Ommegang (Abbey Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 3,975
Reviews: 1,656
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 193
Gots: 380 | 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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-18-1998)
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Photo of MisterClean
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz 4-pack from Natomas Wine & Liquor. How'd they get this stuff? It had tons of dust on it and couldn't believe they had it.

A - Dark brown, almost black pour into the Sierra Nevada balloon tulip. Appears moderately unfiltered. Nice 4-5 finger, mocha-color head, which takes its time to dissipate. No lacing, thank goodness (should be malty).

S - Prunes, toffee, butterscotch, cooked sugar. Very sweet smelling. Lt Alcohol. Could be the port of beers.

T - Butterscotch, brown sugar, very light sugar/sour ester notes.

M - So smooth and sweet. No alcohol feel. This is pretty amazing.

D - Hard to put down the glass. Great dessert beer.

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

Poured from a 750 into a Brunehaut chalice.

Nice thick head that stays strong for more of the drink. Rich dark body with tan head, lacing all the way to the end. Smells of dark malts. Tastes and smell excellent for the style, a little chocolaty and sweet at the front of the tongue, warmth travels around the sides, and finishes with carbonated stings as it goes back.

Very drinkable, but more this style is more of something I need to be in the mood for, rather than constantly drink.

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

deleted my old review, I think I had put it somewhere in the low 3 range lol

12 oz. bottle

a: Pours a two finger khaki head with nice retention. The beer is a rich ruby-brown in color.

s: Quite an original dubbel aroma, or at least to me. Sweet but clean Belgian amber and pale malts carry an awesome, complex sour cherry aroma. Dark and light sugars inspire aromas of candied fruits, especially cherry, date, spiced apple cider, and possibly some sweet citrus. Light yeasts and a nice, subtle touch of ethanol. Aged hop aroma.

m: carbonation just into the high range, with a smooth medium body...great mouthfeel that cleans up nicely

t: Pale and amber malts upfront with a dusting of yeast way in the back. A sour cherry twang keeps my interest. Dark sugars and a range of fruits. Papery, aged hop flavors. Quite good.

d: very enjoyable

Photo of slvrmon82
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ia a little to sweet for my taste. It pours a nice dark amber to brown color. Head is 1 finger that sticks around for a while. The smell is very fruity with dark malts. Taste has a lot of dark malts and chocolate and dark fruits. Mouthfeel not as heavy as I was expecting. Drinkability is not as much as sum due to to the heaviness and the sweetness.

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


Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus tannish creamy head, which leaves some really nice sticky lacing and small islands. The nose is malty, slight yeast, prunes, figs, raisins, and some caramel. The taste is slightly sweet at first, some nice malts, dark fruit, and caramel. Medium body, a well rounded/complex brew. Very drinkable, this is my second Ommegang brew and it's delicious.

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

Down here in Texas, Belgian Ales aren't exactly the easiest things to get a hold of. So when I saw it at the grocery store I bought three without blinking.

It poured a somewhat cloudy deep reddish brown with a rich 1 inch head. Just from the colour, I knew this thing was going to be delicious even though , it looked a little lighter compared to the Dubbels I've had in the past. The aroma was as wonderfully complex as one would except with a Dubbel and I ended up sticking my nose in the head trying to get as much of that scent in as possible.

The taste was amazing to say the least. The flavour and texture had a big precence, jumping onto my tongue and stomping around to announce their arrival. Anyways, the taste, just as the aroma, was extremely complex with a touch of sweetness to it. I could go on about it, but I'll settle with saying that the taste and mouthfeel were just damn good.

As far as drinkability is concerned, the 8.5% ABV was easy to handle. I polished off 2 750ml bottles over the course of about 2 hours without any difficulty. I could drink this stuff all day long.

This is one hell of a beer, better than some of the Dubbels I've had that are actually from Belgium. The chaps up there in Cooperstown certainly got it right. I have one more bottle left that is going into the cellar for a few years, hopefully it gets even better with a little age.

Photo of jdg204
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Been looking forward to this one for a while. Big Ommegang fan and a Belgian Strong Dark Ale fan, so I thought this would be a match made in heaven.

