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Ommegang Rouge - Brewery Ommegang

Ommegang Rouge
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195 Ratings
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Ratings: 195
Reviews: 158
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 8.62%


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

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: emerge077 on 08-02-2008)
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KickbacksSteve

Florida

4.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

2008 vintage. On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. White head, low retention on a clear mahogany body. Aroma jumps out of the glass and includes tart cherry, tart green apple, slight malt sweetness, some port. Taste follows closely with the aromas and is maybe the most mouth puckeringly tart beer I've ever head. Quite satisfying and very delicious. Wow.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2013 05:31:59 | More by KickbacksSteve
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in an Ommegang Rouge tulip; thanks to yourefragile for the glassware. Pours a nice reddish-caramel color with a good short off-white head and not much in the way of lacing. Nose carries slight cherry with a bit of bread and acidity through the background. Flavor has a nice bit of cherry and light malt. Medium body with moderate acidity. Nice take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 18:39:32 | More by Thorpe429
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared by one of the guys, can't remember. Thanks!

The beer appears a pretty ruby hue with a soft head that leaves sparse lacing in its wake. The aroma brings cherries, cider, oak, vinegar. Smells great. The taste delivers as well. I've been anxious to try this beer for quite some time and it does not disappoint. Acetic and tart, yet highly drinkable. Potent aroma and a bold flavor. Light to medium in body with a zesty finish. A strong example of the style. I would most definitely have this again.

Serving type: growler

11-21-2012 02:49:04 | More by Huhzubendah
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice red, gleaming pour, mild 1/4" head on top. Lots of wood, berries, cherries, and lactic sour aroma from this one, enjoyable.

Plenty of fruit flavor with a respectable pucker factor. Some of my complaints in the style tend to be that the more traditional ones emphasize the wood flavor and brown malt like tones over the basic sourness, or if they do amp up the sourness, it takes a very vinegary direction, which is not desireable to this taster. This one, from a pretty traditional brewery, does not falter in its sourness. Nice and clean, not going to impress those who want barnyard funk wet blanket rustic notes.

Also, the fruit taste comes without added sugar, another nice spot. Plenty tart, plenty of cherry flavor, this beer avoided the pitfalls for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2011 18:03:08 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Durge

Connecticut

4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At DeCicco’s this rare beauty has a deep dark reddish brown appearance with a fair off-white head that clears to a fair ring with good lacing. The aroma is a delicate apple vinegar light malt with citrus edges. Very refined and tasteful. The flavor is super sour cherry malt with a near sugary lemon orange. The light malt blends seamlessly in a medium-light bodied brew with lively light carbonation and smooth but crisp feel. This was so easy to drink for a sour, and oh so good. A no brainer. Beautiful for the pucker uppers.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2011 03:57:42 | More by Durge
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CenCalMario

California

4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on-tap @ the 2011 Sour fest - Beechwood BBQ (Seal Beach, CA).

Identified as Ommegang Rouge, Batch #2.

One of the best sours at the week long festival. It was outstanding and ran under the radar the whole week. Ommegang is not know for sours but this one was a slam dunk winner. Can't wait to find this one in a bottle down the road.

Super smooth, sour, complex. Lots of flavors running over your tongue. Would love to try again. Well done Ommegang.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2011 22:09:54 | More by CenCalMario
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uselessgdtaste

California

4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Old 2009 Review

On tap at Beachwood BBQ multiple times. It has not been up lately and I am adding this small old review rather late.

One of my all time favourites. It has sour, candy, beer, soda, etc all in one. It is kind of like a sour/vinegarry Dr Pepper beerified. If I could always have this....

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2011 17:57:45 | More by uselessgdtaste
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scbrew

California

4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Taste Date September 2008 (from old notes). On Tap at Pizza Port San Clemente. Nice dark red-brown pour with thin white head. Slightly funky acidic nose. Flavor starts out sour followed by candied sweetness. Finishes balanced and fruity. Very Delicious!!

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2011 18:00:17 | More by scbrew
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SpeedwayJim

New York

4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. CBX counter-pressure filled, wax-dipped bomber. Received from Ryan via the WW BIF 4. Bottled date of 8.3.10. Poured into a Darkness snifter and shared with schen9303. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a .5 finger thick, white head with moderate retention that dissipates into a thin white ring atop the brew. Beer is a clear, dark black cherry. Lacing is spotty and string with decent retention.

S: Nose is oak, tart cherry, slight burnt rubber geuziness. Musty, cobwebs, and band-aid. Muted and subtle overall but very pleasant and appetizing.

T: Opens tart cherry, raspberry puree, oak, and vanilla. Retains its sourness throughout. Robust and a mild yeastiness in the middle. Cherry sweetens a bit and dries out. Oak. Wet wood. Puckering raspberry finish with a slight yeasty aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Prickly and filmy and oily in the mouth. Dry. Substantial going down. Finishes dry with little aftertaste.

