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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 4,064
Reviews: 1,679
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 219
Gots: 461 | 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 SirSaranac
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well the only other brew that I've tried from this brewery was Hennepin; so when I saw a 4 pack of this at a local gas station I had to give her a shot. Glad that I did.

A- Beautiful pour. An amazing tan-khaki colored 3 finger head crowns this brew... Frothy head that slowly dissolves into great lacing. This brew is dark dark brown, with dedish hues at the edges of the glass.. Lots of sidiment. Nuff said.

S- Malty.. fruity... alcohol... Grapes and pears strike the nose... complex, yet not incredibly strong.

T/M- Wow... STRONG alcohol flavor... wasn't expecting that despite the 8.5% abv. Although this isn't as smooth as Chimay Blue for example, it's still quite complex in flavor. Tasty malt with tons of grape and raisin overtones. Slightly nutty. Wine like dry finish. Again, not as smooth as I was hoping, but a fine Belgian Ale indeed.

D- I could only drink a couple of these... it's a very rich brew, but it comes in a 4 pack for a reason. Great pick up, I'll definitely try this again.

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

This bottle is one year aged

A: Murky oaky brown, good one finger head.

S: Yeast, bread, hints of chocolate malt. Smells damn nice.

T: I really like this beer aged. I've got to remember to age this one again. Chocolatey maltiness, belgian yeast. hints of caramellittle bit of booze, not much though.

M: awesome carbonation. Medium to full body.

D: I could see myself in a pub in belgium drinking these all night. The alchol is very well masked.

Overall... hell yes, age this one.

Photo of laughatdanger11
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A -- Rich, cloudy, doberman brown color, if you will. A nice tan, lightly-caramelized -sugar colored head rises and gradually subsides almost entirely.

S --Wow. Super complex in the nose, with a light caramel smell. Fruity, grapes, light toffee. Smells as intricate as a nice dark Belgian should. I can't wait to get into this, the aroma is driving me nuts.

T --Oh man. This one is a beauty. I get a killer red grape taste up front, certainly does justice to the self described "burgundian" assertion. A mild sweetness as it rolls around the mouth. A faint suggestion of anise/fennel seed? So delicate and refined. Pleasantly alcoholic as its going down. Naturally the beers' sweetness comes out as it sits. Continuing with the grape theme, I taste raisins now. Is this really brewed in New York? Awesomeness.

MF -- This one initially leaves little trace of its presence other than a slight pucker in the cheeks. Quite dry after the swallow, and very carbonated, almost champagne like. The sweetness has a greater presence when it warms, and coats the mouth.

D - This beer is a wonderful treat, certainly a one to be enjoyed by it self. It drinks very nicely if you're a lover of Belgian style ales. The 8.5% abv does its thing and does it well. I would not want any more than two, if that, of these in a sitting (as in most cases, this is certainly not a detriment of character, just an acknowledgment of its power). I will definitely file this one under the 'keeper' category and revisit often. Cheers to Ommegang for such a masterpiece!

Photo of JDV
2.44/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a muddy brown, reddish color with a good beige head. Smell is somewhat fruity, yet rich and creamy with a hint of the clovey hefeweizen yeast smell. Taste is very unique and somewhat highly carbonated. Some spiced sweetness at 1st along with some roasted slightly bitter tastes and some flat licorice like taste in the finish. After drinking half of it, I still hardly know what to think. After it warmed a bit I like it less and am not crazy about finishing it. Definitely drinkable, but not something I particularly care for. This is obviously liked by many, but it is not my style of beer.

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

yay, i'm back in the US for a visit! not a bad way to start...

750ml corked bottle

dark reddish brown, with foamy head that doesn't last too long, and lacing is somewhat sparse.

a little more clove- or anise-like hints than chimay, but otherwise similar.

less burnt quality to the caramel flavors than chimay, but again, otherwise similar.

feel is perhaps less creamy, more syupy.

cheaper than the imports, but similar in quality, with some of its own unique character.

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

This was a great find for 6 bucks (1PT 9.4oz).

