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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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Ommegang (Abbey Ale)Ommegang (Abbey Ale)

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3,849 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,849
Reviews: 1,650
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 167
Gots: 329 | 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 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
Photo of claytri
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a dark carmel with tints of red. It developed a finger of tan head that settled to a nice film. The smell was very complex with multiple fruits, including raisan, apple, and grape, with some spicieness. A very winey taste with a lot of complexity. There is a good maltieness up front and a distinct alcohol taste, this is rounded out with a viariety of fruit and spice flavors. There are traces of vanilla and a twist of hop in the finish. The feel is smooth and oily. A nice fresh alternative to the imported Belgians, but unlikely to supplant them.

claytri, Feb 22, 2004
Photo of krberg
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one beer that makes me proud to be from upstate NY. I have always found it difficult to fathom the complexities in Ommegang.
It does not look any different than a thousand other beers I've had, but its smell places it definitively into the "Belgian" category. For the uninitiated, it does smell, and even taste, mediciney, but like any Belgian fan I look for the subtleties. Ginger, citrus, bready yeast flavors. I love the smell of the alcohol as it exits my nose after taking a drink. I have always found that satisfying with high alcohol brews.
Ommegang is nicely carbonated and rich and stays on the palette. Its tenacity, I think lends Ommegang to food parings. Perhaps moussaka, salat tangier, or a carrot cake.
My biggest "problem" with Ommegang is that I find it to be a statement of intent. It goes down so easily that a person could drink a couple 750s without thinking about it. Of course, at that point, thinking will no longer be an issue. I also feel that there is a certain bias against domestic “Belgians” but I would urge everyone to forgive Ommegang’s domesticity and compare it directly to its heritage. Not only is that fair, but I think any Belgian fan would be more than impressed with what can be produced in the States.

krberg, Feb 18, 2004
Photo of travolta
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle conditioned cork. i love popping the cork on these.

Apperance: Head does not last as long as id like, but it is a nice mocha color. Great foam. dark chocolate strawberry in color. like a really thick apricot.

Nose: GREAT nose. This beer has one of the best noses for a fake Belgian Ive ever had. It is easy, and goes straight up the nose. I get some carmel, peach. Some simple fruits and a nose of alge or fungus (in a good way).

Taste: At first I get fruit soaked in alcohol. The alcohol taste is very present in this brew. If you think about it too much, you can ruin the taste. there are some astringent fruits. Lime and lemon.

Notes: The alcohol is very present in this beer. It may or may not ruin the fruits and wheaty tastes, it depends on what you like.

travolta, Feb 13, 2004
Photo of JamesBerry
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a dark reddish brown color with a medium-sized, even head. Sweet caramel aroma with some estery notes. Sugary malt taste, followed by a somewhat bitter aftertaste and just a little bit of alcohol to it. Mouthfeel is at once mellow and refreshing.

JamesBerry, Feb 02, 2004
Photo of RocketWidget
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad stuff! Fairly complex, fruity and malty, with a good head and good blackish color. Nothing here that absolutely WOWed me, but then again, nothing at all to complain about either. I liked the Three Philosophers a bit more, but a decent showing from Ommegang.

RocketWidget, Jan 31, 2004
Photo of 86MonteSS
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Trying this for the second time, I intentionally shot the cork. To my surprise, it ricocheted off a wall that stood about 15 feet away and landed back in my hand. I dropped it before I could gain control of the bouncy little bastard, but it made my night. It's the simple things....

At $3.99/750ml, this is easily the best Belgian bang-for-your-buck. A mahogany body with a moderately-sized pale tan head. A lot of yeast and alcohol in the nose. The taste follows up in much the same manner with faint notes of chocolate and cider. It's a very drinkable beer once you get into it, and I can see myself buying many an Ommegang 750 in the future.

86MonteSS, Jan 28, 2004
Photo of sulldaddy
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have this brew with lunch today. It comes in a 12 oz bottle. The chilled brew pours a slightly hazy red hue. A beige creamy head foams up very easily and releases a yeasty fruity aroma instantly.
The scents range from twangy yeast, to apples, to cherries and overall general fruity sweetness.
I move onto the first sip and am not dissappointed. There is mild carbonation and medium body. The flavor is similar to the aroma.
I pick up a cherry sweetness, again the yeasty flavor and alsomild overall fruit. The finish allows some cirtusy flavors to come through and also gives a slight alcohol burn on the way down to my tummy.
No hops anywhere that I could detect.
This is a very tasty brew and I am glad I finally tried it. It is smooth and drinkable, complex yet easy to enjoy and not overanalyze.

sulldaddy, Jan 25, 2004
Photo of CBFanWish
3.4/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I have been hesitant to buy this. I don't know why, but I have been. It pours a very deep amber colour with a copper tint. The head was very big and hass lasted a while. The scent was the fruitiest smell I have ever had. Apples, berries and a hint of lemon make up the aroma. The taste was also equally as fruity. It has an apple taste along with kind of a bready taste. It is finished by a wonderful hoppy bitterness. Though it isn't the most carbonated beer in the world, it sure felt like it. It goes down sharply.

