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Scythe & Sickle - Brewery Ommegang

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Reviews: 232
Hads: 1,092
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 8.7%
Wants: 41
Gots: 124 | 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:
Beer added by: MLasoski on 08-27-2012

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.”
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Photo of KTCamm
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Single bottle poured into a pint glass. 10/2

Pours medium amber, thick white foam. Very patchy. Fruity belgian yeast strain. Funky. Taste is a huge funk, hearty malt hop, peppery finish. Clumsy malt, all over the place. Hope hold throughout. Pretty good. (255 characters)

Photo of bum732
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

S: Light phenols, grassiness, soft banana note, touch of clove, fruity

L: Fairly clear, amber orange, big fluffy off-white head with great retention and lacing.

T: Slightly fruity malt up front with a background of soft phenolics. A sort of graininess follows. Medium low fruity bitterness. Some white pepper follows the bitterness. Finishes quite dry with pepper and some stone fruits.

M: Medium full body, almost creamy. Medium high carbonation cuts through the body, keeping it light.

Really nice, phenolics not over the top. (532 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up for a very pricey $4 at Brewforia Eagle... Pours with a 2 finger off white head that dies back slowly... the brew is a slightly hazed orange.

Nose is grainy with a toasted bread crust element... mild grassy hoppiness.

Flavor has all the same elements as the nose with a mild spiciness.

Fuller body is cut back some by a bigger carbonation... very drinkable.

3.5/3.5/3.5/3.5/3.75 (392 characters)

Photo of MikeWard
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz poured into a goblet. Best by 7/2/15.

Golden amber body, slightly hazy, 2 finger foamy head which settled down to a one finger creamy headd. Good carbonation and lacing.

Smelled a bit like a cider, likely from the spices.

Okay tasting, getting the spices, a bit on the tart side.

Mouth was very carbonated, around medium.

Overall, a nice drink, but not something I would seek out too often. Would be interesting to taste closer to its best by date. (460 characters)

Photo of wiegs4life
3.24/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had a couple bottles of this the other night at the bar because it looked adventurous and fall like.

It poured dark with heavy lacing that was slow to settle. The smell screamed of spiced bread fresh out of a bakery. The taste was so discrete with the Belgium hops that it allowed the beer to embellish its true characteristics. Had many spices i couldn't distinguish combining with a very rich mouthfeel.

Overall, I wasn't impressed. (437 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a 12 oz bottle, almost overflowed the 24 oz glass with the resulting head. Slowly settles in a lumpy fashion. Leaves chunks of lace on the glass. Amber color with a solid haze.

Belgian ale smells of yeast and soured malt.

Sour flavor but with plenty of spice notes in the background. Lightly hopped to give it a more malty feel. Not as dry as most rye beers. Moderate body but with a very high carbonation level. The aftertaste has elements of milk and a bit of sour-bitterness. (486 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Ancora New Orleans. Served in a pint glass.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains decently before lowering to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheer of surface foam. Resilient cobwebs of lacing.

S- Grainy malt aroma that's slightly sweet with small notes of banana from the yeast. A bit rich and Bready.

T- More yeast flavor comes in but is abruptly swept aside by the husky malt making it somewhat sweet and, once again, Bready. Some spice is present. Very drinkable and moderately tasty.

M- Smooth and slightly crisp. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Finally, a Biere de garde I can get down with. I'm just not sure if I like it because it's brewed true to style or not true. (785 characters)

Photo of DIM
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

a: Slightly hazy gold tinted copper; poured with big, fluffy, uneven head.

s: Husky grains, spicy rye, vague fruity yeast, and a healthy dose of barnyard funk.

t: Nice balance between grain and yeast. Slight caramel sweetness and the rye stands out in grain bill I think. Long yeasty finish, more spice than fruit. Mild lingering medicinal bitterness.

m: Incredibly soft, light, and airy.

o: Great beer from Ommegang, no surprise there. A definite repeat purchase for me. (475 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (817 characters)

Photo of JeffBrenner
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
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 (333 characters)

Photo of mntlover
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (960 characters)

Photo of burnstar
4.46/5  rDev +14.1%
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. (966 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.49/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

You don't see many beers out there honoring the harvest season with a MALTY beer. With Ommegang, what were you expecting, an IPA? With 12 ounces of it and a ribeye/pasta/garlic bread dinner, this should be a great meal. On to the beer:

Like the season, Scythe & Sickle is dark autumn orange and topped with a large frothy head which lasts all the way down to the end. Many spots of lace stick the tulip as the beer's level drops. First smell, you wouldn't expect it to be a showcase of 4 cereals, as the succulent yeast brings banana, cake batter, vague spice, and phenolic aromas. Simply great.

