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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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3,787 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,787
Reviews: 1,644
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 160
Gots: 310 | FT: 3
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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 sinstaineddemon
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i have a soft spot for ommegang so i hope this doesnt disappoint

A - dark brown with red aspects, thick long lasting tan head

S - has a definite dark sweetness in the aroma with the delicate hint of raisins

T - as the aroma suggested it is very sweet, it also has an intense vanilla aftertaste, very delightful

M - fizzy and smooth simultaneously, very good

D - high, an easy brew

another fine product from Ommegang, i like Hennepin better, but this is also good

sinstaineddemon, Mar 28, 2006
Photo of DaggerEyes
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a chalice
Ommegang's Abbey Ale is a fairly clear and beautiful burgandy with hints of ruby. Multiple beads of carbonation stream steadily to the finger high head that remains after the two fingers of head that rose up after the initial pour. The head is hearty and frothy, comprised or an endless sea of small bubbles

The nose is heavily colored by Malty scents peppered with sweet carmel and bready scents.
The taste is right on target for the what the nose would lead you to believe. Very complex yet the malt presence is felt with subtle notes of fruit.

this abbey ale is very active on in the mouth and has a dry finish.

Poured to celebrate my acceptance into an MFA program I was hoping to get into and a wonderful celebratory beer this is!

DaggerEyes, Mar 19, 2006
Photo of Avagadro
4.88/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have had my eye on this beer in particular for several months now. I finally ran across it again and couldn't help but get a couple bottles. This is a heavily carbonated beer so the cork goes flying when you pop it. The best thing about this beer is its aroma. I used a tulip glass, which supported a healthy head throughout the whole experience. The color was a nice brown with a tint of red. It was alittle cloudy due to the fact that this is a bottle conditioned beer. This beer has a great taste to it too. The malt is obviously the center of attention, but there is still a good hoppy flavor in it. Overall this is an amazing beer for ale lovers.

Avagadro, Mar 19, 2006
Photo of 3Vandoo
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep burgundy with a shy head, some red hues appear into the beer.

Smell is very piney, spruce with some alcohol esters coming to tickle the nose. I also noticed a weird smell, smell of cheese, especially Oka.

Taste is piney, malty with a shy hoppy balanced note that comes with alcohol flavors and end with some cherry feels.

3Vandoo, Mar 18, 2006
Photo of brewcrew76
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown with amber highlights and a rocky tan head that quickly changed into a creamy tan layer floating on top.

S - Dark fruits dominate, black cherries, dates, plums, raisins.

T - Dark fruits dominate as with the aroma. Yeasty bready flavor up front with a bit of spice on the finish. Some sweetness. Small hint of alcohol.

M - Full bodied and very well carbonated. Dry and crisp. I can definitely feel the carbonation in my stomach. Maybe a little too much.

D - Solid brew but a little too heavy on the carbonation for my liking.

brewcrew76, Mar 18, 2006
Photo of heyitsbyron
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a corked bottle from Woodman's in Madison (~$5) into a tulip glass. My first dark Belgian-style ale.

Dark brown, though mostly clear. Head is large and slow forming, a pretty beige color. Head maybe 2-2.5cm.

Just smells spectacular. Fruity and floral. It's got a bit of roastiness and caramelized sugar.

Dry dry dry. Dry start, dry finish. Other than that, it was what I expected. Caramelized sugar, some fruitiness. Much more roasted flavors than I had imagined. Finishes with that distinctive Belgian funk, but that's a good thing. Not as much spice as I was led to believe.

Well carbonated, but also very dry. The booze creeps up after you've had a few sips.

A special occasion beer if I've ever had. It is meanty to be enjoyed slowly and that's what I did. The booze and the flavor keep me from slamming it, so that's a good thing.

heyitsbyron, Mar 18, 2006
Photo of scottoale
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice corked 750ml poured a dark, some what murky mahogany thick liquid into my large 20oz chalice. A moderate pour gave a near two finger, light cocoa colored head that grows. The head lasts forever with a ton of nice lacing to follow. This stuff looks exotic, carbonation is mesmerizing.

Heavy aromatic malty, fruity nose with after notes of nuts and cocoa. As it warms a bit, the alcohol comes through and gives the fragrance of a nice brandy, smells potent.

Tasting this fine ale is even better, nutty, fruity, malty and delightful. It's sweet, a bit tangy, a bit bitter and warming. Hoards caramel and molassas tasting malts balanced perfectly with hops to make ale of Belgian distinction, a real treat!

