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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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Ommegang (Abbey Ale)Ommegang (Abbey Ale)

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3,637 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,637
Reviews: 1,634
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 147
Gots: 266 | 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 blitheringidiot


4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark hazy cloudy russett brown with no light escaping in a wine glass pour. No head coating to speak of.

Big scents blast up of marashino cherries, malts, dark fruit and ripe bananas. Tons of spice blends of coriander, cloves and nutmeg.

Rich velvety spiced malts reminiscent of brown sugar and rum torte cake notes. As this 8.5% ABV sipper gracefuly warmed, Tastycake Butterscotch Krimpets took over. [Maybe this is a Philly thing, yo!] Yeasty cinnamon roll dough and lingering aftertaste of maple syrup. Some esters after warmed.

Medium bodied, albeit a bit tacky.

Last swigs: Other OMMEGANG'S are superior to this eponymous offering. Spicey big yeasty cinnamon dough notes that are big...too max styled to be overly drinkable.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2004 04:14:57 | More by blitheringidiot
Photo of kmpitz2


3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is a deep crimson brown in color. The head is about 2 fingers high that falls to a quarter inch over the beer. The nose is somewhere between a dark caramel and the fig I get from a good Belgian. Its kind of enigmaic for me. The flavor is not quite as strong as I would like it to be. The malts are present, but they are not n my face. This one is also a bit thin for my liking. Drinkability is high, but I think this is at a sacrifice from the other aspects of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2004 02:47:56 | More by kmpitz2
Photo of JohnnyDuvel


4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had this quite a while back, and I was suprised to see that I hadn't reviewed it. I had it again, and what a wonderful, unique brew. This is the maltiest Belgian-styled beer I can remember having. Reminds me of Scottish Ale, with the sweet bisquity malt backbone. A nice, foamy head sits atop a dark ruby brew. Full and creamy, bursting with fruity flavors. I can't wait to get more. Better than I remember, and (once again) quite unique.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2004 02:59:44 | More by JohnnyDuvel
Photo of Sixpoint

New York

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought this in the bottle from Half-Time Beverages in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Peer poured a dark burgundy, just as the label suggested. The head on the beer is also a dark brown!

Perhaps this beer was fermented with dark candi sugar. Or perhaps some roasted barley or copious amounts of special B were added. At any rate, I'm definitely noticing the dark brown head on this Belgian Abbey ale.

Smells good... mostly malt, just a faint whiff of hops in the distance.

Tastes nice... full-bodied, balanced slightly by hops and a little bit of alchohol in the finish.

Overall, the beer is very spicy and warming. A nice apertif... definitely would not want to drink more than 2.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2004 02:54:49 | More by Sixpoint
Photo of connecticutpoet


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

This ale had a nice, creamy, foamy head that lasted for a while. The color was lighter than I expected for such a dark brown ale.

The aroma had a slightly musty, stong malt quality with fruitiness around the edges... a little trace of hops as well.

The taste was wonderful... it was well carbonated and dry, with apple and banana flavors mingled with a light spicy hoppiness. A very good beer to end a night of sampling with.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2004 02:16:07 | More by connecticutpoet
Photo of Rio


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

750 ml bottle, corked and caged. Lots of foam as soon as I popped the cork, but I was disappointed to see the tall, light brownish head fade away to almost nothing very quickly. Dark brown in color, about the shade of the label. Smells heavy of dark fruit, a bit of a sweetness, to it. Perhaps a brown sugar scent.

Tastes sweet up front, but has some interesting spices that seem to follow it. Pretty bubbly on the tongue, and a little dry at the end.

