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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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Ommegang (Abbey Ale)Ommegang (Abbey Ale)

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4,099 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,099
Reviews: 1,687
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 224
Gots: 497 | FT: 3
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-18-1998

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Ratings: 4,099 | Reviews: 1,687
Photo of weeare138
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review is based off of several tasters of the 750 mL from a sponsered beer tasting held by Kunda Beverage at Designed Tresures in Norristown...
Appears a hazy, dark mahogany toned amber with a fluffy, off-white head. Plenty of scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of raisins, brown sugar, tobacco, figs, bubble gum, doughy yeast highligted by lightly toasted biscuit.
Taste is of the same aromas with a mildly boozy, fruity, caramel laden beverage that is fit for a champion. I teetered back and forth with a 4 and a 4.5 for flavor...it's a 4.5 for now.
Mouthfeel is smooth, rich, mildly boozy, with a jumpy, caramel blast of richness in the full bodied brew. Doesn't get a whole lot better than this.

Photo of Graham21
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pored this into a wine glass from a corked 750ml. Head was tan in color, thick at first and dissipated to cm lacings. Head coats glass well. When held up to lite this beer looks translucently red. Blood red. but darker brown without light.
I smell sour yeasts, cranberries, alchohol, cocoa, plums, malts,mollasis. Very nice nose but a lil too much alcohol.

Nice sour oak flavor, citrus fruits, yeasts, malts, alcohol, metallic flavors. Very complex. Good mouthfeel. Good drinkability.

Photo of Estarrio
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, amber brown with an enormous, frothy head. The chunky, tan head retains quite well with sticky lacings.

Big, sweet malt character in the aroma. A nice floral bouquet includes some phenol notes with fruity essences of raisin and plum.

Sweet malt taste blends well with raisin, plum, caramel and a candied sugar flavor. There is a slight, balancing, bitter flavor in the finish along with a bit of tartness. A noticeable warming is present from the alcohol but the flavor is well masked.

This is a little lighter and less carbonated than I would have imagined. There is a slight syrup consistency as well. The body and the smooth flavors render this quite drinkable.

A solid Ommegang offering at a ridiculously low price. Not the biggest tasting Belgian ale but very drinkable and highly enjoyable.

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

Bought surprisingly from local liquor store for $ 6.99, with out tax. Poured into my chalice a nice dark brown with some warm red highlights. First off I must mention that the head which was quite thick and pleasing, had a color of off white that had almost a neon green hint to it. When I look at the lacing on this beer I think of sea foam. The nose is of raisons, brown sugar, plum, dark cherries, some other dark fruity esters, a little hop funk and some minor yeasty bread notes. The flavor is much the same as the smell. Tastes a bit crisp, with some carbonation, there are some nice malt characteristics in this, but it is constantly fighting for supremacy with bitter Belgian (maybe saaz) hops, which is not bad at all, but could be better. I could denfinitly drink this beer, theres other BSDAs I like I think I like better, but this is damn nice. Try it,,,

Photo of johnbonham1980
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the more interesting brews I've had recently and one that I'll definitely be buying another of...

Pours with a perfect head, about 3 fingers... poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into pint glass. Probably deserves better presentation than that.

Deep reddish brown coloured elixir with excellent smooth creamy mouthfeel. Head lasts quite awhile and maintains at least a little for 15 minutes plus.

Flavor is a very interesting combination of pear and apple, brown sugar, cinnamon, and a bit of metal, which rather than being distracting lends a nice extra level to think about. It's also got an overarching bitterness which mellows after it's been sitting for awhile. It's not an especially pleasant bitter, and it almost strikes me as possibly a defect that happened during distribution/shipping, but it's not something which detracts from the enjoyment that much.

Nice aftertaste as well, pleasant fruity caramel palate coat.

Worth trying in the larger, corked bottle I think.

Photo of russpowell
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sampled in a Vondel flared goblet. Pours mahgony with a 4 fingers+ fluffy tan head. Pretty good lacing &head retention with crazy medula obblingonta (sp) & brain lace impressions on the bottom of the glass.

S: Hints of leather & choclate& alcohol

Taste: Choclate, oakyness & fruittyness up front. Dryness & raisins & a hint of molasess surface as it warms. Cherry follows with a little cinamon. Finishes dry, oaky & with a slight bready flavor, winey notes, bakers choclate& licorice. Very complex finish

MF: Medium bodied, carbonation lends its self to a slight pricklyness on the tip of the tounge & oilyness on the back of throat. Weird or complex? not sure

Drinks very easy, not a bad take on the style & a best buy at $5.50 for 750ml@

Photo of Osiris9588
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 750ml bottle, caged and corked with no freshness date, pours a deep, dark blackberry color, with ruby, cranberry, and plum undertones. The tan head is thick and creamy, a foamy cap forming in the center, leaving considerable cottony lacing.

