Ommegang (Abbey Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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93
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3,978 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,978
Reviews: 1,657
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 193
Gots: 382 | FT: 2
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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 Thanby
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged bomber into a snifter. Extremely dark amber with an amazing, fluffy, tan three finger head that dies slowly and leaves tons of lacing.

Smell is an immediate toasted malt and dark fruits. Plum, grapes and raisins, some nuttiness, a small hint of sage. Dark and rich and sweet. Very enticing.

The malt is the dominating flavor. Smoky wood and grains, sweeter hops, a little estery in the finish from the plums, red grapes and raisins. The carbonation is surprisingly spicy and could have been toned down slightly.

Turns sweet and fruity as it warms in the mouth. Just the right amount of hops around the edges to keep it from being too sweet. The ABV is present but not offensive. There is a taste of phenols in the background that bothers me slightly but it certainly isn't enough to break the flavor.

Only gets better the more you drink it. A very satisfying, dark, medium-bodied ale.

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

12 oz. bottle, from brewery Ommegang, in Cooperstown, NY,

A: Pours a dark mahogany red, almost maroon to brown in colour, the inital white head is good, and retentive, but later on the second pour the head is a little fizzy, so I had to drop it down a notch, but overall I liked it.

S: Very complex and aromatic, dark fruits, like figs and raisins, some dark sugar is there as well, with a bit of port wine and grapes.

T: Taste is of a medicinal, dark fruity brew. Very complex, though the flavour didn't really come through until the beer was at about 60 degrees, so serve this one a little warmer than usual. Definitely one of the most phenolic brews I have ever had.

M: The high carbonation from the bottle conditioning gets in the way in the beginning, but after a while, in the middle, it reveals a medium-bodied, thick brew.

D: Good for an ale of its strength, the only downside was that the carbonation, sort of knocked out the flavour in the beginning, so my recommendation would be let this one sit a while to let it open up.

Photo of GweedoeBRew
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Of the american abby ales that I have tried my years of beer drinking this is by far the best. But why wouldn't it be, it is brewed in building that is modeled after a true Belgium Brewery. Not only has Ommegang given me the best brewery tour I have ever gotten in my life, but they produce a bunch of great beers.

Their Abby ale is a great brownish maroon color with that great sweet malty taste that a true abby should have. Being a home brewer, I am a sucker for a good bottle conditioned beer like the Ommegang in its 750ml bottle with cork and cage.

With slight fruity aromas the Ommegang is a very drinkable strong ale. Yeilding 2 goblets of beer for a nice sitting of a minor ABV for such a beer.

If you haven't yet, I strongly recommending visting Ommegang in Cooperstown, NY and picking up some Ommegana Abby Ale at your local beer store.

Photo of shaebs99
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hard to fault this beer, except that I am an optimist and hope that I can still come a across another Abbey ale that can beat Ommegang (given that I have stayed away from most Belgians during what has been a crazy year I really hope it is possible. Definitely better than other Abbey ales I have had out of the US)


Poured from 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. Honestly, I like my beers a bit darker, but this might be dark enough (can't see my hand through it at least). Mild head retention with some good lacing. Slightly hazy reddish amber.

Aroma is of dark candied fruits (might want to pick cherry.) with some alcohol at the back. Tempted to give 5's for smell and aroma, but maybe wanted a bit more. Still it was very satisfying and enjoyable. (Though it is hard not to enjoy a beer from Ommegang)

Taste is of dark fruits (black cherry or plum) followed by sweetness in the malts with some breadiness. Has a light bitter finish which may be a hint at the alcohol.

The alcohol is at the back of this fine beer reminding you this is more of a sipper than a session beer, but it does contribute to the quality of this beer. If you bought a 750ml bottle you can enjoy it by yourself, but I just find it better to share with someone else who can appreciate it. A complex solid beer that I will return to many times.