Appearance - Lovely dark mahogany color with a creamy white head.

Smell - Decent dark fruit odor with a woody/ nutty undertone.

Taste - Expected a more bold fruit taste, but instead I got all subtle secondary flavors (dark fruits, vanilla, and woody/ nutty). Not bad, but not great.

Mouthfeel - Bit too thick and drying and left a bit of a sour aftertaste.

Drinkability - I'm sure some of these scores are brought down to this brew not meeting my high expectations. This really wasn't a bad brew, but when you go in expecting a home-run a ground rule double just won't do.

Photo of baggio
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An american-belgian beer...very interesting!

A: Brown-reddish with a beige lace.

S: Caramel, chocolate, pear, spices.

T: Roasted malts, raisins, caramel, figs, brown sugar, plums, liquorice.

M: Filling and creamy with medium carbonation.

This is the first beer i've tried from the Ommegang brewery and i must say i'm impressed. A very good BSA with plenty of malt in it. Considering the low price this is a beer i'll gladly come back to.

Photo of IBUnit63
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from corked bottle into Ommegang goblet. Rich, latte-colored, semi-strong uniform head. Natural light root beer color gives a sense of warmness; well-carbonated. Classic Belgian look - appears to be well put together. Spice character of aroma dissipates rather quickly; slight metallic/sour/yeasty overtones, with hints of allspice and burnt cherries. Mildly rich with a relatively short finish. Presence of alcohol is known but not overbearing. Palate is sweet and rich with some toastiness but is tempered by slight tanginess. Carbontation is a little overpowering. Silky and creamy feel is again reduced by carbonation. Good beer to have on a quiet night with a book in front of the fireplace.

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

Ommegang Abbey Ale
12 oz. brown bottle

Poured into a snifter. The Abbey Ale pours a beautiful rich mahogany color, with a tan head that drops slowly and leaves great lacing. Wonderful rich malty aroma, slight coffee hints and caramel hints in the nose. Rich flavors on the palate, strong alcohol notes, and good coffee finish. So much malty goodness, the palate goes crazy. Mouthfeel is outstanding, high carbonation and complex flavors make this a very drinkable beer.

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

A: Pours a dark, hazy copper color with a light tan head.

S: a nice caramel malt sweetness with a touch of fruitiness.

T: For flavor there is some rich dark caramel, dried fruit (raisins, prunes), toffee and fig notes coming through nicely. Upon warming the Belgian spicing comes through quite nice with some warm candi sugar, dark caramel, alcohol, and a yeasty bite.

M: A nice creamy full mouthful with caramel and bread notes being detected. Very smooth on the tongue with soft carbonation.

D: A very soothing beer with a great complexity of dried fruit, malting, and spicing and drinks like a dream at 8.5%abv.

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

Well the only other brew that I've tried from this brewery was Hennepin; so when I saw a 4 pack of this at a local gas station I had to give her a shot. Glad that I did.

A- Beautiful pour. An amazing tan-khaki colored 3 finger head crowns this brew... Frothy head that slowly dissolves into great lacing. This brew is dark dark brown, with dedish hues at the edges of the glass.. Lots of sidiment. Nuff said.

S- Malty.. fruity... alcohol... Grapes and pears strike the nose... complex, yet not incredibly strong.

T/M- Wow... STRONG alcohol flavor... wasn't expecting that despite the 8.5% abv. Although this isn't as smooth as Chimay Blue for example, it's still quite complex in flavor. Tasty malt with tons of grape and raisin overtones. Slightly nutty. Wine like dry finish. Again, not as smooth as I was hoping, but a fine Belgian Ale indeed.

D- I could only drink a couple of these... it's a very rich brew, but it comes in a 4 pack for a reason. Great pick up, I'll definitely try this again.

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

This bottle is one year aged

A: Murky oaky brown, good one finger head.

S: Yeast, bread, hints of chocolate malt. Smells damn nice.

T: I really like this beer aged. I've got to remember to age this one again. Chocolatey maltiness, belgian yeast. hints of caramellittle bit of booze, not much though.

