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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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Ratings: 1,345
Reviews: 463
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 73
Gots: 87 | 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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Photo of Gavage
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with some yellow highlights. A 2" head lasts a long time. Spotty lacing develops during the session.

Smell: yeast, sugary sweetness, caramel, and some floral bitterness is pleasant on the nose.

Taste: yeast, caramel, lemon zest, oranges, green grapes, pears, and a mild floral bitterness creates a well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout. Long lasting aftertaste.

Drinkability: this beer was very easy to quaff and satisfied the tastebuds. Great beer from Ommegang.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle,

A: Pours a translucent to hazy goldenrod with a firm 2-3 finger almost gushing white head, leaving tons of lace, very good head retention.

S: Lime peel, orange peel, coriander and white pepper. Yeasty and attractive Belgian smells.

T: Quite a yeasty taste. Bitter spice on the back end with a lot of citrus peel. Noticable hop character, hay and earth, appealing, this would make a great food beer.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth with soft but biting at times carbonation, very easy drinking.

O: This is fantastic domestic Belgian style beer. Great flavours, blind I could believe this is Belgian-made which is always a plus. Well done Ommegang.

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

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 4/25/2012. Pours very cloudy golden orange color with a nice 2-3 finger fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice frothy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big pear, apple, lemon, pepper, grass, hay, earth, bread, herbal, and yeast spiciness. Very nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity. Taste of lemon, pear, pepper, grass, orange zest, apple, hay, earth, clove, herbal, bread, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of light fruits, citrus, grass, herbal, earth, pepper, clove, bread, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of flavors; no cloying flavors at all after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly slick and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian pale ale! Very well balanced with nice complexity; very smooth and crisp to drink. Really enjoyed this, will be on the lookout for some fresher bottles for sure.

Photo of stakem
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken on 8/13/10.

Thanks to pmsawyer for sharing! Poured from a 750 into a couple of pint glasses this brew appears a hazed light orange stained shade of yellow. Two fingers worth of white fluffy foam appear and stick all over the glassware.

The aroma is a spicy hopped mixture coming across herbal like mint mixed with orange peel. Some yeasty notes blend throughout the aroma as well. Some grainy malt sweetness that plays well with the spiciness of the hops fills the nose that comes together forming some all inclusive candy-like aroma.

The taste of this offering is both grassy and herbal from the hops. A lingering dry grain character fills out a solid backing for this brew that meshes well with the herbal and spiced character of the hops and the yeasty notes that are evident.

Moderately carbonated over a light feeling brew. Pleasant lingering herbal hops stick and last inside the mouth. I've never been a huge fan of Belgian pales but this one is nice.

Photo of mothman
3.38/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a 1/2 finger of white head. Good retention with some lace. Color is a hazed golden orange.

Aroma: Kind of fruity, kind of hoppy. Citrusy with spices and yeast.

Taste: Yeast, spice, bananas, cloves. A bit of floral and grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: A little bitter, but very dry. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, a decent BPA, but nothing exciting. It is what it is. Fairly average to the style. Fairly decent drinkability.

Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Typical Ommegang presentation, caged and corked bomber, $8.99 @ DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. Medium golden amber, semi clear with a olive oil almost greenish hue. The head is HUGE, slow to fade to a loose fluffy froth merainge. Leaving more loose and thick lace all the way to the top of where the head once was. Pineapple and resiny hop nose, nice, amirillo? Tasty, hoppy, tropical fruity, toss in some light Belgian spiceyness/yeastyness, including the lovable nutty note from the final yeasted up pour. Yum. Great to see another offering from slow to expand their line Omme. Nice job here, nice new beer to enjoy right now and surely as part of some enjoyable summer lunches.

Photo of chinchill
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

undated 12 ounce bottle served in pint glass. Appreciate the serving instructions on the label.

Appearance: Pours with a hazy, light orange-gold body and a towering airy bone head ... so much head, I could not get the entire bottle in my pint glass without waiting and drinking. Robust carbonation is also evident in the beer itself. Settling of the head is slow (at least for someone waiting to taste this beer) and leaves blotches of sticky lace on the sides.

Smell: Citrusy hops hit first, from a little distance. Closer sniffing reveals spicy and floral notes, and hints of lightly baked sour dough bread. Nice complex mix of aromas.

Taste: Nice mix of hops, malt yeast and other flavors. Not as yeasty or spicy as some "Belgian style" brews. {This is good thing}. Hints of lemon, generic citrus, pepper, and orange peel. Excellent sweet/bitter balance with little sourness. I also liked the malt/hop balance. Clean and brisk -- not terms that usually come to mind for Belgian style beers.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. High carbonation is soft, and more obvious by sight than on the tongue. Semi-dry finish.

Overall: A fine Belgianesque beer with enough hops to make a real difference in flavor and bitterness. Nicely avoids over spicing, but is a little bit over-carbonated. Bordering 4.5

Photo of corby112
3.11/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very cloudy dark golden orange color with a two finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Streaks and spots of lacing left behind.

Earthy aroma with a prominent hop presence along with some zesty spice, pale malt and light fruit notes. Lots of grassy pine along with some coriander and pepper followed by hints of apple and pear.

