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Scythe & Sickle - Brewery Ommegang

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834 Ratings
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Ratings: 834
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 Stinkypuss
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%

Aroma of toasted malt, hard candies, wheat, faint bubblegum.
Taste of semi tart Belgian yeast, malt, toast and citrus. Lemon pith, dusty yeast phenols, little alcohol flavor. Somewhat hoppy, woodsy and earthy flavor comes forth. Medium bodied feel with a high drying carbonation. Overall this is a very good ale.

Stinkypuss, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of YieldToNothing
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

YieldToNothing, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%

Picked this up in Totowa yesterday, finally glad to see a Fall beer that wasn't a Marzen or full of canned pumpkins. I'm not too familiar with this style but I love what Ommegang has put out in recent years and this was certainly no exception to that. While it could have been just a hair more full, there was a lot to love about this and how easily it went down.

Hands down, this had the fullest head I've ever seen on a beer.


It filled up half of my pint glass and just wouldn't quit throughout my session, as I had some of it left once I polished this off. Toss in a radiant copper hue and a persistently bubbly carbonation and the result was one of the most pleasing appearances that I've seen out of a bottle in a long time! Lots of grass and clove here like a Farmhouse or Saison in the nose and even more in the taste, with a somewhat toasty and buttery moutfeel reinforced by hints of lemon zest and tropical papaya. Lots of carbonation gave this a light touch on the tongue and helped to ease the spiciness of this. A subtle funk was underneath all of this but never did this feel too uneasy or sour and even though I couldn't taste the oats, it gave this beer the body to be taken seriously as a Biere de Garde appropriate for the changing seasons. The best attribute of this beer was the carbonation, which was so light that when I swished this around in my mouth, I couldn't tell where the bubbles ended and the liquid began. Had I not seen this bottle, I would never have surmised this this was brewed in Upstate New York.

While not a session beer, this would be easy to get rid of in a sitting since it only came in 4-packs. While part of the Duvel family of beers, something like this almost needs to take that relationshop and turn it onto its head. Duvel should be part of the Ommegang family of beers, as this was better than its European counterparts and pushed the limits of what's possible as an Autumn Seasonal. Pleasant surprises are why I drink so many new beers and this was no exception - this was well worth seeking out and a joy in every sense of the word and most importantly, proof that Ommegang's best offerings don't necessarily come in big bottles. Highly recommended.

JerzDevl2000, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of TheFactoryEatery
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

TheFactoryEatery, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of DerekMorgan
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

DerekMorgan, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of Scrapss
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%

Poured into into Stella Artois goblet style glass.

A: beautiful copper with a vigorously poured three finger head, which dissipates into a think half-pinky finger disc that hangs around for a while. Slight haze. Some tight bubbles.

S: Fairly faint and gentle on all notes. Malty notes e.g. toast, biscuit, caramel. Yeasty notes of esters, banana, mango. Some funk, extremely faint. Not much in the way of hops. Might be a bit too gentle and muted?

T: smooth malted milk ball centers wth that slight caramel leads into a very slight lactic funk, followed by a crisp tang out to the left and right sides of my tongue. Toast. Gentle notes of clove and ginger.

M: Creamy, medium carbonation, nice mouthfeel Slightly sour finish, slightly dry finish. Very gentle ultimate finish.

O: So, this is farmhouse Biere-de-garde? Ommeagang delivers a solid 1-2 and this is extremely good beer. Me likey.

Scrapss, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of johnso98
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%

Appearance is a translucent brown/orange with a white head. Nice fall colors. Initial smell was like other Ommegang wheat beers. Taste was sweet and light like a thin brown ale at first... finish was more bitter, but still light. The overall lightness makes for an easy-going mouthfeel.

Similar quality to other Ommegang beers: well made, bold complex taste, and full flavor.

johnso98, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of TrojanRB
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

TrojanRB, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of funkel81
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

funkel81, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of rwshelton2
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

rwshelton2, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of JC333
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

JC333, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

GraduatedCashew, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of SteveB24
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

SteveB24, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of ZachKelly
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

ZachKelly, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of MarioM
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

MarioM, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of Gregwa
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Gregwa, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of George2744
4/5  rDev +3.6%

George2744, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of mattsdenney
3.39/5  rDev -12.2%

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.

mattsdenney, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of avisong
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

avisong, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of Aisha
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Aisha, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of Ralphs66
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Ralphs66, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of bsp77
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Dense orange with huge, sticky off-white head.

Smell: Banana, sweet fruits, clove, some spice. Extremely Belgian.

Taste: Malt and yeast dominated, with banana, ripe dark fruits, caramel, and clove. There is some nice, light spice notes on the finish from the rye and the hops.

Feel: Seems full bodied yet light, creamy yet effervescent, sweet yet dry. This is the type of mouthfeel that only great Belgian beers can pull off.

Overall: This an exceptionally well crafted beer that is very suitable for the Fall season. I really should give this an even higher score, but it doesn't do enough to truly grab my attention.

bsp77, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of Altrurian
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%

Pours a handsome, hazy, golden caramel, with a fluffy head that's ever so slightly tan with an orange tint. The nose appeal is pretty good, too. There's a bright, fruity freshness: maybe some tangerine and freshly mown grass.

The beer's taste doesn't quite match the considerable promise of the look and smell. It strikes me as a pretty straightforward, rather light Belgian ale: no mean feat, but not quite what I was expecting for a seasonal specialty. Mouthfeel is refreshing; a little prickly, but with creamy elements.

OK, I'd buy it again. Some squash and spice flavors are developing as it warms.

Altrurian, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

ejimhof, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of campfirebrew
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

campfirebrew, Sep 19, 2013
Scythe & Sickle from Brewery Ommegang
87 out of 100 based on 834 ratings.