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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 4,028
Reviews: 1,675
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 214
Gots: 420 | 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 EPICAC
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I decided I needed to use one of my new pieces of glassware for its intended beer. I picked up a four-pack of 12 oz. Ommegang bottles at Downtown Wine and Spirits. I served this chilled, but consumed over a time frame that allowed sufficient warming.

Appearance: Pours a dark hazy brown with hints of maroon. A fluffy orange-brown head tops the beer, but recedes to a thin layer quickly. Head reemerges readily upon swirling.

Smell: Sweet malts and fruits. Notes of caramel and raisins, with tart cherry aromas arising upon agitation.

Taste: Sweet, bready malts dominate the front of the palate. Tart fruit and spices emerge in the center. Powdery yeast is evident in the finish with a light bitterness that provides a very nice balance. This is really delicious.

Mouthfeel: Tingly carbonation tickles the tip of the tongue. The beer is medium-bodied with a dry finish.

Drinkability: The delicious flavors keep me drinking, and the beer, though high alcohol, is easy to drink.

Overall: I absolutely love this beer. It's a nice balance of sweet, spicy and bitter.

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

One of my favorite "American Belgians". I've had this so many times over the past year. Dark brown color with a balanced flavor. It's usually sweet early in the sip, with a bitterish after-taste.

Even though it's my favorite American take on Belgian strong dark ale, it's not really much competition for Unibroue or the top-shelf Belgians like St. Bernardus. But for the price it can't be beat, it usually goes for $5 per 750mL bottle.

I recently toured the brewery, and they described that anise is used to flavor this beer. Now it's easier to pick out that flavor.

Photo of EStreet20
2.58/5  rDev -38%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

750 ml bottle poured into a Chimay chalice. Bottles in Belgium.

A - A nice look for a Belgian dark. Deep brown with a little reddish tint. A nice bubbly off white head sits atop and stays nicely.

S - Bit time yeastiness is the initial aroma. The yeast mixes nicely with some candy sugar and fruit smells. A hint of a peppery spice is present as well.

T - More than anything up front I taste the spiciness. After that the fruity flavor comes in a little bit. Other than that there's just a big metallic taste and some band aid/antiseptic flavor. I'm wondering if I got a bad bottle, but this taste does not impress me in the least.

M - Nice carbonation, however it's hard to get a good feel for this one because I really do not enjoy the taste.

D - honestly I;m finding this one undirnkable, a big disappointment after hearing so many good things.

Notes: Hoping this is a bad bottle. Will try/review again.

Photo of mochunk
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into the Duvel tulip... Very dark. Cola or root beer mixed with slightly used motor oil. small tan head that dissipates efficiently but never fully dissapearing. The entire time bubbles come from the bottom leaving a mound of frothy bubbling foam right in the center of the glass, it's a real treat. This alone cranks up the appearance score for me. Not much lasting lacing, but some exists for a few minutes after each sip.

Smell was elusive, I might have started a bit too cold and just after dinner. But possibly some clove, banana, roasted malts and hints of chocolate or nuts, the latter just barely. That may be the nose I'm getting now that's it's warmed slightly after an hour on the last glass... I'm also a bit stuffy tonight unfortunately.

Taste, hard hitting roasted malts (I think) and those nuts or whatever I smelled... I can see why it's dark. Just a few hints of spices and a bit of that banana too. While not overly carbonated, the mouth is fizzly and fun, slightly thick but not oily I don't think. I'm having a really hard time placing any of it. I wasn't too fond of it at first, but as it's gone down, I've grown to like it. Although the last glass was a full pour (supposed) yeast and all. And that seemed to balance it a bit more... Not as if I could see it. Can't even see through the glass even in front of a light bulb.

While it's not terrible, it's really not my style. It is plenty complex and seems to offer a lot and never is offensive, it's just not what I was expecting. I'm trying to be objective not subjective, but finding that difficult, or I just need more experience with the style.

I prefer the other Ommegang offerings, but as with the others, a good value at 5 bucks a 750ml if you're looking for something rich and different on a budget.

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

Served from a 12 oz bottle into an Ommegang glass. The beer poured a dark brown/amber color with a thick tan head with nice lacing. The aroma is a deep caramel and malt bomb that is really enjoyable. You gets hints of the high ABV but it is masked pretty well in this. The taste is more of the malt and caramel from the smell and with some good carbonation to balance it out. The beer gives you a good aftertaste and I find it fairly drinkable, even for 8.5%.

