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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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3,854 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,854
Reviews: 1,650
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 167
Gots: 333 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-18-1998)
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Photo of OronoChris
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-Pours a dark caramel with tan head, much like a coke. Head dissipates quickly.
S-A strong smell of grape and other fruits maybe citrus. Notes of alcohol Many other smells I cant pick up on, spices.
T- Alcohol aftertaste, sweet, sugary with grapes and citric tones. Many other flavors, very complex.
M- Carbonation retains, stings the tounge a bit but smoothe finish.
D- Strong brew, best to sip, many flavors to decifer.

OronoChris, Aug 28, 2006
Photo of mcnut
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving style: 750ml bottle

Tried this one from Trader Joes. Surprised to see it is brewed by Duvel for Ommegang.

Well, This was my first Belgian strong dark ale and I liked it, however new to the style there were some adjustments to get used to.

Appearance: pours a very rich brown with a caramel head. As the head slowly goes away leaves small clouds left in the glass.

Smell: Fruity, however alchohol is right up front in there.

Taste: there is a complexity here common among belgian ales. First you taste a hint of fruitiness, which turns to an almost red wine-like acidity and pepperiness and finishes with an alchohol.

Drinkability: Definitely something to sip through a couple hours, as the alchohol is very up front in this brew.

mcnut, Aug 27, 2006
Photo of egajdzis
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a reddish brown color with a small off white head. It had a sweet aroma of fruit and caramel maltiness. Definite honey taste upfront, some sweetness, dark fruits turns alittle sour with a malty chewy mouthfeel. Slight alcohol burn on the way down.

egajdzis, Aug 26, 2006
Photo of bwyker
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Like every Ommegang, lots of foam from the bottle conditioning. A light almond colored foam sits on a deep mahogany brew.

Smell: Molasses, figs, pepper, raisins…its all over the place. Light notes of alcohol. Preparing you for more complexities in the taste.

Taste: Brown sugar and an earthy raisin taste up front. Spice hits you in the middle – similar to the aroma (pepper, maybe some clove). So many flavors bouncing around. Finishes with some more dark fruits and spice.

Mouthfeel: Hefty, full body. Everything in balance, however. Very smooth, with a light stickyness at the end.

Drinkablity: After a few, it’s a little much. It’s like eating too much pie. Enjoying every bite, but start to feel a little overwhelmed. Plus, with all of those bubbles carrying the 8.5% abv to your head, it might be wise to space these out.

bwyker, Aug 26, 2006
Photo of cproioi
2.88/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark red body with a light tan head that sits atop it leaving nice lacing. The smell and taste are both very yeasty with some major malt sweetness to it. Taste and aroma both contain a large alcohol note. Had a slight metallic after taste to it which isn't enough to be overly offensive but enough to be annoying. Rather thin body and warming alcohol feel with lingering residual sugars to it.

Drinkability and other notes: Not to crazy about this beer. Possibly I have a bottle that has seen better days.

cproioi, Aug 24, 2006
Photo of DaveFL1976
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful, dark ruby/mahogany color body with a frothy tan head that settles down in fairly short order. The smell is sweet but sharp. Alcohol is in the nose, as is burnt caramel. Taste isn't as smooth as I'd hoped. It bites you back and has a certain astringency that I wasn't expecting. It's good, but could use a little more malty sweetness up front to balance things out. Mouthfeel is medium, creamy, with light carbonation.

DaveFL1976, Aug 23, 2006
Photo of boulevard2
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle 08/26/06

Pours a thick brown ale with a firm head that permiates roasted malts and caramel. Heavy carbonation and champagne like qualities run throughout.The nose is filled with nuts, berries and bannana. They reccomend drinking this at 50 degrees but this beers is awsome from start to finish. I insist on pairing this with a steak! A fabulous Belgian beer and would put this up with any European style. Another stellar beer from Ommegang and can't wait to see what they come up with next.

boulevard2, Aug 22, 2006
Photo of arnulfooxblood
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type--750 ml corked bottle

Appearence--deep mahogany color with good head

Taste--complex and aromatic, and oh, so yummy

Drinability--no problem finishing off the 750 ml bottle, I could down another with no problem, although I may not be walking too straight.

