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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

Ommegang (Abbey Ale)Ommegang (Abbey Ale)

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,433 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 3433
Reviews: 1618
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.78%


Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-18-1998)
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hadn't had this in years and when I saw it offered as a single bottle at Top Hops, I picked it up hoping that it would be just as enjoyable as the last time I had this. Sure enough, it was and just like the head and carbonation, this beer held its own over the long haul. I didn't realize that Ommegang was part of the Duvel family, but given how good they are at brewing Belgian-style beers, I can see why they'd want the upstate New York brewer in their portfolio!

Loved the pour to this, even from a 12 oz. bottle. The hue was a cross between ruby and plum with a thick head that almost looked solid, lacing that slowly slid down the sides of my pint glass, and quite a bit of sediment at the bottom of the bottle that didn't need to be disturbed. Candied sugar, booze, and dark fruits were all over the aroma and strongly repeated in the mouthfeel. I couldn't taste the spice that the Alstrom brothers found here but the mouthfeel was a bit lighter than the aroma was, as fruits like apple and pear also made their way in. This felt slick too and never too heavy or terribly malty, even though the body was there from start to finish. The back had just a hint of dark bread and cherry that slowly faded away, leaving a nice coating of booze and dark fruit that lingered for quite some time.

Amazingly, this tasted less strong than it smelled and that was a testament to the strength of this beer. It's easy to kick back with a few of these at once, even though the alcohol would become apparent after a short while. The oily coating that this left behind on my mouth was so subtle and slick that I could have gotten hooked on that alone but there's a good reason why this has so many positive reviews on here - this was great from start to finish and worthy of its lofty rating on here. A must-try for any Belgian beer lover and those who doubt that an American-brewed offering can match up with overseas counterparts.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 08:09:12 | More by JerzDevl2000
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IchLiebeBier

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Chestnut; small head, light lacing

Aroma: Candy sugar; belgian yeast; toffee; dried fruit; some hints of apple; smells delicious

Taste: Interesting flavor, a cross between an abbey ale and apple cider; apple flavor dominates the start and moves through the mid with hoppy bite showing up; finishes semi-sweet and nutty

Remarks: Excellent flavor overall, but not what I expected; tasty though.

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 21:51:53 | More by IchLiebeBier
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utopiajane

New York

4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The Abbey Ale pours a handsome dark copper and has a sweet malty nose with a pleasant bursting of citrus. It’s loosely carbonated and has 2 fingers head with excellent retention. Lots of foam hugging the glass, lingering sweetness on the palate. This beer has full body and a hint of chocolate. . Ommegang does this dubbel perfectly.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 12:12:02 | More by utopiajane
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superspak

Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 10/10/2012. Pours very hazy and cloudy deep ruby red color with a nice 2-3 finger dense and fluffy khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big raisin, prune, apple, fig, molasses, banana, brown bread, clove, light pepper, floral, candi sugar, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of raisin, apple, prune, fig, molasses, toast, banana, candi sugar, clove, floral, light pepper, light chocolate, bread, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light and dark fruits, molasses, toast, banana, candi sugar, light clove, floral, bread, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; with moderate malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Dubbel style. Great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy ester notes with malt balance; and very smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 04:24:25 | More by superspak
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Brenden

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This brew is a rich, thick, heavy brown that's only medium in the color range but has no opacity except slightly in the edges. It starts off foamy so the tan head is tall, then it slowly falls until it's a thick, steady pillow on top. It rests there in that form for the remainder of the session, leaving patchy deposits of lacing in good quantity as it falls.
This is a Belgian that has the candy sugars in its complexity, but doesn't push them out too hard. Malt makes a strong, barley-like backbone to rest everything on. It has caramel and a touch of fruit along with dark earth (not dank). I let it rest because I know it should have more strength, and I think I was initially right that it was too cold. A light touch of easy booziness, some pepper, and something woody complete it.
Dark fruits and apple, nut, some leafy earth, caramel and toffee, gentle yeast, some wood, a touch of vinous dryness, and well-integrated lightly alcoholic notes make for a fantastically deep, complex and well-constructed beer. I think more of those sweet elements adding a variety of deeper sweet flavors along with the base notes and a bit more say from the yeast are all it would take to bring this from spectacular to perfect.
Crispness nips the tongue all the way, carbonation is even, and there's a nice smoothness to make an all-around well-balanced mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 20:04:33 | More by Brenden
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TheCondor

