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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 4,020
Reviews: 1,674
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 211
Gots: 415 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of Stimack
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours to a brown color with some nice amber highlights, a rust like color is how I would explain it. The head is quite foamy, color is tan with some reddish highlights. Some lacing, which could be due to the glass as I would expect some more. The aromas come across as candy, slightly burnt brown sugar, toffee, fruit (maybe plum and/or raisin?) and a slight alcohol smell which comes out more as the brew warms up. The taste is very good, malt flavors are real clear, sweet flavor. Also there is a fruit like flavor hiding in there that seems to come out as the brew warms which ties it self to a more pronounced alcohol flavor. While more of a sipping brew this seems to be a very easy drinking brew, scary with the high level of alcohol. Definitely a very good brew.

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

Pours a hazy dark amber/brown with a good creamy off-white head.
I smell caramel malts but the nose boasts fruits: grapes, raisins, apples, and pears with a slight hint of black licorice. A bit of spiciness to this one as well and almost no hops.
The taste is sweet at first, plum/grapes, then tart apples and pears. Black licorice and spice in the finish.
The mouthfeel is thick, creamy, and warming as it goes down.
This is my first Ommegang beer and from what I understand they do excellent Belgian style beers. This one is no exception. I can't wait to try some more.

Photo of penguinjive7
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color with a foamy, tan head.

Smell is of sweat malt with many fruit notes intermingled.

The malt caramel-like malt is the first flavor to hit the tongue followed by a slight alcohol presence. The fruitiness comes through in the finish to truly bring all of the flavors together.

The carbonation is crisp and body is full but not thick by any means.

This is a great sipper that I would gladly sip from again. Definitely a great pick.

Photo of etaggie09
3/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: a warm, ruby pink brown body with a cappuccino foam head the is medium in size at the start and recedes to a thin cover. great lacing on the glass. has pretty good retention throughout. moderate to low carbonation.

aroma: classically malty with plum/fig undertones. typical belgian smell, but a little muted. a slight grassines from the hops. a little alcohol back to it. too muted and not all that complex.

taste: again a little muted. there's some malt in there. i keep thinking of burgundy. not too bitter from the hops. almost a dry sort of oakiness to it. fairly clean. leaves a slight alcohol presence and a slightly bitter finish. i had to work really hard with this beer. it's like there were some fruity and malty flavors in there but they were clouded. i get some red wine. just not punchy.

mouthfeel: good. lively carbonation bite and smooth medium body make this beer relatively fun to drink apart from the taste being a little boring. a little watery, but nonetheless a good mouthfeel.

drinkability: not very heavy at all, seeing as its a dubbel and a hefty 8.5% ABV. the taste is just boring to me, there's not enough complexity and interplay between the malty sweetness and the hop bitterness. it's a decent beer, just not anything thing that i would recommend to anybody to try.

notes: this was a little bit of a disappointment. i got this beer to celebrate the end of the semester with and it just didn't have that belgian flair to it that made my nose and my taste buds go "wow, this has a lot of freakin flavor!" I look forward to trying the hennepin though, since people seem to be more impressed with that beer. I've heard good things about this brewery, I just hope that they're true.

Photo of champ103
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark ruby red. A good tan head that dissipated fast and no lace (surprising, maybe I should clean my glass better?) I little film on top of the beer sticks around though.
S: A great nose with dark fruits and roasted malt. Not much else though
T: I detect a metallic and a chemical taste, but similar to the nose. After a couple of tries I was not very impressed
M/D: Not as rich and full in the mouth as I would Like, but a very good sipping beer. A smooth and well balanced beer that hides the high ABV very well.

This is a decent American version of a Belgium Strong Ale/Dubble. Not my favorite so far, but I will revisit this beer soon. Still, I would recommend it.

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

a: Slightly cloudy dark amber in color. Pours with one of the most massive heads I've seen. The light tan head leaves a lot of lace.

s: Sweet fruity (cherries?) malts. Moderate alcohol aroma with a bit of tingly yeast.

t: Sour cherries that come on a touch too strong. Drying yeast at the finish. Some alcohol throughout.

m: The thickness is just right nice and a bit syrupy. The carbonation is a bit fizzy.

d: A very nice beer to have around.

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle a beautiful dark chocolate brown with ruby highlights and a healthy mocha head. Tons of sticky lacing all around.

Aroma of sweet, carmelized malts, dark ripe cherries, yeast, and alcohol.

Tastes is the same with the carmelized malts, chocolate, cherries, yeast, a touch of sourness, and the warmth of the alcohol.

Moderate mouthfeel, rich and smooth, and a touch of carbonation.

A very nice drinkable Belgian Strong Ale from Ommegang.

