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

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Ratings: 1,331
Reviews: 461
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 71
Gots: 82 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of rtepiak
3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

one of the few bottle that made it out to poland while i was there and unfortunately one of the least successful i've had by this brewery. a nice head of white on a golden mildly cloudy body. nose is dominated by citrus ans sugarcane. this was a beer with a one dimensional palate of pineapple candy that would sit on the tongue and not clear like expected by a exceptional BPA. had a similar lack of zest as an old hennipen. palate was lemon tea overly sweet, pineapple, and a mild apple tart then a finish of a wave of sweetness that lingered.

rtepiak, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Giving a nod to the fine Pale Ales brewed in America today, though never forgetting its classic Belgian roots, BPA is exceedingly refreshing and well-balanced."

--Ommegang website

Sun-splashed tangerine with daffodil colored highlights and several fine bubble streams leading up to a massive crown of whipped cream that easily qualifies as Belgianesque. The foam is nice and sticky, as evidenced by an attractively coated chalice.

Brewery Ommegang decided to go with an American-hopped Belgian pale ale. Well, sort of. Columbus for bittering, Celeia (Styrian Goldings and Fuggles-like) for aroma, Cascade for dry-hopping. Trouble is, the nose is on the weak side and neither hops nor yeast are taking control.

Unfortunately, Belgian-style Pale Ale does not deliver the goods. Oh, it's a decent effort all right, but it doesn't have the chops when compared to the style's top tier. Or even the second tier. More malt would be a good place to start if the brewery is looking to improve this offering.

The combination of American hops and Belgian yeast is one of my favorites... when done right. With respect to BPA, either more hops or a more assertive and estery yeast strain (or both) would have worked wonders. Flavors include untoasted barley, a modest hit of grapefruit peel, and an even more modest clove spiciness. Too tame and not complex enough.

Unlike the head, the mouthfeel is anything but Belgianesque. It's too light for the style and the bubbles are too brittle. It needs to be softer, creamier and silkier. A mere 7 months shouldn't have been enough to result in a negative bottle-conditioning result.

Brewery Ommegang Belgian-style Pale Ale has impressive packaging and looks even more impressive after it's poured. From that point forward, though, it approaches mediocrity... without quite getting there. Allagash would have hit something like this out of the park.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of LikaThaHops
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle, into goblet.

A- Poured milky/cloudy gold into goblet, TONS of milky white head that stays throughout the length of the brew. Steady carbonation, leaves heavy lace. mmm, Belgian Lace.

S- Smells strong of hops and a bit fruity, can't pin it down, but fruit comes to mind.

T- It hits your lips with a cool, frothy goodness (usually leaving a little on the upper lip). It goes down very smoothly. This brew hugs your taste buds with hoppy and floral aftertastes that are enjoyable even when the beer is gone.

M- Mouthfeel is amazing. A lot of carbonation, plus the little head you get in there combines into a great creamy drink. Great!

D- Drinkability is ridiculously good. If this stays around, it may be my Go-To beer.

LikaThaHops, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.78/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to tulip. Best by date of 04/2011. Sampled shortly after its release.

A: Pours with a huge, 4 finger mousse-like head. Deflates slowly and unevenly while clinging to the glass's edge, resembling a a bright white snow dune. The body is medium-light orange-cream in color and 90% opaque, even when held to light. A fair amount of randomly slung lace remains on the glass. Yet another gorgeous brew from Ommegang.

S: Above average malts of hay and straw backed up by breadcrust. Dry hopping with Cascade provides strong notes of orange, lemon and floral qualities. The yeast imparts delicate aromas of must and new leather. This nose is nearly perfect.

T: Additional notes of peach and mango sweeten the bouquet and develop further on the tongue. Lightly sweet and lightly bitter with some spicy yeast phenols. Mild paper comes through as well. The balance of flavors are phenomenal.

M: Again, perfection. And this is a style I'm not particularly wild about. The body is full, the texture is thick and creamy with a mineral-ness that suits the fizzy carbonation well. Finishes lightly chalky with a pleasant bitter backdrop.

D: Highly palatable and highly drinkable. I'll purchase the BPA every time it is released.

FeDUBBELFIST, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of stakem
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken on 8/13/10.

