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Scythe & Sickle - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
87
very good

839 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 839
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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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

cardinals22, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of Roxie_B
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks: Beautiful to behold. Clear and vibrant copper colored with a plentiful and sturdy fluffy white head.
Smell: Earthy. Primarily a yeast aroma with the smell of musk melon and gourds.
Taste: Sweet and bright up front. This is SWEET. In the middle I get some alcohol sting. Finishes off with a burst off hop bitterness. As it warms the sweetness dies away and is replaced by earthy oats. There is a faint hint of other fruits in there as well.
Mouthfeel: Sprightly carbonation.

Roxie_B, Aug 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Thedrizzle, Aug 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

wilfmaster, Aug 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

HipHopsHooray, Aug 07, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

thufflife, Aug 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Anvilfarm, Aug 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

sloonis, Aug 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

HRamz3, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of thehyperduck
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle picked up in Port Huron; bottled July 17 2013 and best before July 2015. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a foggy orange-amber colour, with lots of effervescence and a big, pillowy off-white layer of froth on top. It recedes slowly but steadily over the next period of minutes, leaving a messy pattern of lace behind before settling into a lumpy cap and collar. The aroma is dominated by a pleasant mixture of overripe pear, appleskin, yeast, and herbal notes, with a light touch of banana. Alright, let's see if this one tastes as good as it looks and smells.

Wow, this is tasty. Plenty of malt variety - grainy barley, some bready wheat sweetness, as well as nice spicy rye notes alongside some brown sugar. Finishes with an interesting mixture of raisin, orange, yeastiness and herbal bitterness. Slightly phenolic - sticks out a bit initially, but once the beer warms it blends in a bit better, becoming more of a spicy/herbal bitterness instead of a medicinal one. Medium-bodied, with a very smooth mouthfeel that I am assuming can be attributed mostly to the oats. Lively carbonation initially, but it eventually settles down a bit and the beer becomes much more quaffable..

Final Grade: 4.2, a very respectable A-. I can't profess to be an expert in this style (as I've had only one other biere de garde, and only a dozen or so saisons for that matter), but I knows what I likes, and Ommegang's Scythe & Sickle is one farmhouse-style ale that I am really digging. A great brew that all fans of pale Belgian styles and farmhouse ales should consider worth seeking out - and given the fact that this bottle is over a year old, it holds up quite nicely in the short-term, too. Kind of wish I'd bought six of them, now.

thehyperduck, Jul 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

curlybird, Jul 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

griffey123, Jul 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photchkiss, Jul 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

pat_usher, Jul 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

bobv, Jul 11, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

atlbravsrno1, Jul 09, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

KAF, Jul 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

SuperMario, Jun 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

zacalabeer76, Jun 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

hurshybear, Jun 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

paulish, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of russpowell
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent amber with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. .Stellar head retention & lacing, a bit cloudy

S: Pears & leafy hops, green appleskins

T: Follows the nose, some candi sugar as well, a little bit of white grape as well, a little bit of cinnamon as well. Pears, a little bit of caramel, dryness & leafy hops as this warms & cinnamon again, a touch of boozeyness. Finishes dry, fruity & slightly sweet with a little bit of persimmon

MF: Medium bodied, soft carbonation, warming

Good shot at the style, well worth a try, I would consider buying this again....

russpowell, Jun 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

mrcraft, Jun 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

LADYBEAST, Jun 16, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

ArsMoriendiOU818, Jun 09, 2014
Scythe & Sickle from Brewery Ommegang
87 out of 100 based on 839 ratings.