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Scythe & Sickle - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 962
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 31
Gots: 68 | 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 SLeffler27
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A white, long lasting froth fills the top of the oversized wine glass before leaving patchy lacing over a dark amber to coppery-hazed honey beer.

Opens with earthiness and pepper, followed by old leather, banana, celery and light citrus.

Flavor is a light combination of bitterness and tartness that overall makes for a nice, earthy profile.

The body is medium to full with soft prickly carbonation and a silky texture.

This is a cozy beer, suitable for cuddling on a cool night by the fire. The autumn season is captured in this bottle.

SLeffler27, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of jmathis
3/5  rDev -22.5%

jmathis, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of tastybeer
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very attractive pour... Glowey deep orange color with a bountiful foamy head. Good retention + nice clumpy lace. Aroma is crisp malt and fruit. Apples, honey-like, fresh grains, and floral notes. Very pleasant sniffing. Flavors are good as well. Refreshing, fruity, lightly phenolic, and plenty of fresh toasty cracker malts. Body is a solid medium. Good carbonation prickle combined with a dry and ever-so-slightly gritty texture make for a delightful mouthfeel. I enjoy this.

tastybeer, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of duobob
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

duobob, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of wedge
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber-gold with a lovely, thick, frothy head that drops to a lovely, lumpy topping. Soft, doughy malt and flowery hops, mild toasted caramel, and earthiness in the aroma. Dry, earthy, malty, almost nutty flavor...apple, spicy phenols, citrus peel, and light herbal characteristics. Medium-plus bodied, drying, and crisp. Pretty nice, as usual, from Ommegang...

wedge, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of jbarra101
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

jbarra101, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of lancecenter
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

lancecenter, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of CJS
3.25/5  rDev -16%

CJS, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of tone77
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy dark golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is sweet, malty, some fruits. Taste is delicious. Fruits, spice, mats, loaded with flavor, complex and refreshing. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a high quality beer.

tone77, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of King_KongDCO93
3/5  rDev -22.5%

King_KongDCO93, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of MRsojourner
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

aroma is of the pilsner type like corn bread and strong caramel. beautiful amber copper color appearance with great clarity and no yeast to be seen in the bottle.
The caramel flavor is what hits at first followed by rich bready notes that finishes with a touch of pepper and spice although its muted fairly quickly leaving just a touch of residual pepper behind. it closes dry and leaves you wanting some more.
I appreciate the use of rye in this but I wish the yeast and rye were a bit louder. it's almost to clean for my liking but obviously its and very well made beer just a bit lackluster imo

MRsojourner, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of MADPolo
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

MADPolo, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of JellyJacket
3.25/5  rDev -16%

JellyJacket, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of beerthulhu
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A pale rustic orange shows a strong rate of carbonation filling the glass. A monumental 3+ finger sturdy cream colored head shows a pitted surface while leaving a generous amount of lace coverage. Head retention was long lasting.

S: Aroma was hard to get to due to the lengthy retention of the head. Upon receeding signs of wet bread, yeasty character with some wheat and flour hints. Not very strong would be its drawback.

T: Flavor was grainy, toasty, yeasty and sweet with hints of muskiness and banana. Wheat with a touch of sweet munich grains is lightly toasted upon the fade. Some flowery hops show up.

M: Toasted warmth on the mouthful, good show of carbonation, creamy texture, solid feel.

O: Overall grainy, toasty, yeasty, and of course cleanly brewed providing for multiples.

beerthulhu, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +3.4%

TX-Badger, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of puboflyons
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on December 16, 2012.

It pours a bronze copper-amber with a tremendous fluffy off-white head that settles after a few moments.

The aroma exhibits esters of Belgian candied sugar, grainy pale malts, and a slight floral hop note.

The body is medium, smooth but also a little astringent.

This tastes a lot like a Belgian Tripel without the citrus zing. It has more of a sweet caramel malt start with pepper and cloves playing up the rear and lingering momentarily on the palate. I am not sure if I would call it a harvest ale but it is quite tasty no matter how you define it.

puboflyons, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of derricksmalls
4/5  rDev +3.4%

derricksmalls, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of pkalix
4.48/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

wow! what a head! what a beautiful, creamy, rich but light, beautiful (again) head. hazy orange with bubbles rising in the pilsner glass (yeah, i know, something else would have been a bit more appropriate).
smell is sweet, like a german hefe, yet with some fruity accent to it giving it an almost belgian strong ale aroma.
taste is (again) like a belgian ale, and with a little wheat-iness to it. lots of malt. says there is oat and barley, but the taste is more of a higher abv'd belgian....
mouthfeel... kind of heavy, but still quite clean and refreshing.
overall... a superb try. it's a great brew to sample, but not one i am going to session. but then, i dont session anything anymore except samplers.... so i'm going with giving this one a score of 94 overall due to the pour and the taste. glad i tried it; will recommend it to others....

pkalix, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of smonice
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

smonice, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of aszatk01
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

aszatk01, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of lillitnn92
4/5  rDev +3.4%

lillitnn92, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of chickenflea
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a partly cloudy light caramel color with a tall off-white persistent head. Chunky lacing. Besides the aroma of the Belgian yeast, the predominant aromas are apricot, clove, white pepper and a touch of baseball glove leather. The taste is mildly sweet, but more fruity sweetness than sugar sweetness. Mildly tart and softly bitter. Medium-bodied. The grains show up in the finish, although I would say the taste is more of raw grain than cooked or roasted. Clean finish. The texture is soft. Body is medium. Medium carbonation. A pleasant beer that really tastes at around 55 degrees F. A very approachable brew from one of my favorite American breweries.

chickenflea, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of Gagnonsux
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Gagnonsux, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

CheapBeerBuzz, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of tigg924
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: two inch head, high carbonation, gold in color, clear

Smell: apricot, hay, and funk

Taste: big apricot, some tropical fruit, honey, and funkiness

Mouthfeel: moderate body, funky and slightly sweet, high carbonation

Overall: This to me tastes like an above average to average slightly sweet biere de garde. Not much stands out to me about this. Yes it is good and I would not turn it down, however I will not rush out to get another either.

tigg924, Dec 10, 2012
Scythe & Sickle from Brewery Ommegang
85 out of 100 based on 962 ratings.