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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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4,068 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,068
Reviews: 1,679
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 220
Gots: 465 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of msubulldog25
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 750ml caged/corked bottle to a goblet.

A: Deep rich brown with hilights of amber. Frothy one-finger ivory head with decent retention, very little lacing.

S: Huge fruit aroma: cherries, plums, raisins, dates. A notable level of alcohol, too. To a lesser extent hints of: earth, chocolate, caramel, cinnamon, molasses. A complex and savory smell.

T: Lots of initial toasted malt and somewhat yeasty. Fruit kicks in next, with the cherry and raisin with a restrained ripe peach tartness. Has a caramel/toffee sweetness but with a decent level of bitterness for balance. I also detected a hint of wood (oak?) and definitely some alcohol in the finish. A decadent drink.

M: Quite creamy. Has a medium to full body and mouthfeel. A fairly high level of carbonation gives a slight prickliness at times.

D: A wonderful beer. Excellent flavors, warm and enchanting. A sipper - seems most appropriate with dessert, as a nightcap or a winter warmer. Definitely a "must try".

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

Poured from a 750 ml bottle...

This beer pours a rich mahogany color with a small but creamy tan head that fades to a thin cap. Aroma is very fruity, with notes of raisins and plums standing out the most, and a slight alcohol note in there as well. Taste is very complex, with sweet, toasty malts up front, followed by notes of caramel, and cocoa. Finish is somewhat dry, with a pleasant alcohol warmth that follows. Mouthfeel is creamy, and very smooth for a beer this big. As for drinkability, ABV means nothing in this case...this is great beer, and if you're lucky enough to have this available, drink up! Also, at the price you can get this one for ($5.99 for my 750ml bottle), you can't go wrong.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the first Belgian-style ales I tried about a year ago, a revisit was in order now that I've got some 400 beers and 72 styles under my belt. This was a Belgian-brewed bottle (my first was the Cooperstown variety), another reason for the re-review. Shared with expatsteve over a mini Belgian brown/dark ale session.

Pour: burgundy/garnet (fiery strawberry red/fuscia to the light) under three fingers of khaki foam. Some small chunks of sediment in the bottom of my tulip.

Nose: grape, cherry, raisin, date, roasted coffee, acidic booze, doughy as it warms.

Taste: tart/dry fruit, coffee/biscuit malt, evaporating booze, licorice on the midpalate, brown sugar and roasted malt in the finish. Just an amazing amount of complexity and depth of flavor in this one.

Feel: medium-light on the tongue with crisp, bubbly dry Belgian-esque carbonation.

Drinkability/Overall: A year and many hundred beers later, I can finally appreciate all this beer has to offer. Just a ridiculous amount of flavor development for one beer, and balanced well to boot. A steal at twice the price, the pinnacle of American Belgian-Style brewing (granted this was actually brewed in Belgium).

Photo of Vancer
3.4/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I wish this one tasted as good as the cork/caged bomber looked. Maybe I was expecting too much, I donno…

Good looking pour – deep amber maghogany brown with lacey sheets of ivory head.

Great aroma of tons of freakin’ fruits – plum, raisons apricots, and sugarcane candy. But the taste? Damn! Hot taste of bitter dry fruit. Very disappointing. Almost like a dry RIS, which wasn’t unpleasant, just unexpected. Lots of raisons and plums in the quaff also.

A full bodied brew, it came across like a sour Champaign.

Photo of expatsteve
4.56/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Ruby with chocolate hues, though this beer takes on brilliant strawberry pink hues under light. Pours a big one inch head, with sticky lacing and good suds. Medium visibility and low/medium viscosity. The development of the beer under light is pretty unique and impressive.

Aroma: Plums, cherries, with a little raisin and coffee in the background. Honey developments as it warms. Subtle, but tart and fruity.

Taste: Coffee on the front palate, followed by raisins, molasses and dried plums in the middle. Nice yeasts and a cleansing bitterness in the finish. Roasted notes remind me of licorice on the back palate. Honey and apple developments, followed by raisins, brandy, molasses and fennel. This is a remarkable beer - seems to show a new side of itself with each mouthful. Totally mind blowing.

Mouthfeel: Light body without being thin - perfect for the complex flavor and the style. Malts are mediated by a nice bitter finish. Pleasant the whole way down, with a yeasty fruit aftertaste.

