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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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Ommegang (Abbey Ale)Ommegang (Abbey Ale)

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,854 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,854
Reviews: 1,650
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 167
Gots: 333 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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 seedee17
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Chimay goblet, a gorgeous ruby color when held up to the light, with a creamy tan head that lingers for a while and leaves a nice fine lace on the glass. The smell has notes of fruit and chocolate along with noticable alcohol. Also a slight metallic smell that fades away. Nice and sweet, with plum and caramel flavors with a hint of hops and alcohol. Velvety and rich with just enough carbonation making this beer impressive and enjoyable to drink. A world class beer from a US brewery having their Belgian style ale brewed in Belgium by a world class brewery. Go figure.

seedee17, Jun 26, 2006
Photo of andythejerk
3.35/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark, garnet color with just a modest head for a belgian. Smell is very sweet and fruity--smells somehow of yogurt-covered raisins. Flavor is good but comes off immediately as somewhat medicinal. Nevertheless it still has that fabulous, proof-that-god-loves-me strong belgian dark ale flavor. There are chocolate notes, as well as the follow up rememberances of the yogurt-covered raisins. It's alright--I would choose others first. Judged against others of its style.

andythejerk, Jun 26, 2006
Photo of mynie
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark burgundy to polished chestnut brown. Nice offbrown head, big and rocky to start, fading to a solid ring atop the brew.

Very potent yeast and alcohol in the nose, along with some ripe fruit and brown sugar candy. Not all that complex, but intense.

Creamy, dry start. Nice jab of yeast starts things out after that, tart fruit and ripe fruit--plums and apricots--fading into a chewy, sweet caramel brown sugar, ending on sweet and sour alcohol. Nice.

Truly an American craft beer classic!

mynie, Jun 24, 2006
Photo of AaronRed
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer left me with quiet an impression. Very dark amber pour with nice creamy white head- looks like a serious beer. Smell is stong, reminds me of sweet dried fruit, Taste is great, again strong malt presence with a raisin like aftertaste. It has a smoothness, but never loses it's edge. It seems the more sips you take, the stronger the beer becomes. A big brew for me, can't really drink too much of it, but I certainly appreciate how well made it is.

AaronRed, Jun 17, 2006
Photo of VoodooBrew
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, brewed in Belgium by Duvel Moortgat for Ommegang.

BIG rocky light tan head, clear crimson in color. The nose is fruity, and spicy. On the palate, spice, dark fruit, and a smooth finish. The carbonation is lively but not harsh. Ommegang drinks deceptively easy.

I have to say, good as this beer is, I expected a little more complexity, more layers.

VoodooBrew, Jun 16, 2006
Photo of vtfan77
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark brown with a ruby red tint to it. About a half an inch of tan head and minimal lacing. Beautiful looking beer.

S- Sour apple and coffee mostly. Interesting combination of fruity and roasty aromas.

T- Starts out tart with a pleasant fruitiness, some yeasty flavors thrown in there as well. The roasted malt comes through in the end and adds a little bitterness.

M- Smooth and silky, a little thin.

D- Pretty good, I was able to finish the bottle, but it took me a while and I wouldn't really want more. This is a sipping beer, especially with the ABV at 8.5%.

Good beer, complex and interesting. Not my favorite Ommegang (that honor goes to Hennepin), but still enjoyable.

vtfan77, Jun 14, 2006
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle 4 pack.

Big hiss when I popped the cap. good sign.

Dark burgundy brown with some red/orange hues. Bubbly, thick and even 2" slightly off-white head dispalys great retention and plenty sticky.

Smells of tangy and dark beries like,grapes and strawberries with caramel candy. Mild chocolate.

The flavor is all about the malt complexity. This one is very good, the malt has gentle chocolate notes with a big-time, up-front fruitiness, mostly red grapes, strawberries, and bluberries. There is a bitter, earthy hop balance and just the right of heat in the finsih. The feel is medium to full, lively, but goes down thick and smooth, with a dry finish.

