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Scythe & Sickle - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 833
Reviews: 204
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 27
Gots: 45 | FT: 0
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.”

(Beer added by: MLasoski on 08-27-2012)
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Appearance: Pours a muddy dark orange color. A finger of head on the pour settled in but was present while drinking. Sticky lacing left behind at each level. Moderate amount of active carbonation.

Smell: Wheat, barley, and flaked oats open up the front with a curious, slightly artificial sweetness lingering beneath. Earthy, herbal hops are present on the body with accompanying earthy yeast notes. Prairie grass and straw bring the aroma full circle.

Taste: Rye, oats, and that weird artificial sweetness jump the palate. The off flavor has a type and plastic, mossy, syrupy flavor that clings to the palate and lingers throughout. It's a similar flavor profile to homebrews I've had made with malt extract instead of actual grain. Some grains and grass on the back end but it was tough for me to get past the artificial sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Cloying, unfittingly drying, and the carbonation was on the brighter side which pull out some of the imperfections.

Overall: Definitely not what I was expecting. Seeing Domaine DuPage on the side of this page got me excited for potential similarities with one of my all-time favorite beers. But alas, this was something was different and in no way up my alley. Ommegang rarely misses but this is one.

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Scythe & Sickle from Brewery Ommegang
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