The bouquet is of caramel malt, raisins, berries, yeast, and floral characteristics. The flavor features black licorice, raisins, caramel malt, cranberries, black berries, a little pepper, some candy and sugar, and a subtle flash of alcohol.

The mouth is light-bodied and complex, buyoued by a colossal dose of carbonation, though still gets a little syrupy on the finish.

This beer is quite fruity, and for those who don't mind a decent sugar content, I think very drinkable. A very solid overall ale.

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

Beer poured out a beautiful dark mahoganey color, with a nice thick head that stuck around a while, and great lacing throughout. Smell was good, with nice malt scents, followed with some nice dark fruit aromas. Great tasting beer, many flavors coming through. Some nice roasted malt, as well as raisins, caramel, and a nice balanced bitterness. Mouthfeel was full, almost frothy, beer really comes to life in the mouth, top notch. Very drinkable, exceptional beer.

Photo of Damian
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 750 ml bottle purchased at Trader Joe's, Cambridge, MA

Poured a deep, dark ruby brown with a two finger, saddle brown fizzy head that faded to a pillowy film. Tons of streaky, spotty lacing.

Aroma was so full and rich. Maple syrup, brown sugar and candied fruits came through along with notes of vanilla, bourbon and a general oakiness.

Taste was malt heavy and caramel rich on the front end with a sharp hop bite following. Some metallic notes were apparent initially, but these faded as the beer warmed. Alcohol taste was potent and possibly a bit overwhelming. Raisins, dates, some woodiness and an espresso-like bitterness were detectable in the finish. Some sour notes as well. Smooth, sweet, resonating toffee-like aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was somewhat thinner than expected, and a bit fizzy initially, yet still rich and creamy.

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

750 ml caged /corked bottle. Says "Brewed and bottled exceptionally in Belgium" Nice yeasty, dark overripened fruity aromas, caramel fudge like aromas from the malts. Nice looking ale, handsome i would say, murky dense brown with a lovelly tight tan head. very rich deep malty/fruity taste, followed by a very noticable alcoholic strength spicy with some citric aftertaste. Tastes also of darker autumnal berries..even redcurrants come to mind. The palate was not the strongest part of this beer, though some may like the drying after glow, i did not, its my preference but i like a slightly more flavourful and ’wet" finish. Overall a good beer..i was going to say for an American Belgian style..but then its brewed in Belgium..whatever its a good beer and very good value at $4.50 a 750.

Photo of AlexJ
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have a fond history going back 6 or so years with this beer, I can't believe I've never reviewed it before. I first bought it in Fairfield, CT for $4 per 25$ oz. corked bottle. Now I'm in Charlotte, NC and buying it for $5.50 at the local grocery and the price is still a bargain!

Dark mahogany brown pour with a billowing oatmeal colored head that has moderate retention and leaves delicate patterns of clumpy lace. The last pour reveals a bit of yummy yeasy sediment.

The nose is quite like a Dubbel, with a rich, raisiny fruit and molasses note, hints of dusty spice and slightly musty yeast. As it warms, sweet pit fruit and musty concrete notes furthur the notion of a genuine Belgian Ale. Ommegang has never let me down.

Flavor is similar. An ample dark fruit, scorched candi sugar, and earthy, dry wood entry is met by layers of dark fruit preserves, dry red wine, figs, and spicey yet musty yeast with definate mineral and earth notes. Complex and well balanced. In terms of overall flavor, it falls between a Dubbel and Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

Mouthfeel is alive and sparkling. Medium bodied with an effervescent and tickling mouthfeel and a slick, dextrinous texture.
An excellent representation of the style and tradition of Belgian brewing.

Photo of dblinkhorn
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - Three-finger soapy, rocky, light-tan head. The head has excellent retention, and takes about 10 minutes for the head to settle at its half-finger creamy cap of foam. Lots of carbonation action from the sides of the glass. The beer is a very deep and dark reddish amber color. It is quite clear, only a slight bit of fogginess in the beer.

Smell - Sweet and rich dark ripe fruits, there are hints of cherry, fig, plum, etc. The spiciness does have obvious clove character, but also some pepperiness to it as well. A very rich, almost slightly toasted malt aroma. Some background sweetness, maybe molasses and caramel.

Taste - Peppery spice and dark fruits come through strongly at first. This slowly dies away to one of the most pathetic malt flavors I've ever tasted from a beer of this style. The malt flavor almost tastes hollow. There is no richness or fullness to it whatsoever. Again some molasses notes are present. Earthiness and again that hollow malt flavor, along with a slight sour property, form the aftertaste and finish.

