Scythe & Sickle - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 1,079
Reviews: 235
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 36
Gots: 115 | FT: 0
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MLasoski on 08-27-2012

Scythe & Sickle is an-amber ale brewed with a variety of malts, including pils, rye flakes and oat flakes, for incredible depth of flavor and a hint of natural sweetness. Scythe & Sickle brings a new life and flavor to autumn beer lists traditionally filled with Oktoberfests and pumpkin ales. The flavors of the hard work of summer and the celebration of autumn harvest are captured in Scythe & Sickle, creating a unique but traditional Ommegang farmhouse harvest ale.

“Scythe & Sickle is our foray into honoring the harvest season, taking the finest malts and blending them seamlessly into a rich amber ale,” says Brew Master Phil Leinhart. “Farming is about precision, timing and care, and this gently sweet ale is our testament to the craft and care of farming.”
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Ratings: 1,079 | Reviews: 235
Photo of MacMalt
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass. The color is a lovely amber with a thick, milk-white head and generous lacing. It's an attractive beer. The smell features spice and yeast. When sipped, the first impression is a sweetness with a spice and maltiness and a lightly rye, bitter finish. Overall, the taste is complex and pleasant. The mouth feel is moderately carbonated and pleasant. Overall, this is a fine autumn ale. As one would expect from Ommegang (one of my favorite brewers), it is complex, unique, and and attractive. I would drink it again.

Photo of founddrama
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Real smooth. Good malt profile up front, subtle hops. Reads more like a lager or a märzen.

Photo of alaskannomad
4.59/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

An amazing, underrated beer.

Innovative use of wheat, rye and oats to add flavor and body. Adjuncts improve upon the biere de garde style. The DMT is toned down by the rye. The bite of the carbonation is balanced by the creaminess of the oats.

Malty, but not too sweet. Just a hint of alcohol bitterness. Very good, very innovative offer from Ommegang.

Photo of Antc2382
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Leave it to Ommegang to unleash another unique beer, lots of good stuff coming from them. Look- burnt amber with a sudsy, generous head that sticks around and coats the top as it subsides. Smell- not too distinctive, mainly yeast notes. Taste- sweet, earthy, you really get the harvest grainy tastes the beer is shooting for. It's like fall in a glass. Feel- smoother as the beer goes down, nice with an abv under 6. Overall- good, hearty beer for fans of Belgian style amber ale

Photo of Maltyduo
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Draft in a tulip, flat front wonderful malt flavor, easy drinking session able Amber ale.

Photo of vincehayter
4.67/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wonderfully drinkable beer, would drink again.

Photo of Suds
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A golden color with some haze and a beautiful, tall, puffy white head. The smell has a little estery-fruit, a lot of pale malt, and a touch of yeast. It has a highly carbonated, peppery, but subtlety malty taste. Sharpness...tastes as if it has a higher ABV than it does. Long finish, and medium in mouthfeel.

Photo of Grugalug
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a deep copper/amber color and is cloudy. Poured a thick 2 finger head that lingers for a time. Sticky lacing along the side of the glass as it goes down. Lots of bubbles visible as well. Looks really nice. (4.25)

S- Spicy rye and funky Belgian yeast. Very little hop presence, but it is there and it's herbal/earthy. The rye is the most prominent malt aroma in my opinion, but there I can tell that there is a sharp wheat character as well, along some type of candi sugar/syrup seems to be here as well. The yeast is certainly complex, but the dominant character that I get is a cherry quality. A lot going on for a beer under 6% ABV. (4)

T- That spicy rye character is even more evident here, and it is a really nice compliment to what the fruity yeast brings along. There is even a very small amount of alcohol warmth, which is surprising considering the ABV, however it is really nice here and compliments the boldness of the grain bill well. Just enough hop bitterness to keep it from becoming too sweet. (4)

M- Typically highly carbonated Belgian ale. Effervescent and finishes very dry, and is light-bodied. (4)

O- A great beer for the fall/winter. A very bold and characterful beer that would stand up very well to most any hearty winter meal, and has just a touch of alcohol warmth to bring it all together. Personally, Belgian beers are not my usual pick, but this is one that I would get again. (4.01)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Malty aroma is not strong, has an earthy undertone. Pours a nice bubbly orange-amber with a thick and rather persistent cream head. Flavor has malt, wheat and rye components with an earthy undertone and just a whisper of hoppy bitterness. Texture has about average body and a decent amount of tingle. Finish is earthy with hints of rye and wheat. Overall, not great, but interesting!

