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Seduction - Brewery Ommegang


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very good

380 Ratings
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Ratings: 380
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%

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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Gehrig on 12-20-2011)
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Photo of BMMillsy


3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On draft at The Top Gainesville into a small snifter. Pours black with a tiny head. Aroma of sweet candy malt, belgian yeast, maybe a little roast and cherry. Mouthfeel close to a stout with low carbonation. Creamy up front that goes into a cherry flavor that takes over the palate and lasts a bit. Sort of a cherry cordial but not overly sweet. Touch of bitterness keeps things in check. Nicely balanced.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2013 02:39:04 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of RickS95


4.36/5  rDev +15%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 03:47:23 | More by RickS95
Photo of SouljaSaia17


4.34/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Got this bottle for $5 on clearance and was originally marked at $17, so I thought it was a good deal. Never had a beer by this brewery before although I have seen bottles like these.

A: Pours a nice "Stout Dark" with a 1 1/2 inch caramel colored head. The head fades down pretty gradually and leaves some nice lacing in the glass.

S: Smell consists of dark barley malts and Belgian chocolate. I also get some nutty roast aroma and dark fruit, like cherries or plum. Its pretty strong and I could smell it as soon as I popped the cork.

T: Taste is similar to the smell, the dark malt combined with the Belgian chocolate hit you directly. More of a tart flavor than a sweetness when it comes to the chocolate and the malt. I get a roasty flavor toward the end with a nutty, dry finish. Did not get much of the fruit in the mouth as I did in the nose though.

M: Thick and heavy on the palate for a porter, yet creamy and smooth. The taste definitely lingers around for a bit.

O: A very enjoyable beer. I dont think I would have touched this if it wasn't on clearance due to the original price combined with the lower than my standards ABV. But a very well done Belgian Porter. If you can get a deal on it or you got long money, get it!

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 05:00:54 | More by SouljaSaia17
Photo of TappaKeggaBrew


3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark brown, a tad hazy, with a thick head of dense, khaki-colored foam. The head lingered well, although lacing was scant. Points off for the rather coarse residue in the bottom of my glass.

S: Bread, burnt malt, cocoa, plums, and a touch of floral hops. Fairly pleasant.

T: A lot of sweetness from the malt (not cloying, but definitely in the forefront). Mild bread taste for a moment, then a mix of bitter chocolate and tart plum which last a while; perhaps a drop of molasses in the mix as well. The bitter hops is fairly late showing up, and it's accompanied by a slightly perfume-like taste (sharp and sweet at the same time). The final, lingering flavor is mild, bitter-tart hops.

M: A little over-carbonated for my palate, with the mouthful turning to foam -- I suppose this forced me to slow down and sip. Slightly chewy. Finish was dry, bordering on astringent.

O: Good, but not worth the price I paid. Cocoa was present, but fairly subdued and less than I was hoping for.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 17:43:05 | More by TappaKeggaBrew
Photo of IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 750 ml brown bottle, caged and corked. Pours out a thick dense black shade with wafer thin dark brown highlights around the nimbus, crowned by a tall light tan spongy head that retains well and slowly depletes over time. Leaves a casing of thick sticky lacing behind in its wake.

Roasty malt, dark dried fruit and cocoa on the nose, rich yet not overwhelming. Tart cherry blooms faintly in the background as it warms and opens more.

Cocoa rises intensely up front in the flavour, a bitter dark chocolate accompanied by roasty dark malt. Sour burnt astringency follows in the middle, while spicy, earthy hops become strange bedfellows with mild sour cherries on the finish. Earthy, nutty notes from the cocoa nibs join the party into the aftertaste.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel on the lighter end, velvety smooth texture, with moderate carbonation that adds a bit of pep.

There are some pleasant elements to this ale, however to my personal taste the hops tend to throw things off, and after a while dominate the whole show. A shame because they hog the spotlight from the Callebut chocolate and the Liefmans Cuvee Brut, either one of which would add to the overall flavour profile, and combined would rock it in theory. I can't get an angle on them though from the more dominant hop presence. I never thought I'd be so disappointed with a hoppy soul kiss as I am at the moment. In the end an okay ale, but in my opinion doesn't live up to what its full potential could be given the ingredients list.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 10:59:48 | More by IronDjinn
Photo of jjboesen


4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

During a brisk January visit to Manhattan, I found refuge near the corner of Madison and East 36th … if you need to guess, you probably shoud not be on this website. Once inside the pubby interior, and nestled at the bar, I glanced at the beer menu and spoke: “I’ll have the Ommegang Seduction, please.”