CBFanWish, Jan 22, 2004
Photo of palma
1.48/5  rDev -64.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

I don't know what everyone was thinking rating this beer in the top 50. This beer is almost disgusting. Pretty bad as soon as I opened it. Smell is fruity but full of alcohol. Smelled like propane with mashed figs. Taste was far worse than the aroma. Not really malt and hops but more like chemicals and raw alcohol. I tasted sweet-n-low and a stong artificial tangyness. There was a cherry aftertaste, but who would go through all those nasty ass flavors just to get to the aftertaste? I can't see anyone enjoying this beer. Sure, this beer is strong and will put you on your ass, but if that’s what you like, why not just drink Bud Ice instead? It tastes better than this crap! The only good thing going for this brew is its appearance - dark red body (the taste might make you guess it was Red #40) with a huge tan head. After about 4 or 5 sips I couldn't take it anymore and poured the rest of this sickening liquid down the drain.

palma, Jan 10, 2004
Photo of vitesse
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

served in lg. brown 750 mL bottle with maroon label.

massive tan head. dark dark ruby red color. ring of foam seems to last forever.
taste is super nutty. slight sourness and a bit of biscuity malt flavor comes through as well. very old-world style malt backbone. some hops aroma but still a very authentic belgian-style ale. alcohol presence isn't too overbearing, but be careful. this stuff will knock you on your ass.
just a superior overall product. great value, too. sells for as low as $3.50 a bottle here. taste is definitely on par with other beers in its style. a classic strong dark ale. i highly recommend this.

vitesse, Jan 06, 2004
Photo of edchicma
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oak, fruit, citrus? flavors after a malty, alcohol, fruity smell. Drinking this after half a glass of Old Horizontal and it definitely has some of the strength of OH with more of a wine like taste that was very interesting. Alcohol presence was very evident....extremely dry finish that was very nice. For the high abv, a sippable, drinkable offering. Different brew, with interesting qualities.

edchicma, Jan 04, 2004
Photo of DagFishHead
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Mulled-cloudiness in a dark brown-amber body. Substantial orange-tinged tan head is frothy & creamy and fades to a 1/4" cap with minimal lacing.
Smell: Light barleywine aromas. Heavy caramel/toffee malts, hints of licorace, carmelized sugars, candied/drunken dark fruits, a whiff of butterscotch, and a whack of alcohol to boot.
Taste & Mouthfeel: Smooth, slick, medium-full bodied malt sweetness to start. Spices, crisp carbonation fluffiness at the top with a warming alcohol numbness. Finish remarkably dry with both bitter and citrus hop notes. Aftertaste is oaky semi-dry dark fruits.
Drinkability: Reminiscent of Chimay Blue, but with rougher edges, perhaps reflected in the lower price point.

DagFishHead, Jan 02, 2004
Photo of mschofield
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml, pops with smoke, Pours a dark orange brown with one finger head that settles to film (in a chalice). Hazy with some yeast.
Orange peel aroma - curaco?, caramel, apricot, quite malty.
Very lively and warming taste, a little tart with grape, and currant, a good malty base, woody.
A 750 presents no problems when it comes to drinkability

mschofield, Dec 24, 2003
Photo of Naerhu
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

red-brown opaque body with no head, tan-brown lacing

spicy white wheat bread aroma - complex

amazingly complex, fruity and bitter. Amazing hops. Most complex beer I have had. Well at least in the top five. A malty complex carbohydrate sweetness. This is the ultimate "belgian". Big malt, refined sweetness, intellegent use of hops, balanced, yet big. I love it.

Naerhu, Dec 19, 2003
Photo of GreenWBush
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This review marks my official entry into the world of Belgian beers, even though this is a pseudo-Belgian. This site's members seem to always lean towards these beers as the best, and this just intrigues me. I've had a few Belgs here and there; especially Chimay and Delerium, but nothing piqued my interest - yet. So now that i'm attempting to be more discriminating in describing these brews, maybe i'll pin down what I like and dislike better.

Anyway - this beer pours out a nice cloudy dark "burgundish" color, to use the label's lingo. There is a nice fluffy two inch head on the beer that speckles the glass with lacing, but doesn't create any spectacular art. The rich quality of the beer led it to be accused as "sludgy" by my roommate, Mr. Busch lite. I'll keep trying...

The beer smells of slightly sour fruit. The beer is very fruity, but without the grainy sweetness I am used to in Belgians. The alcohol only reminds you its there after a few sips, as it warms your stomach.

This beer has a dense and rich moutfeel, but is very drinkable. Altogether a quality product.