Missouri

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I grabbed this at my local grocery when I went in to grab some chicken and fish for a deep fried festival of awesomeness. I used some Busch for my beer batter with extra beer. Did I say beer twice? Sure did. Why? Because there was a SHITLOAD of beer in there. I digress. Side poured with low vigor into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance - Muddy water, pours like a deep, thick burgundy or mahogany vat of deliciousness. Head displays great retention and leaves decent lacing. Big foamy off white head of about one finger. I always love Ommegang bottles.

Smell - Big time dark fruits: plums, raisins. Malts are heavy, caramel sweetness, everything you think a dubbel should be. You can smell it as you pour it, its pretty intense.

Taste - Follows the nose closely. The malts mix well with the dark fruits and booze to form a potent one two punch on the palate. This is an exceptional beer, one can easily see how it made it onto the Beers of Fame pretty handily.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated and boozy. Leaves the carbonation and booze on the palate for a minute after the drink. Still very good, but the alcohol is a little potent.

Overall - This is an excellent beer, deserving of its place on the Beers of Fame. I would recommend trying this beer as soon as you get the chance.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 02:43:19 | More by TheCondor
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obrike

Texas

4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a single in a mix six pack at World Market in Round Rock, Tx.

This one's a looker! Fantastic dark copper pour will an immense head. Huge streaks of lace coat my 512 pint glass for the duration.

Very tasty scent of dark fruits (raisins, plums, cherries, figs), some caramel, and bready malt mixed with spices...what's not to like.

Taste follows scent perfectly. Sweet fruit at first with spicy/sugary malts in the middle...finishes up with boozy warmth. This is a medium bodied and creamy with creamy beer with great carbonation.

If this is any indication of what a dubbel can be, I've ignored the style for too long. I've had a few within the style, but Ommegang Abbey Ale is a thing of beauty.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 22:31:33 | More by obrike
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Murrhey

Montana

3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap in a flight at Haven Gastropub in Orange, Calif. Reviewed from notes.

A- Little white head with nice lacing. Walnut brown color. Nice clarity.

S- Brown sugar, caramel, some booze. Medium malts.

T- Vinous, brown sugar and booziness.

M- Vinous and light fizzy carbonation. Medium bodied and fairly wet.

O- Strange but very tasty.

Re-reviewing June 1, 2013. Poured from a standard pressure-cap 12 oz bottle into a New Belgium tulip glass at my apartment in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Two-finger fluffy white head. Thick and long-lasting. Ruby-colored body that looks very attractive. Nice looking brew.

S- Slightly boozy, candi sugar, brown sugar. Caramel malts and a complex aroma.

T- Slight bit of oakenness, with a boozy backbone that fades into caramel and ruby malts. Weak here compared to the smell.

M- Medium-bodied and a wet, loose finish.

O- Much of my original review stands, although I have expanded upon it a bit. The look has improved by a point, the bottle just made the nice head. Smell is bumped up, possibly a nod to the tulip glass.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2013 01:39:31 | More by Murrhey
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punky796

Michigan

5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours a dark, unfiltered, coppery-red color. About two fingers of thick head with lacing that sticks around.

S - Uhh...apple, raisin, caramel, bread, maybe banana. Rich malts. Just lots of great smells, one of the best smelling beers I've had.

T - Very complex, with a lot of the smells present in the taste, maybe even a bit of a chocolate addition. Smoky, with some cherry, or maybe figs or something. Wow.

M - Pretty nice. Rich and complex, but not the oily type of texture you might expect. Full-bodied and goes down well. Medium carbonation.