This is Ommegang’s Belgian dark ale; at 6.8%, it is relatively low in alcohol. It is a beautiful sight to behold. Once poured, Seduction settles into an impervious liquid crowned by a thin veneer of foam. The nose detects a slight wafting of raisins and cocoa. There is a semi-sweet blanket of syrupy molasses, toasty with minor hoppy finish. Somewhere in the back, you can taste a little dash of caramel and brown sugar. The fine balance surprisingly avoids the cloyingness that sometimes endangers a beer of this complexity.

Another surprise is the rather crispy mouthfeel that one associates with an unfiltered Czech pilsner – and certainly not a stout, Belgian or otherwise. This is yet another homerun from the brewers at Cooperstown. There may not be crying in baseball, but there sure is plenty of it (for joy, that is) in the beer drinking business.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2013 00:18:08 | More by jjboesen
Photo of babaracas


3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy dark brown with thin light brown head, settles to a thin ring with a few spots on the glass. Smell: light roast, tart plum, dark chocolate, earthiness. Taste: toasted grain, vinous, caramel, roast and dry chocolate notes, cherries. Starts off a bit light in body, then creamy carbonation kicks in mid sip to push it to medium plus. Easy drinking, but a bit muddled... also priced far above its grade.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 00:59:25 | More by babaracas
Photo of Brenden


4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 23:24:11 | More by Brenden
Photo of Willytee3

New York

4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into a tulip glass. This beer called for more of a pint glass I realized after pouring it.

Pours chocolate black with a huge frothy tan head. Pillowy as it recedes to a thick ring that clings nicely to the glass. Touch of russet coloring around the edges.
Smells of toffee roasted malts and some caramel as well. Not a strong aroma as one would expect but crisp. A bit of blackstrap sweetness and milk chocolate. Tons of lacing coat the glass.
Taste a touch of licorice with some dark fruit up front, light fruit in the middle with only a touch of bitter. Some caramely and milk chocolate toasty malts. All very well in balance and not overpowering. A pleasure to drink and finished with a ski lodge fireplace warmth, almost sherry like.
Good carbonation up front that fades to complement the balance of fruit and chocolate flavors.
Drinks more like a light strong ale.
A bit pricey so I may move on to sample another next time, but definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 05:21:53 | More by Willytee3
Photo of Beerstorian

District of Columbia

3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

First, let me say that I'm judging this according to style. I liked this beer, a lot. But it's categorized as a Belgian Dark Ale, while Ommegang is working the chocolate angle. So it's not true to the style, even though it's a very tasty beer.

I poured from a bottle into an Ommegang chalice glass, served at about 50 degrees F.

Appearance: Dark black, with some ruby edging. A bit darker than the style calls for, but with a thick, rich head, and some of the best lacing I've seen on a beer in a long, long time. The lacing remained on the sides and followed the beer all the way down the glass. It was quite pretty.

Smell: Mellow cocoa and malt aroma. Very light to the nose. I got none of the esters, alcohol, and strong maltiness one would normally associate with the style. A tiny bit of caramel was there. But the aroma was rather flat.

Taste: It had a strong malty character, somewhat sharp, and a touch of earthiness. No strong esters or phenols present. No hops, as appropriate. Chocolate flavor is strong as intended, but is not to style. No alcohol notes present. The chocolate and malts provide a lot of complexity. I love the flavor, but is not really to style.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation, smooth, but no alcohol to it.

Overall: My score for this, again, is based on the style. I really liked this beer, and I'd get another one. It's got a complex and (to me) tasty chocolate and malt flavor to it. Ommegang isn't necessarily brewing to style--they definitely do their own thing, and make some of my favorite beers. And since they brew Belgian style beers this is in along those lines. So, tasty, but not to style.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 13:53:33 | More by Beerstorian
Photo of superspak


4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 11/10/2011. Pours pitch black color with a 2-3 finger dense and fluffy tan head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of raisin, cherry, prune, milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, clove, pepper, earth, and yeast spiciness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roasted notes and yeast esters. Taste of cherry, raisin, milk chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, toast, dark bread, clove, earth, light pepper, and yeast spiciness. Slight fruit and cocoa tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruit, milk chocolate, cocoa, toast, roasted malt, dark bread, earth, and light yeast spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of roasted chocolate flavors and yeast esters; with zero cloying flavors present on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very creamy and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian style porter! Very nice balance and complexity of roasted chocolate flavors and yeast esters; and extremely smooth to drink. Really enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 04:51:02 | More by superspak
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 14:14:41 | More by KTCamm
Photo of tastymug


3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a dark brown/black with a nice head that disappears quickly but has some retention.

Smell: Sweet with a hint of fruit like cherry, and chocolate.

Taste: Tart, which would be expected with the cherry, definitely has some chocolate taste as well, light roasty and malty flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, crisp and smooth. Very easy to drink with a nice finish.

