Ommegeddon - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 550
Reviews: 432
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 66
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: John on 03-01-2005

Ommegeddon is a Belgian-style ale with a wild twist; a dose of Brett yeast and a blast of dry-hopping. Its dryness and funkiness beget the name.
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Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first foray into the American Wild Ale territory to be honest Iam not a big fan of the "funk" but I have wanted to try this style for some time.Poured into an oversized wine glass a slight hazed dull light golden with a hint of orange hue a lacey 1/2 finger white head atop,there is some definant funk in the nose with a bit of iron and lemon pith.Not as much funk as I envisioned on the palate yeah there is a bit of barnyard there but it is just part of the package I pick up a big dose of citrus and toasty malt a light iron note as well,with a lingering vinegar type flavor.I like it maybe a little more conservative than many of the style I dont know but this was a good way.

Photo of RoyalT
2.73/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - This is a dark orange in color, maybe even a deep copper you could call it, with a small white head.

Smell - I didn't smell anything right after opening the bottle so waited half an hour and still very little. I don't find any aromatic hops, the beer is supposedly dry-hopped, and really just a faint whiff of Brett.

Taste - The flavor is a bit more funky but not by much. I get some very mild horse blanket and a bit of sweetness that seems off. The only hops I'm finding are some leafy flavors but they are kind of flat and don't really pop out at you like they should.

Mouthfeel - This is a solid medium-bodied with way too little carbonation for the style.

Drinkability - This is the first Ommegang that I haven't liked. It was way off style even for a style that is ill-defined, was flat in both body and flavor, and really lacked the kind of depth that you expect from this otherwise wonderful brewery.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$11.99 at Star Liquor.

Pale yellow straw with some haze and a thin but everlasting, bubbly white haze.

Aroma is spicy and lightly funky. Odors of citrus hops, yeasty light fruit, and pepper.

Taste is very good. Light bodied and highly drinkable with flavors strawberries, apricot, pepper, lemon zest, and a touch of earth. Not a funky as I had hoped and unfortunately like a dumbed down Hennepin in some ways. Clean, crisp, with aggressive carbonation but only no sourness or tartness. Nicely hopped, however, with good bitterness. Bone dry.

Very good but I prefer Hennepin to this.

Photo of ricke
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2008 vintage, cellared for about a year.

A: Golden yellow, slightly hazy. A nice looking ivory-colored head that leaves plenty of lacings.

S: Nice funky notes, but still the smell comes out quite fresh and clean. Plenty of fruit aromas (oranges, overripe lemons, ripe apples). Notes of aged cheese. A rather strange spicy note reminiscent of ginger and pepper develops. Some notes of watered down vinegar. The malts hide behind the funk in the form of white bread. A pleasant smell that lacks a little complexity. Slightly too much emphasis in the funkiness.

T: A surprisingly easy to handle taste. Not the massive brett attack I had anticipated. A nice mix of semi-sweet fruits (apples, pineapples), lemon grass, tart lemon peel and a peppery spiciness in the mouth. The mild citric and wheaty tartness lingers on while the sweetness leaves room for a funkiness gathering momentum. The increasing funkiness results in an overall profile that at the end of the day, is mostly funky. Notes of blanket, mud and some aged cheese. The malts try to battle the funk, but it's to fragile for anything but a decent attempt. The finish is rather special with a predominant note of funky wet blanket, phenolic spicy and herbal alcohol and a somewhat grassy bitterness that's also quite reminiscent of ginger. The beer finishes with a gentle note of wormwood.

M: Medium body, low carbonation. A nice dry mouthfeel.

D: I had rather high expectations on this one, and unfortunately they weren't completely met. Still a good beer, though. But it's slightly too one-sided with too much emphasis on funkiness and sweet and spicy alcohol. The tartness that I associate with this kind of brews is to a large extent missing. Also, the funk could have been even more skewed and rough around the edges, as it is now it's to clean and well-behaving.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ommegeddon Batch 4 May 2009. Well this is my first Wild Ale review on BA and I am quite excited to try this one. At 8% alcohol I've got me 750ml to figure this bad boy out...

A- Pours a beautiful glowing orange copper fluid with red firey edges in the light. One and a half inch head that falls to a excellent half inch frothy head. Leaves massive sheets of lacing on the glass all the way down. Wonderful appearance and very inviting.

S- Mild farmyard scents with wet hay, stale wet laundry, horse blanket and spicy potpouri. "Stronger as beer warms."

T-M- Taste consists of lemon zest with mild to moderate yeasty bready flavors upfront. In the middle is very light bitterness from grassy hops and followed by a funky hay stack linger on the tongue. Nice. Mouthfeel is a bit strange with a yeasty thickness that bubbles on the tastebuds and leaves it mark in a warming funk that leaves you saying... " What the hell was that?" A light alcohol presense is covered well but definitly there.

