Ommegang (Abbey Ale) | Brewery Ommegang

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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States | website

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-18-1998

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

Exceptional brew. Ruddy color with a fluffy tan head that lingers nicely. Seems to keep the aroma opened up. Swirled in snifter it conjures the sweet dark air of bananas foster. Feels every bit the Abbey Ale moniker going down, but with a very complex blend of malt, spice, and root. Stellar and a great looking bottle.

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Photo of Joshuafzylatra
4.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great abbey style ale..nice lacing ..poured into a snifter from bottle..wonderful yeasty abbey ale aroma..8.5 % abv but the alcohol is not overwhelming..very well balanced has a yeasty bread taste found in traditional Belgian abbey ales.just a excellent well balanced beer. I am biased because abbey style ales are my favorite brews.. If you see it give it a try this is a world class beer IMHO

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Photo of babaracas
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red-brown with fluffy light brown head, settles in a minute to a thin ring, delicate rings of lace halfway down the glass. Smell: pear and prune, note of brown bread, earthy cumin, notes of plum skin and perfumey coriander. Taste: plum, unripe pear, pepper, note of dates, brown sugar, (surprisingly harmonious) black licorice and clove round it into a peach skin finish. Medium bodied with pillowy carbonation.

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Photo of thebeers
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reddish brown in color, slightly cloudy, with a beautiful tan head. Sweet malt aroma, with burnt sugar and faint dark fruits. Complex taste with some caramel and fig sweetness, bitter orange peel marmalade, some clove and other spices, a mild hop balance and some slight pepper notes and warming alcohol. Light, slightly syrupy mouthfeel with a peppery, alcohol twinge. Very solid offering.

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Photo of mchegash
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 25.4oz bottle (Bottled 9/18/14) into 16oz Belgian glass

Appearance - 4.25/5
A beautiful deep red color, with a lot of medium-tan colored head. Slightly clear, but also dark in color, so can't see through easily. Carbonation is abundant and lively

Smell - 4.5/5
Spicy and bready, reminiscent of many saisons. Dark, slightly fruity, slightly sweet aromas as well

Taste - 4/5
A medley of deep fruity notes, dark candy sugar, breadiness and slight spiciness.

Mouthfeel - 3.75/5
Medium bodied, crisp yet smooth. Light amount of medium-light intensity carbonation.

Overall - 4.25/5
Overall I thought this was a great beer. It had a great flavor, looked beautiful, had a nice aroma. The weekest aspect I thought was the mouthfeel. The beer could use a little more carbonation.

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Photo of car2052
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to Belgian style goblet.

A: Pours a deep garnet, hazy. 1 in. tan head that leaves a ring of foam on the glass.
S: Dark, sweet malt. Yeasty aroma. Hint of bananas and brown sugar.
T: Very sweet and malty. More banana taste with some clove. I taste a bit of the licorice they mention on the bottle. Hint of alcohol in the finish.
M: Full mouthfeel. Creamy.
O: This is the first abbey-style beer I've had. I've never had a Trappist beer yet as well, but if this is just a glimpse into what the style is, I like it.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoying this in my Ommegang goblet...
A - Pours a dark reddish brown with 1/2" head of tight bubbles that settles quickly to a tan cap.
S - Aroma is not as strong as you might expect or hope for. A little bit of dark fruit perhaps.
T - Maybe some wine, definitely dark cherry notes. A little bit of spice too.
M - Medium mouth feel and very carbonated.
O - This might be my favorite of the Ommegang offerings. Very enjoyable and reasonably priced. Do yourself a favor and let this one warm up - don't drink it straight out of the fridge.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The nose is filled with dark fruits like prune, date and raisin. I also get a cola nut and malt backdrop.