Medium bodied with some tight carbonation and a strong earthy hop presence up front that lingers over the sweeter notes into a dry finish. Slightly floral with some grassy pine and faint citrus fruit complimented by some peppery spice. Only slightly dry but not very bitter. Countered by some pale malt and crisp, light fruit. Overall, the palate is surprisingly full and it's easy to drink but it's not terribly flavorful or interesting.

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 afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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

Served on Draft at The Drafting Room and I had a Bottle as well with some family.

Golden pale yellow looking like straw in a pile. Bubbles are seen rising up creating a semi thick but not all the way Belgian looking head with a sharp mountain of pointy foam. Small pockets of lace on the way down. On second thought this looks fine.

Smells are of the Belgian persuasion including at least a few malts working nice but not overpowering the yeast which is putting off esters hardcore. A nice bread goes along with some faint fruit and some citrus juice. A little bit of apple and trace juicy fruit gum. A rewarding whiff to say the least.

First off, bready malts that aren't major but first in line. After that a blast of columbus which is also not huge. After that some yeast action with esters and fruit and a Belgian vibe. I cant help to get some candi, gum and some nice sweet action, i'm liking the mix on this pale. The hops are more type spicy and a little earthy and far from west coast style, but there is some bitterness.

Yes, there is small amounts of bitterness along with some spice, but there's also five malts backing that so, there you go. BPA is in between light and medium in stature but high in taste and carbonation, this beer is very active when it does it's thing. The yeast is big and bold so get in line.

Ommegang does Belgian's right, It's a no brainer. BPA is well balanced and does it's thing with Ommegang's house yeast strain. A great addition to the lineup and one i'll be trying again soon.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Commonwealth Lounge in Newport Beach, on to the beer:

Pale gold is the color of this Ommegang offering. Only a small patch of thin foam sits on top as I received my serving, eventually going away and leaving a few spots of lace on the glass. Its nose is clean and surprsingly hoppy since it calls itself a Belgian styled pale ale; crisp pine is the easiest to pick out of the bunch, floral and melon trail alongside.

It's a hybrid. BPA borrows characteristics that define both the American and Belgian schools of brewing. The American side brings to the table a clean profile, cuts of pine, orange, and vague citrus. The Belgian side, while light, pulls in faint apricot (presumably from the yeast). As the beer goes down, it leaves a little "hoppy bitter" aftertaste.

Whatever this is, it is a joy to drink. After finishing my glass, I kept thinking of Eisenbahn Pale Ale, which is what BPA reminds me of most.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ommegang BPA, On-tap

Appearance: Clear, copper in color, small head, no lace.

Smell: Big time banana aroma from munich malts I imagine. Some toffee and hints at sweetness.

Taste: Toffee, malt, faint caramel. Sugar. The banana prevalent in the nose does not really pull through in the taste. Leafy tobacco hop bitterness rounds it out. Light on overall bitterness and bite, expected a bit more but the subtle Belgian qualities make up for it. A well balanced pale ale with authentic Belgian flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, tingly carbonation, drying, chalky finish.

Drinkability: An easy drinking pale ale. One I would recommend to those impartial to hops. Mellow and good.

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of tdm168
3.61/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - bright, hazy yellow with a huge mountain of dense, bubbly, white head that has great retention

S - faint fruit, a bit sweet, light pepper, faint yeast

T - white grapes, a bit fruity, faint spice, yeasty

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a decent beer. It doesn't have an overpowering yeastiness that a lot of Belgians tend to have. It's easily drinkable and offers nice, light fruitiness to keep you interested. I prefer the Rare Vos over this but this deserves a try as well.

Photo of atrocity
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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

Light amber colored beer with a furious amount of head formation. Very strong and thick head.

Smells sweet malty and spicy coriander is mild but present.

Starts out mildly sweet with a taste of raw coriander and honeysuckle. Bitterness level is medium. Medium spicy mostly cinnamon and coriander.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Drinkability is good. A good BPA but not one I will buy again.

Photo of akorsak
4.47/5  rDev +12%
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.

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 KAF
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of billab914
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into my Russian River tulip. It poured cloudy and orange amber in color. A thick, foamy white head fills the top inch of the glass. Nice head retention and lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a nice mix of crisp light fruits, earthy Belgian yeast and zesty, floral hops. Everything feels pretty well balanced and comes together well. The hops started to come out more as it warmed giving it a little more of a citrusy, lemon zest presence.

The taste also has a relatively bold citrus hop presence to it with notes of lemon zest, orange peel and a little grapefruit to it. The belgian yeast adds an earthy spice that lingers well into the finish. The crisp light fruits give it some needed balance towards the sweet side.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being on the higher side, but also delicate and a little silky. Overall, it's a very good beer of the style. I really like the use of the citrusy American hops in it. It's well balanced, easy drinking and one of my favorites of the style. Very solid beer all around.

Photo of John_M
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a solid gold color with very good head retention and considerable sticky lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose, but what I get is pretty attractive, consisting of light ginger and clove, and something of a balsa wood aroma. The flavor profile is more pronounced, with light honey, dry citrus, and a fairly bitter finish. The beer is pretty dry, with a fairly long, hoppy/bitter finish. Drinkability is pretty good, as one would expect with this level of alcohol.

Nothing extraordinairy here, but still a pretty solid beer from Ommegang.

Photo of biegaman
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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