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Scythe & Sickle - Brewery Ommegang

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very good

1,029 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,029
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 31
Gots: 84 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasant satisfying brew. A small retained head. Above average mouthfeel. Good drinkability, a meal in itself. Moderately yeasty. Very good for the style, reminds me of some Three Floyds creations. Satisfying. Slight edgy tartness. Suitably carbonated. Dry finish.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 8/2014.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some earthy, grassy, and herbal aromas. Taste is much the same with a slight herbal bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high off white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a finger high frothy layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of Belgian yeast, grainy malts and spices in the nose.
T: The overall taste is quite malty and also has some hints of yeast and spicy rye in the finish along with a very slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and relatively dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an enjoyable beer if you like something malty with Belgian yeast and some spicy rye. It’s not that difficult to drink and packs in a lot of flavors.

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives cloudy, with a copper color topped by a nice head that leaves a few strands of lace

Smell: Graham cracker, cloves and dark druit, with spicy phenols

Taste: Comes at you from a number of directions; sweet elements, such as caramel, graham cracker and dark fruit; herbal aspects, with cloves and other spicy phenols; the finish is a bit crisp and tangy from the rye

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A surprisingly complex beer; I didn't love it but enjoyed trying to wrap my mind around it

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hops are in abundance, malts are in abundance- this means only one thing: Brewers Gone Wild will make it to a beer isle near you!

Yet, in conservative and charming fashion, Ommegang opens with a classy French-style Biere de Garde Ale. Its rich bready character is easily captured by the eye as the foam slowly separates from the rich body underneath. Mid amber in color, its hazy appearance even looks like bread crust. An ivory white head builds upon the ale with strong retention and lacy rings that commemorate each drink taken (turns out there's fewer of those than you would have thought!)

A bready, fruity and spicy culmination strikes the nose as the scent of fresh baking bread, citrus fruit, orchard fruit and wine-like spiciness entice the nose. Lemons, oranges, peppercorn and pleasant tartness all teases the nose as the first sip falls near.

To taste, the strong bready and yeasty taste is of light bread, vegemite, and the crust of freshly baked bread. That richness is soon met by a balance of two classes. First the fruit complement is of orchard and citrus but then the peppercorn and rye spice all culminate into a complex structure of flavor. None of the flavors pull ahead of the other- this reaches a perfectly balance taste in the middle before the acidic fruit and pepper spice pull ahead of the bread to finish.

Medium bodied throughout, the beer's incredible richness seems heavier at first but its bready weight lightens considerable in the middle in order to allow the fruit acidity, peppery spice and alcohol warmth to dry the taste with certainty to close.

Ommegang has hit an absolute home run with this style. It's French in character and complex in delivery. Just enough earthiness really sells its taste but still its not as charming or distinctive as in could be. More straw character, higher dryness and even (dare I say) a pep of butter could really round this thing out!

Photo of kylehay2004
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: two finger foamy head with lacing on a cloudy copper with golden hues body.

S: both dark and citrus fruits, yeast mustiness, champagne, caramel malts.

T: spicy, red apple, caramel, champagne, breads, citrus and banana, yeast. The earthy flavors and hops round this one off in the finish.

M: medium body and high carbonation with a dry finish.

Overall: Nice fruity and spicy brew. I was surprised I was able to get the earthiness out of this one which is well pronounced in the finish. Complex and dynamic, a must try.

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Knapp85
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a nice looking orange amber color with a haziness to it. The retention on this beer is pretty good as well as some lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer gives off some earthy malt and yeast aromas, some subtle hops aromas as well. The taste of the beer is malty, some interesting grain flavors in there with some hints of caramel and bitter hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, very drinkable with a good carbonation. Overall it's a good brew, not my favorite from Ommegang but still a good beer to try.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cool new lables and cool new brews from Ommegang.Poured into my Ommegang chalice a brilliant a deep orange infused lighter amber with a spot on one finger white crown that left multiple chunks of lace behind as it settles into a soapy-like mass atop.Toasted grain notes in the nose along with light phenols and a hint of pepper,light aromas but decnet enough.The toasted grain comes out again on the palate with a little phenolic yeastiness and a faint shot of spice from the rye.I think this is a good alternative to the pumpkin and Oktoberfest fall beers out there,it's not in your face with big flavors but a smooth easy drinking table beer.I could drink alot of this.

Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of emerge077
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy dark amber orange, full fluffy head of foam with a halo of drippy lace in the glass. Head dissipates after a few minutes, lasting skim on the surface.

Aroma has a signature Duvel-esque quality to it, a slight earthiness and spice, mellow grassiness.

Flavors are supple and complimentary, specialty grains and an understated hop character that lends some light bitterness. Mildly toasty with a brief hint of sweetess upfront, moving into a dry finish with a Duvel yeast aftertaste. Overall it was good, though not wildly unique.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Seems a little redundant... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear copper-tinged tawny topped by a finger or so of light tan foam. The nose comprises sweet biscuit, light toffee, sweet flowers, clove, a hint of cocoa, light grass, and a pinch of brown sugar. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some cracked wheat, light Belgian yeast, honey (a lovely bit of graham cracker character going on here), light vanilla bean, faint orange zest, and a dash of black pepper. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly creamy feel. Overall, a surprisingly highly enjoyable brew, one that shows what can be done with a variety of grains when they're tamed into working harmoniously with a classic yeast strain. Very nice.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a very very unique beer, hopelessly underrated here on BA. it pours a murky orange color, somewhere between brass and tangerine, with a bold white lace on top a few inches tall. it smells very fruity. not sure if its fruit juice or if its from the yeast, but it takes on an almost tropical vibe. the flavor is way more hoppy than i expected. maybe one of the hoppiest ommegang beers ive had. its bitter citric hops and they are all in the finish. the yeast provides some musty fruit tones, while the malt offers a late hay harvest flavor. mouthfeel is fantastic, its velvet when you drink it, with very bright but round carbonation, not prickly at all. finish is long and complex, contemplative. i had this at the cheeky monk on colfax last night, and i suggest you get down there for a glass of this before its gone!

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Scythe & Sickle from Brewery Ommegang
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