Scythe & Sickle - Brewery Ommegang
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Reviews by flayedandskinned:
3.5/5 rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Poured into a standard tulip glass.
Pours an opaque, light amber with a towering and rocky 3.5 finger tall head. The head has fantastic retention and leaves sheets of sticky lacing behind it its wake.
Sweet fruits are immediately apparent as you raise the glass to your nose; mostly sweet plums, cherries and bananas. A soft, herbal hop character and a spicy rye undertone offer some contrast to the predominately sweet nose. As the beer warms, sweet oats and wheat surface. The grainy character really lends a rustic edge to this almost cloying nose.
Spicy, slightly citrus-y hops slap your palate immediately,. The hops are followed by some sweet, banana and clove yeast esters. As the yeast quickly takes over the flavor profile, some spicy rye and tangy wheat help cut the sweetness. The beer finishes dry and grainy, leaving a lightly sweet and bready malt coating on your palate. Long, lingering notes of herbal hops, spicy rye, bananas and cloves
Medium bodied with high, stingy carbonation. The oats used in the grain bill lend a creaminess on the backside of your palate.
A decent Biere De Garde that even with it's rustic, spicy and complex grain bill, is a bit too sweet for my liking. The high level of carbonation is a bit too grating on my palate and really blows out a fair amount of the diverse grains.
Serving type: bottle
12-31-2013 02:34:52 | More by flayedandskinned
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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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