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Ommegeddon - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 550
Reviews: 432
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 67
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang visit their website
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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Ratings: 550 | Reviews: 432
Photo of Sammy
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Funky aroma, although levels off as it warms to room temperature. Very light colour with white head. Very little spices other than pepper. Like a Cantillon unfermented ale. WIld ale, and not harsh on the palate. Slightly acidic requiring food, but no different taste by course.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch # 4. Bottled in May 2009.

Pours a slightly hazy light orange with a 2 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Chunky rings of foam line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wine, funk, sour fruits, and some grassy aromas. Taste is very much like a dry white wine, some grape-like fruit flavors, funk, and a bitter hop finish. The bitterness from the dry hopping is pretty mild but sticks around after each sip. This beer has a crisp and bubbly mouthfeel and a dry finish. Overall, this is a good wild ale with some nice funky and hoppy flavors. I was expecting this one to be more sour though.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of GRG1313
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a complete re-review. A Funkhouse Ale with Brettanomyces. Pours a medium/light clear orange with a very short, almost non-existent white head that very quickly fades to nothing. Nose is pleasant mildly assertive floral "waxy" esters; simple but pleasant and no Brett funk at all, despite the use of Brettanomyces yeast. No funky nose in this purported "funkhouse" ale.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery and without much charachter. Pleasant champagne like carbonation but pretty thin.

Flavors are pleasant and subtle, at first insignificant but actually they really grow on you and are elegant and appealing. Still, flavors are short and not long lasting but with a cooked fruit, light sweet malt and light burnt toast layered character..again...light, integrated and elegant.

Finish is light citric coffee and with some funk and brett in the flavors in the finish.

This is not a big beer with big flavors; this is an almost elegant beer with a nice funk in the finish. I like it; lighter style all around but with a lot of appeal and very universally food friendly.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of brentk56
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy lemon color with a quality head that leaves dancing shards of lacing on the chalice

Smell: Smells like a lemon meringue pie with a touch of funk

Taste: Opens with a lemon meringue pie flavor that grows increasingly tart and funky by mid-palate; after the swallow, the funkiness takes a bigger role but the finish is quite dry, though there is a hint of residual minty sweetness on the tip of the tongue

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with an abundance of carbonation

Drinkability: Not as wild as many of the great Belgian wild ales or those from Russian River; nevertheless, I am not the biggest fan of funk and to have a funky element to an otherwise tasty beer is just about right for me

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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

It seems that I could not wait until I got my hands on this beer. Finally available on the shelves of Central KY retailer shelves. Although the lable suggests to celler this beer for 6 months - 2 years... hell with it, I drink now! The beer opens with an airy and carbonated pour into the chalice. A brightly colored, canary yellow brew chased an airy rocky head quickly to the top of the glass. The head settles to a film and lasts the session. No hints of thickness, or gravity; but a thin look of champaign, with a solid beer look. Aromas of mild pilsner malts and aggresive dry-hopping set the tone for a very tart (slight of sour), vineous, berry, woodsy, sweaty, funky goodness character. Flavors skipped right by a mild sweetness and right to a very complex yeast, estery, peppery, musty, bitter, citrus concoction. all rolled into tastes of lemons, granny-smith apples, good pilsner malty flavors, earthy / grassy hops. A touch of dish soap flavors ride on the edge of complexity / deterant. Finishes very airy and soft, with a background astringency and increasing sourness. The Brett yeast certainly has a grip on this beer, but leaves a lot of hearty beer character to be enjoyed. This beer is certainly on par with the best of Jolly Pumpkin's. Can't wait til this bottle matures.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a light golden yellow color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of light Brett with some very minor notes of horse blanket. Taste is also dominated by some light sour notes with some Brett notes and light horse blanket notes. Body is quite full with some good carbonation. What a big disappointment from the rave reviews I was reading 2 or 3 years ago. Brett character is really too subtle and hops presence was not as I was expecting it.

Photo of Knapp85
3.21/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a hazy golden color. The head was big and white. The smell of the beer was hoppy and had a big aroma of Brett coming off of it. There was also just a touch of yeast and tart fruits. The taste ofthe beer gives off a sour taste upfront, not really my favorite thing. The there are elements of the yeast and hops in the aftertaste but the sourness holds tight. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side. Overall it's got a sourness to it that I wasn't too thrilled about. Other than that it's not too bad.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Faintly fuzzy lemon peel with less carbonation than a Belgian-style ale ought to have. That doesn't stop the bone white crown from looking wonderful. The upper surface is crowded with delicate bubbles that pop in languid fashion, festooning the upper reaches of the glass with a beautiful array of lace.