This one had a rather large hop bitterness which I thought was a bit too much, otherwise...really nice.

GratefulBeerGuy, Jun 14, 2006
Photo of rodrot
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged 750 ml bottle. This beer had a dark, reddish brown appearance with a large 1 inch light tan head. There was a good bit of carbonation. Aroma was malty and caramelly with some hop aroma in the backround. Taste was of malt, dark fruits, maple syrup and a fruitiness that reminded me of caramel covered apples. This beer was medium bodied and fairly easy to drink considering the 8.5% abv. Not bad for the price either.

rodrot, Jun 14, 2006
Photo of walleye
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured a rich ruby color big light tan head some lacing. aroma sweet carmel honey, malts,raisins, another one that was hard to keep my nose away from the glass.flavor dark fruits,alcohol,honey malts,as it warmed up stared to get a semi sweet red wine like quality .liked the finish on this just the right amount of sweetness and bitterness that lasted just right

walleye, Jun 13, 2006
Photo of BassBone
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From one of Ommegang's beautiful 750mL bottles, caged and corked. I love these things. This is the first time I have tried the Ommegang Abbey Ale and I was not disappointed. It pours a rich dark ruby with a thick tan head that comes right up to the edge of the glass and stays there. Huge amounts of lacing as the head slowly dissipates.
The nose is classic Dubbel: malty and sweet with a hint of hops and some alcohol spice. Hints of caramel and fruity scents play around it also.
The first sip is a shock. Tons of complex flavors with some very up front alcohol followed by malt and hops with a sweet underpinning of caramel and a hint of smoke.
Lively carbonation helps it slide right down the throat and leaves a lingering bitterness in the mouth. A great example of an American Belgian. It doesn't quite replace Chimay in my top slot, but it's a good affordable amd delightful brew.

BassBone, Jun 11, 2006
Photo of ojiikun
3.08/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured without much ceremony into a glass goblet. Not much in the way of head, a little bit of fading cola fizz. Beautiful reddish brown color like a dubbel, even the foam is reddish and dark.

Smells great, like a sweet Belgian with lots of yeast and fruit and candy. If warm you can whiff the alcohol, but it comes across as citrusey and light.

Taste was unbelievably tart and dry, especially after it smelled so sweet and dubbel-ish. Lots of smokey coffeey and mineral water. Sour yeast and warming booze.

Mouthfeel is closer to red wine in the throat and champagne on the tongue than to beer in either place.

I had a hard time taking more than one glass due to the tart and bitter alcohol at the forefront. Both warm and cold, it's hard to focus on the real flavours underneath.

ojiikun, Jun 09, 2006
Photo of mattpetti
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this beer at Oak Tree Buy Right in south plainfield.
Cave aged 6 months in 2004 i believe. The bottle is discolored from the cave and the cork is blackening under the metal top.

A: After struggleing to pull the friggin cork out of the bottle i can finally try this beer. It pours a rich brown with hints of amber and a decent tan head. There seems to be ample carbonation in there. Which leaves cool spotty lacing in my glass.

S: Smell is a mixture of ripe fruit, caramel, tiny breadiness, mixed with an oh so subtle hop bitter. Slight alcohol backing which goes almost unnoticed by me.

T/MF/D: Everything that makes the regular abbey great is there, but better. Medium bodied, but rich, with burnt, ripe fruits which give a toasty sweetness. Caramel and alittle spice(cloves?) is in there too. Slight, warming alcohol kick. This is a mellowed beer with any rough edges from the original smoothed out. More drinkable than the regular abbey. Not too cloying, substantial carbonation, but it doesnt get in the way. In fact it helps leave a sharp and satisfying conclusion to a great beer.

