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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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Ommegang (Abbey Ale)Ommegang (Abbey Ale)

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Reviews: 1,703
Hads: 4,315
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 18.6%
Wants: 278
Gots: 696 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-18-1998

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Photo of gotweid
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Big, frothy, foamy head. Wildly carbonated. Dark amber in color. Aroma of super sweet malts. Yeah, that's what it smells & tastes like. Add some caramel(?) & dried fruits, make it super smooth, warming, full bodied. Noticed a little spice but that seems to take a back seat after a few sips. Finishes dry, like it's supposed to. Alcohol strength doesn't show until later, and then it grabs you, so you grab another. Dang, this is good! Another great one by Ommegang.

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Photo of Premo88
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into chalice
(reviewed 8/15/13, best by 4/2016)

L: loads of foam, about 1/2-inch head of tan, almost darker tan/brown; murky caramel brown brew; not a ton of lacing

S: fruit, sweet fruit; some yeast ... bread; light candied figs; wine notes ... definite grapes; tooti fruity gum; banana 2/3 of the way in

T: sweet fruit with some yeast to balance; wine/sour grapes, sweet-sour grapes; banana as it warms near the end

F: full medium body, loads of carbonation

O: a great American version of the Belgian classic; loads of fruit with just enough of that real trappist monk yeast punch

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

December 13, 2014

12 oz bottle, tulip

A – Deep, luxurious, dark mahogany, mostly brown with ruby highlights. Fairly clear. Foamy, slightly craggy head is a light khaki color with long retention.

S – Toffee and brown sugar, with some apple and pear notes, dark cherry pits, and rich cola cake. Raisins and caramel also present. No hop aroma.

T – Juicy, slightly bitter cherries, bitterness perhaps from hops though no hop flavor is apparent. Light caramel and dark toffee. The cola is prominent here as well, with a licorice-like tinge.

M – Thickly carbonated and fairly full-bodied. Moderately dry finish with enough bitterness to counter the sweetness from the malts.

O – Ommegang is one of the best American producers of Belgian styles and this is no exception. Straightforward, not flashy, but incredibly flavorful, complex at the same time. A phenomenal beer, a dubbel that would make the monks proud.

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Photo of BrewUSA
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look 9/10
Smell 17/20
Taste 37/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 89/100

Real nice Belgian abbey... Decant balance of sour, dark fruit, cherry, caramel and some spice... I don't love the style, so my review should be taken with a grain of salt. Never the less it is very well balanced and pretty easy to drink at 8.2 has enough malt to balance out the sourness. Great Dubbel~

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.47/5  rDev +8%

Pours a bright copper color with a white head. The smell is sweet from the alcohol and the wheat. The taste was excellent with rich malt and bitter hop notes throughout. The finish was also exceptionally clean. I really enjoyed the balance of the sweet malt flavors such as banana and the bitter hops and spice make this a refreshing beer any time of year and one of my personal mainstays.

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Photo of NSXAG
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Ommegang Brewery - Abbey Ale [Dubbel ale brewed with licorice root, star anise, sweet orange peel, coriander and cumin] (750ml ---> Dogfish Head Curved Pint Glass : 8.2% ABV : 20 IBU)

This is the first Dubbel I've reviewed and quite possibly the first one I'll have ever tried in my life... Certainly the first of it's style since I've become more interested in craft beers, and coincidently it's also the first beer that Ommegang officially brewed... I was going to get a foreign Dubbel, but I'm much more a fan of American sbeers (at the present time) so I chose the domestic route, and having seen PLENTY of good remarks about Ommegang's Farmhouse Ale, I figured that'd be a decent choice for a Dubbel... Also, since their specialty is Belgian style brews, it seemed fitting that they be my brewery of choice in trying this Abbey Ale... It poured what seemed to be a medium bodied beer that had an extremely vigorous 3 inch rusty colored head with some pretty decent sized bubbles within it... The head dissipated rather quickly though, leaving behind a touch of lacing and not very much of a cap, but the hazy red hue is a beautiful tone with quite a bit of opaqueness to it... The aroma present on the nose immediately is the almost raisiny malty sweetness, with a bit of molasses and spice, as well as a touch of bread/wheat in there also... A very strong nose on this brew, not aromatically challenged in the slightest... The first taste is full of the dark berry sweetness of malts, while the spiciness of the beer gently tiptoes on your palate as well... After a few sips and letting the beer set a moment as I wrote this, the licorice became more pronounced with the passing of time... The finish is pretty crisp and somewhat drier than the rest of the beer's elements, this is also where you'll taste some faint bread elements, but the berry flavors are still the most prominent... The mouthfeel has a medium fullness to it, with the effervescence giving it a creamy mouthfeel... Overall, pending this is a good representation of this style, the beer was crafted well,with a decent amount of complexity to it... I would have preferred a bit more spice in place of the fruitiness that's contained within this beer, but regardless what I would have done it's far from a one note song... That being said, I wasn't overly impressed with this beer, but that could simply be that this is mores not my favorite STYLE of beer, as the flavors all worked well with each other and were in good balance... Another good brew - Cheers!!