D- Remarkable drinkablity even with the funk and at only 8.49 a bottle ill buy more and save em'.
Note: Drinking cellered Ommegeddon even after a couple of months funk moves in on flavor... nice.

Photo of steelerguy
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Gold edges with an amber core, lots of carbonation, and a big frothy white head.

S - Sweet malt, sour brett, phenolic spice with a musty earthiness.

T - Simple tasting malt profile, with some sourness from the brett but not really that much. A little lingering sweetness and spice at the end.

M - Crisp and refreshing, I think would get even better with a bit more age to thin it out a bit more.

O - A good but somewhat uninspired beer.

Photo of blitz134
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I missed this one when I was in Atlanta, sold out before I could come back for it, but found it up here in CT after relocating.

Pours a pale yellow, nice and clear. Two fingers of white head on the pour that reduced to a thinnish layer. Little lacing.

A good mix of pilsner malt and noble hop aromas. A slight funk of the sour brett, but, frankly, its quite weak. I think the flavor follows suit. Not nearly as tart as the nuclear mushroom cloud on the label would seem to indicate, in fact its quite subdued. Fairly clean flavor really, some sourness. The slightest bits of old hay and flairs of hop on the finish with a bit of chalkiness. No hints of the alcohol level, at all.

Thinnish mouthfeel that finishes a touch dry, as expected. Prickly carbonation on the tongue. These things are how I would expect them.

I think the beer is okay, but I think nowadays when someone is marketing a sour beer it should be a little more bold, maybe more age would allow the brett more time to work on this; this was Batch 1 from June '07. This is a very pale beer that is relying totally on the brett to make it good, and I just don't think the character is there yet. Even though I say that, I guess it is fairly drinkable given its more subdued flavor and light body. To wrap it up, easy to drink, but not overly memorable.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #3 April 2008
In a snifter, this was a pretty beer, gold in color with a thick white head. The aroma knocked me out, really earthy and fruity. I don't think the taste lived up to the aroma, however. Sour fruit, spicy, a little tame. Nevertheless, it was still a most enjoyable beer.

Photo of generallee
4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown, corked and caged bottle marked batch #2, March 2008 and served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: The body is cloudy with a pale yellow orange color and it has some active carbonation that rushes up to the head. Its head is white, fluffy and builds up thick and tall. It has excellent retention and coats the whole inside of the glass with lace.

Smell: The aroma is lovely combination of fruity and funky yeast with notes of pear and dried apricot, mellow floral hops, light wheat and doughy malt.

Taste/Mouth feel: The flavor hits the tongue with tart funky yeast, sour grain and wheat. Hops come in and add an almost minty herbal flavor and mild bitterness. The finish is dry and the yeast flavor lingers, begging me to sip again. On the palate it has a light to medium body and a smooth texture with active yet smooth carbonation.

Notes: Its palate makes it easy to sip and its complex aroma and interesting flavor enticed me to drink on. Very well done!

Photo of merlin48
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle, Batch # 1 June 2007. Pours into a goblet a hazy pale yellow body with an enormous and rocky white head. Retention is good and lacing is sticky and prevasive.

Aroma is spicy ginger, clove, and pepper with notes of banana, citrus, and barnyard funk.

Mouthfeel is light medium with a velvety carbonation.

Taste is dry and herbal with sweet basil, ginger, and powdered black pepper, kiwi, lemon rind, and a hint of earthy funk.

Very well done. This was probably too young as the Brett has not fully emerged but quite tasty and enjoyable nonetheless.

Photo of Billolick
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap last night at Ommegang night at the Belgian Room/Hop Devil grill, NYC, poured very cloudy apricot, with a finely knit tiny bubble head, and leaving stringy tight webs of lacing. Nose was strongly of bubble gum, cotton candy and a slight barnyard funkyness. This a freshly fruity brew, with notes of melon, funky yeasty goodness and moderate brett sourness in the mid section and finish. Biting, crisping and drying hops also in the finish, wrap this one up. My kind of brew, fruity, musty, funky, yeasty, fresh and clearly complex...BelgianSaison/wit/triple lovers go get some of this ASAP and tell Ommegang to bottle large amounts....

Photo of tigg924
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: bright yellow in color, cloudy, two inch head, high carbonation

Smell: lemon, wheat, and hay--very funky

Taste: lemon, grapefruit, and other citrus, wheat, and hay

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, sour and bitter, dry, light bodied

Drinkability: This strikes me as a super sour Hennepin. I like it, but will probably not get it again for the price. Above average for the style. Great beer if you like brett.

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to djrn for sending this bottle my way.

