Scythe & Sickle - Brewery Ommegang
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Reviews by Brenden:
4.38/5 rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A bit of haze lingers in this gold-amber beer. The head, almost perfectly white, sits between one and two fingers tall and shows good form, retaining itself well. Lacing is left in patches and in good quality down the glass.
This beer's showing some depth and complexity in the nose, but it really comes out in the flavor. There's a very light spiciness, toasty grains, soft fruits flesh and just a touch of light earthiness.
The taste has a lot of complexity; with or without having had many of this style (some reviews I haven't gotten to, but I'd say about 10 at this point), there's a mastery evident here. I realize some people don't get or particularly like subtlety, but it's all over this brew. Layers open up beneath one another, then all come together. The yeast offers up light earthy notes as well as spiciness, a wheat element mingling with the bready and toasty malts base. Rye offers a peppery note and chooses to complement rather than overwhelm. Soft flavors of pear and ghostly hints of banana as well as tangy apple flesh almost complete it, a gentle honey-like sweetness holding it together as just enough of a floral hops presence balances it out.
Flaked oats account for this beer's smoothness, which plays with the natural crispness to make for a very nicely balanced feel. The crisp nip is gentle, and this beers flows very, very nicely as the smoothness never fades and the light-medium body never thins or loses depth.
Say what you will about this beer. I love Ommegang, but I wasn't gunning for this to be a superb beer before I tried it. What really sells me is the attention to detail, complexity, and ability to be simultaneously soft but remarkably flavorful and deep.
Serving type: bottle
10-11-2012 19:36:00 | More by Brenden
More User Reviews:
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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