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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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Ommegang (Abbey Ale)Ommegang (Abbey Ale)

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3,662 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,662
Reviews: 1,637
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 148
Gots: 271 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-18-1998)
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Photo of Andreji


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

Nice dark pour with a contrasting, dense tan head.

The nose was full of malts and yeast, rather strong in a good way.

The taste combined this malty sweet sensation with a surprise, meaty, somewhat smoked feel to it, which rendered the whole rather very nice and tasteful. I dunno why, but the aftertaste in this beer brings Brie cheese to my mind. it just blends right in....the taste's also dry somewhat like red wine overall.

This went along definetly with the full bodied mouthfeel, considerably thick. properly carbonated. Very nice beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2005 18:01:16 | More by Andreji
Photo of Redrover


3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

My last beer review of 2004. 750 ML corked brown bottle with an informative and nicely designed label.

The beer pours a dark almost opaque mahogany with a large initial head.

The beer smells of plums, raisins, malt and alcohol. There is almost a sugar or hard candy smell as well.

The taste is of raisins, fruit & alcohol. It is slightly sour with a bit of grainy huskiness. Turns slightly sweeter as you work your way through the beer.

The mouthfeel is sprightly with perfect pin pricks of carbonation that poke through the almost silky feel of this beer. Drinkability is a tougher call. This is not in my regular rotation, but I do enjoy it when ever I have it. Definitely worth seeking out and experiencing at least once. Nice American take on this style.

Good last beer to review for 04!

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2005 02:01:11 | More by Redrover
Photo of amicar


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

OK, so I've had this more than a half- dozen times already; and I have to tell you, I didn't really want to like it this much. Especially since I did have an "off" bottle in one of the first few tries that turned me off. But here's my most recent, honest review...

Poured from a 750mL bottle ($3.99, thank you very much). Nice head piles up a few cm; nice cream color. The color is burnt sienna (thank you crayola box), and screams "crystal malt is my name- say my name!". Oooh! the nose has a bit of phenolic love tickling my brain, with some spicy hop behind it.
That taste tingles on the tongue, and I get a wash of those esters and some chocolate in the mouth under the surface; I think I may get even a little ... cranberry? (very little), and burnt toast. very thick, and full; but not too viscous and syrupy like some high ABV's. It lingers in the mouth for a damn long time. Easy to finish off the whole thing by myself and wonder why I'm having a hard time walking up the stairs to bed after <only> one beer.

Hmmm... I could really like this stuff. Especially at the price. Although (clearly) I'm a big Unibroue fan, this stuff really makes a strong case for my money, especially when it only asks half as much. It really does grow on you. If you don't like the first few sips, give it time- you will as it warms up a little.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2004 04:54:51 | More by amicar
Photo of alexAK


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

Mmm...poured a deep burgandy-esque colour with a solid thick head. Complexities of the aroma hint at the character of the taste.

You'd almost never guess this was brewed in America given that it captures the body of a belgian strong ale so properly. A well balanced but incredibly complex taste that's even better when paired with food.

Should be enjoyed the way you enjoy a fine wine.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2004 10:26:37 | More by alexAK
Photo of Padron4KM


4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark murky brown with a large tan head.
Aroma is Tawny port like, raisin, prune, with a little chocolate thrown in.
flavor is sweet raisin, dark cooked fruit, with a balancing bitter at the end.
Alcohol is well hidden and can be deceptive, so watch out :-)

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2004 04:43:16 | More by Padron4KM
Photo of DrunkMcDermott


4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Must've got a little warm, because this opened with a gusher. Fortunately, I saved most of it. A thin, fizzy head under a dark brown body. Has a deep, rich taste of molasses or brown sugar, with subtle spiciness and tart highlights. Carbonation gives it kind of a champagne-like texture. It's winey-sweet without being cloying, and I also get notes of slow charries and raisins. Pouring in the sediment from the bottom adds an impression of grape tannins. Very finely done.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2004 20:57:47 | More by DrunkMcDermott
Photo of vladtheimpaler

