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

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1,283 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,283
Reviews: 461
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 64
Gots: 68 | 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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4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours an enormous white head with some serious foam action going on. it has a hazy golden straw color with some darkness to it, almost amberish.

the smell is terrrific, very fruity and yeasty, sort of an apricot and tropical fruit scent with some bready yeast.

the taste is a bit more hoppy and bitter, with the malt character seeming to lean a bit more toward caramel. the finish is slightly dry and bitter with a distinct yeast cake-like flavor.

the mouthfeel is a bit more light bodied than i am used to, and the carbonation, a touch more prickly.

very drinkable, flavorful but not overpowering, complex yet not confusing, all while being relatively light.

overall quite a nice bpa, not unexpected from ommegang. delicious!

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 02:26:37 | More by ryanonline
Photo of soju6


3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden color with a big head that fades slowly to ample lacing.

S: Mild aroma of citrus, fresh grain and some sweetness.

T: Taste is a bit muted. A mild malt sweetness, a bit of bread and a pleasent bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Light body, smooth with a good balance and an intangible character.

O: Very enjoyable, an easy drinker. I am not familiar with Belgian Pale Ales but will check them out in the future.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 00:51:00 | More by soju6
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Golden in color and relatively clear with an impressive off white head which collapses down to a nice stand of dense creamy foam. Nice lacing as well.

Aroma-Big floral notes from the dry hopping with cascades. Next comes herbal green tea and white pepper aromatics, with light tangerine and lemon notes and a charming bit of pear. Underneath all the yeast and hop character, there's a background note of bready malt. Perhaps the slightest vegetal hop note, but I only catch it now and then, and when it appears it's quite faint. Simply sublime.

Flavor-Citrus burst up front with orange and lemon rind, followed by white pepper and earthy yeasty goodness. A bit herbal, a bit spicy, and very rustic, it finishes dry with moderate hop bitterness and distinct herbal, pine, and spice notes. Whatever yeast they used in this, it gives it a ton of character, and it kicks a lot of ass.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderately high, prickly carbonation. Smooth and almost effervescent as it races across the tongue.

It's no wonder that this is quickly becoming Ommegang's flagship beer. It's delicious, complex, refreshing, and moderately sessionable (at least as far as Ommegang's beers go). This is an awesome beer style that isn't brewed nearly often enough, and this is a fine example. Love it.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 05:44:57 | More by plfahey
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3.2/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Great Divide Pint glass. I guess I didn't take enough care in the pour because all I got was foamy head. Two fingers of beer and two hands of head. As I await the downfall of this overdone head I notice that the color of the beer is a pretty cloudy yellow. Quite a lot of tiny carbonation bubbles add to this never ending, bright white and rocky head. Lace is super sticky.

Smell is as expected. Grassy and sourdough bread. Musty Belgian yeast. Some bright smells of maybe a sour apple?

Taste is mostly of Belgian yeast, grass or wheat. I've never been able to describe the Belgian flavor very well, it just tastes musty. Dark, wet basement like. There is even a bit of a metallic taste. Overripe blood orange.

Mouth is bright and light as the style suggests. I don't drink very many of this style because I don't like them, but as the style goes it's spot on.

Overall I must say I didn't enjoy this, but it's not the beers fault. It is the style's fault. I only try these when they are free or extras in a trade because I can't stand the Belgian yeast and malt bill flavor. I know I am on the outside with this opinion, but I don't care. I will never trade the cellar for a Westy, cause I promise you I will hate it. Thanks to merc7186 for the extra. I very much appreciate the beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 07:10:32 | More by azdback
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a BPA pint glass

A: Pours a beautiful warm golden color with a slight honey like character to it, slightly hazy character, pours with a ton of white fluffy head that linger nicely for a while, leaves a nice amount of lacing on the glass
S: nice citrus hop character with a nice underlying depth that smells like baking bread and a nice wheat like character
T: begins with a nice citrus hop character that is not too extreme but definitely brightens up the mouth a bit, then moves into a bit of depth from the wheat, tastes like it has a bit of a nut character like pistachios maybe, not sure, finishes with a nice brightness
M: medium carbonation tingle, cleans the palate on its way through and leaves a bit of a cold feeling on the palate
O: i really love this brew and i feel that it has become the standard by which all Belgian pale ales should be measured, such quality and such balance, another beautiful one from ommegang

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 23:48:39 | More by BigPlay1824
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Alberta (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml Belgian-style bomber, caged and corked, and damned imposing at that.

