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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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Ommegang (Abbey Ale)
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3,866 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,866
Reviews: 1,651
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 169
Gots: 337 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-18-1998)
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Photo of beveragecaptain
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. Dark brown with a large tan head. The smell is incredible. Rich, earthy aroma with caramel, carob, and Belgian yeast. The flavor is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of soy sauce. This detracts only slightly from the taste. Full mouthfeel, and pretty drinkable too. What a great beer this is, from one of the best breweries in the US.

beveragecaptain, Jan 17, 2005
Photo of ghurux86
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a dark brown with a hint of amber. has a nice creamy tan head that tends to stay around for quite awhile and leaves a decent amount of lacing.
smells fruity and malty with some alcohol, complex and hard to really analyze.
taste is good, alcohol is masked fairly well until the aftertaste. even then it's just noticeable, not bad. maybe apple, grapes, alcohol, and more.
mouth feel is good too, not to thick or thin, just about right, carbonation levels are fairly low, but not flat tasting.
this one is fairly drinkable, the 8.5% could put you down pretty quick. i paid $4.99 for a 750 ml bottle. that's pretty cheap for a brew this good.

ghurux86, Jan 17, 2005
Photo of babydoc
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This time was from a 12 oz bottle into a chalice, yielding a gorgeous dark ruby brown pour capped by a two finger creamy espresso head built of tiny bubbles. The head dissipated slowly as the beer disappeared. Nose was yeast and dark fruits. This beer tastes wonderful, starting almost a little tart with suggestion of plums and bing cherry, evolving into a black cherry finish that rolls over the tongue, leaving hints of chocolate. Light carbonation complements the moderate mouthfeel.

This beer is only 3.69 for the 750- Perhaps one of the more economical pleasures available. The label suggests "you can cellar this bottle." I didn't have the patience this time around...

babydoc, Jan 16, 2005
Photo of waughbrew
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark auburn/mahogany mixed mody with light brown head. Bigger bubbles at first make for some ugliness, but after a while it settles into a pretty layer. Smells of big chocolate and alcohol and pepper and maraschino cherries. As good as it gets. Tastes like melted caramel with a dry and slightly metallic finish. This has a marshmallowy flavor and feel that reminds me of St. Bernardus.

Hell yeah. I remembered that this beer was good, but wow. I really want to try this alongside the classic BSDAs because I know that it would hold its own.

waughbrew, Jan 12, 2005
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.

Andreji, Jan 06, 2005
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!

Redrover, Jan 01, 2005
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.

amicar, Dec 21, 2004
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.

alexAK, Dec 07, 2004
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 :-)

Padron4KM, Dec 04, 2004
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.

DrunkMcDermott, Dec 01, 2004
Photo of vladtheimpaler
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.

vladtheimpaler, Nov 25, 2004
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?

gentlebubbles, Nov 25, 2004
Photo of cooter
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.

cooter, Nov 20, 2004
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.

crookedhalo, Nov 17, 2004
Photo of ProudBeerSnob
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.

ProudBeerSnob, Nov 08, 2004
Photo of ncbrewerbun
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.

ncbrewerbun, Nov 07, 2004
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.

jvajda, Nov 02, 2004
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.

WetCoaster, Nov 01, 2004
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.

clvand0, Oct 26, 2004
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.

HochFliegen, Oct 26, 2004
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.

arizcards, Oct 20, 2004
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.

KoG, Oct 12, 2004
Photo of ColForbin
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.

ColForbin, Sep 27, 2004
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.

PorterLambic, Sep 26, 2004
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.

putnam, Sep 26, 2004
Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 3,866 ratings.