Ommegang BPA (Belgian-style Pale Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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Ommegang BPA (Belgian-style Pale Ale)Ommegang BPA (Belgian-style Pale Ale)

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1,352 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,352
Reviews: 463
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 78
Gots: 94 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: paulieatworld on 03-17-2010

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Reviews by Nugganooch:
Photo of Nugganooch
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with my FW Imperial pint glass - BB 12/2013 lol
Notes taken from 05/29/2014

A: Hazed over peach colored body with an enormous billow of off-white course suds that slowly scatter down to a layer of chunky film. Large gobs of stick are left remaining to the glass. Looks quite inviting and definitely Belgian by nature with its lively head.

S: Smells of bready sourdough twists. Slightly toasted malts with some dried orange peel and dusty spices. A bit of light coriander and some more lemon zestiness. All comes together very nicely like a lemon scented biscuit/scone

T: Tangy orange marmalade with sourdough biscuit and some lightly dusty minerals. Has a little tart twang to it with a real dry finish. Lots of peppercorn and some lemon zest with some lovely pineapple flavors coming through.
This is delish really. A modest hop bitterness breaks smoothly on the palate with some earthy herbal notes. A very refreshing and well crafted Belgian Pale with some real nice balance.

M: Light moderate filling and a touch watered down. Low to moderate level of carbonation gives a decent cream action. Fairly dry with an all around clean finish.

D: Delicately balanced with some real crisp and refreshing flavors. Lots of bready malts with peppery spice and soft fruity undertones. Even at six months past it’s best date this was tasting great. I haven’t ventured too far into the Belgian Ales just yet but this one comes across as done right. Just really well constructed with some brilliant simplicity is all I can say. Will definitely be checking out more from these guys.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a lighter shade of amber with a fluffy one and a half finger bone white head that held well.Phenols dominated the nose for me,spicey with some clove and lemon pith.Flavors are lightly medicinal with some lemon oil,and a bit of funk in the finish.Its good beer but the yeasty flavors are a little bit much for me.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In my tulip glass this beer was a clear golden color with a medium-sized white head. Aroma of yeast, sweet fruit, and spice. It had a taste of banana, mango, and coriander. Sweet malt background. A very smooth beer, and very drinkable. I would buy more of these.

Photo of generallee
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. There is a short description of the beer on the label as well as its ABV with is 6.2%.

Appearance: The body is hazy and has an orange/gold colored body with a creamy light beige head. Its head is tall and frothy which makes nice spotty and slippery lace on the glass. As I slowly drink the head slowly settles to thin cap of foam that lasts to the last sip.

Smell: In the nose I pick up sweet fruity and funky yeast with some bready maltiness and light floral/citrusy and spicy hops.

Taste/Palate: On the tongue there is a similar mix of what was picked up in the aroma. I get notes of fresh peaches, white grapes, dried apricots, and funky/doughy yeast. This has a sweet character that begins to dry out as some of the hops move in and adds there mild bitterness and floral, citrusy grapefruit flavor.

Notes: I am glad to see some more brews being bottled from Ommegang even if they are only limited releases. I really liked the BPA and hope it will become a yearly release.

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml brown bottle with a freshness date.

Color: Clear gold.

Smell: White tea, white chocolate, chalky yeast, peppermint stick, clementine, mango and pita bread.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Very dry, very smooth with a crisp bite. Dried grass, yeast, light alcoholic esters, tropical fruit and lemon grass. A bit phenolic, faint honey, more graininess. Dry dusty finish.

Overall: Drinkable obviously. Packed with flavor, high on complexities. The subtle note of Cascade hops works in the dry hopping. Recommended.

Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Typical Ommegang presentation, caged and corked bomber, $8.99 @ DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. Medium golden amber, semi clear with a olive oil almost greenish hue. The head is HUGE, slow to fade to a loose fluffy froth merainge. Leaving more loose and thick lace all the way to the top of where the head once was. Pineapple and resiny hop nose, nice, amirillo? Tasty, hoppy, tropical fruity, toss in some light Belgian spiceyness/yeastyness, including the lovable nutty note from the final yeasted up pour. Yum. Great to see another offering from slow to expand their line Omme. Nice job here, nice new beer to enjoy right now and surely as part of some enjoyable summer lunches.

Photo of Homebrew35
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 5/18/11, darn i even bought this when a rep was in the store. I thought this was much fresher. Anyways lets see how it is.

Pours a classic nice fluffy three fingers worth of pillowy white head. Slightly hazy golden body with champagne like bubbles coming of the bottom. Nice lacing and very good retention.

Smells of bready belgiany yeast, banana, clove, hints of tropical fruit, passion fruit or mango. This is one of the best parts of this beer.

Tastes like a pilsner at first, bready malts, banana, clove and pepper. Some white grape and light grassy hops round out this finish. Initially when this was served it had a noticeable metallic taste, as it warmed up this for the most part went away.

Medium thin body, high carbonation with a firm dry finish.

Overall this is a refreshing crisp, fairly hoppy beer. The metallic taste I detected was a bit off putting but was muted as it warmed. I love the belgain bottle presentation and the pop of a cork makes this purchase seem like a good value. The smell and look are fairly classic while the taste is more hoppy and pleasing to my american palate. I'd love to try this fresh, the date is clearly stamped on the neck.

$8 a 750

Photo of tigg924
3.4/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1.5 inch head, orange/yellow in color, cloudy

Smell: citrus hops, clove, lemon, and orange

Taste: dry citrus hops, clove, lemon, touch of orange and coriander

Mouthfeel: light bodied, slightly bitter start getting progressivly more bitter, high carbonation

Drinkability: Above average for the style. A nice and bitter sipper. Could have a couple but not likely to purchase again for the price.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy golden orange color with a white head. Thea aroma is yeast, lemons, oranges and alcohol. The flavor is very similar. I get notes of grassy hops, yeast and oranges. The beer is very hoppy for a beer of this style. The bitterness is low to medium and the hop flavor is very apparent. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from tap into Tulip.

Appearance: Clear copper-amber with nice off white head.

Smell: Quite hoppy with grapefruit, tropical fruit and some spiciness. Biscuit, clove and banana as well.

Taste: Similar to the aroma with a biscuit malt backing and nice clove and banana yeast undercurrent. Nice layer of tropical hops on top with mild bitterness and spiciness.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation with a relatively light body. Nice dry finish.

Overall: Very nice borderline Belgian IPA. Refreshing and complex.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a light pale amber color with a small white head. Nose is a bit hoppy and malty.

Taste is very crisp an clean with a nice spiciness from the yeast. There's a pretty creamy thick mouthfeel. Overall it's very easy drinking and tasty.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a bulb style glass. there was a bottled on and best before date that both seemed to have rubbed off, read it when i bought the bottle and i think its about 3 months old...roughly.

pours out a slightly cloudy deep light copper golden color with a little sediment. big, huge 4 fingers of head, almost more head than there is beer! some good thick retention and pretty good lace.

lots of clove, phenol, and a little spice in the aroma. bits of bright lemon citrus hops.

again clove, phenol, and a slightly peppery spice. hops are there, pretty much balanced, a little more on the hoppy side. bright lemon citrus, a little fruity with some good bitterness in the finish. a little bit of a sweet candied malt noticable.

medium bodied, hops linger on the palate for a bit. just a very slight tartness.

overall: not bad for the style, obviously more hoppy than the style suggests, but im pretty sure thats what they were going for. i had this on tap about half a year ago or so, and its just a touch better on tap than in the bottle.

Photo of ehammond1
3.36/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Clear auburn, orange, and golden. Tight, thin white cap with consistent lacing down the glass.