The key to drinking this Belgian DUBBLE is to serve it at approx. 50 degrees, to cold is no good.

This beer offers great color, flavor and overall appearance.

Exceptional find...I think I will be heading back to the store for a couple more...

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Photo of Matty1918
3/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ML bottle and put it in the fridge for about 2 hours before drinking.

Poured into a goblet...color was red/orange

Smell was of yeast and something sour...very complex aromas

Taste was malty with a hint of something sour...can't put my finger on it

Overall not a bad beer....but I'll stick with Chimay

Photo of twbrewer
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a reddish/orange color with a 1" head that faded fast.No lacing.

S-Raisins,dark fruits,I also smell rich malts and a slight hint of alcohol.

T-Tastes of sour cherries and yeast but I also notice a metallic taste.A little alcohol present but leaves a nice dry bitter aftertaste.

M-A nice medium bodied beer,slightly dry with a bitter feel left on the palate.

D-This is a very rich tasting beer,I would not call it session beer but it is a nice sipper.

Photo of glaze0101
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Though this beer is not the style I typically like it is a fine beer. A bit tarter than I expected. Has strong citrus taste and is carbonated which leaves a bubbly feel in your mouth. This is a very drinkable beer and I would highly recommend it to those who dont think they like beer as it is not very hoppy.

Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this one from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a half inch head that gave off a sharply sweet smell. Had a hazy, brownish consistency.

The taste was very full-bodied. There was evidence of malt, some sweets and a little bit of fruit. Seemed a little too bitter to me, but that's the nature of the beast.

The mouthfeel was highly carbonated and effervescent.

On the whole, this is a drinkable beer, but I didn't care as much for it as Ommegang's other beers (i.e., Rare Vos or Hennepin). It was a little tart for my taste. Still, a well-produced beer.

Photo of 1fastz28
4.51/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours an absolutely beautiful ruby red color with a big orange head. it laces a bit more than most belgians i've had. smell is good, fruity aroma with lots of yeast scents too.. taste is heavenly, this was the first beer i ever had that was a stretch from BMC, i had it about 3 years ago, and i remember thinking, how could anyone drink this, but after a few hundred craft brews this is one i wanted to review. anyway back to the review, it has a wonderful alcohol warmness to it as well as a fruity mixture like many belgians have. mouthfeel is very good and full, drinkability is a little hampered to do its high ABV. exceptional belgian imho

Photo of hustlesworth
4.51/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- crowned and corked 750 poured into a goblet. 1 1/2 in buildable creamy puffy beige head with a pinkish tint to it. settles to 1/4in foamy disk and leaves waves of big active lace. body is a very nice hazy almost opaque deep ruby chestnut, but when you hold it up to a light it explodes into a fire of tangerine, vermilion, scarlet and crimson to a more rosewood brown up under the cap. the facets of the goblet definitely exploit this range of reds and create waves and stripes of max eye candy.

S- spiced apple cider, fruity mace nutmeg, overripe red apples, pear, guava, pomegranate, spicy aromatic wood, port wine cask, sherry, grape juice, creamy almond dessert.

T- exotic fruit, cocoa, hard cider, dark berries soaked in a neutral spirit like vodka, currant, plum, bitter cranberry, alcoholic fruit vapors just flow out my nose when i swallow this brew. sweet wood, angostura bitters, dry red wine, shiraz, earthy damp wood, composted leaves, chocolate covered cherry, and a zap of well water in the long dry spicy hop finish.

MF- velvety light MF initially, but with a sugary body as it goes down. foam fizzles on the lip with every drink and i'm left with a crisp earthy feeling like i chewed up the forest floor, in a good way.

D- the label is correct when it says this is a beer for celebration. just like chimay, it's way too complex and would be a shame to just crush 64oz of this stuff. that being said, it was no problem at all takin this bottle to the capital.

Photo of aerozeppl
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

750 ML caged and corked.

Side note: I had a cave aged version of this I bought at the brewery a while ago and it was awe inspiring. On to this one.

Into Ommegang tulip.

A: Super deep brown that shows some deep red when held up to light. 2 fingers of brownish head. Decent amount of lacing.