mattpetti, Jun 06, 2006
Photo of IntriqKen
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I actually got this bottle by mistake...I had ordered Hennipeg instead.
Poured a deep, black amber with a tan head that melts to a fine ring of lacing.
Aroma is smokey, burnt malts, dried fruits, plums, peaches, raisins, and alcohol.
Taste is a heavy version of the aromas. Cried fruits, plums, prunes, peaches, raisins, alcohol and a smokey malt finish. Initially nicely sweet but it doesn't stay cloying on the tongue, rather migrates to slightly bitter smokey malts and dry alcohol.
Aftertaste is surprisingly drying for such a thick, heavy beer....A little smoked malt lingers along with the alcohol.
Did I say smokey? Yes...not in the way of a smoked beer, but a nice mellow smoked toastiness to the sweet malt that keeps it from becoming cloying.

IntriqKen, Jun 06, 2006
Photo of HugoGrim
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 ML bottle into a snifter.

Very dark brown, nearly black, with just a hint of red. Frothy cream colored head.

Aroma is dark and fruity. Elements of canned peaches, caramel, cooked honey, clove, and more. As I type this my home is filled with the aroma, as I used about half the bottle in a Flemish beef stew which is baking in the oven.

The flavor is quite darker than I expected. Extremely smooth and slightly smokey. Figs and a woody smoked tone make the flavor deep and rich. Finish is dry and smokey. Alcohol is virtually undetectable considering it weighs in at 8.5%.

HugoGrim, Jun 05, 2006
Photo of bonbright7
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured the coffee and root beer looking ale into my 50cl glass and thought about the taste to come that would make me think of tail-gating parties, cold weather, and hearty lamb stews. The bitter creamy wave was followed by the impressions of roasted coffee that made me put down the ale for a while.

I came back to it after a few minutes and it didn't strike me as improved with time or air. I would like to revisit this ale either on tap or with a fat roast beef sandwhich this Fall, as the winter will be approaching once again.

bonbright7, Jun 04, 2006
Photo of farHillsBrewer
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a muddy reddish brown with a smooth tan head that lasted. Strong and warming with the promised burgundy notes, with cherry, caramel, and an evident breadiness. The taste showed complexity as it warmed and tasted more wine-like. The alcohol was evident as well, though I was tempted to have a second. I drank it with a medium-rare rib steak, which was a very nice pairing. Would love to try again soon, preferable with another steak.

farHillsBrewer, May 31, 2006
Photo of BAbaracus
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark caramel with moderate carbonation and an impressive, rocky, buttermilk head. Suprisingly weak on the nose, but with spicy hints of cinammon and caramel malt. Pretty mild for what I’ve come to expect from a Belgian. Medium heavy body, lightly carbonated, not a lot of kick going down. Hopped spices and vague fruitiness with a faint hint of alcohol to finish it off. Really pretty underwhelming for what I expect out of a Belgian. Maybe I’ve just had too many sterling examples recently to be impressed by something that’s "only" Chimay caliber. Scored higher overall due to greater drinkability at this price, which can be fully half what you’d pay for the average Belgian import

BAbaracus, May 24, 2006
Photo of number1bum
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark with a big, foamy tan head. Holding it up to the light reveals a deep burgundy color. The head dissipates slightly but retains a thin lacing right through the finish. Smell is sweet and fruity, and the taste is the same. Very smooth and balanced, the taste shields the 8.5 ABV, which you don't much feel until polishing off the first half of the 750ml bottle and standing up to get the second half. I prefer the taste as it begins to warm, when the malty flavors really come out and a bit of a bite that is evident when too cold really smooths out. Quality brew that makes a nice treat.

number1bum, May 21, 2006
Photo of wedge
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Dark burgundy with a giant thick, moussy light tan head. At first, it smells of pale malts, nutty, almost creamy, with a delicate sweetness and faint phenols. If you really stick your nose in the glass: lots of dark, fruity esters and breadiness - nicely layered. Rich malts instantly mix with a vinous fruity tartness in the middle followed by clove phenols and a dry yeasty finish - some apple. Alcohol begins to creep into the flavor as it warms. Big, hearty mouthfeel is warming with full, yet soft carbonation.

