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Art Of Darkness - Brewery Ommegang

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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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chinchill

South Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, murky brown color with a tan head.

S: nicely balanced array of roasted grain, dark fruits, baked bread, vague spices and caramel.

T: Plenty of dark fruit mid-taste and in the aftertaste, with a kick of dark chocolate in the finish. A trace of light smoke.

M: superb -- full body and very creamy.

O: exceptionally enjoyable and better than expected, even from a premier American producer of Belgian style beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 23:35:55 | More by chinchill
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KTCamm

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from Champagne bottle into a Duvel glass. Pours dark black with full thick head of 1/2 inch brown foam. The laye remains. Dark fruit smell. Oats. Plums, subtle raisin nose. Taste is fruity blend, mostly dark fruit - plums. Strong Belgian yeast. Some chocolate notes. Much happening - all good.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 11:37:21 | More by KTCamm
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KajII

North Carolina

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

[Suggested Glassware: Trappist Glass]

The pour was a murky dark brown with some maroon highlights and an average (1-2 finger) creamy beige head that was mostly lasting and had excellent sheets of sticky lacing.

The aroma was nice and rich with a dark grain malt and a doughy Belgian yeast and possessed notes of dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, dark fruit (raisons and dates) and a mild medicinal alcohol scent.

The taste was lightly sweet, rather malty and a tad acidic with hints of dark chocolate and dark fruit from the beginning, but quickly became roasty with a strong yeast presence and a note of roasted coffee and a touch of vanilla towards the finish. The flavor lasted a long good time with a roasty, wheat alcohol taste left to linger on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was just a hair below medium in body with a semi-dry creamy texture and a moderate carbonation.

Overall a good strong boldly robust brew with tons of flavor, which is quite amazing as it all comes from the grains and yeast (nothing else was added). Basically a simply fantastic beer...

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Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 21:47:26 | More by KajII
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - very dark brown with a huge, thick, brown head that has great retention

S - sweet, a bit of chocolate, some yeast, some dark fruit

T - chocolate, fruity, cherry, plum, medicine

M - medium to full bodied, smooth, well carbonated

I really enjoy this beer. The flavor is rich and complex. The fruit is a nice balance to the big malt bill. The yeast comes through but doesn't take over. Overall, very enjoyable and worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 19:07:47 | More by tdm168
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a thick tan head. Lacing covers the glass.

The smell is spicy with anise, candy, chocolate. Robust and inviting!

The taste is spicy and sweet, Earthy/hoppy notes blend with chocolate, anise and espresso. Wonderfully balanced and delicious! It has a taste similar to Duval but dark. Some alcohol is noticeable, but enough to add to the complexity rather than detract. It has a long finish.

It is velvety smooth. Rich and full-bodied with soft carbonation.

This is a great dessert brew. Aptly named, this is truly a work of art!

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 15:44:15 | More by jwc215
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pkalix

California

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
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???

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 23:37:53 | More by pkalix
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scootny

New York

4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 01:29:41 | More by scootny
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 03:15:39 | More by Knapp85
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 14:48:51 | More by OWSLEY069
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Pencible

Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 19:30:23 | More by Pencible
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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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impending

California

3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

B

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
cheers
jd

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 05:22:12 | More by impending
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
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?

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 23:14:42 | More by korguy123
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Stinger80OH

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a standard 12oz mug, AOD is dark with a 1-2 finger head with good retention throughout as some lacing.

S: Dark fruits such as fig, grapes, and dates as well as a slightness of orange are abundant on the nose. Slight booziness too but not overwhelming for a BSDA.

T: As above, dark fruits dominant with a small touch of dark suger/burnt caramel on the back of the palate. Minimal booziness.

M: Soft, not too sweet given its fruity characteristics.

O: This is an average BSDA and given its price point, I probably wouldn't be inclined to buy it again. If you like this style of beer though and you like Ommegang, then its worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 15:36:29 | More by Stinger80OH
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

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

750ml bottles shared by Steve. Packaged February 7, 2012, best before February 2015.

Dark brown, mahogany highlights. Tan head, mild retention and some lace. Nose has dark fruits and grapes are dominant. Mildly sweet, almost floral in quality. Vanilla and cookie dough as well. Dark malt flavours, oats are evident, yeasty and dried fruits. Medium body, high effervescence. A really nice BSDA.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 00:32:36 | More by liamt07
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confer

Pennsylvania

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

Got this after a few friends tried it in Cooperstown. We split a case several ways still came to 15 a bottle.
Pours dark brown and almost completely opaque. Nice tan 1/2 finger head hangs around for a short time.
Smell is on the boozy side.
No booziness in the taste. Slight bitterness with a sweet finish.
Overall another interesting beer from Ommegang. Due to the price I'm glad it was a one time offer.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 21:53:14 | More by confer
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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

Soapy head on thick dark brown body, with a lace sheet. yeasty aroma, I like their yeast. Smooth drinker, above average mouthfeel. Sweetish,and yet a little earthy, some malted milk, chocolate malt,touch of anise, not that complex still nicely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 19:49:15 | More by Sammy
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uturn

Florida

4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

How served: 750ml corked and caged poured into a Ommegang glass.

