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Scythe & Sickle - Brewery Ommegang

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838 Ratings
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Ratings: 838
Reviews: 204
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 28
Gots: 45 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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.

Sammy, Feb 12, 2013
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.

UCLABrewN84, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

djrn2, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Thorpe429, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

zestar, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +3.6%

nmann08, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -22.3%

acurtis, Nov 02, 2013
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.

metter98, Sep 28, 2012
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

brentk56, Aug 31, 2013
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!

BEERchitect, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Texasfan549, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

kjkinsey, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +3.6%

GRG1313, Mar 07, 2013
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.

kylehay2004, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

jaydoc, Oct 21, 2013
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.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 09, 2012
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.

Knapp85, Nov 10, 2012
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.

oberon, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

westcoastbeerlvr, Sep 16, 2013
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.

TMoney2591, Oct 11, 2012
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.

emerge077, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

largadeer, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of zeff80
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a two-finger, khaki colored head of foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled very fruity and floral. Some sweet caramel maltiness.

T - It tasted of tropical fruits like mango and grapefruit. Good caramel maltiness with some toffee and a touch of bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is an amazing brew. I don't see it as a Biere de Garde, but it it so good.

zeff80, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

JAHMUR, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewery Ommegang "Scythe & Sickle Harvest Ale"
12 oz. brown bottle, "PKG ON 07/17/13 BEST BY 07/2015" - a little over a year old at the time of tasting. I would imagine that time has allowed some of the malt sweetness to recede, some of the spice to soften, and whatever alcohol that might have been there to smooth. Sampled at 48˚F.
$8.99/4-pack @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Beautiful packaging. Great name. The bottle opens with a crack and a hiss. The longstanding bottle delivered a crystal-clear dark amber body before the yeast was roused, giving it a bit of haze and a seemingly lighter color. Had I been more careful I could have maintained the clarity but I wanted some of the yeast flavor as well. The frothy yellowed off-white head holds remarkably well and leaves sheets of broken lace behind it.

I feel as if I can smell the rye in the nose, delivering a bit of spiciness atop a delicate sweetness of wheaty malt. Regardless, there's a bright spiciness that's at least partially due to the yeast as well, and I'm assuming added spices. It's bold, almost like a whiff of cinnamon powder.

The flavor is spicy as well, and again I can't tell how much of that's coming from the yeast, but it's clear that at least some of it is coming from the rye. It's refreshing to get the distinct flavor of the rye without it being hidden behind notes of darker malts or spicy hops! There's just enough sweet, golden and delicately caramelish malt to balance that; and some wheat character balances it out - it's richly malty without being overdone in body. Quite pleasant with some apple-like fruitiness mixed in. As might be expected, the bitterness is kept in check as the spiciness does quite a bit to dry it. It lingers on the palate well into, and even through, the finish... a bit of spice hangs on even at the last moment as I'm raising the glass to my lips for another sip.

In the mouth it's medium bodied, and it delicately bristles across the tongue.

Overall it's quite an impressive ale, delivering a brilliant combination of a Belgian-style ale with a maltier "harvest" ale, essentially creating a bit of a new style. But forget that, it's the richness of its character, and the balance that make it worth seeking out.

NeroFiddled, Aug 12, 2014
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Scythe & Sickle from Brewery Ommegang
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