The beer pours a hazy orange-brown color with a white head. The aroma is full of toffee and orange citrus, with some brett thrown in for good measure. The flavor is similar, with a few additions. I get some nice toffee and brett notes, with some cherry and dark fruit also in there. There is not really any funk from the brett, which is what I expected. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of magictrokini
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours clear yellow with a frothy white head. Dank, yeasty aroma with overripe oranges and earth. Taste was hoppy and sweet with the barnyard funk. Blood-orange sweetness in the hops worked well with the earthiness of the yeast. They used a very nice, subtle brett strain that does not take over the beer. Very nice, but it does pack a brutal hangover.

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 caged and corked poured into a snifter. Hazy golden color with a tight white head with good retention leaves nice webby lacing down the glass.

Very spicy,light clove unripen bannana, classic Belgium yeast,tropical fruitiness.

Spicy with a touch of clove with a tart tropical fruitiness finishes with a soured bitterness and citrus rind.Slightly viniuos.

Very light and airy,tangy interesting taste goes down nice, refreshing. Crisp nice on a hot dat for a stronger beer

Photo of Kraken
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into an oversized wine glass. Per the bottle this was from batch 3 April 08. I had a bottle from batch 1 or 2 last December, I recall it being very nice however this one was better. Easy pour yielded a 2 finger head that quickly receded to an uneven pure white topping, producing moderate lace. Color was a slightly dark golden amber. Nose is heavy hops, almost to the point of an ipa, citrus, grapefruit, some sour apple and a bit
'o the funk. On the palate, pleasantly sweet , light to moderate malt, hops are very present, sour apple and tart fruit, brett is starting to funk it up a bit. Character really begins to develop as the hop nuances, alcohol, and light funk begin to mesh well as this jeezebell heats up. Long dry bitter finish. To really appreciate the brett in this bad girl, you would probably have to throw her in a dark cool closet for a few months, I couldn't wait but thats why I bought 2. Highly recommended.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A favorite of 2007 for myself, at the Steel City Big Pour fest I had a fun time sampling this funkdified brew. I found it comparable to green apples and pussy, sorry to get graphic but it fits this brew perfectly. Appears a cloudy golden hue bright tight white fine bubbled head fine even Belgian style lacing. Aromatics massive deep tropical fruit notes like pineapple, star fruit, and mango with tart acidic yogurt like notes from the brettanomyces added. Spicy flowing yeast notes with dry musty grape seed earthy qualities and fresh cut green apple aka a touch of diacetyl. Flavor brings of the funky with some hard cider mild tart citrus and tropical fruit qualities, soft powdered vanilla added into plain creamy yogurt with a mild chalky over ripened fruit thing going on. finishes dry and spicy with the yeast kickin' you in the balls. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with nothing overdone or rough on the palate. Dry puckering tartness in the finish with a lactic apples and cream tartness, carbonation flows so smooth. Drinkability so sessionable and complex, I need to track down some more bottles and sit on them to let the bret flourish.

Photo of showdoglq
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been holding on to two bottles of this for quite some time, I finally decided to pop the cork on one of them, I'll save the other for late summer I think.

It poured an orange-yellow with 3 fingers of rocky white head that have left behind chunks of foam on the sides of my glass. It hazed a bit in the fridge, but that doesn't bother me!
My first sniff was full of a strange citrus like smell, I'm not sure what the underlying scents were that threw off the citrus, but it was certainly complex. Now that my beer has warmed, there's a decided funky yeast smell (the brett I assume?) that reminds me of ripe blue cheese. Yummy! It tastes great, with a sharp bitterness up front that fades into a citrus peel flavor. I can't quite peg what the aftertaste reminds me of at the moment.The mouthfeel is sparkling and bubbly, not heavy at all but still coating the mouth nicely. I think I could drink very many of these in one sitting, especially since it seems to be changing even more as it warms up. I highly recommend it to anyone that wants to try something off the beaten path.

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at Green's on Buford in Atlanta. March 2008 vintage according to the bottle.

Pours a lemon-yellow color with a slight orange tint and a one-finger bright white head. The head dissipates into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light amounts of funk and greater amounts of sugar-coated pears. As the beer warms the funk almost disappears, smelling more like a BSPA.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The brett flavors are even slighter than the aroma is in the smell. Pear and sweet malt flavors are moderate up front and gain steam as the beer warms. The ending is sweet with a small hint of funk.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished the bomber without a problem and could certainly drink this again.

Overall this wasn't as funky as the label and description led me to believe, but it's still a tasty beer. Not as complex as other BSPA's with brett influences (De Proef with Rob Todd for example), but still worth a try.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a chalice)
Batch #1 June ‘07
A- This beer has a clear bright yellow body that glows clear at the base. There is a strong billow of carbonation that flows from the etching at the base. The soapy thick film is a snow-white and sticks to the sides of the glass in sheets.

S- The smell of perfumed pale malt has notes of honey and flowers with a nice yeast note. There are also notes of white sugar and a light spicy band-aid hint that is not offensive but is quite pleasant. As the beer warms there is a light musty note to the malt.

