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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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Ommegang (Abbey Ale)Ommegang (Abbey Ale)

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4,095 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,095
Reviews: 1,686
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 221
Gots: 492 | FT: 3
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Brewery Ommegang visit their website
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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Ratings: 4,095 | Reviews: 1,686
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!

Photo of BigJim5021
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Score another win for Ommegang. No one does a budget-priced Belgian like the folks from Cooperstown.

This brew pours a gorgeous, dark, hazy amber with an everlasting white head. Lacing is spotty, but it could be because I couldn't fit the entire 750 ml bottle into my glass and had to keep sipping and pouring.

The smell is fruity and has a nice alcohol bite to it.

The flavor is reminiscent of the scent and with a nice dry finish. It's not as complex as the Rare VOS, but it's tasty nonetheless. The alcohol creeps out a bit as it warms too.

The mouthfeel is bubbly and medium bodied. Very pleasant.

Ommegang strikes me as just an all-around awesome brewing company. Who else can offer $6 750s of kickass Belgian-style beer? And in this economy no less. I'll take this over a near-$7 sixer of domestic swill any day,

Photo of coldmeat23
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Leffe over-sized wine glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Good dark amber color liquid. Medium sized head which dissipates rapidly to a light film. Minimal lacing.

Big, sweet, malty nose. Nice caramel notes. Sweet, dark fruits. Brown sugar caramalized bananas. Very slight alcohol smell.

Complex flavors, as well. Booze soaked dark cherries. Toasted malts. Pineapple, pear, and bananas. Slight fig and clove flavors.

Very nice and creamy in the mouth, as it should be, for the style.

Very tasty and highly drinkable brew.

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

Pours a thick toffee-colored head that concentrates as it sits. It looks beautiful next to the dark reddish colored beer. I did let this one sit a few minutes before taking the first drink.

Taste is very likeable. Dry and fruity sort of like a red wine, not that I'm a wine drinker. A bit of iron on the aftertaste but its so mild and doesn't linger. Maltiness comes in also alongside.

Great layer of consistant foam lacing that holds and just coats the glass. This beer was gone too fast.

Another tasty offering from Ommegang, my favorite brewery at the moment.

Photo of Albinoh
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark hazy brown color, nice head at the beginning that settles first to a small bubbly lace that eventually dissapears. Fruity/yeasty aroma. Lot of carbonation, you can tell before even taking a sip that the beer will be on the high carbonation side as the fizzy sound leaves the glass. Fruity taste, alcoholic, I even thought of chocolate (??) I guees I'm confusing the taste with the candy sugar. Medium body. Dry at the end as a mild bitterness hits the tongue. No much of an aftertaste. In my opinion the carbonation was too much in this beer, I'm not against carbonation, but I felt it overwhelmed the taste of the beer.

Leaving the beer warm up a little bit, or maybe just letting the bubbles escape for a few minutes makes the beer taste a lot better. The sweet/malty alcohol hits the palate.

Its a good beer, specially for the price.

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

A: Cork came out easily. Purs a dark reddish borwn with a very nice creamy head. Amazing lacing in the glass and nice bubbles in the head.

S: Dark cherries, pineapple, and a little bit of cloves.

T: Tastes slightly like carbonated red wine, very complex flavors, fruity, but not sweet.

M: Very dry and carbonated

D: ABV is 8.5%, could have a couple, not a lot though.

Photo of abfraser
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cave-aged for a year in Howe Caverns

A: Cork was extremely hard to pop out. I had to use a corkscrew. Lot of pressure under there, as it began foaming out the bottle. Pours a dark, deep brownish red, with good creamy colored head

S: Pineapple, dark cherries, caramel malt maybe a little bit of cloves. So many layers

T: Boozy dark fruit, some citrus & tropical fruit, earthy, good subtle tartness. Amazingly complex.

M: Quite dry, medium-bodied, nice balanced level of carbonation.

D: Mouthfeel leaves this quite drinkable. But abv is high, so not too drinkable.

What a beer for $6! An amazingly complex brew. I don't know how much this is different from the regular, non cave-aged, but I intend to find out.

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

Poured from a bottle, it has a thick red tan colored head that stays around for awhile leaving some nice lacing around the glass.

Smell is not to strong but not faint either smells of flowers, alcohol and something sweet, very nice on the nose.

Taste is like very ripe fruit up front that that changes to a peppery spice that is followed by some clove and sweetness not really a dry finish leaves a slightly sweet feeling on your tongue and you can feel the alcohol a bit as it goes down but it not overpowering at all, like it's just there to remind you that its a 8.5 ABV. Mouthfeel is kind of think like velvet cake is what it reminds me of anyway.

Overall it's a very nice beer that it easy to drink (not like a Bud Light ) but for an 8.5 ABV it is.

I wouldn't drink more than three in an hour though. It has some kick!

Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice ruddy crimson color with a rather thick, creamy off-white head that retains well and leaves some

S: Wow--this smells great. Strong sweet candy aromas with some lovely spice notes and a hint of dark fruits (raisins, etc.). Lots of fruit and sweetness--it's wonderful.

T&M: Once again, sweet fruits, some clove and pepper-ish notes, fruity flavors from the yeast. Not as bold in flavor as aroma, but still solid. The body is medium to full with an intense carbonation, but not as fine as I'd like from a Belgian. As a result, the carbonation tends to be a distraction from the flavor instead of a fine bubbly enhancement like some other Belgians have.

D: Finer carbonation would help drinkability more, but this is still a good beer. Nice flavor, wonderful aroma, and it looks great. It's an affordable, domestically produced Belgian-style beer that I'll be buying again.

Photo of tr4nc3d
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice light brown, tannish color, with a beatiful big head and lacing.

Smelled fruity, like dried fruit, black licorice.

Tast was really awesome. Nice dark fruitish taste, chocolate, creamy, with a nice clove like spice finish to it.

Mouthfeel is carbonated, rich and creamy, with noticable alcohol.

Drinkability for this is pretty high for me, nice overall beer which I would purchase again.

Photo of prsguitarsr4me
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer! Pours beautiful dark and creamy with a fantastic head. Smells and tastes like a Belgian beer - what can I say? That mean's its good. Excellent balance - alcohol is blended very well, but gets to you after a whole bottle. That's okay though! I'll be getting another one of these for sure to put back to back with the Chimay Blue. Recommended for sure!

Photo of marcpal
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml caged and corked bottle poured into large Mad Elf chalice and let warm a bit. Only had on tap before but brilliant out of the bottle it turns out as well.

A: What sticks out most after the puffy head is the velcro like lacing. The head had the big bubbles on top of the dark crimson body.

S: Figs and more figs which matched beautifully with the food aromas. Some sweet rye bread flavor reared its head with some other dried fruits that made this all the more enticing.

T: A solid Belgian by all means. Dried fruits and bountiful juicy figs. Complex malt flavors with a warming heat to it. The sweetness of cherries reminded me so closely to a cherry bread loaf with walnuts.

M: Creamy and well defined. Being warm lent a lot to the quality of the mouthfeel and was coating and chewy in the mouth. Light carbonation cleansed.

D: For a dubbel of this high of an alcohol measure, hid it brilliantly. The big bottle went like a blink of an eye and the warming was gratifying.

To this point, it is my favorite Ommegang which speaks a lot. Went beautifully with blue cheese covered home made pizza with balsamic fig glaze.

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle purchased from the brewery, poured into a chalice

A chestnut body with ruby highlights around the edges sits underneath a frothy off-white cap. Loads of bubbles screaming northwards. Spotty lacing.

Aromas of fig, dark fruits, raisins, licorice, and spicey clove along with bready malts.

Flavors of dark, dried fruit and chocolate balanced out by doughy malts and a spicy clove finish. I'm also getting a mild honey sweetness. Alcohol is well-hidden.

Smooth and creamy, a touch over-carbonated. Slight bit of warming.

This is a pretty smooth sipper and a solid treat. Should be a staple in anyone's fridge. It does everything well.

Photo of Shumista
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
A- Pours a dark reddish brown with a good sized off white head. This beer definitely has a very attractive look to it.
S- Huge aroma coming off of this. The smell is very fruity, with sweet malts and yeast.
T- Very flavorful. The first thing I notice are the sweet dark fruit flavors in the beer followed by the malts, the finish is somewhat bitter but in a very good way.
M- Rich and creamy with good carbonation, almost chewy. The high alcohol content is worked very well into the beer so it is not particularly noticeable.
D- This is beer is like dessert to me. While I could drink another one without any problem, it seems like it would be overkill.

Photo of CHADMC3
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chestnut brown with reddish hue color with a full tan head, which quickly subsides to faint, but consistent lacing.

Sweet dark fruit aroma, likely plum, as well as yeast, and something earthy, perhaps woody or vague straw.

Hearty sweet flavor of plum again, perhaps some dark cherries, malt and just a hint of spice.

Medium carbonation, easy to drink, and light on the palate, this abbey has great character and a balanced flavor.

A great bomber, that improves as it warms, and leaves you seeking the next sampling.

Photo of popery
2.34/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Well, this marks the first time that I've seriously disagreed with the BA community, at least since I started writing reviews. I honestly don't understand this beer or these reviews. A lot of people describe a fruity taste to this beer, but unless Vodka is now a fruit, I disagree.

The beer looks great. It's got a big head and a thick dark brown look that definitely appealed to me. I even like the packaging, just to throw in another compliment while I still can.

Once I smelled this beer, I knew something was wrong. There are certainly some interesting elements to it and I fully believe that there is a good beer lurking within, but to my nose, it smelled like strong stout with a shot of vodka dropped in, like the horror that is a boilermaker. That's overstating things, but my hopes were sky high with this one as I had read so many good reviews of Ommegang but had yet to try their beers.

