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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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Ommegang (Abbey Ale)Ommegang (Abbey Ale)

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3,784 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,784
Reviews: 1,644
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 160
Gots: 307 | 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 UnionMade
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a cloudy, opaque leathery brown, topped with a thick, frothy sand colored head. Very sticky lace, coating the glass with multiple layers. Great head retention, maintaining at least 1/8" through the entire glass, leaving a clump at the bottom upon draining. Absolutely amazing color and lasting quality.
Aroma is very malty and sweet. Authentic belgian abbey dubbel. Lots of candi sugar, with tons of esters. Lightly phenolic, getting heavier as it warms. Hints of plum, fig, and cidery apple must. Pronounced raisin aroma. Some apparent alcohol, getting more prominent as it warms. Some spice, with a bit of caramel, and perhaps roasted malt. Extremely rich.
The flavor is hugely malty, with tons of belgian candi sweetness. The sip starts out malty, with heavy toffee and a touch of roasty coffee flavor. The caramel lingers into the middle, where it greets huge, slightly phenolic esters. Hints of plum, cidery apple, pear, and a big raisin flavor, that lingers all the wya through into the aftertaste. The malt prevails through the sip, carrying through the esteriness, with some sweet, sugary caramel coming through in the finish, coupling with a mild alcoholic burn in the end. A warming alcohol sensation in the swallow, fading into a caramelized raisiny maltiness in the aftertaste, which stays with you for ages. Body is medium to full, with smooth, active carbonation. The alcohol gets a little boozey as the beer approaches room temperature, coupled with the sweetness, it becomes a bit cloying.
A very bold, strong belgian ale, extremely authentic. The sweetness, along with the alcohol, gets to be a little too much, and one or two glasses is all I can take in a sitting. The price is also impossible to beat, especially for the quality of the product.

UnionMade, Sep 24, 2003
Photo of shirfan
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful clear garnet-red color with a fine-bubbled, two finger head that laces well.

Uncorked, this unleashes a powerful, estery aroma, with hints of alcohol and fruit tones, especially cherry.

Taste is dangerously smooth and inviting for a big beer. Very little, if any detectable alcohol; and no bitterness to speak of. That said, neither is this an overly sweet belgian-style ale. Just enough malt backbone supports the fruit esters, which again, seem to be led by cherry. Finish is flat-out seductive, inviting another sip.

If all the disgusting aspects of Robitussin could be removed and replaced with tasty beer, this is what you'd take for a cough. As it stands, it cuts through a stress headache quite nicely.

shirfan, Sep 24, 2003
Photo of cerevisiaephilus
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer smells great. Get a good bit of alcohol smell but is blended into a bunch of other scents as well, I'm definately getting an intense raisin smell and some other stuff too that I can't quite pick out. The taste, however, isn't outstanding. Its good, don't get me wrong, with some of the same raisin notes and a little sourness, but it is nothing better than a Corsendonk. I guess that isn't much of an insult, but after the Hennepin, I was expecting more from their beefier beer.

cerevisiaephilus, Sep 20, 2003
Photo of Bruiser81
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been anticipating this brew for so long, so here it goes.
Very dark burgundy color almost brown. Nice tan creamy head that blew up on the pour and eventually settled down to a half inch and left excellent lacing. Looks tasty.
The aroma had way more going on then I could figure out. Just to name a few, dark fruit, raisins, dates, alcohol, and vanilla.
The taste also was quite busy. Taste up front is very malty sweet, with a bit of molasses hidden behind that. Plum and raisin were again present along with some light tannens. Currents and dates ran along the backbone through the whole brew. The finish was creamy smooth with the presence of diacetyl and a slight bit of hops giving it a sort of candyish finish.
Very full mouthfeel, almost chewy. Very delicious. Courtesy of feloniousmonk, thanks man.

Bruiser81, Sep 14, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium brown color, medium head. Aroma is malty and sweet. Rich smooth malts almost fruity. Nice hop signature. Finish is very clean, good mouth feel. Aftertaste is malty. The maltyness shines through on the finish. Smooth taste despite 8.5 % alcohol. Nice beer.

beerguy101, Sep 13, 2003
Photo of DarrellK
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my first brew from Ommegang and I wasn't expecting much, but was very pleasantly surprised. The style is usually a bit winey, but in this case is was less so in palate but had a Burghandy nose, color but with a very thin head. The finish was quite lingering and moved from a slight prune sweetness to a dryer finish. This a nice style that is well captured.