A: This beer poured an extremely dark brown/black with an impressive 3 finger light brown head which dissipated slowly and left a very nice thick lacing on my glass.

N: The nose was light but full of dark fruits like plum and raisin with hints of dark chocolate and of the Belgian yeast.

T: The taste of this brew starts off on the sweet side with dark fruit flavors like prunes, raisins and dates and a nice hint of candi sugar and dark chocolate. By mid palate the sweetness mellows out and you get some warmth from the alcohol and it ends more on a nice dry note.

B: The body was light to medium with a creamy feel with a lively carbonation level which tickles the tongue.

D: The drinkability was very good especially since the body was light to medium.

O: Overall this brew could have benefited from a little more body, otherwise it is very good.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 23:27:53 | More by uturn
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Art Of Darkness
Brewery Ommegang
Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale
ABV: 8.90 %

LOOK: Dark brown, with a deep amber hint. Off white mocha head forms and leaves plenty of lace down the glass.

SMELL: Dark fruits of raisin, fig, plum and date are all upfront with mocha undertones. Belgian yeast spiciness and a subtle sweet smell. Nice.

TASTE: Dark chocolates and coffee, notice how all three descriptions I have given all start with the word DARK. More fig and raisin flavor with a nice robust roasted malt profile. Little bitterness but an even balance. Well disguised alcohol, and everything is screaming belgian strong dark mixed with stout.

FEEL/IMPRESSION: Medium to full bodied, smooth, creamy and well carbonated. Overall I thought this was yet another very good offering from brewery Ommegang. Aging this in whiskey barrels is the next logical step.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 00:14:04 | More by Stinkypuss
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 22oz caged and corked bottle.

Appearance - Dark brown/black, killer creamy 3+ inch head and tons of lacing.

Smell - Dark candy fruits, malts, yeast, lots of cherry, lemon, some chocolate and brown sugars, some wheat aroma and a little spice kick at the end.

Taste - Huge sour fruit bite at first sip. Plum, rasin, grapefruit, grapes and dark roasted chocolate malts hit you. Yeasty sweetness, belgian spicey notes, lots of spices and sugars. The finish has some coffee and nut flavor. Alcohol is there but not as present as a near 9% beer would expect.

Mouthfeel - Medium thickness and pretty strong presence of flavors. Tougne gets the fruits and yeast, were the palate gets more malts and spices. Finish is a bit sour and dry.

Overall - Pretty tasty and enjoyable. Kind of like a strong ale mixed with a porter. It takes a few drinks to get into this one for sure. Not something to drink weekly but for sure another quailty beer from ommegang. Price is steap but its worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 22:30:59 | More by wvsabbath
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep pitch black body this is the Art of Darkness, okay we get it, there's also a light tan head forming thick, with Belgian inspired lacing. Aromatics offer up with dark cocoa, spicy aromatics inspired by the yeasts fermentation process. Dark malts give off a solid roasted malt aspect that I can relate to anyday, also a dark toasted nut quality coming out with the bier I'm sippin' on. Floral spicy yeast base, with dark roasted malts slightly creamy acidity almost yogurt like. Especially tasty dark beer, hybrid Belgian American dark ale, with even flowing carbonation and a medium bodied ale that I really enjoy. Overall impressive offering, that is tasty and satisfying for the beer drinker's palate.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 06:23:27 | More by WVbeergeek
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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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ngeunit1

California

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark brown-black color with a finger of frothy chocolate head atop. The head fades fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted chocolate and dark fruits, with some wheat, and some Belgian yeasts.

T - Starts off some roasted dark chocolate and sweet dark fruits with a bit of wheat. Through the middle, some oats come through with the Belgian yeast flavor getting stronger as well. The finish is a mix of chocolate, a bit of dark fruit, some wheat, and and Belgian yeast funkiness.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nicely balanced with a good depth of balance. Really nice blend of chocolate and dark fruit with the yeast character.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 06:47:56 | More by ngeunit1
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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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FlemingVSKing

Florida

4.68/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is the wine of Beers.

It begins with the smooth feel and rich taste of a good mild stout and then quickly transitions through a light floral hop character before finishing with a brilliant and very drinkable oak flavor from the barrel aging process.

Essentially it morphs from a well crafted smooth stout or porter into a wine right in your mouth, all through an array of complementary yet wildly varried flavors. It's magic!!!

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 15:48:43 | More by FlemingVSKing
Art Of Darkness from Brewery Ommegang
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