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Scythe & Sickle - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 744
Reviews: 196
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 9.56%

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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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Photo of Beaver13


2.73/5  rDev -29.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 00:31:10 | More by Beaver13
Photo of teromous


3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
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?).

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 22:21:36 | More by teromous
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 22:13:16 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of wiegs4life


3.19/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 11:34:07 | More by wiegs4life
Photo of RyanPoff


3.19/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2014 00:56:59 | More by RyanPoff
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -16%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2012 15:04:11 | More by claspada
Photo of nickfl


3.25/5  rDev -16%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 06:19:17 | More by nickfl
Photo of LeRose


3.25/5  rDev -16%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 14:31:03 | More by LeRose
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2012 10:44:39 | More by thagr81us
Photo of PEBKAC

New York

3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 04:37:17 | More by PEBKAC
Photo of cnbrown313


3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 16:57:18 | More by cnbrown313
Photo of tlazaroff


3.33/5  rDev -14%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 16:44:08 | More by tlazaroff
Photo of tigg924


3.33/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 15:19:37 | More by tigg924
Photo of Treebs


3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2012 13:57:46 | More by Treebs
Photo of Phelps


3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2012 17:45:13 | More by Phelps
Photo of mattsdenney


3.39/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 03:16:13 | More by mattsdenney
Photo of Amalak

New York

3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 01:29:05 | More by Amalak
Photo of Viciousknishs


3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 20:31:55 | More by Viciousknishs
Photo of chugalug06


3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 04:27:32 | More by chugalug06
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District of Columbia

3.44/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2013 22:14:28 | More by cjgiant
Photo of TheSSG


3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 04:24:52 | More by TheSSG
Photo of kojevergas


3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

There's zero indication on the label that this is a biere de garde as it's currently categorized, so I'm reviewing it based on what the brewers do call it - a harvest ale. 5.8% ABV confirmed. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded pry-off pressure cap and generally appealing label art purchased at a local TX bottle shop and served into Stella Artois stemware in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are pretty high given the brewery.

Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a four finger wide head of white-khaki colour. Has a nice supple complexion and a smooth consistency. Nice fluffiness with some slight creaminess. Head retention is good - about 7-8+ minutes. Spotty inconsistent lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a translucent transparent copper of above average vibrance; it looks great when backlit. Appears overcarbonated judging by the overabundance of swirling carbonation bubbles. Clean; no yeast particles/sediment is/are visible.

Overall, it's a good appearance for a harvest ale and I'm looking forward to trying it. Definitely above average, but not unique or special. I've seen better, but this is appealing.

Sm: Oats, clean barley, pale malts, flaked wheat, a kiss of spicy rye malt, a hint of caramalt, and some floral hop character. It's a perfumey wet aroma guided by a subtle touch of lightly funky and biscuity yeast. The yeast character plays off a prominent starchiness I attribute to the oats.

I also pick up on some vague fruit rind and a touch of pepper.

It's an inviting aroma of mild strength. I'm really looking forward to trying it.

No off-notes or overt alcohol are detectable.

T: Ample amounts of oats are present along with their accompanying starchiness - which is complemented by the flaked wheat. The rye is even more subdued than anticipated, with hardly any spiciness coming through. Lightly spicy funky biscuity yeast is present throughout, lending the build some needed cohesion, and is complemented well by the brief peppery character. Hop character is timid, and I can only find generic floral hops. There's also some honey sweetness.

Balanced and enjoyable, but the depth of flavour is lower than anticipated. The beer overall tips towards the sweet end, but has enough Average duration and intensity of flavour. It's got some light subtlety and nuance (mainly the starchiness), as well as fair complexity for a harvest ale. Cohesive, but not gestalt.

I would like to see the yeast character played up more, as well as the peppery notes in particular. Biere de gardes always have a tendency to come off like "saison lites" to me, but the subtle presence of peppery character here hints at a superior brew.

Mf: Refreshing, coarse, and lightly dry (in a starchy kind of way). A bit overcarbonated. Not a soft as I'd like, nor as creamy as it should be given the oats. Has too much body and thickness for the flavour profile. Still, overall presence on the palate is favorable and I do think the texture complements the taste well in a general sense.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh.

Dr: Scythe & Sickle is an enjoyable harvest ale with some interesting flavours, but never quite comes together as much as is needed to elevate it beyond being merely "good." Still, it's a damn fine seasonal and I look forward to trying it again. Another solid beer from Ommegang which I'd probably recommend friends try. Hides its ABV well and drinks very easily. Finishing this bottle is something I'm looking forward to.

High B-

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 04:05:48 | More by kojevergas
Photo of Rifugium


3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Slightly hazy pour, amber color, with a sturdy, foamy, white head; nice retention and lacing. Aroma of biscuity malts and sugar, spice and undertones of fruity esters. Similar taste, sweet malts and a dab of honey, clove, notes of banana and dried stone fruits, toasted grains, herbal hops; a touch medicinal. About medium in body, moderate carbonation. Not a bad beer, but nothing really memorable here.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2012 08:57:53 | More by Rifugium
Photo of donkeyrunner


3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber color. Even a gentle pour yields a runaway foam head: two pours and some patience and sampling to get the whole thing in my glass. Lumpy, mashed 'tater foam sits on top for most of the beer and leaves a sloppy residue.

Mildly sweet honey, herbal and toasted grain aroma. Clove and a rustic, old floorboards type yeast spice.

Tastes like it smells with an agave nectar sweetness mingles among the toasted malt and rustic clove spice. Dried apricot fruit edges if I stretch. Juicey mouthfeel.

Good beer from a style I generally don't like. I brewed a roggenbier last year that was pretty similar to this, I wonder if Ommegang used a wheat yeast?

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 23:20:48 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of MRsojourner


3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

aroma is of the pilsner type like corn bread and strong caramel. beautiful amber copper color appearance with great clarity and no yeast to be seen in the bottle.
The caramel flavor is what hits at first followed by rich bready notes that finishes with a touch of pepper and spice although its muted fairly quickly leaving just a touch of residual pepper behind. it closes dry and leaves you wanting some more.
I appreciate the use of rye in this but I wish the yeast and rye were a bit louder. it's almost to clean for my liking but obviously its and very well made beer just a bit lackluster imo

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 21:30:16 | More by MRsojourner
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Scythe & Sickle from Brewery Ommegang
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