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

Pours carmely brown into the glass. Inch or so of foam and nice lacing down the inside of the glass. Sweet carmel and raisin aromas. Nice creamy mouthfeel. Taste is as I suspected. Raisin, licorice, and maybe a little nutty. Very very nice. I could get in trouble with this beer. Definitley recommended.

Photo of silver0rlead
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Figured id give the version brewed in belgium a go: Pours a brillant crimson amber hue with a thick, frothy tan head that retains well. The aroma has big dark fruits (plum, cherry, grape and fig), candied sugar, belgian yeast, spice (corriander, clove, pepper), and a slight alcohol presence. The flavor starts out with some dark fruits (cherry, grape, plum, strawberry), some spices (corriander, clove, pepper), dark candy sugar, slightly funky belgian yeast, minmal floral and herbal hops and a touch of alcohol. The mouthfeel is full and rich and the carbonation is on the light side but appropriate, and drinkability is good. An excellent dubbel (i dont care what BA says), complex and dare i say better (than the one brewed in cooperstown), also an incredible value.

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a chalice. The color is a lovely, dark crimson, with a strong tawny head that is interuppted by that slight carbonation.

To the nose, the malts jump out, along with sweet fruit and a hint of the alcohol to come.

I love the taste in the mouth. Layers of sweetness and fruitiness. Dry spices abount but do not overcome the malts. This stuff is nice and mildly bubbly. It keeps the malts down and the alcohol tame. The finish is dry and clean. Very nice.

Musings: At 5.99 a bottle - it is virtually impossible to best this. Even then, I will drink this over Allagash and put alongside Unibroue. I am not a huge fan of the other Ommegang brews, but this is a winner.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a corked 750ml bottle into a wide mouthed chalice of sorts. A light and fluffy, almost light maroon colored head forms on top of an amber, ruby colored beer. Head dissipates at a slow pace and leaves generous lacing. Ends as a nice film on top.

Smell is sweet and syrupy and yeasty. Raisins and plums. Generally sweet and dried fruits.

Very unique taste. Slightly alcoholic. Prune juice. Lots of fruitiness involved as well. Brown sugar and sweet malt syrup. Lots of malts and not many hops. Hops are noticeable though and bring a nice mouthfeel to the party. Almost winelike in the taste and acohol perception.

Pleasant mouthfeel with a great carbonated feel and a smooth body. Body is medium heavy. Alcohol resides in the afterataste. Warming and pleasant on a cool Super Bowl Sunday in the south. Five more hours until kickoff!

Photo of dren
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

If poured like the bottle says you get a good inch or so thick head that lingers around for a minute or two and falls back on itself into a dense top layer. The beer is a redish brown. Smells of cherries and raisins with some flowery sweetness. Tastes like fresh cherries and raisins, crisp sweetness up front with lots of yeast and a yeast/bread/malt finish. Feels like you just got done chewing through some fresh bread. A very good beer to say the least. Lots of flavors that blend well. The beer could have a little bit less yeast but other than that, nothing bad at all about this brew. I could drink this all night as long as I watched myself. I'm feeling a buzz after downing this first bottle. Now I look forward to the white of the same brand that's sitting in the fridge!

Photo of JWFokker
2.24/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Served from a 750ml bottle into a stein (I know I should be using a goblet), it's a good looking beer, a nice rich brown, with a considerable (1"+) light brown, not quite tan head. Plenty of carbonation. The smell is nice, definite fruit prescence. Taste is where it all goes wrong. It's very yeasty and a bit nutty. If there was fruit in there, the yeast overwhelmed it. I couldn't even taste any malt or hops. Mouthfeel was smooth enough but I couldn't make detailed observations as the yeast taste was rather unpleasant. Maybe I got a bad bottle, or maybe this is the style of Belgian ales. I'm not familiar with Belgian style, so I couldn't say. I've got Chimay Red for the Super Bowl and hopefully it will be better than this, which I entirely disliked. Needless to say, I didn't finish the bottle.

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

Appearance: slightly cloudy brown color with a two finger head. The head slowly fell to a thick surface foam that lasted through most of the drink.

