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Art Of Darkness - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
89
very good

528 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 528
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.65%


Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Edwaka01 on 02-13-2012)
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BierJager89

California

4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Black with a mocha head.

S: Malt, orange, citrus peels, plum and raisin in the nose.

T: Lemon, orange, lime, kiwi, grapefruit but not super hoppy. Some fig, plum, malt and raisin are stronger than the citrus and kiwi.

M: Full bodied and smoothish.

O: A great example of the style. I'd recommend it at least once.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 05:57:15 | More by BierJager89
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mverity

Florida

4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Proof Bottle Shop. Thick and pitch black with tan head that persisted fairly well. Collar hung until the end. Lots of dark malt, some sour cherry, some coffee, and a touch of grassy funk in the aroma. Taste is nearly identical to the smell, with a bit more of the sour cherry and grassy funk being prominent. Nice thick creamy mouthfeel. Very full bodied. Great after taste and a Guinness like mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 20:31:02 | More by mverity
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AgentMunky

California

3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tasting glass at Buzz in LA. From notes. Reviewed 23 February 2013.

A: Ruby-dark and clear. Light head.

S: Dark sweet with spicy yeast and some artificial spices. Straightforward BSDA.

T: Sweetish, harshly spiced, and generally medicinal. Not to my liking.

M: M is for mediocre.

O: Meh. I wouldn't have another, but if you like BSDA (and I generally do) definitely try it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2013 05:55:47 | More by AgentMunky
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DaveBlack

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Finger's width of foamy, tan head tops this deeply dark beer. The head has infinitely long retention, and a decent amount of lacing.

S: The initial wave of aroma is fruity, with raisins and cherries, and slightly sour. Roasted malts, bready yeast, and alcoholic phenols are also present. I was expecting a little more from the nose, but the smell is actually quite subtle.

T: Brings a lot more flavor than i would have thought from the nose. Quite malty and roasty at the outset. There is still the sour presence of cherry, but also a hefty amount of yeast. The alcohol is also a dominant feature. The end brings a malt bitterness, and a lingering funk.

M: Moderately heavy body, slightly oily, and a moderate amount of carbonation.

O: I was expecting a little more Belgian in this "Belgian-style Dark Ale." It's a little more of a sour than I was expecting, with the fruit forward-ness and funk. The beer is good, but not exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 23:18:22 | More by DaveBlack
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beertunes

Washington

3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a nearly solid black color with just a thin of light tan head hat had low retention and mild lacing.

The aroma had a fair bit going on, malt, yeast, spice, and some fruitiness. The flavors were pretty similar, just a bit more clarified. The body was thinner than I expected, and had semi=sweet finish that lingered a bit.

Drinkability was good, but not great, I split the bottle with a friend, and that was plenty. Overall, a pretty nice brew, and one I'm glad I tried. I probably won't grab another bottle, but if I see it on tap I'll certainly have another.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 05:10:30 | More by beertunes
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml caged and corked bottle, packaged on 10/30/12, best by 10/2015. Served in a tulip, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch tan head. Head retention is good, and there's a small amount of lacing. The brew smells like dark fruit, molasses, peppery spice, and some coffee and chocolate. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some tart cherries and candi sugar noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and has moderate carbonation. I think it's a good brew and definitely worth trying. But it's also a bit pricey at $13.99 a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 22:45:15 | More by bluejacket74
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roblowther

Texas

4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big bottle, corked, dark, Belgian style. Life is good.. It looks more like a porter than anything Belgian, black with a dense tan head. Smells of carob, raisins, hay, and lemons. I think my mom made that as a soup once. The taste is very nice, leather, bread, a graininess, and then a dry finish. The mouthfeel is substantial, slick, and lightly carbonated. Overall, this is really a nice beer. It is dry, maybe a bit too much so but that just makes you want to drink some more, so good on ya!

