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Ommegeddon - Brewery Ommegang

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87
very good

542 Ratings
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Ratings: 542
Reviews: 432
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 66
Gots: 21 | FT: 1
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Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: John on 03-01-2005)
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nickfl

Florida

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

09-14-2007 04:29:18 | More by nickfl
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oberon

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

09-11-2007 23:12:00 | More by oberon
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ommegangpbr

New York

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%

When I first heard of this fellow I drooled a little.
When I saw it sitting bottled upon shelves in beerstores I twirled a little.
No bias intended I have to say it looks quite attractive. It seems to glow in my Chimay goblet a bright pale orange color. It really does seem like there is some sort of lightsource in my glass. It looks alive!
ALIVE!!
Smells quite Belgian. I'd guess it was a strong pale ale just judging by the odor... maybe a saison. Sweet and juicy with a fermented fruit presence.
Flavors cross beyond the normal Belgian yeasty funk into Wild Ale territory.
Has a decent bit of citrus twang going on in there but I've certainly encountered funkier flavors in beers. There's kind of a deep, boozey sweetness that speaks of fermented fruit, with a high pitched bitterness that can only come from a wild ale. Peaches and apricots, tangerines and lime zest. Refreshing, all in all.
Frankly, I was expecting and hoping for more funk... something less restrained and a little more untamed. What I got was a thoughtfully brewed Belgian style brew.
I can't really call that a loss now, can I?
Nah.
The bottle does say to cellar 6 months for maximum enjoyment and to cellar for up to two years. Okay okay... twist my arm... I'll get another bottle and try it again.

09-10-2007 03:26:04 | More by ommegangpbr
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Omniscia

Vermont

3.8/5  rDev -2.1%

Pours a pale, cloudy, straw-like yellow in color, into my well-worn, beloved Chimay chalice. Good, thick, white head at first, dissipating quickly and leaving almost no trace behind but a few free-floating suds.

There's not much of a bouquet, which surprised me. Maybe it has to warm a bit more, first, however. At this point in time, though, there simply isn't much of a nose to it at all.

There is also little to none of the sourness I was expecting, in the taste. There are some bitter notes, with a mild astringency, but I also picked up flavors reminiscent of lemon zest, oak, and tart, green apple. If anything, it seems like a Saison with a streak of Brettanomyces, but if it reminds me of anything in particular, it's the very dry hard cider brewed by the Benedictine monks of L'Abbaye Saint Benoit du Lac in southern Quebec.

It certainly sits well on the palate. This is a velvety-smooth, creamy ale, with a nice effervescence that beckons you to take another sip; sip it slowly, though, to get the full enjoyment.

Overall, it's a decent ale which is certainly worth drinking. Ommegang has delivered a well-balanced product that represents their brewery well.

That said, at $12 a bottle, it's not going to become a regular staple in my household anytime soon. I'm glad to have tried it this one time, but next time I'm reaching for a Hennepin or a Rare Vos -- they're far more economical, and just as good, if not better.

09-09-2007 01:47:35 | More by Omniscia
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

3.8/5  rDev -2.1%

$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.

09-08-2007 00:23:32 | More by DaPeculierDane
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YonderWanderer

Colorado

4.2/5  rDev +8.2%

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow with a two-finger head of foam. Light lacing left on the glass.

S: This is one complex beer. Hints of hops, citrus, bread, and tartness shine through, all with a bit of funkiness to them.

T: This is one funky beer. A bready, yeasty malt forms the backbone of this while the hops give it a really solid finish. A bit of tartness, bread, citrus, fruit, and more give this a complex flavor that's really enjoyable.

M: This is a beer that finishes really dryly and crisply, with a solid yet mellow hops aftertaste.

D: This is definitely worth trying at least once. Not an everyday beer, but worth enjoying if you want something a little different.

09-06-2007 12:10:10 | More by YonderWanderer
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cjgator3

Florida

4.63/5  rDev +19.3%

Batch #1, June 2007. 750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours a hazy golden orange color with a nice white head. The aroma is malty and slightly tart with some funk, citrus and leather. The taste feautres some malt with spices and a touch more of the funkiness. Overall, this brew is one of the best I have had all year and really stands out as one of the finest Belgian style beers this side of the pond. Highly recommended.

