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

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

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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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: paulieatworld on 03-17-2010

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of UDbeernut
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Dutch. Golden hue capped by a nice head with good retention, slightly cloudy. Smell is full of flower and light cracker. Well balanced by light malt, slightly cutting bitterness from flower, light grass and hay. Light to medium bodied..

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of thecheapies
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ridiculous pour into my Rodenbach Grand Cru tulip. Absurdly creamy meringue head slathered in angular clumps. Hazy amber body with warm hues. Spectacular.

Semi-spicy yeasty aroma with a mild double orange liqueur note. Earthy and a little musty. Complex and inviting.

Spicy yeast, black pepper, grapefruit pith, oyster crackers, some sea saltiness... this is effing marvelous. Nice citrus element from the dry-hopping. Super dry semi-bitter finish. Getting a smudge of unripe banana in that yeast strain. Very round character. I'm seriously impressed. My only complaint: a bit too sweet up front.

Great chewy bubble all throughout. Spritzy, dry, medium-bodied, everything I could ask for in this beer.

This is a tremendous Belgian Pale. I love this. Man, I gotta have another Orval sometime soon. Not my favorite style, but now I'm not sure which is my favorite example.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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5/5  rDev +25.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

In interesting dilemma presents itself immediately: this is a very good beer. however I'm not certain how good of a Belgian Pale Ale this is. Oh, I know all about the Belgians eschewing "styles" but they've even got BPA in the name of the beer. What it comes down to is I think of Belgian Pale Ale as a "malty" style, with restrained yeast flavors, perhaps the least "Belgian" of the Belgian ales. This beer is instead decidedly "yeasty" with ample yeast components in spice and especially fruit.

Pours quite clear, light peach/orange color, large rocky off-white head lasts a long time and leaves excellent lacing.

Full spicy and fruity aromas, yeast-based with tons of tropical fruit, lighter citrus and also some citrusy and spicy hop aromas. Enticing. Small amounts of pale malt, perhaps a tiny bit if something like biscuit, and quite a bit of alcohol comes out as it warms.

Spicy and especially fruity flavors abound, tickling across the palate in a light fashion with the high carb. Moderately full mouthfeel, leaves a bit of a sticky sweet aftertaste. Clean pale malt shows up now and then, perhaps something a bit richer and more kilned, and then yeast takes over again. Light hop flavor and firm bitterness that lasts into finish. Light alcohol flavor and warming, especially as I near the end of the bottle and it warms a bit.

I went back and forth and decided on "good" or better aroma/flavor/mouthfeel scores with an "average" overall score to show how it was out of style instead of "average" taste/aroma/mouthfeel scores and "excellent" overall. Basically this beer seems almost like an underattenuated Belgian Golden Strong or even tripel, with slightly less carbonation and of course not nearly as dry. Borders on Belgian IPA as well. It is a very good beer I can recommend to anyone who enjoys the flavor profile of those three styles, but if I want a Belgian Pale Ale I'll stick with Rare Vos. IMO BPA should be a "table" beer and this is bordering on a bit strong for that description.

my compliments to the brewer on a skillfully made beer...I want whatever yeast strain they use to get this great fruitiness!

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of bens0n
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear golden yellow color with a ton of chunky yeast flakes. There is a massive amount of creamy and foamy head that cakes the glass with tons of lacing.

This beer smells like a typical belgian ale, nice and yeasty, not much hop action going on, just some mild grainy bread tones with a little bit of subtle sweetness.

Flavor wise its got that yeasty backbone with some subtle hop sweetness in the middle with a nice dry, crisp finish.

Photo of kagent777
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle purchased while on vacation in Las Vegas, early November 2011. A packaged on date of 4-18-11 with a best by date of April 2012. I poured this into my beer goblet.

Appearance:I swirled the yeast into the beer before pouring. A hazy light gold beer. Has an off white two finger head that settled to about half a finger and looked nice and frothy. Sheets of bubbles formed on the inside of the glass rather than lacing.

Smell: Belgian yeast strain phenols with light clove and some banana. The malts are toasty and light while the hops are light and mainly earthy. A little citrus as well.

Taste: Lemon and other citrus are the first tastes that I sense. There is a dryness that goes along with the toasty malts. This is not an IPA done with Belgian yeast, as I was suspecting. The malt and the hops are not as prominent as that. The yeast are much more important in this beer. Balanced with light bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: A light to medium bodied beer, this one coats the mouth with flavor. The carbonation is sharp and uplifting.

Overall: Not quite what I was expecting, but a tasty beer nonetheless. Beginners may not appreciate all that is going on here, but they should not shy away from it.

Photo of CrazyP
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first experience with the Belgian Pale Ale style. Had it on 1/12 from a bottle with a best of date of 4/12.

A - Light orange in color with a slight haze. Poured with a huge head composed of fairly large bubbles. Head retention is very good. Quite a bit yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

S - Mildly spicy, piney hop aroma. I'm curious if a fresher batch would have more hoppiness.

T - Fruity and spicey with a pretty strong bitterness. I get a woody, astringent character as well. I think this beer could use a little more malt balance. Seems to soften up and improve as it warms up a little (suggested serving temperature is 40F, too cold in my opinion).

M - Good body and lots of carbonation. Dry finish.

O - Overall a nice introduction for me to this style. I enjoyed this beer but I suspect that it had been sitting on the shelf a little too long. It nice to see a combination of fruity and hoppy flavors.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served out of a 12 ounce bottle with a cap, I am fairly certain that Ommegang used to only offer this beer in a 22 oz with a cork. Poured into a stemless wine glass.
Appearance-2 finger head, some major lacing occuring, golden color to beer, carbonation is evident.
Smell-Citrus, yeast, fruit.
Taste-grapefruit, hints of yeast, nice hop finish, very subtle compared to an American Pale Ale but on the hoppier side for a Belgium.
Mouthfeel-nice, drinkable, crisp, decent amount of carbonation.
Overall- Would be a great beer to drink if you were going to have several, taste is pleasant but not overally controversail.

Photo of Flounder57
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Stella glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a one finger white head that is reducing slowly and leaving some nice lacing. A hazy golden yellow and orange color with very little clarity and some signs of tiny little bubbles in the glass.

Smell: Grapefruit and tangerine come to mind first. You also get some yeasty bready aromas and sweetness from the malts and possibly some Belgian candy.

Taste: Citrus and very tart up front. Sweet aromas I could smell are very hard to notice.

Mouthfeel: Medium to high carbonation, a little cheawy, heavy and full bodied.

Overall: Not a bad offering from Ommegang. A good begginer beer into the BPA style for me. Still looking into this style all the time and will be hitting this up again in the future. Would like to see more sweetness to balance out the citrus and tart flavors.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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