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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,970 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,970
Reviews: 1,656
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 193
Gots: 374 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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 jozols
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an exceedingly smooth, drinkable beer. The aroma is faint, but fruity. It has a deep rich color and foamy head thick enough to cling to the sides of the glass, though not so frothy as some other Belgian-style beers. There is some lingering tartness (think cherries), but no bitter aftertaste.

Photo of battlekow
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared a bottle of this with The Man Who Would Sacrifice His Liver For His Customers, murrayswine. What a guy.

Ommegang's bottle describes its color as "burgundian;" I'm not sure why the brewery chose that word, which implies "of Burgundy (the region)" rather than burgundy the color. While the former does not apply, the latter certainly does, as Ommegang is a wine-like deep red color. It's capped by a yellowish head with good retention. The smell is of dark fruits, especially tart cherries, and not much else. A little too heavy on the cherries, I think. The taste is similar, but a touch better due to the good toasted finish. The mouthfeel is quality, but that can't save Ommegang from being one-dimensional.

Photo of fingolfin72
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color- Rich mahogany with a palomino head. I was left with glass lacing within a few minutes.

Nose- Brown sugar, cedar, apples

Palate- A big palate indeed. Molasses, apples, caramel, cloves, pepper, and a bit of alcohol all blend nicely together to make quite a satisfying, intoxicating and not-too-expensive beer. This will go well with a blaze in the fireplace this winter.

Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow.

Many thanks to the Ommegang rep you gave me this while dropping off my canoe.

This is incredible. Aged by them. Slightly mishandled by me. It has developed an alcohol-taste which is quite like Westy 12 and St. B. 12. I'm dead serious. It dances up to that border of astringency but it doesn't cross over and is quite like the Westy 12's I've had in that regard.

Chocolate malt. Smooth. Nice head, but not incredible. Smell is strong and like the taste.

Great beer. Retired? Say it isn't so.

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

This was a 750 bottle aged in Howe Caverns for 6 months until Sept of 04 that was uncorked in August of 05 (aged about one year and one half).

The bottle was obviously left in the ground with the usual Ommegang labeling, and obvious signs of earth and wear. The beer poured a rich color amber red with a thick head that laced the glass nicely.

The smell was different than Ommegang when it is fresh. Earthy, and malty.

The taste was in my opinion better than the standard, fresh Ommegang. Tons of complexity, and lots of fruit flavors- figs being the primary contributor. Molassess also comes to mind. It took me a while to really come to terms with the sheer complexity of this beer, and I had a hard time putting into words how it tasted. An incredible difference from what I was used to from Ommegang (which is very nice when fresh).

It's drinkablity is good if you can find enough of it.

I wonder if the complexity and flavors of this cave aged Ommegang could be replicated in my cellar. I'll let you know in a couple of years. The only bad thing I can say about this beer is that the next bottle of Ommegang I buy won't be getting uncorked for a long, long time. I would highly reccomend either trying this one, or laying down a bottle of Ommegang for a while.

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

Well. This is my first beer from Ommegang and sure not to be my last. This beer appears a nice reddish brown with a thick bubbly head. The head does disappear but will lace the glass throughout the life of the beer. The smell is of alcohol cherries, bananas perhaps and malt. The taste is of fruit, a hint of cherries and warms up with the taste of alcohol. The mouthfeel is thin and warm light carbonation. This is a good beer not yet highly drinkable the alcohol really comes though in this one. Nice Brew.

Photo of kbnooshay
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Well i would have to say the label is pretty accurate in describing its but i will continue nevertheless. This pours with a full, gorgeous and forever rising brown head. The dome is perfect and round and i swear as you keep on drinking it it keeps on rising right to the top. The body is a hazy as hell burgundy with carbonation that never ends and rising in horizontal sheets off the side of the glass. Nice lacing. Perfect appearance. The aroma is a interesting combination of alcohol, chocolate, malt, banana, flowers and nuts. The taste is so full and rich. It is intense also as the alcohol kicksyou in the ass. Present are hops, maltiness and finally i picked up the clove which came on strong when it did. I will have to rank this slightly below the 3 philosophers and rare vos beacuse i find those to be near perfect brews and this isn't quite as pleasant due to the alcohol. I don't think it si covered up as well here. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy. Drinkability is moderate.

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

The appearance is dark brown with some orange / reddish hues around the edges. The head is large and light tan in color.

Aroma is supper sweet, candied bananas, sugar and has a slight alcohol presence.

