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Art Of Darkness - Brewery Ommegang

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566 Ratings
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Ratings: 566
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 33
Gots: 90 | FT: 3
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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4/5  rDev +1%

nickfl, Feb 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

mkrass, Feb 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

Lovely85, Feb 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

irishgreensoda, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of jminch
4/5  rDev +1%

jminch, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of Apellonious
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%

1 pt 9.4 fl oz bomber pkg 2/22/12

A - black with brown highlights. One finger head dissipates to a thin lace.

S - picking up spice, some yeast, maybe some dark fruit

T - non distinct and hard to place. The dark arts. Plum, fig, pepper. Getting some brown sugars.

M - very sharp. Slightly metallic. Mouthfeel is full.

O - decent if not overly memorable, makes me think a properly cellared version (who knows how long it was on the TWine shelf) may have been smoother and more complex.

Apellonious, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of phishbone23
4/5  rDev +1%

phishbone23, Feb 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

ystazi, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of jbertsch
3.03/5  rDev -23.5%

Bottle aged 1 year.

Pitch black appearance, even when held up to light. 1 finger of beige head.

Aroma is not significant. Most notable is the belgian-like yeast. Faint cocao and a hint of cherry.

Rather than distinct flavors, this is really a blend of flavors that are hard to pin down. Some christmas spices sit over dark grains, with a hint of chococlate, leather, and tobacco, and brown sugar... But you really have to search hard for those flavors.

Medium body. Not as belgian-like in the mouthfeel. Almost more brown ale-like.

Overall a decent beer, but it's a bit too non descript, without much character. I've come to expect more from Ommegang.

jbertsch, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of medrolific
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

medrolific, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of socon67
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

socon67, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of fox227
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

fox227, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of DMXLOX22
3.84/5  rDev -3%

Picked up a 22 oz. of this brew at my local establishment. Fully stoked to be drinking this beer. I just had to review this beer.

Appearance: Pours a black, earthy, with a great showing of a nice, white, fluffy head.

Smell: Has a strong aroma of spiced almonds and hints of chocolate. Enjoyed the presence of dark roasted malts.

Taste: The first sips brings a infiltration of dark malts, light flavors of banana and some tangy prunes. Has a moderate alcohol complexion. It did leave me wanting more. Has a clean aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Presents moderate carbonation. Light-bodied for a Belgian Ale.

Overall: Actually a delicious brew. Quite mellow and enjoyable, but also presented a strong-flavored body. Really enjoyed this beer and will have to try again if and when its available.

DMXLOX22, Jan 29, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

Sludgeman, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of rmeller
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

rmeller, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of Gmann
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%

Pours a very deep brown color, almost black. The khaki colored head is moderate bubbled and slowly settles into a light cap.

The aroma is sugary sweet with some dark fruit notes. There is some plum, prune, and cherry notes. There is a light peppery spice from the yeast. Nothing crazy going on here.

Good cherry and prune flavor. Some musty clove notes from the yeast. A bit of woody or char flavors from the roasted malt but not much. Seems to be a dumbed down version of their quad.

The feel is moderate but way fizzy. The carbonation takes away from the flavor as it is hard to pick up some notes with all the fizziness. Sweet on the palate with a light spice offset.

A decent Belgian brew. Well made but not distinct, nothing really stands out and the carbonation is way too strong. Not really sure why they made this beer.

Gmann, Jan 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

Hermthegerm, Jan 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

Zkman87, Jan 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

Hardcore, Jan 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Lee_Hancock, Jan 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

DiscGolfRobot, Jan 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

bismarksays, Jan 15, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Deltrus, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of Kevin73
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%

Pours a mostly opaque reddish brown with a thin tan head that disappears quickly. One of the darkest quads I've ever tried. Also one of the driest. A fairly high carbonation is apparent from the first pour. The smell is yeasty and not much else. The taste is rye bread, malts, a hint of hops and very little sweetness of any kind. The beer is a bit boozie a result. Mouthfeel is good, nice carbonation, and not too thin. Basically my only complaint is it needs some sweetness to balance it out. Otherwise worth a try.

Kevin73, Jan 13, 2013
Art Of Darkness from Brewery Ommegang
89 out of 100 based on 566 ratings.