09-06-2007 04:05:22 | More by cjgator3
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bosco7

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +14.2%

Batch #1 brewed June 2007

Banana, soap, clove, and some pear in the nose. Quite pleasant.

Wild flavors are definitely understated at this point. Starts a bit sweet with some pear, lemon and green raisin then progresses to spicy/floral hop flavors. Finishes dry and with a bit barnyard.

Chalky dry mouthfeel. Plenty of carbonation. Very refreshing and tasty. Not armageddon on the palate as the label would imply.

09-01-2007 02:23:21 | More by bosco7
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taez555

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +11.6%

This beer poured a bright translucent yellow/whitish-orange body with a small foamy head.

Nose has a strong lemon peel, bright orange or grapefruit fruits tone, touches of a sour funk, yeast and lots of bright fruit smells.

Taste is medium bodied but overall has a light texture to it. Starts somewhat soft with loads of fruit flavors then evolves into this extremely strong funky, licking the side of a rotten grapefruit, citrus peel taste. The back-end explodes with not only the citrus peel but a huge citric bitterness. Strong acidic citrus hop flavor is huge and blends perfectly in the finish. It ends with an extremely long dry finish.

As wild ales go, this one isn't over the top at all, and honestly that's what I like about it. It actually uses all you typical Belgian Golden or Triple flavors and blends it well with the wild ale/natural lambic type tastes. It has huge peaks and subtle valleys and they all work well together. A welcome addition to the ommegang line.

08-31-2007 01:11:59 | More by taez555
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Rudgers73

New York

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%

Poured into my Duvel tulip glass. I looks awesome with a huge rocky head climbing towards the brim. If I hold it up I see a chimney of carbonation rising from the etched Duvel "D". It is a bright yellow with just a bit of cloudiness. It smell like apples, belgian saison yeast, bread, bitterness, but not-so-citrus-derived. The taste is really interesting. Definite "funkhouse ale". Starts with a full bodied saison taste that includes a hint of clove, and citrus. The hop effect is elevated with a bitter, dry, oak taste. There are so many earthy flavors whipping around at once through the entire sip that it is hard to characterize them. With more sips it becomes increasingly dirty and spicy with increasing metallic hints, mainly copper (assuming it's from the Brett). This beer, being my first wild ale, is really doing it for me. It is dry, tangy, bitter, and spicy.

Can't wait until the price starts to drop a bit.

P.S. I wouldn't consider this a beer for people that don't like crafts or appreciate Belgian style. I'd call it an intermediate level of taste.

08-29-2007 22:51:14 | More by Rudgers73
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.1%

(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.

08-29-2007 03:23:24 | More by rhoadsrage
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John_M

California

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%

Had this on tap at Max's several weeks back.

The beer pours a hazy gold color with decent head retention and lacing. I don't get a whole lot on the nose, just some honey, orange and a hint of white pepper. On the palate the beer starts of with some sweetness, with honey and orange, but on the finish one gets a rush of hops and pepper (from the dry hopping one assumes). The beer really becomes very dry on the finish. The beer has a very impressive, expansive, mouthfilling presence. It's full bodied, but not heavy... and is actually quite refreshing. The abv. is there, but is pretty well disguised. It's not the least bit tiring to drink.

Very nice beer from Ommegang.

08-28-2007 16:20:57 | More by John_M
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plaztikjezuz

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.1%

pours a hazy light golden color with a wonderful white head the fell over 20 minutes in to just a few bubbles around the rim. the label is also very cool with its mushroom cloud association with the name.

the aroma is very dry smelling has almost a conauc whisps of alcohol, fruity hints of mangos and citrus.

the flavor is tart, very rich and malty, spicy, lemons, wood, dry and not much in the way of sweetness, but it still has a good mouthfeel.

this is one of a few wild american beers i have had and it is by far one of the best.

