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Scythe & Sickle - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 1,070
Reviews: 234
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 35
Gots: 106 | FT: 0
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MLasoski on 08-27-2012

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.”
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Ratings: 1,070 | Reviews: 234
Reviews by Gambrinus1184:
Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a tulip-shaped Relic Brewing Co. glass.

A: Poured a brilliant, pale golden amber color with an enormous, rocky head of off-white foam which clung with great chunks of spongy lacing. Clarity is nice despite a slight chilled haze and carbonation is ample.

S: Minty and spicy with hints of licorice and citrusy sweetness. A floral, effervescent and fruity complex of banana, clove and tangerine accentuate the herbal hop aroma.

T: Mild, bready and grainy sweetness adjust quickly to a flash of bitter, citrusy and dry rice-like flavors. Muted peach, banana and spicy cloves dance across a gummy and citrus-laced flavor that leaves the palate peppery and fruity with a dry, herbal hop snap. The finish has mellow pear and herbal hop resins in the balanced and fairly dry aftertaste.

M: A light-medium bodied brew with a lovely, fruity effervescence and some yeasty chewiness. A slightly acidic, dry and tart feeling grips the palate lightly, allowing a depth of flavors to reach its full potential.

O: An excellent change-of-pace style from the glut of Marzens, pumpkin ales and "Oktoberfests" that flood the market this time of year. That said, I'm not thinking Biere de Garde so much as I am Belgian Pale Ale here, but it's still a quality beer nonetheless. The 5.8% ABV is very sessionable and the delicate, fruity and floral flavors teased from the carefully handled grains shines a spotlight on the craft that went into this brew.

More User Reviews:
Photo of metter98
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high off white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a finger high frothy layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of Belgian yeast, grainy malts and spices in the nose.
T: The overall taste is quite malty and also has some hints of yeast and spicy rye in the finish along with a very slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and relatively dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an enjoyable beer if you like something malty with Belgian yeast and some spicy rye. It’s not that difficult to drink and packs in a lot of flavors.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 8/2014.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some earthy, grassy, and herbal aromas. Taste is much the same with a slight herbal bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Photo of oberon
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cool new lables and cool new brews from Ommegang.Poured into my Ommegang chalice a brilliant a deep orange infused lighter amber with a spot on one finger white crown that left multiple chunks of lace behind as it settles into a soapy-like mass atop.Toasted grain notes in the nose along with light phenols and a hint of pepper,light aromas but decnet enough.The toasted grain comes out again on the palate with a little phenolic yeastiness and a faint shot of spice from the rye.I think this is a good alternative to the pumpkin and Oktoberfest fall beers out there,it's not in your face with big flavors but a smooth easy drinking table beer.I could drink alot of this.

Photo of aszatk01
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of MadScientist
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of woodchipper
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of sabitu
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of danthehopslamman
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a very pretty beer. In a pint glass it was a hazy amber color that was beautifully carbonated. There was a thick fluffy white head with a good deal of lace.

Kind of a fresh, outdoors aroma. Grainy and sweet.

The grainy aroma turned out to be rye and oatmeal. Spicy. A bit of grassy hops.

Very smooth and drinkable.

I hope this stays on tap for a while at Pigs Fly.

Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Beaver13
2.74/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy orange amber with a monstrous rocky white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is subdued - grainy malts and a little fruit with some floral perfumey hops.

The flavor is sweet grainy malts, a little fruit and a little rye with a medium bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, it's a decent amber but a bit uninteresting and pricey at $11 per 4 pack.

Photo of barhoc11
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of generallee
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler filled at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY ($6.99 for a 32 ounce pour)

Pours lightly hazed, Starts with a large off white head, going to a thicker film and leaves better the ample high fine webs of lacing.

Sniff sniff sniff reveals just a whiff of mild sweet malts.

Flavorful and smooth amber, nice layers of malts. caramel, bread, slight rye presence. Easy drinking and enjoyable.

Fine beer to add to a marinade. Some went right into my jerk pork tenderloin bath.

Not the most sexy style of brew but this is a well crafted and quality new offering from Omme.

Photo of codysjb
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of tigg924
3.32/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: two inch head, high carbonation, gold in color, clear

Smell: apricot, hay, and funk

Taste: big apricot, some tropical fruit, honey, and funkiness

Mouthfeel: moderate body, funky and slightly sweet, high carbonation

Overall: This to me tastes like an above average to average slightly sweet biere de garde. Not much stands out to me about this. Yes it is good and I would not turn it down, however I will not rush out to get another either.

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Common Table.

The beer pours a golden color with a white head. I get a lot of grain notes in the aroma, with a hint of yeast and some grass. The flavor is fairly dry with a lot of the husky grain notes. I also get some grass and earth from the hops as well as some spices and some yeast. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of JC333
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of bsp77
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Dense orange with huge, sticky off-white head.

Smell: Banana, sweet fruits, clove, some spice. Extremely Belgian.

Taste: Malt and yeast dominated, with banana, ripe dark fruits, caramel, and clove. There is some nice, light spice notes on the finish from the rye and the hops.

Feel: Seems full bodied yet light, creamy yet effervescent, sweet yet dry. This is the type of mouthfeel that only great Belgian beers can pull off.

Overall: This an exceptionally well crafted beer that is very suitable for the Fall season. I really should give this an even higher score, but it doesn't do enough to truly grab my attention.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Janeinma
3/5  rDev -22.3%

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