Scythe & Sickle - Brewery Ommegang

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Reviews: 230
Hads: 1,088
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 8.7%
Wants: 38
Gots: 120 | 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:
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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Photo of KFBR392
2.44/5  rDev -37.6%

Appearance: Pours a muddy dark orange color. A finger of head on the pour settled in but was present while drinking. Sticky lacing left behind at each level. Moderate amount of active carbonation.

Smell: Wheat, barley, and flaked oats open up the front with a curious, slightly artificial sweetness lingering beneath. Earthy, herbal hops are present on the body with accompanying earthy yeast notes. Prairie grass and straw bring the aroma full circle.

Taste: Rye, oats, and that weird artificial sweetness jump the palate. The off flavor has a type and plastic, mossy, syrupy flavor that clings to the palate and lingers throughout. It's a similar flavor profile to homebrews I've had made with malt extract instead of actual grain. Some grains and grass on the back end but it was tough for me to get past the artificial sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Cloying, unfittingly drying, and the carbonation was on the brighter side which pull out some of the imperfections.

Overall: Definitely not what I was expecting. Seeing Domaine DuPage on the side of this page got me excited for potential similarities with one of my all-time favorite beers. But alas, this was something was different and in no way up my alley. Ommegang rarely misses but this is one. (1,264 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
2.74/5  rDev -29.9%
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. (442 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Pours two fingers of head on a cloudy straw colored body.
The aroma is honey, grain and spice. Pretty nice.
The taste has a complex and balanced profile. Moderate doses of grapefruit bitter and honey sweet.
The texture is crisp.
Enjoyable. (239 characters)

Photo of teromous
3.08/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper color with an enormous white head. Loads of carbonation, and crazy good lacing. Tons of carbonation bubbles visible through the slightly hazy body.

S: I don't smell much of anything. I get a hint of what smells like old flowers in a vase, but that's unfortunately all there is.

T: Very mellow malt characters and a slightly earthy hop character. The malt comes across a bit like rustic bread. I get some Belgian yeast character, which probably stands out the most in this beer. I could be wrong, but that's what it tastes like to me.

M: Mouthfeel is medium to light, with very light bitterness and some very light astringency (emphasize "very light" because it is noticeable but not strong). Feels very wet but not filling.

O: Overall I thought this was a pretty good beer. It would make a good session beer, but it's not something I would go out of my way to buy. I felt it could have used more flavor from the grain and less from the yeast. It seems like the rye is a bit unpronounced, the oats don't come through in the body, and the wheat doesn't seem to contribute much (maybe the head?).
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Photo of fscottkey
3.17/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: [3.50] After a super aggressive pour I got 4 fingers of pillowy white head. The head covers an apricot colored brew. The beer is very cloudy and unfiltered. The bottle lists an AVB (5.8%) and the born on date (6/25/14).

S: [2.75] Wet grass and wheat.

T: [3.25] Slightly sweeter than a typical Belgian style. The sweet outplays the wheat and earth tones.

M: [3.50] Nice carbonation level - feels rich on the tongue.

O: [3.25] I am not a fan of Belgian style beers but this one is better than most. The typical wheat and grass forward taste is there only on the first few sips. Then the malt takes over and this is really a sweet tasting nice beer. (660 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.19/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $2.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazed, orange-amber body with a tall, near white, sea foam head.

Smell: Pop of fresh cracked cloves, then, some lesser biscuity malts given a drop or two of clover honey, razor-thin sliver of citrus, hint of banana, with some raw grains bringing up the rear.

Taste: Lightly bready, biscuity, moderately husky, grainy malts. Modest rye character overshadowed by a strong clove spice accent. Faint honeyed sweetness. Some banana fruitiness, maybe a little old, dried apricot and citrus. Dry, clove-laden finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-high carbonation.

Overall: The phenolic spiciness and husky astringency becomes a bit grating after awhile. Pass. (761 characters)

Photo of RyanPoff
3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pint at the Union Jack pub in Indianapolis.

A: Slightly darker than a penny clear copper color. Two fingers of white head with heavy lacing on the return. Excellent.

S: Funky Belgian yeasts and some floral, citrusy hops. Other than that, not a lot. Decent, but nondescript.

T: Belgian yeasts and very light hops up front. An almost gym like aftertaste. Lose the aftertaste and it would improve greatly.

M: Appropriate carbonation and not too heavy, but feels a little oily and slick.

