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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,752 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,752
Reviews: 1,642
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 158
Gots: 294 | 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.

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jaluria

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Pours a dark purple in my goblet with a creamy & thick head. The head dissipates quickly and leaves behind some lacing. Aromas of sherry, berries, dark fruit, and roasted malts are apparent. The taste is of sharp malt with a fruity backbone. Some fruity bitterness and sweetness come out nicely as the beer warms, followed by a distinct alcohol taste. This beer is rich and sweet with great oak-like depth just like port or aged merlot. A truly exceptional taste, but one that is strong and in my opinion, acquired. I could have a few of these, it is that good.

10-21-2005 15:11:48 | More by jaluria
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qcitydarkstar

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%

Serving type: 750ml corked bottle

Price: $5.99

This ale is rather carbonated, much to my surprise. On my initial pour I got at least two inches of head. The initial smell is reminiscent of burgundy and tobacco. When rolling onto your tongue, the sharp bite of the alcohol hits immediately and then relaxes into a traditional malty-sweet "dubbel" taste that evaporates quickly. While sipping this ale, notice the wonderful off-white think lace that appears on the glass almost like a cobweb. At 8.5% you must be careful with this brew, as it is extremely easy to drink, especially with a cigar; highly recommended for the price.

10-16-2005 04:56:58 | More by qcitydarkstar
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whartontallboy

New York

4/5  rDev -3.8%

Big bottle, aged about 9 months.

Pours a barely-translucent reddish brown with a rich creamy head of tan foam. Looks like a good Belgian ale, but leaves slightly less lace than some of the legit ones.

Smell is dark fruit (plums and cherries), alcohol (a tad hot), and a little bit of dark malt. A bit of a port scent as well.

Flavor is slightly winey, but in a very pleasant way. There's a little bit of a port or sherry flavor, some dark fruit (I really catch the plum and maybe a tiny hint of peach here), some licorice, and a lot of alcohol. Finishes dry. My only real complaint here is that the alcohol is a bit too prominent in the flavor, even at the ABV. Even that's not too distracting, though.

Mouthfeel is creamy and adequately-carbonated.

Overall: As with all Ommegang products, maybe not as great as some of the top-tier Belgians, but very good and a steal at the price. I feel the little bit of aging served it well and let some of the port flavors become more pronounced.
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10-16-2005 03:37:17 | More by whartontallboy
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Oxymoron

Colorado

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

I picked up a 22 in Omaha Nebraska’s Wild Oats. Poured a rich dark red with murky brown highlights when held to the light. An ample head with limited lace. The head retention remains but did not last throughout the whole tasting. The aroma is sweet but more malty then what I consider a “Belgian-esk” smell. A great fragrance of malt with plums more then raisins and a hint of peach or at least a fruitiness quality.

The taste is very rich. A good presence of malt that is complex, smooth and tasty. A stronger plum flavor with a lighter spice quality. Lighter in the spices, more cloves and nutmeg but maybe some cinnamon too. The aftertaste has a banana and molasses quality that mixes well. Also a taste of sweetness like brown sugar. One thing I just have to repeat is the rich smoothness it has.

The body is medium to full. Limited carbonation. Overall a good Abbey ale. A stronger malty then a average Abbey. Also the yeast is a more subtle. Well, my suggest is you should try this.

09-26-2005 02:19:19 | More by Oxymoron
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ichigodisaster

North Carolina

4.8/5  rDev +15.4%

Pours a deep, deep burgundy with a light tan head that leaves nice lacing behind. It's beautiful. I have to say that it looks almost mysterious and it nearly sucks up the light as I attempt to look through the glass.

Aroma is really fruity- bananas, raisins, grapes, sugar, and a bit of spice...clove maybe? I detect a bit of alcohol too, but it's sinfully inviting.

Wow. Dark fruits, raisins, plums and the like, a hint of molasses, a bit of sugar that doesn't overwhelm or detract, and some sourness on the finish. The alcohol is pretty warming, but perfect as all of the tastes unravel.

Very bubbly as it hits your tongue, but smooth all the same and almost creamy as it moves, releasing all of it's complexities.

Stunning.

