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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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3,967 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,967
Reviews: 1,656
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 192
Gots: 369 | FT: 2
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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 Crousejs
4.9/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a great beer. The pour was a delight to watch occur. The smell started with some bright green apple, and then settled into a lovely yeasty puff. The first taste was very lively on the tongue, like the citrus you'd find in a coffee from El Salvador. Very lovely. The mouth feel is amazing. One of my favorite beers. The lacing is constant as the cup goes away. Served in an elongated goblet. The taste is very nice. Almost a honey flavor meets a dark chocolate. Highly Recommended.

Photo of Onibubba
2.85/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark resiny brown pour. Very short dark beige head. Smell is all burnt sugar and molassas. Taste is more of the same. Strong alcolhol presence, very bready/yeasty taste. Huge molassas taste is sweet, but not cloying. Some bitterness in the aftertaste. Highly carbonated, makes for a very full mouthfeel. Something this strong needs to be smoother and less carbonated. Drinkability is not high for me. The combination of alcohol, molassas, and carbonation makes this a real sipper.

Not a brew I was overly fond of. I'll be in no rush to drink the other bottle I purchased.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a rare find for College Station; three cheers for the HEB beer/wine guy.

Deep, deep ruby red – almost opaque. Clear and moderately carbonated, best I can tell. Real nice head, not the greatest retention. It never fully dissipates though.

Sweet Belgian candy sugar vibe. Prominent, tart fruit contribution from the hops. Thick and sticky. Dense, rich malt. Light citrus hop in back.

Medium+ bodied, thick and foamy, and very impressive carbonation. Tart, bready malt with a powdery touch. Very dry with a wine-like fruitiness – sweet, spicy, and just hard to pin down. Tartness turns to bitter near the bottom; I guess I got some of those yeasts. So much carbonation, my stomach is going to explode.

Reminds me of Duvel, in carbonation and essence. Fun to try, but I don’t need another for quite some time.

Photo of riversider76
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy redish brown. Fluffy tan head,with excellent retention,and lacing. Smell is of dark fruits,and alchol. Body is thick,with some carbionation. Taste is sweet fruit,up front with a touch of hops,and alchol in the finish. Very,very good stuff.

Photo of roblowther
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Glad to have Ommegang back in TX. Pours a dark, dark red brown with a dense, rocky head. The beer is almost black and the head is a medium tan. Nice. Smell is fruits with some esters and a note of burnt coffee or bitter chocolate. Or both. More subtle than I would have expected. Taste is very roasted, not fruity at all. It has a bitter component that comes on towards the end, just before a very dry finish. Interesting but not what I expected of an abbey style ale. Mouthfeel has nice carbonation and an oily texture that ties it together well. Drinkability is good, although the overroasting & the dry finish keep it from being really outstanding. I like this one but it really could do with being a bit sweeter. Still, a great product from a great brewery. Nice to see the Americans can do these styles well, if in our own way.

Photo of micahgoldfus
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark mahogony color, with carbonation bubbles always flaoting up, a good looking beer! Smells great, rich and fruitl. Not like the light, wheaty fruit beer, this fruity taste was strong and heavy. And so was the taste. I couldn't put my finger on the exact fruit flavors in the smell and taste, but I'm thinking it was a darker berry, like grapes or cherries. A well carbonated beer, which balances the heavier tastes. Tastes great, the flavor sits well in the mouth and the beer fills the belly. One and I was happy and done.

Photo of calinative68
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 750ml bottle Deep Cherry/Brownish.
Very good carbonation with tan foamy head.Overall a really great looking beer
Cocoa, malt, hops, fruity, slight alcohol.
Taste equals the smell, very balanced. A good representation of a dubbel.
Easy to drink and highly recommended.

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

Pours a reddish brown with a light brown head. Smell is sweet with raisons and a hint of chocolate. Taste of sweet malt, prunes with the alcohol nicely hidden. Medium - full bodied with good complexity that has a carbonation spike going down leaving a slight bitter aftertaste, I'd say a good one to try.

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

From the 750ml bottle with no freshness date, the caged cork delivers a satisfying pop when removed. Into a cervoise, it’s a deep brown color turning to mahogany in direct light. Heavy Champaign-like carbonation continually fuels a heavy, craggy, 2-finger head of brown-tan foam. Head fades slowly leaving a thick, solid cap and tons of heavy sheet-like lacing on the glass. Great looking beer! Nose evinces a chocolate/dry cocoa scent with underlying sweet malt, firm hops, dark fruit, and a whiff of alcohol. Flavor dovetails nicely with the aroma, delivering a pleasantly balanced smoky, malty, cocoa-coffee flavor counterpoised by solid but subtle hops, hints of sweet dark fruit, and a moderate alcohol presence throughout. Great flavor complexity here. Mouth is rich and creamy, bubbly with middle-heavy carbonation. Viscosity is just a touch less than I’d prefer and expect, but is still good overall. Drinkability is excellent; at 8.5% ABV, this one is great for leisurely enjoyment. I paired mine with a roast and it was highly complementary.