It's a good beer, but the spices and the bubbly mouthfeel make it a little less appealing to me. Still very drinkable, just not something I would probably enjoy often. Still, at three and a half bucks for 750 ml, it's a good buy for a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2004 01:20:24 | More by Rio
Photo of carln26


3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a deep, deep brown, with a 1 inch head of mostly fine grain bubbles. There was a delicate lace, but it did not retain. The nose is just a faint hint of malt. I didn’t get much of the aroma. The taste has just a hint of a black cherry (the malt?), but this beer is definitely defined by the malt. I don’t really feel or taste the hops at all. It has a medium/light mouth feel (surprisingly), and a medium/high drinkability. This is a god attempt at an abbey style, but I’ve had better.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2004 16:11:47 | More by carln26
Photo of Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

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

Deep brown hue with red reflects. Honest light brown head. Malty and yeasty nose rich of fruity overtones (prune, apples) and chocolatey. Initial sweet attack which is not unbalanced thanks to a long yeasty dry finish. Alcohol noticeable, but undistracting. Round medium body with very high carbonation, although not as much as rare vos luckily. Pretty good, but I’ve yet to be truly impressed by a dubbel and I must say that Ommegang has never impressed me all that much besides Three Philosophers.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2004 21:09:04 | More by Rastacouere
Photo of thinkbreakfast

New York

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

App: Very dark, almost completely black. Head is thick and almost tan.

Smell: Alcohol and ripe bananas stand out. Slight malt backing.

Taste: Strong taste of overripe fruit. Lots of banana. Alcohol. Bitterness in the back. Aftertaste is both crisp and lingeringly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Not as thick as I expected. Aftertaste makes the mouth powdery.

Drinkability: It would be hard to drink more than a few, but good for the style, as I see it.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2004 20:49:56 | More by thinkbreakfast
Photo of TagoMago

New York

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

Presentation: 750 ml. corked bottle, poured into Trappist glass.

Appearance: Dark amber with a reddish hue when held up to light, with a very full-bodied appearance. The beer pours with a beautiful tan colored head. The retention is great as the head gradually subsides to a thick, creamy foam which rests atop of the beer. A nice tan lacing clings to the glass.

Smell: Intense malts with some sweet fruitiness - almost plum-like in character. Some clove notes. Some underlying, estery alcohol notes are present as well.

Taste: Rich and incredibly smooth. The body is extremely creamy and velvety, though the initial carbonation that hits the palate is quite vibrant and untamed. There are some intense malts upfront, coupled with some spicy, fruty, estery notes in the finish. Overall, the finish is rather dry.

Overall: This beer is nearly flawless. This is, without a doubt, the best beer of its style made in the US. This beer is actually better than many of the Belgian-made beers of the exact same style.

Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2004 04:01:54 | More by TagoMago
Photo of noclue


4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 750ml bottle corked and caged(bottle-conditioned).

Appearance: Big foaming off-white head with itsy-bitsy bubbles. Highly carbonated with rich, dark amber color. Very sticky lacing.

Smell: Sweet, Malty. Caramel! Strong nose.

Taste: Sweet yet spicy. Fruity. Tropical. Plums.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Tingles the palate. High carbonation.

Overall/Drinkability: A sipping brew that sneaks up on you. I don't have much more to say. Outstanding. Execellent. Superb. Great. I want more!

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2004 03:16:56 | More by noclue
Photo of NEhophead


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

750 ml bottle-conditioned.

Burnt, off-white head that dissipates at a moderate pace. Very good amount of carbonation given that it's bottle conditioned. Dark burgundy hue peaking through a translucent brown color. Decent lacing slowly fading into the rest of the ale.

A great burnt caramel and cherry aroma. Malty sweet nose with some earthy tones peaking through.

A nice heavy sweetness. Like biting into a chocolate covered cherry with more of the emphasis on the cherry. Some chocolate and caramel hints. Doughy flavor in the aftertaste accompanied with a slight bitterness. A nice warming acohol abundantly present that adds a well rounded flavor.

An easy/slow sipping abbey. Very smooth due to it's sweetness. A bit heavy due to the upfront alcohol presence.

A nice treat for the palate due to the ale's complex flavors, but not a beer that I could drink all night. A nice American version of a great style to enjoy on occassion.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2004 23:10:36 | More by NEhophead
Photo of zImage


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

This beer followed the Soba after the Trapist Beer tasting and was the last of the evening.

Appearance: Dark red colors.

Smell: Sweet malty smells.

Taste: Good smooth flavor.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat heavy.

