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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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1,695 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,695
Hads: 4,257
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 258
Gots: 639 | FT: 5
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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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-18-1998

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Reviews: 1,695 | Hads: 4,257
Photo of Gajo74
4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (704 characters)

Photo of MaximalC
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (836 characters)

Photo of Roxie_B
5/5  rDev +21.1%

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. (217 characters)

Photo of mthomp081
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%

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. (168 characters)

Photo of yarnbomb
4.75/5  rDev +15%

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! (170 characters)

Photo of Acidik_Inc
4.75/5  rDev +15%

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! (368 characters)

Photo of kkleu357
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

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. (164 characters)

Photo of SebD
3.82/5  rDev -7.5%

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 (654 characters)

Photo of seedyone
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

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. (475 characters)

Photo of MikeWard
4/5  rDev -3.1%

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. (379 characters)

Photo of Justin8mypants
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (467 characters)

Photo of bnes09
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (706 characters)

Photo of WunderLlama
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (431 characters)

Photo of TremontBrewing
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (1,082 characters)

Photo of TheItalianStallion
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
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 just 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 (1,729 characters)

Photo of dacrza1
4.59/5  rDev +11.1%
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... (924 characters)

Photo of jsausley
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (1,381 characters)

Photo of MartzMimic
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours from the bottle a dark, dark brown with a substantial foamy off-white head. Good lacing. Aroma is of dark fruit and malt. Big taste of prunes, plums, spices and sweetness. Medium mouth that coats the tongue well, leaving a nice lingering taste. A wonderful example of the style, and one that I'll have to revisit often. (325 characters)

Photo of seymourcox
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My dad passed away a couple of years ago. He was a very enthusiastic fellow about many things, one of which was fruitcake (yeah, I know). In the fruitcake family, at least the way he made it, was pecan whiskey cake. Even people who hate fruitcake loved his pecan whiskey cake. This beer reminds me of that cake - dark, dried fruity, accompanied by the pleasant presence of alcohol, etc.. Whenever I drink this beer, I think of my dad and his enthusiasm for making unusual desserts. (481 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Deep brown with amber highlights and a slightly frothy ivory head.

Aroma is figgy, with notes of dates. Fairly sweet and bready, with candi sugar.

Fairly raisiny flavor, with light alcohol and a hint of burnt sugar, with a finish of menthol and light dryness. Slight sharp cherry notes are evident. Yeast character is somewhat spicy.

Body is full, with modest carbonation and noted alcohol heat.

Very raisin dominant flavor, with light sweetness and more bready notes. The finish is fairly dry. Alcohol is noticeable. Honestly, I expected more complexity. (559 characters)

Photo of Mordath
4.46/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served out of a corked 750ml bottle.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark bronze color. Thick head that lingers with good lacing.

Smell: Raisins, plums, nutmeg, oranges, spice, malt.

Taste: Prunes and other dark fruit, slightly sweet with a dry, slightly tart finish. Well balanced, reminds me of a domestic version of Schneider Weisse Aventinus (which is a compliment!).

Mouthfeel: Deceptively thin and refreshing for such a deep colored and flavored beer. More carbonation than I expected. Faint alcohol burn but still pleasant to drink.

Overall: A good beer with well rounded flavor, I'd certainly try it again. (616 characters)

Photo of ahommell
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Ruby, burnt sienna, brown. Big fat off white head.. sticks around forever.

S: Prunes, Raisins. Sweet, but clean finish. Hints of yeast round it out. Nothing special here.

T: Was that wine? Fantastic! Dark fruits that have been hinted with alcohol burn. Anise. Coriander is present...but faint before the alcohol sets in.

M: Medium. It sticks with you all the same. Flavor lasts as long as the large bubbled head.

O: My first Ommegang experience. Not turned off and not turned completely on. This had incredible billing... and while it may not have lived up to that... it was excellent.

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into Shaker Pint. (642 characters)

Photo of vickersspitfire
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a dark earth color, very murky with signs of life at the bottom of the glass as the carbonation rises up. Mild brownish/golden hues are seen in the outer edges of the ale. Very thick lacing marks every sip you take.
Mild spices, sweet malts and caramel are the strongest smells. Dark fruits, raisins and fig come in after a while making for a very inviting dubbel.

Sweet at first, the tartness open up toward the side of your mouth. The spiciness is mild at first but really picks up as it nears the back of your throat. The dark fruits are presents through the tasting and the alcohol is well hidden.
Crisp and full of carbonation, this is a medium bodied ale.

This is an excellent ale to drink and relax to, I would love to have this one again. (804 characters)

Photo of jjam1266
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I was really excited about this one. Although I rated it fairly high, it was kind of a let down for me. The head light but tall and retained forever. Appearance was nice and feel was quite creamy. Flavor was not as complex as I hoped, but still several things going on. It is much spicer then I expected, but still has some sweet fruity flavors that appeared near the end. There is some alcohol taste, however it is surprisingly smooth. Yeast flavor seems to mask other flavors, not overwhelming, but very prevalent.

Overall a fantastic beer, but not the complexity I dreamed about. (583 characters)

Photo of Beejay
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Deep brown in color, with a massive dark brown head.

S: Sweet brown bread and syrup, raisins, dark fruit, and dried apricots round out the aroma with a champagne like finish.

T: Slight coffee taste with dark ripe fruit, and a wine like finish. There is a little bit of an alcohol taste in there, but it isn't too strong. Good, but lacking some of the complexity other beers of the style can obtain.

M: Medium in body with very lively carbonation. A little bite in the finish, with a nice linger.

O: Good, but I am not blown away by it. Still, rather nice. (566 characters)

Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
92 out of 100 based on 1,695 ratings.