08-27-2007 02:49:50 | More by plaztikjezuz
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clickpush

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -13.7%

Pour: 750ml bottle to wide mouth goblet. Gold, straw color like a lambic, capped by half an inch of white head that thins very quickly to a smattering of lace and a pocked halo. Almost no carbonation visible within.

Nose: Heavy malt aroma with a touch of brett: fruit, green grapes, sharp alcohol, chalky dry tartness, granny smith apples.

Mouth: Very strong carbonation immediately upon entering the mouth. Dry and chalky, slightly tart, with a nickel like finish. Grape flavors come through but for the most part this beer is super dry, almost champagne like in taste and mf, except for the metallic finish. Quite hoppy. Interesting warmth that appears long after the swallow. The mouthfeel is tremendous but the flavors are lacking.

08-23-2007 18:35:30 | More by clickpush
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Halcyondays

California

3.58/5  rDev -7.7%

25.4 oz. wine-style bottle, bought at the Lone Hill Liquors in Glendora, CA, with quotations from the exisitentialist legend Albert Camus on the label,

A: Pours a dark, cloudy, yellow, almost goldenrod, with a thick, white head, with excellent retention, a classic Belgian Pale look.

S: Smells of primarily Belgian funk, and brett, sour funk, with some lemons and apples.

T: Mildly sour, some horse blankets, lemon, apple and pear esters, tastes like a mild DT, mixed with a sour ale.

M: Smooth, acidic, mildly sour and funky, medium amount of carbonation.

D: A good beer from Ommegang, I was expecting more though, a good and tasty beer, just not at the excellence that I find in Ommegang's other beers, easy to drink though.

08-23-2007 05:15:30 | More by Halcyondays
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Avagadro

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

A: Cloudy and yellow. Well carbonated with a white frothy head.

S: Smells of carbon dioxide with hints of honey and spice. Not incredibly aromatic

T: Very interesting. Sourness is upfront, along with spicy esters, and belgian malts. tasty.

M: Light bodied and well carbonated.


D: A very tasty rendition of an exotic Belgian style. Nothing to be sought after, but a good beer to try when you want something new

08-22-2007 04:04:37 | More by Avagadro
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eberkman

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours a peachy orange with a fluffy white head that reduces fairly quickly, leaving some lacing behind. The smell was a little bit funky/skunky as advertised with some spices too. Taste was peppery with a tart fruitiness with a funky almost bitterness that hits you on the far finish after it's already gone down. Was light and snappy in terms of mouthfeel. Very complex, interesting beer that I'm glad I tried. Not one that I'll seek out all the time for enjoyment, but certainly one you want to sample for the experience.

08-20-2007 19:45:02 | More by eberkman
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clvand0

Kentucky

4.45/5  rDev +14.7%

Pours a slightly cloudy yellow color with a nice head that has great retention. The aroma is spicy, citrus, and some wheat-beer characters. The flavor starts out as a slightly spicy and smooth belgian with some citrus thrown in, but it finishes with a very smooth and mellow brett character. It seems that they threw the brett yeast into the secondary so the sourness only comes across on the finish. The body is medium and the drinkability is great. I'll have this one many times in the future.

08-20-2007 00:25:13 | More by clvand0
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Mdog

Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev -9%

Appearance: Hazy yellow, big head.

Smell: Tart smell, maybe a few lemon and grassy notes.

Taste: An interesting mix of flavors. Somewhat sour citrus, a kind of salty cracker flavor, and black pepper spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light for an 8% ABV beer.

Drinkability: Way too expensive to drink regularly ($12 for a 750mL) but an interesting beer.

This beer is definitely not retired, the bottle says Batch 1, June 2007. My first "wild ale" was an interesting brew, not super funky or sour, actually quite accessible. I'm glad I tried it.

08-19-2007 18:35:48 | More by Mdog
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ultralarry2006

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle. Leaves a two finger foamy white head that quickly fades to a foam ring at the edge, and there is no lacing to speak of. Body is a cloudy, orange tinted gold.