Muted and far-away aromas. Not a lot going on at all, unfortunately. Some sweet hop and bready malt character, but there isn't a lot here.

Flavor follows the nose, unfortunately, though it's more bready than it is hoppy--there's just not a lot going on. Better than average, and there's nothing at all unpleasant--it's just boring, plain, and simple.

Medium mouthfeel. Ample carbonation.

An average, simple, Belgian pale. There are better options at similar price ranges.

Photo of skberke
3.06/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mild smell, mild taste, mild color, mild beer. This pale golden ale poured with a lovely white head of compact bubbles punctuated by larger clusters of bubbles. The nose has strong malt character with a mild floral aroma underneath. The taste is crisp, dry, and refreshing with a slightly hoppy finish. It would make a good session beer, but it's a little boring for my taste.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.85/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a few samples of this at last weekends Steel City Big Pour, when I saw bottles of it at D's afterward I was inspired to grab a bottle for myself. Pours a beautiful slightly hazed glowing golden amber hue. Bright off white head forms large bubbles nice and thick four finger depth with chunk scattered lacing. Aroma contains sharp citric, deep floral, and tropical fruit juice. Dry acidic note tickles the nares along with spicy yeast layer, pale biscuit malts bring some mild bready edges. Overall flavor is excellent, I don't think Ommegang does much wrong. Fruity citrus/mango infused mix of hop notes, dry bitterness rules but spicy yeast and biscuit malt with a hint of caramelization balances enough to make this incredible. Mouthfeel is effervescent, dry finish ample sturdy bitterness throughout a beautiful experience that I plan to experience again. Drinkability overall was great a top notch version of a rarely well done style at least here in the US micro brewing scene...been excited to try this since I heard about it.

Photo of chinchill
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

undated 12 ounce bottle served in pint glass. Appreciate the serving instructions on the label.

Appearance: Pours with a hazy, light orange-gold body and a towering airy bone head ... so much head, I could not get the entire bottle in my pint glass without waiting and drinking. Robust carbonation is also evident in the beer itself. Settling of the head is slow (at least for someone waiting to taste this beer) and leaves blotches of sticky lace on the sides.

Smell: Citrusy hops hit first, from a little distance. Closer sniffing reveals spicy and floral notes, and hints of lightly baked sour dough bread. Nice complex mix of aromas.

Taste: Nice mix of hops, malt yeast and other flavors. Not as yeasty or spicy as some "Belgian style" brews. {This is good thing}. Hints of lemon, generic citrus, pepper, and orange peel. Excellent sweet/bitter balance with little sourness. I also liked the malt/hop balance. Clean and brisk -- not terms that usually come to mind for Belgian style beers.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. High carbonation is soft, and more obvious by sight than on the tongue. Semi-dry finish.

Overall: A fine Belgianesque beer with enough hops to make a real difference in flavor and bitterness. Nicely avoids over spicing, but is a little bit over-carbonated. Bordering 4.5

Photo of Blackwolf
4.65/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle into an oversized wine glass.
**side note, as soon as I untwisted the crown cap the cork just popped right out of the bottle and scared the living hell out of me, I don't know if I was the only one who experienced this, but be careful opening the bottle.

A- Poured a hazy rich gold body, with a nice two finger creamy white head. Retention is great, held on for a minute or two and left a nice thin creamy cap to settle on top, a little bit of sticky lacing but not too much. Some sediment in the body and lots of uniformed carbonation. Beautiful!

S- RICH! Very floral, grassy hops, some yeast notes, light malts and a little breadniness. I want to say there is a persian lemon twist in there too. The aroma is just astonishing for lack of better words. WAY too inviting!

T- Very well balanced with a not too overly complex transition in taste. Sweet persian lemon, earthy, light notes of citrus peel (grapefruit), yeast, dry hops, mango and biscuit. It really floods your taste with a wow factor. I was told this had a very interesting taste, honestly.... This is there and beyond on what I was expecting. Great, great, great tasting bpa!

