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Scythe & Sickle - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
87
very good

776 Ratings
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Ratings: 776
Reviews: 200
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 18
Gots: 32 | 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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California

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

10-26-2012 02:31:07 | More by hpthebull
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dsauter

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

10-25-2012 23:11:42 | More by dsauter
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KCM

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

10-25-2012 00:10:29 | More by KCM
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Zach136

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

10-24-2012 23:34:45 | More by Zach136
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Keith_R

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

10-24-2012 23:32:24 | More by Keith_R
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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

10-24-2012 16:07:11 | More by JohnK17
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emilylee

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

10-24-2012 15:17:56 | More by emilylee
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RuckusDu

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A giant off-white, slightly yellow and orange and brown. The head sticks around and becomes larger bubbles and rocky. Body is a cloudy burnt orange. Nice strong lacing. Smell is fresh and sweet. Orange, cinnamon, and malts. Very smooth and I like it. Flavor has a little malt liquor to it, slight rye, and just a little bittering hops. Pleasant, well balanced, but pretty average. Mouth is nice carbonation and moderate body.

Overall, I'm really impressed with this beer. I think it would be a good anytime, anywhere beer. Flavor is something I'm sure I have had numerous times before, but everything else brings it up.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 03:10:14 | More by RuckusDu
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SpicyPrice

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

10-24-2012 01:23:55 | More by SpicyPrice
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DBosco

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

10-23-2012 06:09:09 | More by DBosco
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spoony

Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

A-The beer poured a mostly clear amber color with orange highlights. There was an impressive three-finger light tan-colored head that really hung around. Good lacing, too.

S-The beer smelled slightly sweet with a mildly funky yeast note. There was also a touch of honey and a little spice to compliment the cereal grains and light maltiness.

T-The taste starts out like the smell, i.e., a little sweet with some lighter malt and grain flavors, but towards the end, there is a nice tangy, almost bitter kick of hops and rye. Just a hint of spice lingers on the palate.

M-Medium to slightly heavy with an almost creamy carbonation. Nicely balanced, if a touch on the heavy side.

O-I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. I did not find a ton of exotic fruit or herbs, and nobody will mistake it for a hop bomb IIPA or monster quad, but the oats, rye, etc. worked to produce a complex and interesting enough beer to drink on its own or, as I did, with some dinner. I also found it pretty quaffable...you could have more than one. All in all, a nice surprise.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2012 03:19:13 | More by spoony
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hpeli


3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

10-23-2012 03:16:52 | More by hpeli
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Danobold

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

10-23-2012 00:49:55 | More by Danobold
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BlackBearForge

Florida

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scythe & Sickle pours rich coppery amber with a tall foamy white head that subsides to pillowy lumps before becoming a thin surface cover, foamy lacing is abundant.

The aroma has a sharp almost citric scent, a little musty, a little spicy with clean bready malt.

The flavor I can tell will continue to develop as it warms. It is complex with layers of pale malts rending fresh baked bread, biscuits, lightly toasted oat bread, pilsner flavours, with some graininess and some oat smoothness and a nice rye bight as well. Yeasty esters are present, with notes of cloves and banana and a clean tartness. Alcohol is noted but finely integrated and the finish is dry and lightly bitter. Sweetness is evenly balanced with tartness and light hop bitterness. Flavors not only continue to develop as it warms to optimum drinking temperatures but they become more complex and integrated at the same time.

The body is medium, with a luscious smoothness, becoming a bit creamy with warming but does carry a bit of an aggressive bight of carbonation which pairs nicely with the alcohol presence.

A very interesting Harvest Ale and a fitting nod to the various grains of the harvest and the ways in which they can be combined. Skillfully brewed and a joy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 23:08:14 | More by BlackBearForge
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imperialking

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

10-22-2012 18:55:56 | More by imperialking
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superspak

Michigan

4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/2/2012. Pours a hazy orange copper color with an awesome 3 finger fluffy off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a thick cap that lasts. Nice foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big lemon, orange, pear, grass, pepper, herbal, clove, biscuit, rye, nuttiness, earth, and yeast spiciness. Very nice aromas with great complexity and balance. Taste of pear, apple, lemon, biscuit, rye, herbal, floral, pepper, earth, clove, and yeast spiciness. Light bit of peppery bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruit, herbal, floral, biscuit, rye, pepper, clove, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Great balance and complexity of flavors; with no cloying on the finish at all. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a lightly creamy and very crisp mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Biere De Garde! Great balance and complexity of flavors; very smooth a crisp to drink. Highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 04:25:11 | More by superspak
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shand

