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

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90
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1,329 Ratings
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90
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Ratings: 1,329
Reviews: 461
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 71
Gots: 81 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: paulieatworld on 03-17-2010)
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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

touchmeimsac, May 15, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Sludgeman, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of Nay
3.23/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another crushing disappointment from Ommegang. Looks good, hazy, pale, super long lasting head, but aroma is plain, lacking Belgian spiciness, Brett, hops, or even pleasant yeasty or malt aromas. Flavor is a big let down, with a touch of slightly cardboardy twang that bad homebrew sometimes gets. Finishes dry and fairly bitter, but I just can't see finishing this beer. What part of this beer is Belgian again?? Should have chucked some Brett in here to at least give it some interest. Sad.

Nay, May 02, 2012
Photo of HalfFull
3.2/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap in a branded BPA glass. Pours a deep golden yellow with an inch or so of resilient white foam. Offers good retention and sticky lacing.

Nose is pretty simple and straightforward with pale bready malts and a light hop profile. Yeast notes that draw me to this style are seriously absent, instead you get a lot of gummy nothingness. The aroma isn't bad, it just plain isn't, save a subtle spice and a hint of grain.

Flavor is a bit better but expands only slightly upon the aroma void. The same bready pale malts are accompanied by a bit of spice but offer little variety and clarity. The feel is thick and cottony in nature which doesn't allow for any lingering flavors on the finish.

An interesting though not gratifying beer from Ommegang. I guess I would expect a better beer, something with more pronounced yeast notes and a cleaner and brighter flavor. This brew is easy and unobtrusive, though perhaps to a fault. I generally prefer this brewery's offerings bottle conditioned though I don't envision an improvement here as the pour was the best aspect and not lacking whatsoever.

HalfFull, Mar 28, 2011
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3.2/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light amber with a touch of orange. Very pretty with a nice head. Rather coarse carbonation in the mouth. Almost delicate in its modest flavors. Quite tart, partly from all the carbonation, like a Saison cut with club soda. Slight beery aroma. Somewhat lemony followed by a touch of dirty funk, and ending with a long bitterness. Dry flavor doesn't allow much fruit to come through.

Personally I like the Great Divide Belgica and Hades for this kind of style. Or a Saison with more malty interest. This is just quite austere and chalky. Quite a mineral aftertaste.

mactrail, Aug 14, 2011
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3.2/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Great Divide Pint glass. I guess I didn't take enough care in the pour because all I got was foamy head. Two fingers of beer and two hands of head. As I await the downfall of this overdone head I notice that the color of the beer is a pretty cloudy yellow. Quite a lot of tiny carbonation bubbles add to this never ending, bright white and rocky head. Lace is super sticky.

Smell is as expected. Grassy and sourdough bread. Musty Belgian yeast. Some bright smells of maybe a sour apple?

Taste is mostly of Belgian yeast, grass or wheat. I've never been able to describe the Belgian flavor very well, it just tastes musty. Dark, wet basement like. There is even a bit of a metallic taste. Overripe blood orange.

Mouth is bright and light as the style suggests. I don't drink very many of this style because I don't like them, but as the style goes it's spot on.

Overall I must say I didn't enjoy this, but it's not the beers fault. It is the style's fault. I only try these when they are free or extras in a trade because I can't stand the Belgian yeast and malt bill flavor. I know I am on the outside with this opinion, but I don't care. I will never trade the cellar for a Westy, cause I promise you I will hate it. Thanks to merc7186 for the extra. I very much appreciate the beer.

azdback, Oct 02, 2011
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3.18/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, no apparent bottling information. Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a gigantic four fingers of head, on a fizzing cloudy pale golden colored body. Looks almost lager-like in color, but with an enormous fizzing doughy fluffy head with excellent retention. A little bit of spotty lacing on the sides.

S - Can definitely smell the Cascade hops that went into this. Very fruity. Pineapple smell for sure.

T - Hops are still apparent, but are thrown into the background by the Belgian yeasts and malts. Still very fruity tasting, nonetheless. Carbonated, but not overly so.

M - Dry feel. Slightly sticky with some green apple sugar taste lingering around in the background. Perhaps a tad bit too carbonated for my liking, but not distracting.

Overall, a nicely balanced beer. Simple, yet moderate and highly drinkable with a nice 6.2% abv. Not a personal favorite, but definitely worth trying.

Ommegang BPA (Belgian-style Pale Ale) ---3.5/5

mfnmbvp, Feb 07, 2013
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3.13/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Office in Montclair. Was not whole-heartedly impressed with this offering from Ommegang. Although their artful American-depictions of Belgian-inspired brews are typically precise and on-point, I myself did not reckon this to be an accurate rendition of the style nor a highly drinkable brew despite the modest ABV. Very spritzy and carbonated, on-tap yielding a faint amber-to-golden hue with visible carbonation and a medium-bodied head. Faint aroma of of yeast noticeable with a sugar-sweet mouthfeel. Nothing to write home about.

dsa7783, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of skberke
3.1/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

skberke, Aug 19, 2010
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3.1/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Glassware - Tulip

A - Pours a hazy amber color with abundant yellow tinted foamy head - 2+ inches.

S - I don't get too much in terms of aroma. Maybe a faint lemon scent but that's about it.

T - I'm not getting much in terms of hops. There is a little bit of spice coming through but not much of a finish on this one.

M - Light bodied with nice carbonation.

O - I thought this beer was alright. It got a little better as it warmed but it almost tasted watered down. I'll probably pass buying another bottle. Would like to see if it improves a little on tap.

sgoro, Jun 08, 2011
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3.1/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very cloudy dark golden orange color with a two finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Streaks and spots of lacing left behind.

Earthy aroma with a prominent hop presence along with some zesty spice, pale malt and light fruit notes. Lots of grassy pine along with some coriander and pepper followed by hints of apple and pear.

Medium bodied with some tight carbonation and a strong earthy hop presence up front that lingers over the sweeter notes into a dry finish. Slightly floral with some grassy pine and faint citrus fruit complimented by some peppery spice. Only slightly dry but not very bitter. Countered by some pale malt and crisp, light fruit. Overall, the palate is surprisingly full and it's easy to drink but it's not terribly flavorful or interesting.

corby112, Oct 27, 2011
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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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Ommegang BPA (Belgian-style Pale Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
90 out of 100 based on 1,329 ratings.