The nose isn't anywhere near the Brett explosion that I was expecting (especially after seeing the mushroom cloud on the gaudy label). I'm reminded of an especially lemony saison with no more than a hint of funk. Oh yeah... I love it. If the flavor follows suit, we're in business.

Assuming that I'm drinking one of the original bottles, the beer is now almost one year of age. For comparison's sake, the brewery suggests drinking it at six months for maximum funkitude and says that it should cellar well for up to two years. The flavor is more Brett-like than the aroma, but not by much.

My first impression is that Ommegeddon is good beer that lacks the insane depth and breadth of similar wild ales from Russian River. I'm still enjoying it a great deal. There's something to be said for availability, which the RR ales lack.

The grain bill includes pale and pilsener malts, although there can't be much of it present since the beer is almost anti-sweet and is a bit lacking in the body/mouthfeel department. The flavor is as bright and as sharp as a polished, finely-honed stiletto. The finish is brittle and dessicatingly crisp, so having plenty of water handy isn't a bad idea.

The lemongrassiness of the Saaz hops dominate the palate. Styrian Goldings and Tettnang are present as well. I haven't had a huge number of wild ales yet, but this one seems more bitter than most. Not that that's a bad thing. The Brettanomyces isn't 'The Creature That Ate Tokyo', as it is in many wild ales, but it isn't exactly in the background either. I like the combination of tart, bitter, acid, citrus, herb, spice (white pepper, cardamom) and funk.

How the hell could I forget about the ABV? Probably because it's completely hidden. This sucker drinks like it's no more than 6.0%. Unfortunately, the mouthfeel comes up short. It's closer to light than medium and is slightly buzzy. More creaminess and more volume would be great.

Ommegang Ommegeddon, one of the great beer names of all-time, is a pretty damn good American wild ale. It knows when to push hard and when to hold back (unlike most of the Jolly Pumpkin brews, which are Brett-blasted and overattenuated). If it wasn't for the outrageous price tag, I could drink this stuff on a semi-regular basis.

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4.77/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A – Poured a very hazy bright golden amber. Very very cloudy here with a decent amount of sediment as well. Color was very bright, a nice yellow. A good two inch plus head of white fluffy foam formed on the top and this lasted a good amount of time before gradually fading down and resting on top as just a thin layer of lace. Lots of carbonation was visible, even through the haze and you could tell this was a very lively brew. A decent amount of side glass lace was present as well, and this thickly coated the inside of the glass.

S – The aroma here was very light and bright. Full of vibrant smells and sweet with a huge yeast presence. The first notes that I was able to pick up were that of light fruits, apricots, pears, and apples. Very nice light summertime like smell. As it warmed it really started to give off a light hoppy aroma, something that I am quite fond of in Belgians and just do not get to see enough of. This continued on and blended in very nicely with a fresh cut grass aroma and a just overall nice light earthy smell.

T – Now this was good. From the first sip here I knew I had a winner. It had such a light taste and flavor profile, it just really rolled through your mouth and brightened up the whole session. Lots of light and active yeast here from the very start and that was very obvious. Lots of ripe pear, peach, apricot and fig flavors were dominating here and giving it a rather sweet and fruity overall presence that just kept you wanting more and more. A nice dry hoppy like finish only served to further push this one through and really solidify it as a solid light Belgian offering. Not even a hint of alcohol in this what so ever in here and this was just soo light and pleasing to drink. As it warmed a lot of the grassy flavors started to come out and it took on more of a Belgian Pale type flavor. Just really a good tasting brew here.

M – Like silk would be the best way to describe it. It had a nice complex feel to it and really a lot of carbonation which is always a plus. The carbonation held on till the bitter in and really helped to percolate and push the flavor through. This was especially evident in the beginning but towards the end of it there was a bit of a grainy feel to it, mostly due to the the sediment starting to come though. This was a really nice feel though and kept up with the light, and not too heavy feel of it.

