Ommegang BPA (Belgian-style Pale Ale) - Brewery Ommegang
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3.75/5 rDev -6%
You know, I don't get it. Belgian beers are good, american beers are good, so we should combine them and that will better. I doesn't work in so many cases. Some of them I really don't like. This one however stands out form the group. Ommegang, who have mastered the art of belgian styles, made a nice drinkable beer that can definitely be enjoyed as a pale ale would be. Very nice golden to light golden color. Good, very light, carbonation, good aroma and very drinkable. I'll have this one again.
04-29-2010 21:58:38 | More by david18
3.75/5 rDev -6%
Sampled on tap at the Blind Tiger in NYC.
Golden with good clarity and a big white head. The aroma is lots of Belgian spice. The spice follows in the flavor but it's mild making it smooth and drinkable like a pale ale. The consistency is moderate and the carbonation was nice and low.
This is a very drinkable beer with decent flavor.
04-28-2010 19:49:28 | More by GJ40
4.43/5 rDev +11%
The beer pours a beautiful gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has an excellent pale malt scent along with a dry, fruity yeast aroma. The hop character is crisp and bitter and really compliments the Belgian yeast esters. The taste is great as well! Wow, what a serious hop flavor. It's dry and bitter with a serious amount of yeast character. The malt bill is relatively simple and it acts as a base for what is a terrific example of hops and Belgian yeast compliment each other. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine beer. It's one of the best Belgian/American pale ales on the market.
04-26-2010 19:14:08 | More by WesWes
4/5 rDev +0.3%
Deep gold in color. Massive head of pure white foam. Very spicy and earthy aroma. Spicy flavor dominates. Long and lingering, peppery "bite" to it. Heavy, earthy flavor. Has a distinct, crisp, sort of dryness. Mild citrus notes. Decent body. A lot more upfront then I was expecting it to be. Still damn enjoyable.
04-24-2010 02:01:37 | More by lackenhauser
4/5 rDev +0.3%
Poured this 750 mL brown bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. No date. The body was a golden, bright butterscotch color. The head was huge and the color of cream, which left a solid film throughout.
Smell was yeast and spices. Rich, fragrant.
Taste was black pepper and drying. Bright hops and damp basement. Lightly chalky, but less so than many Belgian ales. Short of funky. Nice, very drinkable.
Mouthfeel was medium bodied and zesty.
04-23-2010 13:01:50 | More by Cresant
4.15/5 rDev +4%
Served on Draft at The Drafting Room and I had a Bottle as well with some family.
Golden pale yellow looking like straw in a pile. Bubbles are seen rising up creating a semi thick but not all the way Belgian looking head with a sharp mountain of pointy foam. Small pockets of lace on the way down. On second thought this looks fine.
Smells are of the Belgian persuasion including at least a few malts working nice but not overpowering the yeast which is putting off esters hardcore. A nice bread goes along with some faint fruit and some citrus juice. A little bit of apple and trace juicy fruit gum. A rewarding whiff to say the least.
First off, bready malts that aren't major but first in line. After that a blast of columbus which is also not huge. After that some yeast action with esters and fruit and a Belgian vibe. I cant help to get some candi, gum and some nice sweet action, i'm liking the mix on this pale. The hops are more type spicy and a little earthy and far from west coast style, but there is some bitterness.
Yes, there is small amounts of bitterness along with some spice, but there's also five malts backing that so, there you go. BPA is in between light and medium in stature but high in taste and carbonation, this beer is very active when it does it's thing. The yeast is big and bold so get in line.
Ommegang does Belgian's right, It's a no brainer. BPA is well balanced and does it's thing with Ommegang's house yeast strain. A great addition to the lineup and one i'll be trying again soon.
04-23-2010 05:08:08 | More by BARFLYB
3.7/5 rDev -7.3%
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.
04-19-2010 19:03:10 | More by oberon
3.4/5 rDev -14.8%
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.
04-19-2010 15:34:25 | More by tigg924
4.1/5 rDev +2.8%
On-tap served in a chimay goblet
Pretty clear light golden color with a foamy off-white cap. Good retention as the cap settled to a form a thin layer of foam that remained throughout.
Very clean pale malt aroma and some lemon and orange peel. Spicy clove throughout. Nothing overly complex here, nice and simple.
The flavor profile is very similar to the nose. The pale malt provides a sturdy bed for the citrus, clove and a little bit of barnyard funk. The finish is of clove and grassy hops.
The body is nice and light and the finish is crisp and dry. A tad creamy as it billows on the tongue.
Highly drinkable and satisfying. This is a light, crisp, hoppy number that is drinkable year round.