MF- Light-medium body, VERY smooth, tickly carbonation that plays with the tongue. This has a very crisp to dry finish, the alcohol is covered up very well also. You are definitely left with a floral/light-citrus taste between sips that won't let go. I really enjoy the mouthfeel on this intriguing ale.

O- Very impressive! Everything about this ale just stands out of the norm... The style, the smell, the taste/feel. So worth the buy! I have been investing a lot more into corked bottles lately, and an exceptional beer just like this one reminds me on how much more it is worth to to go that extra mile (or dollar in this case). I was going to grab the tripel karmeleit this evening, but I am glad I made this choice. This is a must try beer, hands down! ENJOY!!!! I know I did!

Photo of glid02
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a one-finger white cap. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of light malts with large amounts of grassy and slightly spicy hops. Also present are good amounts of ripe pears and lighter amounts of clove.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Crisp and light malt flavors kick things off. Coming in shortly thereafter are robust hop flavors with good amounts of herbal and light citrus tones and lighter amounts of grassiness. Midway through the sip the flavor profile sweetens a bit and good amounts of pear flavors seep out. The light fruit flavors carry through to a mildly bitter and crisp ending.

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

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I'm once again not let down by Ommegang. A well done BPA that's well worth a shot, better now than later.

Photo of frankiepop
3.3/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a dry hoppy beer that reminds me of an IPA. I am not a lover of dry bitterish IPA beers so the review here will not be great nor a trashing.

Looks nice fuzzy head.

This is a very dry unsweet beer. Quality clean taste that is good for pale beer likers. Taste like a lager. Nothing special to me.

Odor is OK.

I recommend you listen to the band Kiss with this beer. I figure Kiss lovers will enjoy this beer. Did you know Kiss sold more albums than the Beatles? Gene Simmons likes to remind the world of that often.

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ST: 12oz poured into an oversized wine glass.

A: Orange with a touch of red, this BPA has a thick rocky head that has high retention. The beer is slightly hazy and has a lot of carbonation. It also leaves wonderful lacing.

S: Orange citrus from hops, sweet malt, spice.

T: This is a very restrained pale ale. Malt, spice, orange citrus, and piney bubblegum finish. The beer is dry and has some fruit, the mild, pleasant bitter flavor does not really arrive until mid way through (closer to the finish). This is not a hop-heads dream beer. But it has flavor and character that does not overwhelm, which makes the beer more elegant.

M: On the light side of medium body and dry (the carbonation helps keep this beer light).

O: This is an elegant pale ale that really does justice to his type. It has wonderful citrus and spice that is complimented by a mild and complex bitterness.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer has a thick beige head of foam that last for a good bit and the body is a clear light copper with a slight hazy to it. There is a strong sea of bubbles swirling around to the top.
S- This beer has a perfume yeast aroma that is full with a soft spice quality to it. The aroma takes on a new sneaker and fresh hop aroma as it warms but the sneaker aroma is very pleasant. T- This beer has a citrus tart flavor with a hint of lemon zest and a dry pale malt hint which finishes with a green hop flavor accented by a lemon peel quality.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a quick fry prick of fizz in the finish.
D- This beer has a nice blend of yeasty flavors and citrusy hops with are nice and complex themselves. This is a great session beer especially in the warmer months.

Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a deep, fairly dark coppery-orange beer that forms a big, fluffy off-white head that takes a few minutes to dissipate and leaves a thick foam behind. As the foam recedes, it trails somewhat thick legs of lacing in moderation down the sides of the glass.
The aroma consists of some fruits of various kinds, tart, tropical and citrus, a lightly musty earthiness, a touch of spiciness, grains and a crackery note, and a touch of something like clove. All of this attests to the unique Belgian yeast strain and a good balance of hops and malts.
With each sip, before the underlying flavors hit it's pretty much fruits, followed by the particular yeast spiciness, giving way to a more citric hops bitterness. All along the way, however, each stage is accompanied by a strong bready malt with that dry, crackery tone, a bit of pine and herbal hops accompaniment, and a bit more of the tropical fruits toward the end. There's also a lingering orange and lemon rind component.
This is a well-carbonated beer that would be a bit too lively if not for the ample smoothness evening it out. The body is on the lighter side of medium, and a semi-dry finish lingers with each sip.
This is another good one from Ommegang.

