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Seduction - Brewery Ommegang

Not Rated.

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very good

140 Reviews
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Reviews: 140
Hads: 433
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 20.05%
Wants: 17
Gots: 58 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Gehrig on 12-20-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Ommegang Seduction is lovingly brewed with six dark malts. Chocolatier Callebut provides the chocolate, while Liefmans brings the cherries. This international romance is consummated with a full body, alluring aromas and flavors of Belgian chocolate, and tart cherries. Seduction is an ale to be lovingly embraced.

Beautiful, rich and smooth, roasty and malty throughout, Seduction offers balanced chocolate-cherry notes, a bit of caramel sweetness, and a long, slow finish. Seduction is welcoming and warm-hearted, gently hopped and harbors no bitterness, leaving only a lingering glow.
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Reviews: 140 | Hads: 433
Reviews by Jimmys:
Photo of Jimmys
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL into tulip. shared w/ nobody. review #450.

A: this is not actually totally pitch black. as i hold it to the light, ruby highlights can be seen around the edges. head starts big and bubbly and is a very light shade of tan. retention is good as is the thick lacing. typical looking brew for ommegang.

S: marachino cherries and dark, roasted grain. more and more cherry aroma as i revisit the glass. bits of char as well remind me that it is still a porter.

T: the cherry aspect grows as i progress through the bottle/as it warms. very similar to the nose. the carbonation make each strong sip slightly refreshing. no heat detected. the finish lingers with a cherry sweetness backed by the the sweet dark malts. the flavors work well together.

M: mouthfeel is a on the more serious side of medium. lots of fizz. success on the bottle conditioning.

D: this porter kind of sneaks up on you. flavor drinks more like a lower ABV porter, while it is in fact pretty robust. the cherry sweetness knocks the roast back a notch and makes every sip enjoyable. wish it wasnt such a pricey bottle, but certainly worth popping for a special event.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, this beer was a very dark brown color with a small tan head.

Aroma was roasted malt and chocolate primarily. There was also a bit of sweet fruit.

The taste was mostly chocolate, with a cherry background.

I thought the sweetness of the chocolate and the tartness of the cherries balanced each other very well.

A nice after dinner beer.

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Photo of heddar33
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of generallee
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of Billolick
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes, enjoyed on tap at Park Slope Brooklyn's High Dive bar

Pours pretty darn near black, under a dark tan head, that leaves a rich and thick film, as well as coating sheets of lace. Nice looking beer.

The sniff reveals milk chocolate notes and ripe sweet fruit.

Dense layers of flavor, chocolate and the advertized cherry sweetness, covered nicely by ample hops in the finish.

Flavorful and well crafted dessert kinda brew.

Glad to get to try this one on tap after passing the pricey bottles by for the past few months.

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Photo of mctizzz
2.25/5  rDev -40.6%

Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, moderate carbonation, dark reddish brown in color, opaque

Smell: cocoa, cherry, and caramel

Taste: matches the smell with cocoa dominating

Mouthfeel: sweet with a slightly bitter backbone, moderate carbonation, medium-heavy bodied

Overall: I like this beer a lot. It may be the best in the style I have had and certainly prefer it to Chocolate Indulgence.T he base is a solid porter. You then add the slight cherry and dominate cocoa to make this special. The combination really works and is really balanced. I will get this again. Really impressed with this offering.

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Photo of wattoclone
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of mkrass
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of ehammond1
2.3/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Nearly black in color with a moderately sized light brown head. This doesn't leave much stick to the glass and the body of the beer looks thin.

The aroma is the best aspect of this beer, and it isn't very good to begin with. There's some mild, artificial chocolate notes, along with a hint of medicinal, tart cherry.

The flavor doesn't work. The chocolate flavor seems hollow and stale, the cherry medicinal, and the overall flavor of the yeast slightly tang and tart, which clashes with the other flavors.

Thin body for the style without a lot of active carbonation.

I won't have another.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of chinchill
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours near black with a lasting tan head.

S: Sweet; Dark chocolate stands out; hint of smoke. [4.25]

T: seductive mix of chocolate, dark fruits and toasted grains. Excellent sweetness level for flavor profile.

M: full body; creamy smooth; very light bite at finish; well-chosen medium-low carbonation.

O: rich and flavorful, as well as very drinkable. Highly recommended.

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Photo of dsauter
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Beer21
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of ste5venla
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Brenden
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thick and nearly black, this is a big, rich-looking brew. It's topped by a bit of tan head that stays around as well as sticking around in patches, even after the head drops (though the foam left is thick).
It's not so distinctly Belgian in the nose or on the tongue as Ommegang tends to be; the yeast isn't as much the focus, it seems, as they typically like to make it. The major factors are cherry and some bittersweet chocolate, certainly by way of chocolate malts and possibly by further addition to the beer. The cherry is tart and fresh. I would be interested to see how it would work out if the yeasty presence was upped. Good stuff, still.
Thick and rich without being sticky, this one has a good bite and a good, creamy flow developing a delicate smoothness in the big body that takes a master's touch.

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Photo of PopGun
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Drpfpbuck
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml caged and corked bottle. "Malt Beverage". What a poor connotation for what I presume is intended here.

This beer pours a deep, dark cola brown hue, with slight reddish highlights, and a ton of puffy, foamy, and somewhat creamy beige head, which seems nice and tight, as it forms a tiny honeycomb-esque vista from the side of the glass. It settles quite slowly, as expected, leaving some very random splotches of lace here and there around the glass.

It smells of sharp yeasty, toasted wheat grain, bitter dark chocolate, and astringent black fruit esters. Yes, the nose is bit of a prickly one. The taste is more lightly roasted malt, a whole lot more gritty chocolate than wheat grain at this point, with a nice undercurrent of mildly sour cherry fruitiness. Some dusty, leafy hops lend to the cause of this impressive flavour profile.

The carbonation is quite sprightly at first, but settles down to a low stupor soon enough, the body a sturdy medium weight, some pithy fruitiness taking away just a bit from a generally luxurious smoothness. It finishes fairly off-dry, though the tempered sweetness of the cocoa and fruit are kept well in check, mostly voluntarily, it would seem, the hops really just content to perform their behind the scenes drudgery.

One sexy-ass beer, this. Chocolate and tart cherry, ensconced in a dense, dunkel-like environment. It took a little more than a hello, but not much more to have me. Oh my. Too bad about the 26 dollar price tag then, eh?

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Photo of Aml42000
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark brown with a reddish tinge on the bottom of the glass.

S- Nothing to write home about. A little cocoa.

T- Something straddling the line between Belgian Dark Ale and American Porter. Some nice chocolate and roasted flavors mixed with sweet malts. It made me long for one of the other more than enjoy this one.

M- Full bodied, but lacking some roundness. Good effervescence.

O- A bit of a mixed bag. Pleasant enough, but lacking the excellence one expects from this producer. Good to pick up as a limited release.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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Seduction from Brewery Ommegang
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