Art Of Darkness - Brewery Ommegang
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3.55/5 rDev -10.4%
I had this on-tap at Max's, served in a sample glass.
Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark brown/mahogany with a layer of off white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.
Smell: Fruity malt with some hints of cherry and dark fruit. There is a mild herbal not as well, but the malt is the thing that's standing out.
Taste: Definitely malt forward, which is to be expected. There is a sweetness, but it is delicate. Mild fruit notes are there, but less than the smell. I'm getting some warm alcohol in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.
OVerall: I think they did a good job of what they set out to do. I would have another, but I don't think I'd spend the money on a whole bottle.
04-08-2012 18:53:33 | More by oline73
District of Columbia
4/5 rDev +1%
Presently this is ranked #6 in the Belgian Dark Ale category here on BA.
A: Poured a dark brown, Coca-Cola color, with a luxuriously foamy mocha colored head that I gave up on it ever dying down after a few minutes.
S: I definitely got some Belgian funk, but the concentrated dose of that gave way generously to a very fresh, filtered water quality that was divine. Lots of dark fruit notes as well.
T: This was basically a liquified "Fig Newton" with the organic and processed sugar quality all in one. The figs even lingered after each sip. Not the sugar part, but the actual grainy fruit.
M: Creamy and quite delectable, with the lacing on the glass and palate being quite substantial. In terms of sweetness, you should definitely pair this with something hearty.... or just have it as a dessert.
O: There was nothing really complex here, but just good old fashioned Belgian ale brewing. Really good stuff, and at a great price!
04-07-2012 17:48:20 | More by Chaney
3.58/5 rDev -9.6%
750ml corked and caged bottle served in a Tank 7 tulip. Poured a dark brown with some reddish hints. Big tan head, lots of carbonation in this one. Yeast spice in the aroma with a little dark malt. Belgian yeast spice predominated in the flavor. Some chocolate malt and a little dark fruit. Medium bodied. The spice was a little to over the top for me.
04-07-2012 12:59:33 | More by homebrewhawk
3.7/5 rDev -6.6%
A - black with a great tan head, wonderful lacing
S - a complex mix of aromas where nothing dominates, roast malts, yeast twang, fruity, earthy
T - yeast twang and sour roast malt dominate, I prefer sweet to sour so this prejudices me against this beer, a lot going on, dark fruits, cocoa, alcohol
M - the carbonation that made the great head also makes it sparkle, light given the flavor profile
O - the sour aspects diminish the beer for me, though I can still appreciate the craftsmanship, the usual complex, quality beer from this brewery even if it did not hit my sweet spot
04-07-2012 01:20:37 | More by Vec2267
3.98/5 rDev +0.5%
Bottle in an Ommegang chalice. This is a deep translucent brown color with an inch of foam. Smell has a lot of wine characteristics, led by some grape, cherry, and bubblegum. There are some other mild spices like cloves present. The taste is sweet with a lot of grapes, banana, and nuts. Alcohol is masked very well. Mouthfeel is fairly thin and fizzy.
04-06-2012 00:25:54 | More by webmanspidey
4/5 rDev +1%
Part Belgian Strong Dark Ale, part Belgian Stout- Ommegang delivers a complex beer of roast and fruit flavor, and doing so with a surprisingly simplified palate.
Pouring with a voluptuous and billowing tan head, the beer carries the bubbly nature of champagnes but with the dark brown (almost black) color of hearty stouts. A mild garnet highlight plays through the modest haze in uncanny clear fashion. High level of foam retention and lace speaks volumes to the quality for which Brewery Ommegang is known.
Somewhat mild aromas tackle the olfactories with balanced elements of roasted barley, charred fruits, biscuit, and peppercorn- all wrapped in a thin envelope of caramel and light bread.
Malty sweetness hits the taste buds with the taste of fresh baked bread, bread crust, starch, and underlying caramel sweetness. The roasty char of grains play on the tongue with the taste of coffee, cocoa powder, and burnt embers at mid palate that seem to overshadow sweetness and bridge into the mild fruity flavors of burnt berries, currants, red grapes, and apples. Although esters are mild, their fruity effect is varying and command just enough attention to keep the beer interesting beyond the simple flavor spread.
Medium bodied throughout, the ale's sparkling carbonation prevents fuller texture and ushers in a highly drinkable and zesty bite that ushers in a finish of roasty-dryness, alcohol warmth, and peppery bite.