Good full body, tons of flavor and plenty of alcohol give an exquisite mouthfeel that makes the tastebuds sing as you swallow. Makes you want more, but this one is a sipper, not a sessioner...no doubt !

scottoale, Mar 14, 2006
Photo of beerphilosopher
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Gulden Draak Chalice. Beer presents itself as a dark burgundy color that is slightly cloudy. Thick, coffee-foam colored head with good retention and delicate lacing inside the glass. Nose is malty, spicy, and nutty. Sweet mollasses-like malts are predominant, with mulled cider-esqe spices. After the initial alcohol burn and malt sweetness, you can detect the nutty taste as well. This is a medium-heavy bodied dubbel with high carbonation and noticable alcohol content. A good example of the style from this American brewery. Sweet and very warm, not overly spiced or cloying though. Well crafted. I'm looking forward to trying this one after having been cellared a year or two.

beerphilosopher, Mar 12, 2006
Photo of germaniac
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich, dark brownish red. Smells darkly sweet- cherries and figs, with sugar sweetness coming forth as it warms.

Quick spicy, sugary sweet bite in the forefront, mellowing down easy into dark stone fruit notes, plummy and tart. Malty throughout the middle, and into the finish. Leaves bready, yeasty sensations in it's passing.

A great brew, one that's becoming more prevalent in these handy-dandy 12oz. bottles.

germaniac, Mar 03, 2006
Photo of EPICAC
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I decided I needed to use one of my new pieces of glassware for its intended beer. I picked up a four-pack of 12 oz. Ommegang bottles at Downtown Wine and Spirits. I served this chilled, but consumed over a time frame that allowed sufficient warming.

Appearance: Pours a dark hazy brown with hints of maroon. A fluffy orange-brown head tops the beer, but recedes to a thin layer quickly. Head reemerges readily upon swirling.

Smell: Sweet malts and fruits. Notes of caramel and raisins, with tart cherry aromas arising upon agitation.

Taste: Sweet, bready malts dominate the front of the palate. Tart fruit and spices emerge in the center. Powdery yeast is evident in the finish with a light bitterness that provides a very nice balance. This is really delicious.

Mouthfeel: Tingly carbonation tickles the tip of the tongue. The beer is medium-bodied with a dry finish.

Drinkability: The delicious flavors keep me drinking, and the beer, though high alcohol, is easy to drink.

Overall: I absolutely love this beer. It's a nice balance of sweet, spicy and bitter.

EPICAC, Mar 01, 2006
Photo of TurdFurgison
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite "American Belgians". I've had this so many times over the past year. Dark brown color with a balanced flavor. It's usually sweet early in the sip, with a bitterish after-taste.

Even though it's my favorite American take on Belgian strong dark ale, it's not really much competition for Unibroue or the top-shelf Belgians like St. Bernardus. But for the price it can't be beat, it usually goes for $5 per 750mL bottle.

I recently toured the brewery, and they described that anise is used to flavor this beer. Now it's easier to pick out that flavor.

TurdFurgison, Feb 18, 2006
Photo of EStreet20
2.5/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

750 ml bottle poured into a Chimay chalice. Bottles in Belgium.

A - A nice look for a Belgian dark. Deep brown with a little reddish tint. A nice bubbly off white head sits atop and stays nicely.

S - Bit time yeastiness is the initial aroma. The yeast mixes nicely with some candy sugar and fruit smells. A hint of a peppery spice is present as well.

T - More than anything up front I taste the spiciness. After that the fruity flavor comes in a little bit. Other than that there's just a big metallic taste and some band aid/antiseptic flavor. I'm wondering if I got a bad bottle, but this taste does not impress me in the least.

M - Nice carbonation, however it's hard to get a good feel for this one because I really do not enjoy the taste.

D - honestly I;m finding this one undirnkable, a big disappointment after hearing so many good things.

Notes: Hoping this is a bad bottle. Will try/review again.

EStreet20, Feb 17, 2006
Photo of mochunk
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into the Duvel tulip... Very dark. Cola or root beer mixed with slightly used motor oil. small tan head that dissipates efficiently but never fully dissapearing. The entire time bubbles come from the bottom leaving a mound of frothy bubbling foam right in the center of the glass, it's a real treat. This alone cranks up the appearance score for me. Not much lasting lacing, but some exists for a few minutes after each sip.

Smell was elusive, I might have started a bit too cold and just after dinner. But possibly some clove, banana, roasted malts and hints of chocolate or nuts, the latter just barely. That may be the nose I'm getting now that's it's warmed slightly after an hour on the last glass... I'm also a bit stuffy tonight unfortunately.