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 20:23:27 | More by roblowther
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Braseltonage

Missouri

3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours with a stout like opaqueness. Cola-like head, in both color and retention. Aroma offers little until it really warms up, which is essential for this one. Pepper, raisin, a little blackstrap at the tail.
Flavor is nice but seems to lack a little complexity compared to some of the finer examples of the style. Has a lot Moore roast character than typical and not a sweet. Fewer dark fruits. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but the mouthful is a little heavy as well. Not quite what I was expecting, but worth a try. Might try again but to be honest the $15 might deter.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 12:41:07 | More by Braseltonage
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draheim

Washington

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750mL (bottled 10/30/2012; best by 10/2015) into a chalice. Pours a deep cola brown w/ a 1-finger khaki head, minimal lacing. A thin even layer of foam remains long after the pour.

Aroma is dark fruits and chocolate, some holiday spices. Fruity esters from the Belgian yeast.

Taste is big plum and raisin, dark candi sugar, and some chocolate. More vague spice notes, nutmeg and allspice if I had to guess. Red grapes. Bready, slightly vinous.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with good carbonation and a semi-dry finish.

Overall a different sort of BSDA/quad. Not as sugary sweet as most. Enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 03:12:45 | More by draheim
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a pitch black liquid with a delicious 1 inch dense light cream colored head. Very tight bubbles and some crazy retention.

Aroma is delicious. Sweet dark fruit notes mixed in with the Belgian yeast phenols and notes of clove and banana. Caramel and molasses notes with some good apple and pear juice notes.

The flavor is delicious! Amazing phenols in the flavor. Chalky yeast notes with some nice slight prune notes and other dark fruits. The phenols are pretty nice but are not overwhelming. There is some nice slight roasted notes in the malt bill surprisingly which balances out the phenolic notes. The brew is smooth and yummy. As the brew warms there is nice caramel and molasses notes that become rich and almost burnt and smokey. The mouthfeel is quite rich and smooth.

This is a delicious brew. Its one of the best brews Ommegang puts out. Rich and ripe with dark sweet fruits with some good bready notes and some good Belgian-style yeast notes.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 01:18:22 | More by JoEBoBpr
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metter98

New York

3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger light tan head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of dark fruits are perceptible in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of dark fruits along with hints of Belgian yeast.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and hides its alcohol very well but lacks the complexity compared to the top beers in this style.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 01:29:28 | More by metter98
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Vixie

Illinois

3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nearly opaque black with a tan head that doesn't last long, leaving some nice lacing across the top.

Nice strong smell to this one. There's dried fruit, mainly raisin and prune, also a bit of brown sugar and cookie dough.

Starts out on the sweet side, more of a fruity sweetness like raisin. Also a hint of Belgian candy sugar, and finishes with a peppery spice.

Decent feel, there is a lot of tongue tingling due to the carbonation, but fairly smoothy overall.

Overall a pretty good beer, but not a great one. It seems to be lacking the complexity I expect from this style, but is still a good beer. It would be interesting to see how this beer ages, very possible aging would bring out more depths of flavor. Worth a try, I am tempted to get another bottle and age it just to see what it does to the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 01:35:23 | More by Vixie
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TwelveOunces

Kentucky

3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

750Ml poured into a Hennepin glass

A- Pours very dark amber. A dark brown, borderline black beer. A large foamy khaki head.

S- A lighter smell then I expected. A lot of lemon zest. Spicy onion. Farmhouse aromas, a lot of grain. A touch of rastedness. Not what I was expecting.

T- A prominent belgian yeast flavor. A very farmhouse palate to this beer. Reminiscent of some sours minus the sour. A lot of hay and grassy notes. A lot of lemon zest in this beer. A bit of onion and a rye spice. A strong grain flavor to this beer and a lasting grainy flavor. A hint of rasted malt on the back end. A dominant grainy flavor which some people may think as an off flavor.

M- A lot of feel and appropriate carbonation as always from Ommegang.

O- A beer by this name I was going in expecting a stout dark beer but thats not what this beer is. The beer has a lot going for it but is otherwise dominated by a grainy flavor. Would drink again but not for the price.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 01:47:39 | More by TwelveOunces
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tbonci

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

750 ml "Brewmaster's Obsession Series" bottle poured into a red wine glass.

Appearance is a dark brown that passes no light in the middle, appearing like a dark amber maple syrup at the edges. Lacing is thin and lasting.