M: awesome carbonation. Medium to full body.

D: I could see myself in a pub in belgium drinking these all night. The alchol is very well masked.

Overall... hell yes, age this one.

Photo of laughatdanger11
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A -- Rich, cloudy, doberman brown color, if you will. A nice tan, lightly-caramelized -sugar colored head rises and gradually subsides almost entirely.

S --Wow. Super complex in the nose, with a light caramel smell. Fruity, grapes, light toffee. Smells as intricate as a nice dark Belgian should. I can't wait to get into this, the aroma is driving me nuts.

T --Oh man. This one is a beauty. I get a killer red grape taste up front, certainly does justice to the self described "burgundian" assertion. A mild sweetness as it rolls around the mouth. A faint suggestion of anise/fennel seed? So delicate and refined. Pleasantly alcoholic as its going down. Naturally the beers' sweetness comes out as it sits. Continuing with the grape theme, I taste raisins now. Is this really brewed in New York? Awesomeness.

MF -- This one initially leaves little trace of its presence other than a slight pucker in the cheeks. Quite dry after the swallow, and very carbonated, almost champagne like. The sweetness has a greater presence when it warms, and coats the mouth.

D - This beer is a wonderful treat, certainly a one to be enjoyed by it self. It drinks very nicely if you're a lover of Belgian style ales. The 8.5% abv does its thing and does it well. I would not want any more than two, if that, of these in a sitting (as in most cases, this is certainly not a detriment of character, just an acknowledgment of its power). I will definitely file this one under the 'keeper' category and revisit often. Cheers to Ommegang for such a masterpiece!

Photo of JDV
2.4/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a muddy brown, reddish color with a good beige head. Smell is somewhat fruity, yet rich and creamy with a hint of the clovey hefeweizen yeast smell. Taste is very unique and somewhat highly carbonated. Some spiced sweetness at 1st along with some roasted slightly bitter tastes and some flat licorice like taste in the finish. After drinking half of it, I still hardly know what to think. After it warmed a bit I like it less and am not crazy about finishing it. Definitely drinkable, but not something I particularly care for. This is obviously liked by many, but it is not my style of beer.

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

yay, i'm back in the US for a visit! not a bad way to start...

750ml corked bottle

dark reddish brown, with foamy head that doesn't last too long, and lacing is somewhat sparse.

a little more clove- or anise-like hints than chimay, but otherwise similar.

less burnt quality to the caramel flavors than chimay, but again, otherwise similar.

feel is perhaps less creamy, more syupy.

cheaper than the imports, but similar in quality, with some of its own unique character.

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

This was a great find for 6 bucks (1PT 9.4oz).

The key to drinking this Belgian DUBBLE is to serve it at approx. 50 degrees, to cold is no good.

This beer offers great color, flavor and overall appearance.

Exceptional find...I think I will be heading back to the store for a couple more...


Photo of Matty1918
3/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ML bottle and put it in the fridge for about 2 hours before drinking.

Poured into a goblet...color was red/orange

Smell was of yeast and something sour...very complex aromas

Taste was malty with a hint of something sour...can't put my finger on it

Overall not a bad beer....but I'll stick with Chimay

Photo of twbrewer
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a reddish/orange color with a 1" head that faded fast.No lacing.

S-Raisins,dark fruits,I also smell rich malts and a slight hint of alcohol.

T-Tastes of sour cherries and yeast but I also notice a metallic taste.A little alcohol present but leaves a nice dry bitter aftertaste.

M-A nice medium bodied beer,slightly dry with a bitter feel left on the palate.

D-This is a very rich tasting beer,I would not call it session beer but it is a nice sipper.

Photo of glaze0101
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Though this beer is not the style I typically like it is a fine beer. A bit tarter than I expected. Has strong citrus taste and is carbonated which leaves a bubbly feel in your mouth. This is a very drinkable beer and I would highly recommend it to those who dont think they like beer as it is not very hoppy.

Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this one from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a half inch head that gave off a sharply sweet smell. Had a hazy, brownish consistency.