Thanks to pmsawyer for sharing! Poured from a 750 into a couple of pint glasses this brew appears a hazed light orange stained shade of yellow. Two fingers worth of white fluffy foam appear and stick all over the glassware.

The aroma is a spicy hopped mixture coming across herbal like mint mixed with orange peel. Some yeasty notes blend throughout the aroma as well. Some grainy malt sweetness that plays well with the spiciness of the hops fills the nose that comes together forming some all inclusive candy-like aroma.

The taste of this offering is both grassy and herbal from the hops. A lingering dry grain character fills out a solid backing for this brew that meshes well with the herbal and spiced character of the hops and the yeasty notes that are evident.

Moderately carbonated over a light feeling brew. Pleasant lingering herbal hops stick and last inside the mouth. I've never been a huge fan of Belgian pales but this one is nice.

stakem, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of hreb
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL champagne-corked bottle, Best By date omitted. Served cold-ish in Chimay wide-mouth chalice. Beer pours beautiful bright blond color, slightly hazy with a thick creamy white head that lasts. Distinct aroma of yeast and caramel -- reminds me exactly of Leffe.

The flavor, however, is something else. Citrusy orange hops, a sour edge of funk. There's no residual sweetness to be found here. Grapefruit. Yeasty. Super dry mouthfeel. Cascade (more pale ale than India) over the top and finish. Carbonation is exactly where it should be.

This beer is extremely well executed, but the sour and bitter flavors are a little over powering for my taste.

hreb, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of 321jeff
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 into my Hennepin glass.

Pours a clear deep gold color, bordering on a light amber with a massive fluffy white head that slowly fades to a thin layer, which hangs on for awhile.

Smells of Belgian yeast with some mild hop notes in the background. Also some bready notes in there. The nose is actually surprisingly good and probably the highlight of this beer.

Taste is sweet with an almost banana-like sweetness... don't get me wrong, it doesn't actually taste like bananas, but it does have that level of sweetness. Also plenty of bread and grains in the background. Finishes slightly bitter with a lingering sweetness.

Some prickly carbonation on the tongue, but in general the mouthfeel is on the watery side. I could drink more of this, but I don't think I'll make an effort to seek it out again.

321jeff, Sep 17, 2010
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.

WVbeergeek, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish to yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, small tart, small fruit, and dry malt. In the taste, earth and tart, with a nice small hop presence. A small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry yeast presence in the aftertaste. Dry hops and small tart, I can dig it!!

OWSLEY069, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of russwbeck
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful golden brown pour with a two finger white head. A little lacing, some head left over when the last drop was consumed.

S: Love the smell of this beer. Belgian all the way with the hops hiding beneath.

T: Hoppy with a very light aftertaste. I get a hint of what I characterize as classical Belgian. I was looking for a little more of a lingering taste though. Definitely a thirst quencher.

MF: Light, but as expected. Dry and hoppy.

D: Very high. This is much lighter than I expected, but the ABV will pack a punch after a few. For one of the last hot days of the summer, this was a good choice.

russwbeck, Sep 11, 2010
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.

generallee, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of kjyost
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled June 6, 2010. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Can't ask for a better looking beer of the style. 1/2 head, 1/2 golden reddish, lightly cloudy (or is that the condensation?) nectar. The head descends into a solid cap. Lacing is there, just a little too light to score a '5'.

S: I never know how to best define a 'Belgian' smell. Fruitiness is definitely in there, along with a little bit of dank aroma. The aroma is strong, dominating any malt that may be there.

T: A spiciness rolls across the palate with a bit of bread, finishing surprisingly cleanly. As the beer warms, the bread disappears with the dank belgian flavours winning the day.

M&D: Mouthfeel is thick with a nice biting carbonation, and this beer proves you do not need to be 10+% to make a solid Belgian beer.

kjyost, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of adamette
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Live Review. Poured from the corked and caged bottle that I bought at Heinen's in Willoughby Hills a few weeks ago for $6.99 into my gold rimmed Brewery Ommegang goblet. No observed "best by" date. EDIT: Received the following Beer Mail from BA Henrici after my review posted: All ommegang bottles have a bottled date and suggested drink by date printed right on the bottle inbetween the neck and main label. Its tough to see if you dont know its there. Indeed, got my bottle back out of the recycling bin to find the following message printed on the neck: PKG on 01/19/10 BEST BY 01/2011. Thanks Henrici for the head's up!