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Photo of teromous
2.72/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: It's a hazy brown colored body with a thick fluffy creamy khaki head that stands for a long time. It's a very beautiful looking beer in the glass. The head really accents the beer nicely. It doesn't produce much lacing.

Aroma: Alcohol...It's right up front on the nose. The beer is only 8.2% ABV and it doesn't do a very good job of hiding it. There is a light "bakery" scent to it...kind of like cookies...but not sweet or artificial. It's not that strong of a scent. Not much going on in the nose really.

Taste: Alcohol flavor, with some light caramel that coats the tongue and slowly increases the caramel flavor in the mouth as drinking this beer continues. There is a light hint of banana chips in the background, but very light on overall Belgian yeast character.

Mouthfeel: It has a good presence in the mouth. The beer is smooth and the alcohol gives it a faint warming sensation. Good carbonation. Very easy to drink.

Overall: It's a decent enough Dubbel if you have that Belgian Abbey Ale craving, but it doesn't quite meet the mark when it comes to some of the more diverse flavors that are available on the market. I wouldn't say "don't drink it" because is is a lovely beer. It just feels like a beer that was hurried or something.

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Photo of Bockrules
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a goblet. Immediately upon cracking the seal, the familiar scent of candied sugar and belgian yeast started to permeate the kitchen. Smell intensifies in the glass and dark fruit begins to come through, where this dark, honey brown beer pours a 1-finger, tan head. The head becomes a brilliant patchwork of bubbles of different sizes, with large pockets of bubbles forming where carbonation streams upwards. Head stays intact all the way down the glas and leaves behind a small bond of lacing on the bottom. Candied caramel and sugar upfront. The body is a delicious blend of candied plums, caramel and musty belgian yeast. A bit of light earthy hops as the beer passes over the back of the tongue, but still candied brown sugar is the dominant flavor. Rum, plum, and dark brown sugar finish. The body is medium bodied yet fairly soft and creamy. It suites the beer very well.

I feel like this beer must be the benchmark for all american beer companies seeking to brew a traditional belgian dubbel. Everything about this beer is practically spot on from the beautiful honey brown color and robust head to the complex flavor and delicate mouthfeel. I would definitely buy this again.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice brown/mahogany, massive tan foam head, the lace is thick and retains until the very end. The aroma comes through as the drink warms. Dark fruits; raisins and figs soaked in alcohol. There is also a sweet malt cake like aroma. I can also detect raw grain. The taste is sweet on the tongue, comprised of the dark fruits previously mentioned. A hint of peppery phenols from the yeast; not overdone, it is just enough. The alcohol is there but well masked. There are hints of caramel as it warms. The feel is amazing in that despite the full mouthfeel, the strong carbonation makes this very drinkable; despite the high ABV, this is not a sipper. This is a complex and flavorful beer. I love it.

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Photo of MaximalC
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque bronze with burnt orange highlights and a a good finger's worth of fine khaki foam--just beautiful to behold. Rich aroma smells of molasses, prunes, cherries, clove, coriander, brown sugar, toasted bread, and a hint of alcohol.

The bold and complex flavor profile features molasses, toasted bread, cherry, and plenty of tangy, vigorous yeast. The spices and robust carbonation do more than enough to balance the malty backbone. The yeast presence pushes the envelope a bit, but manages to remain just under control. The mouthfeel is lush, vibrant, and a solid complement to the taste.

Overall, this is a bold and flavorful brew that isn't as decidedly sweet as most of its peers. Its balance and gorgeous presentation make it one of my preferred dubbels, even though it isn't an archetypal representation of the style.

