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

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1,273 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,273
Reviews: 461
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 64
Gots: 64 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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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
Photo of spinrsx

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
Photo of Wildman


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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4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bold and fiery amber/orange. Frothy off-white head the lingers and leaves a curtain down the sides of the glass. Aroma is a strong combination of orange and caramel malt along side some mellow, but balanced, earthy yeast. Tart flavor from the yeast upfront which gives way to the caramel toasty malts. That soon gets washed over by some fruity orange and lemon similar to the nose. Finishes with a earthy yeast bite along with some other character, most likely from hops, I can't recognize. Smooth malty body all the way through with a lot of yeast and hops working together nicely.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2011 22:06:54 | More by DrinkingDrake
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4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on date printed on the neck. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Wow, Ommegang truly does make some of the best looking beers out there. Pours a beautiful hazy shiny golden, HUGE creamy, fluffy white head and very sticky lacing; picture perfect. I'm really digging the aromas as well, lots of bubblegum, sweet banana and coconut; hops take a backseat. Now once you taste, the hops come alive. Flavors are bittersweet, almost a berfect balance from the bitter hops and fruity yeast. My only beef is that I wish the flavors were a tad sweeter, maybe I'm being harsh. I mean this beer is drinkable, you can almost chug it if you desire. It's very quenching and perfect for the warm weather. Mouthfeel is very nice, smooth, perfect amount of carbonation. Alcohol goes unnoticed for the most part. It's just one of those beers that really hits the spot. I really like it..

Great brew from Ommegang. I'd recommend for the hotter days, it really quenches.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 02:26:08 | More by BB1313
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3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite pale and golden in color. Relatively clear, but not brilliantly so. Poured a big white head, with a mix of coarse and fine bubbles. Strong retention with a wee bit of lacing.

A gentle bready, biscuity malt character, and a spicy, citrusy hop aroma.

Flavor is a little non-descript, with an acidic taste (from hops?) and a finish that is slightly hoppy and bitter. Some pepper in the bitterness. Taste doesn't live up to the interesting aroma.

MF - Medium body and fairly high carbonation. No astringency or warming.

Overall a bit of a disappointment for me. Neither the Belgian character nor the west coast hop character comes through in the taste - it seems a bit muddled.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 23:37:20 | More by mpyle
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4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazy golden color with a big fluffy white head that falls oh so slow with gobs of lace everywhere.

Aroma is bready malt, tropical fruits, nice grassy hops and light lingering earthy spice notes.

Taste is right in par bready malts with good fruit notes,earthy notes and grass hops, good dose of spice and light funk hints. Pretty nice ale good hop notes on a Belgian Ale, an enjoyable brew.

Mouthfeel is right on par for style.

Overall well done brew, enjoyable and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 01:18:21 | More by mntlover
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4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip. Bottle is best by 12/2011.

Appearance: rich golden hue with just a touch of haze and three thick fingers of frothy white foam, which has some pretty decent retention. Quite beautiful.

Smell: sweet, malty aroma with some earthy hops in there plus what seems to be a hint of funk. Pretty good.

Taste: very much like the aroma, although it tastes a bit drier than the aroma might suggest. Hop contingent remains earthy and bitterness is balanced. I like it.

Mouthfeel: lightish body with huge carbonation. Just a little bit more body on this would have given the carbonation a very creamy edge, but in this case it's mostly just very fizzy. Not bad, though.

Overall: quite an enjoyable beer. It doesn't have quite the flavor character I think of when I think of a Belgian-style pale, but I find it good nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 20:48:15 | More by flagmantho
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New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped PKG on 04/04/11 Best By 04/2012. Sampled on August 20, 2011. It pours straw yellow with a murky, cloudy tone and a bit of sedimentary deposits floating about. The aroma is all encompassing sugar sweet, fruity, and hoppy. The body is bold but also smooth. The taste is also quite sweet with a bit of berries and a clearly dry hopped finish. This is another fine brew from Ommegang.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 21:30:52 | More by puboflyons
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4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Golden yellow with a frothy white head.

Nose has plenty of straw and belgian yeast with some citrus.

Taste is great. Loads of grass character with straw and a light bready note. Dry all the way through to the finish. Tasty and easy to drink.

Overall this is a very nice Belgian Pale Ale. Hops are subtle and somewhat spicey but really the malts and yeast shine through.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 03:15:09 | More by stewart124
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New York

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

Appearance: Golden color with a huge head that fades with chunky lacing

Aroma: pale malt over slightly citrus hops with a faint yeast note mixed in.

Taste: A creamy body the whole way through of sweet, toasted malt with slightly resinous hop bitterness on top cutting the sweetness. Oily bitterness and lemon rind are the predominate feature of the linger finish.

The Rest: Another solid beer from Ommegang; good balance and a great body. The only fault I can find with this one is that the longer you sit on the finish, the less enjoyable it is.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 00:51:31 | More by curasowa
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4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

a: what starts out as a nice steady pour slowly rises into a gyster-like explosion, forcing me to sip away the top of the white bubbly foam. ouch. despite the hurried pour, the beer looks great and is still moderately clear with notes of haze. the foam covers the beer throughout the review. my bad.

s: complex aroma of piney hops with subtle citrus notes. bready malts are barely noticible yeast adds a distinct spiciness and complexity.

t: great hop character. citrusy, piney hops first hits the tounge quickly by a subtle malt sweetness with the yeast finally giving it a great spice character. finishes nice and dry leaving you craving more.

m: bubbly mouthfeel.

excellent american made belgian. not a horrible price ($10 a 4 pack) but not a deal either. i'll get this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 00:55:15 | More by tzieser
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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

P: rich wet-straw/gold. multiple fingers of thick off-white head receding to a good half-inch, supported by minor carbonation.

A: sweet tangerine citrus

F: solid tangerine/citrus flavor. minor resiny. pine-like notes in after. hop bitterness in after-taste.

M: thin, light. some carbonation on tongue

O: just a bit bitter, which detracts from the wonderful early tangerine sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 23:18:42 | More by jsled
Ommegang BPA (Belgian-style Pale Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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