DarrellK, Sep 03, 2003
Photo of Boilermaker88
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Color is a deep burgandy with a steady stream of carbonation rising to the bottom of a massive creamy beige head. Left a nice patchwork of lace.

Smell was strong of molasses, dark fruits, roasted malt and alcohol. The alcohol became more pronounced after it warmed.

The taste is sweet, heavy of molasses and plum/prune/raisin. Hints of honey were noted as well as the faintest suggestion of tart apples. Slightly spicy with a steady alcohol flavor and warmth in the finish.

The feel is full, rich, smooth and creamy.

Overall, a pretty good beer. Rather strong alcohol content takes away from the drinkability. Not one I'd sit around drinking on a routine basis. Probably best to have with a good meal.

Boilermaker88, Aug 30, 2003
Photo of BierManVA
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big "POP!" when releasing the cork.

Very dark amber color with fine huge head. The initial burst of aroma was that of an old cellar, woody and earthen.

An extremely strong tasting ale, alcoholic aftertaste. I should be eating roast pork or chicken with this! The flavors of this bier are extremely complex. They exist harmoniously however. This bier is obviously a fine product that is made with love and devotion by the brewer. I am overcome with this the more I drink it. It is rated highly for good reason, "It's good!"

At $4.49 a bottle, I believe I will put a few of these in the cellar for a special occasion.

Please excuse my lack of adjectives and descriptors, many previous reviews more than adequately describe it's flavors.

My advise: "Pick up a few of these"


BierManVA, Aug 27, 2003
Photo of ngandhi
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

The beer looks perfect. Dark chestnut with excellent head stability. A sweet malthead's beer.

Smells of mellowed currant and berries. The aroma is well-integrated, making it difficult to distinguish the fruits. Malt-heavy; minute citrus.

The fruit continues to develop on the tongue. I tried long and hard to pinpoint these flavors and found it nearly impossible. Ommegang might have created another flavor here. It develops from ripe grape to currants, light raspberry and pears. The pear flavor comes somewhere in the malts because it's detectable within the body; it doesn't develop until you let this stuff really coat your tongue.

The finish is dry; as some have said, of wine. It briefly redevelops into sweeter fruits and leaves an ultimate aftertaste of sugary (not roasted) malt. Not unlike port.

This, my first beer from Brewery Ommegang, has a great deal of character. I'm left both confused and intrigued. There is quite a kick to it; the phenolic notes are very pronounced and often smoky. I think it lacks balance and the alcoholic taste detracts from the end product. That said, Ommegang carries 8.5% abv so I can at least understand.

Ommegang is a beer of wonderful depth that I might have to come back to some day. For now, it doesn't carry enough complexity to actually allow the medicinal islay smoke. Many of you will not find that aspect overpowering; perhaps it isn't, but I find it inappropriate.

Regarding drinkability, it's not that Ommegang is too strong to drink often, it's that you can tell it's too strong. I have to hold myself back from getting ploughed on delicious Unibroues, Dreadnaughts, and Duvels; they are more delicately crafted.

According to the bottle, Ommegang is age-worthy -- I'd be interested to see what this beer would do in a year or two. The phenols and fruits are not fully integrated (as they are in, say, Duvel or Fin du Monde). Perhaps some cellaring would do it some good. If you do it or have done it, please let me know how it is.

Just missed greatness.

Relax, relax.

ngandhi, Aug 02, 2003
Photo of bmills1608
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

750 ml corked bottle presentation. These big bottles are a real treat on a lazy Sunday afternoon, pop the cork, and your good to go for the next hour or so. I've had the Rare Vos, which I thought was great. Pouring this, I was a bit surprised it was so dark, I didn't realize the style until later. Color was a deep ruby/chestnut brown, quite dense and hazy, sunlight had a hard time penetrating all the way through. HUGE fluffy tan head exploded during the pour, taking up half the glass. Aromas of yeast and raw leafy hops, cinnamon, baking spice and drying grass.