Great Belgium style beer out of Cooperstown. Have had this one in the past, but this bottle was bought closer to the source(about an hour away). Regrettably I did not take notes on either of the two bottles of the cave aged (at Howe Caverns) Ommegang that my Brother and I had. If memory serves correctly the alcohol was a bit less present and the beer was smoother. I just need to get my hands on Ommegeddon.

Photo of cjgator3
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a goblet. Pours a dark brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is yeasty with some dark fruits and spices. The taste is rich and malty with some spices and a rather dry and yeasty finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Drinkability suffers a little from the high ABV and phenols. Overall, this is a pretty good brew from one of the best Belgian-style breweries on the continent.

Photo of Ozone34
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gorgeous brewery right on the Cooperstown, NY mountain side. I was in Cooperstown for the Cal Ripken/Tony Gwynn Hall of Fame Induction.

A: Beautiful tan frothy head, poured perfectly into a traditional Belgium goblet. Dark brown

S: very sweet plum fruity smell

T: reminiscent of any Belgium strong ale, carbonated upon first taste as it warms it gathers the alcohol sweetness

Mouthfeel: Perfect carbonation resulting from the bottle conditioned

Drinkability: Not so high due to the higher ABV but still allowable.... 2 or 3 and you are feeling rather fine.

Photo of Nipitato
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber at Trader Joe's in Brookline, MA.

A: Deep coppery brown hue. Nice quarter inch cream colored head. Clear with a glowing ruby character.

S: Sweet and strong malt aroma - caramel/toffee. Some dried fruit esters detectable - raisins. Alcohol aroma present and floral.

T: Sweet malt flavor dominates. Prominent esters that taste like dried cherries/raisins add balance and complexity. Alcohol flavors subdued. Slight bitterness at the end. Complex. Well attenuated despite sweetness.

MF: Medium dry on the palate. Full creamy body. Highly carbonated creates lighter feeling.

D: Delicious - rich and sweet. Easy to drink. Hides its alcohol well.

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

Another one at the brewery in NY.
Appearance was good, raisin colored, a decent head.
Smell is of light raisins, some dry malt and a scotch of hops.
Taste is a bit weaker than the smell. I was not as impressed with this.
Mouthfeel is good, medium in body.
Drinkability is above average for the style.

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

750 ml bomber served in a snifter

Pours with a very large, fluffy head. Nice dark amber color. Taste is complex like I have come to expect in a Belgian style. Slightly sweet tasting with spices and fruitiness. High ABV and complexity limits the drinkability, but is quite tasty.

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

22 oz bomber poured into a chalice...

A- A beautiful dark mahogany color- reminding me of a black cherry. Light head- forming a fine ring around my glass.

S- Smell was of vanilla, cherry, oak, dried fruits.

T- Taste was wonderful- lots of those dried fruits I was talking about- a little alcohol- spices and sweet flavors.

M- Unbelievable smoothness- silky carbonated texture.

D- Goes down way too easy- To me, this could be enjoyed by anyone who appreciates flavor and impecable smoothness.

Photo of saintwarrick
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is one dark brew, a deep garnet with a fluffy off-white head.Aroma is fruity, pears, passion fruits, plums and a bit of pineapple. Taste is dark and fruity, plums and pears again, but sweet with dark caramel. Slightly peppery as it goes down with a bit of a hoppy bite. A very good sipping brew. My taste lends more towards the lighter Belgians, but I would not turn down this brew.

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

Pours dark brown with a good initial head that fades to a cap. Decent lacing. The smell has traditional aromas for the style of clove and banana, and maybe a hint of cinammon. Dry malt underneath. The taste is pleasant if a bit subdued from what I was expecting from the aromas. The flavors are still similar to the nose, but there is less banana in particular. Spicy and dry on the finish and with a bitter aftertaste. There is a good body to this beer. My only complaint about the mouthfeel is that maybe its a little spritzy. Goes down smooth, quite drinkable. A well priced everyday alternative to a nice Belgian.

