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Scythe & Sickle - Brewery Ommegang

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87
very good

803 Ratings
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Ratings: 803
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 24
Gots: 36 | 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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Ozzylizard

Pennsylvania

3.69/5  rDev -4.4%

Undated bottle at 42 degrees into becht glass
Slight grainy aroma
Head large (6.5 cm), off white, creamy, slowly diminishing
Lacing good; multiple arcs of thick bubbles, mostly very small with some markedly larger.
Body medium amber, cloudy; some sediment in bottle bottom
Flavor is lightly malty with well-blended graininess, just a touch of hops; no alcohol, no diacetyl. Flavor dies quickly with no after taste and no alcohol warming.
Palate is light to medium, creamy, lively carbonation.

This is a well-balanced ale, leaning slightly to the malt. It is just a little too malty to be really refreshing but is not bad at all.

05-15-2014 11:53:31 | More by Ozzylizard
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crowsnest

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

05-11-2014 00:45:57 | More by crowsnest
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bismarksays

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

05-05-2014 20:12:16 | More by bismarksays
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cyclonece09

Maryland

4.01/5  rDev +3.9%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours golden orange with a fluffy white head. Smells of wheat and slight Belgian yeast. Tastes of wheat and some sweet spiciness. Beer is heavily carbonated finishing nice with a light body. Overall a very good beer.

05-04-2014 23:23:23 | More by cyclonece09
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.76/5  rDev -2.6%

12oz brown bottle purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA.

Pours a clear burnished amber colour, perhaps with a slight haze running through it. Head forms a huge, frothy crest of off-white: stacks of carbonation forms it without much coaxing. Messy, soapy carbonation completes the picture. The beer is vibrant and alive.

Nose is muted, but pleasant. Slight vegetative fragrance sits above a more earthy, slightly sweet Belgian note. It has a lovely broad basis that allows the spicier characters to do their thing over the top. Crushed celery and a little salt and pepper. It's very nice.

Taste is a lot lighter, which works, but the nose suggested some complexity that's just not there. It's a pleasantly drinkable palate that results. Clean celery, vegetative characters over a smooth basis of neutral malt. Slight mixed spice character on the back finishing with a very dry back palate. Feel is smooth, but without much to work with.

Overall. I like it a lot. There are certainly good characters to it, and while it's lighter and less interesting on the palate that it ideally could be, it's certainly still flavoursome. A drinkable beer that retains its class.

05-04-2014 02:58:17 | More by lacqueredmouse
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jadler16

Indiana

4/5  rDev +3.6%

05-02-2014 17:18:26 | More by jadler16
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Kcman91

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +3.6%

04-27-2014 23:08:01 | More by Kcman91
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Travitten

Iowa

4/5  rDev +3.6%

04-26-2014 03:50:32 | More by Travitten
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atrocity

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

04-23-2014 20:32:36 | More by atrocity
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complexnomenclature

New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

04-17-2014 19:16:34 | More by complexnomenclature
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danmouer

Virginia

4.21/5  rDev +9.1%

The brewery describes this offering as a Biere de Garde. I think for once, I will leave off my BJCP hat and judge this for what it is, rather than what it calls itself. What is it? It's a wonderful bottle of beer, that's what. Yes, it does have a lot of that "Farmhouse Ale" character, in the smooth mouthfeel enhanced by oats, and the less than smooth character of malted wheat and rye. There is a great moussy head and soft full efforvescence reminiscent of great saisons, and the rich malty palate one hopes to find in a Biere de Garde. But the hops make it very American, IMHO, and very good.

This is just a fabulous, mouthfilling, complex, rich, celebratory ale. Try it. You will like it.

04-15-2014 20:25:23 | More by danmouer
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BKotch

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

04-12-2014 05:23:58 | More by BKotch
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tjcamm

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

04-07-2014 00:02:50 | More by tjcamm
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VeganUndead

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

04-05-2014 17:06:32 | More by VeganUndead
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Lare453

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

04-05-2014 03:47:38 | More by Lare453
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devilfluff

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -22.3%

04-03-2014 01:18:51 | More by devilfluff
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GRap

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

03-29-2014 02:17:13 | More by GRap
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dexterk1

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

03-29-2014 00:08:59 | More by dexterk1
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JamesStreet

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

03-28-2014 23:57:27 | More by JamesStreet
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brpendergast85

District of Columbia

2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

03-25-2014 04:55:17 | More by brpendergast85
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basili1250

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

03-24-2014 18:31:41 | More by basili1250
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Skillz

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

03-20-2014 07:18:22 | More by Skillz
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sunnytropic

New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

03-18-2014 20:28:12 | More by sunnytropic
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Fettpopps

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

03-16-2014 12:40:26 | More by Fettpopps
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tviz33

New York

4/5  rDev +3.6%

03-13-2014 20:40:10 | More by tviz33
Scythe & Sickle from Brewery Ommegang
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