Notes--One of my favorite Belgian style ales. I think it's right up there with the imported Belgian ales--but for a fraction of the price. I first had this one at a beer tasting put on my the Ommegang Brewery at the Pizza Plant in Buffalo, NY. This beer is becoming easier to find outside of New York. I've picked it up at a Kroger's in Raleigh, NC and at Total Wine in Jacksonville, FL. At around $4.00 for a 750 ml, I highly recommend this beer.

arnulfooxblood, Aug 21, 2006
Photo of dhilltop2000
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml poured into a gold rimmed OMMEGANG chalice. Initially a large wall of foam which lends way to very carbonated brew with little foam left rather quickly. Nice dark fig, plum and dark amber brown color. Tastes spicy and slightly fruity. Note nearly as complex as some true Belgian monastery ales but for about $4.50 at 750ml a treat for the price.

dhilltop2000, Aug 20, 2006
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured out of the big 750 ml bottle a dark caramel color with some brilliant cherry highlights. The creamy irregular, woody, manila head floating on top left some nice spots of lace. This is a very attractive beer, I must say.

Smells of marshmallow, sweet caramel, burnt raisin and a slight cardboard dryness that carries with it hints of fruity red wine, much like a shiraz. There‘s also a pleasant hint of alcohol.

Tastes of malty caramel that picks up a creamy, spicy yeast with a little red wine dryness again. This is very drying and eventually fades to a light orange rind.

The mouth feel is light but dense with a very fine carbonation.

This is a super sipper. Perhaps a good choice to bring to dinner when you’re asked to bring wine.

DarkerTheBetter, Aug 16, 2006
Photo of mjc410
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my La Moneuse tulip. Forms a three finger head, the color of creamed coffee. Falls pretty quickly to a thin glass ring. Leaves very slight lacing on the glass. Very dark, and only a bit of ruby.

Very rich smell of berries, coffee, cocoa, caramel, yeast, sugar, and all other lovely dark scents. Maybe a bit of yeast too.

Marvelous creamy taste, full of cocoa, coffee, and a nice bittersweet finish. Dark fruit notes throughout. Perhaps not quite as dry as the 75 cL bottle I had earlier this month. Not quite as nice, but still a joy.

Good medium thick mouthfeel, with great carb.

A wonderful beer to stock up on.

mjc410, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of msubulldog25
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 750ml caged/corked bottle to a goblet.

A: Deep rich brown with hilights of amber. Frothy one-finger ivory head with decent retention, very little lacing.

S: Huge fruit aroma: cherries, plums, raisins, dates. A notable level of alcohol, too. To a lesser extent hints of: earth, chocolate, caramel, cinnamon, molasses. A complex and savory smell.

T: Lots of initial toasted malt and somewhat yeasty. Fruit kicks in next, with the cherry and raisin with a restrained ripe peach tartness. Has a caramel/toffee sweetness but with a decent level of bitterness for balance. I also detected a hint of wood (oak?) and definitely some alcohol in the finish. A decadent drink.

M: Quite creamy. Has a medium to full body and mouthfeel. A fairly high level of carbonation gives a slight prickliness at times.

D: A wonderful beer. Excellent flavors, warm and enchanting. A sipper - seems most appropriate with dessert, as a nightcap or a winter warmer. Definitely a "must try".

msubulldog25, Aug 12, 2006
Photo of jockstrappy
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle...

This beer pours a rich mahogany color with a small but creamy tan head that fades to a thin cap. Aroma is very fruity, with notes of raisins and plums standing out the most, and a slight alcohol note in there as well. Taste is very complex, with sweet, toasty malts up front, followed by notes of caramel, and cocoa. Finish is somewhat dry, with a pleasant alcohol warmth that follows. Mouthfeel is creamy, and very smooth for a beer this big. As for drinkability, ABV means nothing in this case...this is great beer, and if you're lucky enough to have this available, drink up! Also, at the price you can get this one for ($5.99 for my 750ml bottle), you can't go wrong.

jockstrappy, Aug 11, 2006
Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the first Belgian-style ales I tried about a year ago, a revisit was in order now that I've got some 400 beers and 72 styles under my belt. This was a Belgian-brewed bottle (my first was the Cooperstown variety), another reason for the re-review. Shared with expatsteve over a mini Belgian brown/dark ale session.

Pour: burgundy/garnet (fiery strawberry red/fuscia to the light) under three fingers of khaki foam. Some small chunks of sediment in the bottom of my tulip.

Nose: grape, cherry, raisin, date, roasted coffee, acidic booze, doughy as it warms.

Taste: tart/dry fruit, coffee/biscuit malt, evaporating booze, licorice on the midpalate, brown sugar and roasted malt in the finish. Just an amazing amount of complexity and depth of flavor in this one.

