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Scythe & Sickle - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 774
Reviews: 200
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 18
Gots: 31 | 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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4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy amber-orange with a finger of frothy slightly off-white head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of caramel malts, grapefruit, pine, and floral hops, oats, spicy rye, and some bready malts.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet caramel malts with some grapefruit hops, spicy rye, and some oats. Through the middle, some pine and lightly spicy hops come through with some bitterness alongside some bready malts. The finish is a mix of pine and floral hops, some bitterness, some bready malts, spicy rye, and oats.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, lightly bitter, and spicy.

D - Very drinkable. Good overall balance and complexity. Like the rye.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 08:00:09 | More by ngeunit1
Photo of MelissaC

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

11-29-2012 02:06:42 | More by MelissaC
Photo of BB1313


4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 07/25/12; best by 07/2014.12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a transparent burnt orange and has a huge fluffy white head that sticks around and leaves very sticky lacing. Looks perfect like most of Ommegang's beers. The aromas are full of cherries and bubblegum. There's also a touch of banana peel. The flavors match the nose, but has a nice bitterness to it. The hop bitterness is there. There's also a nice spiciness coming from the rye. There's also subtle hints of black pepper. I'm picking up more cherries as well with a touch of wheat. Mouthfeel is spectacular. It's light, fluffy, creamy, smooth, and has moderate carbonation, making this dangerously drinkable. This is a fun, easy drinking beer. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

This is just another really good beer from Ommegang. Very reminiscent of a Belgian Pale Ale. It's a classic example of what they're all about. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 01:41:48 | More by BB1313
Photo of One2Remeber


3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Crystal clear orange body with a yellow hue. Lacey white head coats glass.

S: Toasty malts and earthy hops present, far from overbearing. Orange sherbet.

T/M: Wonderful hop presence, full of earthy flavors. Smells like a hop garden, grass, pine and dirt. Toasted malts linger on palate. Mouthfeel is light and flavors are calm making for easy drinking. Almost taste too watered down, very thin body.

O: Not the most familiar with style. Taste like a pale ale with a Belgian influence and a lighter body than an APA. Enjoyable, recommend to break someone into Belgian beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2012 23:25:21 | More by One2Remeber
Photo of LiquorsInc


3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

11-28-2012 20:56:30 | More by LiquorsInc
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-28-2012 20:20:56 | More by UltimateLivewire
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

11-27-2012 22:56:08 | More by pajeff
Photo of LeRose


3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not sure I get this one. Nice color, coppery reddish. Not much head, foamy, a little lacing. Lots of malt aroma and taste, some citrus, hops kind of laid back. Get the bready taste, not too much carbonation yet slightly refreshing. Good drinker for a Fall afternoon, but I don’t find anything special about it. Perfectly good product, though.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 14:31:03 | More by LeRose
Photo of raythealeman


3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

11-26-2012 01:14:27 | More by raythealeman
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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

11-25-2012 13:18:59 | More by mweso2000
Photo of brewskifan55


4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Opaque amber with a fluffy tan one finger head that lingers. Great lacing.

S: Malty, grainy, Belgian yeast. Light hops. Fresh.

T: Smooth. A nice mix of malts and yeast. Robust and roasty. Light rye finish.

M: Medium, smooth, creamy.

O: Distinct and well brewed. Wish I'd bought more than one. This is a new favorite.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 15:18:42 | More by brewskifan55
Photo of JeffZano

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

11-24-2012 15:08:54 | More by JeffZano
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

11-22-2012 12:57:16 | More by bubseymour
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

11-22-2012 01:12:56 | More by ncworster
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-21-2012 19:31:07 | More by CellarGimp
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

11-21-2012 02:18:42 | More by ShemRahBoo
Photo of chugalug06


3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Beware: my bottle was a gusher...

Large off-white soapy head. Very cloudy orange color in the brew. Lacing is spotty.

Tons of wheat and banana. it's hard to get much more. The wheat is overpowering.

Carbonation really takes a lot away from this brew; it's way too high. Bitterness is a bit odd too. Wheat/rye is nice and well flavored.

A bit of a toss up if I could recommend this brew... It's distracting in appearance and mouthfeel, but it's nose and flavors draw you back for the next sip. This brew could stand to be better blended, but it is refreshing once the carbonation has died down.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 04:27:32 | More by chugalug06
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

11-17-2012 21:18:33 | More by kew
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

11-17-2012 16:33:35 | More by DaleB50
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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 8/2014.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some earthy, grassy, and herbal aromas. Taste is much the same with a slight herbal bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 03:55:27 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

11-16-2012 01:41:18 | More by jplopez21
Photo of Bills453


4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - poured from bottle into wine glass. Nice amber color. Two finger white head with nice lacing.

Smell - sweet and yeasty. Wheat and floral as well. Very nice smelling beer.

Taste - very similar to the smell and it is incredibly refreshing. No bitterness whatsoever.

Mouthfeel - bien

Overall - another great offering from Ommegang!

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 01:28:16 | More by Bills453
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Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from Wegmans Syracuse NY for 4$

Appearance - Hazy copper colour with a massive size fizzy/frothy off-white head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for 5-6 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, yeast, apples, citrus

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, apples, and yeast. There is also quite a bit of bitter citrus zest and some green grapes. It ends with a dry tart aftertaste.

Overall - Maybe just a tad too tart/dry. I'd like some more fruity notes.. but it's still another winner from this brewer. However next time I'd reach for some of their other brews.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 00:53:07 | More by spinrsx

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

11-15-2012 03:10:56 | More by IL_PLAY_RAGS
Photo of CASK1


4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured to an Ommegang goblet.

Sweet malt aroma with lots of complex fruit. Pear and apricot. Nondescript Belgian yeast spiciness. Low grainy malt aroma.

Medium orange, slightly hazy, long lasting white head.

Complex rustic flavor. Nice balance of grainy malt, yeast spice and earthy hops. Med-high bitterness accentuated by the dry finish. Light alcohol sweetness. A lot going on here.

Medium body up front. Mouth filling effervescence. Dry finish. Slightly alcohol warming.

Complex, refreshing, rustic, and earthy. A new favorite by a favorite brewery.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 01:08:18 | More by CASK1
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