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

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1,328 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,328
Reviews: 461
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 71
Gots: 80 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of Ego
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

eyes...
slightly cloudy and tawny-gold hue with a full finger of absolutely white head, lots of carb bubbles rushing up from the bottom of the glass, lacing is great as well as head retention. this is a good lookin brew.

nose...
non pine hop aroma, bready with honey, malty with a hint of must, coriander with a touch of orange, it smells chewable.

taste etc...
refreshing with the smack of carbonation, mild bitterness coated with light honey notes, coriander/orange flavor asserts in the aftertaste, the yeast just adds a whole new level to this brew, it gives it such a distinct tone of complexity. You have this slightly bready-musty dry flavor caressed with the hop signature and spiciness.... really nice. the more you sip the more the dry hopping really entices your nose and palate.

verdict?
great beer here. Not an all day drinker but something great to have after or during a summer meal amongst friends. The spiciness would add to many types of fare, bbq to thai.

Ego, May 12, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in an Ommegang fluted chalice (or whatever the hell this damn thing is called...cervoise? Tulip? Whatever it is, it has the Ommegang logo on it and came free with that bomber boxed threesome.).

Another of my inexplicable collection of BPAs in the fridge. Held up the window (trust me, it's sunny out), the lion rampant or turns a sable against a light, hazy, sunset-like tenne (ah, heraldry). The bright, seemingly ermine suds leave a lovely halo etched along the rim while the liquid drains beneath it. Plenty of smells comin' offa this guy, including some banana, cloves, wheat, damp straw, a tiny bit o' soap, flowers, and sweet woodruff. The cloves, woodruff, and soap stage their vengeance on the tongue, along with a hint of pepper and a splash of citrus peel. A bit of spice drfits on into the distance. It's all pretty light and breezy, fitting nicely with the sunniness outside and in the glass. Currently the top of the BPA heap right now.

TMoney2591, May 10, 2010
Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bottle from Abe's Cold Beer for $9-10 and split it with a couple friends. The beer appeared a slightly hazy amber with a tall white head that left lacing. At first I was struck by the delicate bready malt and candy character, then I was amazed by the citrus and apricot hop flavor. That's quite a pairing of malts and hops in a Belgian pale, but the flavors are expertly balanced and sublimely subtle. Find this beer. It's not quite like anything I've tried straight from Belgium, but there's no doubt about its heritage.

tempest, May 10, 2010
Photo of spointon
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a 750ml brown bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

A= This ale poured a medium-dark gold color with a big, lively 2" white head. The head took a few minutes to drop to a solid but thin cap. Lots of sticky Belgian lace left behind on my glass.

S= I found the aroma to be mainly sweet and citrusy malt/ester complex, grassy and flowery hop aroma, and chalky yeast funk. All around pleasant and interesting.

T= Light bakery malt sweetness lead into a beautiful marriage of yeasty goodness and spicy/grassy/floral hop complexity. Wow. I am so impressed by the balance yet sheer complexity of this beer. Finished dry and left me wanting more immediately.

MF= Well attenuated putting this to the lighter side of medium bodied. Crisp but not quite effervescent carbonation.

D= This was a really pleasant surprise. I have never had a bad Ommegang beer, but hadn't been wowed by them in a while. This beer hits right in my sweet spot and I will be seeking this out again and again!

spointon, May 08, 2010
Photo of funkybier
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Taste -
Balance towards floral/spicy hops and yeast
Fruity banana yeast esters round out the hops
Finish is quite dry

Smell -
Fruity yeast and spicy hops dominate

Color -
Light golden/orange

Head -
Medium/light that quickly dissipates to thin and long lasting lacing

funkybier, May 07, 2010
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.

glid02, May 07, 2010
Photo of jrallen34
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the Map Room into a pint glass. Murky yeasty gold with a nice white head, good retention and lacing. The aroma is nice with light hops, taste has the hops a bit stronger but easy to drink. Nice easy to drink balanced ale but I wouldn't go out of the way to drink it.

jrallen34, May 05, 2010
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big amount of chill haze has formed in this beer since I put it in the fridge two days ago. A steady pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces almost four-fingers worth of nicely tanned foam. The head slowly falls with pillowy mounds of froth that leaves a rocky surface on the top fo the foam. The beer is a murky, light amber color that shows a rich haze and lighter copper hues when held up to the light. Earthy yeast notes mix with spicy herbal hop aromas followed by citrus hop notes in the first whif of the aroma. My second waft of the aroma sees me noticing tropical fruit hop notes much more with notes of lychee, floral peach and perhaps a touch of kumquat or tangelo zest. Earthy, spicy malt character is accentuated by fruity fermentation notes, and spicy phenolics; this last is a touch musty, a hint of medicinal, with some solid, supporting clove aromatics. The malt becomes more noticeable as my nose adjusts to the hops, toasted whole grain bread aromatics, rye crackers and fresh crushed grain notes all are apparent. In addition to the hops, there are other fruit notes of pear and perhaps a light melon like character. The aroma on this is interestingly complex, and I am quite enjoying the interplay of Belgian yeast, American Hops and malt.

