1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Scythe & Sickle - Brewery Ommegang

Not Rated.
Scythe & SickleScythe & Sickle

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

781 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 781
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 20
Gots: 34 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 781 | Reviews: 201 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of tlazaroff


3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The nose brings a nice spiciness that comes off of the rye. It's earthy, malty, and has a hint of caramel which brings a nice sweetness to the aroma.

Dark amber and hazy in color, topped by a fluffy pillow-like light tan head. Lacing looks good as it's consumed.

Coriander (really, Ommegang, enough with the coriander already) is extremely prominent in the flavor, it's the first thing I pick out and it is the most persistant flavor well through the finish. There is a nice drying spiciness on the finish too. Loads of carbonation and a light mouthfeel make this relatively hard to drink just because it foams up on your palate so much. Its alright over-all, I wish the flavor delivered what the aroma promised.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 16:44:08 | More by tlazaroff
Photo of muletrane


4/5  rDev +3.6%

10-01-2012 01:11:31 | More by muletrane
Photo of jlindros


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

Pours a huge frothy head that rises up just over the top of the glass but doesn't over flow, fades at a med pace at first then slows with nice spotty lacing, over mostly clear cranberry reddish orange colored beer.

Nose has a Belgian yeast aroma, some light floral spices, plenty of esters and fruity aromas, earthy, hint of phenols, grainy malts, light caramel, light sweet candy aroma, some dark fruits hint of raisin like.

Taste brings more of the same, starting with an earthy dirty like yeast taste, Belgian yeast for sure, some sweet candy flavors, candi sugar, with nice esters and fruity, that makes me want to think that booze will come but it doesn't, dark fruits again fig, raisins, light plum, etc. Then light phenol, some light nutty like malt and bit of caramel, grainy, with a hint of yeasty flavor. Finish is drier but still a bit sweet candy flavors, more dark fruits, candy, esters, light phenols, etc.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, wants to have booze but doesn't actually come, and good carb.

Overall pretty good, nice Belgian dark ale, typical flavors, nicely done, it keeps wanting to be heavier with more booze but the booze never comes, and I kinda want it to now. Maybe a double version of this for winter would be perfect.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 00:21:17 | More by jlindros
Photo of Hellpop65


4/5  rDev +3.6%

09-30-2012 21:51:59 | More by Hellpop65
Photo of depechemode1983


3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange bronze in color with a thick rocky head. Tons of lacing around the glass as well. The nose is soft with lots of floral tones and light citrus hops. There's a good amount of wheat as well giving it a sorta dryness. Wheat and citrus upfront in the taste with a mild caramel sweetness that starts off in the middle and carries to the end. Simple but very tasty. The mouth feel is extremely soft with pleasant carbonation. Overall a really great beer. It's very drinkable. Not terrible complex but it has just enough character to keep the palate interested.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 16:09:32 | More by depechemode1983
Photo of DrDemento456


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

A - Looks very dark (especially for under 6%) hazy golden brown with a hefty full inch of sticky opaque colored head. Nice.

S - Smells like a weizenbock with strong candied banana, touch of fruity yeasts, and a mild twang of hops.

T - I really enjoy the wheat character in this which comes out in the finish. Banana and fruit flavors are mild and the body is a touch heavy but it taste pretty good. Hops and finish is crisp and enjoyable.

M - Medium yet very bubbly and crisp. Quite a weird combination for the Belgium Dark ale style but it's enjoyable.

Overall these guys made quite a good beer. Sure it's not as sessionable as say the BPA but its still one smooth dark ale with great wheat character. And to those who think the alcohol is heavy and cloying, man up!

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 02:44:45 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of monnik


3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

09-30-2012 01:29:14 | More by monnik
Photo of Amalak

New York

3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Redish bronze with a huge foamy white head and a ton of lacing. Semi-opaque, with few bubbles.

S. Heavy malt and alcohol.

T. Very strong alcohol. Malty. Very heavy and the sour in the back of the throat is a bit off putting.

M. Tingly on the tongue, with a tart aftertaste.

O. A bit too heavy on the alcohol taste. It's OK, but could use some aging.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 01:29:05 | More by Amalak
Photo of korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into tulip.

A- Clear dark orange pour with a two fingers merengue off white head. Lacing is sticky and chunky.

S- Bananas, cloves, spicy yeast, some coriander and some cinnamon.

T- Bananas, cloves, spicy yeast, some black pepper, lemon rind, oranges and a touch of cereal grains.

M- Light to medium body, good carbonation with a slightly sticky finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 22:18:00 | More by korguy123
Photo of JAHMUR


3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

09-29-2012 18:25:45 | More by JAHMUR
Photo of DavidST


3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. This pours a hazy golden color with a massive foamy white head which has good retention. The smells are of fruity yeast esters, banana, grass hops. The feel is medium high carbonation. The taste is pretty good some yeast esters, a little grass hops, some ripe fruit.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 01:58:14 | More by DavidST
Photo of escapegoat


4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'm kinda surprised to see mixed reviews on this one. I was planning on brewing a very similar beer for the fall - basically a Rye Saison that included a bit of oat silkiness and wheat tang. I was planning on going heavier on the rye and a different family of hops. I'm glad I picked it up because now I have a really balanced version of what I was planning on brewing to start as a reference point.