Photo of infinitebruner
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

December 30, 2014

12 oz bottle, nonic pint

A – Dark gold to orange and then moderately-deep amber. A couple inches of foamy, craggy, thick head, with very long retention. Beer is hazy. The colors are brilliant, beautiful to look at.

S – Deep aroma of caramel, baked brown bread, and Maillard sweetness. A slight impression of breakfast syrup. Hop aroma is floral, fairly bitter. Also getting some mild vanilla and lemon.

T – Caramel malts and browned biscuits, with an even mix of floral hop flavor and bitterness. A touch of lemon here as well. Malty sweet, but carbonation and bitterness balance it out well.

M – Again, sweet from the malt, with off-setting bitterness lasting through the finish. Moderately high carbonation, very sudsy. Somewhat heavy body, with only a touch of dryness on the swallow.

O – With the high levels of maltiness and carbonation and the heavy body, this is nearing liquid bread. Love the balance of all of that with light but flavorful hops and perfect level of bitterness. A fantastic brew.

Photo of RichD
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I need to try this again. I think the bottle was a bit older than it should be. Overall, a decent beer with some nice Belgian characteristics.

Photo of Furlinator
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice balance between grainy malt and bitter hops.

Photo of Caveworm
4.74/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Scythe & Sickle - Brewery Ommegang. Poured from the bottle into a glass seidel, this beer's got a 2 finer thick frothy white head, sheer lacing, and a clear golden amberish body. A very appealing brew in this discipline.

Smells like the harvest grains mentioned on the bottle. Like I'm right at the farm. Great job!

I taste the rye and extra barley right away, but its not overpowering by any means. Just enough to coat the tongue. Its a very well balanced taste. The rye is not sharp or vicious. The oat is noticeable, too, serving as kind of a mellowing agent. This was certainly a great choice for my first Bière de Garde.

Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp. There are zero lingering elements associated with this beer. A very refreshing feel, indeed.

Overall, a 4.75 is given to Scythe & Sickle - Brewery Ommegang. A great fall and even winter brew to mix things up from cinnamon/clove/nutmeg and allspice/molasses/cinnamon. I will definitely buy this again.

Photo of FLima
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber color with a thick head with medium retention and leaving lots of laces.
Sweet aroma with predominant red apple puree notes, honey and sort of a duck sauce.
Flavor mutates with notes of oat, rye, apple and pear juice, yeast, honey, lemongrass and sweet grains. Dry aftertaste with some chalkiness and a medium herbal bitterness.
Medium body with mild carbonation.
Great malt and grains complexity in pair with fruits from colder lands.

Photo of fscottkey
3.17/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: [3.50] After a super aggressive pour I got 4 fingers of pillowy white head. The head covers an apricot colored brew. The beer is very cloudy and unfiltered. The bottle lists an AVB (5.8%) and the born on date (6/25/14).

S: [2.75] Wet grass and wheat.

T: [3.25] Slightly sweeter than a typical Belgian style. The sweet outplays the wheat and earth tones.

M: [3.50] Nice carbonation level - feels rich on the tongue.

O: [3.25] I am not a fan of Belgian style beers but this one is better than most. The typical wheat and grass forward taste is there only on the first few sips. Then the malt takes over and this is really a sweet tasting nice beer.

Photo of SurferEric
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Quite yeasty with a very noticeable rye flavor and a bit of bitterness that grows with each sip.

Photo of Tyrolaspenleaf
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Biere de Garde >>> Oktoberfests.