I remembered this being better in a 5 oz sample, but maybe I had too much then. Slightly disappointed from Ommegang. (605 characters)

Photo of LeRose
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not sure I get this one. Nice color, coppery reddish. Not much head, foamy, a little lacing. Lots of malt aroma and taste, some citrus, hops kind of laid back. Get the bready taste, not too much carbonation yet slightly refreshing. Good drinker for a Fall afternoon, but I don’t find anything special about it. Perfectly good product, though. (344 characters)

Photo of wiegs4life
3.24/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had a couple bottles of this the other night at the bar because it looked adventurous and fall like.

It poured dark with heavy lacing that was slow to settle. The smell screamed of spiced bread fresh out of a bakery. The taste was so discrete with the Belgium hops that it allowed the beer to embellish its true characteristics. Had many spices i couldn't distinguish combining with a very rich mouthfeel.

Overall, I wasn't impressed. (437 characters)

Photo of claspada
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy dark orange-amber color with a medium size near white, typical Belgian fluffy head.

Aromas begin all yeast derived with freshly cracked cloves and banana. As it warms you get some lesser biscuity maltiness, clover honey and some raw grainy pilsner maltiness.

The tastes begin with lightly bready, biscuity, moderately husky, pilsner maltiness. I am not getting much of the rye character as it is overshadowed by a strong clove spice yeastiness. There is a faint honeyed sweetness in the backgoung but mainly I get the banana fruitiness, dried apricot and citrus.

The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with medium-high carbonation. The finish is all yeast phenols and spice which creates a fairly dry presence.

Overall, this is a fairly decent beer but nothing too exciting. The phenolic spiciness and husky astringency becomes a bit grating after awhile and I am greatly missing the complex grain bill that is advertised because the yeast phenols overshadddow the flavor profile. (1,005 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours with two fingers of white foam on top of a hazy, dark copper colored body. The head settles fairly quickly but leaves nice, thick lace on the glass.

S - Some slightly spicy rye notes and a distinct aroma of cloves.

T - Spicy grain up front with some red apple and clove. Toasted grain in the middle as well as spicy notes of coriander and more clove. Finishes with anise, clove, dry toast, and some medicinal character that lasts through the finish.

M - Medium-thick body, high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Not great, there is a harsh, medicinal note that covers everything else and really hurts the drinkability. The malt character is bland and the yeast just doesn't work, which means the beer doesn't have much going for it. (747 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a light red-orange with a two finger off-white head that subsided to half a finger very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, graham cracker, grain, and spice. The flavor was of sweet malt, grain, earth, graham cracker, and spice. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation that was almost chewy. Overall this was a fairly decent brew. Graham cracker? Where did this come from? While I was rather surprised to see this aspect come forward it just didn’t seem like it belonged with the rest of the brew. The flavor was really pretty average for the style though as it didn’t really stand out at all for me. I was hoping for a little more if I am honest, but was slightly letdown by this fact. Not sure if I would suggest this one to others, but it does make a good tick. (905 characters)

Photo of PEBKAC
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Single from Whole Foods. Duvel Tulip. Finally letting me split things up & buy singles. :D

Creamy, lathery head. Hazed, orange amber body.

Smell is all about oats & must. A slight twang in there too.

Frothy, beaded, tight carbonation.

Taste has sort of a Euro metallic thing going on. Toasty/grainy sweetness. Dull malt. Cheerios, & moderately sharp, pithy hops. Boring yeast. Earth. Dusty, dry finish. Missing something.

Seems more like a Bière de Garde, but it's not tasty enough for me to care if the listing gets revisited. (533 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.32/5  rDev -15.1%
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. (499 characters)

Photo of cnbrown313
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 4 pack of 12oz bottles for $9.99.

A - Pours a light golden amber color with 2 fingers of creamy off-white head

S - Smells bready, like Belgian yeast, with a little bit of spice. Maybe allspice? Or clove?

T - Tastes bready upfront, with a little hint of banana and clove. This is a very "sessionable" beer that goes down easy. But, I was a little disappointed because I felt like it was missing that "wow" factor. There wasn't nearly as much spice as I was hoping for and the flavor was a little bland.

M - Mouth feel was medium / full and creamy.

O - This was a tasty, sessionable beer and overall I was glad that I gave it a try. But, with all of the other tasty seasonal beers that are out right now at this price point, I probably won't be re-visiting this anytime soon. (792 characters)

Photo of Treebs
3.34/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Blind Pig in Champaign, served in a shaker pint.

A: Pours a dark amber color with a foamy white head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly to a thin film leaving sticky sheets of lace behind.

S: Light yeasty components with a touch of chalk. Some fruity esters and a little grassy hops as well. Some oaty pale malts on the nose as well.

T: Pretty much like the nose with more of a dry yeast flavor and less of the malts from the nose. Same fruity esters and light grassy hops.