The flavor is of raisin, malt and alcohol. Al title bit of cherries and other fruit is also there as well.

Mouth feel is medium bodied and generously carbonated.

This is a definite sipping beer.

Photo of Brian700
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a brown with reddish hues. The head is light brown and fizzles down to a thin cap with some nice lacing.

The smell is malty sweet with a some candy sugar.

The flavor is also malty with some candi sugar and a little bit of residual sweetness. Nice and earthy.

The mouthfeel is medium/full body with medium carbonation.

I think this is a very drinkable beer and recommend it.

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

Pours a dark ruddy brown with a thick frothy two finger head that slowly recedes to a thick layer of foam and leaves behind a thick webbing lace.

Smell is fruity: plums, a little banana, and some mild cherry. there's a fairly pronounced yeast profile in the nose, with some sweetness from the candied sugar. It's bit on the vinous side with the fruits and a touch of alcohol.

Taste is of dark fruits: plums/raisins, with a strong malt presence, and somewhat chalky yeastiness. It's a touch on the sweet side sweet, without being too much. I could feel the alcohol much more than it came through to strongly in the flavor. Has a very rich and smooth, full bodied mouthfeel, and goes down .very easily

This is my third beer from Ommegang, and they are quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.88/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ommegang opens like a fine champagne. This is the first great thing about the beer. Popping a bottle of bubbly is always a blast. Sure you can be a wuss and hold a towel over the cork but who doesn’t like to send a little piece of wood flying across the room or straight up in to your vaulted cathedral ceiling.

The next step doesn’t disappoint either. The head is a rich brown color and lasts and lasts and lasts. One thing that I like about Ommegang’s bottles is that they print pouring instructions that are specific to each individual beer. Ommegang is meant to be consumed in a goblet and should be poured carefully because of the richness of the head. I prefer to drink it out of a snifter because it really brings out Ommegang’s best trait, it’s nose.

Aromas of caramel apples and brown sugar instantly fill the room when you open a bottle. A lot of beers can create such poignant aromas but few can make them last longer than a few seconds after opening, and even fewer have a taste that matches their nose. Ommegang’s flavor is just as full as it’s wonderful scent.

The first sip of the sienna colored liquid offers a fruit forward POW to the palate of chocolate-covered cherries, figs, and raisins. Spiced rum and mild anise follow and it finishes with an orange tobacco that grows increasingly more citrus full as the beer warms.

Despite its relative strength (8.5%), and bold flavors, Ommegang is not intimidating like most other Belgians. It’s incredibly smooth and cohesive putting its drinkability right through the roof. Anyone who can enjoy a middle of the road ale like New Castle should be able to tolerate and eventually learn to love not only the Ommegang but other strong Belgians as well. For the seasoned beer drinker, Ommegang’s appeal will be immediate.

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

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date but I know it's a good six months old. Served slightly chilled in a Chimay chalice. It pours a murky brownish-red with a 1/2" yellow/tan head that leaves lots of lacing. Smells of blackberries, raisins, yeast, alcohol, and perhaps bananas and apples - very sweet and fruity. The taste isn't as complex, with notes of raisins, yeast, alcohol, and lots of sweetness. The body is full and has very smooth carbonation. I'm a little let down by this bottle - I remember it tasting better than this. I'll re-review with a better bottle sometime.

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

I must preface this review by saying that Ommegang Abbey Ale has been a personal standby for many years. It was the first Belgian style ale that I ever tried and will always be special to me because of that. That being said this review is done in the most objective and impartial way possible.

Ommegang pours a nice copper-brownish color with a half-inch, well-retained tan head. Bubble action is barely visible throughout the glass. Mysterious in its deep hues and relative opaqueness.

Its scent is dominated by a fruity aroma. Grapes, raisins and even plums are duly noted in the beer's aromatic contents. Also a nice hint of malt and barley are noticeable. At the end of each deep smell the presence of chocolate and sweel caramel is happily evident.

The taste is much like the smell. Fruit and chocolate/caramel are the main flavors present here. There is little hop presence, but malt helps to complete the overall well-balanced Ommegang signature flavor. As it warms, alcohol becomes more noticeable, but not in any manner detrimental to its enjoyment.

The mouthfeel is full, bold and flavorful. The taste remains on the palate well after the beer itself has disappeared down my happy throat.

