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Art Of Darkness - Brewery Ommegang

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89
very good

528 Ratings
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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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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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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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denver10

Colorado

3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep magenta with a dirty cream colored head. Aroma was of some dark fruits (dark cherries, figs, plum) and somce cocoa. Flavor followed suit with the dark fruits standing out and a nice little underlying of some chocolate and some caramel malt. A medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, not my favorite style but Ommegang did a very nice job with this one allowing me to enjoy it a good deal. Probably not a beer I would have enjoyed as my opener to the night, but a beer that worked well as my closer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2013 02:27:20 | More by denver10
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.51/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and slight dark fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with a slightly sour fruity flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some interesting aromas and flavors but nothing all that exciting.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2013 08:59:41 | More by UCLABrewN84
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socon67

New York

4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark brown pour with a mocha foam that retains well. No lacing of note and visible gurgling carbonation.

S - Scents of dark fruits, candy sugar, and chocolate. Smells alot like when you open that box of Russell Stover candy the first time.

T - Sweet notes of dark fruits, candied cherries, cocoa powder, and nutmeg. The Ommegang yeast strain is present and gives the finish a telltale tanginess.

M - Feels like it is on nitro-tap but wasn't. Has a creamy feel and the body masks the ABV well. Feels light and hits hard.

O - An interesting change-up from Ommegang. Not the best of the style by a longshot, but a very enjoyable offering from a local brewery that just nails Belgian styles.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2013 04:49:30 | More by socon67
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-dark rustic brown with a light brown head

S-dark Belgian Malts, sweet caramels, and soaps...boozy almost. 

T-comes in with mild dark grains and faint dark fruits. Its somewhat syrupy and leaves a faint smokey after-taste. A forgettable beer.

M-watery medium carbonation with a watery finish

O-This was just a mild and boring dark Belgian ale. Definitely doesn't deserved to be bottled. Not bad tasting though! And it does go down fairly easy.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2012 16:23:14 | More by AdamBear
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a snifter

Appearance – The beer was dark brown nearly black with a one finger off white/tan head. The head had a moderate retention but eventually faded to give a good level of lacing.

Smell – The aromas were quite nice. A nose of dark chocolate and dark fruits of cherry, fig and raisin were the strongest. There was a good yeasty and roasted aroma which created a very nice balance to the sweeter fruit aromas.

Taste – The taste was very much of what was sensed in the nose. It began with a roasted malt, brown bread and more cocoa taste. Quickly however the fruit notes that were detected in the smell worked their way into the taste with them being largely of fig and raisin. A very light yeast taste was also present, but was largely overshadowed by the cocoa, roasty, and sweet fruit base. These flavors took the taste to the end where the fruit tastes lightened up a bit and where a lighter alcohol flavor came to the picture; the mix leaving a warming tingle and a roasty chocolate dark fruit bread flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – While the more mild carbonation level was very fitting for the beer, the body of the beer was disappointingly thin. It was quite watery ad really never allowed all those darker flavors to penetrate the tongue.

Overall - Other than the weak body this was a rather tasty beer. Good flavor profiles and transitions created a very nice taste experience.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2012 19:19:04 | More by Darkmagus82
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Phelps

Arizona

3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a tasting snifter at Tops.

Deep black, yet thin-looking and watery, wit a small layer of fizzy light tan head.

Lots of fruit in the nose. Bubble gum, strawberry, raisin. Spicy yeast lends pepper and a pinch of banana-flavored runts. A little anise and toast in the background.

The flavor starts with same fruitiness of strawberries and dates. Alcohol is added to a nice blend of maple and toast, while the swallow brings another flash of tangy prunes. Maybe a little heavy on alcohol, but a good BSDA flavor overall.

Feels thicker than it looks, with a smooth medium body. Carbonation is a little too high, prickling the tongue. There’s more alcohol in the flavor than in the feel, though I do get some heartburn.

Gets better and better as it warms. Nice complexity, with many layers of flavor for perusal. 4

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2012 05:37:52 | More by Phelps
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Darkness incarnate in color, with crimson highlights shining through the bottom, under a lush, creamy cocoa-toned head. Lookin' good.

Aroma: soft, with notes of cocoa and cream, balanced and understated.

Taste: on the tongue, rich, full, dark and smooth. Lightly spicy, just enough wicked deliciousness from the yeast. A little bit of peppery heat. Lots of lush dark malts, but nothing too big, too sweet, too anything. This is Goldilocks' favorite beer, just right.
Some dark fruits, some fig and date, but completely utterly even, balanced, and dry. The nearly 9% alcohol doesn't stand out in the least.

Tasty stuff, this, but I so wish the yeast would contribute a bit more to the character. I want to really taste it.
But this one really does come close to impersonating a great Belgian strong dark ale. Kudos, Ommegang!

