falls short of the Belgians.

T - Sweet, malty flavor with a slight bitterness. Pretty balanced. About where it should be for the style but not overwhelming.

M - Once allowed to settle, the carbonation is pretty good.

D - Good but it does seem to fall short of the Belgians. I'd like to do a blind taste test one day to see. The American Belgians are certainly getting closer.

Photo of QuentinCompson
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into Orval chalice

A - Nice finger-head, dissipating after a while into a thin filmy head; brownish red brew

S - Spicy, fruits, pears

T-M - Really nice malty nose, with a caramel flavor busting out, smoky, maple, hops, bit of a peppery finish, wood barrels... Tasty. Smooth mouthfeel, balance of malty and yeasty; nice carbonation

D - Enjoyable brew, may be one of my favorite "Belgian-Style" brews; wouldnt wanna session this one, but definitely nice when the time is right

Photo of czfreeman
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at Terrapin Restaurant & Bistro in Rhinebeck, NY. Served in a proper Ommegang chalice. Bar stocks a good selection of NY beers on tap and bartender is quite knowledgeable. Beer was capped nicely by a light tan/toffee toned head that left very appealing lacing. The beer displays a lovely reddish-amber hued tone. The nose is fantastice. Dried fruits, some Belgian yeasts, spicy, black pepper-clove like, touch of malty sweetness in there to balance the aroma out. Flavor is awesome as well. Dried fruits agains, cloves,malts, yeasty, slightly sweet on the taste, but cut perfectly by a great dryish finish of alcohol and spice. Mouthfeel was nice and creamy, yet biting enough to keep the drinker constantly reaching for another sip. Yet another outstanding brew from Ommegang.

Photo of ClashmoreMike
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle.

A = Dark amber. One finger's worth of tan head. Lots of tiny carbonation bubbles. Some lacing.

S = Fairly yeasty. Apple. Clove (more clove as the beer warms). Some caramel. Fruity alcohol. Smells a bit like a dry and spicy champagne.

T = Apple and some figs mixed in with a bit of malt sweetness and caramel. Clove in the background but asserts itself a bit more as the beer warms. Clove seems to have a slightly metallic quality to it. Bittering hops and some alcohol noticeable. There's an aftertaste that's slightly like alcohol soaked dark fruit, but can't put my finger on the fruit.

M = Nice amount of carbonation. It's there but it does not overwhelm things. Taste and mouthfeel are similar to that of a dry champagne. Smooth. A bit of bitterness lingers in your mouth.

D = It's a good beer but I had higher hopes for this one. I think it had more bitterness than I expected. Would drink it again (will try it in the bigger, corked bottle). It's all a matter of personal preference, but if I'm having a dubbel I'd prefer a Chimay Premiere.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark amber color with amazing chunky dirty brown three-finger head. The head stayed nice and thick and left excellent lacing.

S - Aroma of spice and fruit. A little plum maybe? Toffee as well. Very aromatic.

T - Spicy taste but not overwhelming. Also some sweetness with the alcohol coming through at the end but not dominating the taste.

M/D - Smooth and creamy. Very drinkable dubbel. As good as many of the Belgian Belgians I have had.

Photo of shroompod
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pulled this out of cellar with no dates, but about a year old.

Pours with a rocky head , sticks around awhile.

Aroma is slightly cola with some roasted caramel coming through.

Taste is sweet, yeasty, some dark fruits. Hops are an afterthought.

Mouthfeel is thick, sweet , broken up by high carbonation rate.

I need to pick up more of this. Delicious .

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured a reddish brown with a decent head.
The aroma was of malts and fruits with some citrus notes.
The flavor was fruity,malty and it tasted slightly of yeast and raisins. Do not forget the alcohol,it was so present but not in a bad way. It was sweet,spicy and yet bitter in a balanced way. I did notice that this beer was like a champagne and that the alcohol was providing some punch,but I like that and I did not think it took away from the brew at all.
I did not feel this beer's strength,but as it warms the alcohol creeps out. I used to think it could be a good session brew,I was wrong.
It had moderate carbonation. Well balanced hops with a dry yeast finish that really gave it a smooth character. The spice was present but it did not dominate.

Notes: Pour this in the right glass,if you don't it will be a different experience. This beer is easy to find and a good reputation overall from Ommegang. In addition, I have to say that the drinkability could be better as the alcohol was not well masked.

Photo of apierce1
3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a corked bottle and drank it from a pilsner glass.
A- There was a dark brown/red pour. A thick brown head. Visible Carbonation. Even lacing.

S-Really good smells though I can't sort them all out. The only one I could pick was some orange

T- Very spicy, hoppy. Maybe some fig and a strong alchohol aftertaste

M&D- Lots of carbonation and the spices give it quite the kick. This made it not as smooth as I would have liked.

Photo of birchstick
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle. It is a deep reddish-brown with a nice fluffy head. It smells very sweet, with some fruity scents and also brown sugar. Tastes fruity and spicey, with a little caramel, brown sugar, and malt. It was pretty smooth going down, a tad bit of carbonation. Before I knew it, the entire bottle was gone and I was ready for more. This was priced very reasonably for what it is...I can't wait to try more from this brewery.