Smell is espresso, alcohol, lots of malt, hint of baking bread.

Taste buds have lots going on, but it works. Thick malt backbone (that's a good thing), coffee, noticeable alcohol, bread/yeast, finishes first floral then chocolate. Carbonation provides a bit too much bite when combined with the high alcohol.

Overall impression is good, very good, but the forward alcohol and the carbonation level (while not high on its own) combine to make this less smooth than I'd hoped. One glass in, I want to finish the bottle, but I'm not sure the last will be as enjoyable as the first.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 18:12:55 | More by tbonci
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ckollias

Maryland

4.36/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this brew from a growler in a Belgian Tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark blackish hue with some ruby highlights and an off-white head frothy head that slowly dissipates down the side of the glass leaving a great trail and solid lace.

S: Strong alcoholic malty syrup aroma with hints of caramel and dark fruits.

T: Smooth malty flavor with a big alcoholic syrup kick up front followed by some sweet and slightly tart caramel notes and finishes dry and strong.

M: Pretty boozy – full body and medium carbonation.

O: Excellent brew – complex flavors and aromas and enough alcohol to make it interesting.

Serving type: growler

07-20-2013 13:00:29 | More by ckollias
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superspak

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 2/20/2012. Pours moderately cloudy extremely dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big raisin, prune, apple, pear, molasses, toast, toffee, chocolate, dark bread, light roast, pepper, clove, floral, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark malt and fruity/spicy yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of raisin, prune, apple, molasses, toast, chocolate, dark bread, toffee, floral, light roast, clove, pepper, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of dark and light fruits, molasses, toast, toffee, chocolate, dark bread, floral, light roast, clove, pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of dark malts with yeast ester flavors; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, moderately slick, and lightly foamy mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is and excellent Belgian strong dark ale! All around nice balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for a the gravity. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 04:36:05 | More by superspak
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utopiajane

New York

4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark like cola. Really black and opaque with a tan head of soft foam that fell to some streaking lace that actually shimmers as it falls down the glass. Good legs and a thick cap and collar. When held to the light it skims only thinly over the top and gives a reddish hue overall. Beautiful. Nose is smooth chocolate, dates, dark fruits, yeast a small coffee scent, and a light all around floral that really animates this dark beer. This one has a little alcohol on the nose, toasted malt and good bread. First sip is immediately warming, vibrant with smooth cocoa, dark fruits, plum and cola.The malt is a little bit of toast on the palate. Hops take the full and dry finish with a light bitter and more alcohol. A touch of licorice as it warms but that gently offsets the sweet dates and a gentle nutty flavor too. Moderate carbonation that continually refreshes with each turn of the glass.

If you drink Ommegang then you are accustomed to a certain amount of art and this beer has that. It’s dark, looks menacing, tricky with the light and smells tempting and sweet. Drinks smooth and not too spicy . The fruits are so light and so well done. Plum stays plum and never turns to prune. Malt stands up straight and strong with a touch of roast, and plenty of bread to make this a very elegant beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 11:45:30 | More by utopiajane
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mjtiernan

New York

3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

750 poured into a goblet

A: Light brown head....huge lacing....two fingers. Having a tough time getting a read on the body color, but it’s dark. Maybe with some reddish hues around the edge?

S: Smells amazing...very aromatic. Toffee, blackberry jam, raisin, candi sugar, slight clove, vanilla, just a touch of alcohol. Wow.

T: Raisin, dark fruit and Belgian yeasty esters up front. Transitions to acidic (almost salty) tart cherries and dries out quickly from there. Finishes alcoholic with some chocolate and a mild roasted malt aftertaste.

M: Full body with soft carbonation. Very dry finish with forward alcohol. Drinkability is moderate-to-low.

O: Terrific complexity on this one. The alcohol is a little harsh, but this is a really fine American take on a strong dark Belgian ale....especially the aroma.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 02:24:11 | More by mjtiernan
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RickS95

Indiana

4.39/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle

The color is really dark. Mostly black with some lighter brown shades mixed in. The head is a finger thick of offwhite bubbles that eventually forms a light brown film around the perimeter of the beer. A gentle swirl shows spotty lacing.