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2012 04:55:50 | More by feloniousmonk
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wedge

North Carolina

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

@ Raleigh Times

Served in a small tulip, appears to be a very dark, opaque brown color with a fluffy tan head that leaves plenty of lovely lace. Dark fruit, roast, and Belgian yeast featured predominantly in the aroma...raisin, fig, dark bread, and spice. Stronger phenolics and dark fruity esters in the flavor. Cherry, bitter chocolate roast, and light licorice. Medium bodied, but the carbonation leaves it feeling lighter than it is. A little warming.

Pretty good. I've had a lot better from this brewery and this is nowhere near the finest examples of the style...but pretty good. I wish it was tamer with the phenolics and little more cohesive with all its tasty little elements.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2012 18:05:31 | More by wedge
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martyl1000

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm scoring this on the low side just to remind myself this wasn't my favorite from Ommegang and if I have the choice, I will take Three Philosophers or Abbey Ale or Rare Vos any day before this one.

But it wasn't bad in any way. On tap at Cooper's Tavern, tail end of Madison Craft Beer Week. Was great to get to try all these Ommegang beers on tap.

This one poured an opaque black, w/ a thin-ish white head that stuck around a long time. Roasty aroma and flavor of a really thick porter. The mouth feel of a chewy stout. Rather disappointingly low in sweetness and fairly one-dimensional. Easy to drink, that's for sure. But I was expecting more.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2012 07:18:57 | More by martyl1000
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Arborescence

Finland

4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pitch black, one finger dense head.

Aroma: Belgian style malt and yeast, quite fresh.

Taste: Herbs and malt with a Belgian style body. Alcohol reasonably masked but resent. Lingering aftertaste with medicinal characteristics. Rather pleasant and warming.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied, a little bit of carbonation.

Overall: Not as balanced as it could be, but very tasty. I like the medicinal characteristics in particular. Somewhat different than other Ommegang beers, but not in a bad way!

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2012 03:33:58 | More by Arborescence
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CopeTech

California

3.23/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty beer,it has nice fine head and delicate lacing. Surprisingly uninspired for an ommegang strong dark. The aroma is faint and slightly sour. Perhaps guinesslike with a belgium yeast.
The taste holds true to a belgium dark, but fades quickly leaving you to wonder where are the monk's subtiltiesand depth.
The color is more of starbucksthan of a quad.
I expect a mature strong beer to take advantage of the full yeast lifecycle not hide from it.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2012 01:31:23 | More by CopeTech
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david18

New York

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

I had a few twelve ounce drafts of this at the Amsterdam Ale House on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Overall a good beer and a very good example of the style.

Appearance was very dark with a very dark head that left quite a bit of lacing.

Aroma was all about the dark fruit. A little bit of malt but mostly raisons and prunes.

Flavor as well. Raisins, prunes along with some alcohol heat that complemented the beer well.

Very good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2012 19:11:20 | More by david18
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One2Remeber

Florida

3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Thick, ultra creamy khaki head. Deep, dark brown body. Looks like a India Black Ale. Head stays around for a short couple minutes but leaves coating the glass with a sticky film.

S: Dark mild fruits (prunes), dry spicy yeast, hints of toffee.

T: Candy (red licorice) with an intense soapy/shampoo finish. Spicy yeast combines with a grainy, heavy malt taste for a crazy taste bud experience.

M: Mild carbonation, fizzes for a bit before leaving a sticky, syrup feel.

O: Does not blow palate away in flavor, yet is quite enjoyable. Going out on a limb and comparing it to a Scottish Ale with Belgian yeast.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2012 02:01:28 | More by One2Remeber
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

@ Greenland Cafe, Salem MA

Dark brown with a Georgia clay colored head. Quick to skim and swirl like a spit wad floating in my beer.

Faint, but smells distinctly like when I mix chocolate whey protein powder with coffee. And gingerbread cookies. Aroma is slightly smokey like smoked salmon without the salmon.

Tastes like mocha ice cream with a ginger snap in back. Has that Belgian stout there but not there flavor that I find typical of the style. Oaty, silky mouthfeel.

Better in the bottle than draft. Really needed to breathe before I appreciated it fully.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2012 22:40:49 | More by donkeyrunner
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

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

First had: on tap at Prohibition Pig, Waterbury, VT

Served in a mini-snifter, a dark brown nearly black beer, with a small cap of eggshell head; not much retention, but it did leave some nice soapy lacing while it lasted. Roasty malt aroma, dark sugars, a bit of dark fruit, bready. Taste is woody, malty, pumpernickel, caramel, with notes of figs, prunes, and licorice. Mouthfeel was about medium, would've been thin for a porter, but about right for a strong ale. Pretty nice overall, but nothing that I'd go out of my way for.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2012 20:02:31 | More by Rifugium
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

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

On tap at Mahaffey's the other day.

