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Scythe & Sickle - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 775
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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Photo of TheNightwatchman


4/5  rDev +3.6%

10-20-2012 13:21:08 | More by TheNightwatchman
Photo of nickfl


3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours with two fingers of white foam on top of a hazy, dark copper colored body. The head settles fairly quickly but leaves nice, thick lace on the glass.

S - Some slightly spicy rye notes and a distinct aroma of cloves.

T - Spicy grain up front with some red apple and clove. Toasted grain in the middle as well as spicy notes of coriander and more clove. Finishes with anise, clove, dry toast, and some medicinal character that lasts through the finish.

M - Medium-thick body, high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Not great, there is a harsh, medicinal note that covers everything else and really hurts the drinkability. The malt character is bland and the yeast just doesn't work, which means the beer doesn't have much going for it.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 06:19:17 | More by nickfl
Photo of alexgash


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

12 oz. bottle

Hazy, muddled coppery orange body. Tall, rocky, dense, light beige head. Great retention and lacing. Estery wheat and yeast notes on the nose. Toasted grains, banana bread, and some peppery spice as well.

Toasted grains and herbal bitterness up front. Soft wheat sweetness, bananas, and cloves follow. Spicy, rye-ish notes combine with more herbal bitterness toward the finish. Yeasty, with lingering wheat malt. Medium body with a creamy, oaty feel. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 21:31:28 | More by alexgash
Photo of rm9679


4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

10-19-2012 17:51:14 | More by rm9679
Photo of justintcoons


4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

Rich amber with golden highlights. Slightly hazy. 4 fingers of fluffy head with excellent retention. Low carbonation.

Spicy Belgian yeast, pepper, coriander, banana, grass and bubblegum. Caramel, bread and notes of rye. Smells great!

Lots of spicy Belgian yeast. Banana, hints of bubblegum, coriander, clove and black pepper. Caramel drizzled wheat bread, sourdough bread, notes of rye and husked grains. Lemon juice along with touches of peach, orange zest and grassy noble hops.

Medium bodied, velvety, smooth and crisp.

A great Belgian style Amber Ale. Tons of malts; bready and grainy. Also has a really nice Belgian yeast character.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 17:43:36 | More by justintcoons
Photo of MASPuros


4/5  rDev +3.6%

10-18-2012 04:11:35 | More by MASPuros
Photo of st9647v3

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

10-18-2012 02:48:55 | More by st9647v3
Photo of RES

New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

10-18-2012 02:07:00 | More by RES
Photo of mikeg67

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, thank you samp01 for sharing. Pours hazy orange with a long lasting, foamy, white head and a lot of lacing. Aroma is of yeast, spices, hops, bready malt and hint of pears. Body is full and tangy. Yeast, spicy rye, herbal hops, caramel and bready malt, some fruit combine on the palate. Finish is long and spicy. Delicious, complex brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 14:05:31 | More by mikeg67
Photo of Liverpool08


4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

10-16-2012 21:54:46 | More by Liverpool08
Photo of srhoadsy


3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got to try this at the Petrol Coffee House in Houston this weekend.

Very interesting looking beer. Very nice hazy red color with a thick lingering cream colored head.

Smells of carmel and sweet bread. Would like to try it outside of a bar where I didn't have all the background odors.

Taste follows through from the aroma. Sweet, malty and bready. Hops and yeast flavors are very subdued. It's all about the malt with this one.

Mouthfeel is fairly heavy but balanced by a good amount of carbonation.

Overall a very nice beer, served on a very cool bar. Would definitely try again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2012 00:40:04 | More by srhoadsy
Photo of champ103


4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a beautiful hazed orange/red color. A two finger white head forms and leaves rings of sticky lace behind. Love the color.
S: Peppery, spicy, and earthy yeast up front. Bread and biscuit. Some hops, and even some fruits poke through. Distinct pears and apple in the finish. Lots of layers in the nose.
T: Big earthy and peppery spice up front. Bread, biscuit, dough, rye bread. Light hops and light fruit. Really enjoyable.
M/D: A medium body with crisp carbonation. So smooth at the same time. Incredibly easy to drink. The bottle will be gone in no time, and I need to pick some more up.

This is just an excellent, understated and subtle example of the style. Once again Ommegang hits it out of the park. I can't believe I used to think these guys were overrated. Well done all around.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 23:50:26 | More by champ103
Photo of donkeyrunner


3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber color. Even a gentle pour yields a runaway foam head: two pours and some patience and sampling to get the whole thing in my glass. Lumpy, mashed 'tater foam sits on top for most of the beer and leaves a sloppy residue.

