Seduction - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 426
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 17
Gots: 58 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of Billolick
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Photo of ehammond1
2.3/5  rDev -39.5%
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.

Photo of chinchill
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of Brenden
3.99/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
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?

Photo of Aml42000
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recently acquired bottle. A masterful craftsmanship of a chocolate dessert. Only a drop of cherry. My first sips led to a nice hop finish. I liked that. Then just too much chocolate. I finished most of the bottle, I would serve it as a good transition beer, but it was too much chocolate for an all purpose beer. Thick chocolate syrup colour.Above average mouthfeel.

Photo of tdm168
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at World of Beer at North Hills on 2/17/12

Poured a deep, dark black with a soft, white, creamy head that had decent retention. The nose is roasty with notes of chocolate. The taste is rather unique to me. Initially it tasted to me like an oatmeal cookie with chocolate. After a few more sips I get some fruity sweetness and a mildly astringent finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and very smooth with a small amount of carbonation.

This was a nice beer. It was unique and complex, drinkable and enjoyable. I would definitely have this again.

Photo of Oboogie
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle poured into a New Belgium globe glass.

A: Simply gorgeous! Pours very dark brown, almost black with a creamy light tan head. Retention is quite nice and sticky lace coats the glass. Ommegang nailed it here.

S: Over powering banana and clove Belgian yeast character. As the glass began to warm, slight hints of cocoa and cherry made their features known. Again, hints, against the heavy banana and yeast. I was expecting much more.

T: Little cocoa and cherry on what should be the defining characteristics. Hops are very faint in the background, drying out the finish. Tasty, but not nearly as expected from the touted chocolate and cherry collaboration from the normally top-notch brewery.

M: Perhaps a touch lighter in body than I expected from something that should be seducing my senses, but still has a very silky mouthfeel overall.

A decent beer overall but I had expected something more of a dessert feel more suitable to a seduction of the senses than a slighlty better than average dark ale. A little off the mark for the venerable brewer.

Photo of zaphodchak
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Big frothy offwhite head and lots of sticky lace. Deep brown/black body.

Nose is Belgian yeast and spice but maybe chocolate.

Body is rich, but not too sweet. Faint cherry, dry chocolate. Pretty darn well balanced, doesn't beat you over the head. Faint metallic aftertaste.

Kinda clingy and a bit coarse. No real complaint.

This was a 2011: around a year old. Good but won't get again for the price ($15.50).

Photo of RickS95
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A good example of the style. It's not quite completely black, but awfully close to it with only some lighter brown around the edges. The head is a finger thick, with light tan bubbles. It's got only moderate retention, but leaves a ring around the edge. Lacing is thin and spotty.

A nice combination of malt and fruit in the nose. Both the chocolate and strawberry scents are there, but subtle so as not to overpower everything else...a good thing. As the beer warms, the chocolate becomes more pronounced, but still never overpowering.

The tongue picks up more flavor from the chocolate and cherries than the nose picked up smells. There's plenty of stuff to make the beer sweet, but each ingredient seems to provide enough bitterness for a balanced taste.

It starts off sweet, but never goes overboard. At midsip, the sweetness is tempered a bit by slight bitterness, all ending in a dryish, tart, carbonated feel that cleans the tongue and makes you take another swig. It's only medium bodied, despite the look and flavor. The ABV is just under 7, but the alcohol never fully presents itself so it's really got a desserty feel to it. A little more alcohol would be welcomed, but isn't totally necessary.

I really liked this beer. There was plenty of flavor and a nice complexity as the sweetness transitioned into bitterness. It really goes down easy.

Photo of Crass3000
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out black as night with a beige, two-finger head with good retention.

Smell is banana, cloves, a little chocolate, and some sweet dark Belgian candy sugars. Taste is bananas and cloves but to a lesser dominance than in the nose. Definately some nice dark malts and chocolate. Really a nice balanced beer and IMO the best of Ommegang beers that have been newly realeased in a while for the first time. Not a let down like Aphrodite. Mouthfeel is a little thin but not bad. Overall a great beer.

Photo of russpowell
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours mahogany with a thumb of mocha colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Dark fruit & a bit of dirt

T: Figs, apple peel, baker's chocolate plus roasty grain up front. Black currant mixes with figs, green apple peels with a touch of charred grain this warms along with dryness & more chocolate. Finishes dry, with some chocolate, some woody hops & fig notes

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, thins out a bit when warm

This is alright, but nothing too special, glad I got to try it but wouldn't buy it again

Photo of Infamous7100
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: nice tan head and a dark nearly opaque brown with a slighty red tint.
S: nice cherry scent along with a slightly muted chocolaty scent. Rather bland for this brewery.
T: not bad but average. Would like more of the porter to come through, reminds me of Philos with the amount of tart cherries I am picking up.
M: very carbonated but a pleasant aftertaste of sweet and tart.
O: its not a bad brew, just expected more from such a great brewey and their interpretation on a great style. Worth a try.

Photo of DonDirkA
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has a complex taste that took me a few sips to really appreciate. The smell gives you that belgian scent of bananas with an estery touch. The chocolate loans a rich texture to the beer while the cherries leave a sour, almost pinot noir taste way in the back of the swallow. This is a really good belgian-style ale but like I said it takes a bit to really appreciate the levels of whats going on

Photo of Gmann
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep brown color with a huge rocky beige head. Some crazy big bubble pockets, tons of lacing. Very Duvel like, but brown.

