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Seduction - Brewery Ommegang

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very good

419 Ratings
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Ratings: 419
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 17
Gots: 52 | FT: 2
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Gehrig on 12-20-2011)
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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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 spycow
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Eureka!Burger in Redlands, CA.

Pours a murky dark brown with a 1 inch tan head that fades to an oily film. Foamy chunks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt and a mild tart cherry aroma. Taste is of dark roasted malt, some slight cocoa, and the tart cherry flavor. This beer has a good carbonation level with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer and I am glad I was able to try it but it's nothing great.

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into a taster glass.

Pours a dark brown with a good light tan head and a good dose of lacing. The nose carries a nice amount of cocoa plus some nice Belgian yeast, and a bit of fruit. Flavor has cocoa and dark fruit plus just a touch of the cherry. The cherry comes through a bit more in the feel with a bit of tartness, which plays well with the cocoa and fruit. Pretty good brew.

Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a two finger tan head that had excellent retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface..
S: There are light aromas of chocolate in the nose along with notes of cherries and other dark fruit.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of chocolate, cocoa powder and dark malts along with notes of cherries. The cherry flavor becomes a bit stronger as the beer warms up. No sweetness is noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied, somewhat smooth and a bit chalky on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The chalkiness makes your mouth feel a bit dry.
O: I think I would have enjoyed this beer more if it had some sweetness and a fuller body.

Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The more I drink of this Kriek (cherry) infused Belgian-style Porter, the more I think of it as Three Philosopher's little brother. A lot of the same flavors are displayed and with nearly the same balance, but with a lighter overall demeanor.

Opening with a rusty brown color and significant haze, the russet brown beer develops a creamy and thinly layered head of egg shell white foam that retained fair, only fading after half way through the session. Light on lace, the beer carries a slightly dull appearance overall.

Chocolate, berry-like tartness, cherries, vinous wines, a plethera of nutty flavors, and spicy notes all emit into the nose with medium intensity, reading into the styles of Belgian Strong Dark Ales, just lighter.

Flavors deliver on the lighter profile with the culmination of chocolate covered cherries, light nutty coffees, mild caramel, light red wines, and cidery notes. The lighter flavors allow for higher rate of drinkability, but forego the complexities of sheer intensity of sweetness and strength.

Medium bodied early, the carbonation leads to a quick mid palate of surprising dryness despite richer flavors to start. This makes the bone dry finish an effortless choice on the drinkability scale, and with a light aftertaste of whimsical malt and fruit.

Though the comparisons to Belgian Stong Dark Ales, especially the Kriek-infussed Three Philosophers will leave the staunch beer enthusisasts lingering for more, maybe the better comparisons are the Ommegang Abbey Ale or something more akin to Grimbergen Double- here Seduction sees very favorable results.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

SIngle finger head with lots of lacing on a murky brown body. Some light getting through. Aroma is a little soapy and floral for a Belgian dark ale. Flavor is very cola like with some dark fruit and a bitter fruit finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Overal a different beer than I am used to in this genre. Not my favorite from ommegang.

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a brown color with a light haze to it. The head was fluffy and cream colored. The smell of the beer had a good Belgian aroma to it along with some grains and chocolate notes on the nose. The taste of the beer was earthy, it was a little toasted and had some dry chocolate in the finish. The mouthfeel of the beer was medium bodied with a solid carbonation to it. Overall I felt that this beer was pretty good much like all of the Ommegang brews. I think that if I wanted a chocolate beer from them I would still hit the Indulgence before this one. Still glad I tried it though.

Photo of biboergosum
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
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 TMoney2591
2.78/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Billed as a Belgian-style porter (whatever the hell that means) blended with Liefmans Cuvee brut cherries. Sounds like a plan. It pours a bleakly murky black-brown topped by over a finger of golden tan foam. The nose comprises mild cocoa powder, light coffee, a touch of roasted malts, and a faint sense of slightly artificial/slightly medicinal cherries. The taste takes things even further downhill from expectation, leaving a blunt sense of cocoa-dusted cherry cough medicine on the tongue. There's some mild toffee and nuttiness in there as well. This just makes my tastebuds sad (and given their numbers, that's an awful lot o' Prozac that needs dolin' out (yeah, they're all pill-poppers, baby)). The body is a straight medium, with a moderate carbonation, a lightly grainy feel, and a slightly dry finish. Overall, this was a major disappointment, a huge miss-o'-the-mark. I kinda want to find another Belgian porter, if for no other reason than to see if the style can be pulled off...

Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of russpowell
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
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 oline73
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Rifugium
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

I was glad to see this on tap, because as much as I do love Ommegang, I doubt I'd have bought a bottle of this. Served in a 9oz. snifter, a solid black liquid with a creamy, overflowing cap of tan head that retained and laced well. I'd naturally assumed this was a stout (actually, it's a porter). Sweet aroma, dark malts, chocolate, subdued black cherries; as it warmed, I got a distinctive doughy aroma, like Christmas cut-out cookies. Very nice taste, sweet with dark malts, toned-down cherries, and dark chocolate. Amazingly smooth texture...my favorite characteristic of this beer. I don't know how well it translates in the bottle, but it was velvety creamy goodness on tap. On the heavier side of medium-bodied, and a very drinkable beer overall.

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of mdfb79
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 02/18/12 notes. Had on tap at Ginger Man in NYC.

a - Pours a deep mahogany color with a reddish tiny, one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of chooclate, roasted malts, cherries, sweet dark fruits, fruity malts. Very sweet, but pretty nice.

t - Tastes of chooclate, roasted malts, cherries, sweet dark fruits, fruity malts. A nice mix of fruits and chocolate here, and not as sweet as the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and prettye asy to drink.

o - Overall I liked this one more then I thought I would. A nice mixture of sweet dark fruits, especially cherries, and chocolate. Worth checking out.

Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml brown glass bottle with hood-and-wire cap over a cork served into a Weizen glass in low altitude Orange, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are quite high given the brewery.

A: Pours a four finger head of nice tan colour, fantastic cream lacing, incredible thickness, and amazing retention. Colour is a solid black.

Sm: Cream, chocolate, nuts, and caramel. A mild to moderate strength aroma.

T: The chocolate is nicely subtle yet with just enough richness. Nice caramel. I don't detect any cherry (as per the label), but the dark malts are very well handled and balanced. The subtlety is impressive, obscuring the complexity. Cream finishes her off nicely without being overbearing. It's really a nice beer, if a somewhat timid one. No alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Not too thick or too thin. Suits the flavours nicely.

Dr: Very drinkable, but its ABV is lower than it could (perhaps should) be. I'd like to try this on-draught. It's good, but there's room for improvement.

Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of wrightst
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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Seduction from Brewery Ommegang
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