Smell: malts, fruits, yeast, and a slight nuttiness.

Taste: caramels, brown sugar, hint of toasted nuts, ripe plums, yeast, and prunes all rounded with a nice spicy bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: brightly crisp at the start and finish, and the flavor lingers very briefly on the tongue after swallowing. Medium-heavy in body.

Drinkability: extremely enjoyable and flavorful beer that should be on everyone's regular rotation of Belgian-style ales. Easy to drink more than one bottle in an evening.

Photo of BillyB
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Orange/copper to brown color. Nice off-white head.
Light bodied carbonic mouthfeel. Effervescent, bubbly fizz is sharp on the tongue.
Fruity aromas. A mix of citrus and dark fruits. Combines orange, tangerines, plums, black cherries. Some biscuity, bready yeast aromas as well.
Nice complex fruity ale characteristics. Fruity, bready sweet malt tastes balanced by a slight bitterness.
Subtle but definitely present alcohol.
Very,very drinkable.
Very enjoyable brew.

Photo of mooseisloose
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Uncorked a chilled 1/5 bottle (750 ml), aroma in the bottle is molasses, cherry and raisons. Poured it into a goblet glass, nice tan head great lacing very deep copper color. Wafting the glass produces a sweet yet very tangy smell that dislays the high AC of this beverage. The carbonation is excellent. The taste is sweet yet sour, cherry accented by lemon. The mouthful is explosion of flavors and carbonation. The finish is sweet yet tangy. A delicious and very robust selection. A bottle of this and let the good times roll. I definitley will be restocking this brew.

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

This beer emerged out of a twelve ounce bottle with a dark brown colour and some crimson tint where the light struck the edges of the glass. A giganstrosity of a tan head volcanoed up half the glass requiring a wait in finishing the fill. The nose was layered with some bizarre perfumed flowery scent that struck me at the onset of sniffing. After this oddity was nosed, scents of heavily candied dark fruit and caramel followed on its heels. Plum and black cherry notes came to mind. The nose was surprisingly light on yeasty character, although some was present within the quite pronounced and rather complex mix of sugary fruitiness. The taste held a sweet aspect at the front end that later tailed into some dark fruit skin like dryness from the hopping. It is always interesting to taste beers like these. So much to consider and revel in. The tones remind me of light caramel and old super ripe plum. A lingering rind quality in the finish keeps the dark fruit flavour alive as the tongue is dried out. This tastes of richness and maturity. In terms of the fruitiness that is. Mouthfeel is a light medium. Speedy and small are the bubbles that contribute to this lightness. The drinkability is good. Plenty of pondering can be had through the course of one glass, though not enough. The earth may not shatter, but there are certainly good tastes and food for thought here.

Photo of bennetj17
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Colour is dark reddish brown or plum. Has a nice one-inch head that retains itself well. Aromas of rasins, bananas, and Belgian yeasts are present. Sweet, and mildly alcoholic. The first taste begins fruity and becomes sweet after a few seconds. The sweet malt flavors then seem to evaporate into a dry and spicy alcoholic finish. The first few sips were excellent but over time the spicy/alcoholic character begins to overpower the complex malt flavors making it harder to distinguish. The mouthfeel is nice, with medium thickness and robust carbonation. I like the beer but the drinkablity seems to decrease for me as I go along...

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

Supper dark red/brown color with a tan head. Smell is dark fruit, plum, cherries, dates. Also a slight musty yeasty smell. Taste is full of fruity flavor and heavy dark malt. Moutfeel may be the best part of this beer. Very creamy full mouth with a nice carbonation level. Active on the tongue. The best American belgian style beer I've had. This is one I will return to over and over.

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

Pours a deep ruby color with a big, thick, sticky, brown head.

Smell of dark fruit, somewhat musty.

Taste is dark fruit (including prunes and olives), with a dry yeast kick and alcohol. Very juicy. Even, thorough carbonation.

This is an interesting beer. I'm still getting acquainted to Belgian style beers so I don't think I'm able to fully appreciate this yet. Now I want to find out what an authentic Belgian version tastes like.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.57/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - A deep auburn to scarlet (very dark in my goblet) with a two finger head and sporadic lacing.

S - Floral hops (lillies) some figs and dates as well as a bit of gumball. Some faint bananas as well. Alcohol is apparent at higher temperatures.