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Photo of Roxie_B
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Appearance: Fluffy tan head. Opaque mahogany with topaz highlights.
Aroma: Toffee, caramel and Belgian yeast.
Taste: Wheat berries, almonds, dates, golden raisins & lightly toasted malts.
Mouthfeel: Creamy and fluffy.

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Photo of mthomp081
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%

Poured into pint glass, cream head, dark red, slight brown. Aroma of caramel, raisins, plums. Taste is much the same but super flavorful. Really tasty and enjoyable.

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Photo of yarnbomb
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

It's this beer's fault that I really fell hard for craft beer. Before that, it was something fun to explore but now I am hooked on the heavy rich stuff- thanks, Ommegang!

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Photo of Acidik_Inc
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

I love this ale! And yes, I am a bit bias when it comes to the Abbey Ale line up. And no doubt, this a lead contender. And for me, I can fairly judge a beer/wine store by its selection of Abbey Ales. Without touting my love any further, this ale packs a delightful punch of pure malts. An instant salivation, especially when the froth saturates your ever hunger. YUM!

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Photo of kkleu357
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%

From notes on 1/12/13

Sweet malty aroma with lots of yeast. Brown color with creamy very foamy head. Has a bready, malty flavor with hints of licorice and caramel.

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Photo of SebD
3.82/5  rDev -7.7%

Appearance: It has a nice murky amber/brown color to it. It has a nice creamy beige head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of dark fruit (plums, figs, raisins), some breadiness, brown sugar and some spiciness form the yeast.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has sweet dark fruit (plums and figs mostly) a light breadiness, some brown sugar and a touch of spicy Belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel: It has a med/high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas. Good but nothing exciting.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of seedyone
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

From bottle at home. Although I found this interesting, but it was not to my liking. Way too much going on. My first impression was a slight sourness, which unto itself was surprising. The label lists many flavors the only ones that came through were some licorice root...deep on the tongue...& some burgundy notes. Rereading the ingredients, I think I should use this in a daube de boeuf. I will say that the 8.2% ABV was undetectable. Points for effort but just not for me.

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Photo of MikeWard
4/5  rDev -3.4%

on tap last night at Funcks in Palmyra, PA. Part of a flight, 4.5ozs

Thick brown body with reddish tones. Small white head which left some fine looking lacing. Have a cols, so no aroma. Incredibly smooth thick tasting beer, getting some dried fruit and a little heat in tha back of the mouth from the alcohol.

Not a style I seek out to much, but this one was pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of Justin8mypants
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Beautiful Brown color with a thick khaki head with great lacing

S- Pineapple, Orange, Fig, Spice. Nice yeast characters.

T- a lot of the darker fruit flavors and spices come through. It has a very pleasant sweetness, and a slight warmth from alcohol.

M Carbonation and the body of the beer is spot on

O- Really a great beer. I would love to drink this beer on a really cold winter night. The spiciness and sweetness of the beer are really warming and pleasant.

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Photo of bnes09
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous, deep mahogany color with cherry hues when held to light. Pours a mountainous, foamy head that never lets up. Leaves behind patchy chunks of lacing.

Wonderful dark fruit aroma of figs and dates along with some burnt sugar. Solid, clove-like yeast character.

Smooth and sweet flavors of dark fruits and candy sugar. Hint of toasted almonds. Love the fresh, live yeast quality. Touch of herbal, spicy hop, just enough to balance. I can detect a hint of nutmeg in the finish along with lingering clove.

Medium to full bodied. High carbonation works well with the style. Pleasant grainy, yeasty texture.

Overall, a fantastic dubbel style ale. Complex and well balanced. Everything I could ask for.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a pilsner glass

Pours a dark copper orange brown in color . Three finger white foam settles into a white bubble layer with good lacings.

Aroma is malty, deep rich plums, spices , licorice, orange and coriander

Taste of sweet malt , plums, spices, licorice, coriander, orange peel and alcohol

Medium and you can detect the alcohol in here.

Great beer. I'll definitely repeat and recommend you give it a try.

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Photo of TremontBrewing
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this beer in a corked bottle. 7/23/14.
Pours a really nice dark maroon color that won't give away the way it tastes right away. Head dissipates in a nice frothy fashion.

The nose is spicy and malty, you can definitely trace it back to the licorice, coriander, orange peel, and yeast.

The taste consists of sweet malt then flavors of slight licorice, coriander, orange peel, spice, and yeast. The more you sip, the better it gets as your mouth gets used to the very slight metallic plum taste. Blends together perfectly.