This beer pours a hazy pale orange hue, with a ton of thin foamy webbed head, which leaves some broad strokes of similarly-constructed lace around the glass as it settles agreeably apace. It smells of spicy, earthy yeast, mild bready malt, sweet estery banana and candy sugar notes, and citrus and bitter leafy hops. The taste is mild pale malt, citrus peel, echoes of the proclaimed tropical fruit, some zippy earthy, somewhat farmyard-borne yeast, and the consistently bitter citrusy, leafy hops. Any extra ABV is well ensconced, and not very evident, if that. The carbonation is average, but tangy and faintly prickly in that Belgian manner, the body medium weight, with an airiness that lends itself well to a hallow smoothness. It finishes with a grainy malt extension, peppered by some latent yeast and citrus hops.

Very Belgian in nature, and it's only my pesky brain telling me that it resembles Unibroue in its homage. Easy to drink if you're in that somewhat down-home, bucolic farm mood that Belgian ale tends to inspires in me.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 23:57:41 | More by biboergosum
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4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Unibroue tulip.

A: Pours a hazy, golden color with two fingers of serious, off-white head. Outstanding retention and lace. The last drops from the bottle were foam that fell out in dramatic clumps.

S: Sweet bread, light fruit, whispers of cider funk.

T: Leads with mellow, Belgian esters before easing into sweet malty flavor, then finishes with a little hop bite and little tart twang. Bit of oak on the aftertaste. Midway through the glass, a distinct apricot flavor comes in-- quite nice.

M: Light and smooth. Carbonation is good but not as dramatic in the mouth as in the glass.

O: What can I say, Ommegang does well every time, and this is no exception. Will be glad to buy this one again.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 11:33:06 | More by AmericanGothic
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4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with a large white head that has great retention and leaves a lot of lacing.

Fruity aroma of apple, pear, and lemon upfront with some wheat and light hops in the back.

Taste is also very fruity with apple and pear being most dominant, along with some banana, lemon, and a touch of pineapple. Wheat, grassy hops and Belgian yeast are also present.

Medium body with a lot of lively carbonation. A good BPA overall, very refreshing and another solid offering from Ommegang.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2011 18:11:37 | More by Vengeance526
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New Jersey

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

A nice pale golden yellow with a nice long lasting head and good lacing on the pour. Aroma and Taste of citrusy hops, some lemon peel with some sweet fruit spices, some Belgian yeast, and some nice biscuit malt. A nice medium body and crisp mouth feel, and nice carbonation. Finish is sweet citrus hops, lemon peel, sweet fruit spices, some nice Belgian yeast with a nice nutty malty ending for balance. Overall a very nice BPA fruity crisp and refreshing

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 19:41:37 | More by Samp01
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3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, dark yellow color with a big, fluffy, off-white head. Eventually drops to just a scattered film. Good lacing left behind.
Smell is hops first with citrus(mostly grapefruit), peach, vanilla and malt. Nice complexity and pretty well balanced.
Taste is grapefruit, hops, malt, some vanilla and pepper. Better balance than the nose. Pepper is a little more assertive as it warms.
Medium body with a bit less effervescence than one would expect from the head. Finish is fairly drying, though there is a nicely fading grapefruit/pepper/malt aftertaste. Somewhat warming at the back of the throat after it warms for 15 minutes or so.This is a beer that could be sessioned quite easily. All said, a pretty good beer but not the best from Ommegang in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 00:47:19 | More by PorterLambic
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Alberta (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 23/9/11