Photo of generallee
4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

An excellent abbey ale from an outstanding brewery. It pours a dark burgundy color with a thick white head. The body is dark and hazy, full of wonderful flavor and aromas. The aroma is filled with caramel malts, fruit and spice, as well as an alcohol kick in the nose. The palate is full and the alcohol has a nice warming quality to it. Favors of sweet caramel, dried dark cherries, prune, and yeast dance on the tongue. These favors mingle for a time and finish slowly. Ommegang is grate as it is and could be even better with cellaring.

Photo of BuffaloBill91
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good job for a NY Brewery to make a decent Abby ale.. I still think the Trappists ive had are far better, but this was good for the style...and much better priced.

A-cloudy dark copper color 2 finger head settling to a thick 1/4" lots of bubbles

S-Smells very strong with spices, fruits and bread/yeast with just a hint of the alcohol

T- Very Bold taste - a lot like it smelled- lots of spices somewhat fruity but darker fruits also very strong on the yeast and heavy on the alcohol taste

M- I thought this was average not thin like some others reviewed. If there was any downside I thought it was overly carbonated a bit less on the bubbles would've made it more drinkable though maybe less fragrant.

D- For me pretty much a 1 and done, but was still decent for drinkability- but Ive had others in this style that were far more drinkable this is a very strong, bold ale.

@@ I also have used this as the brew in making Beer and Gouda soup and it worked amazing. The flavors really stood out in the soup- even with the strength of the smoked cheese the boldness of this could still be tasted...yum

Photo of maddogruss
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a bottle of this out into a glass mug. This makes for a good session beer.

A: Pours a dark amber body with a reddish-tan head with nice retention and excellent lacing along the sides of the glass until the finish.

S: Smells of sweet caramel with hints of orange zest and banana esters.

T: An abrupt alcoholic taste with hints of banana esters in the aftertaste. A very alcoholic taste that kind of burns your taste buds.

M: A pretty smooth mouthfeel. Slightly over carbonated took away from it a little bit.

D: OK overall, but a little too alcoholic, which I feel takes away a little bit from the beer overall. I feel it was a good example of a Belgian Dubbel. Alcohlic tastes can be a little biting, which takes away from the drinking experience overall.

Photo of gfreed
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is both a good bargain and a good find. Pour carefully otherwise you'll wind up with a giant head and very little liquid. (The head itself lasts a long time and is wonderful to slurp.) Color is a shimmery brownish-red; nose is quite yeasty but still pleasant. Flavors are very fruity and summery, and a bit bready, but this is good to drink year-round, especially with spicy food. Bonus: the bottle is tall, heavy and thick-walled, and comes with a cork rather than a cap.

Photo of dyingwrist
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark brown color with hints of red. Like polished wood. Creamy one inch thick head light brown/tan color. Decent head retention with some lacing. Smells of dark fruit like cherries and other berries put on top of bread. Very interesting on the nose. Theres also something else coming thru that I just can't put my finger on. Drinks wonderfully well. This is one malty brew with mild bitterness on the finish. Finish lasts pretty well. Really enjoying it. Medium-light to medium body with good dose of carbonation that you can really feel when you swallow. Man I wish I had some cheese.

Photo of prototypic
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It's transparent and dark amber with just a hint of red. Wow. Belgian style brews have quite the head. It's impressive. About two and a half fingers deep with retention that seems that it could go for days. Nice coat of lace lined the glass.

Smell: Spices hit the nose first. Pretty typical for Belgian. Plum and raisin aromas blend well with caramel and sugary malts. Slight alcohol and yeasty notes are present.

Taste: Caramel and sugar malts provide a very sweet flavor and pretty strong base. Spices are noteable and consistent with the style. Very little hop presence or bitterness. It is a bit yeasty. Alcohol has a slight warming effect.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's pretty thin. Carbonation is high, but not offensive. Relative crisp and easy to drink. ABV is a tad bit high at 8.5% which hinders drinkability just a bit. No way I'd tackle more than one 750 in a sitting. It lacks characteristics strong enough to warrant more than that. Overall, it's a very solid beer. Certainly one I'll have again.

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

I was craving a Belgian style dark ale, without the Belgian style price tag. This fit the bill.

Poured a murky, almost muddy, burnt orange with a head that would get away from you if not carefully pouring.

Smelled of sweet dark fruits, warm brown sugar, and raisins, which might fall in the "dark fruits" category.

Taste was full and complex, with more warm, sugary dark fruits and a splash of clove for balance. It had a strange underlying smoky flavor as well, though it didn't really interfere and only helps to distinguish the brew.

It was aggressively carbonated, which appropriately matches the style well. But surprisingly, despite the carbonation, it still had a somewhat thin watery feel to it.

Overall well worth it. It costs significantly less than the actual Belgian beers, and does a good job representing the style.

Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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