Photo of RexBanner
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Pours a nice dark amber with a voluminous head that lasted the whole session.
Aromas of wheat, malt, grains and spices.
Taste followed the nose closely. The spices were more pronounced however.
Very crisp and bubbly mouth feel. It's obvious that this beer is highly carbonated. I felt this beer displayed more of the buttery characteristics of a lager as opposed to the clean taste of an ale. Refreshing and welcomed change from all the ho hum Oktoberfest beers saturating the market today, although this is not a Marzen bier. This will probably be my go to fall beer henceforth.

Photo of microbrewlover
4/5  rDev +3.6%

This brew pours an opaque copper color with a foamy white three finger head and heavy lacing. The head also leaves a nice collar.

The smell is mostly sweet malts, lemongrass and grain, musty and earthy.

The taste follows the nose with sweet and some roasted malts, gritty lemongrass taste combined with a musty earthy dank taste, some fruit, maybe pear and a little gritty. Sweet malts dominate. No real hop presence is detectable. Overall a very good malty beer.

Photo of damndirtyape
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, packaged on 07/11/14, best by 07/2016. Slow pour into a tulip glass and stopping right as the sediment tried to come out.

Appearance: Hazy golden to coppery amber with a dense rocky light tan head. Lots of thick strands of lacing all over the glass.

Smell: Leafy, lightly herbal and floral. A hint of yeast.

Taste: Clean and crisp up front, lightly toasted malt in the middle, and then a mild noble hop finish. I'm not detecting any Belgian-like fruity esters, but I do get some toffee-like buttery flavors from time to time. Rather mild in flavor for a beer of this style. More flavorful as the beer warms up to room temperature, but still not as flavorful as I thought it would be.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation, a bit thicker than water underneath. Cleans the palate with each sip.

Overall / Drinkability: I wonder if this beer would get better if it sat a bit longer. A great looking beer, but not as flavorful as I had hoped. It does make me think of a beer good to have after working in autumn out in the fields, but not something particularly flavorful as advertised on the bottle. One is enough and I don't feel a need for another.

Photo of 57md
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%

Light cloudy copper. The nose is yeasty. Light bodied with a classic funky flavor.

Photo of tillmac62
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

BOD 7/10/14. Pours a hazy medium amber with an exceptional head, lacing and retention. Nice, but light, nose of sweet malt and Belgian yeast fruit (banana) over a light spice (clove). Almost medium bodied with a nice slick mouthfeel. Superb carbonation with a nice effervescent finish. The flavor profile is a bit complex, superbly balanced and reasonably intense. It begins with an effervescent rush of sweetness - biscuit malt and fruit - that yields to a mild bitterness. As the bitterness fades, rye flavor and it's associated touch of spice come forward over a slightly phenolic note. The finish is somewhat crisp, a bit dry and the light bitterness lingers over a light sweetness with a clove phenolic note. Quite nice.

Photo of allengarvin
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: 4.25 - Hazy amber with a large, dense head atop it. Great retention and lacing.
S: 3.75 - Fruity esters with light malt.
T: 4.25 - Delicious tasting, highly fruity yeast character, spicy phenols, sweet malt with just enough bitterness (and enough attenuation) to dry out the finish.
M: 4.75 - Ommegang always gets the mouthfeel dead-on, with an effervescent carbonation that's a delight.
O: 4.25 - This is a delightful new beer in the Ommegang lineup, one that really feels like Belgian craftsmanship, not just a Belgian yeast thrown at it.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Funk, spice and grain aromas greet the nose. The beer pours slightly hazy copper amber, producing a huge 3” rocky, very persistent off white foam cap. Very fine and soft carbonation in combination with the rye, oats and wheat produces very big, clingy, clumpy lace. Big grain flavors dominate the palate with biscuit supporting rye spice, some rye/wheat tang, slight funk and some faint banana. Earthy hops come in at the end to complete this light, well rounded and well composed beer. The grains in this medium body beer provide a rich rye, wheat and oat texture with a little oat slickness.

Photo of cosiv
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque golden brown with a nice 2 finger head. Head dissipates to a nice small layer which sticks around.

S: Smell is actually quite mute. But what's there is yeast and malt.

T: The yeast comes through brilliantly but not overpowering and is balanced by a delicious malt sweetness. It's simple, yet well balanced.

M: As the head implies, the beer has a strong carbonation which makes for a really great mouthfeel.

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