The bottle mentions flaked oats and it comes across as an oatmeal stout in the nose. Caramel malts are the only thing that comes to mind. If you really stick your nose in there, notes of alcohol come wafting up.

The taste is impressive, borderline spectacular. They've nailed the Belgian style, doing it better than a lot of brewers from across the pond. The caramel malts combine with the house yeast for a toffee taste with a backdrop of cola. It's really impressive.

The mouthfeel is pretty spot on as well. With the carbonation, it gives off a peppery feel. There is alcohol that provides a bit of bite as well. A subtle sweetness starts the sip and the alcohol and carbonation provide a bit of heat in the swallow. It's full bodied, but has a crisp, tangy finish that really coats the tongue.

If I didn't know better, I'd guess this to be a Trappist beer. It's really that good and the taste and feel are world class. Despite the high alcohol, it's an easy beer to drink. It's so good it begs you to take another swig. Really happy with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 01:45:26 | More by RickS95
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jmerloni

Massachusetts

4.39/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark brown body with medium tan head. Velvety looking.

S - Dark fruits: plum, grapes, cherries, dates. Mild oakiness.

T - Dark fruits predominate, followed by a dry, oaky and earthy finish. Very well crafted flavor.

M - Moderately carbonated, medium-bodied.

D - A very solid beer. As usual from Ommegang. I don't think they're capable of putting out anything sub-birdie.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 03:23:09 | More by jmerloni
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dar482

New York

4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a very dark brown color.

The aroma has a bit of Belgian yeast, but more the dark fruits like raisins and plums.

The taste follows. It has a decent amount of the same. To me, it's a bit middle of the road. I generally want this style with bigger fruit flavors. However, it still a really wonderful full maltiness without it being too heavy. There is a bit of an aftertaste that I couldn't pin that. It's a big off, like maybe watered down chalkiness.

Still a wonderful brew. Maybe not worth the price though. There are better options.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 06:38:45 | More by dar482
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vfgccp

New York

3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Light cola body with nice brown highlights. Fine, bone-white head sits low with ok retention and poor lace.

S - Unfiltered sake, plum wine, white bread, vanilla Charleston Chew, caramel, salt.

T - Strong sake character; rice, pear, booze, fermented plums. Raw almond, toffee, raw sugar. Light tartness. Belgian candy sugar.

M - Medium-light body.

O - Interesting blend of Belgian and Asian flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 01:53:50 | More by vfgccp
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Chrysostom

Ohio

3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As always, I am reviewing to style (ala BJCP), modified by personal taste (contra BJCP), not to personal taste alone, unlike the "hedonic scale" of some beer-review sites. If I rated to taste alone, some beers, poor exemplars of their style, would receive better marks consistently from me than certain other beers, which were perfect exemplars of styles that are not my personal preference.

As always, the review is live, not from notes, as I puzzle out the libation as it is consumed. Without further ado, a review.

Presentation: $13.99 750mL corked and caged bottle (thank you to Blacklick Wine and Spirits in Columbus, OH) served around 45ºF and warming as the review is written, poured in to a Chimay chalice/goblet. The new label (and there is a new label - maybe this wasn't brewed once only after all?) is much cooler than the last one - it grabbed my eye and made me buy it - and is vaguely reminiscent of SPQR (ancient Rome), printed or screened directly on to the bottle, including copious amounts of gold leaf.

A: It looks like a stout porter, thus my marking down for colouring way outside the style. It's a beautiful beer: based on looks alone, a 5. One-finger head on a gentle pour recedes at a moderate rate to leave moderate lacing down the side of the glass. It's a dark, dark, dark (and darker) red bordering on the pitch black, with few to no highlights when held to a source of light. Holding it to a source of light is the only way I can tell that it's not pitch black, as glimmers of red appear and disappear just as quickly from certain angles, like phantoms.

S: Dark fruits, cherries, bready (earthy) Belgian yeast with its attendant funk, a dry character from the yeast and malts, and a damn big wallop of alcohol. (Maybe the breadiness comes from malt, and blends well with the yeast?) A little too much like a stout, and too alcoholic in the nose. Smells like beer-y booze, or boozy beer. It smells like a stout porter when cold, and begins to get a strongly Belgian nose as it warms.

