Ommegang (Abbey Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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Reviews: 1,689
Hads: 4,230
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 253
Gots: 606 | FT: 6
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-18-1998

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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)

Photo of Kuaff
4.59/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

At cellar temperature in a tulip.

A massive tan head builds up about four fingers high over a beautiful burgundy or garnet liquid in which a copious amount of fine sediment is tussled about by a storm of carbonation. The rising bubble streams cause the head to condense very slowly into a thick, creamy cap that seems ever-lasting.

It has an aroma of caramel, cloves, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, cherries, and bananas. A very nicely-put-together bouquet.

Cherries follow through into the flavor, along with other dark fruits like prunes, raisins, and figs. In the middle there's a drier fruitiness that makes me think of red apple skins, as well as a peppery cinnamon spiciness. The finish is a gradual explosion of the most awesome sweet, yeasty breadiness.

The body is somewhere between light and medium, with the perfect amount of Belgian effervescence. Alarmingly easy to drink.

Totally a stand-out Belgian ale. It's both complex and quaffable. (952 characters)

3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

5/19/2014; 750ml corked bottle version.

Great representation of the Dubbel style from the standpoint of appearance, aroma and mouth feel. Flavor profile is complex with raisin, prune, and spicy undertones. Medium body, well carbonated with a nice lace head that you expect with the style. Sweetness is assertive (but not overpowering) and characteristic of dark Belgian candy sugar (or syrup) and specialty malts with a nice yeasty, alcohol warming flavor. Bitterness is in great balance.

Full of flavor and the fig, and currant notes are nice and work well with the orange peel and coriander. However to be critical, the spice profile is a little off balance and overdone with respect to the licorice, cumin and star anise additions when enjoyed at the proper temperature. takes away from the nuances of the brew.

Overall great brew and representative of the style. (869 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured 22oz into New Belgium globe

A-Pours a dark amber with reddish hue with 4 finger off white head. Decent lacing

S-Aroma is raisin, caramel, prunes, cherries, sugary malt.

T-Taste is heavy sweet, sticky, nutty, nice belgian yeast comes through.

M-Mouthfeel is well balance, full body. Nice carbonation

O-Overall a great example of dubbel. Highly recommend (367 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.42/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark ruby color; I can see the carbonation rising up from the bottom of the glass. The head is three fingers high, colored pale yellow. It doesn't have superb retention, but does leave behind a bit of lacing on the glass.

S: I'm getting a lot here. At first, it seems licoricey (meh), but this evolves into a fruity yet chocolaty aroma after a while. The spiciness is subtle yet prominent, bringing some bread, black pepper, and cumin (cumin?! This is brewed with cumin?! Ah well, I like Mexican food...) That's not even getting into the caramely malt backbone. I think it smells good - not as delicate as the Rare Vos I had just before this, but it's nicely complex.

T: On the first sip, it's very spicy - and hell yes, I'm getting the cumin. After many sips, it grows a fruity character, along with a caramely note. The finish is extremely reminiscent of pumpernickel rye bread (molasses, spice, and yeast notes are prevalent and well defined). At the end of the day though, I'm finding it TOO spicy. While it's solid enough, it just doesn't have the balance I expected.

M: This doesn't have the bone dry finish and effervescent carbonation of a typical Belgian ale; rather, it features an extremely long finish and a rich mouthfeel. Actually, it's a bit on the sweet side. It's not endlessly chuggable, rather it's a sipper.

O: A decent brew that's rich and flavorful, it just seems a little unbalanced for what I truly want out of the style. The spice character is great, there's just too much of it. Absolutely worth a try, though. (1,585 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.72/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown in color with almost a trace of amber. A good half inch of tightly woven khaki colored head. Fairly cloudy in complexion. Brussels lacing. I get dark Belgian candy sugar, amber malt,and the distinct Belgian yeast in the aroma. The mouth is highly carbonated and dry. I get amber malt,dark Belgian candy sugar and Belgian yeast in the flavor profile. As the beer warms I get a bit of some nuttiness and spices almost like cinnamon. It seems out of place here. (469 characters)

Photo of GinjaSlice
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: great looking dark red brown color, huge off tan head with great retention and pretty good lacing.
S: I smell lots of dark fruits, cherries with a sweet caramel malty backing. Finishes with a bit of oak smell
T: my first dubbel I've ever had and i love it. Pretty much exactly as the smell with some delicious dark fruits with some bitterness to it. Balanced by the sweet malts and the end is a slight alcohol and oak taste very good.
M: where the beer loses it a bit as i think its too carbonated. (501 characters)

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