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Scythe & Sickle - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
87
very good

744 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 744
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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Brenden

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
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
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This is just a fabulous, mouthfilling, complex, rich, celebratory ale. Try it. You will like it.

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Scythe & Sickle from Brewery Ommegang
87 out of 100 based on 744 ratings.