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

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89
very good

464 Reviews
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90
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Reviews: 464
Hads: 1,356
rAvg: 4
pDev: 8.5%
Wants: 78
Gots: 94 | 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 biegaman
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Cole's, in Buffalo.

In setting out to brew to a Belgian-style pale ale, it certainly looks as though Ommegang is on the right track: the beer's sheeny golden body is perfectly clear, properly bubbled and has such a puffy head you'd swear someone used an air pump to inflate it.

As for aroma, however, I'm not so sure that grapefruit, pine and citrus are really all that emblematic of Belgian ales. Seeing how they used the appropriate yeast - and judging by their track-record of pulling off Belgian ales better than many actual Belgian brewers are capable of doing - I'm sure Ommegang was well aware of that when crafting the recipe.

Turns out, my knee jerk reaction was right: this could probably pass for what many call a 'Belgian IPA' in that it marries plenty of citric American hoppiness with the more typical Belgian pale malts and effervescent yeast. A toasty, lightly sweet, faintly toffee-like maltiness is tasted, but hops quickly pipe up with an endless supply of floral qualities.

And these bitter hops - which may be slightly subdued in the bottle due to competition with bottle-conditioning yeast but are absolutely brimming in this fresh draught sample - only become increasingly pithy and vine-y and noticeably earthy as the tasting goes on. Together with an enthusiastic carbonation, this is immanently refreshing.

This is my kind of Belgian Pale Ale! It's not that Brewery Ommegang can't do wrong in my eyes, it's that they *haven't*. Among all their year-round offerings and the always expanding limited releases (the vast majority of which I've tried), every single damn one of them seems to be a world class example of the style and all around top-notch beer. (1,698 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (820 characters)

Photo of akorsak
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Henrici for this corked and caged 750 mL bottle. I'm never one to turn Ommegang down.

A: The ale, poured into my Unibroue tulip, explodes in a rush of white foam. The dense, craggy head, over 4 fingers at the first shot. As the foam washed away, only a few patches of lace were left behind. The underlying ale is a hazy golden hue.

S: The nose borders on that of a Belgian IPA. The dry-hopping comes through with a vengeance, driving citrusy rinds with a dash of pine oiliness. I never expected such a strong aroma from an Ommegang ale (paint me very shocked). Matching the hops are sweet fruits and sugars from the Belgian yeast and peppery zest. High marks for the nose (even though it is too lively for a Belgian Pale Ale).

T: The Belgian flavors are much fuller in the first sip. A twist of funk, very mild, with a shot of anise starts things off. Candi sugars are present but in short supply, allowing the funky sweetness to rule the day. Lemony citrus hops are pleasantly bitter, a sharp counterpoint to the Belgian flavors. I'm gonna throw my weight behind the hops for the best aspect of the ale. Their citric bite is refreshing, leaving lemon zest in my mouth long after each sip is gone. Damn, I like this beer, from the sickly sweet Belgian to the citrus-to-the-bone hops.

M: The mouthfeel starts off with requisite Belgian sweet funk, a bit alarming but not out-of-place here. The hops, oh the hops sing. The lemony citrus, rind and all, is great.

D: The ale straddles the divide between Belgian Pale Ale and Belgian IPA. The hops are the winner, so much flavor packed into one bottle. Delicious. (1,623 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (363 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (785 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A hazy golden-lemon coloring is filled with a dense showering of carbonation. On top lied a eggshell white head, 3 fingers high, that was rocky and dense and well lasting. Stratified rings line the glass for a lacing with a modest thickness. Inside lied a turbid haze. The rocky head, coloring, and visual lacing all add up for a better then good visual appeal.

S: My first thought was lemon meringue on the nose. Soft compliments of cascade hops produce fresh citrus tones. When agitated there were hints of solvent, perhaps from the alcohol, mixed in with some lemon-straw on the fade. Light mentions of hops and yeast on a soft delivery left me wishing there was a bit more offered here.

T: Citrus flowers with a backing of pale grains opens things up. A mixture of fruitiness (dry pineapples & oranges) along with some juicy pears probably compliments of the yeast . In the middle of the palate were indications of melons and some fruit juices before finishing out with a light warming of fruit, citrus and alcohol. Eloquently smooth in delivery with a seamless transition of flavors. Overall a very fine tribute to brewing craftmenship went into this beer.

M: Light bodied, over time the overly active carbonation settled down becoming lax giving you a smooth and relaxing feel in the mouth. Soft boozy notes of citrus alcohol warm the tongue and inner cheeks.

D: Exceptionally smooth going down making for a wonderful experience. A big beer with session like quality and smoothness and only a modest show of the 6.2%abv that only adds to the overall flavor. (1,574 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (856 characters)

Photo of DrJay
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 750. Cloudy orange colour with an inch and a half, fluffy cap of eggshell colored foam. The head fell quickly to a thin layer, then stuck around for a while. A little bit of spotty lacing, but this wasn't long lived. Spicy and phenolic aroma initially, but this mellowed quickly to let other characters come forward - malty bread and yeast, grapefruit, pears. Crackery as it warmed with additional citrus. Moderate bitterness with juicy citrus, sort of a combination of grapefruit, lemon, and orange. Bready, wheat crackers, a bit of tart fruitiness. Mild clove spice and peppery tingle in the finish. Ample carbonation with a medium body, dry, nice texture. Refreshing and tasty. Seems like more of a Belgian IPA rather than a BPA, but either way it's good. (775 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
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 (948 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.09/5  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. (415 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mild amber color with a thick head into my tulip. Very nice presentation. Long time since I had anything from Ommegang.

Aroma is full of citrus from the hops and spice from the yeast. Grapefruit comes to mind. As it warms up and settles, aroma becomes even more appealing.