O - This is one of the best I've had. Such a complex beer, it makes me picture a brewer in the middle ages just tossing in anything he liked the taste of, with it happening to turn out wonderfully. Definitely will chase down more from Ommegang.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 05:29:04 | More by punky796
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Bauzen

New York

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It pours rich, hazy, and dark-copper color. The head dissipates quickly, but it's uniform and fluffy throughout.

Scent is a full bouquet of typical Belgian-style components. Toasted wheat, bananas, raisins, creamy caramel, a little licorice, and some semi-sweet malt.

Flavor follows the nose, but for an 8.5% ABV , this beer drinks much smoother and simpler than you'd imagine. I actually expected more bite, but there wasn't much. In fact, it's very easy on the palate. Each sip is flavorful and rewarding.

A fine alternative to beers that do their talking with nothing but sharp hops.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2013 22:43:47 | More by Bauzen
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dar482

New York

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a dark brown/red copper or Mahogany color, which in the light, becomes a dark rich ruby. Pouring it out, it has a huge 2-3 finger head that dissipates with much legs on the glass.

The aroma has some sweet dark fruitiness. A bright apple, Belgian yeast breadiness, sweet cherries and raisins. A delicious caramel and toffee. Very sweet big aroma.

The flavor follows through with huge caramel, then it becomes a complex array of fruit with banana, apple, raisin, cherry. Sweet breadiness.

The mouthfeel is nice and medium. Tiny bubbles that just washes delicately over the tongue. It leaves a wonderfully dry finish that’s slightly bitter. There’s a slight alcohol hint in there too.

A great great beer. Prefer it over its bigger Quad brother, Three Philosophers. I want to compare it slightly to Maudiate by Unibroue. I’d say the two are relatively close in quality, with Maudiate winning on more interesting flavors, the finish, and lack of alcohol taste.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 23:13:39 | More by dar482
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T100Mark

California

3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A 12 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - Rusty brownish color. Hazy. The head has an orange tint. A very interesting looking beer.

Smell - Figs. Bananas. Licorice. The beer smells a bit musty.

Taste - Grape skins. Cured olives. Burnt toast. Smokey. Slightly bitter. A nice balance between the malt and the hops.

Mouth - Slight bitterness. A little bit thin.

Overall - An interesting beer, to be sure. To me, this beer taste more like a German Bock. I liked this beer but I'm not quite sure what all the fuss is about.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2013 01:06:57 | More by T100Mark
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curasowa

New York

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy, dark copper color with a huge head that fades slowly with thick ribbons of lace.

Aroma: Fruity and floral, with lemon, sweet caramel syrup and hints of nutmeg. There's also a toasted wheat note floating about and that great Belgian yeast aroma.

Taste: Sweet and creamy upfront, with some nutty malt presence building as it goes. Lemon and some spicy hop resin show up for the finish, then a lingering cherry syrup taste over more nutty malt.

The Rest: An excellent, layered Dubble; lot of flavors coming and going keep it interesting and not a hint of boozyness.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 17:15:34 | More by curasowa
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y2jrock60

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Dark brown with hints of copper. It's not completely opaque but it's definitely not clear. The head is off white and strong and remains until the last drop is gone. There was only moderate lacing, which is surprising since the head was so thick.

S- Very spicy and earthy upfront. There is also notes of caramel, light chocolate, and sweet malt.

T- There is a lot going on in the mouth with this one. It's on the sweet side with caramel and slightly roasted flavors. There are slight hints of roasted malt, but it's dominated by the other flavors. The Belgian yeast lends spicy and earthy characters that blend well with the sweetness. Even though there are a lot of flavors attacking the palate it's very well balanced.

M- Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation. It's also quite smooth on the tongue.

O- Even though I've been drinking craft beers for years, this is my first brew from Ommegang. I've always heard good things about their beer and finally had the opportunity to give it a try. I wasn't blown out of my socks by this beer, but it was really delicious. I have a bottle of Three Philosophers that I'm saving for the near future.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 22:57:29 | More by y2jrock60
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BWED

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 ml into a tulip

A- Mahogany with some floaty yeast and a half finger tab head. Retention and lacing is nice. Head is a little creamy and wispy.

