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Scythe & Sickle - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 781
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 20
Gots: 34 | 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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California

4/5  rDev +3.6%

10-08-2012 04:30:27 | More by SocalKicks
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Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

10-08-2012 00:16:04 | More by jsurfs82
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oberon

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cool new lables and cool new brews from Ommegang.Poured into my Ommegang chalice a brilliant a deep orange infused lighter amber with a spot on one finger white crown that left multiple chunks of lace behind as it settles into a soapy-like mass atop.Toasted grain notes in the nose along with light phenols and a hint of pepper,light aromas but decnet enough.The toasted grain comes out again on the palate with a little phenolic yeastiness and a faint shot of spice from the rye.I think this is a good alternative to the pumpkin and Oktoberfest fall beers out there,it's not in your face with big flavors but a smooth easy drinking table beer.I could drink alot of this.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 19:14:41 | More by oberon
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

10-07-2012 17:20:09 | More by Gehrig13
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JasonSiedman

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

10-07-2012 13:40:46 | More by JasonSiedman
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jfcaa193

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

10-07-2012 07:13:19 | More by jfcaa193
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rTheory

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

10-07-2012 01:36:55 | More by rTheory
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Gww1864

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

10-06-2012 23:38:07 | More by Gww1864
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

10-06-2012 19:51:07 | More by SlainteAlbanyNY
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Willytee3

New York

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

10-06-2012 04:13:51 | More by Willytee3
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a tulip-shaped Relic Brewing Co. glass.

A: Poured a brilliant, pale golden amber color with an enormous, rocky head of off-white foam which clung with great chunks of spongy lacing. Clarity is nice despite a slight chilled haze and carbonation is ample.

S: Minty and spicy with hints of licorice and citrusy sweetness. A floral, effervescent and fruity complex of banana, clove and tangerine accentuate the herbal hop aroma.

T: Mild, bready and grainy sweetness adjust quickly to a flash of bitter, citrusy and dry rice-like flavors. Muted peach, banana and spicy cloves dance across a gummy and citrus-laced flavor that leaves the palate peppery and fruity with a dry, herbal hop snap. The finish has mellow pear and herbal hop resins in the balanced and fairly dry aftertaste.

M: A light-medium bodied brew with a lovely, fruity effervescence and some yeasty chewiness. A slightly acidic, dry and tart feeling grips the palate lightly, allowing a depth of flavors to reach its full potential.

O: An excellent change-of-pace style from the glut of Marzens, pumpkin ales and "Oktoberfests" that flood the market this time of year. That said, I'm not thinking Biere de Garde so much as I am Belgian Pale Ale here, but it's still a quality beer nonetheless. The 5.8% ABV is very sessionable and the delicate, fruity and floral flavors teased from the carefully handled grains shines a spotlight on the craft that went into this brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 02:27:05 | More by Gambrinus1184
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Halcyondays

California

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

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark burnt orange with a medium soft white head, some nice lace.

S: Yeasty, musty grain, grass, hint of herbs.

T: Very bready biscuity malt flavour, white pepper, grassy hops. Hint of orange, rye spice and some assorted citrus.

M: Crisp, medium-bodied, frothy, easy drinking yet feels big for it's ABV.

O: An interesting beer. I like biere de gardes, and it's nice that Ommegang put it in a 12 oz. bottle, so this didn't cost $10 to try, they should do that for all their releases.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 22:14:09 | More by Halcyondays
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Maryland

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz, bottle. Had a bottle of this on my trip back to CT. Pours a bubbly golden color, nice floral aroma. Medium bodied, nice creamy mouthfeel. Floral notes come out, very smooth and well balanced. Nice solid beer, a good change of pace from the usual seasonals.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 22:09:39 | More by oriolesfan4
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JonIrabagon

New York

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

10-05-2012 02:39:58 | More by JonIrabagon
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Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +29.5%

10-04-2012 18:12:02 | More by kreming
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claspada

New Jersey

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

Pours a slightly hazy dark orange-amber color with a medium size near white, typical Belgian fluffy head.

Aromas begin all yeast derived with freshly cracked cloves and banana. As it warms you get some lesser biscuity maltiness, clover honey and some raw grainy pilsner maltiness.

The tastes begin with lightly bready, biscuity, moderately husky, pilsner maltiness. I am not getting much of the rye character as it is overshadowed by a strong clove spice yeastiness. There is a faint honeyed sweetness in the backgoung but mainly I get the banana fruitiness, dried apricot and citrus.

The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with medium-high carbonation. The finish is all yeast phenols and spice which creates a fairly dry presence.

Overall, this is a fairly decent beer but nothing too exciting. The phenolic spiciness and husky astringency becomes a bit grating after awhile and I am greatly missing the complex grain bill that is advertised because the yeast phenols overshadddow the flavor profile.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2012 15:04:11 | More by claspada
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corneliustoad

Florida

4/5  rDev +3.6%

10-04-2012 02:14:28 | More by corneliustoad
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

10-04-2012 00:37:58 | More by subhumans15
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ThomasAWilson2

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

10-03-2012 23:41:17 | More by ThomasAWilson2
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scootny

New York

4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a superb looking beer. The head stands tall and firm three to four fingesr plus. One and a half above the rim of my Long Trail Brewmaster Series glass. Very slow fade leaves a ton of lace and a thick covering. Mostly clear light brown with orange hues and some carbonation activity in the glass. Smell is sweet with fruity Belgian yeast esters and bready malt. Some light floral hops and bit of overripe banana. Spicy notes from the rye carry some pepper and faint cinnamon. Roasted grains throughout with caramel malt and light toffee. Taste is like a fall version of Rare Vos. Deep roasted grain maltiness with a dark fruit sweetness yields to a Belgian yeast with earth and an herbal hop bitterness that is delicate but firm. Lots of toffee and caramel wrapped in mutigrain dough. Spicy pepper cinnamon and clove .Finish is clean and dry with a light leafiness lingering in the mouth.just a touch of astringency that dries the mouth nicely. Feel is velvety with a coating carbonation that gives a soft crispness and overall quenching quality. Goes down so easily you find yourself at the end of the glass in seconds it seems. This is in my short ist of most memorable beers I have had this year. A great beer for any occasion and a perfect compliment to any seasonal food.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 02:32:40 | More by scootny
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TasteTester

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

10-03-2012 01:00:22 | More by TasteTester
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-dark amber with a thin cream colored head

S-dark Belgian grains with a good hint of spicy peppercorn. Good strength. Smells awesome

T-comes in with a peppery taste of roasted Belgian grains and sugars. This is a really good one. The peppercorn flavor seems to stick to the tongue. The after-taste is of dark Belgian spices and grains.

M-medium to high carbonation with a semi-dry finish

O-this is actually just an awesome beer. I rarely get a well done variation of a Belgian style by an American brewery. It even tastes like it is from Belgium. Good tastes like this are rare at a decent price.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 00:16:34 | More by AdamBear
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Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.6%

10-02-2012 04:43:56 | More by markgoodman10
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Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

10-02-2012 04:18:52 | More by doucmehu
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larryi86

Delaware

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

12 oz bottle poured into a goblet

A- A hazy orange/copper with a two finger white head.

S- Banana, Belgian yeast, earthy spices, rye, citrus hops.

T- Citrus and earthy hops, some rye, spices, bananas, Belgian yeast, flavors are clashing some, but still tasty.

M- Medium body, smooth.

O- A tasty beer worthy trying but probably won't pick it up again.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 03:20:15 | More by larryi86
Scythe & Sickle from Brewery Ommegang
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