Scythe & Sickle - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 1,083
Reviews: 237
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 37
Gots: 119 | 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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Ratings: 1,083 | Reviews: 237
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
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!

Photo of infinitebruner
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

December 30, 2014

12 oz bottle, nonic pint

A – Dark gold to orange and then moderately-deep amber. A couple inches of foamy, craggy, thick head, with very long retention. Beer is hazy. The colors are brilliant, beautiful to look at.

S – Deep aroma of caramel, baked brown bread, and Maillard sweetness. A slight impression of breakfast syrup. Hop aroma is floral, fairly bitter. Also getting some mild vanilla and lemon.

T – Caramel malts and browned biscuits, with an even mix of floral hop flavor and bitterness. A touch of lemon here as well. Malty sweet, but carbonation and bitterness balance it out well.

M – Again, sweet from the malt, with off-setting bitterness lasting through the finish. Moderately high carbonation, very sudsy. Somewhat heavy body, with only a touch of dryness on the swallow.

O – With the high levels of maltiness and carbonation and the heavy body, this is nearing liquid bread. Love the balance of all of that with light but flavorful hops and perfect level of bitterness. A fantastic brew.

Photo of RichD
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I need to try this again. I think the bottle was a bit older than it should be. Overall, a decent beer with some nice Belgian characteristics.

Photo of Furlinator
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice balance between grainy malt and bitter hops.

Photo of Caveworm
4.74/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Scythe & Sickle - Brewery Ommegang. Poured from the bottle into a glass seidel, this beer's got a 2 finer thick frothy white head, sheer lacing, and a clear golden amberish body. A very appealing brew in this discipline.

Smells like the harvest grains mentioned on the bottle. Like I'm right at the farm. Great job!

I taste the rye and extra barley right away, but its not overpowering by any means. Just enough to coat the tongue. Its a very well balanced taste. The rye is not sharp or vicious. The oat is noticeable, too, serving as kind of a mellowing agent. This was certainly a great choice for my first Bière de Garde.

Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp. There are zero lingering elements associated with this beer. A very refreshing feel, indeed.

Overall, a 4.75 is given to Scythe & Sickle - Brewery Ommegang. A great fall and even winter brew to mix things up from cinnamon/clove/nutmeg and allspice/molasses/cinnamon. I will definitely buy this again.

Photo of FLima
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber color with a thick head with medium retention and leaving lots of laces.
Sweet aroma with predominant red apple puree notes, honey and sort of a duck sauce.
Flavor mutates with notes of oat, rye, apple and pear juice, yeast, honey, lemongrass and sweet grains. Dry aftertaste with some chalkiness and a medium herbal bitterness.
Medium body with mild carbonation.
Great malt and grains complexity in pair with fruits from colder lands.

Photo of fscottkey
3.17/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

Photo of SurferEric
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Quite yeasty with a very noticeable rye flavor and a bit of bitterness that grows with each sip.

Photo of Tyrolaspenleaf
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Biere de Garde >>> Oktoberfests.

Photo of RexBanner
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Pours a nice dark amber with a voluminous head that lasted the whole session.
Aromas of wheat, malt, grains and spices.
Taste followed the nose closely. The spices were more pronounced however.
Very crisp and bubbly mouth feel. It's obvious that this beer is highly carbonated. I felt this beer displayed more of the buttery characteristics of a lager as opposed to the clean taste of an ale. Refreshing and welcomed change from all the ho hum Oktoberfest beers saturating the market today, although this is not a Marzen bier. This will probably be my go to fall beer henceforth.

Photo of microbrewlover
4/5  rDev +3.6%

This brew pours an opaque copper color with a foamy white three finger head and heavy lacing. The head also leaves a nice collar.

The smell is mostly sweet malts, lemongrass and grain, musty and earthy.

The taste follows the nose with sweet and some roasted malts, gritty lemongrass taste combined with a musty earthy dank taste, some fruit, maybe pear and a little gritty. Sweet malts dominate. No real hop presence is detectable. Overall a very good malty beer.

