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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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3,847 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,847
Reviews: 1,650
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 167
Gots: 328 | FT: 2
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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.

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

Served from a bomber into a goblet glass. this beer was way more than I was expecting it to be. Beautiful, dark, ruby red rust color, excellent glass lacing and clarity makes for a very attractive and inviting presentation. Aroma of port, dried cherries, and dulce de leche. Tastes as a little bit of heaven. again notes of cherry, caramal apple; a port effect gives it a subtle, mellow hint of alchohol. A lingering, warming sweetness that carrys itself well from the bottle to the glass to the tongue and down. It seems to envelope the body, preparing and paving the way for the next wonderful sip. This is truly an exceptional beer that I greatly enjoyed this night with an amazing cheese and fruit plate. Try it and savor it. I don't think that you will be dissappointed.

sublimesipping, Jun 06, 2004
Photo of rlcoffey
2.98/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

750 ml bottle. Poured a red-red-brown, dark red bordering on brown with a big head like expected from a belgian style. Very nice appearance. The smell threw up the first warning flag on this beer. It smelled like a Belgian, only more so. Overpowering smell. The taste backed this up. The fruity/sweet tastes are there, only subtle and in the background. The spicy and expecially peppery tastes overpower taste buds. A very complex taste, different mouthfuls varied from smooth to extremely harsh. I think a little too much of a good thing. I had no interest in having another of this beer. I wonder if cellaring a bottle away for a year or so wouldnt smooth out this beer and take it up a notch. I think my overall impression is raw, harsh, and overdone.

rlcoffey, Jun 05, 2004
Photo of RBorsato
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown iced coffee and hazy with a nice brown head and good carbonation but no lace worth mentioning. Raisiny and fruity aroma and taste; alcohol is evident but well masked. This is a Dubbel on steroids ! Medium-full bodied, rich, and smooth.

An excellent American value !!

Label states: "Belgian Style Abbey Ale"

(25.4 oz. / 750 ml corked champagne style brown bottle with a wire cage)

RBorsato, May 26, 2004
Photo of twilight
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 in chalice.

Pours a brownish red, but primarily red with a frothing head. Unfortunately, it doesn't stay, but the ring around the glass keeps me company for a while. The smell is... well, I kind of want to say plums or raisins, but I can't really remember what they smell like. The smell is caramelly with hints of spiced fruit. It kind of reminds me of the winter holiday season even though I don't celebrate. It's grassy and sweet, almost like holding hands with your girlfriend while lying on a cool autumn lawn during twilight. The taste of spiced fruit, but with a strong spice backbone and that sweetness that gives it a slightly spicy body, without being too cloyingly sweet or full. The alcohol is definitely present, though. I like this one. Carbonation is light and defers to the taste. I should get this in smaller bottles or find someone else to split it with. Though definitely not my favorite, a good strong beer. The price, as well, is quite nice.

twilight, May 13, 2004
Photo of Stingray5
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml pours dark chestnut with a large fluffy off white head. Peppery aroma with dark fruit. Thinner side of medium mouthful. Initial taste is very strong in alcohol, but as it warms this settles to pepper and spice with prune, grape. Long lasting spice in the finish has quite a kick.

Overall a bit unbalanced due to the strong pepper and spices, and slightly thin mouthful, but not bad. Begs to be aged.

Stingray5, May 07, 2004
Photo of xgrigorix
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Brown bottle, 750 ml size. Corked & caged, no dates.

Bugandy is certainly the word to describe this beer. A glowing reddish brown, with lively carbonation racing to freedom. Capped by a voluminous tan head.

Lots of crazy fruit in the nose - plums, apples, & raisins. Surrounded by spicy notes of licorice & pepper, along with whiffs of alcohol rushing in on the last wave.

After all of the promise & intrigue of the nose, the actual taste turns out to be a bit of a let down. Everything promised in the nose is there, but the whole thing seems muted & dull. Nothing really pops. I am at least digging the way the licorice flavour lingers on after the finish.

xgrigorix, Apr 29, 2004
Photo of konabrewer
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mohagony color with sparkling effervescence into my goblet.
Nose is spectacular with sweet malt and yeast character. Nice fruity esters come all the way through.

