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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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93
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4,066 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,066
Reviews: 1,679
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 219
Gots: 463 | 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 HugoGrim
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 ML bottle into a snifter.

Very dark brown, nearly black, with just a hint of red. Frothy cream colored head.

Aroma is dark and fruity. Elements of canned peaches, caramel, cooked honey, clove, and more. As I type this my home is filled with the aroma, as I used about half the bottle in a Flemish beef stew which is baking in the oven.

The flavor is quite darker than I expected. Extremely smooth and slightly smokey. Figs and a woody smoked tone make the flavor deep and rich. Finish is dry and smokey. Alcohol is virtually undetectable considering it weighs in at 8.5%.

Photo of bonbright7
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured the coffee and root beer looking ale into my 50cl glass and thought about the taste to come that would make me think of tail-gating parties, cold weather, and hearty lamb stews. The bitter creamy wave was followed by the impressions of roasted coffee that made me put down the ale for a while.

I came back to it after a few minutes and it didn't strike me as improved with time or air. I would like to revisit this ale either on tap or with a fat roast beef sandwhich this Fall, as the winter will be approaching once again.

Photo of farHillsBrewer
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a muddy reddish brown with a smooth tan head that lasted. Strong and warming with the promised burgundy notes, with cherry, caramel, and an evident breadiness. The taste showed complexity as it warmed and tasted more wine-like. The alcohol was evident as well, though I was tempted to have a second. I drank it with a medium-rare rib steak, which was a very nice pairing. Would love to try again soon, preferable with another steak.

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

Pours dark caramel with moderate carbonation and an impressive, rocky, buttermilk head. Suprisingly weak on the nose, but with spicy hints of cinammon and caramel malt. Pretty mild for what I’ve come to expect from a Belgian. Medium heavy body, lightly carbonated, not a lot of kick going down. Hopped spices and vague fruitiness with a faint hint of alcohol to finish it off. Really pretty underwhelming for what I expect out of a Belgian. Maybe I’ve just had too many sterling examples recently to be impressed by something that’s "only" Chimay caliber. Scored higher overall due to greater drinkability at this price, which can be fully half what you’d pay for the average Belgian import

Photo of number1bum
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark with a big, foamy tan head. Holding it up to the light reveals a deep burgundy color. The head dissipates slightly but retains a thin lacing right through the finish. Smell is sweet and fruity, and the taste is the same. Very smooth and balanced, the taste shields the 8.5 ABV, which you don't much feel until polishing off the first half of the 750ml bottle and standing up to get the second half. I prefer the taste as it begins to warm, when the malty flavors really come out and a bit of a bite that is evident when too cold really smooths out. Quality brew that makes a nice treat.

Photo of wedge
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Dark burgundy with a giant thick, moussy light tan head. At first, it smells of pale malts, nutty, almost creamy, with a delicate sweetness and faint phenols. If you really stick your nose in the glass: lots of dark, fruity esters and breadiness - nicely layered. Rich malts instantly mix with a vinous fruity tartness in the middle followed by clove phenols and a dry yeasty finish - some apple. Alcohol begins to creep into the flavor as it warms. Big, hearty mouthfeel is warming with full, yet soft carbonation.

This is a dark, dark beer. Rich, fruity, complex, and just really "full" all around. Oh yeah...this is quality stuff right here.

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

Decanted pour- mostly clear chestnut brown color with ruby highlights and a tall dense tan head. Great color, and that head just won't quit.

Aroma is sweet and spicy. Candy hits your nose right away but it is almost immediately mitigated by a host of more grown-up aromas- orange peel, ground ginger, cherries, cloves, raisins, caramel and some woodiness. Alcohol has a faint presence and you have to look for it.

The palate is full and quite carbonated. Very spicy throughout. Cherries are dominant on the finish, but all of the other elements are there as well. Alcohol comes to the forefront for the last half of a glass harming its drinkability.

This is a good beer- complex and enjoyable for sure- but there is also something too methodical about it. It could achieve greatness with more of a wild side.

Photo of copasetic
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lovely mahogany -crystal clear and brown-red with a slight fluffy khaki head. The aroma is dark and caramelly, with notes of sweet malt and raisins. Taste is complex and totally delicious: rich, but not heavy, full of dark fruits, a hint of hops, and a round spicy finish. Mouthfeel is fizzy and light, with a little bit of heat. Excellent!

Photo of DogFood11
2.7/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

For a belgian strong dark this is pretty lackluster in appearance, not much head retention or lacing to speak of.

Lots of licorice in the nose and taste, plumb, prune, dark grapes creep into the picture. My problem with this brew is it comes up short in the complexity and depth part of a good belgian. Taste drags on in the end and never really cleans up at all. Prunes sitting on your palate needs a cleanser.

Mouthfeel was syrupy, carbonation was above average and helped out.

Notes: Overall when you consider price per quality this is just average. This is my favorite style and to be honest this comes up short.

Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ommegang Abbey Ale pours a deep copper color with a tan head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. Aroma is fruity, when it warms, it is more malty, with caramel being evident. Taste is in turns fruity, malty/caramel and maybe a bit of sour apple. It's also a bit peppery in the finish. Although the alcohol isn't overpowering it is noticeable to me. Doesn't knock my socks completely off, but its a pretty darn good beer. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of TheBungyo
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The pour stunned me. I was distracted after pouring and looked at my Orval goblet about 5 minutes later. The head was stubborn ... it look exactly as it had when I poured it. As I write this review it's been 10 minutes and the inch thick head still sits atop the brown/scarlet body as if it were a king in court. Lace clings to the side of my glass. I expect this from a nitro pour ... not a bottle!
The nose is like ambling through a massive garden full of roses. Floral notes leap at the nose followed by fleeting notes of orange and caramel.
Taste starts out an inoffensive sourness that brings to mind oranges, followed by an even caramel and something I can only describe as peppery butterscotch which I love. Mouth is sparsely carbonated and creamy.
Drinkability? I buy a lot of beer and this one is probably top of my list. I love this beer.

Photo of Malpa
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I just brought home a 12oz bottle (for $2.29 at Whole Foods). I poured it into a snifter.

Appearance: A very nice opaque amber color with a very full and rich tan colored head.
Smell: A strong nose full of complexity. Hard to pinpoint certain smells, other than previous Belgian Abbey Ales I have had before.
Taste and Mouthfeel: A nice and spicy/sweet malt taste with overtones of spices. It has a very nice mouthfeel too it. Not overly bitter with help from the carbonation to take the edge off.
Drinkability: Very drinkable. Though use caution with the higher 8.5% Abv.

All in all...I would buy it again, perhaps in the availible 750ml corked bottle. I will also be trying Ommegang's other offerings.

Photo of Blakaeris
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep chestnut brown with hints of orange. Head is a massive, creamy and tan.


Smell is a healthy dose of belgian yeastiness, dark fruit, and spicy alcohol.

Taste is rich and full. Roasted malt up front. Dates, plum, and cherry fruit notes. Slightly woody. Generous chocolate and a delicious alcohol spiciness with a slightly tart edge. Flavors blend smoothly. Malty sweet with a crisp dry finish. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. cabaonation lends a soft and smooth character.

This is a very nice and complex brew. I definitely recommend it.

Photo of MurphyMacManus
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750mL bottle into snifter.

Appearance: deep mahogany with rocky off-white head that stays forever.

Smell: Malty sweet and vaguely spicy--like a Duvel with more malt and some dark fruit.

Taste/ Mouthfeel: Vinous, yet more complex than a wine. Sweetness from malt and dark fruit flavors play off the Duvel-like spiciness--which I take to be the hops. And the carbonation just serves to accent the bite.

Drinkability: It tastes great, so that wouldn't be a barrier to my consuming this in mass quantities. It's the alcohol content that would be the limiting factor. A session with this would probably be a bad idea.

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

bought a bottle at world market in lansing, michigan. ($5.99 for a 750ml)

pours a very deep mohogany, with a sturdy head that last the duration of drinking.
the aroma is malty, plum, fruity.
the flavor is rich with malt, a good bitterness, hopsack, plum, spice.
ommegang abbey is one of my favorites, great beer, awesome flavor.

Photo of oolite
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark brown into one of my beautiful Ommegang chalices. Perfect sized head with some lasting power - their website even has a demonstration of how to pour this beer perfectly.

Very strong nose and flavors of dark fruits and caramel - malts really come through. I think the flavors are a bit too complex and the overall experience a bit too visceral for me to give a terribly informative review here, though. Every bit as rich and powerful as most dark Belgian ales as well, although not so much as to be relatively less drinkable.

This beer is certainly a contender among any authentic Belgian beer, and, for us Americans, as a very reasonable price tag.

Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce capped bottle, with instructions for cellaring and serving temperatures, as well as pouring. As with all bottle-conditioned beers, I intend to swirl the last two ounces and enjoy the yeast with it as the "second beverage" in this bottle.
Dark amber mahogany semi-cloudy body under a lusciously huge light-tan head that tightens and settles to leave thick foamy lacing on the glass. Lovely.

Smell of raisins, vanilla, horse blanket, musty and heavy. Funkily fascinating.

Taste is clove-spicey and peppery layered on dark and slighly bitter vanilla with a biscuity malt foundation. Mmmmm. Gotta love them funky Belgians! Not at all sour, but somewhat horsey.

Mouthfeel is nice and sticky, round and warming without being sweet. Nice dry bitter finish.

Way too drinkable! So smooooth and easy.

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

The appearance is positively phenomenal. I can't even describe it. It's nearly bringing tears to my eyes. A deep ruby body fills my Gulden Draak tulip, capped with four inches of absolutely perfect head. I mean absolutely perfect. Mountainous, rocky, fluffy, light, creme' brulee', meringue, whipped-cream, cumumulous - it's so thick, so full, so fluffy and shapely, it makes patterns that are absolutely artful. As it slowly, every so slowly falls, it clings to the glass, leaving columns a half inch thick, flying buttresses of thick yellow-tan foam with clear air underneath like the arches in the Utah desert, a sculpture no mortal could reproduce.