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

Had trouble oppening the bottle, but it happens.

Poured into a snifter from bottle. Forned very creamy/bubbley head of close to an inch. Very nice Belgian dark chocolatly color. Mocha lacing on glass as I swirl it for scent and flavor.

Slightly sweet dark fruit smell with hints of spice and vanilllas. Very plesant smell.

Taste is of dark chocolat with hints of slight dried cherries. Nice mouthfeel with hints of bitterness.

This is a meal in a bottle, so drinkability is based on the fact that this brew would be enjoyed slowly over the course of an evening. You're not going to have more than one of these - most likely. But very drinkable on its own right.

Photo of dnichols
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was served a 750 ml capped and caged bottle into a frosted chalice.

A: It poured a cloudy deeply brown body with ruby hints that supported a massive thick two finger caramel colored head. The dense sticky head was slow to fall and left a lingering cover that produced a consistent and lasting dense curtain.

S: It presented a blast of malty dark molasses, caramel, toffee and figs...sweet, sweet, and more sweet.

T: It had a taste profile that began with the flavors represented in the aroma and much more including darkly yeasty bread, darkly roasted sweet chocolate malts, dark ripe fruits. The alcohol was well hidden but presented itself as part of the flavor in the form of tangy, warm light spices and thick plum pudding.

M: This baby had body...rich creamy, sticky malty full body that stuck to my mouth yet in the end was surprisingly clean.

D: It rules the price-quality relm. A wonderful BSDA, full bodied, rich, cream and warming. Unfortunately this style is difficult to take long into the night...but...I'd love to try with this one.

Comment: While drinking with buddies we all commented on the quality of this brew. We considered it among this countries best shots at a BSDA. Then a closer reading of the label revealed it to be a product of Belgium (an a Trappist brewery to boot). Anyhoo....this is a wonderful BSDA...one that for the price is a best possible deal...great beer at a great price. Life is good to me!!

Update - 030608 - A BA buddy and I did a side-by-side comparison of the Belgium brewed v. the New York brewed versions of this beer. My original review was of the Belgium version. Our conclusion is that the Belgium version had a darker body, more complex flavors, and creamer mouth feel. Both are superior brews but the Belgium version is more like a BDSA and the New York version more of a Dubble.

Photo of david131
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A very dark brown, leathery looking cloudy liquid. The head is thich and off white and looks super creamy.

S- A little sour, some brown sugar, spices, vanilla, cherry, figs... There is a lot going on here and its amazing.

T- Sour with a little noticeable alcohol. There is an awesome cherry characteristic to this. Some more brown sugar and cocoa. You'd have to be a fool to not pick up on the complexity here. This is absolutely wonderful.

M- Very creamy. I thought this was going to be more of a foamer in the mouth due to the copious amounts of carbonation that it looks like the beer has. Impressive.

D- This is a little on the rich side, but its wonderfully complex. It is nice and creamy on the palate and not sticky. It is hard to believe this wasn't brewed in Belgium.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a Chimay Goblet

Appearance is ruby to deep brown with a frothy light brown head, very effervescent especially in a glass with good nucleation points.

The aroma profile on Ommegang's flagship brew is extraordinarily rich and complex. Dried fruits, both raininy and cherry, light sweet chocolates, some hints of tropical and citrus but not in the vain most often associated with North American hops. There are hints of vanilla and honey over deep maltiness.

This is a beer which I have found the aroma profile to be superior when younger and then the flavor profile more appealing with age. This particular bottle is fairly young, no more than 3 to 6 months of age. The flavor is more fruity with a soft but impacting mouthfeel. For a big abbey ale this drinks very smooth. The alcohol sits well under the malt and flavor profile serving to accent the key notes.

Photo of MSchae1017
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a chimay goblet.

This beer pours into my goblet with a dark amber body and a thick frothy white head that stays nicely leaving some leave. The smell is full of sweet caramelized malts and ommegang's proprietary yeast. The taste is up front with sweet caramelized malts and the same yeastiness. The mouthfeel is very soft and full. Quite nice. OVerall a great beer.

Photo of bigeyedfish
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle. Caged and corked poured into a Troegs Mad Elf tulip.

Really nice dark, but not light impenetrable body- it's not Imperial Stout-level- dark, but it's dark enough. Think somewhere between milk and dark chocolate, with a some fruit-like (dates almost) color showing through in the bottom third of the glass. Really big head, growing more brown as it gets farther away from the center that dissipates quite quickly and does so with more noise than I have ever heard before. Really nice once most of the head dissolves- leaves a nice, thin, smooth layer resting atop the beer. Got a little darker, think butter pecan ice cream color almost.