A Light caramel or dark honey colored translucent but hazy body under a generous off white head which sticks around for a few minutes in an impressive way. 4.0

S Interesting smell. I perceive the Belgian yeast in the background and some light to moderate American hops are in front but by no means overwhelming. I always figured that American west coast hops would absolutely drown out the comparatively delicate Belgian yeast subtleties but here, at least in the smell, there is a nice presence of both main smells. I detect some sweet malt too but it is probably behind the hops and the yeast. This has all the potential of a really good Belgian Pale with some American influence, done with respect to all. 4.5

T Well, the taste is interesting as well. I was going to write here that the taste is rather basic with the Belgian yeast and light hops of a typical Belgian IPA but then the aftertaste kicked in, a familiar bitterness that I attribute to the hops. That aftertaste lingered for several minutes after my last sips and reminds me of American Pale Ales that I have had. I do not really like that feature of this beer, unfortunately and it takes away from the other tastes of this beer. The taste is at least average but not much beyond that for me. It seems that this beer is struggling with an identity problem, trying to be too much at once. 3.5

M This is rather basic with the appropriate thinness of a Pale Ale with a slight bitterness (as described above which goes well into the aftertaste). 3.0

D Fairly good with the manageable ABV (listed at 6.2% on the label) but it does not inspire me to seek it out repeatedly (like Ommegang Three Philosophers does!). 3.5

Notes: An interesting offering from one of my favorite American Breweries (this is my 14th Brewery Ommegang review) whose bitterness drives down my enjoyment, the feel and, ultimately, its drinkability.

adamette, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of ThePorterSorter
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a damn good tasting beer. I poured the fridge chilled (around 40F) bottle into my pewter mug and got great feedback from this highly carbonated pale ale. A dense foam head formed with delicate citrus aromas waiting to escape.
The only problem with a Belgian-style pale ale is that it's really not a Belgian beer...but I will let that slide because they still did an excellent job crafting this classic.
The BPA is definitely lighter than amber but comes close enough to call it such. Definitely has color uniformity when stretched.
There is good lacing down the mug as well.

This is definitely a lighter pale ale with a slightly higher ABV than usual. I do enjoy the dry hopping that this beer received; it is a great improvement and gives what would be a weak pale ale some backbone. This beer is definitely better as a summer/spring seasonal with the citrus. The BPA is highly drinkable and I would not mind getting it again.

ThePorterSorter, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of trf32
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First review on this site. This beer was included in the Ommegang variety pack along with 3 other terrific brews which I highly recommend.

A- Pours golden, hazy, with an incredible head. This thing looks like it has a nimbus cloud sitting on it. Be careful with this guy or it'll foam over no problem. Beautiful.

S- Smells like a refined pale ale. Definitely some sweetness and fruitiness to it. Soft on the nose.

T- This one is a quencher. Comes in smooth with some fruity undertones and leaves with a dry, hoppy bite. Not incredibly overwhelming. Certainly a bit of tartness.

M- It's like an afternoon nap on your tongue, except for that bitter dryness at the end. It leaves your mouth wanting more.

D- I want to drink this all day. I'd get a case of this in a heartbeat if I found one for a decent price, and I doubt it would last very long.

trf32, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of StephenRich
3.45/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If you have been following this blog, it really should be no surprise by now that I love what Brewery Ommegang creates; I've posted very positive reviews earlier on both their Three Philosophers Quadrupel, and the magnificent Adoration. Both of these beers are very rich and hearty though, and with summer around the corner I jumped at the chance to try Ommegang's newest beer, their Belgian Pale Ale (BPA).

The BPA is the first in a series of six new specialty beers to be released by Ommegang in 2010, as such it was brewed in limited quantities but has spread all across the U.S. Ommegang plans to test this range of beers to create a house beer; somewhat of an entry beer; an accessible beer for the general public. The goal is to create satisfying beers with ripe flavors, moderate ABV, and at a reasonable price to try to entice non-beer aficionados to get their hands wet.