Taste, hard hitting roasted malts (I think) and those nuts or whatever I smelled... I can see why it's dark. Just a few hints of spices and a bit of that banana too. While not overly carbonated, the mouth is fizzly and fun, slightly thick but not oily I don't think. I'm having a really hard time placing any of it. I wasn't too fond of it at first, but as it's gone down, I've grown to like it. Although the last glass was a full pour (supposed) yeast and all. And that seemed to balance it a bit more... Not as if I could see it. Can't even see through the glass even in front of a light bulb.

While it's not terrible, it's really not my style. It is plenty complex and seems to offer a lot and never is offensive, it's just not what I was expecting. I'm trying to be objective not subjective, but finding that difficult, or I just need more experience with the style.

I prefer the other Ommegang offerings, but as with the others, a good value at 5 bucks a 750ml if you're looking for something rich and different on a budget.

mochunk, Feb 16, 2006
Photo of ggaughan
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle into an Ommegang glass. The beer poured a dark brown/amber color with a thick tan head with nice lacing. The aroma is a deep caramel and malt bomb that is really enjoyable. You gets hints of the high ABV but it is masked pretty well in this. The taste is more of the malt and caramel from the smell and with some good carbonation to balance it out. The beer gives you a good aftertaste and I find it fairly drinkable, even for 8.5%.

ggaughan, Feb 12, 2006
Photo of corporatejim
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours carmely brown into the glass. Inch or so of foam and nice lacing down the inside of the glass. Sweet carmel and raisin aromas. Nice creamy mouthfeel. Taste is as I suspected. Raisin, licorice, and maybe a little nutty. Very very nice. I could get in trouble with this beer. Definitley recommended.

corporatejim, Feb 12, 2006
Photo of silver0rlead
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Figured id give the version brewed in belgium a go: Pours a brillant crimson amber hue with a thick, frothy tan head that retains well. The aroma has big dark fruits (plum, cherry, grape and fig), candied sugar, belgian yeast, spice (corriander, clove, pepper), and a slight alcohol presence. The flavor starts out with some dark fruits (cherry, grape, plum, strawberry), some spices (corriander, clove, pepper), dark candy sugar, slightly funky belgian yeast, minmal floral and herbal hops and a touch of alcohol. The mouthfeel is full and rich and the carbonation is on the light side but appropriate, and drinkability is good. An excellent dubbel (i dont care what BA says), complex and dare i say better (than the one brewed in cooperstown), also an incredible value.

silver0rlead, Feb 10, 2006
Photo of ChuckD
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a chalice. The color is a lovely, dark crimson, with a strong tawny head that is interuppted by that slight carbonation.

To the nose, the malts jump out, along with sweet fruit and a hint of the alcohol to come.

I love the taste in the mouth. Layers of sweetness and fruitiness. Dry spices abount but do not overcome the malts. This stuff is nice and mildly bubbly. It keeps the malts down and the alcohol tame. The finish is dry and clean. Very nice.

Musings: At 5.99 a bottle - it is virtually impossible to best this. Even then, I will drink this over Allagash and put alongside Unibroue. I am not a huge fan of the other Ommegang brews, but this is a winner.

ChuckD, Feb 10, 2006
Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a corked 750ml bottle into a wide mouthed chalice of sorts. A light and fluffy, almost light maroon colored head forms on top of an amber, ruby colored beer. Head dissipates at a slow pace and leaves generous lacing. Ends as a nice film on top.

Smell is sweet and syrupy and yeasty. Raisins and plums. Generally sweet and dried fruits.

Very unique taste. Slightly alcoholic. Prune juice. Lots of fruitiness involved as well. Brown sugar and sweet malt syrup. Lots of malts and not many hops. Hops are noticeable though and bring a nice mouthfeel to the party. Almost winelike in the taste and acohol perception.

Pleasant mouthfeel with a great carbonated feel and a smooth body. Body is medium heavy. Alcohol resides in the afterataste. Warming and pleasant on a cool Super Bowl Sunday in the south. Five more hours until kickoff!

