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Art Of Darkness - Brewery Ommegang

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very good

580 Ratings
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Ratings: 580
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 33
Gots: 92 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Edwaka01 on 02-13-2012)
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Photo of Twig2848
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Twig2848, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of rlee1390
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Black in the glass, clear brown around the edges, one finger tan head.

S-Mainly darker fruits with some spice, not much else.

T-Sweet dark fruits, plums and raisins, not much bitterness nor spices.

M-Light lots of carbonation but a tad watery.

O-A nice beer but it doesn't have anything that stands out, had it with some age on it, maybe fresh it would be better.

rlee1390, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of Suds
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a deep, nearly black, brown color. It reveals slight red highlights when held to the light. The head is fizzy and short-lived. The aroma is of brown sugar and candied fruit, dark malt and Belgian yeast, pepper and a distant, fleeting smoke-scent. Nice. The taste is sharp with alcohol and carbonation. Warming and malty, with dark fruit and yeast. It seems highly attenuated, yet is sugary on the lips. Full and satisfying body.

Suds, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of FredT
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

FredT, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of katdenk
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

katdenk, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of SLeffler27
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark chocolate brown with clear ruby highlights. A thick, beige head reaches a dense, creamy three inches with golden flashes. The head is long lasting while dispersing a complex web of lace on an Ommegang tulip glass.

Opens with aromas similar to cherry cordial and a molasses background. Some notes of light pine and yeast open with warmth.

The flavor profile generally follows the nose while adding light coffee and cognac. Warmth brings out a roasted character with earthy fruits such as fig. Tartness is slightly off style but is well balanced against bitterness and sweetness. The complex progression with warmth is consistently followed with a long, chocolate finish.

This is a full-bodied, satin-textured beer with fine effervescent carbonation and lightly warming alcohol.

Well-suited for sipping while reading on a cold, wet autumn day. This is an interesting rendition of the style.

SLeffler27, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of jrenihan
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer is black with a large light tan head. Pretty good retention. A bit of lace.

Smell is light and malty. Some dark fruit, primarily raisin and grape. A bit of yeast.

Taste contains malt, some chocolate, some dark fruit, but not as noticeable as in the nose. A bit of roasted malt. Mildly sweet. Strikes me as closer to a stout than a BSDA - I guess Belgian Stout is the closest description.

Medium bodied, lighter than expected. Moderate carbonation.

Overall, disappointing. A decent beer but nothing exciting. Not something I would go for again.

jrenihan, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of 2neardead
3/5  rDev -24.2%

2neardead, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of mhenson42
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

mhenson42, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of CJS
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

CJS, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of discdueler
4/5  rDev +1%

discdueler, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of MattyG85
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Bottled on 02/20/12.

Appearance: Pours a very dark blackish brown with a slight hint of ruby at the bottom. Moderate bubbles and a big four finger light tan head which slowly recedes into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Aroma leaps out from the glass with dark fruits and yeast. Belgian yeast with hints of clove and black pepper. Dark roasted malts with hints of burnt toast, biscuit, bitter dark chocolate, caramel, toffee, and coffee.A very lively and big mix of dark fruits including raisin, dark grapes, berries, fig, and prune. Light hints of anise and smoke. Subtle earthy hop presence. The dark grapes really stand out. Pretty nice smell.

Taste: As fruity, spicy, and complex as it smells. Belgian yeast along with a taste of cloves, black pepper, and other spices. Very roasty dark malts with a taste of dark chocolate, toast, biscuit, coffee, burnt caramel, and toffee. Big taste of dark fruits with notes of dark grapes, raisin, fig, prunes, and berries. A little burnt candied sugar and subtle notes of anise and smoke. Some earthy hops add a little drying bitterness towards the finish. A really nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Creamy, spicy, and drying. Alcohol heat is subdued.

Overall: A really good take on a dark Belgian ale. It has the fruit esters and spices of a Dubbel and the roasted characteristics of a Stout. Really nicely done.

MattyG85, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of fx20736
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml wired and corked bottle into a chalice, served at cellar temp.

Onyx black which permits no light to pass through. Thick, souffle like sandy colored head that leaves spectral lacing.

aroma of dark fruit and molasses

slippery mouthfeel

Dark prunes and raisins with a treacle like bittersweetness riding atop a tidal wave of malt.

Notes: outstanding, tasty, yummy.

fx20736, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of mcaulifww
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

mcaulifww, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of DaleB50
4/5  rDev +1%

DaleB50, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of Uncertainty
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Uncertainty, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of Scamboogery
4/5  rDev +1%

Scamboogery, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of Torabayama
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Torabayama, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of Obsidian
4/5  rDev +1%

Obsidian, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

sendbeer, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of archero
5/5  rDev +26.3%

archero, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of NickyDee21
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

NickyDee21, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of GennyCreamAle
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

GennyCreamAle, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of jucifer1818
5/5  rDev +26.3%

jucifer1818, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of Ryan011235
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Orval chalice on 11/19/12

Medium, ruddy sort of brown that settles much darker. The head is fizzy, reaching 1/3rd of an inch before settling down to a fraction of that. Some lace.

The aroma has an interesting culmination of goings-on: rum soaked raisins, figs, black licorice, clove, toasted grain and overtones of Dr. Pepper and RC Cola.

The flavor has a lot of dark fruit - raisins, plum, maybe even some prune. Dark grains and spice, too. It has a slight cola bent, as suggested by the nose. Yeast tones throughout. The finish is dry and quite bitter with notes of earthy hops, unsweetened cocoa and perhaps a touch of coffee.

Art of Darkness has a smooth, rolling medium body with granular undercurrents. Carbonation tapers off over time, leaving a pillowy, plush feel. Very nice.

I worked on Art of Darkness for over two hours and I enjoyed it more with each sip. One to let warm. An easy recommendation.

Ryan011235, Nov 29, 2012
Art Of Darkness from Brewery Ommegang
89 out of 100 based on 580 ratings.