S: Caramel, raisins, dark fruit, slight smell of yeast with some spice. Every sniff turns up something else.

T: Nice sweet malt flavor. The fruit and alcohol tastes come out as the beer warms. Slightly sour taste toward the end. Nice American Belgian style.

M: If I have a gripe with this beer it lays here. Solid med body and the carb is good it just does not fit in with the rest of the beer's profile somehow.

D: Dangerously drinkable. In my early 20s I was known to drink more than one in a night. Time has caught my in my later 20s and now I limit it to one. But damn I do always want that second one. Great beer. Get to the brewery if you have a chance.

Update: Had a 3 year old bottle. Probably held on to it a little bit to long but the fruit really comes out nicely with tons of apples. The malt is just great. A touch of oxidization is creeping in but not enough to detract.

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

Had this out of the corked 750ml bottle.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with a huge head. Poured a glass and waited at least 5 minutes before the head even showed signs of diminishing. By far the healthiest head on a beer I've ever seen.

Smell: Sweet smelling with a strong malt and fruit smell.

Taste: Deceptive as the 8.5% ABV is well hidden in a complex and very malty taste. Has a sweet taste that includes caramel, toffee and other flavors that blend perfectly. Had a dry finish from carbonation. I've never been disappointed by Ommegang and this is no exception.

Drinkability: For a high ABV the 750ml bottle went down very easy. Definitely a beer I could enjoy for a whole night.

Photo of dsa7783
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked Ommegang's Witte beer, but this one right here proved above and beyond that this a really great brewery... as a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, this is an excellent rendition of the style... From a 12oz bottle, pours a ruby-red, mahogany prune color with a frothy white head that lingered for a bit... Smell was full of figs, prunes, and dark fruit... taste complemented the aroma... strong sweet, thick, creamy, rich flavor... similar to a doppelbock, wonderful flavor that lingers on the palate... very full-bodied and malty... Awesome brew... hard to detect the 8.5% ABV, masked by awesome combination of flavors... definitely recommended...

Photo of erosier
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Popped open a 3L bottle at midnight to ring in the new year. It poured a nice dark red amber color with a tall, thick head that came stuck around for a very long time. It had an aroma of sweet malts and some fruity flavoring. It tasted excellent, especially for this kind of beer. It had a very sweet malty taste with hints of fruits, cherries and grapes mostly, and a very clean finish. It had a really nice mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation and it was very drinkable, which is good because I had 3L of it to drink, of which I had more than a few. Definately worth a try if you like Belgian Beers.

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

750 ml corked bottle with no freshness info.

a: Dark brown with a light tan head, excellent retention and lacing. A great looking beer.

s: Caramel, raisins, and candy sugar.

t: A complex mixture of caramelized sugar, dark fruit and spices.

m: Nice carbonation, medium body, creamy feel, a good warming feeling with a semi-dry finish.

d: The alcohol is well masked, the flavor is complex and interesting, I could drink a lot of this one.
Its great to see an American brewery consistently make great belgian-style beers. A great offering from Brewery Ommegang.

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

Poured into goblet

A - Pours up dark brown to mahogany with ruby highlights. A thick tan head disspates slowly to form a small cap on top of the beer, leaving lacing on the side of the glass. Gorgeous!

S - Raisin and apple smells dominate. Very nice.

T - Slightly sweet with a bit of wine flavor and raisins in the finish. A little cardboardy. Not sure what to think about that.

M - A little watery, but carbonated nicely.

D - At 8.5% ABV, this isn't a session beer. It's very good, though. I want another one, but I shouldn't have it.

Photo of irishkyle21
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a thick tanned head, great retention. The inside of the glass is full of lacing. Has a deep hazy copper color with some ruby shades.

Smells of dark vinous fruits, light chocolate malt, candy sugar and some spices.

Tastes of dark fruits, a little tart but sweet as well, spices and caramel.

Photo of Stimack
4.12/5  rDev -1%
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
4.17/5  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
3.04/5  rDev -26.9%
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
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
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
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 4,064 ratings.