The taste was very full-bodied. There was evidence of malt, some sweets and a little bit of fruit. Seemed a little too bitter to me, but that's the nature of the beast.

The mouthfeel was highly carbonated and effervescent.

On the whole, this is a drinkable beer, but I didn't care as much for it as Ommegang's other beers (i.e., Rare Vos or Hennepin). It was a little tart for my taste. Still, a well-produced beer.

Photo of 1fastz28
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours an absolutely beautiful ruby red color with a big orange head. it laces a bit more than most belgians i've had. smell is good, fruity aroma with lots of yeast scents too.. taste is heavenly, this was the first beer i ever had that was a stretch from BMC, i had it about 3 years ago, and i remember thinking, how could anyone drink this, but after a few hundred craft brews this is one i wanted to review. anyway back to the review, it has a wonderful alcohol warmness to it as well as a fruity mixture like many belgians have. mouthfeel is very good and full, drinkability is a little hampered to do its high ABV. exceptional belgian imho

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

A- crowned and corked 750 poured into a goblet. 1 1/2 in buildable creamy puffy beige head with a pinkish tint to it. settles to 1/4in foamy disk and leaves waves of big active lace. body is a very nice hazy almost opaque deep ruby chestnut, but when you hold it up to a light it explodes into a fire of tangerine, vermilion, scarlet and crimson to a more rosewood brown up under the cap. the facets of the goblet definitely exploit this range of reds and create waves and stripes of max eye candy.

S- spiced apple cider, fruity mace nutmeg, overripe red apples, pear, guava, pomegranate, spicy aromatic wood, port wine cask, sherry, grape juice, creamy almond dessert.

T- exotic fruit, cocoa, hard cider, dark berries soaked in a neutral spirit like vodka, currant, plum, bitter cranberry, alcoholic fruit vapors just flow out my nose when i swallow this brew. sweet wood, angostura bitters, dry red wine, shiraz, earthy damp wood, composted leaves, chocolate covered cherry, and a zap of well water in the long dry spicy hop finish.

MF- velvety light MF initially, but with a sugary body as it goes down. foam fizzles on the lip with every drink and i'm left with a crisp earthy feeling like i chewed up the forest floor, in a good way.

D- the label is correct when it says this is a beer for celebration. just like chimay, it's way too complex and would be a shame to just crush 64oz of this stuff. that being said, it was no problem at all takin this bottle to the capital.

Photo of aerozeppl
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

750 ML caged and corked.

Side note: I had a cave aged version of this I bought at the brewery a while ago and it was awe inspiring. On to this one.

Into Ommegang tulip.

A: Super deep brown that shows some deep red when held up to light. 2 fingers of brownish head. Decent amount of lacing.

S: Caramel, raisins, dark fruit, slight smell of yeast with some spice. Every sniff turns up something else.

T: Nice sweet malt flavor. The fruit and alcohol tastes come out as the beer warms. Slightly sour taste toward the end. Nice American Belgian style.

M: If I have a gripe with this beer it lays here. Solid med body and the carb is good it just does not fit in with the rest of the beer's profile somehow.

D: Dangerously drinkable. In my early 20s I was known to drink more than one in a night. Time has caught my in my later 20s and now I limit it to one. But damn I do always want that second one. Great beer. Get to the brewery if you have a chance.

Update: Had a 3 year old bottle. Probably held on to it a little bit to long but the fruit really comes out nicely with tons of apples. The malt is just great. A touch of oxidization is creeping in but not enough to detract.

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

Had this out of the corked 750ml bottle.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with a huge head. Poured a glass and waited at least 5 minutes before the head even showed signs of diminishing. By far the healthiest head on a beer I've ever seen.

Smell: Sweet smelling with a strong malt and fruit smell.

Taste: Deceptive as the 8.5% ABV is well hidden in a complex and very malty taste. Has a sweet taste that includes caramel, toffee and other flavors that blend perfectly. Had a dry finish from carbonation. I've never been disappointed by Ommegang and this is no exception.

Drinkability: For a high ABV the 750ml bottle went down very easy. Definitely a beer I could enjoy for a whole night.

Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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