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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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3,932 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,932
Reviews: 1,654
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 185
Gots: 363 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-18-1998)
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Photo of charlatan
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had a glass from a friend's 25.4oz corked bottle. Poured with thick head, some of which lasted until I had drained the glass. The reddish brown hue coupled with the head made for a great looking beer.

I smelled banana esters and some faint spiciness as well as some fruity malt flavour.

The taste was a positive experience: there was little of the yeast kick I was worried about, but the beer's lush maltiness came to the fore. This combines the subtlety of a hefeweizen and the more fruity nature of a rather malty ale and somehow manages not too blow either one in favour of the other. Neither is my usual home turf, but this was one of the best Belgian style beers I have experienced.

I recommend this one, but it can only be considered a session beer for wealthy alcoholics!

I do remember Brewery Ommegang's Rare Vos and Hennepin which my wife's aunt brought back from a brewery visit a few years back. They are also recommended. Good stuff!

charlatan, Mar 10, 2005
Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I sampled a few glasses of this fine creation in brewing at the Blind Tiger's Ommegang night this past week. Large bottles, caged and corked with informational tag hanging from the bottle. This basically seems to be quite differant to the regular Ommegang mostly in the taste department. Caved aging has led to a slightly dryer, crisper, and a tad sourer product. I detected a slight tart note in the finish. Fine brew, added complexity from the cave aging. Got to give it up to Ommegang for taking the time and making the effort to improve their beers by trying something new/ancient and differant.

Billolick, Mar 06, 2005
Photo of hero27
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked bottle.

Appearance: Pours an opaque brownish-red color. Frothy head is respectable in size but diminishes somewhat quickly. Tight bubbles leave a sheeted lacing which doesn't stick too well, but rather slides down the glass as you drink.

Smell: Very complex aroma of dark fruits (dates, figs, plums, grapes, raisins..you name it). Brown sugar, molasses, and countless malt smells are evident as well. Alcoholic esters and resinous aromas throughout.

Taste: Taste is ridiculously complex as well. I tasted something different with every sip, until it was finished. Rich fruits, big-time molasses (brown sugar?), sweet malts of every variety, spices, cloves, must i go on? very complex taste does not hide the alcohol..you can definitely feel the warming effects on the palate. Should be better hidden, imho. I've tasted many higher in ABV that were downright deceiving. This one is not. Gets even more complex and enjoyable as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, extremely rich...alcohol is a little too prevalent, but not too distracting. Carbonation is well done. Dry finish.

Drinkability: Picked up a 750ml bottle for $4. That's definitely quite a steal for a beer of this caliber and abv. I'm not a big lover of Belgian strong ales, but they are nice to enjoy once in a while. This one is an excellent example of they style, no doubt. True to form in literally every way. A beer to be respected and enjoyed.

hero27, Mar 01, 2005
Photo of oxmasterscream
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich, opaque deep caramel topped by a huge, thick head. Beautiful streams of bubbles journeyed up the sides of the tulip glass. It was a photo-quality pour.

Out of the fridge, it smelled purely of spiced cider with a musty Belgian backbone. As it warmed, smells of caramelized sugar and cocoa began to reveal themselves. As it warmed even more, the glass began smelling like a dish of bananas foster.

Tasted wonderful. Immediate splash of spiced cider, followed by a solid, mouth-drying, bitter finish - another mouth puckerer. Sometimes it tasted a bit metallic. As it warmed, that went away and other flavors developed, like sour cherries and marshmallows. Yum.

Mouth was super tingly but not overly prickly, very smooth, medium to full bodied.

Great tasting, easy drinking... 'specially next to a filet (like I had it).

oxmasterscream, Feb 28, 2005
Photo of longarm
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 750 ml bottle, this pours into a fluted glass with a thick orange head stratified into several layers of pillowed foam. Color reflects an opaque red, not cloudy, but still somewhat mysterious. As the head degenerates to a sliver, reflections from below resemble light generated from an orange incandescent bulb.

Aroma contains a healthy dose of citrus, esters and earthy malt. This is supported by complex flavors, where earthy tones again appear in combination with light frutiness. A hit of alcohol follows these flavors, then quickly fades.

Mouthfeel starts sweet without cloying with a surprisingly dry finish, generating nicely balanced beer .