Photo of damndirtyape
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, packaged on 07/11/14, best by 07/2016. Slow pour into a tulip glass and stopping right as the sediment tried to come out.

Appearance: Hazy golden to coppery amber with a dense rocky light tan head. Lots of thick strands of lacing all over the glass.

Smell: Leafy, lightly herbal and floral. A hint of yeast.

Taste: Clean and crisp up front, lightly toasted malt in the middle, and then a mild noble hop finish. I'm not detecting any Belgian-like fruity esters, but I do get some toffee-like buttery flavors from time to time. Rather mild in flavor for a beer of this style. More flavorful as the beer warms up to room temperature, but still not as flavorful as I thought it would be.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation, a bit thicker than water underneath. Cleans the palate with each sip.

Overall / Drinkability: I wonder if this beer would get better if it sat a bit longer. A great looking beer, but not as flavorful as I had hoped. It does make me think of a beer good to have after working in autumn out in the fields, but not something particularly flavorful as advertised on the bottle. One is enough and I don't feel a need for another.

Photo of 57md
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%

Light cloudy copper. The nose is yeasty. Light bodied with a classic funky flavor.

Photo of tillmac62
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

BOD 7/10/14. Pours a hazy medium amber with an exceptional head, lacing and retention. Nice, but light, nose of sweet malt and Belgian yeast fruit (banana) over a light spice (clove). Almost medium bodied with a nice slick mouthfeel. Superb carbonation with a nice effervescent finish. The flavor profile is a bit complex, superbly balanced and reasonably intense. It begins with an effervescent rush of sweetness - biscuit malt and fruit - that yields to a mild bitterness. As the bitterness fades, rye flavor and it's associated touch of spice come forward over a slightly phenolic note. The finish is somewhat crisp, a bit dry and the light bitterness lingers over a light sweetness with a clove phenolic note. Quite nice.

Photo of allengarvin
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: 4.25 - Hazy amber with a large, dense head atop it. Great retention and lacing.
S: 3.75 - Fruity esters with light malt.
T: 4.25 - Delicious tasting, highly fruity yeast character, spicy phenols, sweet malt with just enough bitterness (and enough attenuation) to dry out the finish.
M: 4.75 - Ommegang always gets the mouthfeel dead-on, with an effervescent carbonation that's a delight.
O: 4.25 - This is a delightful new beer in the Ommegang lineup, one that really feels like Belgian craftsmanship, not just a Belgian yeast thrown at it.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Funk, spice and grain aromas greet the nose. The beer pours slightly hazy copper amber, producing a huge 3” rocky, very persistent off white foam cap. Very fine and soft carbonation in combination with the rye, oats and wheat produces very big, clingy, clumpy lace. Big grain flavors dominate the palate with biscuit supporting rye spice, some rye/wheat tang, slight funk and some faint banana. Earthy hops come in at the end to complete this light, well rounded and well composed beer. The grains in this medium body beer provide a rich rye, wheat and oat texture with a little oat slickness.

Photo of cosiv
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque golden brown with a nice 2 finger head. Head dissipates to a nice small layer which sticks around.

S: Smell is actually quite mute. But what's there is yeast and malt.

T: The yeast comes through brilliantly but not overpowering and is balanced by a delicious malt sweetness. It's simple, yet well balanced.

M: As the head implies, the beer has a strong carbonation which makes for a really great mouthfeel.

Photo of ONUMello
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip
A: Burnt orange color with a huge head
S: Malt, Belgian yeast and an herbal note
T: The malt/yeast/herbs match the nose but it's more layered, with a bit of earth as well
F: Medium-bodied, smooth
O: A very solid beer worth trying; not the most complex Biere de Garde I've had but a very good introduction to the style

Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +3.6%

A: poured into a tulip to a nice deep orange with a three finger dense off white head with excellent retention and solid lacing
S: smells of rye, malty sweetness, spices and pears
T: taste is sweet fruitiness with hints of pears, spicy rye and yeast, and a nice maltyness and a little floral hop. swallow is more rye, a little yeast, spices and some herbal flavors
M: this beer has a medium body with soft carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel from the oats. the finish is a little drying

Photo of StoutHunter
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Brewery Ommegang's Scythe & Sickle last week for $2.59 at The Lager Mill. It's been awhile since I've tried a new Ommegang beer and since I'm in the mood for Fall seasonals I thought I would give this one a try, so lets see how it goes. 2014 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Belgian style tulip.