A mild haze with enough clarity to see the bubbles floating through a golden orange body, large three finger head after a gentle pour slowly falls to a tall island leaving random patches of lace and I still had foam in my glass after I drank all the liquid

S very fruity with mango, pineapple, apple and pear to go with a healthy serving of Belgian yeast and a little cereal and grassy hops

T thankfully the taste mimics the smell quite well with a earthy woody flavor that's a nice addition too the smell, the fruits not as tropical as the nose but still great tasting stuff

M quite creamy from the bubbles and a little bitter with enough left behind to taste for a while, bubbly but pretty good

O I have little to complain about with this one, quite complex and worth looking for

I could drink this again for sure and for 11$ it's reasonable and a welcome addition to Alberta shelves

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 00:48:51 | More by wordemupg
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Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance – Hazy dark yellow/amber colour with a massive size fizzy white coloured head. There is a below average amount of carbonation showing and there is some really good lacing. The head lasted for around 10 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains/wheat, hops, citrus, malts, yeast

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a high amount of carbonation. I can taste lots of hops and citrus mixed with some yeast/bread. There is also a bit of a white grape juice flavour. the beer finishes with a hoppy and grainy bitter aftertaste

Overall – One of the first Belgian pale ales that I've had that had some of the flavours found in a west coast IPA. It really had a lot of that grapefruit/orange/peach flavour. There was also quite a bit of a hop bitterness, which I enjoyed. I'd buy this beer again any time.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 19:45:07 | More by spinrsx
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3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a golden apricot color. Quite hazy. Head is thick and billowy and stays firm at two fingers.
S- The smell is somewhat tame for the style. It's fruity with apricot and lemon being the key notes. There is a bit of a clove character as well.
T- The bottle advertised tropical fruit and even though it didn't come through in the nose it's there in the flavors. There is a pineapple note in addition to the spicyness in the finish.
M- Medium-high carb, medium body. Not as dry as I'd like, though
O- A tasty beer, but as much as I love Ommegang beers, this one was only slightly above par for me

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 02:14:03 | More by jsprain1
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- a copper orange with a big creamy two inch head, tons of lace rings notch my journey as I take each sip.

S- bananas, bubblegum, bread, fruity tropical notes, hops.

T- this is a pleasant tasting beer! Enough tropical hops to add both zing and sweetness, and then the yeast brings the classic belgian golden ale flavor, but with a new american hoppy twist.

O- tastes to me a little more like a belgian ipa, and I love those. This is yet another great offering from a great brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2011 14:18:45 | More by Tschnab
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4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy orange with several finger white head that lasts until the end and leaves patchy lacing.

S - Bready pils malt, citrus hops, spice, Belgian yeast.

T - Citrus hops, lemon zest, spicy and herbal, grainy pils malt.

M - On the lighter side, crisp with bright carbonation.

D - Easy drinking with a nice extra hop presence.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 23:57:31 | More by brewcrew76
Photo of JMad


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

I drank this from a tulip...

Pours a muddled golden orange with a lofty, bubbly eggshell head. It smells great, aromas of tangerine and pineapple, some sweet malt, Belgian yeast and lemon meringue. Tastes of bitter lemon and orange peel with some pepper and a hint of clove, the bitter aftertaste is nice. Light with a load of carbonation, very soft bubbles and a dry finish. Wow, I really enjoyed this beer, it might become one of my new regulars.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 23:56:07 | More by JMad
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4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: single finger head with even solid lace around the glass. Murky, golden with light brown hues.

S: spicey and fruity mostly fig, apple and apricot.

T: spicy but less apple than in the aroma. typical belgian yeast notes with some hops.

M: smooth, lighter side of medium body

Overall: excellent taste and very drinkable. One of the better BPAs.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2011 01:03:22 | More by kylehay2004
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4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A 750 bought from a Total Wine, poured into a New Belgium Globe.

A - A very pleasing hazy yellow.

S - Light citrus, pine, banana, very light spice in the background.