09-24-2005 04:19:17 | More by ichigodisaster
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NClifestyle

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +7%

an amazing beer, even moreso that it's an american, not a belgian.

poured from the BIG 750ml bottle with cork and metal twist cap. tons of tight, caramel colored bubbles, so much head. a murky, brown-red color appears, nearly half of the glass is foam.
sugar or bubblegum and raisins, malt and spicy orange, maybe even honey covered fruit aromas.
taste is wonderful, pure joy. very serious malt flavors, but some i'm not familiar with just yet. some spice sneaks in there mid mouth. alcohol sneaks up behind these.
very creamy brew, first sip seems too carbonated, but it mellows and is quite smooth, the foam hits all over the mouth.
make sure this is not cold, as more flavors jump out as it warms. i've had this a few times, and prefer it to chimay anyday.

cheers...

09-21-2005 03:35:03 | More by NClifestyle
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Higravity

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

A damn fine brew. A deep red marron with a frothy head that holds on for all its worth. The nose is large complex sugars of malt and fruitiness of apples and plum with yeast phenols. The taste melts in my mouth giving it a pleasent rich glow of of fully develop caramel malt mixed slightly with a appley-plum thing maybe some cherry tartness at the end, but the yeast flavoring gives the beer the intangable and with its smooth silk texture I will be seeing this in a glass near me soon.

09-20-2005 12:59:32 | More by Higravity
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jozols

New York

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

This is an exceedingly smooth, drinkable beer. The aroma is faint, but fruity. It has a deep rich color and foamy head thick enough to cling to the sides of the glass, though not so frothy as some other Belgian-style beers. There is some lingering tartness (think cherries), but no bitter aftertaste.

09-18-2005 01:11:03 | More by jozols
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battlekow

Wisconsin

3.53/5  rDev -15.1%

Shared a bottle of this with The Man Who Would Sacrifice His Liver For His Customers, murrayswine. What a guy.

Ommegang's bottle describes its color as "burgundian;" I'm not sure why the brewery chose that word, which implies "of Burgundy (the region)" rather than burgundy the color. While the former does not apply, the latter certainly does, as Ommegang is a wine-like deep red color. It's capped by a yellowish head with good retention. The smell is of dark fruits, especially tart cherries, and not much else. A little too heavy on the cherries, I think. The taste is similar, but a touch better due to the good toasted finish. The mouthfeel is quality, but that can't save Ommegang from being one-dimensional.

09-17-2005 15:59:13 | More by battlekow
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fingolfin72

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.8%

Color- Rich mahogany with a palomino head. I was left with glass lacing within a few minutes.

Nose- Brown sugar, cedar, apples

Palate- A big palate indeed. Molasses, apples, caramel, cloves, pepper, and a bit of alcohol all blend nicely together to make quite a satisfying, intoxicating and not-too-expensive beer. This will go well with a blaze in the fireplace this winter.

09-16-2005 01:55:35 | More by fingolfin72
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GeoffFromSJ

New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +10.6%

Wow.

Many thanks to the Ommegang rep you gave me this while dropping off my canoe.

This is incredible. Aged by them. Slightly mishandled by me. It has developed an alcohol-taste which is quite like Westy 12 and St. B. 12. I'm dead serious. It dances up to that border of astringency but it doesn't cross over and is quite like the Westy 12's I've had in that regard.

Chocolate malt. Smooth. Nice head, but not incredible. Smell is strong and like the taste.

Great beer. Retired? Say it isn't so.

09-13-2005 22:58:57 | More by GeoffFromSJ
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gotbeer

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%

This was a 750 bottle aged in Howe Caverns for 6 months until Sept of 04 that was uncorked in August of 05 (aged about one year and one half).

The bottle was obviously left in the ground with the usual Ommegang labeling, and obvious signs of earth and wear. The beer poured a rich color amber red with a thick head that laced the glass nicely.

The smell was different than Ommegang when it is fresh. Earthy, and malty.

The taste was in my opinion better than the standard, fresh Ommegang. Tons of complexity, and lots of fruit flavors- figs being the primary contributor. Molassess also comes to mind. It took me a while to really come to terms with the sheer complexity of this beer, and I had a hard time putting into words how it tasted. An incredible difference from what I was used to from Ommegang (which is very nice when fresh).