T: The nose prepares you for it. Guess what? Dark fruits, cherries, bready/earthy Belgian yeast with its attendant funk, bready (and maybe a bit toasty) malt, and a slightly smaller, but still large, wallop of warming alcohol. It works quite a bit better on the palate than it does in the nostrils. Some spiciness. Sweet, not dry. Quite sweet indeed. Everything pulls together pretty well, but it's a bit too sweet and boozy: the alcohol kicks in mid-palate and rides all the way down. An absolute malt bomb, fermented by what is quite obviously an authentic yeast from Belgium. Like too many (if not all) of the American Trappist replicas, there's a cloying sweetness which becomes present with warmth.

M: Lively carbonation up front, moderate stickiness in the middle, smoothness in the back. A bit thin, but not bad. Above average.

D: On the high end of low, or the very low end of moderate. Too sweet.

O: As one word has echoed throughout this review, from the appearance to the mouthfeel - the word "moderate" - to this word does my overall rating of the beer return.

For an American imitation of a Belgian beer, it is very good - as I've come to expect from Ommegang, the Belgian-owned American brewers(?) of Duvel, the quintessential Belgian pale. I believe Ommegang is even owned by Duvel Moortgat, which explains why their imitations of Belgians tend to rise above the crowd, whereas other American imitations of Belgians fall flat (and hard) on their faces. The beer doesn't "come together" properly; each part seems that it would be excellent, but the sweetness, combined with the tartness of the cherry and fruits, and the breadiness and earthiness of the yeast and malts, are not held together by a common thread, leading to a pretty complex, and pretty disjointed, beer.

For the style, 75/100. For personal taste, 82/100. Overall, 79/100.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 09:14:41 | More by Chrysostom
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MadScientist

New York

4.85/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: A very dark brown beer with good clarity. The persistent, tan head is made of compact bubbles and leaves a fine lacing on the glass.

S: An initially wine/grape-like fruitiness that quickly gives way to rich fruity esters, notes of dried dark fruit, some spice and caramel with some cocoa in the background. Moderate malt sweetness and a low floral alcohol aroma.

T: Belgian yeast goodness dominate the flavor with fruit and spice r at a moderate being closely supported by dark malt flavors. There is a moderate sweetness that rounds out the flavor and helps give deep to the layers; it's not a dry beer but it's not cloying like some Dark Strongs can get. There is an almost juiciness to some of the dark fruit flavors ranging from plum to prune with some light orange character. The spice is black pepper and alcohol provide some of the balance against the malt sweetness along with a low hops bitterness but overall the it is a slightly sweet beer. It dries towards the end finish off-dry with an aftertaste of cocoa, pepper and a light hops bitterness.

M: A medium bodied beer with a very strong level of carbonation and a light alcohol warmth.

O: A love this beer, it's fruity, dark and spicy Belgium that goes down a little too smooth. I don't want it with dessert, I want it for dessert; that being said it would go great with a vanilla custard or berry tart.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 00:51:56 | More by MadScientist
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champ103

Texas

3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Queen Vic in Houston.

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black color. A two finger tan head forms and sticks around for a while. Plenty of lace is left behind.
S: Toasted malts up front. Some light chocolate. Then lots of fruity flavors going on. Cherries, stone fruits. Even a bit tart with some earthy yeast present.
T: Follows the nose with toasted and bready malts. Earthy yeast. Light coco powder. Then that fruity flavor again. Slight tart cherries and stone fruits. It just does not mesh right for me.
M/D: A medium body that is very effervescent. Almost to much carbonation. Very fizzy on the tongue. Not hard to drink. I finished the glass in not time. I am not sure how much I am coming back though.

I do enjoy this. Though the tart fruits just don't mesh well with the toasted and bready malts. I am not sure if that is what it is suppose to taste like, but there you have it. Still, I am glad I tried. Though not one of their better offerings IMO.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2013 00:33:32 | More by champ103
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Art Of Darkness from Brewery Ommegang
89 out of 100 based on 528 ratings.