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Scythe & Sickle - Brewery Ommegang

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87
very good

806 Ratings
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Ratings: 806
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 25
Gots: 38 | 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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IronLover

Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +2.1%

Deep burnt orange in color with hints of brown with the expected belgian murkiness. Poured with a huge frothy foam with good retention that left tons of sticky lacings on the glass. Grainy malt and belgian yeast aromas with tart fruitiness in the background. On the lighter side of medium bodied with aggressive carbonation. Earthy, grainy malt fla or uo front with a hint of rye. Belgian yeast flavors through the middle followed by slighty tart under-ripe banana toward the end. Finishes with a hint of rye and lingering belgian yeast aftertaste.

09-08-2013 02:07:13 | More by IronLover
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

09-07-2013 22:35:11 | More by KevinGordon
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Cooker_stp

New York

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

09-07-2013 21:46:18 | More by Cooker_stp
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logicalparadox

New York

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

09-07-2013 19:43:16 | More by logicalparadox
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

09-07-2013 00:31:37 | More by Gonzoillini
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nyrblue2

New York

4/5  rDev +3.6%

09-06-2013 23:47:43 | More by nyrblue2
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John_Squires

New York

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

09-06-2013 21:24:11 | More by John_Squires
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mkdzimiera

Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.6%

09-05-2013 20:08:04 | More by mkdzimiera
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

09-05-2013 19:17:29 | More by DrunkinYogi
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usechopstix4soup

New York

4.19/5  rDev +8.5%

Poured very nicely into a weizen glass, head was full and lasted pretty much until the end which is a plus. Keeping a full head while you enjoy your beer is a nice add-on that just makes the beer that much more appetizing. Lacing was plentiful, on appearance alone this beer looks great.

Taking a whiff, I smell strong hints of oats, yeasts, followed by fruits. Its a very grassy kind of smell, raw and earthy. It reminds me of a pilsner by smell alone.

The taste is wonderful. Ommegang crafts another beer perfectly. I am a fan of their Rare Vos beer and if you like that, you will definitely like this. Sweet beer, very bready which probably comes from the abundant yeasts, with a lasting after-taste of pumpkin and other citrus rinds. The sweetness at the beginning is readily matched with the bitterness at the end.

The body is a little bit on the thinner side although not thin enough to be swallowed like water but the drinkability is very high on this one. Perfect end of September, going into October seasonal beer. The pumpkin after-taste sets the mood for a great fall season. Would definitely recommend this to those wanting to try a different beer this upcoming season.

09-05-2013 16:12:06 | More by usechopstix4soup
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JLeet

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

09-04-2013 19:14:10 | More by JLeet
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bigbluebeerguy

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

09-03-2013 01:57:32 | More by bigbluebeerguy
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sparx1100

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

09-03-2013 01:55:57 | More by sparx1100
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pjkelley82

New York

4/5  rDev +3.6%

09-02-2013 18:49:54 | More by pjkelley82
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ste5venla

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

09-02-2013 16:11:58 | More by ste5venla
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CB_Crowe

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

09-02-2013 02:51:51 | More by CB_Crowe
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ChipMurray

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

09-01-2013 17:44:39 | More by ChipMurray
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rypkr

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

09-01-2013 03:47:13 | More by rypkr
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brentk56

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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

08-31-2013 23:55:44 | More by brentk56
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.14/5  rDev +7.3%

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Real great looking beer. Deep orange body, almost red, with a good rising column fire of carbonation in the middle, with some white carbonation etching the edges of the glass. Head is creamy and frothy out of the bottle, off white in color and just slightly tan. Whipped up shampoo with lots of retention, and very impressive clumping. A real impressive looking brew.

Solid nose on this. Spicy rye warmth and some good brett like yeasty action. Spices hint at sharp brown burnt cloves, and almost burnt tree bark. Sharp spicy brett action on this is very pleasurable with a good amount of earth and dirt.

Magic is expected on the palate, but it's not exactly happening, but a good beer follows. Sharp brett and somewhat banana like estery qualities. Matching sharp rye and spices and dark burnt wood in the palate. Clean finish and borderline crisp, with a light wetness but easily carries the flavors through.

Overall very unique and interesting brew.

08-30-2013 21:39:25 | More by smakawhat
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mrskunk

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

08-30-2013 15:46:28 | More by mrskunk
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DRBiser

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

08-30-2013 12:45:41 | More by DRBiser
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thezach

Maryland

4.35/5  rDev +12.7%

Try this beer, let it age, try it again! I picked this one up last fall, around August 2012, and figured I'd love it. Boy, was I wrong. It was puckering and astringent and smelled like musty hay and grass and just, wow, I did not enjoy it. Thankfully, I said "well enough of THAT beer, and put one aside for about a year until I found it yesterday and figured, "...eh, why not?"

So now, one year later, this beer poured a crystal clear burnt gold with a towering rocky white head that lasts. It presents a wonderful spiciness (maybe pepper, plus what I feel is a warming, spicy alcohol note*) that struck me immediately upon pouring it into my glass. This blends wonderfully with a subdued soft herbal hop note. This was difficult to distinguish from the whifs of light caramel malts that came forward as it warmed. A little toasted biscuit going on there too. Nice clean bitterness that lingers a little bit after the finish alongside the mellow caramel sweetness. It finishes clean and fairly dry, there's even a bit of a puckering note in there too, maybe from the rye, probably also the yeast.

*I figured I must've been mistaken, as the beer falls just shy of 6%. How could that light of a beer have such a prominent alcohol note? Apparently this is the norm for the style. ...I looked it up.

08-30-2013 01:59:11 | More by thezach
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ooms

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

08-29-2013 23:24:05 | More by ooms
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

08-28-2013 22:55:42 | More by mendvicdog
Scythe & Sickle from Brewery Ommegang
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