Taste is dark and rich, currents, black cherries, molasses (lots of this), dark malts, red wine and alcohol. Starts out with full blown malt (darker malts, reminded me a bit of an English brown at first) the mid pallette brings the alcohol and some nice fruity flavors and then finally the end is sweet at first and then dries out quite a bit. Finishes mouth coating and rich.

Carbonation was exceedingly smooth with really fine and tight bubbles. Mouthfeel was heavy, a little thick with a touch of creaminess.

Overall - A pretty big and bold beer. Exceptionally well crafted. After finishing my first glass, I got a real desire for some fries with mayonnaise sauce. So into the oven they went and out came the Evan Williams bourbon. A bit of bourbon mixed with mayo (Monk's Cafe style), that second glass of Ommegang and those french fries with bourbon mayo and I was loving life. Now that's a good pairing.

bmills1608, Jul 28, 2003
Photo of SheepNutz
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a dark brown color with one finger of light tan head. There is a minimal amount of lace on the glass. The smell is a mix of sweet, slightly toasted malt and alcohol. Very rich and powerful aroma. The taste is heavy with malt, ripe plums and raisins, and a touch of hops. It has a sweet dry finish, almost wine-like. The mouthfeel is very strong and heavy. The drinkability is average for the amount of alcohol. A good beer to be slowly sipped.

SheepNutz, Jul 21, 2003
Photo of beergeek279
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 750 mL bottle. The color is a very dark amber with a good head retention. The smell is malty with just a hint of sweetness. The taste is much drier, with only a bit of malty sweetness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is good, with slight alcohol noticable. Drinkability-wise, I'd have another but probably not a 2nd bottle.

Amongst the driest Belgian-style brews that I've had, and though I prefer a bit of sweetness in my beer, this certainly isn't a bad beer.........just something that's a bit of an acquired taste.

beergeek279, Jul 13, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.88/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Around this time one year ago, I was living in SoCal and trying different beers. This is probably the first dark Belgium style strong ale I tried, but at the time I had no idead what I had in my grasps. It's been a great time enjoying and experiencing all of the beers I have sampled, but it sure is nice to revisit this amazingly true to it's country of origin Ommegang ale. Appears mahogany brown with amber hazed hues shimmering through matched by a creamy tan effervescent massive head coating my goblet with trickled lace very nicely, some true eye candy in my hand here. Aromatics are this beer's forte, fortified with robust brown sugar coated simmered fruit namingly plums a rolling malt sweetness so gentle and perfect this beer is. Other aroma evident are the slight hop aroma delicate and light, but evident along with trace of alcohol notes to finish off the smell. Taste is just as easily a winter warmer as a summer sipper well-made and meaty this beer is packed wtih taste slightly nutty quality with cream laced fruit massive complex tones so good you just have to try it for yourself, my my hey hey Belgium style beer is better to drink than to piss away. I don't know what that was but what I meant is this an amazing example of what the American craft brewing seen is capable of it speaks volumes on so many levels of brewing textured with silky smooth qualities and a full medium body astonishing mouthfeel. Drinkability is grade A as far as after I finish this beer I indefinitely want another taste of it. 25.6 oz is enough for anyone especially 8.5% percent by volume, however this beer is to be enjoyed and paired with great food.

WVbeergeek, Jul 10, 2003
Photo of marc77
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep burgundy hue with a trifling murk. Covered by a beige, thick, steadfast head. Exiguous, wandering near - lace remains. The aroma is a delicate, amiable melange of stately barely ripe banana, rich nutty carob, and mild herbal phenols. After a deliberation, breezy wafts of semisweet cocoa dusted, fermented prune provide a lightly sugared, fruity contrast. Mellow, rounded dark toffee sweetness incipient in flavor is ensued and complemented by a persistent, fruit driven combination of fructose rich raisin and tracely tart underripe plum. As the beer breathes, judicious cocoa and a subtle, earthy hop presence emerge, facilitating an agreeable bittersweet contrast to the residual sweetness. Dark fruit character fades late, but banana esters remain constant, and couple with the light, but perceptibly grainy, bready malt undertone to facilitate a chocolate tinged banana bread impression. After the brief initial carbonic acid bite dissipates, the mouthfeel becomes invariably lightly viscous and pleasantly dextrinous. Finishes with a brusque snap of clove phenol that yields to fleeting hints of sweet, British digestive biscuits. The cellaring has completely assuaged the light, but perceptibly phenolic edge of regular Ommegang, which was already a fine brew. Chocolate character has augmented slightly, while the dark fruity esters have diminished. The end result is a superbly balanced dubbel - esque brew, with superlative drinkabilty. It's affably soft on the palate and certainly delicious. I wish to sincerely thank Feloniousmonk for delivering bottle # 214 to me.