Feel: medium-light on the tongue with crisp, bubbly dry Belgian-esque carbonation.

Drinkability/Overall: A year and many hundred beers later, I can finally appreciate all this beer has to offer. Just a ridiculous amount of flavor development for one beer, and balanced well to boot. A steal at twice the price, the pinnacle of American Belgian-Style brewing (granted this was actually brewed in Belgium).

Golden2wenty1, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of Vancer
3.33/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I wish this one tasted as good as the cork/caged bomber looked. Maybe I was expecting too much, I donno…

Good looking pour – deep amber maghogany brown with lacey sheets of ivory head.

Great aroma of tons of freakin’ fruits – plum, raisons apricots, and sugarcane candy. But the taste? Damn! Hot taste of bitter dry fruit. Very disappointing. Almost like a dry RIS, which wasn’t unpleasant, just unexpected. Lots of raisons and plums in the quaff also.

A full bodied brew, it came across like a sour Champaign.

Vancer, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of expatsteve
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Ruby with chocolate hues, though this beer takes on brilliant strawberry pink hues under light. Pours a big one inch head, with sticky lacing and good suds. Medium visibility and low/medium viscosity. The development of the beer under light is pretty unique and impressive.

Aroma: Plums, cherries, with a little raisin and coffee in the background. Honey developments as it warms. Subtle, but tart and fruity.

Taste: Coffee on the front palate, followed by raisins, molasses and dried plums in the middle. Nice yeasts and a cleansing bitterness in the finish. Roasted notes remind me of licorice on the back palate. Honey and apple developments, followed by raisins, brandy, molasses and fennel. This is a remarkable beer - seems to show a new side of itself with each mouthful. Totally mind blowing.

Mouthfeel: Light body without being thin - perfect for the complex flavor and the style. Malts are mediated by a nice bitter finish. Pleasant the whole way down, with a yeasty fruit aftertaste.

Drinkability: Awesome, complex and strong without being overpowering. Great development keeps you guessing, while the deftness of the brew leaves it well within its style. And at the price, this is a steal.

expatsteve, Aug 06, 2006
Photo of kimcgolf
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber to a amber brown color with a thick tan head and great lacing. The aroma was that of malt and nut early, but as the glass watrmed, the aroma became more dark fruit and a more noticeable alcohol. I was not impressed with the finish at first, in that it was slightly watery. However, as beer warmed at mid-glass, palte was much more full and smooth, and the alcohol gave a warming sensation on the way down.

kimcgolf, Aug 04, 2006
Photo of johnniemarg
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked bottle, poured into a tulip. This bottle is one of the Belgium contract-brewed bottles of this beer.

The beer is a very dark, almost opaque amber. Two finger tan head fades quickly and already leaves an impressive amount of lace. The head was the opposite of dense (would you call that sparse?), which leads me to believe that the beer will be fairly light in body. Also, this is meaningless but I think it's cool...I've got a perfectly shaped map of the US in lace on the side of the glass. I would totally make a picture of this my avatar but I left my digital camera at work.

The beer smells of weak dark fruits and candy sugar.

The taste that jumps out at me is anise. The beer is not really very sweet despite the smell of candy sugar. It has the wine-y character of a lighter red wine but with a raisin/plum flavor and then finishes with a slight bitterness. The anise enters in the middle of the taste and stays through the aftertaste. The 8.5% alcohol is well hidden, providing some drying bitterness, but not a noticeable alcohol taste.

Mouthfeel is lighter side of medium bodied. Alcohol provides some warmth. Carbonation is a little too much in my opinion.

I'd feel this were a lot more drinkable if the carbonation was less intense. Otherwise a well balanced beer.

johnniemarg, Jul 29, 2006
Photo of KarlHungus
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a murky dark brown color. The head is one finger in height, creamy, and long lasting. The aroma of caramel, pepper, and other spices. The taste has a bit more caramel than other Belgain strong darks I have had. The caramel seems to dominate the spices, although there are some nice yeast tones in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is full bodied with low carbonation. Overall, this isn't the best Belgain strong dark I have had, but it is thoroughly enjoyable.

KarlHungus, Jul 26, 2006
Photo of akorsak
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a glass of the Cooperstown-brewed version of Ommegang Abbey Ale.

Appearance: The ale has a light brown appearance that is very susceptible to light, which reveals a bit of an orange color.

Smell: Candied sugars are the dominant aroma here.