A- The label looks ok, it's pretty typical for Ommegang and it goes well with the name, but I don't think it's too eye catching. It poured a hazy orange/burnt orange color that took on more of an amber orange color when held to the light with a little over three fingers worth of creamy, fluffy and somewhat rocky off white head that died down to a thin layer and thick ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice sheets of lacing behind This was a very good looking beer, from the color to the head everything looked really nice.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the Belgian yeast being the first to show up and it imparts a mixture of banana, light clove and a pretty light bubblegum aroma with the banana sticking out the most. Up next come some citrus rind hop aromas which are just a little juicy and they lead into the malts which impart some light sweet malt, caramel, bready and light biscuit like aromas. This beer had a good aroma the malt base was nice and the Belgian yeast worked well with the citrus rind hops.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but it's a little lighter and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the malts being the first to show up and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma with no single aspect sticking out the most, but it is little lighter this time around. Up nest comes the Belgian yeast which imparts the exact same aspects that it did in the aroma with the banana still sticking out the most and it's followed by the citrus rind hops that are just a little lighter than they were in the aroma. On the finish there's a pretty low amount of bitterness with e Belgian yeast and citrus rind hop aftertaste. This was a pretty nice tasting beer, but I wish it was as bold as the aroma was.

M- Smooth, very crisp, slightly prickly, dry on the finish, medium bodied with a slightly lower of high carbonation. This beer had a very nice mouthfeel that fit it very nicely.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and I thought it was a nice example of the style, it felt like it was on the tamer side of a Biere De Garde with no tartness showing up, but it did have a fair amount of that malty aspect that I expect from the style. This beer had nice drinkability, it was smooth, very crisp, slightly prickly, dry on finish, not foo filling and the taste did a nice job at holding at holding my attention, I think two would be my limit, any more than that and the higher carbonation might start to wear on me. What I like the most about this beer was the appearance and mouthfeel, they were both very nice and I thought they were the highlights of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was that the taste didn't seem as bold and bright as the aroma, I think that's the only thing I would want to change. I might buy this beer again when in the mood for the style and I for sure wouldn't turn one down. I would recommend this to anyone who likes malty beers with Belgian yeast, it has some decent balance to it. All in all I liked this beer, but I didn't love it, with just a little work it could be a great beer though. It's not my favorite beer from Brewery Ommegang and it isn't my favorite Biere De Garde, it falls right in the middle of the style. Nice job guys this, this was a nice beer that fit well into the season, keep up the solid work.

Photo of babaracas
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazy medium orange with big rocky cream colored head, sea foam chunks down the glass. Smell: whole grain bread, pils-y, mildly fruity with some unripe banana (no thanks) and suggestion of nectarine (more please). Mild earthiness. Taste: milk caramel, grainy and mildly grassy and spicy, muddled pear/banana mush, peach skin, spicy and grainy in the finish. Enjoyable.

Photo of Fatehunter
3/5  rDev -22.3%

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.

Photo of Act25
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%

Ommegang is part of Duvel, and it shows. This beer is perfect ode to autumn.

A: Hazy amber body, topped by intense foamy head, that lasts and laces. 4.25
S: Plentiful aroma of fresh bread, apple orchard, and spicy peppercorns. A bit of cider.
T: Creamy and dreamy. Crust of fresh bread, layered with fruit jam (apricot, apple butter), apple cider, yeasty bread centers, and a nice finishing peppery, spice, rye balance this brew. Great long finish.
MF: creamy, rich, cidery.

Photo of KFBR392
2.44/5  rDev -36.8%

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.

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.

Scythe & Sickle from Brewery Ommegang
87 out of 100 based on 1,083 ratings.