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Art Of Darkness - Brewery Ommegang

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568 Ratings
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Ratings: 568
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 33
Gots: 89 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Edwaka01 on 02-13-2012)
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4/5  rDev +1%

Page76, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of JohneHoodlum
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

JohneHoodlum, Aug 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

danems64, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of pkalix
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- beautiful thick, black with a tan head and hexagonal lacing down the sides.
S- definite belgium-type aroma; i've not been able to pin that down in a vocabularistic manner.
T- dark fruit flavors, some bitterness, some alcohol; but when it leaves it seems as if it might have been a lighter brew.
M- as someone else pointed out,some carbonation, but "silky".
O- easy to drink at a 8.9 clip. tasty, the bitterness is not too bad at all. someone mentioned he allowed some of the yeasty sediment to pour into the glass and it seemed "smoother". the little bit of yeast i tried with it came out a bit tangy but i dont think it was meant to be poured in as a hefe weizen is. i'm flashing back to the days of the Thomas Hardy Ales . . . . back then, THAT was the WORST of all the beers on the DER BARON's list to finish in Las Vegas... does anybody remember DER BARON's???

pkalix, Aug 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

jniagar1, Aug 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

jmbraxton, Aug 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

dorkinajeep, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of Snodman
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Snodman, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of scootny
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A Lovely thick head atop a very dark clear but opaque black brow fluid. Some lace here and there. Smell is sweet with dark fruits. Raisins and figs, brown bread and yeasty esters of banana. Taste is complex with a firm sweet malt body and notes of licorice and anise. Some chocolate and cocoa/mocha. There is a very faint alcoholic edge in the finish and that quickly faded to a sweet warmth. Bitterness is low but adding the yeast by agitating did seem to all a bit of light chalkiness to the finish while at the same time adding a smoothness. Curious. Feel is quad like in its thickness but a touch lighter and well carbonated with a gentle creaminess. A very deep and delightful brew. Much to enjoy and savor and I hope I find some more to cellar.

scootny, Aug 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

fpreh1957, Aug 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

VaTechPhilly, Jul 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

KSather, Jul 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

MadCatMrkII, Jul 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

rolltide8425, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a nice looking deep brown color, the head was creamy looking and tan in color. The smell of the beer is sweet and a little yeasty. There are some slight dark fruit aromas in there too. The taste is a slight blend of the candi sugar, the fruits and the malts. No real noticeable bitterness in this one too much. The mouthfeel was smooth, gently carbonated and silky. Overall I thought this was a very nice release from Ommegang.

Knapp85, Jul 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

szmnnl99, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber to black in color with a big tan head. In the aroma, dark fruits and a sweeter roast. In the taste, dark fruits, a small dryness of alcohol, and a mix of small caramel and somewhat grape like. A boozy bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry small alcohol and dark fruit, to a clean aftertaste. A bit boozy, fruity, caramel like, and Belgian like, almost feels like a quad.

OWSLEY069, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of Pencible
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a nearly opaque dark mahogany with lots of fluffy light tan head.
S: It smelled like banana and clove and raisin, with some milk chocolate and cream, and a bit of maple and candi sugar.
T: It tasted like banana and clove and cocoa powder, with some sweet raisin and candi sugar and sour Belgian yeast. It had a clean and mild aftertaste that was sweet and sour.
M: It was oily and smooth with lots of fine natural carbonation. Beautiful slick body.
D: This was one of the sweeter Belgian dark ales I've had, with nice delicate scent and taste. The body was great, the alcohol was well hidden, and the finish was very mellow. So it was quite easy to drink, but sippable too. It could probably age quite well, but it was nice fresh also. Solid brew.

Pencible, Jul 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

DoubleSimcoe, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of AdamBear
3.3/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

AdamBear, Jul 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

phattman073, Jul 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

skiit13, Jul 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

bigred89, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of impending
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


750ml into a tulip. Pours a very deep copper mahogany, dense tan head with an encouraging pour, nice initial lacing.

Aroma is sweet, spicy and yeasty with a dab of camphor rounding the finish.

Never sweet never bitter. Little dark semi sweet chocolate, little cherry raisin vanilla. Mild phenolic backbone. Roasty, belgian stoutish. Medium rich bodied mouthfeel.
tasty with warmth but no outstanding components

impending, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of korguy123
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Lefft goblet

A- Heavy, opaque, super dark brown almost black pour with brown around the edges. Sitting on top is a long lived light tan head. Lacing is good.

S- Dark stone fruits, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and cloves. The oat adds a new aroma to this, almost oatmeal stout like.

T- Figs and dates, brown sugar, cloves, a touch of banana. Roasted char in the finish adds a bitter taste in the back end.
The oats again add a different taste in the finish but seems more "same old, same old"

M- Medium bodied, good carbonation, slightly chewy. Alcohol is very minimal.

O- I get the difference with this beer, but it just seems to be very similar to almost every other BSDA out there. Maybe it's just me... who knows?

korguy123, Jul 14, 2012
Art Of Darkness from Brewery Ommegang
89 out of 100 based on 568 ratings.