Overall: an outstanding strong dark and another great offering from Ommegang. Also, I paid only 5.99 for this 750ml bottle... I had to look twice! Strongly recommended.

Photo of goochpunch
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out cherrywood with lively carbonation and a khaki head that thins out, but maintains presence. Nose is kind of thin with caramel and roasted malts. Some mild, vague fruitiness. Alcohol stands out. Flavors come out very fruity in the front with hints of banana, apple, and grape. Middle mellows out with the fruit and the alcohol comes in. Finishes dry with some astringency from the roasted malt. Aftertaste is roasted malt and dark dried fruits. Mouthfeel is not cumbersome and the carbonation makes the flavors feel lively on the tongue. Solid take on a Belgian, but really not the most interesting beer made in the Belgian vein.

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

750ml corked bottle

I was very careful not to disturb the yeast as I popped the cork on this one.

I was also very careful with the pour, yet I managed to get a thick rich beige head in my "king of beers" goblet. The head stayed throuhout the entire serving leaving plenty of lacing behind.

The smell is odd to say the least, I smell some malt but also a licorice/spiced type of odor.

The taste is very good, again, I do taste the rich malts but also a taste similar to one of those brown, not black, chocolate licorice sticks I used to get at the candy store as a kid.

It has good mouthfeel, rich and creamy then a warming of alcohol.

I'm watching the Islanders - Rangers game and enjoying this brew with a plate of Gouda cheese and wheat crackers. Very drinkable offering... I have to run, my goblet is empty!

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

Poured a ruby brown color with a moderate tan head, not much lacing. The aroma has a slight chocolate aroma with some red wine or port characteristics, a tad more complex than a dubbel. The taste is a roasted malt backbone with some fruit esters, prune and carob; definitely some wine qualities. The feel is a bit fizzy, moderate body, finishes dry and a touch bitter. Good drinkability, alcohol is hidden well.

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

Popped the cork on this, a nice waft of smoky effervescence came slowly from the bottle. The beer is a dark brown-amber color with a thick brown-cream colored head that leaves small gatherings of lacing around the glass. The smell is quite sweet and complex, some wine characteristics; mostly malt. Fruitiness, possibly raisins or dates, Belgian sugars and alcohol are all apparent in the smell. The taste is also very wine-like, with a warming effect from the alcohol. A bit of spiciness complements the Belgian sugars and helps cover the alcohol slightly. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with quite a bit of bubbly, creamy carbonation. The overall drinkability of this beer is pretty good but I think I would try to stick to a single 750 ml bottle. The alcohol does hurt the drinkability of this beer slightly.

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

Poured a dark reddish brown with exciting carbonation and frothy head. Aromas were of sweet malts, dark dried fruits and definite spiciness. Yeasts were there but not overpowering. Brew was light in mouthfeel, though it had layers of flavor- great yeasty spices, cloves, sweet cinnamon. Malty finish, and very very dry. Carbonation was aggressive throughout, making the beer seem lighter while allowing more flavors to come through. The high abv was extremely well hidden, but after two 12 oz bottles i could feel the warming effects. Very good effort, Ommegang is on the top of the list of american craft brewers as far as belgians go.

Photo of Redwood21
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours vry dark mine had very little head. There was a suprising amount of carbonation. The aroma was not particularly strong in my case. It has a very wine-like taste. This wine like tatse also had a bittterness too it. Its not a bad taste, could just be my own personal taste but i do not find this brew to be too great. its got a pleasant enough taste but seems too carbonated. Worth a try.

Photo of Cresant
2.9/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. brown, undated bottle into a Westmalle glass. Semi-opaque, muddy golden /dark brown body. Minimal head due to a gentle pour.

Smell was absent. I presume the limp pour kept the yeast out but inhibited the aromatics released in the head. After the beer warmed to room temperature I smelled cinnamon-raisin bagels, uncanny.

Taste was rich, somewhat sweet with a distinct bitterness. Black grapes. Very well hidden alcohol.

Mouthfeel was medium to full in the body. Very mouthfilling due to carbonation.

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

Served from a corked 750 ml bottle into a St Bernardus goblet.

Pours a very dark ruby-brown color, with about one finger of tan head which sticks around for a while. There's quite a lot of carbonation here.

The initial scent is very sweet... the candy sugar is very prominent, but the nose also reveals dark fruitiness, with cherries and plums, and a slight maltiness. Still, the overall experience is one of sweetness, just as you'd expect for the style.

The flavor starts off with a bitter yeastiness, but then mellows to a fruity, slightly chocolatey malty flavor, with hints of dates and dried fruit. There is a slight hint of alcohol at the finish, but nothing to detract from the overall taste. This is definitely one of those ales that requires quite a bit of time to tease out all the flavors. Very nice overall.

The mouthfeel is good for the style -- the carbonation is a bit high though. Drinkability is good, again for the style; this is definitely a strong Belgian-style ale, and is generally more suited to leisurely sipping.

Overall, Ommegang is very good, right up on par with some of the best Belgium has to offer, but fresher, and (usually) cheaper. If you are a fan of Belgian ales, you owe it to yourself to try this; if you have been put off by domestic imitations of Belgian styles, this will restore your faith.

