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Scythe & Sickle - Brewery Ommegang

Scythe & SickleScythe & Sickle

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BA SCORE
87
very good

745 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 745
Reviews: 196
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 9.56%


Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang visit their website
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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BlackBearForge

Florida

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scythe & Sickle pours rich coppery amber with a tall foamy white head that subsides to pillowy lumps before becoming a thin surface cover, foamy lacing is abundant.

The aroma has a sharp almost citric scent, a little musty, a little spicy with clean bready malt.

The flavor I can tell will continue to develop as it warms. It is complex with layers of pale malts rending fresh baked bread, biscuits, lightly toasted oat bread, pilsner flavours, with some graininess and some oat smoothness and a nice rye bight as well. Yeasty esters are present, with notes of cloves and banana and a clean tartness. Alcohol is noted but finely integrated and the finish is dry and lightly bitter. Sweetness is evenly balanced with tartness and light hop bitterness. Flavors not only continue to develop as it warms to optimum drinking temperatures but they become more complex and integrated at the same time.

The body is medium, with a luscious smoothness, becoming a bit creamy with warming but does carry a bit of an aggressive bight of carbonation which pairs nicely with the alcohol presence.

A very interesting Harvest Ale and a fitting nod to the various grains of the harvest and the ways in which they can be combined. Skillfully brewed and a joy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 23:08:14 | More by BlackBearForge
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Scythe & Sickle from Brewery Ommegang
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