Sweet grapefruit hop flavors are noticeable as the beer first hits my tongue. The beer dries out quite a bit as it rolls across my tongue though; the malt character is overall dry, but the hops accentuate an up front sweetness that just lingers on the palate even in the long finish. Both the peppery carbonation and the hops provide a biting, bitter note that is found throughout the flavor profile, but especially lingering in the finish. Touches of pine and a definite herbal edge also linger towards and into the finish of each sip. The malt contributes a soft dough-like flavor, some toasted cracker notes as well as a rustic, crushed grain character that lingers in the finish. It is interesting that the fermentation character accentuates a lychee / tropical fruit flavor from the Cascade hops. The texture of this beer is fizzy from the ample carbonation, but well tamed by a creamy texture; overall this is quite quaffable and certainly light enough to be what I was expecting labeled as a BPA. Fermentation spice notes of clove (this is actually quite big and mixes quite well with the hop character), woody black pepper and pink ginger play a bigger and bigger role as the beer warms up.

In a world were there are few commercial examples of American hops and Belgian inspired yeast strains (especially under 7%) this is a really nice beer. I can't see this standing up if a lot more of these get made though. As it is though, I am thoroughly enjoying this beer. My biggest complaint is that the malt seems to muddle things a bit; it does add complexity, but seems to get in the way of the crisp hops and interesting yeast character, though it does add extra complexity, which isn't really needed in a beer chock-full hops and yeast character. This would also be a bit lighter and more refreshing without the extra malt character; and I don't think that would be a bad thing.

Gueuzedude, May 05, 2010
Photo of saintwarrick
4.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice big foamy white head on this dark orange brew; it looks like a Belgian brew. Smell is anything but, lots of citrus and hops with just a faint scent of Belgian sugar. Taste is damn near perfect. Starts out like a great Belgian pale ale, slightly fruit before a big bitterness takes over, lots of citrus, like an American IPA. This brew is heavily hopped and a great American take on a Belgian brew. I've been waiting for someone to do a great job pairing Belgian ales with American hops, and this brew delivers.

saintwarrick, May 05, 2010
Photo of IronLover
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep golden yellow with a big frosty, rich head. Just a touch of haze. Lazy, thick, sticky lacings. Light floral aroma, with bready or yeasty undertones. Not a prominent bouquet. Nice lively carbonation. Very even, full body feel and nice smooth finish. Pleasant, sweet malty flavor with a light fruity finish. An excellent BPA that I thoroughly enjoyed.

IronLover, May 04, 2010
Photo of hosehead83
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Originally poured from a "bomber" bottle into a standard pint glass but with way too much foam. Secondary pour into a wine goblet reveals a nice cloudy orange colored brew, with still quite a substantial, if manageable, cloud-deck of white foam
Aroma-Subtle funkiness,hoppy citrus notes
Taste-Dry, spicy, peppery, intermingled nicely with citrus and hopnotes. Very refreshing and drinkable,subtle and tasty. Nice balancing act between the two styles, niether one overpowers the other. Well done!

hosehead83, May 03, 2010
Photo of cokes
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy daffodil colored with a moderate rise of white suds.
It noses mostly floral with a depth of fruitiness and an integrated bitterness. It's less specific in its aroma than I'd prefer, but it still smells nice.
Into the mouth, it carries a hay-like, crispy pale maltiness. It quickly segues to a fuller apple sauce sweetness. It stays here for a while. Some clove- and chalk-like yeast interplay pops up, bringing a terse bitter/funkiness that nearly suggests Brett. The hops arrives shortly thereafter, with a herby, green pulpiness that pinpoints the source of the bitterness, but fails to gather an absolute clarity that states "hoppy".
The body is lightish with an abundant CO2, but carries an underlying weight. This is its strength. It's a drinker and built as such, but has some nuance and depth tacked on. Even if it's not all congruent. It fakes it well. Not worth big dollars, but otherwise a decent option.

cokes, May 01, 2010
Photo of jmosier
4.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle, from a St. Bernardus chalice. Had it with a tasty pizza.

Beautiful golden haze, creamy head that lingered in the glass. Easy floral nose. Smooth, flavorful, crisp, delicious, dry, well-balanced and very, VERY good. Will buy again. Highly recommended.

jmosier, May 01, 2010
Photo of david18
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

david18, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of GJ40
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

GJ40, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of WesWes
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

WesWes, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of lackenhauser
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

lackenhauser, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of Cresant
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Cresant, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of BARFLYB
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

BARFLYB, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

oberon, Apr 19, 2010
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.

tigg924, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of ColForbinBC
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

ColForbinBC, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of champ103
3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

champ103, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of irish
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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".

irish, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of Axic10
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Axic10, Apr 17, 2010
Ommegang BPA (Belgian-style Pale Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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