Overall, Ommegang Abbey Ale is an excellent beer. As I've mentioned above, this beer from the first time I tasted it, has represented quality and what others should strive for in their brewing process. Today, many years after first sampling it, and having tried hundreds of other beers in between, I can say with no reservations that considering all things (price, quality, enjoyment level etc..) this is one of my favorite beers and will continue to be a standby for as long as it''s brewed.

Photo of OStrungT
2.8/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a cloudybrown. The head is thick and brown. It fades slowly, leaving very thick laces. I had a little trouble at first placing the aroma, but then I read karst's review, and I agree, it has a bubblegum aroma. I dont think I have ever noticed a beer with an aroma of bubblegum before. It also smells fruity. It has a banana aroma. Not much for hops. The malt aroma is also lacking. The main thing I smell is bubblegum. It has a strange taste. It tastes bubblegum like, with a fruity kick to it. I dont know if I like it too much. I think it has a slight medicine like flavor. I dont know what else to say about the flavor. I know this beer is ranked quite highly, but I just dont like it much. It leaves a medicine like aftertaste. I will probably never drink this beer again.

Photo of karst
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours garnet in the globe wine glass that displays the strong beading that supports a dense tan head.

Aromas of bubblegum, allspice & light chocolate with mild banana. Flavors of sweet dark fruits and toffee. Medium body and slick mouthfeel. Well balanced and delicious. Alcohol well hidden in sweetness that is never cloying.

Shared this bottle with friends celebrating the birth of their first son - Quinn.

Photo of Px2GrafX
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

presentation: 750ml corked bottle with wire cork crown. burgundy, white and mustard printed label. big ommegang logo on the front. "serve cool at 50ºf" is printed, along with "guaranteed cellared at the brewery". abv is displayed at 8.5%.

appearance: pours a hazy dark burnt red with orange ruby highlights in a tulip glass. nice 1 inch head with bubbles rising from the bottom. good lacing.

smell: incredible aroma! fruity prunes, raisins and bananas. sweet baked goods and currants. alcohol as the beer warms.

taste: wow! flavor buffet. more fruit and malty cake. lightly bitter. vinous with a lightly yeasty alcohol finish. super complex. alcohol becomes more prevalent as the brew warms. reminds me a little of a less intoxicating barleywine. i bet this gets a 5.0 after laying down a year.

mouthfeel: medium body with a perfectly medium carbonation. swallow clunks a little bit but ok for the style.

drinkability: very tasty, so you want to drink it. the alcohol becomes heavier as the beer gets warmer. that among many other things will work itself out as this bottle ages. but, as for right now, one bottle at a time.

overall: very good beer! tastes amazing. i'm going out to buy 2 more to cellar for a year and two. excellent "celebration" brew.

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

Cave Aged bottle.

Very rich and smooth. Aged well. Gotta go dig myself a 156 foot cave now. However, something was growing on my cork. Drank iot anyways, very glad I did. Pours a garnet tinged brown in color with the slightest of heads. Aroma is all yeast and figs. Flavor is at first very sweet from the malts, but followed up nicely by some a very sliught hop tones. However, the greatness of this beer comes with the fig and yeast flavors. Very rich and vibrant. Great beer for desert. Sweet with a nice bitter finish. Sharing this with a few others who all share my praises.

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

This flagship Belgian Dubbel for Brewery Ommegang nails the style like very few can. Quite refreshing to see this kind of quality in Belgium brewing in the U.S. because it's disheartening what American brewers try to pass off as 'authentic' Belgian Ales.

The pour delivers a rich and creamy looking ale with a deep bronze coloring, maybe resembling rust with the second and more noticably hazy pour from the 750mil bottle. Capped with a dense ivory froath, the head proves withstanding throughout the session while multiple rings of lace adorn the glass, reminding me of how many drinks it took me to get there.

Again, 'rich' becomming the operative word, this time when describing aromas. Light toffee, chestnuts, a berry mix, light vinous wine notes, woody tanins, black pepper, bread crust, and toasted black currants all play in the spicy, fruity, and succulent scent. Though the depth and roundness doesn't rival Westmalle Dubbel, there's absolutely no flaw in this pristinely aromatic ale.

All those nutty, richer toffee, molasses, berry and peppery notes are well portrayed in taste as well; but along with complementary flavors of apples, plumbs, grapes, dates, figs, and a yeasty, earthy brine. Very well melded and integrated flavors result in a balance that favors the malt sweetness and fruity esters, but relying on peppery spice and understated hop bitterness to offset sweetness and develop the drinkability that these richer ales require. A touch of cinnamon and brown sugar rise as the beer warms, as well as that Merlot-like Belgian twang.

