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Scythe & Sickle - Brewery Ommegang

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87
very good

781 Ratings
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Ratings: 781
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 20
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
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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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usechopstix4soup

New York

4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured very nicely into a weizen glass, head was full and lasted pretty much until the end which is a plus. Keeping a full head while you enjoy your beer is a nice add-on that just makes the beer that much more appetizing. Lacing was plentiful, on appearance alone this beer looks great.

Taking a whiff, I smell strong hints of oats, yeasts, followed by fruits. Its a very grassy kind of smell, raw and earthy. It reminds me of a pilsner by smell alone.

The taste is wonderful. Ommegang crafts another beer perfectly. I am a fan of their Rare Vos beer and if you like that, you will definitely like this. Sweet beer, very bready which probably comes from the abundant yeasts, with a lasting after-taste of pumpkin and other citrus rinds. The sweetness at the beginning is readily matched with the bitterness at the end.

The body is a little bit on the thinner side although not thin enough to be swallowed like water but the drinkability is very high on this one. Perfect end of September, going into October seasonal beer. The pumpkin after-taste sets the mood for a great fall season. Would definitely recommend this to those wanting to try a different beer this upcoming season.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 16:12:06 | More by usechopstix4soup
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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.

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Scythe & Sickle from Brewery Ommegang
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