Raisins, whiskey, vanilla bean, caramellized sugars. Deep, just a little fruity, with a warm zip.

The flavor is malty, with deep, aged fruit and roasty sugar flavors. Raisins and blackcurrants are evident, with a rich but quaffable alcohol and spice.

Round in the mouth - A smooth, cool, light sensation unique to dark Belgians, with very little tingle of carbonation except when swallowing. The finish goes on and on, a half-dry, half-sticky roasty, grassy bitterness.

Overall, a phenomenal-looking, good tasting brew. Another example of well-crafted Belgian style beer made in North America.

Photo of NolateM
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This was probably the most aesthetically pleasing beer I have ever seen. I poured the whole 12 oz. bottle into a mug (I know, kind of ridiculous to drink a beer like this in a mug). I probably should have shared it with someone. It poured beautifully, deep dark crimson, with a thick off-white head that couldn't possibly be stopped.

As soon as I smelled it I went "whoa!" This was my first abbey ale, and I'm still kind of getting used to Belgian-style ales. It smelled strong and fruitlike.

The taste is something like I've never quite imagined in a beer. It tastes like figs, plums, and caramel - and I guess it SORT OF tastes like beer. And I mean, even if you aren't a connoisseur and haven't learned to do formal tastings or anything, you WILL notice these flavors in this beer. The high ABV is definitely apparent in the flavor. It's a beer that I'm glad I tried and think back going "wow, that was SOME brew," but could never finish an entire 12 ounces of it. I didn't finish that mug, but was amazed to see that the thick creamy head lingered on the beer the entire time - and it was in the mug for well over an hour!

If you're feeling bold and adventurous (or just happen to like very sweet, fruity, dark Belgian ales), give it a go!

Photo of scooter231
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this at the Blind Tiger. This is delicious on tap, absolutely delicious. The flavor is deeper, richer, meatier. Complex coffee flavors, dark fruits, bitter espresso- just delicious. Chewy and creamy, and a sneaky eight and a half percent. More people need to get this on tap- asap.

Photo of bearrunner44
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Note: This is from a bottle of the Belgian-brewed Ommegang made by Duvel.

Appearance: Deep ruby. Dark and mysterious, with a big sandy-brown head. Excellent retention.

Smell: Rich and fruity. Plum, cherry, grape, and banana. Juicy sweetness, tempered by the soft earthy quality of the yeast. The malt lends dry toastiness, keeping a low profile beneath the fruity esters.

Taste: Devilishly smooth. The malt can be somewhat dry and biscuity, but it's complimented by lush fruity sweetness. Tastes of red grapes and plums, with a light touch of subtle-yet-brash cherry flavor and maybe a bit of lemon peel. The fruit lingers on the tongue before being partially cut off by the dry doughiness of the yeast and a light kiss of alcoholic burn. Smooth and sweet, yet dry and rustic. Extremely well-rounded.

Mouthfeel: Moderate-to-full in body. It feels a little less bulky than you would expect from an 8.5% ABV, but the carbonation and the slight remnants of sediment give it substance.

Verdict: This one takes the strong dark ale style and knocks it out of the park. Subtle and nuanced, yet still pleasantly rough-around-the-edges. Truly world class.

Photo of lpayette
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter
Appearance- Dark ruby/mohogany in color. Off-white, very healthy head.

Smell- pleasant banana and other fruityness going on- apple juice. weird, but good.

ITaste and Mouthfeel - Something like Juicy Juice Brand Apple Juice here... Banana and other fruits too. It's not all fruit though as caramel malt is evident as well.

Drinkability- This is actually one of the most drinkable belgian strong ales I've had... The label says not to disturb the yeast at the bottom of the bottle, but I found that I prefer it with. It actually somehow manages to mellow out the beer a bit. Pretty interesting brew.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a nice beer. It's a dark brown color with a small head and some lacing. It has a sweet, fruity odor, as well as some malt. The taste is great. A sweet fruit(plum/raisin/citrus) with some caramel and hops in there too. It was just a tiny bit too carbonated for me, but overall a very nice, drinkable beer.

Photo of audiojon
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This tastes more like a dubbel than a dark ale, and is one of the tastier ones I've had. Plum, cherry, and even notes of fig are present. Smell does not conceal the alcohol at all, plenty of phenols here. There is a slight grassy taste to it, similar to a saison, that seems to be a typical feature of many dubbels. Could be the hops, but I'm not positive. Overall, I'd say this is an above average Belgian style, better than many actual Belgians I've had. This is def a good deal at $5.69. Will I drink it again? Definitely. Will I seek it out? Probably not too often. All in all, recommended. It may be just what you're looking for, and is definitely worth a try.

Photo of zeff80
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a cloudy, copper color with a large head. Great lacing, too. You can smell the hops and spices instantly. The hop and spice taste is apparent at first sip. It also has a slight bitter kick to it, as well. It has a smooth mouthfeel. It is very drinkable, but due to the high abv I would only have one. Great "American" Belgium brew.

Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 4,066 ratings.