Taste: The candied sugars add a truly sweet and flavorful dimension to this ale. The flavors are strong and intense and those sugars serve to take the edge off. I tried this side-by-side with the Duvel Moortgat brewed version and this one was sweeter while the anise stood out more strongly in the Belgium-brewed version.

Mouthfeel: The ale tastes excellent, sweet with a well-hidden alcohol.

Drinkability: Even at 8.5%, this is a very drinkable ale. Try it with a Belgian version for an interesting horizontal tasting.

Previous Reviews:
18-Jun-06, Bottle [Cave-Aged], 4.0, 4.5, 4.5, 4.5, 4.5, 4.40
3-Jan-06, Bottle [Brewed by Duvel-Moortgat], 4.0, 4.0, 4.5, 4.5, 4.5, 4.30

akorsak, Jul 23, 2006
Photo of Doomcifer
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark copper with ruby hues. Tremendous thick and creamy head that stays throughout the entire session. Absolutely beautiful looking beer. Smelled of dark fruit ie figs, raisins, etc, maybe some yeast, a tad of bananas, mediciny too. Also tasted of the dark fruits along with hints of toffee and slight yeast. Taste ends off with a burgundy wine tasting alcohol warming. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, creamy, extremely bubbly like champagne at first but dies down after 10 minutes or so. Fairly drinkable but could be better. I was expecting more from this beer actually. I feel that this beer would be IMMENSELY better after aging maybe a year or so. Im gonna have to buy a few bottles and approach that idea.

Doomcifer, Jul 22, 2006
Photo of idResponse
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I don't know where to start!

This beer poured perfectly, too dark to see what is going on with a beautiful frothy creamy head. Settling was almost immediate but the head is sticking around for a long long time. The initial whiff i took off this bottle as i opened it blew my socks off. So much going on at once. Once poured it has a nutty light chocolate coffee candy scent. The taste is nearly indescribeable. There's a lot of everything going on at once in a wonderful balance. Leaves a very spiced licorice nuts and mocha zing in it's wake. The mouthfeel is good but a bit flat. It almost manages to impersonate a cask even though it's from a bottle. The drinkability is superb as well, although I would consider this to be a meal of a beer. This is dinner and dessert all in one, you probably don't need anything else after this.

Very excellent and highly worth checking out!

idResponse, Jul 14, 2006
Photo of DrJay
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It looks dark brown at first glance, but really it's closer to a deep ruby. It poured with a generous, light brown head that left behind considerable creamy lacing as it fell. Aromas of sweet, dried fruits (raisins, prunes) as well as fresh plums, with a hints of dark, nutty malts, bready yeast, and spicy alcohol. Wow, nice complexity while keeping everything balanced. Plenty of malty, fruity sweetness to start followed by notes of plums, slight bitterness, and licorice. There's also a bit of clove just before the alcohol warmth kicks in at the finish. Dry on the palate, medium/full bodied, with fine carbonation. Creamy, mellow texture. This is quality beer - I thoroughly enjoyed it and had no problem finishing off the 750mL myself over the course of a couple hours.

DrJay, Jul 13, 2006
Photo of Gregorious
3.38/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750cl bottle

A - Dark with copper highlights...

S - Could smell a bit of figs and cloves but mostly just alcohol

T - Meh...mostly tasted like soil and alcohol. Not to say I couldnt reach out and taste some fruits like figs (which I smelled) and I think I also caught some cherries and cinnamon.

M - Nice and tingly on the tongue..medium body.

D - The complexity of this beer was lost somewhere. Instead of my palatte not knowing what wonderful taste to concentrate on, I found myself just trying not to taste the sharp alcohol. Not a bad beer, but not the best. I expected more from Ommegang, so I plan on grabbing another of these bottles and reviewing again...

Gregorious, Jul 07, 2006
Photo of ultralarry2006
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle. Left an espresso foam colored two finger head that had some retention and some decent spotty lacing. Body was a deep brown, garnet when held against the light. Very beautiful.

Smell - Esters and phenols. Dried dark fruits like dates and figs and raisins, and some undried ones like plums and cherries.Some slight medicinal phenols behind all that, also hint of bananas. Some caramel and dark bread.

Taste - same as the smell. Wine-like complexity of various dried fruits and dark fruits playing off of the subtle malty backbone of dark bread and caramel. Hint of bananas. Some medicine and slight alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel - full, mostly smooth, ever so slight alcohol warmth, low to moderate carbonation.

Drinkability - this is very good, goes down well, but it is more of a sipping brew, and would seem to require drinking with a meal, and also the high abv limits it to one per session

ultralarry2006, Jun 26, 2006
Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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