Smell - cloves, horseblanket, figs, tart apricots, a hint of saltine crackers, as well as a hint of salt itself, and some spicy alcohol.

Taste - like the nose promises. Tart flavors of horseblanket and apricots, with figs, and all washed through the middle with very salty saltine crackers. Finishes with yet more figs, tart apricots, and tart horseblanket, and there is also some spicy alcohol on the finish at times.

Mouthfeel - thin to medium bodied.

Drinkability - this is good ale, but its taste is not really that of a session beer, it is more of a sipper, and one that might go well as an after-dinner beer. Also, this is listed here as having been retired, but it seems to have been re-released, at least temporarily, as there were many cases of it at the store where I bought it.

08-19-2007 17:27:01 | More by ultralarry2006
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rajendra82

Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +12.1%

The label had a an ominous red mushroom cloud on it, but thankfully uncorking this 750 ml bomber did not produce a bottle bomb gushing over my table. Instead the gentle smooth carbonation opened up to form a three finger tall head in the Duvel tulip I had selected for this review. The beer looked mostly clear, except for a slight yeast haze, and the smell was spicy and floral. The taste indicated that Ommengang had kept the Brettanomyces introduction in check, and the beer was tart without being funky. The tartness was accompanied by an old cheese like earthy flavor and both were balanced by the candi sugar, pale malt, and herbal and floral hops. Not quite as dry or spicy as the true handiworks of Belgian yeast, this was still quite a bit less sweet than most other American takes on the style. Very light and airy in the mouth, as intended I suppose. A great rare find from my local package store (Windward Beverage Mart). Way too easy to drink up despite the 8% ABV.

08-19-2007 04:13:55 | More by rajendra82
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atsprings

North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +16.8%

Served a nice hazy yellow with a decent head that diminished rather quickly but left decent lacing on the glass. The aroma was of spice with a bit of sweet fruit as well. The taste was nowhere near as sour as Russian River Temptation. More along the lines of a yeasty Saison. The beer was very crisp and refreshing, however. This one is very enjoyable, but like anything of the style, it's a little pricey.

08-19-2007 01:21:20 | More by atsprings
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

3.58/5  rDev -7.7%

Batch #1 June 2007

A - Pours a hazy straw color with a bubbly white head that disappears immediately.

S - Very mild aroma with hay, spice and lemon.

T - Tart, earthy, hay and apples with the slightest touch of funk. Very subdued.

M - Light with good carbonation and a dry finish.

D - I wish I would have consumed this closer to the 6 month recommendation for max brett funk. I thought it was good but a little light on the funk.

08-17-2007 01:50:10 | More by brewcrew76
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mjohn27603

Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +6.4%

I spotted this and had to have it because of Ommegang's line-up and history of great beers in the Belgian tradition. I paid quiet handsomely at $13.99 a bottle. Appearance is great with a pale yellow and a thick head. I'm a bit disappointed with the taste. With brettanomyces prominently dispalyed on the label I expect a quite sour beer. Funkhouse ale title also leads one to expect some different flavors. I was hoping for more sourness and more indication of wild fermentation. I almost detect none.

Not a bad beer but not as distinctive as the label and pedigree would promise.

08-17-2007 01:36:38 | More by mjohn27603
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DoubleJ

California

4.55/5  rDev +17.3%

To start things off, I would like to thank Vendome Liquors for carrying this rare gem, and Ommegang for making this. Labled on the bottle is Batch #1, June 2007. On to the beer:

It starts off with a hazy blonde appearance (from the yeast) with a fluffy white head on top. The best way I can describe the flavor is it's a witbier/Hennepin hybrid on HGH, and it's quite smooth. It's spiced finish and bubbly feel are welcomed, and what I found to be the best part of the beer. Drinks pretty well for the style.

I didn't know what I was getting into when I bought this for $12.99. I was expecting a few more flavors to creep out, and I was drinking most of it at room temperature. But it's smooth flavor and champagne-like texture were invigorating to me. I'm sure you can still find a few bottles of this sitting around somewhere, and if you do, get one.

08-16-2007 19:47:10 | More by DoubleJ
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