Wonderfully complex, the drinkability of this beer cannot be overstated. It's quite potent, but goes down rather easily. A 750ml bottle may seem a bit much for one person, but it disappears quickly.

longarm, Feb 22, 2005
Photo of Litterbean
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought this bottle at Wegman's.

Pours a dark, ruddy red with a nice thick head.

Smells of yeast and fruit esters. I can smell some citrus fruits and maybe some grapes? Slight alcohol presence.

Tight carbonation hits my tongue first, with a bitter flavor. More fruity type flavors then appear, with more of what I think is a fermented grape flavor. Alcohol is noticeable. Very sour and tart on the back of the tongue. Sour after taste lingers for a bit.

I would consider this very drinkable if you are looking for a unique tasting brew. The high alcohol prevents mass consumption, but who would want to chug this? This is meant to be sipped. A fine beer that comes at a very good price. I would take this over the Belgian imports I've had, and plus, I'm supporting a New York brewery. You can't lose.

Litterbean, Feb 21, 2005
Photo of sabrills70
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy ruby brown with a huge tan colored head that had good staying power. Great lace. Smell of a good strong "double". Earthy and fruity. Plum, raisin and alcohol. Tatse is also very earthy and fruity. Flavors of plum, raisin, some vanilla slight orange. Nicely balanced - not a ton of hop flavor or aroma but that is due to the overwhelming complexity of the malts in this brew. It is hard to beleive that this is an American beer, and at $5 for a 750ml its a steal. Finishes dry and warming - it leaves your lips nice and sticky. Another great one by the folks at Brewery Ommegang

sabrills70, Feb 20, 2005
Photo of bceaglejoe
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a 750ml bottle at Trader Joe's, Brookline, MA.

Presentation: It poured beautifully into an oversized wine glass. Coming out of the bottle it was an amber color, but in the glass it turned to a deep, dark maroon. The tan head measured to about an inch and a half maximum, and it kept very well within the glass itself. I didn't get a strong hop aroma, but the beer smelled very deep and "dark" (for lack of a better word). Apple and raisin came through.

Tasting: A rather non-citric fruity flavor dominates the front to middle of the tongue. Hints of hop bitterness present themselves in the back. There was a significant aftertaste to this beer that was very "bread-y." Overall on my tongue, it did not overwhelm my palate. I wasn't turned off by bitterness or high carbonation. The higher-than-average alcohol content would relegate this beer to dinner-table status, which is a good thing in my opinion. I don't know if this would work out well as a "session beer."

I'm glad I tried this, and for the low price at the store, it's something I probably will end up purchasing again.

bceaglejoe, Feb 18, 2005
Photo of halo21
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice sized 750 ml bottle (Purchased for $3) with a wire cover over the cork top. Dark colored bottle but still could see a little light through it all. Once poured, the head foamed up nice and suddy. Was colored an red and brown and looked nice and dark. Smelled fruity and hoppy; nice and light. And the taste was strong but smooth with dar tones. Something that felt good to drink (although carbonation sometimes gets to me round after round), warmed you up and made you want more. I drank the whole 750ml myself and will be buying another one on the next beer run.

halo21, Feb 15, 2005
Photo of goodbyeohio
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

from a 750ml with little rubberbanded tag around the neck, no number (should it have one?) although the label looked rather weathered and time-decayed.

poured a dark translucent brown with thin tan head.. more carbonation than i had expected from something so.. sedentary.

the aroma was one of the best i had ever the pleasure to smell.. a tart, crisp hit of candy apples is what dominates this beers scent.

this beer's flavor is refined and smooth, reminding me of a st bernardus prior 8 and other good abbey dark dubbels. a bitter and tart aftertaste hides the alcohol well. a crisp botanical flavor is also present, which continues to surprise- age has not flattened this beer but brought it to life!

one of a kind.

goodbyeohio, Feb 13, 2005
Photo of Shultzerdugen
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from 75cl bottle w/cork.

Pours a dark copper color with an orangish-off-white head. Head was nominal in size and staying power.

Spicy and sweet to the nose, characters of sweet banana bread, tart apple, and medicine present.

Ommegang has a nice roasted malt character. Apple hints with a little metallic touch. Earthy undertones. Super dry with well balanced hops in the finish.

Very dry and bubbly in yo' mouth.

It's hard to believe this is brewed in the States. Ommegang and Hennepin have all of the complexities of some of Belgium's finest at a fraction of the price, plus easy availability. You got to love the shit out of that!