D: Surprising how much this one reminds me of a geuze lambic in the nose and taste. Very robust overall and an incredibly enjoyable and complex beer. Almost perfect feel too. Well worth the hype and trouble to acquire.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 03:00:53 | More by SpeedwayJim
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maddogruss

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this on tap at the Cloverleaf Tavern.

A: Pours a nice, deep red, amber body with a small, white head with decent retention and lacing on the glass until the finish.

S: A mixed, sweet and sour smell that had a hint of maltiness to it. Some notes of unripe fruit.

T: A fairly sour taste that was a lot like unripe strawberries. The Sourness was not too biting, with some maltiness able to come through a little bit as the beer warmed up. A slightly sour aftertaste.

M: A fairly light and crisp mouthfeel overall made for a nice compliment to the beer and the style.

D: A decent mouthfeel and taste combo makes this beer pretty representative of the style, but still pretty balanced between the sourness of the Flemish Red as well as maintaining the sweetness of the malt background. Overall, a nice drinking Flemish red.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2010 17:51:34 | More by maddogruss
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jminsc76

Texas

4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Stuffed Sandwich. Pours a nice thick head atop a dark ruby body with plenty of brown tinge. As it warms the head dies down significantly.

Aromas are intense, and feature those refreshing vinegar-y, fruity esters that any good flanders red exhibits. Makes the nose go ahhh, that smells goood. Also exhibits some tart cherries and something else. In summary: mmm.

The flavors are incredibly tart, with plenty of cherries, vinegar, cranberry, lactic acid, and oak washing across the palate as I give it a big quaff. Balanced, strong, and fairly complex throughout, almost gets a little too lactic as it starts warming.

The mouthfeel is thinner, but this is no problem due to the complexity of the flavor spectrum.

Overall, an excellent Flanders Red, that, when colder, yields a lot of its fruity complexity and much more of the vinegary characteristics as it warms. Pucker up peeps. This beast is the real deal.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2010 03:28:44 | More by jminsc76
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A soft pour from the growler into my 25cl tulip glass produces barely a wisp of a head. The beer is deep, almost burnt red color that shows a brilliantly clear, rich ruby hue and a slight carbonation when held up to the light. The aroma smells tart with a mix of lactic and acetic notes and it also smells of dark fruit; most prominently cherries, but a touch of tart raspberry and perhaps even a hint of cranberry. Towards the finish there is a touch of toasted malt character that becomes more noticeable if you really focus on the aroma.

A light prickle of carbonation couples with a medium body for a sour; the texture is nice, but it could certainly use a touch more carbonation. A rich cherry fruitiness is found here, much of it is brought out by a light acetic character that adds a touch of an edge to the more prominent lactic notes. This does have a nice sour tang to it this is balanced somewhat by a tannic astringency in the finish, a touch of oaky spiciness and a nice touch of woodiness. A touch of sweetness helps to accentuate the fruit character here. The combination of the acetic tang and the tannins from the oak contribute some part of a tart / tannic raspberry.

My second pour of this is a bit more vigorous and produces a light covering of tan colored froth. I really like the mix of oak, fruit, tartness and light sweetness in this brew; the end effect is a very drinkable, quite enjoyable brew. The finish has a nice toasted malt and caramelized grain character to it that lingers on the palate after the beer has left my mouth.

A very nice beer, it has lost some of its carbonation during its journey in the growler, but has held up quite well and the flavors in this beer are ones that any sour beer lover would love to experience. It could perhaps use a touch more complexity, but the balance that this beer achieves is quite nice.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2010 16:02:13 | More by Gueuzedude
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ebin6

California

3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Kind of dark for a Flemish style red

S - Decent nose, but not spectacular compared to some sours/lambics

T - Really hits the tongue with a nice, not overpowering taste. More sweet than sour; it has a predominant taste of cherry

M - Doesn't linger as much as other, IMO, more complex sours/lambics.

D - Very drinkable. It's lack of strong taste makes it more conducive for drinking several glasses.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2010 05:17:42 | More by ebin6
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Kadonny

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into a tasting glass at Capones in Norristown.

A: A dark reddish brown color with a small off white head that disappears quickly. Nice ring lacing.

S: Wow, tart, fruit, yeasty funk, wood and some slight sugar sweetness.

T: Tart and tangy! Lots of sour fruits like cherry, raisin and maybe cranberry coupled with a fairly pronounced woody oak type flavor. I get some nuttiness mixed in with the tartness. Finish is still tart with some sweetness to balance the sour. Nice beer.

M: Tart, tongue buckling, full and lasting. No alcohol.