Visibly superb!
The mouthfeel is full with carbonation. Must be 3 volumes or higher

The taste is about perfect as one could get.

As far as style, this beer is made exceptionally.
Brewery Ommegang is one of my favs for sure. My girlfriends too

konabrewer, Apr 26, 2004
Photo of WanderingFool
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ommegang pours a dark mahogney color with a light tan head. The aroma is malty sweet with notes of raisins, caramel and yeast. Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth with a light tingle on the tip of the tongue.

There's lots of flavor packed into this beer. It begins somewhat fruity (cherry?) with a hint of apple. Some spices (allspice, nutmeg) and molases flavors seem to fill the middle and it finishes with a mild oak taste. All the while there's a nice caramel malt holding all the flavors together. A mild cherry flavor lingers on the palate after each sip.

This is a very tasty Belgian style dark ale that cost less than many similar imports. It can also be found in 4 packs of 12oz. bottles for those times you may only want one glass of beer.

WanderingFool, Apr 25, 2004
Photo of BeefyMee
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Flawless in appearance. This one is indeed burgundian with a soft head and slightly transparent body. It smells and tastes very fruity, but the taste shows a little more alcohol. The taste combines some apple-ish and red grape flavors that linger pleasantly in the aftertaste. If the alcohol was hidden a bit more, this would be one hell of a beer. As it stands, it is very good and one that I'm sure I'll return to.

BeefyMee, Apr 21, 2004
Photo of chaduvel
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, 'burgundian' in color with a voluminous off-white head. Smells of dark fruits rich malts some hint of yeast and cocoa. Taste is rich and full and of chocolate covered dates, raisins or plums. Lots of different peppery spices fill the palate and there is a dry wine-like finish. Medium carbonation full-mouthfeel and malt texture and oh so smooth and drinkable. An all around fantastic brew.

chaduvel, Apr 16, 2004
Photo of Quaffer
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

25.4 oz. Bottle. Corked and Caged.

Appearance: Somewhat murky, brownish-red. Darker than I was expecting. Almost a deep, deep mahagony. Had a nice glow to it with the light behind it. Two-finger head with a relatively rough pour. It was coarse and thinned quickly, leaving a thin layer with a few thicker patches caused by a heavy bead. No lacing.

Smell: Odd, complex, and wonderful. Rich and candy sweet after the pour. Just like sweet tarts (but without the tart) and marshmallow circus peanuts. Developed into a much more fruity aroma. Apples, cherries, and dark fruits. A deep, sweet maltiness provided a solid base. Very full, rich aroma overall.

Mouthfeel: Thin- to medium-bodied with a very lively carbonation feel. Fuuzy to the point of excess.

Taste: Drier than I expected. Tart dark fruits upfront followed by fairly strong, but not overpowering, alcohol. Finish was husky, dry malt and very nutty. There was also a bitterness present that cut the tartness.

An okay beer, but not the end-all for Belgian darks. The strong nuttiness on the finish was a nice surpise, but the alcohol could have been hidden a little better.

Quaffer, Apr 15, 2004
Photo of Skidz
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out orange-brown, sits straight brown with a big fluffy tan head.

Smells spicy with some light estery qualities...grapes, apples and pears mainly. Nice aroma.

Tastes again spicy, with good malts and a nice blend of fruits and grassiness that evens everything out.

Nice and creamy in the mouth; smooth, nice carbonation...just floats around your tounge. Semi-medium body. So easy to drink, good to go with a hearty meal.

Skidz, Apr 14, 2004
Photo of nomad
3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown-ish burgundy beer with a head that looks like a yeast cake to start off yet falls to wisps. Lace is inconsistent but nice.

Smells of cooked maple syrup over a body of grapes and cherries. Soft spice as it opens - mild cloves, anise, and pepper. Dark roasty flavors over a plum depth with spices tickling around it. Has a oak-to-cedar notes that help to dry out the finish alongside the deftly hidden Continental hops. As it opens a decent yeast character appears as grains of paradise and star anise ripple through the palette. I wish they would chill out on the spices and hops and get more out of their malt and yeast.