Mouth Feel:
Medium bodied, even though the look doesn't give that away, nice dry finish. Alcohol is hidden very well.

This beer is a very good example of the style, first Ommegang brew I've ever had. Very refreshing mouthfeel and a lot of underlying fruit characteristics that point to fig/plum and licorice. The orange peel and coriander hints balance it quite nicely.

Believe it or not this brew pairs perfectly with French Toast flavored Goldfish. Then again, that could just be the end of the beer getting to me.

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Photo of TheItalianStallion
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a corked and caged 750 mL bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

A: Pours a beautiful maroon color with a thick, rocky, off white head that eventually settles and caps the beer perfectly. Decent head retention with minimal lacing. This beer looks very inviting and I'm dying to take a sip.

S: The smell consists of big dark fruit aromas (prunes, raisins, black currants), sweet malts, caramel, brown sugar, and a bit of anise. Some faint floral hop aromas are there, but barely present.

T: Taste is predominately of dark fruits and sweet malts. Anise and clove are also there with a touch of lingering yeast on the finish. This beer has a bit of a sourness to it, but it is not overwhelming and is definitely tolerable. I'm also getting an occasional slight metallic taste, which I'm attributing to the use of caramel malts.

M: Medium bodied with a crisp, chewy mouthfeel. Carbonation is on the medium side with a sweet, somewhat dry finish. Alcohol is masked fairly well.

O: Overall this is a good beer with a smooth, refreshing mouthfeel and some big fruit/malt characteristics. This is my second time having this beer, and it is definitely enjoyable. However, the first time I had it was on draft and I was absolutely blown away. I will have it again on draft someday and edit my review accordingly.

[Edit] Had on draft at Pinch American Grill at Empire City Casino in Yonkers, NY. The aromas and tastes of dark fruits were definitely amplified. Mainly prunes and raisins, with some occasional tastes of caramel. Mouthfeel was seriously unbelievable. The smoothest, richest, creamiest beer I've ever had. F****** delicious! Appearance: 4.75 Smell: 4.5 Taste: 4.75 Mouthfeel: 5 Overall: 4.75

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Photo of dacrza1
4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

DATE REVIEWED: July 11, 2014... GLASSWARE: Chimay 125th Anniversary chalice... OCCASION: Cavs welcome the Return of the King... APPEARANCE: as the label suggests, dark burgundy body; thick, stable single-finger off-white head; limited lacing... AROMA: deep plum and floral hops; coriander and citrus heighten the aroma; lilac and honey hover late--delectable... PALATE: big, full-bodied and demanding of attention; creamy and enjoyable (almost like a warm milkshake) with every sip... TASTE: some iron and wine to start; soft plum and coriander; medium hops and solid malts form a balanced flavor profile; some berry accents late--complex and rewarding... OVERALL: first, the LBJ parallels: both are worth the money, both are well-built, comfortably strong (8.2% ABV), agile, and absurdly smooth, both are versatile when pairing with other food/players, and both are winners...I had almost forgotten how good this beer is...

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Photo of jsausley
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Red Oak gilded pint.

My second review of beers from Ommegang. I was really impressed with the Rare Vos (Amber Ale) so I'm trying this one with a very optimistic outlook.

A: Thick, barely translucent, huge two inch head, some carbonation, dark brown-amber with golden and red tones near the bottom of the glass. Lovely carbonation rising from the bottom, but mostly obscured by the thick consistency of the beer.

S: Somewhat light, not overly fragrant. Citrus, hops, malts, caramel, dark hues of molasses and earthy tones. They claim it is Burgundian? Like a wine from central Europe? Not getting all that much here. Very bready smell, lots of yeast.

T: Wow! Delightful, especially after smelling this one... The yeast backs away and gives you a nice citrusy bounce full of hops backed up by a strong spice, somewhat smokey and somewhat gamey flavor. There's a heavy Scotch-like undercurrent, like a peaty Islay. I even got some more raisin or prune flavors on the nose that are quite different. Big flavors from this beer.

M: Nice and thick but not hard to drink. A good frothy head is a nice bonus though it does taste of yeast. Some carbonation, very little noticeable hoppiness. Lots of malt sweetness on the back of the tongue.

O: A good beer, not as impressive to me as the Rare Vos (despite its higher ratings) but really flavorful and different. Solid A.

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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
92 out of 100 based on 1,703 ratings.