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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

4,069 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,069
Reviews: 1,680
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 220
Gots: 466 | FT: 2
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-18-1998

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Photo of PhageLab
3.35/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Ruby brown coloration, carbonation appeared oddly effervescent and foamed up quite a bit. Laced rather well.

S - Nice aroma of dark fruits and sweet alcohol. Not too potent, but noticeable.

T - Thick malt taste, backed by some raisin flavors and perhaps a touch of cherry. Not as complex as I had anticipated. Abv is apparent again.

M - Spot on about the effervescence, this stuff is highly carbonated. Medium bodied, slick feel.

D - Not overly impressed with this one, I've heard good things about the brewery, perhaps this just wasn't my bag. I'll take the advice of others and give the rest of the lineup a shot, however. As for this one, I suppose it's worth a try if it's not out of your way.

Photo of malcontent
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deepest garnet with a jaundiced (sounds gross, looks great) head and haphazard lacing.

Unmistakable buttery, fruity (plums) and bread-y dubbel aroma. They boys at Ommegang nailed this part of the beer.

Far less fruity than many of their Belgian counterparts, Ommegang's attempt at the style produces a rich and slightly roasty brew with strong flavors of black tea and dried cherries. A slightly acrid finish hurts it a bit.

Although a faintly slick mouthfeel competes with the otherwise full-bodied richness of the brew it's still nice to see an American brewer doing Belgians so well.

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

A - Starts out great. Dark mahogany brown with ruby highlights. Poured semi vigorously into a chalice with a decent head and no lacing.

S - Rich dark fruit like figs and raisins dominated the nose, Yeast was very strong too, almost too strong.

T - Sour yeast was upfront and apparent on the palate. A sort of chemical taste I couldn't quite figure out. I see this is an A overall on BA, but to be honest I just didn't dig the taste. Perhaps this style of Belgians are not for me? Overrated IMO.

M - Sticky like maple syrup, that finished dry and somewhat unpleasant.

D - I don't think I'll be enjoying the rest of my 4 pack of these. This was a task just to finish. This is not OG's best; go for the 3 philosophers instead.

Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep red color with a fluffy off white head that hung around and left some heavy lacing. Smelled of sweet fruits with a tartness on the nose. Tasted very thin at first but as it warmed it got fruitier and more tart. This is a good staple belgian-style ale that I will come back to again and again.

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

Appearance- Pours a deep blood red color, fairly thick off white head that just lingers forever.

Smell- Candied fruit odors, apricot and peach.

Taste- Begins very light on the palate, then goes to a sweet fruity flavor that fully blossoms with the alcohol taste towards the end. Sweet, complex, and rich.

Mouthfeel- Good palate coverage, changes textures on the palate, gets warmer and thicker.

Drinkability- An absolute homerun, one of the best beers Ive ever had.

On a second sampling this beer seems much more bitter to me. I am also overwhelmingly reminded of wine, the wine-like character really seems to be coming through this time.

Photo of halfP1NT
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown appearance with deep red highlights. Pours a thick tan-colored head that gradually dissipates to a thinner layer which remains until the end.

Smells of dark fruit and alcohol, like berries and brandy? As the temperature of the beer rose, the aroma became stronger. Dried fruit and alcohol, like raisins or apricot.

First taste, dark, malty flavors were overpowering, it was almost too rich and unbalanced. As the beer warmed, the taste improved drastically. The hops, fruit and alcohol became more apparent. Very well balanced, sweet but not too sweet. I drank the entire 750 ml bottle over a period of 2-3 hours, it's incredible how this beer evolved in complexity as its temp rose from it's overly-cold temp in the beginning.

Too cold of a temperature really did this beer an injustice. When it reached an ideal temp, it had a moderate level of carbonation, almost creamy mouthfeel without being too heavy. Very drinkable, will enjoy again.

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

Poured an attractive dark burgundy color with a pillowy white head that hung around a while. Aroma is quite fruity and sweet with a touch of chocolate. Flavor is very much the same as the aroma with the taste of dark fruits and a nice dry finish. Nice beer that I would definitely explore again.

Photo of WaveRebel51
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a very nutty, malty flavor that sort of overwhelmed the flavors of the esters that you find in most Belgian beers. The esters come through as it warms, giving it a very sweet taste throughout. Has nice depth of flavor, but the sweetness (needs more hops?) keeps this from going to the next level.

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a chalice style glass.

A: Pours dark murky brown producing a awesome puffy looking light brown head. Retention is excellent as well as lacing.

S: Sweet fruity malt smell, like figs or perhaps brown sugar. Hops are there but faint with a sort of earthy tone.

T: Complex mix of malt sweetness with hops. Not quite balanced in flavor tipping toward the malty goodness. Flavors stay together solidly through the experience ending with a hint of malt sweetness.

M&D: Mouthfeel is awesome utilizing good medium body and carbonation that makes the whole experience creamy and smooth. The whole package makes for very good drinkability. An excellent example of the style!

Photo of TheDeuce
3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A moderately good, definitely complex, well styled Belgian. The dark ruby hue comes out on the careful pour, very lacy sticky head. The cork popped like crazy so I believe this bottle was exceptionally fresh.

Smells dark, fusel alcohol and candied sugar, moderate amounts of hops come through, an earthy nose.

Taste/Mouthfeel slightly dark, port-like, stickly sweet at first but warms up later on, hints of fruit, coffee, and fusel burn on the way down, still very lacy in body. Yeastiness later on from the active yeast.

Drinkability- While a little sweet, nothing offensive about this beer, though mind the alcohol.

Overall- A fine Dubbel especially given the price, not quite great but certainly up to par and at the price you can stock up on em. Fine job.

Photo of Atch
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Beautiful reddish brown, 2 finger head that didn't hang around long, very clear, great looking beer.