marc77, Jul 10, 2003
Photo of BitteBier
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Caramely brown with amber highlights and a monstrous, fluffy head. Not surprisingly, the abundant head makes for a rich nose, with fruit notes, sweet malts, and alcohol all readily detectable. Reminiscent of some red wines I've had. Very rich, creamy mouthfeel is offset by a lightness at the back of the tongue and roof of the mouth. Sweet, full, malt base slowly melts away to leave a light crispness and, in the end, the warmth of alcohol. The scent and taste of alcohol seemed to increase as the beer warm (or as I grew more accustomed to the other flavors).

BitteBier, Jul 10, 2003
Photo of granger10
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It had a strong flavor to it even though it had a light body. Dark fruits were noticed (dates, raisins, prunes) along with a light honey taste. Further along I detected a woody presence in the beer. The finish reminds me of a red wine along with oak. This is a great beer for the price, but if you have the money I would recommend getting a true belgian (i.e. beer from Belgium).

granger10, Jul 10, 2003
Photo of marburg
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A decent rush of carbonation greets the opener. Perhaps surprisingly then, this brownish-red, murky beer forms only a medium-sized head that dissipates quickly. Stirring the beer brings about a ressurection of foam and a little lacing on the glass. Chocolate covered raisins and spices in the aroma with an tinge alcohol that presents itself more as the beverage warms. Flavors are deep, rich, and fruity -- ripened plums and raisins leading to a an unripe plum-skin bitterness. Despite the obvious fruity flavors, this beer is hardly as sweet as some other abbey style ales. It has a slightly stronger body a little bit more of a grainy base. Very drinkable brew hides its abv well.

marburg, Jul 02, 2003
Photo of far333
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep hazy caramel color, with a light brown head of small tight bubbles. The head dissipates quickly, and leaves no lacing. Aroma is light, a bit malty, and a bit fruity like pear, but also has a slight alcoholic smell that almost seems metallic. Taste is big and rich. Heavy malt, with yeasty highlights, and a bit of hops and fruit. A hop bitter and malt sweetness lingers in the back of the throat. A metallic alcohol undertone matches the smell. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. A very tasty beer that would be more drinkable for me if the metallic notes could be reduced.

far333, Jun 18, 2003
Photo of rastaman
2.83/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Linc again for this one. To quote a friend, the aroma was of whiteboard markers. There was also a bit of fuel, raw alcohol and caramel in the aroma. The palate, is caramelly, and candied, with some raw alcohol in the finish, a bit rough and short. It didn't really taste Belgian to me either, not bad. Palate is a bit too sticky or something.

rastaman, Jun 16, 2003
Photo of WesWes
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours "a dark burgandy" just as the label states. The head, thick and full, is a dark white/tan color. It's quite hazy, but no bother. The aroma is good. It smells of liquorice, corriander, and ginger. The flavor is rich and powerful. The 8.5% abv. is evident as it slips down your throat. It's a great beer. Again, it is good with gourmet dishes. "Great beer derserves great food" as they proclaim on the bottle. The star anise shines through on the taste buds. It's spicy, but calm with it's darkness. The mouthfeel is heavy, but what do you expect?; Dark beer, bottle conditioned, spices. It is plenty drinkable, but I would advise not to drink too much; You might just end up passed out early.