Really, really complex aroma. A lot going on, and just changing the glass around the nose alters what flavors you get. That belgian yeasty smell is absolutely there. Cherries are there, as are figs and dates- in short, everything you would expect from a Belgian-inspired beer. EXCEPT...I get a lot of pineapple juice as well on the noise. And I have to say, I am in love with that. Had a 4.5 for the nose. You know what, I like the pineapple juice-component so much, bumping the nose to a 5.

That's what beer should taste like. A lot of cherries as the first thing you get when you drink the beer. The mid-palate firms up a little, which is nice. Figs/dates abound, but it gets interesting I get some baking soda mixed in with the figs and dates, which, I have to say, I'm really enjoying, though I'm not quite sure why. But I am. Absolutely fantastic finish- cherries, figs, dates, this time no baking soda involved that really is a long finish, slowly gives way to those Belgian yeast-flavors that everyone loves so much. Long finish, but what's nice is it isn't a gets stronger finish. It's long, but it's mellow too. Really really appreciated.

Huge mouthfeel that absolutely grips and conquers the entire palate. The sides of my mouth are being attacked by the fig/baking soda and that is rotating with some cherries. Wow, I've had this beer before, and I still can't get over how good this beer is. It absolutely puts the palate into a vice grip- the entire palate is being attacked by so many different flavors that it's tough to figure out what is where. And I really like that. There's some carbonation in the mid-palate, but all in all, this beer is smooth, it is flavorful and it will absolutely take over your mouth, in the best way possible.

Drinability is only good, and the reason is that the beer is too good. It's too smooth, it's too flavorful, it's too complex, it's too refined. It's also 8.5% alcohol by volume and in a 750mL bottle, which means that when you drink it you just want more of it. Even after a couple experiences with this beer, and knowing how it is deceptively boozy, I'm consciously slowing down. It'll sneak up on you, but in a good way. Still, this is not a beer you want to have more than 2 bottles of in a night, probably because it's really easy to. There's not an ounce of effort required to drink this beer. And that's why it's only good; because it's too good.

All said, a fantastic American-Belgian. Probably one of the five or six best American-brewed Belgian-inspired Ale's. The complexity of a really good quad, the smoothness of a really good stout, the craftsmanship of a really good Belgian. And it's under 5 dollars for a 750. Dollar for dollar, pound for pound this is near the top of any list of great American beers. Absolutely fantastic.

Photo of buzzworthy
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml. bottle with wire cap and cork. Ommegang pours out a dark ruby-amber color with a vigorous initial head. The aroma is fruity - of figs and cherries. The taste is rich and complex, with black cherries, cassis and plum flavors predominating. It's smooth on the tongue and has a dry finish. It's quite drinkable for an ale of this richness. (Ommegang does a great brewery tour if you are in Cooperstown.)

Photo of animal69
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i've always wanted to try this one ; pours a cloudy dark garnet color w/ a fluffy tan head which dissapates quickly leaving a fine lacing throughout ; a rich malty-breadish aroma w/ some fruity spiciness, bannana w/ coriander, perhaps ; a rich, tangy, complex caramely malt flavor at first, then blending w/ a warm alcoholic fruitiness simalar to the aroma to finish crisply ; a med. body w/ alot of carbonation, lingers on the palate enabling one to savor the flavors ; this is an awesome drinking beer, i'm glad i've got three more to go...

Photo of Gehrig
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A masterpiece from Ommegang, this Belgian strong dark ale is more than worthy to bear the company's name. First turned onto it by a friend who was watching the 2004 Yankees home opener from afar, this incredible brew is very well presented, packed with flavors, rich in color and, despite the high alcohol count (8.5% ABV) eminently drinkable. The deep reddish brown color is very enticing, as is the foamy, durable head it produces. The taste is an incredible melange of fruits, chocolates and spices, with a berry flavor mixing with chocolate, caramel, toffee flavor, cinnamon and a bit of nutmeg.

I cannot say enough positive about this beer, which may well be my favorite. The Mona Lisa of Belgian Strong Dark Ales in the US. Five stars, hands down.

Photo of mdm4584
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Found this at a liquor store in Scottsdale, AZ.

Poured a thick and lacy head. Dark coppery look.

Smell was heavily alcoholic, citrusy, and candied.

Heavily carbonated.

Quickly dissipating, fruity and spiced taste.

A good brew with holiday treats.

The price is silly low for the quantity and quality.

A fav amongst this style.

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

Small capped bottle.
Poured into a goblet, it creates a nice, creamy coffee colored head that eventually fades into a collar that goes all the way with the beer, leaving a thick lace on the way down but always covers the brew. This head tops a dark brown, red tinted brew, with an impresssive nose; candy, sweetened coffee, dark fruits, toffee, some spice.
Creamy on the mouth, it is full and satisfying, and yet drinkable.
Flavors of caramel, sweet malt, dark fruits, and yet it finishes dry, asking for more. Not a St Bernardus but close, a prime example of american made belgian strong.