The beer pours a fairly dark brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is very attrative, as I get rootbeer, cherry, chocolate, a hint of brownn sugar and considerable underlying spice. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this fairly sweet beer, with dark fruits and prunes seeming to dominate otherwise. There is some licorice as well, but it's not excessive, and seemed to blend in well to the flavor profile. The finish is really well done in this beer, and there was sort of sweet, creamy aspect that I liked. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, which I think works well for this beer. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile.... it could have been anything from 7% up to 12% and I wouldn't have been any the wiser.

I thought this was a pretty nice beer from the folks at Ommegang.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2012 18:39:01 | More by johnmichaelsen
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: two finger thick tan head with nice lacing on a dark brown with little light getting through body.

S: lots of dark fruit, mostly cherry, plum and raisin. 

T: a lot more malty than others in the genre. The fruitiness is mild. Caramel and mild toffee notes to the finish.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall: malt heavy beer for the genre. Glad I tried this one, nice and unique

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2012 23:36:03 | More by kylehay2004
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Mora2000

Texas

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

On tap at the Big Texas Beer Fest.

The beer pours a very dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is has some roasted malt, as well as some dark fruit, chocolate and Belgian yeast notes. The flavor is similar, with the chocolate and dark fruit notes going very well with the yeast and roasted malt notes. Tastes a lot like a Belgian imperial stout. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2012 02:57:57 | More by Mora2000
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives pitch black, with a nice head that leaves a boatload of lacing behind

Smell: Roasty, with black bread and fruit elements; licorice, too

Taste: Black cherry, red wine grape and fig along with a roasty character, up front; some chocolate, licorice and pie spices arrive at mid-palate, along with a tart cherry aspect; after the swallow, the fruity elements dominate though there is a slight tartness on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: Interesting fruit flavors with a touch of tartness; a beer with a difference

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2012 01:43:27 | More by brentk56
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oline73

Maryland

3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at Max's, served in a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark brown/mahogany with a layer of off white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Fruity malt with some hints of cherry and dark fruit. There is a mild herbal not as well, but the malt is the thing that's standing out.

Taste: Definitely malt forward, which is to be expected. There is a sweetness, but it is delicate. Mild fruit notes are there, but less than the smell. I'm getting some warm alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

OVerall: I think they did a good job of what they set out to do. I would have another, but I don't think I'd spend the money on a whole bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2012 18:53:33 | More by oline73
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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

Part Belgian Strong Dark Ale, part Belgian Stout- Ommegang delivers a complex beer of roast and fruit flavor, and doing so with a surprisingly simplified palate.

Pouring with a voluptuous and billowing tan head, the beer carries the bubbly nature of champagnes but with the dark brown (almost black) color of hearty stouts. A mild garnet highlight plays through the modest haze in uncanny clear fashion. High level of foam retention and lace speaks volumes to the quality for which Brewery Ommegang is known.

Somewhat mild aromas tackle the olfactories with balanced elements of roasted barley, charred fruits, biscuit, and peppercorn- all wrapped in a thin envelope of caramel and light bread.

Malty sweetness hits the taste buds with the taste of fresh baked bread, bread crust, starch, and underlying caramel sweetness. The roasty char of grains play on the tongue with the taste of coffee, cocoa powder, and burnt embers at mid palate that seem to overshadow sweetness and bridge into the mild fruity flavors of burnt berries, currants, red grapes, and apples. Although esters are mild, their fruity effect is varying and command just enough attention to keep the beer interesting beyond the simple flavor spread.

Medium bodied throughout, the ale's sparkling carbonation prevents fuller texture and ushers in a highly drinkable and zesty bite that ushers in a finish of roasty-dryness, alcohol warmth, and peppery bite.

Where the Art of Darkness doesn't portray the breadth, earthy boldness, or assertive complex sweetness as many darker strong Belgian ales, it's relies on a simplified palate that's exquisitely balanced, more yeast-neutral, and somewhat subdued to celebrate its shear drinkability in understated fashion.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2012 16:26:59 | More by BEERchitect
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into Trappe Door tulip. Poured a massively dark reddish brown with a two finger light khaki colored head that subsided to a minimal amount very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark fruit, bread, earth, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet amlt, dark fruit, bread, earth, and very subtle sweet alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a fairly decent brew. While the flavor and aroma on this one was fairly complex, it just left a little to be desired if I am completely honest. All of the right aspects for the style were definitely present, but I just wish they would have come across a little more balanced. Worth trying if you get the chance though.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2012 12:23:22 | More by thagr81us
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown. Light tan head in the snifter. Aroma is bakers chocolate, nutty sweetness, slight spicy Belgian notes. It was almost cake-like in a way. Taste carried that cake-like sweet chocolate nuttiness. Slightly sweet, but there was an earthy Belgian note to balance the chocolate. Nice full body, creamy and with a solid carbonation presentation.

Had never heard of this, but I rather enjoyed it. I didn't care too much for Seduction, but this was a treat.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2012 03:22:52 | More by EgadBananas
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Art Of Darkness from Brewery Ommegang
89 out of 100 based on 528 ratings.