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

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89
very good

1,338 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,338
Reviews: 461
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 71
Gots: 84 | FT: 1
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: paulieatworld on 03-17-2010

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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 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 WhatsNewinBooze
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This just became available in Denver and i couldn't wait to try it. This beer pours a cloudy golden honey color with a alrge foamy white head with fine bubbles. The nose was huge on the orange and corriander but you also get some note of lemon zest and yeast. On the palate you immediately get honey followed by flavros of orange, bread and some slight spice notes. Overall it was a good beer, it is just a little pricey for what it is.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy tea and copper with sunshiney yellow highlights. The head is nice and thick, but very fleeting, gone before you can take a sip.

The beer has a crisp orange peel sorbet with some dried toast fresh from the toaster. With fresh cut grass sprinkled on top.

The taste starts super crisp on the palate and green apple skins, toast, and caramelized candi sugar on the taste buds. The grassy and orange hops take on an effervescence with all the carbonation in this beers palate. Makes them sorbet of sorbet like to me in the middle. The finish is a soft bitterness and dry toasted bread malt.

This is an exceptional tasting BPA, all it needs is some better estectics and its a "5" all the way.

Photo of mjaskula
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip. The giant white head surprised me almost overflowing the glass. It leaves thick lacing as it reduces to a thick film. The beer itself is a golden, slightly hazy and effervescent.

Aroma is thick spicy with aged hops and belgian yeast. Flavor is crisp and spicy as expected from the aroma. I didn't get much of the tropical fruit claimed by the bottle, but there is some fruitiness in the background. It finishes with a but of hop bitterness and some bready malt character.

Carbonation is high, as evidence would suggest, and it dries up off of your tongue, leaving you wanting more. The overall light character and smooth flavors make this a fairly easy drinking belgian.

Photo of Liverpool08
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful orange/copper color with a small head. Aroma is Belgian yeast but also a little bitter grassy aromas. Taste follows, with some Belgian spices and banana flavors that quickly move into a more bitter grassy taste. This is a nice Belgian to use as a thirst quencher. The bitterness helps move the sweeter spices thru the palate and make this very drinkible.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A new bottle from Ommegang, naturally a Belgian style. The bottle states this to be a dry hopped Belgian Pale Ale, offering "citrus and tropical fruit aromatics coming from a well balanced hops character. Belgian yeast, five malts, two hops, finished by dry-hopping wit Cascade hops, and warm cellaring".

The beer is a bazy deep copper color, plenty of fine floating sediment and a huge frothy head, maybe 4 fingers worth. The aroma has the Belgian character, kind of smells like a muted Belgian IPA. It smells a little more bitter than it actually tastes, I think the sweetness from the malts tempers it well. Very balanced, crisp, and dry. Not a sipper but not really a chugger either, just easy drinking goodness.

Photo of Haybeerman
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Fairly dark gold color. Poured a 2 finger rocky white head with excellent retention. Decanted continually. Lots of stick lace.

S: Slightly sweet and citrussy combination of malt and esters. Floral hops and a bit of a yeast funk as well.

T: Biscuity malts transitioned to yeast and spicey, grassy floral hops. Complex, yet an interesting. Finishes dry and warm.

M: Medium body. Ample carbonation. Very complex, yet maintained a nice balance. Dry and very warming.

D: Big flavor and comlexity yet moderate abv make this surprisingly drinkable.

Photo of wagenvolks
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's been too long since I've had an Ommegang beer. I definitely need to revisit their flagship catalog. 750 ml corked & caged bottle into a Delirium Tremens tulip (packaged 1/19/10).

BPA pours with a glowing orange body and a bit of yeasty haze. The carbonation is fervent, and supplies the antique-white foam with a uniform supply of bubbles. Lacing clings to the inside of the glass. Great aroma, absolutely nails the style with spicy, musty Belgian yeastiness, white pepper, grassy hops, and tons of citrus fruit. The Cascade dry-hop is noticeable, but doesn't overpower the other aromatic subtleties.

The flavor starts off with Belgian spices and orange peel before giving way to a spritzy pale malt note that suggests bread dough and Saltine crackers. The hops come across as citrusy with a hint of pine and florals, while the yeast adds tropical fruit notes. Mouthfeel is crisp, medium-light in body, and almost too carbonated, but bubbly enough to kick in some zest to the palate. BPA is an easy sipper, and one of the better Belgian Pale's I've come across in recent memory. Distinctly American, but holds true to its stylistic roots. Goes great with a rice dish...recommended!

Photo of wedgie9
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from 750mL bottle. Pours a cloudy tan orange with a thin beige head. Hoppy nose with that signature Belgian yeasty smell that always reminds me of lemon and biscuit. Palate is super mellow with the hops taking a back seat. Lemon zest, biscuit, black pepper, and light hops flavor round out the palate. The carbonation is very high with a sticky texture and a rather short finish. This is an easy drinker that will go great with foods.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of spointon
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
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!

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

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 jrallen34
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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.

Photo of saintwarrick
4.65/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

Photo of IronLover
4.48/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Photo of hosehead83
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
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!

Photo of cokes
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of jmosier
4.66/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Photo of david18
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of GJ40
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Ommegang BPA (Belgian-style Pale Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
89 out of 100 based on 1,338 ratings.