D: Pretty good. I enjoyed my sample and could have easily had a full pint or two.

Overall a very good sour that I really enjoyed. It was not as good as the Temptation to me, but still a very good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2010 20:51:06 | More by Kadonny
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap last night at the Sierra Grille, reviewed from notes. Poured a very dark red into its signature tulip, almost crimson. It really looked amazing in the tulip with a creamy two finger off-white head. The head had good retention and left light lacing. Suds from the beer seemed to slide down the side of the glass with no intention of ever reaching the beer again. Once the head was gone, a nice white ring stayed around the sides of the beer. I loved the red color of this ale. Smell is pretty straight forward. The strength seemed a bit weak to me, considering what is in store for the taste. Sour fruits come into play very nicely with some malts underneath. I really would've liked the oak here and a bit more character. A bit of funk comes into play as well. The fruits really save the aroma from being subpar. Taste was what I wanted in the nose. The fruits (cherry) were present in full force and massively sour. Reminded me of the Cantillon Kriek without any funk. I got a bit of a fruit zest/fruit pit taste that worked nicely with the sours. I can get the oak under the fruits and it helps add character to the taste to make it great. No hops at all and I didn't expect any coming in. Mouthfeel was very nice also. Fairly light but has some creaminess to it, which suits the flavor. Sour stays on the tongue for a long time and makes my cheeks tighten up. Carbonation is high but that is what I like in the fruity sours, it helps the taste and makes it more refreshing. Drinkability is good. The taste is great and the price was nice for on-tap. I would've liked a bit more oak in both the taste and aroma but it was still noticeable. Obviously a beer like this is tough to session but that is understood. Very enjoyable sour ale and a very nice fruity taste. Happy I tried this one.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2010 00:42:13 | More by cbutova
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap @ Armsb Abbey, batch #1.

A: Rich creamy head of 2 fingers fades semi quickly over a dary ruby red color that is very clear when light can actually make it through.

N: Sour fruit right away, sour cherry, some yeast and a little funk, and slight bready biscuit malt.

T: Starts with lots of juice, very juicy sour cherry and like a fruit punch kinda taste. Nice vanilla comes through with touches of oak, and the sour and deliciousness and acidity combined almost brings tears to my eyes. Later comes light yeast and some bready qualities.

M: Mouth is medium body with good carbonation.

F: very dry with lingering biscuit and bready malts and some yeastiness. It gets funky pretty late too as the fruit and sour flavors pretty much completely disappear, or "dry up". It does keep my mouth watering though.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2010 21:44:46 | More by jlindros
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mrandypandy

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served on-tap at the Taco Mac (Metropolis) in Atlanta. Pleasantly surprised to see this one on the menu.

A- Pours a slightly murky reddish-brown. Came to my table with a thin white head that stayed for the entire beer.
S- Quite a bit going on here. Barnyard funk, cherries, a distinct sourness. I can't wait.
T- Rogue delivers everything from the nose and then some. A soft tart sourness combined with cherries, fruit-roll-ups, etc.
M - Medium body, quite prickly on the tongue. Very good.
D- Through the roof. Nothing overpowers you, and the next sip is equally as good as the one before it. If I could get this on-tap or in a bottle I would order it all the time. Sadly I only had time to order one..

Overall - It doesn't get much better than this, especially for the style. Complex flavors, a nice sour tartness, but not over the top. Please bottle this. Please?

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2010 06:19:10 | More by mrandypandy
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lhaqq

California

4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear copper body with a small white head.
S: A little tart, but mainly creamy and malty.
T: More tart than the smell. Some apple-core bitterness towards the end, but still finishes smooth. Starts with a bit of grape sweetness, some creaminess.
M: Medium bodied, creamy but crisp.
D: Definitely surprised and my favorite from Ommegang. If I see it will definitely pick it up again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2009 08:31:27 | More by lhaqq
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Stigs

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz pour, served at Fat Head's Pittsburgh

A - dark ruby, crystal clear. thin layer of tan foam, sticky on the way down. on par for the style.

S - attack of oak, cherries, belgian yeast, sourness. vinegar and other fruity sweetness lay beneath. nice and subtle, yet complex.

T - big pop of flavors, cherries and sour smarties, oak, acidic sourness. doesnt mess around. some grape and butterscotch are hidden deep. lovely.

M - perfectly carbonated. puckering with a hugely intense dry finish. one of those rare beers where the mouth adds so much character to the enjoyment.

D - made a sipper only by the intense sourness. in your face yet has the complexities to make it interesting and captivating. have been lucky enough to have this on ta in my area numerous times, and go out of my way to experience it. well done.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2009 06:17:58 | More by Stigs
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koopa

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled at Capone's on Black Friday.