Normally I would quaff at this idea, but it does make sense. Artisan distilleries, for example, will make several vintage whiskies aged 18, 21, or more years. But they will also produce a house whisky; a "reserve", or "select" designed to meet the needs of the entry level consumer. And for a brewery like Ommegang, whose Belgian inspired beers are all extremely flavorful, a beer like the BPA will help people walk their way into great beer rather than forcing people to dive in head first.

Ommegang claims that they have worked hard for a very long time trying to crack the code for accessible beers with distinctive character, and that the BPA has done it.

It is available right now in 750ml corked bottles, and on draft wherever it is sold. As mentioned, it has a moderate alcohol level at 6.2% abv, and regardless of the beer's purpose and destiny, it is a Belgian Style Pale Ale brewed by some of the best American-Belgian brewers in the world. It has been brewed with five specialty malts, and hopped with Columbus, Celeia and Cascade hops. It is of course bottle conditioned using Ommegang's signature yeast.

It was a fitting afternoon when I opened this beer, probably about 17C outside, sunny, and I was by the beach grilling some chicken wings. I opened this bottlecool, around 10C (50F) and poured it into a few tuliped glasses to share with my friends. It formed a soft golden copper beer with orange and opaque amber yellow hues. It is hazy, with a hugely airy and pillowy off white head and raised itself about two inches above the beer.

The nose is very classic with light citrus zest, tropical fruity esters, pale malts and a hint of herbal hops. It does have a nice bouquet of floral spice and biscuit also, but overall is not very potent, not compared to most Ommegang beers, but it is very pleasant.

I went right into the BPA and was instantly refreshed by effervescent pale malt sweetness, floral and lightly crisp hops, the citrus zest of grapefruit and orange, and a lightly earthy yeast character. It all came in softly with elegant presence rather than aggressive power. Hops are mellow and soft, but the Cascade hops definitely add the necessary bitter and quenching characteristics which are essential to balance out malt sweetness and floral aromas.

The mouthfeel was excellent, and perfectly Belgian. Spicy to the touch, crackling and delicate carbonation, and the sting of hops makes it a great beer for the summer. The finish is light, no alcohol is noticeable, and is very refreshing. It paired perfectly with my chicken wings and beach front weather.

I do have to try to be unbiased though, because I prefer the richer more flavorful Belgian Pale Ales, however this is a very good beer. If you are just getting into the world of real beer, this is a great introduction. However, if you have been around Ommegang's lineup before and love the hugely aromatic and massively flavorful beers, this may be too weak for you.

The next in this series is called Tripel Perfection, and is undoubtedly a Belgian style tripel. I will also be looking for one of those for a summer afternoon.

StephenRich, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of haazer
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass

A- The best part of the beer for me. Very cloudy amber color with orange hue. A thick head forms at the top, very thick. Takes quite a while before it settles down to a white ring. Blotches of the ring remain on the sides of the glass as you drink.

S- Has the distinct belgian yeast smell. A wonderfull smell at that. I detect a slint hint of lemon also.

T- Wasn't really blown away with this. I taste bread, slight lemon, and a tiny hint of hops. Rather mediocre mix for me though, nothing strong stands out.

M- Real dry feel. Slightly crisp.

D- Goes down easy. Pretty smooth despite being dry. Could have a handful of these no problem.

Overall an ok brew. My first from Ommegang. Looking forward to trying others.

haazer, Aug 22, 2010
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
Photo of Gavage
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with some yellow highlights. A 2" head lasts a long time. Spotty lacing develops during the session.

Smell: yeast, sugary sweetness, caramel, and some floral bitterness is pleasant on the nose.

Taste: yeast, caramel, lemon zest, oranges, green grapes, pears, and a mild floral bitterness creates a well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout. Long lasting aftertaste.

Drinkability: this beer was very easy to quaff and satisfied the tastebuds. Great beer from Ommegang.

Gavage, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of Sam21
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cork/cage limited edition release 750 into tulip.

Appearance - Pours clear amber color with a large fluffy white head. Leaves chunky wispy lace. Brilliant looks in general.

Smell - Subtle pear/banana fruitiness and spicy clove.

Taste - Ommegang's signature house yeast adds a familiar spiciness which is complemented by a subtle fruitiness and a nicely balanced moderately hopped finish. No lingering bitterness. A mixture of clove and subtle fruit.

Mouthfeel - Very soft and fluffy.