It's drinkablity is good if you can find enough of it.

I wonder if the complexity and flavors of this cave aged Ommegang could be replicated in my cellar. I'll let you know in a couple of years. The only bad thing I can say about this beer is that the next bottle of Ommegang I buy won't be getting uncorked for a long, long time. I would highly reccomend either trying this one, or laying down a bottle of Ommegang for a while.

09-01-2005 01:36:00 | More by gotbeer
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LucaBrasi

New York

3.9/5  rDev -6.3%

Well. This is my first beer from Ommegang and sure not to be my last. This beer appears a nice reddish brown with a thick bubbly head. The head does disappear but will lace the glass throughout the life of the beer. The smell is of alcohol cherries, bananas perhaps and malt. The taste is of fruit, a hint of cherries and warms up with the taste of alcohol. The mouthfeel is thin and warm light carbonation. This is a good beer not yet highly drinkable the alcohol really comes though in this one. Nice Brew.

08-31-2005 02:06:41 | More by LucaBrasi
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kbnooshay

New York

4.7/5  rDev +13%

Well i would have to say the label is pretty accurate in describing its but i will continue nevertheless. This pours with a full, gorgeous and forever rising brown head. The dome is perfect and round and i swear as you keep on drinking it it keeps on rising right to the top. The body is a hazy as hell burgundy with carbonation that never ends and rising in horizontal sheets off the side of the glass. Nice lacing. Perfect appearance. The aroma is a interesting combination of alcohol, chocolate, malt, banana, flowers and nuts. The taste is so full and rich. It is intense also as the alcohol kicksyou in the ass. Present are hops, maltiness and finally i picked up the clove which came on strong when it did. I will have to rank this slightly below the 3 philosophers and rare vos beacuse i find those to be near perfect brews and this isn't quite as pleasant due to the alcohol. I don't think it si covered up as well here. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy. Drinkability is moderate.

08-30-2005 15:20:08 | More by kbnooshay
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Naes

New York

3.93/5  rDev -5.5%

The appearance is dark brown with some orange / reddish hues around the edges. The head is large and light tan in color.

Aroma is supper sweet, candied bananas, sugar and has a slight alcohol presence.

The flavor is of raisin, malt and alcohol. Al title bit of cherries and other fruit is also there as well.

Mouth feel is medium bodied and generously carbonated.

This is a definite sipping beer.

08-29-2005 01:38:06 | More by Naes
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Brian700

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

This beer pours a brown with reddish hues. The head is light brown and fizzles down to a thin cap with some nice lacing.

The smell is malty sweet with a some candy sugar.

The flavor is also malty with some candi sugar and a little bit of residual sweetness. Nice and earthy.

The mouthfeel is medium/full body with medium carbonation.

I think this is a very drinkable beer and recommend it.

08-28-2005 01:12:45 | More by Brian700
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RedHaze

Nebraska

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%

Pours a dark ruddy brown with a thick frothy two finger head that slowly recedes to a thick layer of foam and leaves behind a thick webbing lace.

Smell is fruity: plums, a little banana, and some mild cherry. there's a fairly pronounced yeast profile in the nose, with some sweetness from the candied sugar. It's bit on the vinous side with the fruits and a touch of alcohol.

Taste is of dark fruits: plums/raisins, with a strong malt presence, and somewhat chalky yeastiness. It's a touch on the sweet side sweet, without being too much. I could feel the alcohol much more than it came through to strongly in the flavor. Has a very rich and smooth, full bodied mouthfeel, and goes down .very easily

This is my third beer from Ommegang, and they are quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries.

08-25-2005 02:47:24 | More by RedHaze
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

4.88/5  rDev +17.3%

Ommegang opens like a fine champagne. This is the first great thing about the beer. Popping a bottle of bubbly is always a blast. Sure you can be a wuss and hold a towel over the cork but who doesn’t like to send a little piece of wood flying across the room or straight up in to your vaulted cathedral ceiling.

The next step doesn’t disappoint either. The head is a rich brown color and lasts and lasts and lasts. One thing that I like about Ommegang’s bottles is that they print pouring instructions that are specific to each individual beer. Ommegang is meant to be consumed in a goblet and should be poured carefully because of the richness of the head. I prefer to drink it out of a snifter because it really brings out Ommegang’s best trait, it’s nose.

