Scythe & Sickle - Brewery Ommegang
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Reviews by flayedandskinned:
3.5/5 rDev -9.3%
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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4.2/5 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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