Appearance: Pours a rusty but transparent copper with minimal head, retention and lace.

Smell: Very nice bouquet of sour cherries, some cider vinegar, a touch of funk, and a touch of oak. Mainly just delicious sour cherries and a touch of vinegar though.

Taste: Well balanced cherry / vinegar tartness with a touch of sweetness from the malt. The tartness is strong at first, then fades, and finally leaves a dry finish. Wild yeast has much more of a lead role in the flavor profile than in the nose.

Mouthfeel: fairly thin but still satisfying. Carbonation is minimal as well but still pretty true to style. I like how the beer feels crisp by has a puckering quality and a dry finish!

Drinkability: Very sessionable for the style.

Serving type: growler

12-03-2009 23:10:17 | More by koopa
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bonkers

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had on tap today at capone's. The brew is a clear cherry red with a thin little white head. The aroma was full of sour cherries and tart vinegar. The beer is lip smacking tart. Cherries and vinegar are the predominant flavors. The beer is a light bodied sipper. It would have scored higher with me if it had a bit more body.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2009 22:07:20 | More by bonkers
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gatornation

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had on tap at cafe 28 into a 7 oz tulip glass the color was a beautiful hazy chestnut brown/red with a nice fluffy head the smell was a cherry tart with some sour gumball smells a little vinegar in there too..the taste was tart and bitter in a good way i taste cherries and sour fruits some light oily hops this is a comlex delicious offering with many layers its a sipper for sure as it warms it gets better and more complex in its tartness..i really enjoyed this beer and the bar..if you see this on tap give it a try

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2009 22:42:57 | More by gatornation
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beertunes

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in 16oz. goblet. Poured a lovely deep ruby color with just a trace of off-white head that immediately dissipated and left traces of lacing.

A sharp, tart aroma greets the nose. The flavors are also sharp and tart with the slight funky flavors lingering on the back of the tongue.

The body is surprisingly light and crisp, a nice drinking beer. The drinkability is great, having several would be very enjoyable.

Overall, another great beer from a great brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2009 00:07:49 | More by beertunes
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adamette

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live review. (I am not kidding...I had my laptop on the bar!) On tap at the Buckeye Beer Engine in Lakewood, Ohio.

A Kind of a basic "red ale" look with a creamy off white head that dissipated within a minute and then was just trace on the top of the beer. Good lacing. Perfect for the style. 4.0

S Very interesting. I can really smell the oak, yeast of an authentic Belgian recipe. Intriguing, interesting. Reminds me very much of Kasteel Rouge to the smell. 4.5

T/M A bit more of an edge than the smooth Kasteel Rouge, this beer's taste remains very much in the taste spectrum of Kasteel Rouge. For those who have not tasted that beer, there is a kriek like tartness in the spirit of an overripe black cherry with a light mouthfeel which kind of disappears and makes you want to smack your lips. Hops are not tasted by me and the malt is minimized in this tart beer. 4.0

D Very good with enough interest to keep me sipping through the pint. 4.0

Notes: An amercian brewer approaching the taste of Kasteel Rouge? Excellent!

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2009 00:07:38 | More by adamette
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Cole's in Buffalo.

A topping both shaped and coloured like kneaded cookie dough enshrouds this dusky, dark scarlet coloured beer. Not much actual transparency is afforded given the deep, concealing tone but one can still manage to appreciate that the beer's complexion is both clean and clear. A kindled flash of burgundy is enlivened by the bright light behind it.

This is the official smell of Belgium's North. Dry, mildewy wood combines with a rich artisan balsamic, sour and festering cherries, the decomposing aura of fall-time apple and pear orchards, enough figs to fill the whole of the Mediterranean, a drop of sherry and a splash of citrus acidity to create the most perfect smelling beer inspired from the ales of Flanders.

The taste fits the same profile, albeit slightly less prolific. Still, there is a sticky sweet chewiness to the malts, a vivid tartness in the taste of cherries, a candy-like flavour of tootsie-rolls and the dark, oily sensation of a mature artisan balsamic vinegar. Best of all is that repeated feature of a fig and balsamic compote...

Which surely would go great over any dessert or salad. Rouge offers the palate plenty: the rich balsamic character lends a vinegary pucker where as the malts are sweet and imprint a port or sherry-like candied nectar. The fruit flavours can be tart, even sour to some palates, and the 18 months spent in French oak has added great complexity.

OK, I know Ommegang had some help from the Bockor people in Belgium, but still, this beer is one every Flemish would recognize as their own. As well as Hennepin pairs with Belgium's best Saisons or Abbey Ale with it's Dubbels, Rouge may possibly be the best American representation of any style Belgian beer by any brewer in the New World.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2009 15:15:17 | More by biegaman
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Ommegang Rouge from Brewery Ommegang
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