Photo of warmstorage
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle, Cave Aged version, $7.99 at Gold Rush Liquors in Anchorage, AK. Tag held to neck with rubberband states, among other things, that the bottle was cave-aged at Home Caverns at a depth of 156 feet, at a constant temperature of 52* from October 2005 through September 2006.

Pours a deep amber with a huge, dense rocky beige head that leaves massive lacing.

Aroma is earthy and cherries, little else.

Taste is cherries, sweet, tangy Belgian yeast, brown sugar, lots of residual sugars, and lingers long with sweet cherries. It's a little sweet for comfort, even for a Belgian dark ale.

Mouth is thick and slick.

An interesting experience, and I'm glad I got it, but I probably won't bother again. It's essential Ommegang, perhaps more pronounced sweetness and cherries.

Photo of sescallier
4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is very good, pleasantly dark yet crisp. Definitive fruit mixed with a traditional abbey style. The 8.5% is apparent but not overpoweringly alcoholic tasting.


In error some are under the impression that this is brewed in the US like some of the other of this breweries beers, it is actually brewed in belgium and bottled there also at the Ommegang brewery then sent to the new york branch.

Photo of bunnyhustle
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle with cork top, love popping those corks. Pours very, very dark brown but upon closer inspection its actually a dark amber color. Thick, dark head that quickly lowers into a thin layer remaing for the rest of the beer, nice lace left behind. Smell is of roasted grain, some caramel, and some alcohol. Taste is very similar, very malty with a roasted quality to it, a hint of caramel, and I swear a touch of coffee. Thick and creamy mouthfeel with good amount of carbonation. Slightly lower score on drinkability due to the punch it packs but overall a really good beer.

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

Pours dark brown with ruby highlights and a great big foamy tan head that falls slowly with a nice lace.

This beer has a big fruity smell with hints of spice coming through. Nice malt aroma as well.

Mild, nice roasted malt flavor although it seems too mild for the style of beer. Tinny, metallic taste and a mild alcohol bite.

Medium to thin mouthfeel with alcohol bite coming through. Although it has a big foamy head the carbonation seems low.

Very good beer but for a "Strong dark ale" it seems a little weak. Nonetheless this is definitely worth drinking.

Photo of beeragent
3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. The beer pours a dark brown, forming a 1/2 inch creamy tan head, leaving very light spots of lace. The aroma is not as strong as expected, consisting of a strong alcohol presence, along with a little raison/prune aroma. The taste is also not as expected, but not bad. Strong raison flavor, light dark fruits, noticeable alcohol, and maybe some light malt thickness. Very complex. Thick mouthfeel and smooth finish. Very drinkable Belgian. Overall, not what I thought it would be like, but interesting nonetheless.

Photo of bosco7
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark reddish-brown with massive foamy head composed of pinpoint carbonation. Very inviting.

Lots of chocolate, banana, rum, raisin, some booze, and vanilla in the nose.

Wow. Tastes phenomenal. Fig, raisin, rum, black pepper, clove, nutmeg, dark chocolate, pear, banana and hints of vanilla. Wow. Finishes dry leaving the palate clean and ready for another go.

Smooth mouthfeel that finishes with some dry carbonation bite, making it a highly digestible brew. This American brew puts a lot of Belgian offerings to shame. Well done. Highly recommended.

Photo of kenito799
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle poured into a Duvel glass.

Not the first time I have enjoyed this wonderful beer. This mahogany brown brew shows reddish highlights when held to light. A huge rocky foamy head is raised and leaves crazy lacing patterns. Aroma is fantatstically pleasant but I have a hard time describing it. There is malt, cola, spice, but none of these elements predominates and all that comes to mind when you sniff is fresh, clean, delicious smelling beer. Ok, the allspice note is unique and your nose can latch onto that--freshly baked spice bread.

