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Art Of Darkness - Brewery Ommegang

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89
very good

652 Ratings
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Ratings: 652
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 37
Gots: 112 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Edwaka01 on 02-13-2012

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Ratings: 652 | Reviews: 133
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3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

@ Raleigh Times

Served in a small tulip, appears to be a very dark, opaque brown color with a fluffy tan head that leaves plenty of lovely lace. Dark fruit, roast, and Belgian yeast featured predominantly in the aroma...raisin, fig, dark bread, and spice. Stronger phenolics and dark fruity esters in the flavor. Cherry, bitter chocolate roast, and light licorice. Medium bodied, but the carbonation leaves it feeling lighter than it is. A little warming.

Pretty good. I've had a lot better from this brewery and this is nowhere near the finest examples of the style...but pretty good. I wish it was tamer with the phenolics and little more cohesive with all its tasty little elements.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm scoring this on the low side just to remind myself this wasn't my favorite from Ommegang and if I have the choice, I will take Three Philosophers or Abbey Ale or Rare Vos any day before this one.

But it wasn't bad in any way. On tap at Cooper's Tavern, tail end of Madison Craft Beer Week. Was great to get to try all these Ommegang beers on tap.

This one poured an opaque black, w/ a thin-ish white head that stuck around a long time. Roasty aroma and flavor of a really thick porter. The mouth feel of a chewy stout. Rather disappointingly low in sweetness and fairly one-dimensional. Easy to drink, that's for sure. But I was expecting more.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of DavoleBomb
2.93/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a goblet.

4.0 A: Black color. Almost two fingers of frothy tan colored head. Retention is good and a short ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Lots of roastiness in this. Molasses, light ashiness, and dark caramel. Even the fruitiness comes off with a bit of extra darkness, like stir-fried or grilled plums, dates, black currants and figs. Clove-y phenols from the yeast.

2.5 T: Taste is a bit of the let down. The roasty flavors in the nose dominate the taste and it doesn't work. From first taste to finish, this is overly charred and has an almost tannic finish. It's not a horrible taste, but it's bad enough to put this below average. Much of the fruitiness gets lost to the roast, but the fig and dates are still pretty apparent. Less clove-y than it smells.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good spritzy carbonation with a very faint creaminess. Normally I'd rank this higher, but the burnt aftertaste prevents that.

2.5 D: This is more of a Belgian stout than a BSDA, but whatever. It's overly roasty and unbalanced and that's no good. I expect more from Ommegang.

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5/5  rDev +26.3%

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Photo of Arborescence
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pitch black, one finger dense head.

Aroma: Belgian style malt and yeast, quite fresh.

Taste: Herbs and malt with a Belgian style body. Alcohol reasonably masked but resent. Lingering aftertaste with medicinal characteristics. Rather pleasant and warming.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied, a little bit of carbonation.

Overall: Not as balanced as it could be, but very tasty. I like the medicinal characteristics in particular. Somewhat different than other Ommegang beers, but not in a bad way!

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Art of Darkness pours a black color, with a a large creamy head, that stubbornly wont go away. The smell is enticing, its sweet, with Belgian candies, but has a dark undertone, smokey, malty, bitter and boozy. The taste starts sweet, lots of belgian candy flavors, then a strong hit from the alcohol kicks in, and finishes with a malty finish. Nice strong taste, can sip on this one, and enjoy it. Overall a fantastic beer, complex and very enjoyable.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.26/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty beer,it has nice fine head and delicate lacing. Surprisingly uninspired for an ommegang strong dark. The aroma is faint and slightly sour. Perhaps guinesslike with a belgium yeast.
The taste holds true to a belgium dark, but fades quickly leaving you to wonder where are the monk's subtiltiesand depth.
The color is more of starbucksthan of a quad.
I expect a mature strong beer to take advantage of the full yeast lifecycle not hide from it.

Photo of BeerLover99
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep, black/brown body, finger khaki head,

S: fig, raisin, nutty, caramel, mild chocolate, big malt

T: big malt, raisins, cocoa, mild roasted, mild fig/boozy finish

M: med body, mild chewy/smooth mouth

O: Ommegang continues to deliver fine brews.
I would get again + recommend to others.
Pairing: nice piece of beef, lamb, bbq or dessert.

VERY GOOD, WORTH GETTING!

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle, allowed to warm some before being poured into my petite Duvel tulip.

Art of Darkness pours a solid black, with three plus fingers of light tan colored foam. Head retention is pretty good, and lacing is on the spotty side. The nose is very nice, with lots of plum, raisin, and fig. There's a little bit of roasty grains and clove-like phenols present in the background. The roast and phenols come way to the foreground in the flavor profile. That combination, present in that intensity, ends up coming off as a bit harsh/astringent. Sweet-ish dark fruits are still present, but somewhat drowned out by the other aspects of the flavor profile. The body has just a touch too much heft, but it's paired with a very active, expressive carbonation. Art of Darkness seemed promising at first, but just missed the mark for being a great take on a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. It's the latest in what's been a string of very "meh" beers for me from Ommegang.

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3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: deep, dark brown - doesn't seem quite black. thick, creamy light mocha colored head.

s: caramel, molasses. yeast. plums, prunes, raisins. slight bit of booze

t: malts, sweetness at the beginning. yeast flavor settles in midway. dark fruit not as present as in the aroma.

m: light and creamy. med high carbonation.

o: decent offering from Ommegang. one of those which I'm glad I tried but not likely to seek out again. thought the aroma was better than the taste. worth a try.

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Art Of Darkness from Brewery Ommegang
89 out of 100 based on 652 ratings.