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Art Of Darkness - Brewery Ommegang

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89
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652 Ratings
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Ratings: 652
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 37
Gots: 112 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Edwaka01 on 02-13-2012

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Ratings: 652 | Reviews: 133
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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.

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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.

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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.

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Art Of Darkness from Brewery Ommegang
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