A classic dubbel, I can't believe I've never taken notes on it. A thankfully ubiquitous brewery. My only problem is the widely varying beer this can become depending on its storage; each bottle has been too ranging from the previous.

nomad, Apr 09, 2004
Photo of kmo1030
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

dark somewhat cloudy slightly ruby, brown with a big tan head. floral smells, almost like lavender, along with brown sugar, and apple and pear. banana also as it warms. fruity and complex taste: the brown sugar and pears, plus clove and hints of chocolate and cherries come through. slight breadiness on occasion as well as some pepper. a little fig/prune taste as well, but it's subtle. finishes with some hops and bitter fruit flavors. thicker side of medium mouthfeel, with more carbonation than expected. i'd like fo rthis to be a bit drier. a really good belgian style ale, i'll be trying some more from this brewery.

kmo1030, Mar 30, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Murky, dark coppery brown with dark cherry highlights. The beige head is small and is gone about one minute after the pour. I doubt that I'll be seeing any lace. The aroma is bewitching: strong, dark and spicy. I can appreciate dark brown sugar, butterscotch, dark dried fruits and alcohol.

I can see why some people like the flavor, though it doesn't do much for me. I must say though, this is one 'Belgian' that I could probably grow to like if I drank it often enough. The flavor profile follows the nose pretty directly with sweet brown sugar, molasses, clove and raisin notes. It's also vinous in that it tastes a little like a poor quality Cabernet.

There's plenty of caramel malt on board without any real bittering or hop flavor to speak of. In other words, in line for the style. It also has that vigorously carbonated mouthfeel that many Belgian beers have; and which I don't especially care for. The body is on the thin side, not full or creamy in the least. Alcohol is noticeable on the palate and the beer seems to drink higher than the stated 8.5% ABV.

Ommegang (Abbey Ale) is a pretty fair representation of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale and is a quality brew if that's your thing. It isn't mine, at least not at this point in time, but I respect this beer all the same.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 29, 2004
Photo of LuckySevens82
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.
Pours a dark brown with burgendy tones when held up to light, very appealing. Pours with a small, thick, rocky tan head. Very nice lacing.
Very fruity smelling - cherries and figs. Some clove, and dark malts.
Tastes of clove, cinnamon, fruit. Very tart. Some peppery alcohol in the finish.
This is a great american belgian. It is exceptionally affordable and very well worth every penny. I will definitely come back to this one again.

LuckySevens82, Mar 29, 2004
Photo of Biffster
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Starting with the corked and caged bottle, this beer has all of the appearances of a great Belgian. The beer starts with a big phenolic aroma, inky, with dark sugary fruit notes, then the caramel/toffee notes sneak through. This is probably helped along by a noticable but not objectionable hint of diacetyl. The finishing impression of the aroma is a pleasing mix of phenols and esters - fruity and spicy.

This beer is a deep copper brown with burgundy/ruby highlights and an almost annoyingly persistent fluffy and tawny head.

The first taste is sweetish with caramel notes that fade quickly to a relatively intense fruity tartness. Some dark chocolate and licorice notes become evident at the swallow. the finish is malty but not sweet, warming and spicy but not hot. On subsequent swallows, this bottle shows evidence of oxidation, but the leathery sherry/madeira notes that result are not at all objectionable and only add to the complexity.

This beer has a medium body with high carbonation. It is slightly astringent and the alcoholic warming is evident but not harsh.

This is a fine effort and immenently drinkable. If not entirely true to style, it is so tasty that the minor transgressions on tradition are easily forgotton.

Biffster, Mar 29, 2004
Photo of Popsinc
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown pour with a rich tan head. Nice liveliness and lacing. The nose mildly sweet with hints of prune and fig and there is an evident pinch of spice in the mix as well. The taste starts lightly earthy and build up towards a semi sweetness that includes dull black licorice, molasses and prune/raisin. On the finish there also seems to be a tart woodiness that creeps in ever so slightly. A good mouthfeel that is lively and medium bodied. A subtle version of a strong dark Belgian that does a good job in remaining well balanced without being over the top.