The taste is really great for the first half second or so, but there isn't even enough time to swallow before the alcohol kicks in. As I said before, it's like there is a good spicy stout lingering below the surface but like a whack-a-mole, it barely pops its head before bitter alcohol hits it with a mallet. It made me think that I could have had a bad bottle or something, but I don't really know what would cause this type of reaction. If someone graciously beer mails me a possible cause, I'll try to pick up another bottle for a re-review. I could barely get through my glass but ended up drinking the entire bottle hoping for some sort of change in my perception.

The mouthfeel is fine. There's good carbonation, and the beer seems well-constructed. Unfortunately, my mouth was puckering from the bitterness, so I can't give more than a three.

Drinkability? I drank it. I can't say that I wanted to, but I did. So, that's something.

On a brief defensive note, I don't dislike high abv beers. My girlfriend shared my opinion on the flavor and her favorite beer is North Coast's 13.25% Old Stock Ale, which I like pretty well too. While I'm not the biggest fan of vodka, which was what this beer reminded me of primarily, I do drink it on occasion and definitely enjoy other hard alcohol, particularly Irish whiskey.

I feel like I drank a different beer than everyone else reviewing it. The beer that everyone else describes sounds incredible. So, feel free to ignore my review, but I can only go on my own experience.

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

Poured into my Chimay chalice, this deep amber brown liquid produced a shallow off white head. The smell of malt, and bready yeast is the first introduction to this wonderful brew. The taste is up front malt,with somthing of a plum type nature,finishing with a sourdough yeast like bread component. Nice carbonation to clear the palate for the next sip. No apparent alcohol presents for the 8.5% it's hiding. Dubbel done well! I love this brewery.

Photo of drjones633
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I have been drinking beer for years and have finally settled on a type of beer that I believe is a pinnacle and that is Belgian Abby Ales. I love all beers but these Abby ales have so much complexity and such a deep flavor, I feel nothing stand up to them. (I do love my "End of the World," though.)

PS... I was drunk when I wrote this another reason to love those strong abbey ales.

Photo of aubuc1
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in to a goblet.

Pours a ruby brown with a thin head.

Smell is ripe fruit, yeast and malt.

Taste is sharp bready, and yeasty.

Very full, carbonated mouthfeel.

Nice beer that isn't to tart or sweet, but very balanced and full. Not my favorite dubbel, but one of the best Americans.

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

Poured from a 750 ml "brewed and bottled in Belgium for Brewery Ommegang" bottle with the "Brewery Ommegang" neck label into an Ommegang chalice.

A--Pours about a two finger head that's cola in color if not body (much more foamy than fizzy) that holds on amid being pockmarked with tons of tiny bubbles. Very busy head that leaves excellent lacing in the chalice. Body is the color of a freshly oiled saddle in the sun. Beautiful looking glass of brew.

S--Oh man--Deep bing cherry on the nose with some overripe plum skins mixed in and some faint molasses, pumpernickelish undertones. Plenty inviting to sip.

T--Raisins, more old plum skins, and plenty of malty goodness up front. The malt lurks throughout the taste, so that even the bitter and metallic on the back end hint at malty. Still, the end of the taste is dry enough to make you want more, and more, and more of this complex taste spectrum. Lots going on here.

M--Definitely full, and only gets fuller as it warms, feeling syrupy without being cloying as you approach room temp. Viscosity is a perfect accompaniment for the dry crackling pastime of watching leaves fall.

D--Probably not something I'm going to drink a ton of in one sitting, but that's not the point. A single bomber poured slow and savored is better than even a pot of tea for these cooling temperatures and the color show they bring to the northeast. So damn satisfying!

Photo of chuckd123
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had several of these lately and figured I'd take the time to review. Had it in a bottle this weekend in Atlanta (Peasant Bistro). Bottle was brought out ice cold, so I let it warm up a bit before drinking, but definitely was kept too cold in the fridge.

Nice dark copper color, very thick head & lace hung on literally until I finished the thing. Literal spider web of lacing for a good 40 minutes.

Taste was excellent - a slight spice note is present, but overall a good balance of hops and that typical belgian-style dubbel flavor.

As for drinkability, the abv (around 9%) and general heavy feeling make this something I probably wouldn't put back more than 2 of in one sitting.

Very good example of the dubbel style. Well done Ommegang.

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

Poured a twelve ounce bottle into a Belgian goblet.

Came out a gorgeous, deep mahogany, with a inch tall creamy brown head that dissipated very slowly, leaving solid lacing all the way down.

Smell is sweet, fruity, raisin and plum evident, some malt.

Very sweet front, cluster of dark fruits and malt in the middle, chocolate in the finish, aftertaste is almost woody, muted bitterness. Amazingly complex and very delicious.

It almost caresses the palate and throat as it passes, so soft and delightful is the body. Sheer joy.

Little to no heat for such a strong ale, the drinkability on this is amazing. I could guzzle it easily, and I look forward to each sip.

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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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