Delightfully creamy and succulently rich, this boldly textured ale retains it's tooth from its initial sip, past mid palate, and deeply into a warming and toasty-dry finish. Peppery spice, alcohol warmth, and dying carbonation allows for a pleasantly balance for a beer that carries such malty sweetness.

Although the yeast character from this beer could contribute a greater depth of character with the estery/spicy balance and with the rate of dryness, this beer seems slightly less characterful than, say- Chimay Premiere or Westmalle Dubbel. But this classy Dubbel Ales isn't only an American gem, it's in the class with regal Belgian Dubbels like those of Grimbergen.

Photo of Fugazme
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow... I love figs. Figs are in my top five of foody foods. Ommegang gave off a slightly caramelized fig aroma that had me tingling in my loins. There are only certain foods that have ever done that... Hamachi did it to me once.

The pour was somewhat average, but that could have been my glass... sometimes I get lazy. The nose was overwhelmingly fig and molasses. I loved it. It was like smelling a fresh-baked kugelhopf. The taste was yeasty and bready... a bit harsh on the first downtake, but holy cow did it settle down and smooth out.

I think I'd drink this beer with Pancakes... maybe even incorporate it with a syrup.

Easily one of my favorites.

Photo of Hop2it
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep chestnut brown, beauty of a pour. Solid head with a serious tint of brown, not your usual beige/off-white. Retains a solid cover all the way to the bottom.

Fruity on the nose... I'm getting some caramel apples, sweet and malty. Not overtly aromatic, but a good sign of things to come.

This is what I call a beer. First sip takes off with the warm flow of alcohol (8.5), and it packs it luggage with some serious flavors in tow. With an almost creamy texture, there is complexity to be unraveled here. Flavor certainly matches the sweet and malty aroma.

Overall a genuinely bold and aggressive brew in the Belgian Abbey Ale style. I'd give it higher points, but feel I need to commit myself to some true Belgian Abbeys before I go throwing 5s around.

Pick this one up.

Photo of canucklehead
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a red tinged brown with little head. The nose is old fruit and yeasty basements. The taste is dark and deep with hops, fruit and other interesting things thrown in the mix. The beer tasted aged eventhough the bottling was fairly current. I loved how the beer matched strong cheese and never let up in the body or finish. One of the best of the North American versions of this style.

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

Pour dark and murky, very beautiful, streams of carbonation rising up from the bottom of the glass. Large head fades into a thick creamy layer. Lots of alcohol raisins, and dark fruit in the nose, still has a raw smell to it. Taste also could benefit from some mellowing, but does have good variety of flavors in the mix, similar to the smell. Give this one a year or two and it would have been great, now it is just good.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the chalice clear deep amber with a tan frothy head which fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was deep dark fruits, most notably raisins with plums. The aroma was strongly caramelized with biscuit flavors that had melded and evolved. A very slight spice character was of note as well.

The flavor was crisp and dry. The caramel was aged and IMO had actually lost character as compared to a fresher example from the brewer. The flavor had a whisper of the biscuit flavor and a light spice. Some citrusy bittering emerged as the beer warmed but did not improve the lacking components of the flavor.

The finish was dry with a slight spice and some dark fruits, prunes, that gracefully lasted into the afteraste. The body was medium but the carbonation made it seem less and the alcohol did as well. The alcohol was present throughout the bottle, the aroma, the flavor and the finish/aftertaste all the way to the warming after consumption.

750 ml bottle brought from the brewery to me...thanks Mark G. One of 3,840 bottles aged at Howe Caverns at 156 feet at 52F from March 4, 2004 to September 30, 2004.

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

750 ml, corked, cave aged at 52 degrees from 3/4/04 until 9/30/04

appearance: dark ruby, generous tan head that lingers after settling

smell: never smelt a beer quite like this one. sweet dark fruits, sugar, spice

taste: very sweet, apple, plum, cherry. alcohol masked quite well.

mouthfeel: very smooth, moderately carbonated, delightful

drinkability: very enjoyable

note: i have not had the regular ommegang but will seek it out for a means of comparison

Photo of medic25
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into an Affligem chalice. Dark, ruby-red color with a little bit of a white head that didn't stick around too long. Pleasant malty aroma. Taste is fairly complex; strong malt flavor, with quite a bit of raisin and candy sugar. Quite a dry mouthfeel, with a clean aftertaste. Delicious Belgian-style ale at a great price compared to the imports.

Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 3,970 ratings.