The aroma is of a nice bready malt base with some woody accents with a touch of smoke. Sweetness is provided by a brown sugar aroma. A hint of clove from the yeast.

The taste is a mix of a porter and a dark belgian ale. There is a woody and pumpernickle uncurrent from the porter base. Perhaps some light chocolate. This is spiced up with clove and medicinal notes from the yeast. Finally there is a light sour/tart character from the kriek. Not much flavor though. A bit of a tin metallic taste in the end.

Moderate body with prickly carbonation. Nice balance between sweet, spicy, and sour. The aftertaste is a touch off with a metallic twang.

An enjoyable sourish porter. The chocolate and kriek don't really standout but I do get the belgian porter aspect. I liked it.

Photo of scootny
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice black brown fluid with a light brown head of a good size and consistency with decent lacing. Smell has roasted graininess and malt with a fruity note topped by cherries and other yeast esters. Taste is quite roasty with the aforementioned fruits and cocoa showing quite nicely. Good dark malt backbone as a good porter should have. Feel is dry and crisp with just a touch of weight and smooth creaminess. A nice brew that lend itself to a bit of sessioning.

Photo of KTCamm
4.48/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from champagne bottle into a Duvel glass.

Pours pitch black (none more black) with tan foam, some layering left behind. Roasted/burnt nose. Dark chocolate too. Very faint cherries below the surface. Taste is a rich roasted malt with an undercurrent of fruit. Get a little cherry cola. Smooth. Chocolately. Like liquid dessert, but certainly not too sweet. Fantastic.

Photo of puboflyons
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the corked, caged 750 ml. bottle. Sampled on June 16, 2012, which was also my birthday. This was my birthday gift to myself. The cork flew rapidly across the room when I popped it off and a whole lot of carbonated smoke emitted from the bottle. The color was black as night with a delicate, lingering tan head and plenty of lacing around the glass. The aroma was vibrant with chocolate and other dark malts with a slight coffee grind backdrop and yeast. The body was medium. The taste had a decent chocolate element up front with a semi-dry hop finish.

Photo of akorsak
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 750 mL corked and caged bottle. In a Duvel mini and shared with ksak.

A: Dark ale? Appropriate, like the new-fangled Belgian stouts that never quite took hold. In this case, the ale looks like a stout - black with a tan-colored head. That head, over a finger and a half on pour, is lacing nicely all around the curvy upper section of my glass.

S: Belgian chocolate and fruits, plenty of sweetness to around. The chocolate is semi-sweet, at times turning bitter while the fruit is fleshy and dark. The yeast is active, adding to the sweetness that, at times, overruns the chocolate.

T: Interesting amalgum of flavors, with the cocoa nibs adding dark sweetness and mild bitterness. The yeast adds a significant aspect, driving dark fruity sweetness - think fleshy fruits, cherries and plums. The yeast lends Ommegang's house flavor to the beer, estery especially near the finish. The roasted flavors, paired with the yeast, are some of the most Belgian that I've encountered.

M: The mouthfeel is sweet but well roasted. All things being equal, Ommegang's special releases haven't been exciting in a few years. This is no exception.

Photo of nebula1999
2.83/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Saw this one at the local Packi and the write up on the label caught my interest. I'm walking up to the register anticipating a nice, roasty, malty decadent brew to enjoy later on in front of the Christmas tree and roaring fire. But....

Ok, it pours nearly black into an oversized wine glass with a frothy tan head that fades to a light foam.

The aroma isn't all that special. I anticipated noticeable chocolate smells with cherries in the background, but not much there. Really had to go back several times then finally got some cocoa in there like unsweetened chocolate. No cherries whatsoever. Kind of bland, and hoping it tastes better than it smells.

Nope. Some roasted malt, and a hint of chocolate. A drying tartness from the cherries finally breaks through, but I was really anticipating a malt bomb with richness throughout. Billed as a porter; I have had better beers in a straight-up porter.

Mouthfeel is picky. Not really smooth like I hoped it would be. Some warming from the 6.8% abv, which is appreciated. I can drink the whole thing without getting tanked. Does every beer in a fancy bottle have to be an alcohol bomb these days?

This beer is just okay for me. Certainly not worth the $10 price tag. I feel ripped off in some way. Not a bad beer, just wasn't what was expected. In fact, had I known this is what it would be I would not have bought it. Others will surely like it though.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Barley Oak.

Pours near black, with a light brown creamy head with nice lacing. Aroma is a bit earthy/spicy, with a bit of chocolate and dark fruits and some Belgian yeasty notes. Taste of slight bitter chocolate, with some fruity (cherry?) notes, belgian spicy yeast notes and a slight robust malt sweetness. Body is medium and appropriate.

Nothing wowing in the end, but it was tasty enough and was a unique Belgian strong experience.

Photo of matjack85
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes in a wire caged and corked 750ml brown bottle with no freshness date, but with a hefty price tag of $13.49 from the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL.

Dark brown color with a 2½ finger tan head that took over 3 minutes to go down. Lacing was decent.

Chocolate, roasted malt,, dark fruits, and a touch of alcohol in the nose.

Good amount of chocolate flavor in here along with roasted malt, Belgian yeast, cherries, and a touch of alcohol.

Medium bodied with a slightly higher than average carbonation level.

I liked this, but it didn't seduce me enough to want a second bottle at that $13.49 price.

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