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Scythe & Sickle - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 946
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.08%
Wants: 31
Gots: 63 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

CrispyFL, Oct 09, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

The_GrassHOPper, Oct 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Stum-pub, Oct 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

arthurbdavis, Oct 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

JuliusCaesar, Oct 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

tkdchampxi, Oct 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

rjholcomb, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light to medium coppery amber with a fine two finger white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of bready, slightly toasted malt, stone fruit, root spices, mild citrus, intriguing. Rich flavor of bready malt, cinnamon, rye, cloves, graham cracker, dark and light stone fruit, spicy and earthy. Finishes spicy with a mild hop bitterness and more of the tart saison yeast character I'd expect for the style. Nice creamy medium body with excellent mouth feel. A pleasant, very tasty fall beer that leans in the direction of a winter warmer in character, if not ABV. If this is a biere de garde, I will have to reevaluate the style, which I've been avoiding after some over bretty, dry ones. I liked this very much and will get some more for the holidays.

LiquidAmber, Oct 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

jbcalc, Oct 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Andonato, Oct 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

schmidtmattsays, Oct 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

bcsbeer, Oct 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

TheMultiYeast, Oct 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Vonhinx, Oct 06, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

broadway848, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of JeffBrenner
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle to a pint glass. Pours an amber/orange with a nice head that sticks for a bit with decent lacing. Smells of citrus - lemon, orange, maybe grapefruit. Tastes wondeful. Sweet up front with a citrus taste after. Drinks very smooth and despite being billed as a "fall beer" I would gladly drink on a summer day

JeffBrenner, Oct 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

mayerale, Oct 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

b1515152004, Oct 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

whatname, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of mntlover
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy murky darker tangerine color really pretty color. Head is light tan and huge from easy pour took two pours to empty bottle, lots of lace left behind as one would imagine from this head.

Aroma is nice yeasty notes, earthy some good ripe banana malty with touches of grain. Nice toasty treat malty goodness with fruit and spice notes nice aroma.

Taste is nice malty goodness lightly toasted good banana notes mingled with tasty yeast. Finish is linger banana malt with a good dose of earthy spices. Very nice brew could get use to this as a fall seasonal, lover this style.

Mouthfeel is only medium surprising the carbonation level isn't as high as your would think from the pour. Lightly peppy but not over done as far as I am concerned, that's coming from someone who dislikes fizzy bear.

Overall this is yummy, did not pickup originally then I found out it was a Bière de Garde and I went back and got some, love this style very nice brew.

mntlover, Oct 04, 2013
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4.46/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark slightly murky gold with a huge head. Lots of lacing. Phenolic and earthy yeasty smell. Great complex grainy taste. You can definitely pick out the sour rye. And there is a bit of pronounced wheat character as well. Bananas and cloves. Obviously barley. What is there to say about barley- what you're used to, toasty in this case. The oats are less noticeable but make their presence known a little bit in the mouthfeel. Lots of yeast characteristics too. Earth and fruit. Some bitterness from hops- maybe a little roasted malt bitterness too? Pretty fantastic. Well carbonated and full bodied. Drinkability is fairly low. This is a sipper, not a session beer. Strong and heavy. And I know fall beers should probably be sessionable.... oktoberfests etc. But still, this is an awesome fall beer. I'd like to have some of these on a cool night around a camp fire. I'm actually tempted to try something like this as a homebrew. Memorable and great overall.

burnstar, Oct 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

stephensinner, Oct 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Zach122, Oct 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

ColForbinBC, Oct 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

socon67, Oct 02, 2013
Scythe & Sickle from Brewery Ommegang
87 out of 100 based on 946 ratings.