Mouthfeel - Too much carbonation for this style, in my opinion. You get a hearty tongue bite on each sip. The brew is medium-bodied and has decent smoothness, but nothing special.

Drinkability - For the style it's not bad. The malt flavor is so severely lacking that you could probably drink a lot of this stuff.

Quite dissapointed with this stuff. All the flavors in this beer are pretty bland. The spice character is almost unpleasant, the malt presense is utterly weak, and the hops offer not much else. Worth a try, and I'll be trying another bottle in the near future, hoping that this was a bad bottle or something. Hennepin was such a fantastic saison that I guess I expected the same quality from Ommegang's strong dark ale.

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

This beer poured a dark amber with a thick head. It smelled of dark roasted grains and yeasts. The taste is very dark and "chewy" it has a great feel in the mouth. It tastes like thick dark breads, My roommate compared it to a roast beef sandwich. I find this to be an excelent beer and will definatly go looking for it again.

Photo of jwc215
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked bottle poured into a glass chalice:

Pours dark ruby with an off-white creamy head that descends to a well-retained covering. Some lacing is left along the glass.

The smell is fruity - apples and oranges. A touch of alcohol is noticeable, but non-interfering.

The taste is of carmelized fresh, various fruits on a bed of semi-sweet dark malt (barley?) and a touch of citrus peel. It is full-bodied and has just the right touch of carbonated creaminess. Though the alcohol is somewhat noticeable, it adds to the support of the body, and enhances the flavor. The sweetness is always present, but never becomes cloying.

It is wonderfully smooth. A tad dry. The flavors hold on well, and are aided by a refreshing carbonation.

Devilly dilectable. It's so easy to drink. I enjoyed every sip. When the bottle was gone, I wanted one more drink.

Photo of Celt44
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - dark purpleish with a great head typical of all Ommegang producst. Lacing and head lasts throughout. All beers that can manage a head that at least a half inch above the glass and not run over deserve a high rating here.

Aroma is strong of malts and raspberries. alcohol is definitelly present but not overbearing.

Taste is superior. Start is strong but finish is smooth. Raspberries upfront - with hints of citrus. Malt hits on the backside.

Mouthfeel is smooth. Carbonation not superficial or overbearing.

Overall a great Belgian Abbey - Another superior product from Upstate New York. I'm damn lucky to live here. God bless America.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 750ml bottle with a gold colored wire cage & steel cap complete with the Ommegang logo in black. This was all easily removed to expose the big-headed thumbed cork. A firm grip was needed to pull the natural seal but it expelled easily once it was loosened. A solid and confident “thrupp” echoes, this is followed by massive gray-blue gun smoke fills the void left by the cork, like nothing I have seen in a long, too long a time. This Ommegang bottle is listed as “Brewed and Bottled exceptionally in Belgium for Brewery Ommegang of Cooperstown, N.Y.”

Appearance: Massive thick tanned brown head, lofty and crusty with some gorgeous lacing. This one has impressive resilience. Feisty longevity produces a picture perfect presentation that is simply impossible to criticize. The dark polished mahogany provides depth to the ruby aspects. Gem like clarity is revealed all the more so with a finely compressed and dissolved conditioning. Supreme

Nose: Like a pair of familiar battered old slippers, the nose from the Ommegang just feels comfortable and wraps around like an old favorite. Dark fruits litter the aromas, bolstered by malts and Candy sweetness. Reminds me of Garibaldi biscuits with hints of alcohol.

Taste: Plum laden entrance, lots of dark fruits and a shining berry aspect. The biscuit malts meld the fruits into a strong skeleton fleshed out with light bitterness. Some anise, licorice, raisins and currants punctuate the more refined parts of the finish. Lingering tastes on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: The alcohol is restrained but still contributes to the cultured body. Rich, smooth, creamy and lightly warming with a very rewarding ‘thickness’ which feels like a heated soft towel applied to the body on a cold day.

Drinkability: It is still the dangerously drinkable offering I had some three or so year ago. Perfectly balanced and just oh so smooth and easy to sink down. I cannot fault this offering at all.

Overall: This is my first taste of the “Belgium version”, the Duvel brewed Ommegang, and I have to say that it has not changed one bit, it is still the “….rich, fruity, aromatic, burgundian brew” that the label purports it to be.

…and only $5.99 a bottle?!? EXCEPTIONAL value. Ommegang continues to be the best way to get into Belgium brews on a budget in the USA. But don’t make the mistake of thinking that these beers are “cheap”, for they are not. They are high quality brews sold at a very competitive price, and I continue to pick them up in preference to many so-called Belgium style beers brewed locally, often at half the quality of Ommegang, and sold at twice the price. This is still a benchmark beer. Don’t let familiarity or your quest for new beers have you pass it over.