Photo of Mit
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Initial appearance of this beer was a deep translucent burgundy that hinted at the strength of the beer. It poured with a generous head that remained for about 5 min or so before settling.

Upon opening the bottle I noticed a fruity smell that seemed to disipate rather quickly once it was poured. What was left had an almost coffee smell to it that again seemed to hint at the overall depth of this beer.

Upon first tasting I beheld an almost smokey taste followed by a nice bitterness. I think I actually drank it too cold because as it warmed up it began to yield some grapier and fig/prune like tastes. The finish was nice and spicy...almost peppery with a sweetish accent. Definitely something to have when the fall weather is upon us.

A nice effervescent mouthfeel as one might expect from bottle conditioned brew. Quite a chewy and almost bordering on syrupy mouth feel.

Drinkability was moderate to good I think. Being a higher abv beer I think the beer could get a little too cloying if too much is consumed over a night. One bottle was enough for me.

Photo of umustdrink
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Opaque dark brown reddish color. Light brown head, pillowy and grainy, retains at a quarter inch, easily agitated to become much thicker. Fair amount of lacing just above the head.

S - Strong smell of sweet dark grapes, spicy bready malts, black licorice and a faint bitterness. A light bit of alcohol is detectable.

T - Taste starts out sweet and juicy with a light fruity grape flavor and some grainy bready malts, a sharp carbonation bite and eventually some spicier malty flavors with intensified dark fruits and hints of cocoa. Finish is bready and sweet.

M - Nicely viscous mouthfeel with carbonation in the right places.

D - Pleasant things overall, easily drinkable and definitely worth the value at $6 for a 750ml. Will do again.

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

Poured from bottle into a glass, while sitting out front handing out candy to trick or treaters! Lots of head, and it lasted a while too! Nice looking beer! Smelled fruity, malty and sweet. Taste was smooth! this is a very easy drinking beer. Very enjoyable.

Photo of Jwale73
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opened with a pop and poured into a tulip glass. Smell of malt and dark fruit (raisins, figs, plum?) hits the nose. Poured with a fluffy, off-white head the color of mahogany. Decent head retention and thin lacing adherence during the tasting. Subtle and consistent carbonation provides a pleasant mouthfeel; not too heavy and not too light. A little bit of alcohol astringence with flavors of malt, yeast and dark fruit. Pleasantly drinkable, but better for savoring than quick consumption. Enjoyable, but not my favorite from Ommegang.

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

big 22oz bottle bought at Grape and Gourmet in Virginia Beach, Va. poured into a brandy snifter.

Appearence: A dark amber with ruby highlights. Highly foamy offwhite head that dissipates very quickly, leaving minimal to no lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Smells of Malts and fruits mainly bananas. very rich smelling, yeasty undertone.

Taste: Wow. The first thing I taste is that overwhelming banana/anise taste. followed by a slight bitterness that tastes mildly like chocolate. This is followed by a mild alchol warmth.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated, smooth and thin.

Drinkablity: This is a very smooth beer, I could easily see my self kicking back with 2 or 3 of these.

Photo of jmbranum
4.93/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Amazing. Simply amazing.

Deep dark murky amber with thick (but rapidly disappearing head) brew. Glorious aroma with lots of alcoholic warmth and winey-ness. And the winey-ness continues to the flavor. Imagine a Chimay Blue intensity but more fruity. Also there's more spicyness, cloves are the dominant note.

I'm reminded a bit of good red wine but richer. So complex yet so balanced that it is hard to pick out the constituent parts, in fact the final product is truly original. It does remind me some too of good brandy or bourbon.

The mouthfeel is more prickly than I expected. It works well as a foil to the tangy yet rich fruitness, but I think I do prefer Chimay's luxoruious smoothness.

Unbelievably good. The best beer I've had in ages. This beer makes me believe in God. It is that good.

(12 oz. bottle bought at Central Market while traveling in Fort Worth, TX. Drank from a wine glass as I didn't have a chalice handy. I poured the yeast right in as I like Belgian style beers better that way.)

Photo of jdubjacket
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled this for the first time at the Decatur Beer Festival. I have always been hestitant to try Belgian Ales that aren't from Belgian, especially from this brewery, who gave us Three Philosophers, which was not my favorite. This beer really outdid its counterpart.

Tastes like sugar & candy - but not overly sweet. It maintains a very good balance. The alcohol is fairly prominent but not enough to knock you on your ass. This beer was pretty damn good. I may have to pick up my own bottle just to sample it further.

Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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