Drinkability: At $3.99 for a 75mL bottle, this can't be beat.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2004 18:17:14 | More by zImage
Photo of 99bottles


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

Appearance: A rich mahogany-red color with a active 3/4" head of yellowish off white. The head quicklf fizzles to a thin lacing on the surface. I drank it from a baloon style wine glass because I've had this before, and I prefer that to a tulip or other shaped glass.

Smell: A very full smell greets the nose from this beer. The body is of sweet malt with some tart fruit scents, cherries, apples. It develops to a sweeter esteric body as the beer has time to aerate.

Taste: The taste of this seems to have slight variations from bottle to bottle, but never anything bad; just different. I get a very vinous taste, and the similarities to wine are obvious. Again, more dark fruits like dates, plums, cherries swim through the sweetness of candi sugar. Some interesting spice notes, I taste clove. This bottle also finished with a sour phenolic twinge, maybe due to the second fermentation going a little overboard. It gave this smooth sipper a nice breath of life, and never got to the "band-aid" level of taste.

Mouthfeel: This isn't as heavy I you might imagine an 8.5% ABV Belgian Style to be. It has lively carbonation to keep it light on the tongue. Not cloying at all.

Drinkability: Excellent. I never have a problem finishing the 750 mL bottle. This is a really great beer and a great value. Quite the US interpretation of a Belgian beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2004 18:44:24 | More by 99bottles
Photo of pheurton


4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

cloudy chesnut red with an awesomely creamy and dense layer of tan foam that ain't going anywhere. sticky patches of lace coat the goblet. sweet caramel and fruitcake aroma with a hint of medicinal phenol character. lively carbonation, slightly fizzy, yet still very smooth and rich. bursting with dark fruit, cherry-like flavors. slick and sweet with ample caramel character that is more pleasant than it sounds. goes sort of medicinal in the middle with a phenolic character that is there for balnce, yet seems just slightly off-kilter. finishes with a peppery noble hop bite that quite satisfying. alcohol stays mostly hidden, and this is easy drinkin' for such a big, bold, and flavorful ale. one of the best american-brewed belgian style ales that i've ever had, made even more attractive at its price relative to other beers of this style and character. nice job.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2004 17:48:22 | More by pheurton
Photo of sublimesipping


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

Served from a bomber into a goblet glass. this beer was way more than I was expecting it to be. Beautiful, dark, ruby red rust color, excellent glass lacing and clarity makes for a very attractive and inviting presentation. Aroma of port, dried cherries, and dulce de leche. Tastes as a little bit of heaven. again notes of cherry, caramal apple; a port effect gives it a subtle, mellow hint of alchohol. A lingering, warming sweetness that carrys itself well from the bottle to the glass to the tongue and down. It seems to envelope the body, preparing and paving the way for the next wonderful sip. This is truly an exceptional beer that I greatly enjoyed this night with an amazing cheese and fruit plate. Try it and savor it. I don't think that you will be dissappointed.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2004 15:24:32 | More by sublimesipping
Photo of rlcoffey


2.98/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

750 ml bottle. Poured a red-red-brown, dark red bordering on brown with a big head like expected from a belgian style. Very nice appearance. The smell threw up the first warning flag on this beer. It smelled like a Belgian, only more so. Overpowering smell. The taste backed this up. The fruity/sweet tastes are there, only subtle and in the background. The spicy and expecially peppery tastes overpower taste buds. A very complex taste, different mouthfuls varied from smooth to extremely harsh. I think a little too much of a good thing. I had no interest in having another of this beer. I wonder if cellaring a bottle away for a year or so wouldnt smooth out this beer and take it up a notch. I think my overall impression is raw, harsh, and overdone.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2004 01:13:04 | More by rlcoffey
Photo of RBorsato


4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown iced coffee and hazy with a nice brown head and good carbonation but no lace worth mentioning. Raisiny and fruity aroma and taste; alcohol is evident but well masked. This is a Dubbel on steroids ! Medium-full bodied, rich, and smooth.

An excellent American value !!

Label states: "Belgian Style Abbey Ale"

(25.4 oz. / 750 ml corked champagne style brown bottle with a wire cage)

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2004 17:09:11 | More by RBorsato
Photo of twilight


4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 in chalice.