Taste is full of spice and grapefruit and even a hint of bready malt underneath. All about the hops and yeast here though. A bit crisp as well.

Carbonation is up there but not too high. Slightly crisp but finishes a bit dry. Alcohol warmth is there but isn't anywhere it shouldn't be (6.2%).

Very drinkable BPA. Pricey but worth the try. Definitely something to savor. (655 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (707 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (549 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.16/5  rDev +4%
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. (717 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle, bottled on 1/19/2010, best before January 2011. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with a frothy inch and a half white head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. Aroma is citrus (tropical fruit, grapefruit, orange peel), yeast, pine hops and a bit of cloves. I think the taste is pretty similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some candi sugar and peppery spice. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating and is well carbonated. Drinkability is pretty good, it's smooth, refreshing and very easy to drink. It's a good beer today, and would be even better on a hot day. And for $6.99 a bomber, it's a good beer at a good price. (707 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (992 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (821 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Color is a nice yellow amber with a faint bit of haze and.. holly carbonation! Explodes in my glass as it pours to produce a higher than two inch rocky fluffy head. As I check the haze it's like a very light Christmas with small yeast flakes rising and falling.

S - Slight apple and pear funk mostly yeast which smells strong but hopefully not in taste. Slight hops gives this beer a mild grassy aroma. I wait for the head to settle..

T - Yeast is thankfully balanced with a nice hop profile which kind of caught me by surprise. Checking the label it says "dry hopped" and indeed it gives this beer a nice dimension. Pear and apple ciders are in the taste but faint. funk taste and tart sourness is low.

M - Very crisp flavors with a light to medium body.

Overall Ommegang does it again and I wish I could find this cheaper than 3 dollars a bottle since I would like to have this again. Will have to see the price of a six pack at my local beer place (must be around 12-14 dollars) (989 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (287 characters)

Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: hazy golden yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: citrus, belgian yeast, hops,

taste: grass, hops, belgian yeast, spice

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body

overall: interesting pale ale with a kick of spice and grassy hop flavor.

Cheers,
the CPJ (292 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured from a bomber to a tulip glass. Had a bright orange color and a cloudy texture. There was a half inch of long-lasting, foamy/creamy head and good lacing.

S: A sweet, pleasant aroma of citrus, malt, spices and Belgian yeast.

T: Tasted of citrus, cloves, Belgian yeast, malt and other spices. Very focused, pretty complex, and extremely flavorful.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a slightly slick finish. Medium-bodied. A little on the bitter side.

D: One of the more drinkable beers I've tried recently and one of the best Belgian Pale Ales. (555 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from barrique, corked/caged

dry-hopped belgian pale - nice

appearance: poured into a delirium chalice, cloudy yeast haze, golden-apricot body, foamy white crest with strong retention

smell: grassy hops, clean belgian yeast, pineapple and tropical fruit

taste: nicely hopped but definitely not a belgian IPA - very grassy, high carbonation, light pineapple, white pepper, corriander, citrus zest, controlled hops, zesty yeast

mouthfeel: very high carbonation, nice

drinkability: high (501 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into tulip glass

Pours a hazed darker apricot color with a frothy white head. Slowly fades into some thinner film with lighter spots of lacing around the glass.

Notes of faint fruit with some almost syrupy sweetness. Lighter touches of yeasty funk.

Begins with a distinct bite of lemony zest and some citrusy sweetness. Other fruits such as apricot and apple are detectable, alongside a bit of spiciness and pepper. Light funkiness with some herbal qualities, especially towards the finish, which is somewhat long and dry.

Medium body, higher carbonation, somewhat dry but not overdone; pretty accurate for the style. Smooth, refreshing drinking, although this is probably better in the spring/summer. (727 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single for $3.49 from the Village Pump. Consumed while listening to the Devin Townsend Project's new opus, Deconstruction.

Pouring a moderately clear light orange with a three-finger thick dense, off-white head that lasts a while, this beer has a high level of carbonation. Lacing is minimal, though. The nose is relatively refreshing. It's got a blend of citrus hops, specifically orange and grapefruit, along with a noticeable chalky aroma that I get from one of the C-hops (Cascade?). With this beer, it's strong enough to make me think of Pepto Bismol. The nose also does have a moderate malt character with aromas of honey, light sugar and a faintly stale malt character. The initial pour does reveal a mild yeast character, mostly expressed as spices, specifically clove. Solid stuff, despite the chalkiness.

The palate opens with an unanticipated Bretty clove flavor. This beer has none of the other characteristics you'd expect from a Bretted beer - it didn't gush, there's still some heft to the palate - but that spice character is quite noticeable. Further sips and gulps allow the grapefruit to come to the forefront, along with the chalk to replicate that clove Brett character. Apart from the clove and hops, this beer does have a mild honey flavor before drying out on the finish, leaving flavors of clove, citrus hop and grainy bitterness and just a touch of alcohol. Adding the yeast to the pour adds a little heft to the palate, and increases the spiciness here. Ultimately, this beer is medium-light, crisply carbonated and has an enjoyable finish. Solid stuff, but for the money, I'd rather buy a Duvel. (1,625 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Be careful when opening it - my sample popped like a champagne bottle and fizzed from here to California, and I’m in Georgia right now! Aroma is mainly fruity, rather crisp with a hint of malt. It pours a slightly hazy solar yellow with a thick, frothy, rather persistend white head that leaves considerable lacing. Flavor is crisp, more fruity than malty, with a woody overtone, and both bitter and sweet hints that balance each other nicely. Mouthfeel is smooth and just a little fizzy, leaving a fruity and hoppy finish. (525 characters)

Ommegang BPA (Belgian-style Pale Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
89 out of 100 based on 464 ratings.