D – Really good here, especially comsidering the ABV. This had no taste of the abv and it was very well Blended. The flavors were so light and floral that even on a warm afternoon this was superb to sip on. It had a refreshing quality that I do not normally attribute to Belgians, but never the less this one had and it really showed. I could have easily went for more of this then what I had.

Overall I was more then impressed with this one. It really gave me a good feeling and was by far my favorite Ommegang brew to date. Now this was a different kind of Belgian for me, something that was light, fruitier, and hoppier then what I normally associate and I loved every minute of it. I really have to find me way to get more of this as soon as I can, this could easily become one of my more favorite brews, definitely need to get ahold of this one if you can, really well put together, and honestly almost a new style entirely. Highly recommended.

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3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Batch 2 (March 2008).

Public Service Announcement: Watch out for the cork. It shot out of the bottle and bounced all over the room.

A: The pour is a slightly cloudy golden orange color with with a big white head that settles down to a thin layer of foam.

S: Definitely some funk going on here. Grass and tropical fruit notes (pineapple, mostly) with some grapefruit and orange notes as well.

T: The flavor starts off quite nice with the grass and fruit characters that are present on the nose making their way to the tongue. The finish has a sharp alcohol heat and some cork.

M: The body is medium with a heavy level of carbonation and cork, heat, and dryness on the finish.

D: I wish this wasn't so boozy, because I did like the rather funky qualities this beer has.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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 interesting...in a good way.

Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #1, June 2007.

Bought this when it first came out, paid too much for it, and cellared it due to the disappointed initial reviews. I'm hoping that 2 years is long enough for the Brett to develop in the bottle.

Lemon zest and minerals/wet stone aroma on the first pass, some light fruit & medicinal notes come out that strongly resemble Brett characteristics. The body is a ghostly pale yellow more like a witbier. The crackly white foam glistens on the surface, and becomes more active with each pour. A swirl easily produces a finger of foam. Some fairly biting carbonation that lends itself to a spritzy tartness. Feel is light and almost reminds me of mineral water, but it finishes quite dry which is a nice touch. Vague fruity flavor, ambiguous starfruit, pear, or apricot. The Brett is there, but it's not in the funky, horsey, barn stall direction, it's more just pleasant fruit and mineral qualities that have manifested. Overall it was good, though it may not live up to it's extreme name.

If you like this, seek out the De Proef Flemish Primitive series...

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4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden hue with a small, bubbly, creamy, white head. Not much lacing to speak of.

S - It smelled of horse blanket and funky aroma. Lots of yeasty smells, too.

T - It tasted fairly sour and very funky. Lots of yeasty and grainy flavors.

M - It was soft, smooth and dry. A medium-bodied beer with a warm alcohol presence.

D - This is a nice wild ale. Great funky/sour flavors.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Large, rocky white head that quickly settles down to a thin film, with a hazy golden body.

S - Sour and wheaty/ grainy. Slight aroma of acidic golden raisins and bright fruitiness. No perceptible hop aroma.

T - Strong hop flavor up front followed by earthy wild yeast flavors and surprisingly low acidity. The finish is citrus and bitter, very reminiscent of grapefruit; oddly, the bitterness is strong but not sharp and in some ways it reminds me of roasted grain or coco bitterness rather than hop bitterness.

M - Smooth with a high level of carbonation. It has a moderate body and is not as dry as one might expect.

D - Highly drinkable. This beer could make a good introduction to the world of wild beers for an uninitiated craft beer drinker. It is easily drinkable and has a nice funky brettanomyces character without being too sour or earthy. The dry hopping made for an interesting beer, but I can't quite decide if it was successful in this case. On one hand the hop flavor seems to accentuate the earthiness of the wild yeast, but at the same time I can't help but think that the hop flavor may be so strong that it masks some of the complexity of the yeast and leaves the beer a bit unbalanced. In any case, I plan to pick up another bottle of this and let it age for six months or so to see how the character develops.

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

Batch #2, March 2008 release poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wild yeast, citrus, spices light caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste is sour up front with flavors of tart citrus fruits, wild Belgian yeast and complementary spices that all provide some bite. There is a good hops bitterness that comes in next. The malt character is on the thin side but on-target for the style. The after-taste is slightly sour and slightly spicy.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Flavorful, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, nice representation of style, this is a nice sour-style but not overly sour beer to drink for a long time.

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Ommegeddon from Brewery Ommegang
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