Drinkability: Awesome, complex and strong without being overpowering. Great development keeps you guessing, while the deftness of the brew leaves it well within its style. And at the price, this is a steal.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.64/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber to a amber brown color with a thick tan head and great lacing. The aroma was that of malt and nut early, but as the glass watrmed, the aroma became more dark fruit and a more noticeable alcohol. I was not impressed with the finish at first, in that it was slightly watery. However, as beer warmed at mid-glass, palte was much more full and smooth, and the alcohol gave a warming sensation on the way down.

Photo of johnniemarg
3.56/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked bottle, poured into a tulip. This bottle is one of the Belgium contract-brewed bottles of this beer.

The beer is a very dark, almost opaque amber. Two finger tan head fades quickly and already leaves an impressive amount of lace. The head was the opposite of dense (would you call that sparse?), which leads me to believe that the beer will be fairly light in body. Also, this is meaningless but I think it's cool...I've got a perfectly shaped map of the US in lace on the side of the glass. I would totally make a picture of this my avatar but I left my digital camera at work.

The beer smells of weak dark fruits and candy sugar.

The taste that jumps out at me is anise. The beer is not really very sweet despite the smell of candy sugar. It has the wine-y character of a lighter red wine but with a raisin/plum flavor and then finishes with a slight bitterness. The anise enters in the middle of the taste and stays through the aftertaste. The 8.5% alcohol is well hidden, providing some drying bitterness, but not a noticeable alcohol taste.

Mouthfeel is lighter side of medium bodied. Alcohol provides some warmth. Carbonation is a little too much in my opinion.

I'd feel this were a lot more drinkable if the carbonation was less intense. Otherwise a well balanced beer.

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

This brew pours a murky dark brown color. The head is one finger in height, creamy, and long lasting. The aroma of caramel, pepper, and other spices. The taste has a bit more caramel than other Belgain strong darks I have had. The caramel seems to dominate the spices, although there are some nice yeast tones in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is full bodied with low carbonation. Overall, this isn't the best Belgain strong dark I have had, but it is thoroughly enjoyable.

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

This is a glass of the Cooperstown-brewed version of Ommegang Abbey Ale.

Appearance: The ale has a light brown appearance that is very susceptible to light, which reveals a bit of an orange color.

Smell: Candied sugars are the dominant aroma here.

Taste: The candied sugars add a truly sweet and flavorful dimension to this ale. The flavors are strong and intense and those sugars serve to take the edge off. I tried this side-by-side with the Duvel Moortgat brewed version and this one was sweeter while the anise stood out more strongly in the Belgium-brewed version.

Mouthfeel: The ale tastes excellent, sweet with a well-hidden alcohol.

Drinkability: Even at 8.5%, this is a very drinkable ale. Try it with a Belgian version for an interesting horizontal tasting.

Previous Reviews:
18-Jun-06, Bottle [Cave-Aged], 4.0, 4.5, 4.5, 4.5, 4.5, 4.40
3-Jan-06, Bottle [Brewed by Duvel-Moortgat], 4.0, 4.0, 4.5, 4.5, 4.5, 4.30

Photo of Doomcifer
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark copper with ruby hues. Tremendous thick and creamy head that stays throughout the entire session. Absolutely beautiful looking beer. Smelled of dark fruit ie figs, raisins, etc, maybe some yeast, a tad of bananas, mediciny too. Also tasted of the dark fruits along with hints of toffee and slight yeast. Taste ends off with a burgundy wine tasting alcohol warming. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, creamy, extremely bubbly like champagne at first but dies down after 10 minutes or so. Fairly drinkable but could be better. I was expecting more from this beer actually. I feel that this beer would be IMMENSELY better after aging maybe a year or so. Im gonna have to buy a few bottles and approach that idea.

Photo of idResponse
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I don't know where to start!

This beer poured perfectly, too dark to see what is going on with a beautiful frothy creamy head. Settling was almost immediate but the head is sticking around for a long long time. The initial whiff i took off this bottle as i opened it blew my socks off. So much going on at once. Once poured it has a nutty light chocolate coffee candy scent. The taste is nearly indescribeable. There's a lot of everything going on at once in a wonderful balance. Leaves a very spiced licorice nuts and mocha zing in it's wake. The mouthfeel is good but a bit flat. It almost manages to impersonate a cask even though it's from a bottle. The drinkability is superb as well, although I would consider this to be a meal of a beer. This is dinner and dessert all in one, you probably don't need anything else after this.

