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Scythe & Sickle - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
87
very good

776 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 776
Reviews: 200
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 18
Gots: 32 | 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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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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dsshuck

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

12-15-2013 02:47:17 | More by LunchMonkey
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vdub191

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-14-2013 16:31:24 | More by vdub191
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Scythe & Sickle is pretty enough you'd think it was wearing makeup. Light is this beer's best friend; properly exposed, it reveals lucid tangerine tones that are so bright it makes it hard to believe that the ale is actually so clouded as to be hardly translucent. Brewed with barley, wheat, oats and rye, it's hardly surprising that the beer yields a strong and healthy head.

The brewery neglects to tell us what style they were aiming for with this recipe, but the nose gives us a clue. In keeping with the brewery's heritage and track record, Belgian (or at least French) yeast was clearly used. Listed in some places as a Bière de Garde, it's malty sweetness, slight herbals and woodsy (almost cedar-like) bouquet doesn't contradict that.

The taste is fairly nondescript; it "celebrates the richness of the grain" not by showing off bold, intricate flavours but rather by providing a hearty mouthfeel. The ale sure as hell is satiating, especially for something so relatively light in colour and low in bitterness. Somewhere between 'thirst-quenching' and 'soul warming', this makes a good Fall seasonal.

While far from elaborate, it's complicated to describe. The more I get into Scythe & Sickle, the more I discover of that mysterious cellar/herbal/spicy thing found in the Bière de Garde style; Ommegang is proud of their Belgian roots but this beer reminds me of so many French offerings I've tried over the years (same difference, really). It is approachable but deceivingly layered - tastes of toast, over-ripe orchard fruits and savory spices are plentiful.

Admittedly, beer reviewing is inherently a subjective thing. But trust me when I say that - objectively speaking - Ommegang is one of the best breweries when it comes to consistency and quality; they've displayed more integrity than arguably anybody else. They know what they're all about - brewing Belgian-style ales - and they continue to be the leader at doing so. Scythe & Sickle is in keeping with their prestigious reputation and excellent portfolio.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 01:28:02 | More by biegaman
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Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

12-14-2013 00:30:47 | More by emmgee
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Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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Rhode Island

3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A beautiful copper pour with a big white head.

The beer's aroma brings the sweetness expected with Belgian styles.

The taste is slightly bitter, but very light.

It's a high carbonation beer that's just...light.

Overall, a very easy to drink beer that's just a little forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 02:29:46 | More by DrinkNewport
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delta490

Virginia

3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- a cloudy medium amber with a huge pillowy white head. Very lively pour due to the bottle conditioning.

S- rich malt and spices dominate with hints of yeast

T- subtle, maybe even subdued. All the flavors from the aroma are there but muted. A little bitterness from the hops engages on the finish

M- Just right. Not too heavy, but not too thin either. Right where it needs to be.

O- a really good, almost great Belgian Amber Ale.

Serving type: bottle

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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Scythe & Sickle from Brewery Ommegang
87 out of 100 based on 776 ratings.