04-19-2010 01:00:38 | More by ColForbinBC
3.48/5 rDev -12.8%
A: Pours a hazy golden/orange color. At first a two finger white head forms, but recedes in a second. Light lace is let behind.
S: The first thing that jumps out at me is a funky barnyard yeast character that is very welcoming. Some citrus fruits and spice. A hoppy bitterness lingers.
T: The funky yeast character is all but gone. Some citrus fruits are nice. Though mostly soapy and oily hops. Fairly nondescript.
M/D: A medium body. A little to much carbonation for me. Easy to drink. The 750ml bottle is gone in no time.
This is a good beer. Nothing special though. I am enjoying this, but seems like a watered down Orval clone. Worth a try, but probably a one time purchase for me.
04-18-2010 03:04:32 | More by champ103
4.28/5 rDev +7.3%
Even overnight in a growler. this beer keeps its lace, carbonation and tawny body. It is "big" enough to make you notice each sip (even when watching a film), but not so big as to prevent drinking tow in a row (although,to my taste, three is a bit too much--so while the beer is true to the style, the style itself inhibits session drinking, to me).
Very hoppy, but in a balanced way true to the style (I mean like mamma bear: not too much and not too little). Like many Belch beers, it pushes the boundaries (in this case, with hoppy-ness) but in a way that stirs admiration and appreciation--this definitely ain't "less filling, tastes great".
04-17-2010 20:59:13 | More by irish
4/5 rDev +0.3%
Poured from 750ml bottle into a snifter.
Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a nice half inch foam head that laces during the drink.
Smell: Typical Belgian yeast, banana, citrus, bready malt.
Taste: Yeast explosion at first, followed by bitey lemon pepper. Candied fruit, banana and some coriander.
Mouthfeel: Clean and dry.
Drinkability: Would drink again if I came across it.
04-17-2010 02:29:06 | More by Axic10
4.03/5 rDev +1%
750ml bottle from barrique, corked/caged
dry-hopped belgian pale - nice
appearance: poured into a delirium chalice, cloudy yeast haze, golden-apricot body, foamy white crest with strong retention
smell: grassy hops, clean belgian yeast, pineapple and tropical fruit
taste: nicely hopped but definitely not a belgian IPA - very grassy, high carbonation, light pineapple, white pepper, corriander, citrus zest, controlled hops, zesty yeast
mouthfeel: very high carbonation, nice
04-17-2010 01:18:46 | More by dirtylou
3.58/5 rDev -10.3%
On-tap at Prime 16 into an Unibroue goblet.
A: Pretty clear, golden-amber body with lively carbonation rising to a finger cap of fine off-white bubbles. Mediocre retention but good lacing. Not bad at all.
S: Intensely fruity yeast is dominant, with ripe apple and pear aromas most distinct. A little bready malt toward the end. Straightforward and enticing.
T: Starts out floral, then picks up some of the apple from the nose. The finish is surprisingly spicy and bitter - too bitter for the style if you ask me. There's even a bit of booze, which surprised the heck out o f me in a 6.2% beer. A little disappointing (I always have high hopes for Ommegang), but still fairly tasty.
M: Fairly light body with abundant carbonation. Nice.
D: Not as good here as I expected. Not by a long shot.
Notes: While certainly a high-quality beer, this one fell far short of my high expectations for an Ommegang special release. Definitely not worth the high cost of a bottle, but worth trying on tap (especially at happy hour!).
04-16-2010 23:58:15 | More by woosterbill
4.28/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
04-14-2010 21:09:48 | More by lordofthewiens
4.1/5 rDev +2.8%
A large 750ml all for myself, but from what I hear its a delicious beer.
A: Huge honkin head, 3 fingers takes up about 60% of my La Chouffe tulip glass, which is fluffy, fizzy, and fades semi quickly. Really hazy and tons of bubbles floating up in the pale golden orange color.
N: Starts with a slightly sweet Belgian malt aroma, with some malts, sweetness, little candi sugar, and the sweet aroma that wants to be boozy, and even hints at it, but never really gets there. Behind that is a nice light hopped aroma, with some lemon grass, light Eruo style hops, a very slight citrus, and a very touch of spicy hops.
T: Starts with a slight hoppy bite, with a slight bitterness, some citrus and lemon grass, little spicy hop, and overall nice lighter but tasty hop presence. WIth that is a nice malt presence, with some wheat, little sweet malts, slight candi sugar, touch of sweetness and spicy, again wants to make it taste like its boozy but never really gets there. Again a grassy hop presence comes through. Overall the hops are light and very low bitterness, but a nice taste. There actually seems to be more bitterness from the yeast and Belgian malts.
M: Light to medium body with a ridiculous amount of carbonation, I mean this makes Champagne look like Tomme Arthur made it.