Very excellent and highly worth checking out!

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

It looks dark brown at first glance, but really it's closer to a deep ruby. It poured with a generous, light brown head that left behind considerable creamy lacing as it fell. Aromas of sweet, dried fruits (raisins, prunes) as well as fresh plums, with a hints of dark, nutty malts, bready yeast, and spicy alcohol. Wow, nice complexity while keeping everything balanced. Plenty of malty, fruity sweetness to start followed by notes of plums, slight bitterness, and licorice. There's also a bit of clove just before the alcohol warmth kicks in at the finish. Dry on the palate, medium/full bodied, with fine carbonation. Creamy, mellow texture. This is quality beer - I thoroughly enjoyed it and had no problem finishing off the 750mL myself over the course of a couple hours.

Photo of Gregorious
3.43/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750cl bottle

A - Dark with copper highlights...

S - Could smell a bit of figs and cloves but mostly just alcohol

T - Meh...mostly tasted like soil and alcohol. Not to say I couldnt reach out and taste some fruits like figs (which I smelled) and I think I also caught some cherries and cinnamon.

M - Nice and tingly on the tongue..medium body.

D - The complexity of this beer was lost somewhere. Instead of my palatte not knowing what wonderful taste to concentrate on, I found myself just trying not to taste the sharp alcohol. Not a bad beer, but not the best. I expected more from Ommegang, so I plan on grabbing another of these bottles and reviewing again...

Photo of ultralarry2006
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle. Left an espresso foam colored two finger head that had some retention and some decent spotty lacing. Body was a deep brown, garnet when held against the light. Very beautiful.

Smell - Esters and phenols. Dried dark fruits like dates and figs and raisins, and some undried ones like plums and cherries.Some slight medicinal phenols behind all that, also hint of bananas. Some caramel and dark bread.

Taste - same as the smell. Wine-like complexity of various dried fruits and dark fruits playing off of the subtle malty backbone of dark bread and caramel. Hint of bananas. Some medicine and slight alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel - full, mostly smooth, ever so slight alcohol warmth, low to moderate carbonation.

Drinkability - this is very good, goes down well, but it is more of a sipping brew, and would seem to require drinking with a meal, and also the high abv limits it to one per session

Photo of seedee17
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Chimay goblet, a gorgeous ruby color when held up to the light, with a creamy tan head that lingers for a while and leaves a nice fine lace on the glass. The smell has notes of fruit and chocolate along with noticable alcohol. Also a slight metallic smell that fades away. Nice and sweet, with plum and caramel flavors with a hint of hops and alcohol. Velvety and rich with just enough carbonation making this beer impressive and enjoyable to drink. A world class beer from a US brewery having their Belgian style ale brewed in Belgium by a world class brewery. Go figure.

Photo of andythejerk
3.35/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark, garnet color with just a modest head for a belgian. Smell is very sweet and fruity--smells somehow of yogurt-covered raisins. Flavor is good but comes off immediately as somewhat medicinal. Nevertheless it still has that fabulous, proof-that-god-loves-me strong belgian dark ale flavor. There are chocolate notes, as well as the follow up rememberances of the yogurt-covered raisins. It's alright--I would choose others first. Judged against others of its style.

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

Dark burgundy to polished chestnut brown. Nice offbrown head, big and rocky to start, fading to a solid ring atop the brew.

Very potent yeast and alcohol in the nose, along with some ripe fruit and brown sugar candy. Not all that complex, but intense.

Creamy, dry start. Nice jab of yeast starts things out after that, tart fruit and ripe fruit--plums and apricots--fading into a chewy, sweet caramel brown sugar, ending on sweet and sour alcohol. Nice.

Truly an American craft beer classic!

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

This beer left me with quiet an impression. Very dark amber pour with nice creamy white head- looks like a serious beer. Smell is stong, reminds me of sweet dried fruit, Taste is great, again strong malt presence with a raisin like aftertaste. It has a smoothness, but never loses it's edge. It seems the more sips you take, the stronger the beer becomes. A big brew for me, can't really drink too much of it, but I certainly appreciate how well made it is.