Pours a brownish red, but primarily red with a frothing head. Unfortunately, it doesn't stay, but the ring around the glass keeps me company for a while. The smell is... well, I kind of want to say plums or raisins, but I can't really remember what they smell like. The smell is caramelly with hints of spiced fruit. It kind of reminds me of the winter holiday season even though I don't celebrate. It's grassy and sweet, almost like holding hands with your girlfriend while lying on a cool autumn lawn during twilight. The taste of spiced fruit, but with a strong spice backbone and that sweetness that gives it a slightly spicy body, without being too cloyingly sweet or full. The alcohol is definitely present, though. I like this one. Carbonation is light and defers to the taste. I should get this in smaller bottles or find someone else to split it with. Though definitely not my favorite, a good strong beer. The price, as well, is quite nice.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2004 02:42:31 | More by twilight
Photo of Stingray5

New York

3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml pours dark chestnut with a large fluffy off white head. Peppery aroma with dark fruit. Thinner side of medium mouthful. Initial taste is very strong in alcohol, but as it warms this settles to pepper and spice with prune, grape. Long lasting spice in the finish has quite a kick.

Overall a bit unbalanced due to the strong pepper and spices, and slightly thin mouthful, but not bad. Begs to be aged.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2004 01:44:29 | More by Stingray5
Photo of xgrigorix


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

Brown bottle, 750 ml size. Corked & caged, no dates.

Bugandy is certainly the word to describe this beer. A glowing reddish brown, with lively carbonation racing to freedom. Capped by a voluminous tan head.

Lots of crazy fruit in the nose - plums, apples, & raisins. Surrounded by spicy notes of licorice & pepper, along with whiffs of alcohol rushing in on the last wave.

After all of the promise & intrigue of the nose, the actual taste turns out to be a bit of a let down. Everything promised in the nose is there, but the whole thing seems muted & dull. Nothing really pops. I am at least digging the way the licorice flavour lingers on after the finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2004 17:18:20 | More by xgrigorix
Photo of konabrewer


4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mohagony color with sparkling effervescence into my goblet.
Nose is spectacular with sweet malt and yeast character. Nice fruity esters come all the way through.

Visibly superb!
The mouthfeel is full with carbonation. Must be 3 volumes or higher

The taste is about perfect as one could get.

As far as style, this beer is made exceptionally.
Brewery Ommegang is one of my favs for sure. My girlfriends too

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2004 01:37:25 | More by konabrewer
Photo of WanderingFool


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

Ommegang pours a dark mahogney color with a light tan head. The aroma is malty sweet with notes of raisins, caramel and yeast. Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth with a light tingle on the tip of the tongue.

There's lots of flavor packed into this beer. It begins somewhat fruity (cherry?) with a hint of apple. Some spices (allspice, nutmeg) and molases flavors seem to fill the middle and it finishes with a mild oak taste. All the while there's a nice caramel malt holding all the flavors together. A mild cherry flavor lingers on the palate after each sip.

This is a very tasty Belgian style dark ale that cost less than many similar imports. It can also be found in 4 packs of 12oz. bottles for those times you may only want one glass of beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2004 21:19:13 | More by WanderingFool
Photo of BeefyMee


4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Flawless in appearance. This one is indeed burgundian with a soft head and slightly transparent body. It smells and tastes very fruity, but the taste shows a little more alcohol. The taste combines some apple-ish and red grape flavors that linger pleasantly in the aftertaste. If the alcohol was hidden a bit more, this would be one hell of a beer. As it stands, it is very good and one that I'm sure I'll return to.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2004 03:21:30 | More by BeefyMee
Photo of chaduvel


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

Dark, 'burgundian' in color with a voluminous off-white head. Smells of dark fruits rich malts some hint of yeast and cocoa. Taste is rich and full and of chocolate covered dates, raisins or plums. Lots of different peppery spices fill the palate and there is a dry wine-like finish. Medium carbonation full-mouthfeel and malt texture and oh so smooth and drinkable. An all around fantastic brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2004 18:47:22 | More by chaduvel
Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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