The flavor is rich with prune and date, some crabapple, light fig and a touch of molasses. The finish is just a touch spicy with ginger and nutmeg.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.69/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a ridiculously dark mahogany ruby. Forms a finger of quickly dissipating lightly tan head.
S - Not much going on here, mostly just malts, maybe light touches of wine if you search for it hard.
T - Medium wine notes, nice savory grape, lightly sour, lots of malts. Really well balanced between the sweet, savory and bitter. Makes this sessionable.
O - I'm normally not a fan of the Dubbel style, but this one I enjoyed, so it must be good! I'd recommend this to both Dubbel and Belgian fans in general.
V - Medium value, got in large, corked bottle.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber in color with a dark crimson hue and a foamy off white head that retains nicely. Aroma has notes of figs, dates, and some slight spice. Mild alcohol and an almost savory aroma near the end. Taste is more phenolic spice forward than the nose. Notes of fig plum and cherry follow before a big dry yeast and husky malt flavor finishes. Mouthfeel is medium bodied highly carbonated and very dry.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.54/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Dark burgundy color with some chestnut hues. Creamy beige head retains very well even in the wide glass. Thin rings of lacing.

S: Fruity and spicy aromas. Plum, prune, cherry, and some lighter notes of pear. Vague herbs. Yeasty. Black pepper phenols. Rich malt scents of fruitcake and molasses. A very deep and complex nose.

T: Candied fruits. Plum, cherry, dates. Yeasty overtones. Slightly musty. Dry herbal backing rides up with some bitterness. Brush of alcohol. Light peppery phenols. Rich malty flavors of fruitcake and molasses shift into carob and cocoa powder as the beer dries toward the finish. Cocoa, stone fruits, and dry herbal bitterness on the finish.

M: Round and creamy in the mouth with a sense of weight that presses in gently. Very fine and aggressive carbonation scrubs briskly.

O: Pit this against any Trappist or Belgian brewed dubbel in a blind tasting and it will hold its own just fine, if not take the crown. This is truly one of the world's best dubbels as I see it. Great pairing with rich triple creme cheeses, hearty dishes like beef burgundy, or even sticky desserts like fruitcake or bread pudding. This is a landmark beer for American-brewed Belgian ales, and it set the bar pretty high for everyone else.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a St. Bernardus glass.

Look: Rusted cherry body with a tan colored head. The head recedes to a light film with only spots of lacing.

Aroma: Fresh baked bread with candied fruits, cinnamon spiciness, and tangy fruitiness.

Taste: Sweet and malty, a nice fruit cake comes to mind -- but not the punchline kind of fruitcake we all know of. Nice pepper and cinnamon bring some spice and great flavor. Tangy cherries in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slightly dry.

Overall: Really delicious, I would love to drink this during Christmas Eve as it has a lot of great holiday feel to it.

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Photo of Mikefriedman90
4.94/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Outstanding beer, exactly what I've been looking for. Dark brown pour, strong at over 8% but masked by rich, malted fruit flavors. Very easy to drink, very enjoyable- definitely going back for more

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Photo of pwalkley
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite beers of all time. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip. L: deep hazy amber with a huge off-white head to tan. I have to pour very slowly to prevent it from overflowing my snifter glass. S: nice fruity smell, some yeast, lightly toasted bread, figs. T: very rich, complex flavor. Fruit and yeast flavors, caramel. very little bitterness. F: full body, lots of carbonation. Alcohol not too strong. O: an amazing beer. And a less expensive way to enjoy a perfect example of a Belgian dubbel.

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Photo of Millertime102
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Extremely delicious, tried it with Pizza maybe thats what threw me off a little. However a dark, well rounded beer, smells great and tastes good. Just a little heavy for me and a bit of a dull after taste. At 8.5%, the price is reasonable and being from the U.S. Its a must try!

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Photo of bmeehan
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Abbey Ale is fantastic in the safest way possible. It looks beautiful when it's poured, it's not offensive to any senses, and it tastes rich while maintaining a smooth finish. I love drinking this because it doesn't really have a weakness. It's just good.

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Photo of gotweid
4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
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 +2.2%
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 +5.8%
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 +2.2%
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 +8.2%

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 -15.3%

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 -34.1%
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 +7%
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 +10.7%
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.

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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
92 out of 100 based on 1,719 ratings.