Photo of caddybuyer
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an oversized wine glass.

A-Bright golden hue, slighly veiled, with a thick creamy head that settles to a rocky ring with decent lacing

S-Yeast, musk, tangerine, bananna, clove and some spice. Nice nose.

T-Sweet caramel, bananna bread, pear, orange, and lemon zest give way to fruity floral hopping and pepper. Extremely clean astringent finish.

M-Slighty lighter than I expected, somewhat overcarbonated.

D-Decent thirst quenching brew with a bit of complexity.

Photo of azorie
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I hate to review Belgian pale ale, because its another catch all type "style" in fact referring to Tim Webb good beer guide one wonders what defines this "style". Going to check the beer judging site before I grade this 1.

750 ml bottle, has a 6 on left side and 9 on the other? is that June 2009, so I bought a old beer? or a beer that can be aged 9 more years???? who cares it tasted fine. ok turns out that is just part of the UPC code, so its best by is blank as I first said it was, I knew I was not that crazy, as I had looked for this date for 15 minutes, anyway.

A: I poured at 45f into a tulip glass. Very nice lacing and the head lasts for over 2 minutes.This may not be a fair review as I have some bottles of Westvleteren blonde and Orval to compare this too, plus the wife is adding her 2 cents into this 1. Still I find it very nice to look at and it is cloudy orange in color and yeast, I always like the yeast in my glass but I did not pour it too hard this time. Looks good to me.

S: Very nice and saison like flowery hop nose hits you first. in fact its funny Saisons are by many just BPA's but that is just belgains you cannot trust those guys. LOL anyway, we loved it, fantastic, a bit hoppy but its American, they always over hop its like why not thing here I think. hop shortage HAHA thing of the past. as it warms lots of banana nise and some cloves its somewhat like a hefe in some ways. I get that guava like wiff, passion fruit, orangy etc. we loved it.

T: wow very nice and citrus hops are the first thing you taste. Then the rest of the fruit package hits you and finishes with a malt backbone, its a tad unbalanced but its to style (whatever that is) anyway that what they were brewing for and its perfect.

M: smooth, carbonated hoppy golden goodness, very nice medium body.

D: easy to drink this 6.2% too bad its a limited and total wine limited release, its the first Ommegang i feel really hits the true in the Belgian style of, for an american beer, and I don't say that very much.

Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml Belgian-style bomber, caged and corked, and damned imposing at that.

This beer pours a hazy pale orange hue, with a ton of thin foamy webbed head, which leaves some broad strokes of similarly-constructed lace around the glass as it settles agreeably apace. It smells of spicy, earthy yeast, mild bready malt, sweet estery banana and candy sugar notes, and citrus and bitter leafy hops. The taste is mild pale malt, citrus peel, echoes of the proclaimed tropical fruit, some zippy earthy, somewhat farmyard-borne yeast, and the consistently bitter citrusy, leafy hops. Any extra ABV is well ensconced, and not very evident, if that. The carbonation is average, but tangy and faintly prickly in that Belgian manner, the body medium weight, with an airiness that lends itself well to a hallow smoothness. It finishes with a grainy malt extension, peppered by some latent yeast and citrus hops.

Very Belgian in nature, and it's only my pesky brain telling me that it resembles Unibroue in its homage. Easy to drink if you're in that somewhat down-home, bucolic farm mood that Belgian ale tends to inspires in me.

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Ommegang BPA (Belgian-style Pale Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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