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Scythe & Sickle - Brewery Ommegang

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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 KelsoSaaz
4.34/5  rDev +12.4%

Poured into tulip

A: Pours an orange-gold with an off-white, fine and creamy, 2 finger head, also has tons of visible carbonation.

S: Spicy with hints of citrus peel. Rustic bread aromas as well.

T: Citrus and candi sugar. Lots of cereal grains, just as the label says; hints of rye, oat and wheat. General rustic, earthy tones here. Rye tang lasts in the finish.

M: Lots of carbonation that tingles on the tongue with a medium body.

O: One unique beer! Another cracker of a brew from Ommegang. Scythe and Sickle is definitely a Belgian beer for autumn. Would go well with autumn foods and thanksgiving dinner. Get this seasonal when it comes out, it’s definitely one to try.

KelsoSaaz, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of VictorWisc
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

VictorWisc, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of Paul_Apsley
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Paul_Apsley, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of JMUbrewz
4/5  rDev +3.6%

JMUbrewz, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of outsider
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

outsider, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of freebirdbm14
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

freebirdbm14, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of ryan1788a5
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%

12oz bottle poured into a chalice. Freshness date of 7/2014. This should be able to take some time in the cellar.

A: Hazy orange color. Four fingers of rocky white head retain very well Lacing is thick and prominent, sticking everywhere and making the walls of the glass look as though they are carpeted.

S: Spicy Belgian yeast. Hints of pepper and cinnamon. Very slight must. Fruity with aromas of dates and dried banana chips. Rich malty scents of caramel and bread. Touch of starch and spicy rye in the background. Hops provide a grassy and slightly herbal character. Complex nose, very good.

T: Spicy Belgian yeast up front. Cinnamon, pepper, and others. Hint of clove. Somewhat musty. Fruitiness pulls through with tastes of dried figs and dates. Tropical esters lay in some pineapple. Hops provide a zing of lemon and citrus pith, but eventually go grassy and herbal. The multiple grains used in this brew provide a great foundation. Bready, slight hints of caramel, bread pudding, treacle, subtle oat starch and rye spice in the background. Dry overall. Finishes with a dry rye spiciness and lingering herbal and citrus pith hop flavors.

M: The overall dryness makes the medium body seem lighter than it is. Ample carbonation scrubs the palate. Creamy and a bit foamy. Light hop astringency.

O: Another great and complex Belgian-style ale from Ommegang. This is a perfect pairing for the Thanksgiving dinner, next time it comes around that is. I consumed this beer out of season, but not out of code. It would make an excellent compliment to a hearty meal on a cool fall day, but it is still very enjoyable even on a warm day in late spring. It's also a welcome change of pace from the mediocre ambers and octoberfests that flood the market in the fall.

ryan1788a5, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of GrindFatherBob
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

GrindFatherBob, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of Haybeerman
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Haybeerman, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of tastymug
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

tastymug, May 31, 2013
Photo of Plonk
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Plonk, May 29, 2013
Photo of domnalbrecc
5/5  rDev +29.5%

domnalbrecc, May 29, 2013
Photo of HinghamRick
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

HinghamRick, May 19, 2013
Photo of Stalgondo
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Stalgondo, May 19, 2013
Photo of grumpygerman
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

grumpygerman, May 16, 2013
Photo of ElijahRivera
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

ElijahRivera, May 15, 2013
Photo of JGam115
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%

On tap, served in a pint glass so the aromas weren't exactly jumping from the glass. Notes from my Untappd history.

A: Nice orange and amber hues

S: unmistakable Belgian nose. Not too different from other Ommegang brews.

T: Banana and citrus notes up-front with a crisp, clean finish. Very nice.

M: Not overpowering, but not fleeting.

O: This is an ideal brew for the fall season. Will definitely seek this out when it's re-released

JGam115, May 14, 2013
Photo of bnes09
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%

Orange, semi-hazy, some rising bubbles, ivory colored head with great retention and lacing.

Aroma of apple cider, nutmeg, rye and Belgian yeast.

Has a dry and sweet apple cider character in the flavor. Lots of spices, ginger, rye and nutmeg. Subtle pine hop adds a mild bitterness. Fruity esters

Moderate body with plenty of carbonation. Slick feel, chewy in the middle and with a tart, semi-dry finish.

This may be the first time I've sampled this style. Solid brew. A fresh addition to the harvest ale collection. Similar to some other styles but different enough to be its own. Will be sampling more of this style for sure.

bnes09, May 14, 2013
Photo of 3SH33TS
3/5  rDev -22.3%

3SH33TS, May 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

mikeburd1128, May 12, 2013
Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%

12 oz bottle into a tulip. $2.70 for the single.

A: Opaque, ruby-colored body with an enormous frothy head. Quite stunning.

S: Bready and grainy with maybe a touch of sweet fruit. Grapes? Slightly floral, but more beery than French versions of the style.

T: Distinctive sweet yeast mingling with baked bread. Sweet and savory. Perfumey late taste that ends abruptly.

M: Relatively full for the style. Nicely carbonated.

O: I was really hot on this the first few times I had it, but that's evolved into more of a casual friendship. This isn't Ommegang's worst 12 oz single, but it's in my bottom few.

ZethOfTheNorth, May 10, 2013
Photo of kingmaker
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

kingmaker, May 10, 2013
Photo of GratefulTech
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

GratefulTech, May 09, 2013
Photo of TheBattousai
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

TheBattousai, May 09, 2013
Photo of Stugotzo
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Stugotzo, May 07, 2013
Scythe & Sickle from Brewery Ommegang
87 out of 100 based on 834 ratings.