Popsinc, Mar 27, 2004
Photo of soper2000
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice tan tan head resting over an dark amber body. Aroma is strong with hints of alcohol, fruit and other sweet notes. Taste is definately full flavored, there is a lot going on here. I sense pepper, some raisins, and a good dose of alcohol. Mouthfeel was a bit thinner than it's cousin Hennepin but still smooth and well carbonated. Drinkability suffers a bit as this is one fatiguing brew.

soper2000, Mar 26, 2004
Photo of Dubblebock
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewery Ommegang, located in Cooperstown, New York, makes a living out of producing beautiful Belgian styled ales. The word "Ommegang" is Flemish in origin, and means "to walk about", a reference to a folk festival which is still held to this day. This particular ale is a Belgian strong dark ale, and it simply carries the name of the brewery as it's nondescript title. Nice label, documenting some of the traits of the beer and highlighting a little bit of the Cooperstown scenery.

The ale itself pours with a lot of carbonation and a well-developed and tightly foamed head. Rich amber-copper coloring, lots of bubbles rising to the surface. Fruity nose.

Excellent taste, easily worthy of it's Belgian origins. The fruits and spices kick in early...coriander...pears....apricots...sweet at first, but not overly so....slight chocolate hints as the ale crosses the palate....gets a little dryer as it warms...hints of raisins....very warming at 8.5% ABV. A little bit bitter in the finish. Beautifully complex all the way around.

Good mouthfeel, very drinkable, easy to quaff. Brewery Ommegang really did a fine job with this ale. This easily matches it's peers from across the ocean. They're not merely aping the style, they're building their own complexities into this beer. A great effort.

Dubblebock, Mar 22, 2004
Photo of Zorro
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy deep brown brew with a tan head.

Smell is very fruity and spicy like a real Belgian. Apples and perfume dominate the sweet smell.

Taste is full of spice and fruit. Cinnamon, Nutmeg, molasses, all spice and Apple flavors dominate the tongue. Like a real Belgian the flavor shifts as you sip it. The Alcohol level is nice and warming, every sip ends dry. Citrus and woody flavors sneak in later.

Mouthfeel is quiet good.

This stuff is among the most drinkable stuff on earth.

Zorro, Mar 22, 2004
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml caged and corked ($4.70)

Wow!! That is the first thing that comes to mind when you pop one of these open and see what lies ahead. Wonderful dark brown with orange hues when held upto the light. The aroma is full with sweet malt and yeast. The head comes up strong and slowly disolves into a scattered heavy film with fairly heavy lacing. The taste is very dry at first and a taste of raison hits the tongue. Chocolate follows with a nice finish. There is definately a rough texture in the finish though. Overall, this beats many from Belgium and is a wonderful, wonderful beer!

ALESwhatCURESya, Mar 16, 2004
Photo of Shiredave
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.
Explosive pour- massive , foamy head that slumps leaving sheets of tan lace behind. Deep burgandy brown with streaming carbonation.
Aroma is toffee and ripe fruit with hints of coffee and anise.
Flavor is roasty sweet- stewed plums and candy sugar along with notes of chocolate and spiced wine.
Fuzzy, medium bodied mouth feel, sweet and warming finish of sugar coated fruit and a touch of alcohol warmth.
Rich and full of malty/ fruit flavors that works with hearty dishes or dessert or all by itself.

Shiredave, Mar 07, 2004
Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.23/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL. bottle caged and corked.

Pours a brown body that turns the deepest shade of ruby when held to the light with a light leather colored head and some splotches of lace. The nose first picks up huge notes of alcohol that drift away slowly into banannas and dark malts. The alcohol maskes a lot of the scents. Taste was of dark fruitiness, creamy mellow smoothness, slight chocolate flavors and tons of warming alcohol. The mouthfeel is spritzy and highly carbonated until the yeast is added then it gets mellower. In fact the whole taste gets much more palateable after the yeast. This beer has a lot of promise, but falls well short. The alcohol dominates the nose and the flavor, which is a shame because this could be a great beer. This could do with some serious aging and in my opinion is the weakest offering of Ommegang's

GreatPondBrewer, Mar 01, 2004
Photo of brewQ
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The corked 750ml bottle made a great presentation. The beer itself, with a thick tan head and impressive hefty aroma delivered on the promise.

The smell was wine like with warm alcohol notes and the flavor was full bodied.

Even though it hit me with full body it was very drinkable on a February evening.

I've been meaning to visit these folks (and maybe the baseball hall) next time I travel that direction- this beverage just cements the idea.

Cheers to the Belgians!

brewQ, Feb 29, 2004
Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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