SaCkErZ9, Feb 05, 2006
Photo of dren
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

If poured like the bottle says you get a good inch or so thick head that lingers around for a minute or two and falls back on itself into a dense top layer. The beer is a redish brown. Smells of cherries and raisins with some flowery sweetness. Tastes like fresh cherries and raisins, crisp sweetness up front with lots of yeast and a yeast/bread/malt finish. Feels like you just got done chewing through some fresh bread. A very good beer to say the least. Lots of flavors that blend well. The beer could have a little bit less yeast but other than that, nothing bad at all about this brew. I could drink this all night as long as I watched myself. I'm feeling a buzz after downing this first bottle. Now I look forward to the white of the same brand that's sitting in the fridge!

dren, Feb 05, 2006
Photo of JWFokker
2.13/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Served from a 750ml bottle into a stein (I know I should be using a goblet), it's a good looking beer, a nice rich brown, with a considerable (1"+) light brown, not quite tan head. Plenty of carbonation. The smell is nice, definite fruit prescence. Taste is where it all goes wrong. It's very yeasty and a bit nutty. If there was fruit in there, the yeast overwhelmed it. I couldn't even taste any malt or hops. Mouthfeel was smooth enough but I couldn't make detailed observations as the yeast taste was rather unpleasant. Maybe I got a bad bottle, or maybe this is the style of Belgian ales. I'm not familiar with Belgian style, so I couldn't say. I've got Chimay Red for the Super Bowl and hopefully it will be better than this, which I entirely disliked. Needless to say, I didn't finish the bottle.

JWFokker, Feb 04, 2006
Photo of Gavage
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: slightly cloudy brown color with a two finger head. The head slowly fell to a thick surface foam that lasted through most of the drink.

Smell: malts, fruits, yeast, and a slight nuttiness.

Taste: caramels, brown sugar, hint of toasted nuts, ripe plums, yeast, and prunes all rounded with a nice spicy bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: brightly crisp at the start and finish, and the flavor lingers very briefly on the tongue after swallowing. Medium-heavy in body.

Drinkability: extremely enjoyable and flavorful beer that should be on everyone's regular rotation of Belgian-style ales. Easy to drink more than one bottle in an evening.

Gavage, Feb 03, 2006
Photo of BillyB
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Orange/copper to brown color. Nice off-white head.
Light bodied carbonic mouthfeel. Effervescent, bubbly fizz is sharp on the tongue.
Fruity aromas. A mix of citrus and dark fruits. Combines orange, tangerines, plums, black cherries. Some biscuity, bready yeast aromas as well.
Nice complex fruity ale characteristics. Fruity, bready sweet malt tastes balanced by a slight bitterness.
Subtle but definitely present alcohol.
Very,very drinkable.
Very enjoyable brew.

BillyB, Feb 01, 2006
Photo of mooseisloose
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Uncorked a chilled 1/5 bottle (750 ml), aroma in the bottle is molasses, cherry and raisons. Poured it into a goblet glass, nice tan head great lacing very deep copper color. Wafting the glass produces a sweet yet very tangy smell that dislays the high AC of this beverage. The carbonation is excellent. The taste is sweet yet sour, cherry accented by lemon. The mouthful is explosion of flavors and carbonation. The finish is sweet yet tangy. A delicious and very robust selection. A bottle of this and let the good times roll. I definitley will be restocking this brew.

mooseisloose, Jan 28, 2006
Photo of SupaCelt
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer emerged out of a twelve ounce bottle with a dark brown colour and some crimson tint where the light struck the edges of the glass. A giganstrosity of a tan head volcanoed up half the glass requiring a wait in finishing the fill. The nose was layered with some bizarre perfumed flowery scent that struck me at the onset of sniffing. After this oddity was nosed, scents of heavily candied dark fruit and caramel followed on its heels. Plum and black cherry notes came to mind. The nose was surprisingly light on yeasty character, although some was present within the quite pronounced and rather complex mix of sugary fruitiness. The taste held a sweet aspect at the front end that later tailed into some dark fruit skin like dryness from the hopping. It is always interesting to taste beers like these. So much to consider and revel in. The tones remind me of light caramel and old super ripe plum. A lingering rind quality in the finish keeps the dark fruit flavour alive as the tongue is dried out. This tastes of richness and maturity. In terms of the fruitiness that is. Mouthfeel is a light medium. Speedy and small are the bubbles that contribute to this lightness. The drinkability is good. Plenty of pondering can be had through the course of one glass, though not enough. The earth may not shatter, but there are certainly good tastes and food for thought here.

SupaCelt, Jan 27, 2006
Photo of bennetj17
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Colour is dark reddish brown or plum. Has a nice one-inch head that retains itself well. Aromas of rasins, bananas, and Belgian yeasts are present. Sweet, and mildly alcoholic. The first taste begins fruity and becomes sweet after a few seconds. The sweet malt flavors then seem to evaporate into a dry and spicy alcoholic finish. The first few sips were excellent but over time the spicy/alcoholic character begins to overpower the complex malt flavors making it harder to distinguish. The mouthfeel is nice, with medium thickness and robust carbonation. I like the beer but the drinkablity seems to decrease for me as I go along...

bennetj17, Jan 26, 2006
Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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