Flavor orgasm follows. The fruity yeast shows itself first. Spicy bananas become defined along with white pepper, a kiss of orange, phenolic notes, and sweet bread. Not only complex, but very very tasty without become too malty. It's also working as it washes down my dinner. The beer is medium bodied and very relaxed, putting the final touch on this beer.

Excellent excellent! Scythe & Sickle is the type of high quality I've come to expect from Ommegang, perhaps the USA's best Belgian-style brewer. Along with Leann Follain and Firestone Pivo, this trio are three new (to me) excellent beers which I've tasted in the last two weeks which are easy to obtain and don't require a golden ticket. (1,294 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured chilled from the 12 oz into a teku chilled.

The color is light amber honey like look with thick beige head with fine bead, thick streamers of lace. The clarity is lightly hazed and retention is very good. The smell is yeast oriented with some light spice and mild fruitiness in the aroma with a light stone fruit ester with mild nutty scent. The feel is very good, very high carbonation with toasty texture with a mild sweetness level and low alcohol.

The flavor has a nice malt quality which brings a mild toasted flavor when combined with the yeast. There is a slight fruit tinge from the yeast which brings a mild date-like dried fruit and tropical aspect. The hops are mild and the flavor of alcohol is mild but there is a slight phenolic almost metallic hint which isn't too noticeable, but there and the dryness of the finish is practically to the bone with the extremely high carbonation which is almost seltzer like with a mineral carbonic quality. Overall I enjoyed this a lot and it is very good for the style, I would definitely drink it again (1,065 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 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. (312 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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. (2,217 characters)

Photo of Scrapss
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (894 characters)

Photo of johnso98
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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. (376 characters)

Photo of mattsdenney
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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. (422 characters)

Photo of bsp77
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (681 characters)

Photo of Altrurian
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (607 characters)

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

St: 12oz poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy amber brown with a huge white head and lots of lacing.

S: Malt, rye, spicy, dark fruit.

T: Good malty beer with a slightly spicy backbone from the rye, somewhat nutty.

M: Soft mouth, delicate.

O: A very enjoyable offering that screams fall, as was the point. (308 characters)

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Cloudy orange body with an amber hue to it. Head is huge and frothy, and takes forever to settle in the glass.

S- Saison yeast aromas dominate the nose. Yeast aroma is somewhat fruity with some pear and orange zest coming through. There is also a fresh grain scent that actually reminds me of dried hay.

T- Rich grainy malt that sets the table for the beer. Saison yeast comes through, bringing fruit flavors and a slight hint of funk. Hops come through just enough to make their presence known. Big flavors, nothing over the top, very nice.

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, a slight creaminess to it. Light enough to drink a few, but satisfying enough on the palate to savor.

O-This is a unique beer for it's subtlety. It just provides great aroma, flavor and feel without any hoopla. Really nice offering. (820 characters)

Photo of BethanyB
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Color is a light, orange-tinged amber, and clarity is somewhat hazy. The eggshell-colored head is creamy, yet unstable. While it lasts 'til the end, leaving light lacing on the glass, it melts into an uneven hapf-hearted foam party straight away.

Aroma: Citrus hops, tropical fruit, and toasted malt mix together to create an attractive aroma, but also one that is a bit fruitier than the typical Biere de Garde.

Taste: Light citrus and tropical fruit are mixed with spiced tea and toffee flavors. these sweet tastes are well-balanced by toasted malt and a vibrant flash of medium bitterness that is best detected in the finish. Very little aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light, with medium-high carbonation. The finish is slightly dry.

Overall: A pleasant, sessionable, and fruity beer with mild complexity. Solid and tasty, though a bit fruit-forward for the style. More emphasis on the malt would have made this more of a Biere de Garde, in my opinion. (973 characters)

Photo of jhawth
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: poured into a goblet. Pours a murky orange with a generous, solid 2.5 finger head that sticks around for a good long while.

Aroma: Spicy, some clove and allspice, almost a funky character as well. Fresh bread malt notes also present.

Taste: Follows aroma, plenty of sweet malt flavors as well as that spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, head is almost creamy, but with a subtle tang.

Overall: Very good. Very drinkable but offers a pleasant complexity as well. (470 characters)

Scythe & Sickle from Brewery Ommegang
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