T - Again, the light citrus (lemon, orange) is the main focus, followed with varying levels of spice, green apple and malty sweetness. Leaves a nice piney hopness at the end.

M - The mouthfeel is great, somewhere between the two styles this beer is looking to produce. I think the Belgian style lends itself very well to this Pale Ale style as the light and bubbly mouthfeel is perfect for the citrus taste you get from the hops. Finishes nice and dry.

O - A great price (I got it for 5.99!) for a very exceptional beer. I love the play between the Belgian and Pale Ale styles, they really help each other out in the best of ways.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 22:30:16 | More by orlandomag
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3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very cloudy yellow color and formed a foamy white head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. A medium amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of yeasts,citrus lemon, wheat and pepper. The flavor was of hops, Belgian yeasts, bread and a hint of malt. The body was medium light and the finish bittersweet.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 02:18:49 | More by Wildman
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New York

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a hazy golden orange color with a huge foamy white head that has extremely good retention, nice lacing too
S-banana, citrus, spice, straw, and nice yeast aroma
T-orange, spice, and hop bitterness throughout the whole flavor, leaves a clean green spiciness on the palate.
M-medium bodied
O-I'm a huge ommegang fan, and this beer doesnt disappoint. Has great belgian pale ale characteristics, a little extra fruit aroma and taste charcteristics, and is well priced for the quality of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 01:54:48 | More by atr2605
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4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - wow, the gentlest of pours brings forth a beautiful (slightly clouded due to my misjudgment) light orange brew with the most ridiculous pillowy head I have ever seen, four fingers to start, sticks around for what seems like forever, and leaves great lacing

S - pear and apple, along with a little cut grass, lemon zest, lots of yeast, clove and pepper

T - smooth maltiness, slightly tart, with a lot of green apple, a little fresh hay, some yeasty goodness. there's a nice mineral tang going on here as well, kinda wine-like. dry finish with some citrusy hops

M - sprightly (Spritely), well carbonated with a pretty light body, goes down very smoothly

O - this is a delicious beer, refreshing, with wonderful complexity, a great beer with food

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 00:58:47 | More by johnkale
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4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big fluffy head with intricate lacing that falls quickly down the sides of the glass. Aroma is very yeasty and spicy. The taste follows suit; hops are somewhat subdued after about a year in the bottle, but it's a nicely balanced flavor as a result. Typical Belgian style yeast profile; nicely sharp and spicy; slightly citric.

Highly carbonated and fizzy; refreshingly crisp and champagne-like. Lower ABV makes for an enjoyable, drinkable brew. Had this one with spicy Thai food and it was a great pairing.

Curious about how this would taste in a fresher bottle; I liked it a lot with the hops on the gentler side, as the flavor was really balanced and the bitterness didn't overwhelm the other taste aspects. The carbonation came close to being too much but wasn't, just barely.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 13:50:20 | More by tobelerone
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Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Blue Monk in Buffalo. Served in BPA branded glass.

A - Light to medium orange with a small amount of white head. Very good lacing.

S - Light citrus, bready notes, Belgian yeast, good apparent hop bitterness.

T - Grassy hops flavours, cloves, some light citrus notes, Belgian yeast.

M - Medium body with a nice chew. Very smooth. Light carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2011 18:44:52 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a light golden color with two fingers of white head. The smell of Ommegang`s BPA has sweet malts, spices, orange, grass. While the taste has grains as well as a decent hop profile with some Belgian yeast present as well. MF light-medium, with a similar carbonation level. This is a perfect beer to enjoy a couple glasses of along with a meal.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 01:14:52 | More by mltobin
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3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The body appears lively; active bubbles highlighted with a pale orange body and thin head crowing the top of the glass.

Banana is the most powerful aroma in the nose (thank you, Belgian yeasts). Some robust pine and orange scents hang around as well.

Flavors are sweet, but come in late, with fruit exclamations.
Mouth-feel is a light and loose body; it moves uninterrupted over the palate, pushed along with short, crisp carbonation. Finishes very easy.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 03:08:00 | More by brianjay
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