Smell: Sweet, raisins?

Taste: Tastes great. intricate. Nice balance between everything.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel, fairly smooth, and perfect carbonation.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink. I think it's great that there are Belgium style beers this good coming out of the U.S.

Photo of mobyfann
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $6.49 for a 25.4oz bottle...

I let this one settle for 20-30 minutes after the pour.

The beer pours a cloudy amber colored base with a huge white head, exception head retention and lacing to follow, like Guinness a work of art. The aroma hints of malts, alcohol, and Mediterranean spices and fruits.

Very complex yet mild tastes of fruit (dates, plums, apricots), spice (anise, cardamom, cinnamon - floral), and lightly toasted malts; fantastic with no scent of alcohol to be found. I docked some points from mouthfeel because there is a moderate amount of carbonation and it stings the throat a bit on delivery. Very very drinkable at 8.5% abv, clearly one of the best in the business right here.

Final Thought: This is an amazing accomplishment for a brewery in America to serve these Belgians at still an affordable price. Thumbs way up!

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

Had this poured from a 750 ML bottle, into a Stella Artois glass.

Pours a rich dark burgundy, with abundance of head, very nice lacing against the glass.

Smells of rich floral boguet, almost similar to a fine red wine. Many different smells coming through.

Tastes of red wine almost, malt hits the side of your palate. Very complex flavors.

A whole lot of carbonation, very viscous mouthfeel, this beer has some substance, although its also very smoothe going down.

I made the mistake of having this be the second beer I drank tonight. At 750 ML, it was very hard to finish in one sitting, but I managed :) All in all, for being an American interpetation of an Belgian Abbey, its a fantastic beer. If you like Belgians, you will love it. And its very affordable. I paid $5.75 at a bar for 750 ML!!! You cant beat that...

Photo of Pauly2X
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep mahogany supported a thick frothy head which faded slowly.

S- Dried fruits, apricot? Very sweet rich aroma.

T- Much more complexity than the smell would suggest. Theres alot going on here but its all balanced. Very clean slightly dry finish.

M- Full and very smooth.

D- I should of bought the four pack, a great nightcap.

A very good example of the style, brewed right here in the states, nice.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Chimay Chalice. Murky brown color with some yeast sediment. A one finger off-white head with moderate retention. Not much lace left behind.

Smell is of brown sugar and fruity esters. Tastes of alcohol soaked dark fruits. Clean bitter aftertaste with very little sweetness. Alcohol is not apparent in the taste or the feel.

Mouthfeel is light. Carbonation is moderate. The dry character and limited sweetness make this very drinkable for me.

A great Dubbel. I'm a huge fan of belgian beers and Ommegang. I really love the idea American brewery devoted to belgian style beers (kind of like the American version of Unibroue). Very affordable - I think I paid $5-6. I would like to see Ommegang produce a Tripel in the future.

Photo of Mazeraski
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle.

A - Pours a seemingly brown color with about a 2 inch thick tannish and creamy-looking head, but when held up to light it reveals its ruby red orange opaque color.

S - Hints of dark and citrus fruits, alcohol, little bit of a cinnamon, nutmeg and clove with bits and pieces of a sweet malt aroma to it.

T - A very smooth, sweet malty rush with bits of darker fruit hits the palate first followed by a well balanced spicy blend mixed with hints of alcohol and clove.

MF - Medium-bodied with a well-blended sweet carbonation.

D - Relatively drinkable. Seems to be a good desert beer since it is a bit more on the malty side.

Notes: My first test of an Ommegang brew, as well as a first test of a dubbel and I have to say I am quite impressed. Despite being more of a malty brew, I would go out again and buy this one in a heartbeat. Ommegang has lived up to the hype I had been hearing, definitely recommended.

Photo of mrbosworth
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a fine dubbel - clean, sweet and fruity with a medium body. Deep ruby red color leads into a light apple flavor and yeasty, fruity scent. Major lacing on the sides of a large red wine gobblet. Really even flavors that arent as complex as other belgian style beers but hold up on their own easily. Does nicely as an after dinner beer.

Photo of Hoagie1973
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy medium amber with a thick buttery-tan colored head. Excellent retention and lacing with tiny bubbles rising from the bottom.

Fantastic smell of sweet malt, fruit, and yeast. Citrus rind hoppiness. Alcohol present, but not overpowering. Spent a good 2 minutes just enjoying the complexity of the aroma.

Flavor didn't disappoint. Sweet and malty up front, spiced fruit and yeast in the middle. Dry hop character in the finish, which dissipates into more sweetness and alcohol warmth after a few seconds, leaving you wanting more.

Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp.

Didn't take me long to finish this one (only bought a 12oz single). Drinkability is dangerous considering the ABV. Proceed with caution.

Photo of steelcutoats
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a part of a selection of beers I brought home from the Headkeeper tonight for reviewing. I have been reading up on the beers of Brewery Ommegang and I am determined to review all of their offerings. This would be the second installment of my Ommegang review.

The Ommegang poured into my tasting snifter with a thick head that immediately disappeared. The smell was overwhelmingly sweet with a deep fruity aroma. It is very reminiscent of Barleywine style ale. It was full of the sweet smell dark dried fruit. The color was a deep burgundy. The taste was immensely sweet with a sour finish and malty chocolate notes. I'm assuming that the fizz at the end is due to some type of champagne yeast? Regardless, it is a truly wonderful beer. The more that I get to know the Ommegang beers, the more I like them. I will definitely have to plan a trip to Cooperstown N.Y. in the near future.

Photo of MisterClean
4.56/5  rDev +9.6%
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
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
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
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
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
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
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

750ml
Caged/Corked

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
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 4,069 ratings.