GreenWBush, Dec 19, 2003
Photo of jahred
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have had many of these beers in the past, and decided it was worth a review. Shared a bottle with a friend, who commented right away "Damn, that's good." I couldn't agree more.

Pours a dark, murky brown color, with a pretty, thick, off-white lace head that thinned out considerably after a few minutes.

The smell? Sweet orange malty goodness.

The taste? Orange. Cherries. Apricot. Plums. Every once in awhile I got a slight sweet malty-vinegar taste. Complex and delicious. After continuing to drink, I started to notice the delcious oily mouthfeel. And kept drinking more. It's 8.5% ABV, but I could drink this stuff all night long (and be quite happy).

jahred, Dec 15, 2003
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2 year old bottle:
Pours with a light brown head atop a hazy amber colored beer. The head is quite thick. The aroma; at first I detect raisin and a bit of rum, then I get some subdued notes of sherry. The taste is a bit spicy with some light sherry notes to it. This beer has a fairly good amount of body to it as well. The finish is slightly on the hot side, spicy. This aged example tastes meaty, this would go well with a red meat dish.

Gueuzedude, Dec 14, 2003
Photo of AbePhroman
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoy the Belgian brews and I heard this American take on it was very nice so I gave it shot. Paid only $4.89 for the 750ml bottle. Chilled it until dinner and poured into a wide mouth glass. Dark brown with a frothy tan head. Great lacing as the head settled. Smelled very much of the Belgian style with fruity tones over a nice roasted malt aroma. Tasted excellent. Very fruity. Spices mixed well in this. 8.5% abv so it warms the soul quickly. An excellent American take on the abbey style ale. Try it out.

AbePhroman, Dec 09, 2003
Photo of dpend
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy rich brown with a good sized tan head that retained fairly well and developed into a thin film over the beer. Aroma of rich fruits, deep malts and alcohol. Taste was of sweet raisins, caramel and molasses. A dark liquor consistency with a slightly dry malty finish. I had two in a row and I would say that's the limit for me. It hard to believe that this is an American beer.

dpend, Dec 07, 2003
Photo of Crosling
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An exceptional looking beer. Fantastic frothy beautiful head that lasted throughout the entire session and left an incredible lace down the side of the Goblet. The beer pours a deep Burgundy with hints of red shining through the sides of the glass. Pour Slowly.

The nose is full of sweet malts, spices, sugars, sweet fruits...etc.

Very complex flavors...dark cherries, sugars, bananas, spices, caramel...it was bliss!

I truly fell in love with the Belgian Abbey style after this beer. A definately eye opener and an exceptional ale!

Crosling, Dec 02, 2003
Photo of yankeeheel
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful dark hazel with a fluffy beige head. Simply beautiful. Lot soft lacing with this one. The smell is heavy on the raisins and cinnamon. Also wonderful.

The taste is right up front with a mouthful of malt and cherry. Quite tingly on the tounge. This is followed by a sweet brown sugar middle. It then progresses to a slightly medicinal and dry finish. You are left with a warming alcohol fade at the end.

Very complex and big. Lots of chewy mouthfeel and texture with this one.

yankeeheel, Nov 26, 2003
Photo of Onceeven
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the first Belgian styles I had tried. Even without much prior knowlege of the style I was extremely impressed.
Poured a deep, deep crimson with a beautiful fluffy tan head. Aroma was spicy and sweet. Mouthfeel was velvety smooth, near perfect. Initial taste of carbonation and peppery spices, then a hint of alcohol, though not as pronounced as I had expected. Flavors switched from spicy to sweet, and ended with a crisp dry finish. All elements complemented each other perfectly.
I was quite sad when the 25 ouncer was emptied.

At my Wegmans grocery store this stuff is a steal.. about $4.25 for a 25 oz bottle! Same for Ommegang's two other brews. I'd better buy a bunch of them before they hike up the price!

Onceeven, Nov 25, 2003
Photo of WaltTrombone
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle purchased at the brewery in Aug. 2003. Served at cellar temp in a large belgian goblet.

It poured a slightly hazy, dark maroon, with a beige head. Good staying power, and light lace. The aroma was not strong, but it did have malt, clove, and just a whiff of banana. The taste was also malt, clove, pepper (grains of paradise?), and as the beer warmed, red wine, banana, faint chocolate, prune, grapefuit. The mouthfeel was smooth, creamy, and light, with light carbonation. It finished with malt, clove, and just a wee bit of hops.

For session drinking, or everyday meals, I like Hennepin and Rare Vos better, but this is great with a special occasion meal. At the brewery, they gave us some semi-sweet chocolate with it that really enhanced the flavors, and it works very well with not-too-sweet desserts, a cheese plate, or fruit and biscotti.

WaltTrombone, Nov 23, 2003
Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 3,849 ratings.