Photo of Atlas1
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belgian. Strong. Dark. Ale. Four words that are music to my ears.

Kicked off the night at a local belgian restaurant and ale house, so when I got home I thought it only fitting to crack open the Ommegang sitting in my fridge as a night cap.

Pours a nice, deep dark mahogany brown with ruby tint when held up to the light. My DT tulip glass captures the aromatic pleasantries of the abbey ale quite nicely. Sweet, dark fruit scents as well as banana. Caramel and maybe some chocolate cherries. I get a distinct buttery aroma here too. Extremely complex and well done. This smell blows me away. Taste is in line with the aroma. Rich and malty, with strong fruit flavors - plum, prune, apple, and pear. A very sweet, noticeably tart taste lingers in the front of the mouth before the hop character finally kicks in to balance things out. Don't be misled by my comments, though, because the hops are here purely for balance. They play a bit role in this production. Firm mouthfeel. An all-around quality Belgian ale from Ommegang. Very tasty. Serve with a meal or with dessert.

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

2 Year Old Cellared 750 mL bottle.
A: Pours a really deep dark ruby with a big tan head that shrinks to about a finger width. Small amount of lacing and low level of carbonation.
S: Smells of dark alcohol fermented fruit (cherries, plums... maybe some others) sugar/molasses and bread. Some spice as well.
T: Sweet malts and cherries through the front shifting more towards earthy bitterness and figs. Alcohol and yeast in the finish and still has that metallic aftertaste akin to an acidic Australian red wine. I was really hoping cellaring would get rid of this but oh well.
M: Velvet smooth medium-full bodied brew. Little too much carbonation at first but as it warms this pretty much goes away.
D: Given the 8.5 abv on top of 2yrs of cellaring it was surprising drinkable. Still...just dominated by too much unchecked sweetness to be highly drinkable. Really like to drink this over a pretty large span of time as it warms and transforms.

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

Pours a darkish brown with a substantial, thick beige head.

Smells of yeast, dark fruit, and some spicy alcohol. Tasty, with peppery notes atop sugary sweetness and boozy fruit. Hops light, bringing a touch of bitterness in the finish, lending the sweetness more of a caramel/molasses character. Medium body, a little oily.

A nice abbey ale - not my favorite style, but it works well as a sipper. Needs something paired with it, but I'm not sure what...

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

12oz bottle into snifter. Brewed at the historic Belgian brewery in... Cooperstown?!

Deep maroon hue with a tan frothy head that slowly settles to a thin cap. Spotty lacing along the glass.

My first thought was: wow! Smooth dark fruit flavors mix with a little bit of creamy coffee and caramel. Sweet alcohol lingers in the background.

Chewy malts are loaded with a sweet caramel tone. A little bit of dry fruit mixed with roasted coffee flavors. The alcohol shows up, but it is not overpowering. Full bodied with medium carbonation, and an oily feel. The caramel and dark sweetness lingers for a while in the mouth after each sip.

An American brewer inspired by the Ales made in Belgium brewed this one to mirror their inspriation located 3,624 miles away. I think the brewers in Belgium could learn a thing or two from this one. Fruit flavors show up like any other Belgian Dark Ale, but this one comes equipped with a touch of caramel that gives it its own delicious characteristic. A bargain compared to other imports, this one still ranks among the best. Careful with the alcohol though, it sneaks up on you.

Photo of allengarvin
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After a two year absence, Ommegang has returned to Texas. This is a 12-oz bottle poured into a Chimay goblet. It pours a very dark, red-tinted color with a tan head of foam (that fades pretty quickly). Nose is ripely fruity, sweet, with hints of caramel. Malty but not sweet in flavor, with a touch of roastedness; plummy fruit notes appear after a moment, and alcohol becomes apparent in the finish. Not too heavy bodied despite the strength, with a smooth mouthfeel.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big foaming head on top of a hazy amber body. head died down a bit and the aroma came to life.
Raisin, some sweet sugars and yeast are dominant in the nose. A bit of spice seems to be here as well
Taste of rich wild yeast, bisuit, figs some caramel and a touch of citrus rinds
Feels crisp, a bit of a twang to it.
Good drinkability. I'd prefer the Maudite to this one.

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

Poured a deep ruby/amber with a big creamy tan head. Alcohol was prominent in the nose at first, and rather unpleasantly so -- but be patient! Given a minute or three, the ethanol recedes and the other notes come out: caramel and fruit esters. Taste is mouth filling, a little sweet, then bitter on the finish. Apricot and sourdough yeasty bread.

A nice one when you're in the mood for a big beer.

Photo of neenerzig
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark copper brown color with a light tan head about a finger and a half thick when poured. Settles to a decent film layer 7 of 8 minutes after being poured. Had some decent layer. Has a fairly nutty aroma with smells of dark fruits such as plums and raisins along with hints of caramel and citrus. Sweet, malty flavors with hints of caramel and chocolate as well as the aforementioned fruits are present. Taste is rounded out by a trace of roasted hops. Quite tasty. Has a fairly crisp, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Quite easy to drink indeed.


Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 3,967 ratings.