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

750 ml bottle, brewed in Belgium by Duvel Moortgat for Ommegang.

BIG rocky light tan head, clear crimson in color. The nose is fruity, and spicy. On the palate, spice, dark fruit, and a smooth finish. The carbonation is lively but not harsh. Ommegang drinks deceptively easy.

I have to say, good as this beer is, I expected a little more complexity, more layers.

Photo of vtfan77
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark brown with a ruby red tint to it. About a half an inch of tan head and minimal lacing. Beautiful looking beer.

S- Sour apple and coffee mostly. Interesting combination of fruity and roasty aromas.

T- Starts out tart with a pleasant fruitiness, some yeasty flavors thrown in there as well. The roasted malt comes through in the end and adds a little bitterness.

M- Smooth and silky, a little thin.

D- Pretty good, I was able to finish the bottle, but it took me a while and I wouldn't really want more. This is a sipping beer, especially with the ABV at 8.5%.

Good beer, complex and interesting. Not my favorite Ommegang (that honor goes to Hennepin), but still enjoyable.

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

12 oz bottle 4 pack.

Big hiss when I popped the cap. good sign.

Dark burgundy brown with some red/orange hues. Bubbly, thick and even 2" slightly off-white head dispalys great retention and plenty sticky.

Smells of tangy and dark beries like,grapes and strawberries with caramel candy. Mild chocolate.

The flavor is all about the malt complexity. This one is very good, the malt has gentle chocolate notes with a big-time, up-front fruitiness, mostly red grapes, strawberries, and bluberries. There is a bitter, earthy hop balance and just the right of heat in the finsih. The feel is medium to full, lively, but goes down thick and smooth, with a dry finish.

This one had a rather large hop bitterness which I thought was a bit too much, otherwise...really nice.

Photo of rodrot
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged 750 ml bottle. This beer had a dark, reddish brown appearance with a large 1 inch light tan head. There was a good bit of carbonation. Aroma was malty and caramelly with some hop aroma in the backround. Taste was of malt, dark fruits, maple syrup and a fruitiness that reminded me of caramel covered apples. This beer was medium bodied and fairly easy to drink considering the 8.5% abv. Not bad for the price either.

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

poured a rich ruby color big light tan head some lacing. aroma sweet carmel honey, malts,raisins, another one that was hard to keep my nose away from the glass.flavor dark fruits,alcohol,honey malts,as it warmed up stared to get a semi sweet red wine like quality .liked the finish on this just the right amount of sweetness and bitterness that lasted just right

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

From one of Ommegang's beautiful 750mL bottles, caged and corked. I love these things. This is the first time I have tried the Ommegang Abbey Ale and I was not disappointed. It pours a rich dark ruby with a thick tan head that comes right up to the edge of the glass and stays there. Huge amounts of lacing as the head slowly dissipates.
The nose is classic Dubbel: malty and sweet with a hint of hops and some alcohol spice. Hints of caramel and fruity scents play around it also.
The first sip is a shock. Tons of complex flavors with some very up front alcohol followed by malt and hops with a sweet underpinning of caramel and a hint of smoke.
Lively carbonation helps it slide right down the throat and leaves a lingering bitterness in the mouth. A great example of an American Belgian. It doesn't quite replace Chimay in my top slot, but it's a good affordable amd delightful brew.

Photo of ojiikun
3.17/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured without much ceremony into a glass goblet. Not much in the way of head, a little bit of fading cola fizz. Beautiful reddish brown color like a dubbel, even the foam is reddish and dark.

Smells great, like a sweet Belgian with lots of yeast and fruit and candy. If warm you can whiff the alcohol, but it comes across as citrusey and light.

Taste was unbelievably tart and dry, especially after it smelled so sweet and dubbel-ish. Lots of smokey coffeey and mineral water. Sour yeast and warming booze.

Mouthfeel is closer to red wine in the throat and champagne on the tongue than to beer in either place.

I had a hard time taking more than one glass due to the tart and bitter alcohol at the forefront. Both warm and cold, it's hard to focus on the real flavours underneath.

Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 4,068 ratings.