Shultzerdugen, Feb 08, 2005
Photo of JackStraw22
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Corked 750ml bottle. Beautiful dark red/brown body, with tons of foamy head. Great head retention and good lacing make this a great beer to stare at. Spicy aroma, lots of sweet fruit coming through. Raisens, apples, but not too much. Nice and sweet, tastes much better once it has warmed a bit. My first couple sips it was really cold and I didn't like it, but now...wow. I wish I knew what that "spice" that Belgian style beers have is. Alcohol taste comes through a bit, and there's a dry finish. Great American Belgian, I'm glad the brewery is only an couple hours away!

JackStraw22, Feb 08, 2005
Photo of filabrazilia
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber brown with a genorous tan head that forms a creamy rich trail of lace on the glass.

There are notes of maple, spice and apple in the nose that blend together in an olfactory treat for the nose.

The taste is equally complex with spice, hops, malt and fruit that meld in a cornucopia of flavor. This is a feast of fantastic taste. The rich meaty finish ingers well after the sip.

This is a complex and full bodied beer that is easy to drink. It is not a thirst quencher, but a beer that can be savored

filabrazilia, Feb 05, 2005
Photo of Wonka
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ML
8.5% Alc/Vol

Appearance – reddish-brown ale; sturdy, micronized, light-tan bubbles blanket the pride of Ommegang below; lace paints the glass

Smell – caramel green apple; spicy; malty; light alcohol

Taste – Solid hops; spicy, light fruits and slight metal; yeasty, slightly bitter (orange peel) and light alcohol for the curtain call

Mouthfeel – pleasantly creamy with the carb pop thinning it away from perfection; rather heavy carbonation in the first few sips but settles pleasantly later in the bottle; dry finish in the early sips that settles again later due to the thinning of carbonation; let this baby sit; give it some room and air then ride the taste and bump that mouthfeel and drinkability from 4 to 4.5

Drinkability – closer to room temp the better; caramel smooth with spicy zip; hoped for a slightly less dry end but of course this encourages more consumption

Nice creation from Ommegang; great bang for the buck; waiting for this ale to mature is a splendid idea, but keep some around for occasional consumption

Wonka, Feb 02, 2005
Photo of swamiswamu
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Huge head slowly mellows into a soft creme floating above a rich red brown
Smell- ginger snaps, cabernet, floral, hints of yeast and brown sugar, they should make air freshener in this scent, spectacular
Taste- super complex, kind of like peaches baked in brown sugar on top of coffee cake with a little extra yeast
Drinkability- pretty smooth sailing for a 8% strong ale

This one holds up to all but the very best from across the pond. As we near $1.50 to 1 euro, I become more and more thankful for Ommegang.

swamiswamu, Feb 02, 2005
Photo of Citadel82
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a dark brown with a hint of burgundy. Has a creamy tan head that tends to stay around for quite awhile then fades to a persistent ring that leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Aroma is yeasty and fruity also some malt with hint of alcohol,

Taste is rich, malty and otherwise balanced, alcohol is masked fairly well until the aftertaste. even then it's just barely noticeable,

Mouth feel is medium, carbonation levels are fairly low, but not flat tasting.

This is a fine strong brew that deserves respect. I enjoy most of the Ommegang family. This may be my favorite.

Citadel82, Jan 31, 2005
Photo of beveragecaptain
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. Dark brown with a large tan head. The smell is incredible. Rich, earthy aroma with caramel, carob, and Belgian yeast. The flavor is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of soy sauce. This detracts only slightly from the taste. Full mouthfeel, and pretty drinkable too. What a great beer this is, from one of the best breweries in the US.

beveragecaptain, Jan 17, 2005
Photo of ghurux86
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a dark brown with a hint of amber. has a nice creamy tan head that tends to stay around for quite awhile and leaves a decent amount of lacing.
smells fruity and malty with some alcohol, complex and hard to really analyze.
taste is good, alcohol is masked fairly well until the aftertaste. even then it's just noticeable, not bad. maybe apple, grapes, alcohol, and more.
mouth feel is good too, not to thick or thin, just about right, carbonation levels are fairly low, but not flat tasting.
this one is fairly drinkable, the 8.5% could put you down pretty quick. i paid $4.99 for a 750 ml bottle. that's pretty cheap for a brew this good.

ghurux86, Jan 17, 2005
Photo of babydoc
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This time was from a 12 oz bottle into a chalice, yielding a gorgeous dark ruby brown pour capped by a two finger creamy espresso head built of tiny bubbles. The head dissipated slowly as the beer disappeared. Nose was yeast and dark fruits. This beer tastes wonderful, starting almost a little tart with suggestion of plums and bing cherry, evolving into a black cherry finish that rolls over the tongue, leaving hints of chocolate. Light carbonation complements the moderate mouthfeel.

