Scythe & Sickle - Brewery Ommegang
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Reviews by BedetheVenerable:
4.01/5 rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Presentation: 12oz brown pop top with nice (I, for one, enjoy the new artwork) label. Bottled July 2012, best by July 2014. Poured into a Waterford Marquis oversized wine glass.
Appearance: This is the rich color of hardened amber, with lots of ultra-fine sediment in suspension. A beautiful, glossy, and creamy eggshell head sticks around a long time and leaves some thick, patchy lace. Overall, quite a nice looking beer.
Smell: Earthy, sweetly malty, slightly spicy, with an ever-so-slight funky, fruity edge. Perhaps just a kiss of herbal, grassy hops on the finish? Overall, nice.
Taste: With sweet candy and toasted malt notes up front, this is sweet but at the same time, well-attenuated and it ends dry. There's a spicy, slightly sharp graininess, likely from the inclusion of rye flakes. Lightly earthy malts, with a firm, clean bitterness and just a hint of cellar. Toasty and grainy, malty, medium-bitter, and fairly light in terms of esters.
Mouthfeel: Light side of medium-bodied.
Overall: A nice, slightly different, take on the Biere de Garde style. I'd say this is worth the $9.99 a 4-pk it costs, and it will be interesting to see how it evolves over the next year or so.
88 = B+
Serving type: bottle
02-17-2013 03:39:39 | More by BedetheVenerable
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4.2/5 rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12 oz. bottle picked up in Port Huron; bottled July 17 2013 and best before July 2015. Served slightly chilled.
Pours a foggy orange-amber colour, with lots of effervescence and a big, pillowy off-white layer of froth on top. It recedes slowly but steadily over the next period of minutes, leaving a messy pattern of lace behind before settling into a lumpy cap and collar. The aroma is dominated by a pleasant mixture of overripe pear, appleskin, yeast, and herbal notes, with a light touch of banana. Alright, let's see if this one tastes as good as it looks and smells.
Wow, this is tasty. Plenty of malt variety - grainy barley, some bready wheat sweetness, as well as nice spicy rye notes alongside some brown sugar. Finishes with an interesting mixture of raisin, orange, yeastiness and herbal bitterness. Slightly phenolic - sticks out a bit initially, but once the beer warms it blends in a bit better, becoming more of a spicy/herbal bitterness instead of a medicinal one. Medium-bodied, with a very smooth mouthfeel that I am assuming can be attributed mostly to the oats. Lively carbonation initially, but it eventually settles down a bit and the beer becomes much more quaffable..
Final Grade: 4.2, a very respectable A-. I can't profess to be an expert in this style (as I've had only one other biere de garde, and only a dozen or so saisons for that matter), but I knows what I likes, and Ommegang's Scythe & Sickle is one farmhouse-style ale that I am really digging. A great brew that all fans of pale Belgian styles and farmhouse ales should consider worth seeking out - and given the fact that this bottle is over a year old, it holds up quite nicely in the short-term, too. Kind of wish I'd bought six of them, now.
Serving type: bottle
07-23-2014 17:26:17 | More by thehyperduck
4.04/5 rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours an effervescent amber with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. .Stellar head retention & lacing, a bit cloudy
S: Pears & leafy hops, green appleskins
T: Follows the nose, some candi sugar as well, a little bit of white grape as well, a little bit of cinnamon as well. Pears, a little bit of caramel, dryness & leafy hops as this warms & cinnamon again, a touch of boozeyness. Finishes dry, fruity & slightly sweet with a little bit of persimmon
MF: Medium bodied, soft carbonation, warming
Good shot at the style, well worth a try, I would consider buying this again....
Serving type: bottle
06-23-2014 04:05:33 | More by russpowell
Scythe & Sickle from Brewery Ommegang
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