Scythe & Sickle - Brewery Ommegang
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Reviews by BlackBearForge:
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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4.21/5 rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
The brewery describes this offering as a Biere de Garde. I think for once, I will leave off my BJCP hat and judge this for what it is, rather than what it calls itself. What is it? It's a wonderful bottle of beer, that's what. Yes, it does have a lot of that "Farmhouse Ale" character, in the smooth mouthfeel enhanced by oats, and the less than smooth character of malted wheat and rye. There is a great moussy head and soft full efforvescence reminiscent of great saisons, and the rich malty palate one hopes to find in a Biere de Garde. But the hops make it very American, IMHO, and very good.
This is just a fabulous, mouthfilling, complex, rich, celebratory ale. Try it. You will like it.
Serving type: bottle
04-15-2014 20:25:23 | More by danmouer
Scythe & Sickle from Brewery Ommegang
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