Drinkability - Simple, well balanced, and easy to drink. Can't explain it any better.

Sam21, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of beerthulhu
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A hazy golden-lemon coloring is filled with a dense showering of carbonation. On top lied a eggshell white head, 3 fingers high, that was rocky and dense and well lasting. Stratified rings line the glass for a lacing with a modest thickness. Inside lied a turbid haze. The rocky head, coloring, and visual lacing all add up for a better then good visual appeal.

S: My first thought was lemon meringue on the nose. Soft compliments of cascade hops produce fresh citrus tones. When agitated there were hints of solvent, perhaps from the alcohol, mixed in with some lemon-straw on the fade. Light mentions of hops and yeast on a soft delivery left me wishing there was a bit more offered here.

T: Citrus flowers with a backing of pale grains opens things up. A mixture of fruitiness (dry pineapples & oranges) along with some juicy pears probably compliments of the yeast . In the middle of the palate were indications of melons and some fruit juices before finishing out with a light warming of fruit, citrus and alcohol. Eloquently smooth in delivery with a seamless transition of flavors. Overall a very fine tribute to brewing craftmenship went into this beer.

M: Light bodied, over time the overly active carbonation settled down becoming lax giving you a smooth and relaxing feel in the mouth. Soft boozy notes of citrus alcohol warm the tongue and inner cheeks.

D: Exceptionally smooth going down making for a wonderful experience. A big beer with session like quality and smoothness and only a modest show of the 6.2%abv that only adds to the overall flavor.

beerthulhu, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of BigJim5021
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright orangish-gold with a big white head that lasts for the duration. Tons of lacing. Just a great looking beer.

Aroma is light tropical/citrus fruit and bready yeast. Definitely lighter than the flavor, but still pretty nice.

Flavor is a phenomenal mix of Ommegang's tasty house yeast, Cascade hops, pale malt and a refreshing sourness.

Mouthfeel is sharp and just as refreshing as the flavor. It finishes super-duper dry.

Drinkability is huge. Sessionable it is not, but I could polish off a couple 750s in a sitting with little problem. This honestly might be my favorite Ommegang beer at this point. I'm pretty stoked that it's being worked into the regular lineup.

BigJim5021, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of jpweisel
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Caged and corked 750ml bottle from BuyRite on 72 in NJ.

Pours a cloudy orange amber into glass. Nice and good lacing. I loved the crisp, light flavor. Great for a hot summer day. This is a well balanced beer and you can taste hints of both the Wheat and the Belgian Styles.

Ommegang has been surprising me a lot lately. I have always liked their beers, but the last few I have had I will get again and again.

jpweisel, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of mstyne
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caged and corked 750ml bottle from Beverage Mart on NY 66. No dating that I could discern. "Cleared at the Brewery".

Pours an excellent cloudy orange amber into my Unibroue ... fancy glass. Significant head, nice lacing. Flavor is very nice, light, crisp. Has some of the elements of a wheat beer with those of a straight up belgian ale. Well balanced spice/citrus.

After a long day at the office, this was really nice to come home to. Would definitely have this one again. Well done, Ommegang.

mstyne, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of jampics2
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from Heinen's. Love this style, love this brewery, let's hope this one slays it like the Adoration did last winter.

Looks really, really nice in my tulip. Cloudy orangeish gold with a huge four finger head. The head settles down into a pillowy topping on an orange-pineapple beauty of a beer.

Smell is nice, typical BPA aromas done well. You've got your spicy esters from the yeast that give some corriander, clove, and pepper notes. And you've got a bright tropical hops that give some orange and pineapple. And some Belgian candy sugar sweetness under it all. Nice one, but the two components could be just a touch more complimentary.

Taste is also quite nice. The star of the show is the tropical bright hops. Grapefruit, orange, pineapple, and some wonderful C hop brightness. Yeast adds spices, mostly pepper and clove. Malt is sweet and bready with just a touch of toasted cracker underneath.

Mouthfeel is light with great carb. A nice finish and feel. No noticeable alcohol at all. I polished this off myself quite easily. Now that this is going to be year round, I can see it being a staple of my BPA choices. Very nice new offering from Ommegang!

jampics2, Jul 14, 2010
Ommegang BPA (Belgian-style Pale Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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