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Ruby read pour with a huge tan head. Aroma of clove, banana, raisin, plum, and Belgian wonderfulness (yeast). Flavor explodes on the palate with sharp raisin notes and bittering hops, along with carmel maltiness. Way too drinkable in my opinion, and very dangerous. This is the standard of Belgians and belongs in my hall of fame.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2004 00:26:27 | More by vladtheimpaler
Photo of gentlebubbles


4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle - bottle conditioned

Not much of a head, just a some scudding tan foam that's hanging in there and leaving a couple spots on the glass. (Could be the glass; I just washed it.) Deep dark chestnut with cola-colored highlights at the bottom.

Sweet pruney, winey aroma with a hint of vanilla extract.

Sticky fruits tangled with raisins and prunes and cherries that melts into tingly spicy resin and even then we're not done as a very ripe black cherry finish emerges. What could be heavy is leavened by tiny mouthfilling bubbles. Alcohol reveals itself in a slow warmth from the belly. I want to pour this over vanilla ice cream.

If Dr. Brown's Black Cherry could become beer, it would aim for this. I'm liking it more and more. Hmm. I wonder how it would match a pastrami sandwich?

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2004 00:22:24 | More by gentlebubbles
Photo of cooter

New York

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, beautiful red/mahogany with a spotty head. I think it's a brand theme to have a deep esther/alcohol scent as one inhales, but the softer scents include grape, raspberry, cranberry, figs, grapefruit, and sharp fruity smells, which are also tones throughout the taste too. Tastes of pine, bark, peat, grape, and tart ripe fruits. Malty but with a smooth hop contrast. Delicious, very "meaty," smooth full flavor. God I love this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2004 02:34:45 | More by cooter
Photo of crookedhalo


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

Pours a deep mahogany brown with a good thicket of light tan head. Dark fruits, chocolate and a hint of caramelly molasses. Predominantly sweet, with some residual dryness in the finish from the hops. Very earthy and mild. Raw, cola-like carbonation. Some alcohol in the finish; but not too bad, it blends well with the light spice character of the beer. Overall, a very nice and enjoyable dark Belgian-style ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2004 23:41:55 | More by crookedhalo
Photo of ProudBeerSnob

New York

4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served beer (a bit too cold) in a chalice. Head staretd thick and tan-colored, then dissipated. Color= deep burgandy, almost like the label of the beer. Aroma was very sweet and somewhat spicy. Flovaor was very well balanced, drinkability offset by the fact that this is a meaty beer.
My review may be somwhat skewed as I have recently been exposed to the wonders of Belgain and Belgain style beers. Also attended Ommegang's "Waffles and Puppets" celebration in October. I highly recommend it.
I will try aging my own Ommegang and see if it was worth paying double to have it aged in a cave. So far...I think it was.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2004 00:41:44 | More by ProudBeerSnob
Photo of ncbrewerbun

North Carolina

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

First time I've had this beer from a 12 oz. bottle. I've had it in the 750 ml before.

Pours a clear (until you get to the slurry on the bottom) brown/reddish color.

There's a lot going on in the aroma. It's a beer you can smell for awhile and you keep catching different things. I got fruit -- mainly raisin and some plumb -- along with malt and a hint of caramel.

Matching the complexity in the aroma is the taste. There is plum, raisin and malt all smoothly balanced...As it slides down you get a warmth from the alcohol.

A treat of a beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2004 04:30:01 | More by ncbrewerbun
Photo of jvajda


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

Appearance: Dark red and a good, full head.
Smell: Big malt and hop smell is very well balanced.
Taste: Malty and hoppy. Complex and very bitter. Nice woodiness. This is a fine example of a Belgian Ale. There is a slight cherry tartness to it.
Mouthfeel: A little extra carbonation than I expected was a pleasent surprise.
Drinkability: It's ABV is low for such a big, complex, beer. That makes it more drinkable than others.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2004 01:24:48 | More by jvajda
Photo of WetCoaster


4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Corked 750ml)

Funny how your mind works sometimes. After waxing poetic about this brewery and passing this brew 100 times, I made a startling realization: I have NEVER had this beer. Here goes.