Florida

3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Scythe and Sickle pours out an orange color with one of the nicer heads I've seen in a while. The aroma is spicy, earthy, and yeasty, with the Belgian yeasts and the rye working together. The taste is heavy on the yeast at first, perhaps too heavy, but it's quickly balanced out by the fantastic spicy, earthy, and grainy malts used here. There's a strong complexity of malts that's really something, but I think the yeast is a little too strong here. Not a major flaw, this is still a very good beer. The mouthfeel is lighter and a little confused, it's a bit sticky yet drying. The drinkability is solid. Overall, an interesting take on the Fall seasonal beer that is really close to greatness. As it is now, it's still quite good, but could be superb with just a little more refinement on the yeast character.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 02:35:04 | More by shand
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horshack7

Massachusetts

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

Appearance: A hazy copper with light brassy hues and a touch of chestnut. On top a very foamy one inch head.

Aroma: Figs, dark fruits, light musty, spice, alcohol notes, mild pear and some cinnamon and citrus notes.

Taste: Medium in body, banana, figs, clove, dark fruits, light alcohol, twinges of citrus with light dry finish.

Notes: Very tasty a little bit like a Tripel but not as many alcohol notes. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 01:09:13 | More by horshack7
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colforbin73

California

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

10-22-2012 00:18:33 | More by colforbin73
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WoodburyMN

Indiana

4/5  rDev +3.6%

10-21-2012 23:29:28 | More by WoodburyMN
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a regular glass.

A: Pours a murky tawny color. The head is a three finger offwhite color with fantastic retention - even after a minute, it's still one finger high. A generally great looking beer.

S: Bready, grainy, and earthy. It's quite malty, but at the same time, it's fairly hoppy as well. The aroma, in spots, gives off a slightly fruity vibe as well.

T: I'll give it credit, it's not like anything I've had before. The trio of wheat/oats/rye comes through in various points (wheat opens the profile, rye finishes things, and the oats 'hold together' the profile). Where this shines is in its long lasting and complex finish/aftertaste. This is really good, and the only detraction is the slight plasticky taste from the yeast.

M: A little heavier than I like, but it's still quite easy to drink and creamy smooth. The touch of rye dryness is quite pleasing.

O: This beer just works in spite of how hard it is to categorize and pick apart. This beer's finesse and moderate complexity helps it rise above the average marzen-cum-pumpkin ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 22:51:01 | More by ThisWangsChung
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WesWes

New York

3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark golden/amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry and fruity Belgian yeast scent that compliments a pale malt dominated aroma. It's brewed with wheat, oats and rye as well which aids in the light and spicy character. The taste is decent as well. It has a smooth and easy drinking malt flavor that goes down quick and finishes with dry, fruity yeast character. The rye adds depth in the taste while contributing a spicy flavor that works well with Belgian yeast. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a decent harvest ale, but nothing too exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 20:38:06 | More by WesWes
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rondufresne

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

10-21-2012 13:29:56 | More by rondufresne
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a very very unique beer, hopelessly underrated here on BA. it pours a murky orange color, somewhere between brass and tangerine, with a bold white lace on top a few inches tall. it smells very fruity. not sure if its fruit juice or if its from the yeast, but it takes on an almost tropical vibe. the flavor is way more hoppy than i expected. maybe one of the hoppiest ommegang beers ive had. its bitter citric hops and they are all in the finish. the yeast provides some musty fruit tones, while the malt offers a late hay harvest flavor. mouthfeel is fantastic, its velvet when you drink it, with very bright but round carbonation, not prickly at all. finish is long and complex, contemplative. i had this at the cheeky monk on colfax last night, and i suggest you get down there for a glass of this before its gone!

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2012 20:10:38 | More by StonedTrippin
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Mora2000

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Common Table.

The beer pours a golden color with a white head. I get a lot of grain notes in the aroma, with a hint of yeast and some grass. The flavor is fairly dry with a lot of the husky grain notes. I also get some grass and earth from the hops as well as some spices and some yeast. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 20:01:01 | More by Mora2000
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