S- Dark fruit and a little caramel. Some spice adds complexity.

T- Caramelized sugar, with a slight booze taste. Very sweet. I was expecting a little more spice out of this however.

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, with a sweet finish.

O- Pretty good. The flavors are good, but I was expecting a little more complexity in the taste with all if the added spices.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 16:42:13 | More by BWED
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Abbey Ale opens to a fruity, spicy, complex nose that in many ways defies classification. On the one hand are the nice Belgian notes of banana and clove, but these are joined by an extremely complex fruit and spice mélange, with pepper, orange peel, coriander, anise, fig, pear, white grape, and berry (especially strawberry) making strong appearances. There is furthermore a deep caramel runnel, with some vanilla and brown sugar making brief appearances, and a toast crust, biscuit, and Grape Nuts cereal undertone that blends extremely well with the powerful sugars. The caramel and berry notes are especially present overall, smelling like a heavenly dessert. As a whole, this is one of the better aromas you’ll find in a bottle, with an extremely potent and lasting, yet simultaneously delicate and nuanced profile, all of which begs to be sipped.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a huge banana and clove blast, this quickly joined by berry, orange, white grape, and pear fruit esters, as well as touches of brown sugar. Coriander and pepper add a bit of spiciness, with just a hint of anise at the edges. Caramel adds another layer of complexity, as does a bitter orange or grapefruit peel overtone, joined by touches of lemon zest. The underlying biscuit, wheat, toast crust, and cereal grain base adds a nice grounding effect, preventing the beer from turning into a sugary spice bomb. The aftertaste is largely a continuation of the main mouthful, with slightly more bitter hops and grapefruit rinds, and lingers for a decent while. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is extreme, the beer almost turning to foam in the mouth.

Overall, this is certainly one of the better dubbels on the market, and the delicate nature of the added spices brings lovely layers of complexity to what was already a very fine beer. The flavors aren’t overwhelming, but nicely balanced and cleverly subtle, providing new nuances with every mouthful. One of the beer’s only weak points is the massive level of carbonation; I’ve had champagnes with fewer bubbles than this, and the beer literally foams up in the mouth and fills the stomach with air. Had I a second bottle, I would let it sit open for a few minutes before taking my first sip. Other than that, you’re not going to find much better Trappist-style ale anywhere.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 19:16:57 | More by jondeelee
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gr0g

New Jersey

4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours coppery-brown and somewhat hazy. Prodigious head with great retention but leaves only sparse lacing. The aroma features some great Belgian aromatics: yeast, brown sugar, cinnamon-like spice note, dark fruit. This smells every bit as good as the great Trappist dubbels, if not better.

The flavor is right up there with the Trappist beers, too. Malty, fruity, and sweet, though drier than most Belgian strong dark ales of similar gravity. Everything that's present in the aroma is there in the flavor profile. Fruity esters evocative of apple, pear, raisin, and date. Subdued candi sugar. Some tartness comes in mid-palate and lasts though the finish with some of the spice-like flavors lingering too. As the beer warms, sweetness increases as tartness diminishes. In terms of mouthfeel: lively carbonation and a sticky character.

The relative ubiquity and value of Ommegang make it the rare beer that's both a good introduction to a style and one of the best representations of a style. This is a top-notch Abbey Dubbel, holding its own with Belgian offerings while being less expensive.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 22:49:50 | More by gr0g
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a deep chestnut amber color with loads of active carbonation and a thick, frothy, cream colored head that stays one finger thick on top.

S - A fruity aroma that's yeasty, prunes, raisins, figs, cloves, light Belgian candy caramel.

T - Fruity and yeasty, follows the nose closely. Cloves, zesty Belgian spice, dark fruit (raisins, prunes, figs), and finishes with a coating of Belgian spice with subdued bitterness to round things out very nicely for a soft finish. The ABV is well hidden with very little warming on the way down in the back of the throat.