Overall: This is a well-balanced beer, and I found it very enjoyable and flavorful to drink. I’d definitely drink it again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2013 23:42:13 | More by tastymug
Photo of jpro

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL corked bottle, poured into an Ommegang tulip glass...

A: Dark brown / near black with a thick, creamy, 3-finger head of lively foam; dies down, but the retention leaves some sticky webs of lace on the glass.

S: Chocolate; light roasty notes; some earthy aromas, too.

T: Dark chocolate; very characteristic porter tastes provides the foundation; a touch tart on the finish (cherries, I presume). I slightly more complex taste than your average porter, for sure.

M: Full bodied; high, lively carbonation. Leaves some stickiness on the palate.

O: An interesting beer; definitely a good dessert beer. A lot of interesting nuances in the taste. A nice change of pace. I'd have it again -

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 03:35:27 | More by jpro
Photo of alk3kenny


3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Creamy, dark appearance nice head but goes away quickly. Sediment is apparent on the sides of the glass. Sweetness in the nose chocolate is evident. Not really getting any roasted malts or anything hopefully it comes through in the taste/when it warms a bit. Slightly sour upon first tasting but pleasant. The roast malts are there on the back of the tongue. Overall, very tasty and easy to drink. Really good beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 02:02:14 | More by alk3kenny
Photo of zaphodchak


3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
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).

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 03:54:41 | More by zaphodchak
Photo of zeff80


4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Opaque, jet-black hue with a two-finger, light brown head of bubbly foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of chocolate, dark fruits and currants.

T - It tasted of chocolate, roasted malt, plum, raisin, currants and some mild bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a delicious brew. It felt stronger than it was. Sneaky strong.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 02:41:00 | More by zeff80
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 03:15:09 | More by Sammy
Photo of cpetrone84


3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pour is jet black with tons of thin bubbly light brown head. Nose has notes of cocoa with lightly ashy coffee and sweet malt and licorice. Taste had a note of olive, faint roasted coffee, touch of peat, fair amount of dry bakers chocolate and malt sweetness. Body is light and creamy with low carbonation and a clean semi dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 16:47:21 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 23:42:54 | More by chinchill
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 30/9/12

A very dark brown with a cola edge, large light mocha head retains well and leaves a few random spots of lace, my second pour leaves a couple partial rings of lace

S coco powder, milk chocolate and cherry come out strong, chocolate covered cherries and chocolate covered coffee beans. The chocolates in charge but the cherry compliments it quite well, simple but brilliant

T toned down version of the nose, still very nice but the nose was stronger, a little cherry coke syrup with even more coco

M not as thick as expected but far from water, a few extra bubbles and a little slick in the mouth

O nice mix of quality chocolate and cherry never thought it was near 7%, no booze at any point and pretty well rounded stuff

Simple but great, not overly complex but what it has it has big. I can’t even recall where I picked this one up so perhaps it’s the only one I’ll get to try.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 16:10:44 | More by wordemupg
Photo of Billolick

New York

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2012 15:18:25 | More by Billolick
Photo of jsulko


2.55/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into a snifter glass

Pours a dark brownish black with a decent off-white to chocolate head.

Smell is slightly hinted with cherries. Little going on here.

Taste is dark fruit with the cherries at the forefront. Nothing else there.

Don't know if it was the age of the bottle or the beer itself but I was very unimpressed.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 03:27:43 | More by jsulko
Photo of axeman9182

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle, allowed to warm a little before being poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

Ommegang Seduction pours a solid black, with almost four fingers of light mocha foam threatening to erupt out of the glass. Head retention is excellent, and lacing coats almost the entire glass. The nose is a bit tame, but there are some nice aromas of chocolate and cherry and plum dark fruits. The flavor profile doesn't meld together quite as well. Some dark chocolate leads things off, but clashes with the light clove phenols that follow, almost making the chocolate seem bitter. The very subtle sour cherry finish is a nice touch though. The beer comes across almost like it's a Belgian stout. The body's just a little bit more full than you might expect, and the carbonation a bit less bright. In fact, I think the mouthfeel trends too far in that direction, especially with regards to the slightly dull carbonation. Seduction's a decent beer, and it's better than Ommegang's other chocolate beer (Chocolate Indulgence), but it's not quite to the standards I've come to hold Ommegang to.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 03:01:06 | More by axeman9182
Photo of rlee1390


3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Black (brown while pouring), one finger off white head.

S-Cherries chocolate and roasted noted.

T-Mix of cherries and chocolate. The tartness of the cherries doesn't balance well with the sweet chocolate flavors.

M-Light and highly carbonated.

O-An interesting blend. However it doesn't seem like chocolate and tartness makes for a great beer combination.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 15:12:22 | More by rlee1390
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Seduction from Brewery Ommegang
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