T- The note of dry club soda blends with the smooth note of pale ale with notes of sweet candy with a hint of lemon. The finish is a light tartness from brett followed by a bitterness of hops that lingers for a bit.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a pretty clean finish and a faint fizz that helps with that.

D- This beer has some nice fruity flavors to the malt with a faint hint of Brett. I would like to try this beer after a few years to see if the Brett flavors come though stronger. This beer has nice qualities of tripel but I would like to taste this with more wild ale flavors.

Photo of mudbug
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch#2 March 2008,
Pours a hazy light orange with a 1" head of small bubbles, there is lacing and the head sticks around.
Smell is wet hay (funk) and tanginess like grapefruit peel.
Up front sourness with a bitter aftertaste wet hay and earth.
Nice balance though, I'd drink this again and again.

Photo of jmz62565
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange/yellow with a giant white foamy head and a ton of carbonation. The head is huge and lasts forever. The smell is pungent with banana,wheat,cloves,citrus hops,pepper,and bread yeast. The taste is crisp with a peppery spicy first sip then you can taste the cloves,banana,and citrus fruit. A nice tasting beer,but watch the pour,you don't want the yeast. The m/f is light and the flavors mix well. For a pretty high alcohol beer, you can't taste the alcohol burn. A good decent beer,but I have to say I did expect more.

Photo of Stigs
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle

Batch #2, March 2008

A - pouring gently (lesson learned) yields almost two inches of loose, yet thick bright white foam. as the fuzz slowly falls, coats the walls of the glass, quite sticky. the beer is somewhat clear at first, getting more hazy through the bottle, pale gold in color.

S - a healthy amount of that characteristic Brett: bandaids, funky fields, hay, farm, touch of soiled diapers. big whiff of fresh, wet grasses, and actually a tiny bit of hops still.

T - begins with a lightly fruity kick, lemon peel and pears. turns more to the funky side, with musty basement, dryer lint, stale cardboard, and grassy hops.

M - light body, sharp and lively carbonation, very crisp in the mouth. makes this actually very refreshing and hides the alcohol dangerously well.

D - admit i was a bit worried about this one, but was in the mood for something funky and it was cold, so i dove in. going down easy enough, and complex to a point that its keeping my interest. solid beer here, though maybe drink it fresh if its released again.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What to drink for review #666? Ommegang's Ommegeddon, of course!

Straw-yellow, much more yellow than expected, but what did I expect? It's a wild ale and there aren't a whole lot of rules other than huge funk thanks to crazy-ass Brettanomyces. The head is small, remains small, but never really goes away. Big catacombs of lace formed with each tilt of the goblet.

Aroma has the musty, funky, earthy vibe that would be expected, though it's fairly tame, more along the lines of a Saison than something more over-the-top. Not completely dominated by Brett, this lets some fruity esters shine through, notably apple, pear and peach.

Flavor sits further out on the ledge than expected from just sight & smell. While it remains far from saddle-blanket insanity, it delivers some eccentric yeastiness front and center. But that's not all. There's plenty of depth here, held up well by vanilla/cookie-dough malts, plenty of fruit-syrup sweetness, some lemon pucker, a taste of honey, and a light peck on the cheek from the alcohol. Sour/tart yeast hits in the finish, an uncanny resemblance to yellow vanilla/lemon cake with sour cream frosting.

Mouthfeel is just right, holding a fine balance between tingling carbonation and syrupy thickness, a curious but enjoyable meeting of the thick and the refreshing.

This is not insane Brettanomyces Armageddon, as label and name seem to promise. For anyone already into Duvel and other great but easy-to-drink Belgians, this would be an excellent gateway to the wild world of yeast funk. I wanted a ton more stinky dirty-sock sweat craziness, and ended up just as pleased with the depth of flavor and amazing balance on display. Delicious. One of Ommegang's best.

Photo of Magpie14
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: the body is a hazy golden yellow straw color with plenty of particles floating about. A bone white slab of fizzy light foam has gathered on top. It eventually died down to a thin layer and the lacing is reasonable

S: the nose is quite tempting as funk, grains, honeydew, and lemon last in the nasal passage

T: the palate is reminiscent of lemon bars, pale malts, some barnyard grains, and half a sugar cookie. The flavors are kinda wild and things are overall bitter and crisp. I find this a nice combination of flavors: tart, sweet, spicy, and sour in the finish. Comes across with a minty herbal leaf character after big gulps (this might be a light alcohol residue).

M: a little more volume might not hurt this brew. It is super crisp and light with loads of bubbles

D: great on a hot summer morning as my clock just turned to 5:01am...where did the time go? Anyway, good beer and a great drinker. This always finds its way to the fridge from every one and a while

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