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Ommegeddon - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 550
Reviews: 432
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 67
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:
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 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.

Photo of Shaw
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, but bright golden yellow in color with a meringue-like white head.

It smells of Belgian malt with a bit of herbal hops and also a twang of sourness.

The taste is good, not as funky as I was expecting, but still good. While there is dryness and funkiness, it is secondary to flavors of biscuit. There is also a bit of sour twang, but again, it is well controlled. The high alcohol level is totally hidden, no small feat.

The body is light and crisp, benefitting from a fizzy carbonation level.

This is a fine wild ale and one I would suggest newcomers try before moving on to weirder stuff.

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

A-Slightly hazy yellow but ever so slightly. Minimal head but I think it was a bad pour.

Smell is da funk. That wonderful funk.

T-Slighlty citric beginning follwed by light bitterness than the funk for the aftertaste. This is one of the better american interpetations of the style

M- Very reminscent of la fin du monde mouthfeel wise. Good brew

D-I really enjoyed this one and will be coming back for more.

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

Presentation: draft at The Happy Gnome in an Ommegeddon glass

A: yellowish ale with a nice head that lingered briefly and died completely.

S:L lemony, spicey, fruity notes. Light and yeasty.

T: lemon, peppery, sour with a sting but not overly big. The sourness wasn't off putting--I like sour and Brett, but the combo and the balance didn't strike for me.

M: light but not watery, but seemed lacking compared to the taste a bit.

D: very smooth and easy, and disappeared easily even with 8% hiding in it.

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

I had this with dinner at Christopher's in Porter Square on Tuesday night. I noticed that they had Ommegeddon on tap. It was served in a 12 oz. Ommegang glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden. Pleasingly turbid, not so cloudy as to look murky, but enough to give a nice diffuse glow to the light passing through. A thin white head fades to a wispy film leaving patchy lace.

Smell: Bananas, candi sugar, Brettanomyces funk, and a grassy tartness.

Taste: Initially sweet, with a spicy sensation coming from the tingly carbonation. Fruitiness becomes evident, bananas and something I couldn't place. The finish is a mild Brettanomyces finish: lightly bitter with an earthy tartness. The Brett isn't the strongest, but it works well here.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, moderately carbonated, dry in the finish.

Drinkability: Crisp, tasty with a refreshing dryness in the finish.

Photo of shirfan
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light gold with a touch of haze.

Aroma has a lot of pear, a little apple, a touch of pepper.

Sourness is present in the taste but not overpowering. A touch of sour apple, brown pear, clean and light malts, drying peppery notes in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium in body, crisp, dry.

Excellent drinkability -- would be an excellent pairing with poultry or light fish.

Photo of Douglas14
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden straw color with a nice fluffy head that left almost no webbing. Strong citrus smell with hints of sour fruits maybe and some pepper? The taste is wheaty, dry, not too hoppy. Like the smell it has citrus and sour fruit. Overall pretty good, pretty refreshing and a very solid beer. Ommegang doesn't disappoint.

Photo of NEhophead
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pt 9.4 fl oz brown bottle, caged and corked.
Served in a snifter.

A glowing-hazed, burnt golden in color. Bright white, slightly fizzy head that holds as an intact sheet. Faint trails of patchy lacing with trouble sticking.

Semi-sweet, ripe fruit: cherry, apple, orange, raspberry, lemon. Hints of corriander amidst a faint mustiness and dry hops. Notes of a gueze-like vinegar tartness.

Touches of sweet, malted grains; wheat, possibly rice, and bland hops. Belgian, candied sugar up front that quickly fades to a stable grain and non-descript hop base; spicy corriander and clove. Heavy phenolic flavors throughout the sip.

A light, medium in body; dry and even filmy on account of the lingering yest and hops.

A unique blend of an American Wild Ale and dry hopping that I think did not blend well together. Bland, very phenolic with intense spiciness at times. Interesting to try, but not one I would go back to.

Photo of nickfl
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.

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 ommegangpbr
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!
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?
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.

Photo of Omniscia
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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 YonderWanderer
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of cjgator3
4.58/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of bosco7
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of taez555
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Rudgers73
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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 John_M
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

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

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.

Photo of clickpush
3.37/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Avagadro
3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of eberkman
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Ommegeddon from Brewery Ommegang
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