Mildly sweet honey, herbal and toasted grain aroma. Clove and a rustic, old floorboards type yeast spice.

Tastes like it smells with an agave nectar sweetness mingles among the toasted malt and rustic clove spice. Dried apricot fruit edges if I stretch. Juicey mouthfeel.

Good beer from a style I generally don't like. I brewed a roggenbier last year that was pretty similar to this, I wonder if Ommegang used a wheat yeast?

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 23:20:48 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of CWhite


4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

10-15-2012 22:41:42 | More by CWhite
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New York

4/5  rDev +3.6%

10-15-2012 21:03:46 | More by miked234
Photo of cpetrone84


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

pour is dark orangish amber with tons of creamy off white head leaving a fair amount of lace. Nose has a sweet lemony base to it with a fair bit of spice underlying the lemony sweetness. Notes of tangy yeast towards the back with a soapy hop accompanying. Taste is a bit less integrated with the sweetness strong, the spice lingers in the finish with notes of rye bread in the back. There are some golden fruit notes intertwined throughout. Body is medium, soft and smooth, nice carbonation, and semi dry.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 12:59:26 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of acevenom


3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass mug. Pours hazy copper with a tall white head and numerous tiny bubbles in the beer. The head dissipates slowly. Some lacing is left on the side of the glass during consumption. There are prominent fruit ester aromas. I pick up apple and citrus. There's some spice, which is a little peppery. It smells more like a saison. The taste follows the nose. I pick up some of the bready malt with that apple and citrus flavor. There's that peppery spice in the background that could be coming from the rye. It's definitely tasting like a saison as well as smelling like one. The body is light with strong carbonation. The finish is smooth and sticky. The aftertaste just coats to the mouth for a little while. This is a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 01:47:58 | More by acevenom
Photo of mportnoy


3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

10-15-2012 00:47:48 | More by mportnoy
Photo of rangerred


4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy deep copper with a huge billowy head. Some of the most amazing lacing I have ever seen. Sticks in huge globs on the sides of the glass.

Aroma is quite pleasant with lots of peppery spice and some citrus. A little bit of roasted character and some honey. Just the slightest amount of funk.

Flavor is quite peppery up front and initially reminds me of a saison. Honey and lemony citrus are pleasant with a light to moderate barnyard funk. Toasted malt is in the background and never really becomes prominent. The yeast esters really contribute a lot to this beer and give it a lot of character. Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy thanks to the low carbonation. Finish is a touch sticky with a little lingering pepper.

Overall, a truly amazing and complex beer. I should have expected this from Ommegang but I am truly impressed. There really is a lot going on in this beer and I encourage everyone to seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 00:25:18 | More by rangerred
Photo of eridiorya


3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

10-14-2012 18:18:28 | More by eridiorya
Photo of adkrogue

New York

4/5  rDev +3.6%

10-14-2012 12:59:11 | More by adkrogue
Photo of micromaniac129


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

The appearance of the beer is quite striking. The color is a hazy orange infused amber underneath a tall off white head. The head is dense, long lasting and leaves copious amounts of lacing about the glass. It is also gently carbonated.

The aroma finds yeasty pepper citrus (just a tad) bready malts and farmhouse floor.

Taste has lots of grain along side yeasty cloves. Toasted malts, graham crcakers rye and smooth oatmeal and bready dough at finish.

Almost full bodied on the palette with a sharp semi-bitter finish.
Definitly a departure from standard fall brews and better actually too.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 12:46:45 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of stevegregg


4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

10-13-2012 23:17:52 | More by stevegregg
Photo of OtherShoe2


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

Pours medium orange witha thick white foam head. No lacing, but good retention.

Some light spice, white pepper, and orange peel in the nose. Yeasty and musty. Some flowers.

A nice soft brew, with good intensity of flavor, but nothing punching you in the mouth. Spicy malt with some rye notes. Real malty. Some dried orange peel and dried grain. Biscuits, a little honey, and some nice herbal bitterness to round this out.

Medium bodied, a slight tingle on the tongue.

Nice beer. Malt forward, but good stuff afterward. Nice bitter balance. I must say, nice to find the biere de garde in a 12 oz bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 23:13:08 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of larrynevins

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.6%

10-13-2012 22:44:13 | More by larrynevins
Scythe & Sickle from Brewery Ommegang
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