Photo of Rudgers73
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750 mL corked bottle. Served at room temp...Mmmm

It pours a deep brown with reddish highlights. A fizzy head that bubbles down quickly but leaves a nice thin swirly layer on the top. It smells very complex. Sweet, malty, dry, fruity.

The complexity compounds when it hits your tongue. Wow. The mouthfeel is awesome. Bubbly and light on the tongue, aromatic, bittersweet aftertaste. Warms you quickly. This is a well balanced beer that is a real treat to enjoy with a couple people. Not too expensive either. This is a great beer.

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

Ommegang Abbey Ale...

A: Pours deep ruby, with a thick off white head. Good retention and lacing.

S: Smells of dark, dried fruit. Great fruity aromas and a hint of malt and yeast.

T: Follows smell. Lots of dark fruit. Low, if any, bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden, but balanced with sweetness.

M&D: Moderate body and mouthfeel. Not highly drinkable because of sweetness, buty it is a great beer to have with a nice meal (It stands up well to red meats and the like).

Overall, a very good abbey ale. I will have this again.

Photo of CH3CH2OH
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, almost garnet brownish red with a thick resilient head. A rich fruity aroma and a taste to match. Strong esters from warm fermentation shine through. The malt flavor almost tastes raw, as if the beer were brewed with antique equipment. You can taste every element of the beer, and it holds up sip after sip. Fantastic!

Photo of Gasp100
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Very dark, almost black with ruby highlights and a tan, quickly receding head with thick lacing down the glass
S-Toffee, coffee, sweet dark fruits and a light port wine scent. Spicey notes with an herbal quality and slight burning alcohol in the nose.
T-Hard candy sugar and sweet dark fruit with some citrus quality as well.
M- Effervescent, acidic smoothing out in the end.
D- A, slow and steady sipper with a lot of nice qualities. I will only buy this in 750ml packaging because it seems just the right amount for my enjoyment ($4.99, can't beat that).

Photo of OronoChris
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-Pours a dark caramel with tan head, much like a coke. Head dissipates quickly.
S-A strong smell of grape and other fruits maybe citrus. Notes of alcohol Many other smells I cant pick up on, spices.
T- Alcohol aftertaste, sweet, sugary with grapes and citric tones. Many other flavors, very complex.
M- Carbonation retains, stings the tounge a bit but smoothe finish.
D- Strong brew, best to sip, many flavors to decifer.

Photo of mcnut
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving style: 750ml bottle

Tried this one from Trader Joes. Surprised to see it is brewed by Duvel for Ommegang.

Well, This was my first Belgian strong dark ale and I liked it, however new to the style there were some adjustments to get used to.

Appearance: pours a very rich brown with a caramel head. As the head slowly goes away leaves small clouds left in the glass.

Smell: Fruity, however alchohol is right up front in there.

Taste: there is a complexity here common among belgian ales. First you taste a hint of fruitiness, which turns to an almost red wine-like acidity and pepperiness and finishes with an alchohol.

Drinkability: Definitely something to sip through a couple hours, as the alchohol is very up front in this brew.

Photo of egajdzis
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a reddish brown color with a small off white head. It had a sweet aroma of fruit and caramel maltiness. Definite honey taste upfront, some sweetness, dark fruits turns alittle sour with a malty chewy mouthfeel. Slight alcohol burn on the way down.

Photo of bwyker
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Like every Ommegang, lots of foam from the bottle conditioning. A light almond colored foam sits on a deep mahogany brew.

Smell: Molasses, figs, pepper, raisins…its all over the place. Light notes of alcohol. Preparing you for more complexities in the taste.

Taste: Brown sugar and an earthy raisin taste up front. Spice hits you in the middle – similar to the aroma (pepper, maybe some clove). So many flavors bouncing around. Finishes with some more dark fruits and spice.

Mouthfeel: Hefty, full body. Everything in balance, however. Very smooth, with a light stickyness at the end.

Drinkablity: After a few, it’s a little much. It’s like eating too much pie. Enjoying every bite, but start to feel a little overwhelmed. Plus, with all of those bubbles carrying the 8.5% abv to your head, it might be wise to space these out.

Photo of cproioi
2.86/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark red body with a light tan head that sits atop it leaving nice lacing. The smell and taste are both very yeasty with some major malt sweetness to it. Taste and aroma both contain a large alcohol note. Had a slight metallic after taste to it which isn't enough to be overly offensive but enough to be annoying. Rather thin body and warming alcohol feel with lingering residual sugars to it.

Drinkability and other notes: Not to crazy about this beer. Possibly I have a bottle that has seen better days.

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