This beer is only 3.69 for the 750- Perhaps one of the more economical pleasures available. The label suggests "you can cellar this bottle." I didn't have the patience this time around...

babydoc, Jan 16, 2005
Photo of waughbrew
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark auburn/mahogany mixed mody with light brown head. Bigger bubbles at first make for some ugliness, but after a while it settles into a pretty layer. Smells of big chocolate and alcohol and pepper and maraschino cherries. As good as it gets. Tastes like melted caramel with a dry and slightly metallic finish. This has a marshmallowy flavor and feel that reminds me of St. Bernardus.

Hell yeah. I remembered that this beer was good, but wow. I really want to try this alongside the classic BSDAs because I know that it would hold its own.

waughbrew, Jan 12, 2005
Photo of Andreji
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark pour with a contrasting, dense tan head.

The nose was full of malts and yeast, rather strong in a good way.

The taste combined this malty sweet sensation with a surprise, meaty, somewhat smoked feel to it, which rendered the whole rather very nice and tasteful. I dunno why, but the aftertaste in this beer brings Brie cheese to my mind. it just blends right in....the taste's also dry somewhat like red wine overall.

This went along definetly with the full bodied mouthfeel, considerably thick. properly carbonated. Very nice beer overall.

Andreji, Jan 06, 2005
Photo of Redrover
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

My last beer review of 2004. 750 ML corked brown bottle with an informative and nicely designed label.

The beer pours a dark almost opaque mahogany with a large initial head.

The beer smells of plums, raisins, malt and alcohol. There is almost a sugar or hard candy smell as well.

The taste is of raisins, fruit & alcohol. It is slightly sour with a bit of grainy huskiness. Turns slightly sweeter as you work your way through the beer.

The mouthfeel is sprightly with perfect pin pricks of carbonation that poke through the almost silky feel of this beer. Drinkability is a tougher call. This is not in my regular rotation, but I do enjoy it when ever I have it. Definitely worth seeking out and experiencing at least once. Nice American take on this style.

Good last beer to review for 04!

Redrover, Jan 01, 2005
Photo of amicar
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

OK, so I've had this more than a half- dozen times already; and I have to tell you, I didn't really want to like it this much. Especially since I did have an "off" bottle in one of the first few tries that turned me off. But here's my most recent, honest review...

Poured from a 750mL bottle ($3.99, thank you very much). Nice head piles up a few cm; nice cream color. The color is burnt sienna (thank you crayola box), and screams "crystal malt is my name- say my name!". Oooh! the nose has a bit of phenolic love tickling my brain, with some spicy hop behind it.
That taste tingles on the tongue, and I get a wash of those esters and some chocolate in the mouth under the surface; I think I may get even a little ... cranberry? (very little), and burnt toast. very thick, and full; but not too viscous and syrupy like some high ABV's. It lingers in the mouth for a damn long time. Easy to finish off the whole thing by myself and wonder why I'm having a hard time walking up the stairs to bed after <only> one beer.

Hmmm... I could really like this stuff. Especially at the price. Although (clearly) I'm a big Unibroue fan, this stuff really makes a strong case for my money, especially when it only asks half as much. It really does grow on you. If you don't like the first few sips, give it time- you will as it warms up a little.

amicar, Dec 21, 2004
Photo of alexAK
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmm...poured a deep burgandy-esque colour with a solid thick head. Complexities of the aroma hint at the character of the taste.

You'd almost never guess this was brewed in America given that it captures the body of a belgian strong ale so properly. A well balanced but incredibly complex taste that's even better when paired with food.

Should be enjoyed the way you enjoy a fine wine.

alexAK, Dec 07, 2004
Photo of Padron4KM
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark murky brown with a large tan head.
Aroma is Tawny port like, raisin, prune, with a little chocolate thrown in.
flavor is sweet raisin, dark cooked fruit, with a balancing bitter at the end.
Alcohol is well hidden and can be deceptive, so watch out :-)

Padron4KM, Dec 04, 2004
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