WesWes, Jun 11, 2003
Photo of TripelJ
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I gave this one the respectable slow pour a belgian style dubble deserves. 2" creamy white head diminished to a rim and fine lacing within 5 minutes. A deep reddish brown with small traces of light through the glass. Sweet smell of ripe cherrys which becomes perfume-like as you sip. Taste is also sweet ripe cherries with a mild apple core aftertaste (not at all unpleasant). There is a medium body and very smooth mouth feel which bring increase its drinkability. Already my favorite 'domestic belgian'. I am very partial to belgian style ales and this domestic brew makes me fall in love all over again. Sweet, smooth, and very drinkable despite a 8.5% ABV, the way a belgian should be.

TripelJ, Jun 04, 2003
Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes: Corked and Caged 750ml bottle. This beer poured a nice dark, rusty brown colour with an ample, creamy, white head. The aromas were of dark fruits, spices, yeast, dark malts, and hops. The taste? Very boozy, fruity, spicy, yeasty, earthy, delightful. The mouthfeel was very creamy and oh-so-smooth and the drinkability was great as well. I liked this better than the 'fresh' Ommegang.

Cheers to Purlpehops for the sample!

francisweizen, Jun 02, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm a great big fan of Ommegang, and now I have the Cave-Aged at hand ready for inspection..

.Appearance: same dark, muddy, burgundy brown, more reddish in direct light, and with a small, dunnish head.

Aroma: a touch more mellow than the fresher version, (which I've just consumed, by the way, for the purposes of this study, of course!) but a magnificent melange, even if it does need time to unfold. Rich, dark, fruity flavors present themselves, raisins, plum, fig, grapes, spices, chocolate. It's a deep, dank morass of fruity goodness. And now to taste...

Mouthfeel is unwordly...thick doesn't start to describe it! This beer takes over the mouth, the tongue, the apex of all senses is overcome. It commands, and must be paid tribute to! ...I'm still reeeling! I initiate another sip with trepidation...am I ready? Yes, I am...Hops are a large, fruity charge,then malt takes over, occupies, dominates, fully engorges everything in ways only pleasant! Again, I must pause, reflect, wait...now, to sip anew...thick, lush, full,...an intoxicatingly flavorful sensation! I'm in too much pleasure, to be sure! I've got 1/2 the bottle to go? Wished I'd saved it for another, more communal, convivial occasion, to make more people happy. Maybe some other time, if it's possible?

It's an incredible mix of all things dark and beery and fruity and alcoholy and...really, my question is thuswise: if I gave regular Ommegang 5 stars, can I give this one 6?

No? Why not? Oh, it's amazing! Not merely the strength and potency gives it it's formidable quality, but the everflowing flavor! Ranks among the finest brews ever brewed, alongside every trappists monk's secret concoction. Hail to thee, Ommegang!
Once again, you knocked my every sock off!

(So much thanks to purplehops for the oppurtunity to drink this ambrosia!)
The Cave did it's work well. This is one kick@$! beer!

feloniousmonk, Jun 01, 2003
Photo of SamuraiJack
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from the 12oz bottle - sourced by a friend visiting NYC. One day I'd love to get it in the 750ml... perhaps with Moortgat involved there will finally be good distribution out west.

Pour shows the classic, rich dark body with hints of burgundy and amber. Decent but not overwhelming carbonation and a dense but not billowing head.

Aromas are of caramel, fruit and malt - with a sort of spicy port-like undercurrent. Very attractive and mouthwatering. True to the style.

Initial taste is of spice and malt. Very dry and crisp with hints of rummy fruit and a strong bite. Perhaps less smooth than the prototypical Dubbel and with less citrus and more tropical fruits and spices. Alcohol is noticable. The finish is incredibly dry with a strong yeast note - very attractive. Esters provide a continuity of flavour throughout the experience and across the palette.

This is an excellent beer. Perhaps the second best American execution of the style (after the Allagash). With any luck we'll be able to start getting it out here on a regular basis.

SamuraiJack, May 29, 2003
Photo of powoo19
3.15/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color was a nice dark maroon color with a fruity smell. Not bad.. The taste was not my type though..It was a heavy beer with almost a sweet taste almost like a chocolate. The aftertaste was very smooth and dry but again the type of beer is not my type. Those who like the style will enjoy this hearty brew.

powoo19, May 29, 2003
Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 3,784 ratings.