The taste is similarly brilliant. A robust, malty, spicy, alcoholic brew yet there is such a light crispness, such an effortless harmony between malt, bitter, and cool spice (allspice, clove)--this is a joy to drink. Tangy, subtly bitter spicy finish. The active carbonation and the cool spice give this brew a truly exceptional mouthfeel and drinkability. Alcohol incredibly well hidden.

As I carefully evaluate all the Ommegang brews so far this is my favorite. Easily one of the best Belgians brewed this side of the Atlantic.

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

Bottle poured into a wine glass

A- Dark brown/red with a thick brownish head and good lacing.

S- Lots of sweet malts giving a raisin or plum scent.

T- Again the sweet malts come through gving a raisin flavor.

M- Very rich and thick. It coats the mouth nicely.

D- This is a great nightcap/sipping beer. I decided to give it a try on a fairly warm night and think it would be more enjoyable to come back to this fall or winter.

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

Poured from bottle to pilsner glass (nothing else available!).
Appearance: As the bottle describes, "burgundy", deep red color. Head is effervescent, but a 1/4" head remains several minutes after the pour.
Smell: Sharp and fruity scent immediately after the pour.
Taste: Slow to develop on the tongue, a malty presence with a slight alcohol jab peaks midway through. Hints of raisin, caramel, and some fruit present. Aftertaste lingers a bit after the tasting.
Mouthfeel: balanced, not too heavy.
Drinkability: The alcohol presence is hidden well, though noticeable with some effort. At 8.5% ABV, best served as a sipper or a good autumn-time brew.

Overall, a nice abbey ale. This brewery has put out some good beers and this is not an exception.

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

12oz serving pours very dark with mahogany hues and a big stiff head that is kept alive by visible effervescence. Anice amount of lacing present.

The smell is a cherry, fruit, lightly yeasty and some caramel.

Medium bodied, the mouth feel is smooth and creamy nicely carbonated complementing the richness of the flavor.

The dark fruit malt flavor is sweet and traces of the 8.5% ABV. I like the 12oz size, but a 750ml wouldn't be outrageous

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

Tasting at biegaman's place with grub, viggo, lexx, blankboy (RB), and tupalev (RB). I didn't write down who brought what, unfortunately, so thanks everyone!

Pours a reddish-brown colour with a small bubbly head. Sweet aroma with some floral elements to it, and a little bit of spicy/moldy/peppery something in there that gives it a unique kick. Flavour is dark fruit and heavy, sweet malt, with a little bit of a peppery hop undertone. Good balance to this one, and well-hidden alcohol. Liked it!

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

From a 12oz bottle.

The fairly clear caramel colored liquid fills up my Chimay chalice as a dark dark brown murky bowl of liquid. Not much of a head formed on this, and only soapy bubbles remain on top. The aromatics on this beer are huge. I pick up what I can only describe as dark grape juice. Like grapes and chocolate mixed. I am not sure I like the smell all that much, but I'm also not sure it's not totally suppose to be that way, so I will give it a good just for being aromatic and pungent- it definitely has that Belgian feel to it.

The taste is tart at first giving way to grapes (dark fruit taste? I'm not that experienced in dark belgian ales, but plan to be soon). The finish is sweet and a warmth is left in my throat post-sip.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly light for a dark ale as rich as this, but I don't get a watery sense to it at all. At 8.5% it is dangerously drinkable.

Photo of soupyman10
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice two inch head on top of a brown beer with solid amber highlights. A pretty good looking beer, although the bubbles are a little large. Pretty good lacing. Nose is strong brown sugar and molasses, some quality spices. Good, although maybe not the most complex beer ever. Taste is good. Some dried fruit, maybe raisins and a hint of apricot. Lots of molasses and sweet malt. A touch of alcohol on the tip of the tongue. Feel is a little thin, but pretty good. Overall, a solid beer - kind of a standard Belgian Dark, really. Check it out, although I might go for a Maudite over it.

Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 3,978 ratings.