Aromas of caramel apples and brown sugar instantly fill the room when you open a bottle. A lot of beers can create such poignant aromas but few can make them last longer than a few seconds after opening, and even fewer have a taste that matches their nose. Ommegang’s flavor is just as full as it’s wonderful scent.

The first sip of the sienna colored liquid offers a fruit forward POW to the palate of chocolate-covered cherries, figs, and raisins. Spiced rum and mild anise follow and it finishes with an orange tobacco that grows increasingly more citrus full as the beer warms.

Despite its relative strength (8.5%), and bold flavors, Ommegang is not intimidating like most other Belgians. It’s incredibly smooth and cohesive putting its drinkability right through the roof. Anyone who can enjoy a middle of the road ale like New Castle should be able to tolerate and eventually learn to love not only the Ommegang but other strong Belgians as well. For the seasoned beer drinker, Ommegang’s appeal will be immediate.

08-24-2005 20:33:04 | More by DaPeculierDane
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mmmbeer

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -7.5%

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date but I know it's a good six months old. Served slightly chilled in a Chimay chalice. It pours a murky brownish-red with a 1/2" yellow/tan head that leaves lots of lacing. Smells of blackberries, raisins, yeast, alcohol, and perhaps bananas and apples - very sweet and fruity. The taste isn't as complex, with notes of raisins, yeast, alcohol, and lots of sweetness. The body is full and has very smooth carbonation. I'm a little let down by this bottle - I remember it tasting better than this. I'll re-review with a better bottle sometime.

08-23-2005 22:54:22 | More by mmmbeer
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macpapi

Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%

I must preface this review by saying that Ommegang Abbey Ale has been a personal standby for many years. It was the first Belgian style ale that I ever tried and will always be special to me because of that. That being said this review is done in the most objective and impartial way possible.

Ommegang pours a nice copper-brownish color with a half-inch, well-retained tan head. Bubble action is barely visible throughout the glass. Mysterious in its deep hues and relative opaqueness.

Its scent is dominated by a fruity aroma. Grapes, raisins and even plums are duly noted in the beer's aromatic contents. Also a nice hint of malt and barley are noticeable. At the end of each deep smell the presence of chocolate and sweel caramel is happily evident.

The taste is much like the smell. Fruit and chocolate/caramel are the main flavors present here. There is little hop presence, but malt helps to complete the overall well-balanced Ommegang signature flavor. As it warms, alcohol becomes more noticeable, but not in any manner detrimental to its enjoyment.

The mouthfeel is full, bold and flavorful. The taste remains on the palate well after the beer itself has disappeared down my happy throat.

Overall, Ommegang Abbey Ale is an excellent beer. As I've mentioned above, this beer from the first time I tasted it, has represented quality and what others should strive for in their brewing process. Today, many years after first sampling it, and having tried hundreds of other beers in between, I can say with no reservations that considering all things (price, quality, enjoyment level etc..) this is one of my favorite beers and will continue to be a standby for as long as it''s brewed.

08-22-2005 00:36:51 | More by macpapi
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OStrungT

California

2.8/5  rDev -32.7%

This beer pours a cloudybrown. The head is thick and brown. It fades slowly, leaving very thick laces. I had a little trouble at first placing the aroma, but then I read karst's review, and I agree, it has a bubblegum aroma. I dont think I have ever noticed a beer with an aroma of bubblegum before. It also smells fruity. It has a banana aroma. Not much for hops. The malt aroma is also lacking. The main thing I smell is bubblegum. It has a strange taste. It tastes bubblegum like, with a fruity kick to it. I dont know if I like it too much. I think it has a slight medicine like flavor. I dont know what else to say about the flavor. I know this beer is ranked quite highly, but I just dont like it much. It leaves a medicine like aftertaste. I will probably never drink this beer again.

08-16-2005 00:17:41 | More by OStrungT
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karst

Missouri

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

Pours garnet in the globe wine glass that displays the strong beading that supports a dense tan head.

Aromas of bubblegum, allspice & light chocolate with mild banana. Flavors of sweet dark fruits and toffee. Medium body and slick mouthfeel. Well balanced and delicious. Alcohol well hidden in sweetness that is never cloying.