M: Medium to light bodied with a medium carbonation level. Dry finish.

O: This was OK. It was anything spectacular and pretty straight forward. (640 characters)

Photo of Phelps
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed at Tops in a shaker pint. Scythe & Sickle is a seasonal Belgian brewed with barley, wheat, oats and rye.

Hazy amber-orange. One finger of silky, off-white froth. Nice spatters of lace.

Toasted sweet rolls with a jolt of funky, sharp rye. I can smell the melange of malts. Sweet red apple and pear blend. Cidery.

In the flavor, I get a nice caramel note met with a hint of tangy apricot, some toasted biscuit, a touch of spicy rye. The blend of malts lends nice complexity, again like mulled cider, cinnamon apples.

Moderate, pinching carb. Medium body holds together. Clean finish.

Decent. A nice blend of malts, the rye works with Belgian yeast spice. (667 characters)

Photo of chugalug06
3.37/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Beware: my bottle was a gusher...

Large off-white soapy head. Very cloudy orange color in the brew. Lacing is spotty.

Tons of wheat and banana. it's hard to get much more. The wheat is overpowering.

Carbonation really takes a lot away from this brew; it's way too high. Bitterness is a bit odd too. Wheat/rye is nice and well flavored.

A bit of a toss up if I could recommend this brew... It's distracting in appearance and mouthfeel, but it's nose and flavors draw you back for the next sip. This brew could stand to be better blended, but it is refreshing once the carbonation has died down. (599 characters)

Photo of Amalak
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Redish bronze with a huge foamy white head and a ton of lacing. Semi-opaque, with few bubbles.

S. Heavy malt and alcohol.

T. Very strong alcohol. Malty. Very heavy and the sour in the back of the throat is a bit off putting.

M. Tingly on the tongue, with a tart aftertaste.

O. A bit too heavy on the alcohol taste. It's OK, but could use some aging. (356 characters)

Photo of mattsdenney
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into globe glass. Pours amber-orange in color, cloudy, thick white head. Scents of bananas, bready malts, caramel, a little pepper. Typical yeasty Belgian flavor, banana, clove, pepper, some hop bitterness. It's described as an amber ale; definitely not your typical example. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly dry, with heavy carbonation. It's good but I'm not catching the autumn beer tie-in. (422 characters)

Photo of tlazaroff
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The nose brings a nice spiciness that comes off of the rye. It's earthy, malty, and has a hint of caramel which brings a nice sweetness to the aroma.

Dark amber and hazy in color, topped by a fluffy pillow-like light tan head. Lacing looks good as it's consumed.

Coriander (really, Ommegang, enough with the coriander already) is extremely prominent in the flavor, it's the first thing I pick out and it is the most persistant flavor well through the finish. There is a nice drying spiciness on the finish too. Loads of carbonation and a light mouthfeel make this relatively hard to drink just because it foams up on your palate so much. Its alright over-all, I wish the flavor delivered what the aroma promised. (714 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.41/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Malty aroma is not strong, has an earthy undertone. Pours a nice bubbly orange-amber with a thick and rather persistent cream head. Flavor has malt, wheat and rye components with an earthy undertone and just a whisper of hoppy bitterness. Texture has about average body and a decent amount of tingle. Finish is earthy with hints of rye and wheat. Overall, not great, but interesting! (383 characters)

Photo of Viciousknishs
3.42/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a golden toned amber with an off white head.

S- lots of fresh grain with some spice from the rye. Estery fruity yeast character blends in the nose as well.

T- malty sweetness up front with light caramel, crisp wheat and light rye spice. Slight Belgianesque yeast flavor in the middle. Finishes with a rustic earthy flavor and a touch of bitterness.

MF- slick average mouthfeel with a light medium body. Average carbonation.

D- good drinkability. (459 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Initially I was unimpressed by this beer. Then I started analyzing it and noted some interesting characteristics. It didn't lead to a much higher rating, but it was interesting.

Cloudy amber golden with with some head, decent retention and good lacing. Smells a little peachy and bready. Taste reminds me of Anchor Steam initially, but with a little note of honey; then a nutmeg/cinnamon taste comes on pretty strong, before fading without much dryness. (454 characters)

Photo of TheSSG
3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a Nice, thick, white head. Sweet banana and clove, with a backbone of yeast, and a touch of grassy hops in the aroma. Golden color. Starts with a touch of hop bitter, moves into a citrus zest/slight pine bitterness, then gets a little more sweet, and the finish is more malty.

This isn't too bad. It's mostly like a hoppier trippel. I would have loved to see more rye in here. (383 characters)

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Scythe & Sickle from Brewery Ommegang
88 out of 100 based on 230 ratings.