Where the Art of Darkness doesn't portray the breadth, earthy boldness, or assertive complex sweetness as many darker strong Belgian ales, it's relies on a simplified palate that's exquisitely balanced, more yeast-neutral, and somewhat subdued to celebrate its shear drinkability in understated fashion.
04-04-2012 16:26:59 | More by BEERchitect
3.5/5 rDev -11.6%
Split a 750 with my gf pimoured into a duvel snifter
A: pours dark dark brown... Appears black after pour... With an almost obnoxious 3 1/2 finger head that dissapates slooowly... The head is a tannish color and leaves thick lacing... Would have given a 4.5 instead of 3.5 if it wasn't for the huge everlasting head.
S: earthyness, Belgian spice, dry chocolate, almost a mentality twang? I think this may be from the Belgian spice blending with other aromas.... Faint faint coffee bean.
T: follows the nose with a heavier accent on fruity Belgian yeast. Some chocolate a bit of earthyness... I feel like the yeast dictates more of the flavor hear then the malts.... It is very well balanced.... In a way.... Reminds me of seduction without the cherries. Infer a touch of Clove a bit of fruitiness and a bit of bannana from the yeast all over a lightly chocolate backbone.
M: rather medium but more towards the light side with very hitting effervescent carbonation, that I would say is a bit on the high side.
O: not overly impressed here, I expected a richer, more full bodied almost stout like here... And that it was not.... Perhaps this would be better with some age if the yeast were to mellow out. A decent brew and worth tryin.... But I don't see myself going back for seconds.
04-04-2012 00:01:19 | More by PeterIngemi
4.18/5 rDev +5.6%
I love Ommegang almost anything, and will try every brew of theirs, this was a great brew. I love it because it had those same flavors of my Ommegang brew (abbey ale), but those flavors were very mild; the rest of the beer is big and bold. I love the appearance because it looks like a slightly watered down cup of black coffee with a lot of head on it. Plus, who doesn't like a liberal beer? Bravo!
04-03-2012 03:13:43 | More by carlton012
3.55/5 rDev -10.4%
Served from tap into Trappe Door tulip. Poured a massively dark reddish brown with a two finger light khaki colored head that subsided to a minimal amount very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark fruit, bread, earth, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet amlt, dark fruit, bread, earth, and very subtle sweet alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a fairly decent brew. While the flavor and aroma on this one was fairly complex, it just left a little to be desired if I am completely honest. All of the right aspects for the style were definitely present, but I just wish they would have come across a little more balanced. Worth trying if you get the chance though.
04-02-2012 12:23:22 | More by thagr81us
3.78/5 rDev -4.5%
Pours a very dark brown. Light tan head in the snifter. Aroma is bakers chocolate, nutty sweetness, slight spicy Belgian notes. It was almost cake-like in a way. Taste carried that cake-like sweet chocolate nuttiness. Slightly sweet, but there was an earthy Belgian note to balance the chocolate. Nice full body, creamy and with a solid carbonation presentation.
Had never heard of this, but I rather enjoyed it. I didn't care too much for Seduction, but this was a treat.
04-01-2012 03:22:52 | More by EgadBananas
3.63/5 rDev -8.3%
A - Very dark brown, almost black. Light tan, tight bubbled head. Slow to leave, lots of cling.
S - Sweet dark malt, light barny fecal, fruity.
T - Cocoa, fruitiness, a little chalky, light soy and chocolate milk at finish.
M - Medium body, very carbed, ok finish.
D - Good to try.
03-31-2012 02:38:04 | More by srandycarter
3.85/5 rDev -2.8%
On-tap at Beachwood I,
A: Pours black with some mahogany highlights. Nice creamy off-white head. Some lace.
S: Plum, some dark chocolate, molasses, inviting.
T: Classic dark fruit flavour, prune, some date sugar, light hints of dark chocolate. Some mild sweetness. Yeast character is minor.
M: Off-dry, maybe a tad too much sugar which keeps it a bit off-balanced, but should dry out through time. A minor quibble, I've seen a lot worse in American made BSDAs. Creamy mouthfeel, soft carbonation, light and crisp on the palate.
O: A very solid effort, not the best I've had from Ommegang, but well made for sure. Just hoping the bottles aren't over $10, otherwise it'd be a good QPR.
03-30-2012 23:15:15 | More by Halcyondays
Art Of Darkness from Brewery Ommegang
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