Appearance: Spot on. Deep oxblood cherry. Slightly cloudy. Thick, dense, frothy tan head with hints of rose. Thick Belgian lace. Active, fine carbonation.

Smell: A treat. Brandy, cherry, sharp, tart and fruity. Below, there's a rich base of chewy malt. Very little of the usual Belgian yeast.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Lots of tart fruit and cherry up front, slight chewy caramel flavor (more so as it warms), mildly yeasty/spicy. Dries up substantially in the finish--perhaps a touch of hops. Cherry and a candi sugar sourness linger into the aftertaste. Very little, if any alcohol, even as it warms. Mouthfeel is medium/light and at first extremely sharp with massive carbonation. Calms down as it warms and decants.

Drinkability: Very; super-solid BSDA. Super value as well. You've got to love this brewery. Everything, as broad as their noble purpose, as specific as their packaging, just kicks ass. Please, please, oh God please keep it up.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2004 06:22:16 | More by WetCoaster
Photo of clvand0


3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one came in a 750mL corked bottle. Looks nice. Pours an amber color with a moderate head that stays around and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma is fruity (cherry), sweet malts, and a spicy yeast. Nice mellow flavor. Spicy yeast, malts, sweetness, alcohol, and a slight fruitiness. The alcohol is apparent, but not overwhealming. This is a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2004 13:22:18 | More by clvand0
Photo of HochFliegen


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

Ive been waiting to try this. As everything Ive read has been positive about it.
Poured from the 750mL bottle to my chalice style glass a deep red color with a nice frothy and creamy head. As I expected from the head it laced quite nice leaving a thin film round the chalice.
The smell was very fruity with hints of alcohol and spice. Maybe even a bit of raisin in there as well. A very pleasant aroma that accompinies the taste nicely.
Sweet like fresh cherries, best describes the initial taste. Has hints of other fruity taste that I cant discern. The ending has a very subtle alcohol taste with a nice warming on the way down.
The mouthfeel was very pleasant smooth and rich. A full flavored and bodied beer that is now one of my favorite Belgian styles.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2004 02:19:38 | More by HochFliegen
Photo of arizcards


3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle at AJ's Fine Foods recently...

This beer was served in a corked bottle. I delicately poured out a dark brown brew that had reddish undertones. A nice 2 inch sustained fluffy head appeared. The nose was spicy and fruity, perhaps a hint of cinanmon thrown in. Taste was of caramel malts that are perhaps slightly toasted and with a hint of chocolate. A slight dry hop finishes the taste. The high alcohol content is well balanced and disguised. There is a nice full mouthfeel to this brew. It is highly carbonated but noy overly lively on the palate. The overall drinkability is good but one is definitely enough in one sitting. This would be a good brew to serve during the holidays.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2004 03:17:03 | More by arizcards
Photo of KoG


4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the 750 mL a cloudy amber with hints of red. Nice head that sticks to the sides and leaves good lacing.

The smell is quasi astringent: alcohol, wood(oak?), esters of tropical fruit... possibly pineapple. Too high on the alcohol aroma for me, aging may calm this though.

The taste, mmm... ripe cherry and raisins with a definate tropical flavor, mango or guava, and a little port wine hiding in the back. Has an alcoholic bite, but not too much mind you, as it dances on the tongue and down the throat. Delicious.

Mouth is very good, smooth and rich leaving the mouth ready and the palate cleansed for whatever you pair it with. I had chicken, curried rice, peas, and bread; bit too heavy for chicken and I would suggest beef.