F: Dries off quite a bit, and gets a nice hop presence again. Slightly bitter with more lemon, grassy, lemon-grass (see what I did there), some citrus, zest, and slight spicy hops. A little sticky presence festers in the mouth but doesn't really get overbearing. A bitter lemon zest really comes through on the finish too. Leaves a slight anesthetized feel in the mouth as if it had more booze. It seems to give that feel off a lot, but never gets to it.
Overall a nice flavor, spicy grassy and citrus hops, nice malt presence, an enjoyable beer. I would have liked a little more hop presence personally, but it's freshness is nice too. I wouldn't want to age this.
04-13-2010 01:10:25 | More by jlindros
3.73/5 rDev -6.5%
Served in a tulip style glass, golden copper color. With about 2 inches of foamy, carbonated head. Strong scents of Belgian malts and yeast. Very mild malts, more forward hops. The yeast bread like flavor is toasty. Bread like flavor makes this more dry than sweet. Mouthfeel is over all dry and smooth. Very drinkable in nature.
04-12-2010 23:32:39 | More by mtnbikerpa
4.03/5 rDev +1%
Ommegang BPA "Limited Edition 2010". 750 ml. 6.20% ABV
Pours into a Duvel tulip a deep, opaque tangerine orange. The head is billowing 3" -- rocky and white as snow. Lacing is minor. It's a bit surprising that the head doesn't stick well on the side of the glass. This is a little more orange that would be typical of a BPA, but it's a wonderfully delicious hue and I'm inclined to appreciate such good looks.
On the label:
"This fine pale ale offers citrus and tropical fruit aromatics coming from a well balanced -- yet ample -- hop character. It user our own Belgian yeast, five malts, two hops, and plenty of patience. Finishing touches include dry-hopping with Cascade hops, and warm-cellaring."
"All things excellent are as difficult as they are rare" - Spinoza
Strong notes of citrus (tangerine, orange peal, pineapple, and a touch of lime), grape, and serious yeast. It's clean and fresh with some spiciness thrown in for good measure.
Very much yeast on the first intake speckled with all manner of pepper spices. Sweet citrusy fruits hit in about the middle, but they're not cloying due to the addition of bitter hops. Finish is dry and tart with some lingering hop bitterness. The balance is tipped a bit to dry and bitter for my liking, and the dry hopping is quite evident, especially towards the end.
Clean and medium-bodied. Carbonation is strong from the get go. It ends dry and bitter.
There is an unusually balanced bitterness that doesn't quite have a sweet counterbalance. The dryness works well on the finish, but I found the aftertaste took chalky and bitter. I think I would have enjoyed this more with a semi-sweet food. Overall though it is definitely worth drinking, and it has a decent level of complexity to ponder.
I liked the color, the preponderance of yeast flavor, and the presentation of the bottle. The bitterness and tartness was a bit overpowering. Alcohol is barely noticeable in the taste.
04-12-2010 17:57:53 | More by BeerNemesis
4.13/5 rDev +3.5%
Intrigued to try this one. I saw a bottle by at Premier Gourmet, but I was really limited on what I could carry, so I gave it a miss. Glad to see it on tap when we stopped by Coles for dinner.
Burnished gold pour with an off-white head. great retention and lace. Clean pale malt aromas mix in with zesty citrus and clove. Really great clean flavour would make this an ideal summer brew. Pale malt provides a great backbone for mild funk, lemon, orange, pineapple and a slight pepperiness. Just enough hop bite to satisfy my craving. Medium-light body with a pillowy carbonation.
Really quite simple for what it is, but extremely satisfying for it. The kind of beer that I could drink a hell of a lot of, and a great addition to the style.
04-12-2010 16:49:14 | More by bobsy
3.8/5 rDev -4.8%
served in tulip goblet
gorgeous head, silky, off white, climbs out of the glass. Orangey abmer color with a very slight haze. Not great carbonation but good.
Spicey nose, clove mostly. No malt in the nose, some very subtle earthy hop notes as it warms, but thats it for the hops.
Has the classic belgian ale flavor, somewhat spicey subtle sweetness, and has a firm bitterness. Ever so slight tartness with a lingering hop bitterness.
Good mouth feel, clean and well balance, doesn't linger except for the bitterness. Soft carbonation fizzes on the palate.
Good drinkability, if they could tame that late bitterness it would help the drinkability of this, and perhaps it could use a bit more hop flavor, maybe up the dry and finishing hops and lower the bittering hops.
I didn't get the hops that the other reviewers describe. Could be just my bottle I may try again.
04-11-2010 19:39:58 | More by Naugled
4.45/5 rDev +11.5%
Pours a mild amber color with a thick head into my tulip. Very nice presentation. Long time since I had anything from Ommegang.