M - Medium body with soft, sprightly carbonation.

O - Very well done and a year round offering that brings a taste of Belgium from Cooperstown. I've passed this up on the shelf many times and that won't be the case next time when I'm in the Belgian mood.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2013 00:12:06 | More by jzeilinger
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Utica_Brew_Review

New York

4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing red amber color. Beautiful. Great head also. Sweet caramel aroma. Sweet, chocolatey, toasted caramel taste with great complexity. Amazing flavor. Bit spicy. It pretty much covers every facet you want in a beer. This beer is just awesome. One of our favorites ever.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2013 18:54:58 | More by Utica_Brew_Review
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Lordmuffinpants

California

4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful pour, now mind you I used a frosted glass so the look was darn near perfect. Thick creamy head. A bit of yeast ( myson sniffed and said I smell bread)

This beer fights to be more then it is, a warm malty start, wonderful mouth feel then if you really let Itlinger there is a bit of a bitter at the end

A friend hand carried these from coopers town and I am so very glad he did

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 23:59:50 | More by Lordmuffinpants
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-brown red color with a nice beige head and great lacing

S-rich malty aroma with dark fruit, caramel, spices, hint if chocolate

T-raisins, figs, malt, caramel, chocolate, spices, slightly bitter and dry finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-delicious flavors and a beer to sip and enjoy

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 01:36:59 | More by MDDMD
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Uncle_Jimmy

California

4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance pours a hazy orangish brown with a finger and a half of fine peach colored head. the foam fades into big bubbles and then lingers on top. Some lacing

Aroma-fruit vanilla,cake or pastries for some reason, slight yeast funk carmel. One of the better smelling beers I have ever had. Butterscotch

taste- The fruity thing was right, hits of plum, fig and cherry, a little hit of spice (clove). Maybe even some Brandy/port flavors. A touch of alcoholic sweetness.

Mouthfeel- medium bodied a bit fizzy and syrupy but oh so good for this style. You feel the alcohol in your ears afterwards and this used to be boozier !

Overall- very well made beer, I really enjoyed it and I would order another. I would pair this with some mild cheeses, seasonal fruit and i think ultimately it would taste really good with a fine cut of red meat maybe in a peppercorn sauce.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 05:13:38 | More by Uncle_Jimmy
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AmitC

Indiana

4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle dated 09.29.2010 and best by date of 05.2013

Almost three years on it.

An extremely nice pour. Dark brown inside the glass with some ruby hues. A lot of cloudy and hazy appearance. Almost opaque. A super awesome almost three fingers thick chocolate cream whipped tan colored. Head stays really really well. Excellent Belgian lacing on the sides.

One of the stronger aromas. Fills the nose while sitting one feet away from me. Strong malt presence with strong hints of dry fruity esters. Some dates and figs. Slight caramel and coffee notes as well. Some alcohol warmth enters the nose as well. This has a rich and complex nose.

Taste is very much what the nose is all about. A lot of good malt balanced by dry fruit like taste. Some Belgian yeast flavor. A very complex taste indeed. Difficult to decipher yet. Finish is almost semi sweet to dry finish.

Mouth feel is almost full bodied. Some alcohol warmth. Moderate carbonation. Somewhat effervescent. Excellent smooth feel.

Fits the style to the tee. Makes me a fan of this rich and complex brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 01:13:46 | More by AmitC
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chinchill

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ommegang Abbey Ale served from a fresh 22oz bottle. Pours a clear mahogany color with a near perfect head. The aroma is mostly just malts but is quite good. Enjoyable if not compelling taste. Medium body and carbonation.
O: very good and recommended, but not up with the best Belgians.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 01:42:05 | More by chinchill
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plaid75

New York

4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a dark copper hue with a half finger foamy white cap. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured an earthy yeast ester, balmy burnt caramel and tropical fruit.

The taste consisted of overall earthy tone highlighted by burnt candi sugar, hay, pineapple and pepper.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a very tasty and complex ale.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2013 04:03:53 | More by plaid75
Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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