I could drink this stuff all night at a classy restaurant while everyone else sips on their wine. Definately not as filling as I had expected.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2004 05:05:28 | More by KoG
Photo of ColForbin

New Hampshire

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

My 750ml bottle of Ommegang was corked and crowned. Pours a cloudy, deep, red-brown with a thick, creamy tan head. Aroma is spicy, with coriander and some sour fruit. Taste is complex: sour fruit, with coriander, clove and maybe some light banana, against a backdrop of yeasty sourdough malt. Ommegang is lightly carbonated and medium bodied, with a slight warmth from the alcohol on the way down. This beer is very drinkable, and very affordable as well - the big bottle can be had for $3.50 in my area.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2004 00:03:57 | More by ColForbin
Photo of PorterLambic


3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Really lookied forward to this beer after having the 3 Philosphers.

Pours out a dark, reddish-brown witha big,tight, firm, caramel colored head that drops slowly to a thick film.
Smell is roasted malt, a cherry fruitiness and light hops in the back.
Taste is malty, fruity(cherry) with a good alcohol bloom late.
Mouthfeel is very smooth, warming in the mouth and throat, full bodied. Good flavor.
Drinkability is good but high ABV makes it a one time per day beer. Additionally, the 3 Philosophers was a much better offering from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2004 20:48:31 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of putnam


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

Originally rated in October 2002.

This was the last bottle from a case purchased a year ago, yet there is no dating to be found on the bottle. The aromas are quite sweet with loads of molasses, maple syrup, cocoa and an alcohol-fueled perfume of allspice. Dark brown, the liquid passes unsweet flavors of burned sugar, licorice, beef broth and acorns to the mouth. Charred applewood, demerara Rum, boysenberry and smoked pepper images all can be teased from this beautiful drink.The texture is hurried by alcohol and reveals more complex structure than I can recall from this brand: angular, rustic and filled with humid botanical fragrance.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2004 18:35:33 | More by putnam
Photo of Hibernator


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

I had this out of a 750 ML brown bottle. Classy looking label with a caged cork on top. I paid $4.99. Served this beer in a goblet.

Appearance is a burgundy-brown color. Awesome fluffy head on top.

Strong aroma of sweet malts, plums, sugar and belgian yeast.

Taste of malt, foreign spices, sugars, and belgian speciality yeast. Honey and hints of plum on the finish. A rich tasting beer that is complex in flavors and smooth.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2004 22:58:09 | More by Hibernator
Photo of shapudding


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

Very dark and cloudy unfiltered cider color, almost a dark rootbeer color. More reddish towards the end...Nice and thicky creamy khaki head that left enough behind to keep me happy and would still swirl back up to existance. Scents of red wine and bit of whiskey. Alot of carbination, but not excessive. Tastes of merlot, slight bite in there but not much. Hearty burgundy wine followed with a sip of hearty ale...
Became more sugary as it warmed....
Nice one, great flavors and good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2004 02:14:08 | More by shapudding
Photo of oelergud


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

Dark red copper body, some carbonation and decent head and lace.
Sweet spice and some fruity scents mingled together, very interesting.
Taste is much the same as the smell. Pretty complex with sweet caramel, fruit and spice, maybe some licorice too.
Hops aren't readily detectable but this is still a good brew that finishes dry.
Good mouthfeel, not too thick or thin and decent drinkability.


Serving type: bottle

09-06-2004 21:50:30 | More by oelergud
Photo of GuinnessSmurf


4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Autumn brown/orange look with a patchy beige/orange head. Carbonation rises to the surface in perfectly straight verticle lines on the side of the glass.

Smell: Faint smell...traces of alcohol and apple.

Taste: Begins as a mellow soft flavor like vanilla or banana and as it sits on the tongue it increases to a citrus bitter filled with a full dark alcohol finish with a substantial aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Body is very well balanced. It allows you to taste all of this beer's complexities yet fades just quickly enough to make you hurry back for another sip.

DA: Yeh, its a good purchase. I'll buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2004 01:04:46 | More by GuinnessSmurf
Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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