Shared this bottle with friends celebrating the birth of their first son - Quinn.

08-14-2005 17:41:11 | More by karst
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Px2GrafX

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%

presentation: 750ml corked bottle with wire cork crown. burgundy, white and mustard printed label. big ommegang logo on the front. "serve cool at 50ºf" is printed, along with "guaranteed cellared at the brewery". abv is displayed at 8.5%.

appearance: pours a hazy dark burnt red with orange ruby highlights in a tulip glass. nice 1 inch head with bubbles rising from the bottom. good lacing.

smell: incredible aroma! fruity prunes, raisins and bananas. sweet baked goods and currants. alcohol as the beer warms.

taste: wow! flavor buffet. more fruit and malty cake. lightly bitter. vinous with a lightly yeasty alcohol finish. super complex. alcohol becomes more prevalent as the brew warms. reminds me a little of a less intoxicating barleywine. i bet this gets a 5.0 after laying down a year.

mouthfeel: medium body with a perfectly medium carbonation. swallow clunks a little bit but ok for the style.

drinkability: very tasty, so you want to drink it. the alcohol becomes heavier as the beer gets warmer. that among many other things will work itself out as this bottle ages. but, as for right now, one bottle at a time.

overall: very good beer! tastes amazing. i'm going out to buy 2 more to cellar for a year and two. excellent "celebration" brew.

08-09-2005 00:17:48 | More by Px2GrafX
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MuddyFeet

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%

Cave Aged bottle.

Very rich and smooth. Aged well. Gotta go dig myself a 156 foot cave now. However, something was growing on my cork. Drank iot anyways, very glad I did. Pours a garnet tinged brown in color with the slightest of heads. Aroma is all yeast and figs. Flavor is at first very sweet from the malts, but followed up nicely by some a very sliught hop tones. However, the greatness of this beer comes with the fig and yeast flavors. Very rich and vibrant. Great beer for desert. Sweet with a nice bitter finish. Sharing this with a few others who all share my praises.

08-07-2005 01:19:47 | More by MuddyFeet
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.45/5  rDev +7%

This flagship Belgian Dubbel for Brewery Ommegang nails the style like very few can. Quite refreshing to see this kind of quality in Belgium brewing in the U.S. because it's disheartening what American brewers try to pass off as 'authentic' Belgian Ales.

The pour delivers a rich and creamy looking ale with a deep bronze coloring, maybe resembling rust with the second and more noticably hazy pour from the 750mil bottle. Capped with a dense ivory froath, the head proves withstanding throughout the session while multiple rings of lace adorn the glass, reminding me of how many drinks it took me to get there.

Again, 'rich' becomming the operative word, this time when describing aromas. Light toffee, chestnuts, a berry mix, light vinous wine notes, woody tanins, black pepper, bread crust, and toasted black currants all play in the spicy, fruity, and succulent scent. Though the depth and roundness doesn't rival Westmalle Dubbel, there's absolutely no flaw in this pristinely aromatic ale.

All those nutty, richer toffee, molasses, berry and peppery notes are well portrayed in taste as well; but along with complementary flavors of apples, plumbs, grapes, dates, figs, and a yeasty, earthy brine. Very well melded and integrated flavors result in a balance that favors the malt sweetness and fruity esters, but relying on peppery spice and understated hop bitterness to offset sweetness and develop the drinkability that these richer ales require. A touch of cinnamon and brown sugar rise as the beer warms, as well as that Merlot-like Belgian twang.

Delightfully creamy and succulently rich, this boldly textured ale retains it's tooth from its initial sip, past mid palate, and deeply into a warming and toasty-dry finish. Peppery spice, alcohol warmth, and dying carbonation allows for a pleasantly balance for a beer that carries such malty sweetness.

Although the yeast character from this beer could contribute a greater depth of character with the estery/spicy balance and with the rate of dryness, this beer seems slightly less characterful than, say- Chimay Premiere or Westmalle Dubbel. But this classy Dubbel Ales isn't only an American gem, it's in the class with regal Belgian Dubbels like those of Grimbergen.

08-06-2005 03:12:50 | More by BEERchitect
Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 3,752 ratings.