This is a dark, dark beer. Rich, fruity, complex, and just really "full" all around. Oh yeah...this is quality stuff right here.

wedge, May 19, 2006
Photo of TongoRad
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Decanted pour- mostly clear chestnut brown color with ruby highlights and a tall dense tan head. Great color, and that head just won't quit.

Aroma is sweet and spicy. Candy hits your nose right away but it is almost immediately mitigated by a host of more grown-up aromas- orange peel, ground ginger, cherries, cloves, raisins, caramel and some woodiness. Alcohol has a faint presence and you have to look for it.

The palate is full and quite carbonated. Very spicy throughout. Cherries are dominant on the finish, but all of the other elements are there as well. Alcohol comes to the forefront for the last half of a glass harming its drinkability.

This is a good beer- complex and enjoyable for sure- but there is also something too methodical about it. It could achieve greatness with more of a wild side.

TongoRad, May 19, 2006
Photo of copasetic
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lovely mahogany -crystal clear and brown-red with a slight fluffy khaki head. The aroma is dark and caramelly, with notes of sweet malt and raisins. Taste is complex and totally delicious: rich, but not heavy, full of dark fruits, a hint of hops, and a round spicy finish. Mouthfeel is fizzy and light, with a little bit of heat. Excellent!

copasetic, May 15, 2006
Photo of DogFood11
2.68/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

For a belgian strong dark this is pretty lackluster in appearance, not much head retention or lacing to speak of.

Lots of licorice in the nose and taste, plumb, prune, dark grapes creep into the picture. My problem with this brew is it comes up short in the complexity and depth part of a good belgian. Taste drags on in the end and never really cleans up at all. Prunes sitting on your palate needs a cleanser.

Mouthfeel was syrupy, carbonation was above average and helped out.

Notes: Overall when you consider price per quality this is just average. This is my favorite style and to be honest this comes up short.

DogFood11, May 15, 2006
Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ommegang Abbey Ale pours a deep copper color with a tan head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. Aroma is fruity, when it warms, it is more malty, with caramel being evident. Taste is in turns fruity, malty/caramel and maybe a bit of sour apple. It's also a bit peppery in the finish. Although the alcohol isn't overpowering it is noticeable to me. Doesn't knock my socks completely off, but its a pretty darn good beer. Definitely worth a try.

Drew966, May 10, 2006
Photo of TheBungyo
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The pour stunned me. I was distracted after pouring and looked at my Orval goblet about 5 minutes later. The head was stubborn ... it look exactly as it had when I poured it. As I write this review it's been 10 minutes and the inch thick head still sits atop the brown/scarlet body as if it were a king in court. Lace clings to the side of my glass. I expect this from a nitro pour ... not a bottle!
The nose is like ambling through a massive garden full of roses. Floral notes leap at the nose followed by fleeting notes of orange and caramel.
Taste starts out an inoffensive sourness that brings to mind oranges, followed by an even caramel and something I can only describe as peppery butterscotch which I love. Mouth is sparsely carbonated and creamy.
Drinkability? I buy a lot of beer and this one is probably top of my list. I love this beer.

TheBungyo, May 07, 2006
Photo of Malpa
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I just brought home a 12oz bottle (for $2.29 at Whole Foods). I poured it into a snifter.

Appearance: A very nice opaque amber color with a very full and rich tan colored head.
Smell: A strong nose full of complexity. Hard to pinpoint certain smells, other than previous Belgian Abbey Ales I have had before.
Taste and Mouthfeel: A nice and spicy/sweet malt taste with overtones of spices. It has a very nice mouthfeel too it. Not overly bitter with help from the carbonation to take the edge off.
Drinkability: Very drinkable. Though use caution with the higher 8.5% Abv.

All in all...I would buy it again, perhaps in the availible 750ml corked bottle. I will also be trying Ommegang's other offerings.

Malpa, May 07, 2006
Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 3,854 ratings.