Aroma is full of citrus from the hops and spice from the yeast. Grapefruit comes to mind. As it warms up and settles, aroma becomes even more appealing.
Taste is full of spice and grapefruit and even a hint of bready malt underneath. All about the hops and yeast here though. A bit crisp as well.
Carbonation is up there but not too high. Slightly crisp but finishes a bit dry. Alcohol warmth is there but isn't anywhere it shouldn't be (6.2%).
Very drinkable BPA. Pricey but worth the try. Definitely something to savor.
04-11-2010 04:30:18 | More by Brad007
4.5/5 rDev +12.8%
A beer that should be available at all times in all ways. A huge head superb retention and solid lacing combine to make a a beautiful looking beer. Smell follows suit with a melange of tropical fruits especially banana, grainy malt goodness, yeasty breads, bubblegum, and peppery spiciness. So much fragrance going on you could spend the night sniffing. Citrusy hops and light caramel notes. Taste is a follow through of the nose with a touch of vanilla, tart green apples, pears and grapes. The dry hopping gives a clean and grapefruit tinged finish with a dry quenching feel. A crisp and prickly carbonation adds to that quenching aspect and really brings this one close to perfect here as there is a creamy fullness to what is a medium light brew. Drinkability is also close to perfect and I may revise my score in that direction after I acquire a few more of these for the near future. What a great brew! Low enough abv that I drank the whole thing and did not feel hammered or greedy.
04-11-2010 01:32:12 | More by scootny
4.35/5 rDev +9%
750 ml corked and caged bottle, bottled on 1/19/2010, best before January 2011. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with a frothy inch and a half white head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. Aroma is citrus (tropical fruit, grapefruit, orange peel), yeast, pine hops and a bit of cloves. I think the taste is pretty similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some candi sugar and peppery spice. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating and is well carbonated. Drinkability is pretty good, it's smooth, refreshing and very easy to drink. It's a good beer today, and would be even better on a hot day. And for $6.99 a bomber, it's a good beer at a good price.
04-11-2010 00:07:22 | More by bluejacket74
4.47/5 rDev +12%
Thanks to Henrici for this corked and caged 750 mL bottle. I'm never one to turn Ommegang down.
A: The ale, poured into my Unibroue tulip, explodes in a rush of white foam. The dense, craggy head, over 4 fingers at the first shot. As the foam washed away, only a few patches of lace were left behind. The underlying ale is a hazy golden hue.
S: The nose borders on that of a Belgian IPA. The dry-hopping comes through with a vengeance, driving citrusy rinds with a dash of pine oiliness. I never expected such a strong aroma from an Ommegang ale (paint me very shocked). Matching the hops are sweet fruits and sugars from the Belgian yeast and peppery zest. High marks for the nose (even though it is too lively for a Belgian Pale Ale).
T: The Belgian flavors are much fuller in the first sip. A twist of funk, very mild, with a shot of anise starts things off. Candi sugars are present but in short supply, allowing the funky sweetness to rule the day. Lemony citrus hops are pleasantly bitter, a sharp counterpoint to the Belgian flavors. I'm gonna throw my weight behind the hops for the best aspect of the ale. Their citric bite is refreshing, leaving lemon zest in my mouth long after each sip is gone. Damn, I like this beer, from the sickly sweet Belgian to the citrus-to-the-bone hops.
M: The mouthfeel starts off with requisite Belgian sweet funk, a bit alarming but not out-of-place here. The hops, oh the hops sing. The lemony citrus, rind and all, is great.
D: The ale straddles the divide between Belgian Pale Ale and Belgian IPA. The hops are the winner, so much flavor packed into one bottle. Delicious.
04-10-2010 21:16:53 | More by akorsak
4.4/5 rDev +10.3%
After being super blown away by this one in the bottle, I jumped at the chance to have one on tap at the Gingerman in NYC when I saw it on the list. Headed there last night for a quick snifter before dinner plans in the city and right after work.
A - Had the same attractive honey color and the nice head for the glass, but it was a bit crowded in the bar and also on the darker side so it was tough to get a really great look, but certainly was on point for how I remembered it looking from the bottle.
S - The nose seemed to hold a heavier hops vibe than the bottle. I had remembered this being more subtle and felt that the tap pour was good, but not nearly as impressive smelling as the bottle.
T - Much like the nose, the hop flavor was way more upfront from the tap than the bottle. I much prefer the hops on the subtle side, and this one was a bit on the bitter side, but still delicious.
M - The beer felt great in my mouth.
D - Loved it. Only wish I had time for 2.
04-10-2010 20:22:42 | More by cosmicevan
Ommegang BPA (Belgian-style Pale Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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