T - Alcohol is extremely evident. Sweet with some dates, cola, bananas and a bit of gumball. This would score higher if the abv was somewhat masked.

M - Carbonation is a little high, smooth and thick. A bit cloying though.

D - Pretty good considering the mouthfeel. This is a pleasant drink although I'd call it a dessert beer for sure. I really enjoyed it even though it tastes strongly of alcohol and has a bit of an odd mouthfeel.

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

Poured a rich deep crimson ale with an off white rocky, head that left ample lace and stayed around for a long time. The aroma is rich with dark caramel maltyness and hints of dark fruit like figs. The flavor is excellent and has become my personal favorite abbey dubbel as it begins with an effervescent rush of sweet malt and perfectly balanced dark fruit which slowly fades leaving a dry and clean finish which becons the drinker to partake of another sip. The body is perfect for an abbey dubbel and it is both full of carbonation and has a nice weight when held on the tongue yet has a very clean finish. This ale is very drinkable and i will probably buy a few bottles to lay down and see what an aged example tastes like.

Photo of petemoss14
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Pours a deep brown with flashes of ruby. Frothy, tan head settles to a thin blanket atop the beer. Leaves nice lacing.

Aroma of fruit, especially cherries. Slightly metalic odor. Beer gets spicier as it warms a bit, with a certain cloviness making itself evident.

Tastes, again, of cherries and fruit. Moderate carbonation makes the beer play lightly on the tongue. Notes of roasted malt -- coffee and chocolate -- come through. Cloves and spice. Finishes dry with a slight hop bitterness.

Finished the 750ml bottle without much trouble. Very drinkable for an 8% beer. A fine American Belgian Style Ale, and a bargain at $5 a bottle!

Photo of doppelmeup
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Dark amber color, some orange hints. Half inch tan head that stayed around.

Distinct Belgian ale aroma, yeast, alcohol. Sort of medicinal.

Full bodied, yeasty taste. initially, taste improved as beer warmed, but then declined again as it got warmer.

High ABV warmed the palate. Bit of a thick mouthfeel. Didn't linger afterward, which was good.

Not a bad ale. Great bargain compared to Chimay. I don't think I could drink a lot of these in a row, however.

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

The question I'm asking myself right now is: "Is there a better value for money, readily available beer of equal (or near) quality in the US today?" - My uninformed guess would be: "Probably not, but if so, let me know about it." I might even be tempted to risk part of my beer allowance on whatever that suggestion might be, but rest assured, a large chunk of my beer money would be invested in solid tried and trusted products like this one.

The physical characteristics of this beer are well documented in other reviews, so I will merely record that this is a great beer and while I can't rule out the possibility that there will be those who don't like it, I think that for the vast majority this will prove to be a repeat purchase item. Quality, Value, Convenience (what?). It's quite strong too....

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

750 ml corked and caged bottle purchased in mid 2005 and stored for about 6 months; paid $5.99 at an unrecorded location in southern California.

Pours a deep brown with ruby highlights, translucent. Head is very nice tan at the beginning, bit drops to nonexistance very quickly.

Strong nose of black cherries, dark chocolate, and sweet dates. Other dark fruits (plums) also come and go.

Flavor is full of dark fruits, slightly sweet, and with a bit of an astringent tartness at the end. My main thought, though, is black cherry. Alcohol was very strong when first poured (colder), it hides itself better once it warms up a bit.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly a little watery, not bad, but just moreso than I expected. Drinkability is limited by alcohol presence. A nice sipper, though.

Overall this is a decent beer that I am enjoying, but isn't a classic that makes me want to come back for more.

Photo of masikon
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of the 750ml caged and corked bottle into an Orval chalice, gorgeous brew... pours a bloodshot brown with creamy lingering lacework after the luxurious head, so appetizing. Nose is fruity and sweet, sugar isn't hidden at all, also notes of cherries, bananas, and a bit of alcohol. Taste is dominated by fruit with red wine-like grape notes followed by yeasty twang and a bit of alcohol...unfortunately the mouthfeel here isn't quite right which I think detracts from the complexity of the taste. A bit too light and watery keeps the taste from lingering long after the swallow, the only real flaw with this brew. A very nice and affordable Belgian, like others have said i'll try and get my mitts on some domestically brewed versions and see if the texture problem is worked out.

Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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