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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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Ommegang (Abbey Ale)Ommegang (Abbey Ale)

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3,857 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,857
Reviews: 1,650
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 169
Gots: 334 | 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 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
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
Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 3,857 ratings.