The taste is really great - quaffable and complex with the wheat standing out relative to the rye or oat. The head on this beer is among the best I've seen. I'll be going back for some more.

I believe the style listed for the beer might be steering people in the wrong direction. This beer is more saison or farmhouse than any other style. Tastes like a Belgian Ardennes yeast, but has a bit of saison-y pepper to it.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 01:38:30 | More by escapegoat
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

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

couldn't resist picking this one up locally when i saw it on the shelf. enjoyed from an ommegang tulip.

a - brew poured a murky semi transparent mahogany with 3 full fingers of big yeasty head. looks like an ommegang beer for sure. even visible carbonation could be seen creeping to the surface of the brew when held to the light. something about an ommegang beer's presentation that always gets me. just looks the part of quality. though looks a bit light for a belgian dark ale. would expect some more purple in there, but hey, still looks great. lacing is sticky and massive.

s - real nice yeast in the forefront. somewhat saison bubblegum intertwined with a metallic note or two. grainy with some banana and overall belgian pale ale scents. me thinks that this one may be categorized incorrectly. the bottle boasts a harvest ale with grains and rye.

t - spot on belgian. complex medley of fruits dancing the tango with bubblegum and clove. lots of ommegang yeast and a good amount of grain, rye standing out the most. some sage like spiciness.

m - nice body, medium. good carbonation. easy drinker...not a belgian dark though.

o - overall, i'm an admitted ommegang fanboy and this was a nice surprise based on the mixed reviews. i enjoyed it thoroughly. distinct ommegang flavors and characteristics...belgian dark it is not...at least not a good take on that style so i think that must be incorrect, but as a beer from ommegang, not their best, but far from their worst. this is a tasty brew and if you like ommegang in general, you will probably dig this...if you don't like ommegang you will probably not like this as it really carries a lot of their vibe.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 00:14:45 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of tdmccarthy


3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

09-28-2012 11:57:42 | More by tdmccarthy
Photo of PEBKAC

New York

3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Single from Whole Foods. Duvel Tulip. Finally letting me split things up & buy singles. :D

Creamy, lathery head. Hazed, orange amber body.

Smell is all about oats & must. A slight twang in there too.

Frothy, beaded, tight carbonation.

Taste has sort of a Euro metallic thing going on. Toasty/grainy sweetness. Dull malt. Cheerios, & moderately sharp, pithy hops. Boring yeast. Earth. Dusty, dry finish. Missing something.

Seems more like a Bière de Garde, but it's not tasty enough for me to care if the listing gets revisited.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 04:37:17 | More by PEBKAC
Photo of metter98

New York

3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high off white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a finger high frothy layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of Belgian yeast, grainy malts and spices in the nose.
T: The overall taste is quite malty and also has some hints of yeast and spicy rye in the finish along with a very slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and relatively dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an enjoyable beer if you like something malty with Belgian yeast and some spicy rye. It’s not that difficult to drink and packs in a lot of flavors.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 02:37:01 | More by metter98
Photo of polishkaz


3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

09-28-2012 01:32:35 | More by polishkaz
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark bronze hue with a two finger frothy white head there was very good retention and outstanding lacing.

The smell featured earthy esters, a grassy hop and dark fruit.

The taste consisted of thin cereal grains, spicy esters and peppery and grassy hops.

The mouthfeel was full and creamy.

Overall a tasty and unique Belgian inspired ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 01:24:23 | More by plaid75
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a light red-orange with a two finger off-white head that subsided to half a finger very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, graham cracker, grain, and spice. The flavor was of sweet malt, grain, earth, graham cracker, and spice. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation that was almost chewy. Overall this was a fairly decent brew. Graham cracker? Where did this come from? While I was rather surprised to see this aspect come forward it just didn’t seem like it belonged with the rest of the brew. The flavor was really pretty average for the style though as it didn’t really stand out at all for me. I was hoping for a little more if I am honest, but was slightly letdown by this fact. Not sure if I would suggest this one to others, but it does make a good tick.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2012 10:44:39 | More by thagr81us
Photo of Kendo

New York

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

A: Poured from the bottle after a forceful hissss on popping the cap - into an Ommegang 10th Anniversary glass. Body is clear golden amber with a 1.5-finger bubbly white head - which leaves behind nice thick lacing.

S: Bready, with yeasty esthers and a touch of spice.

T: Belgian-type yeasty flavors: cloves, peppery spice and a hint of banana. Not a lot of malt characteristics, despite the label listing barley, oat and rye. I do get some rye spice on the way down. Lemony hops at the finish, but not enough bitterness to offset the yeasty, Belgian-type overall sense of this beer.

M: Comes across as fairly light - maybe too much so. Makes it very drinkable though.

O: A good, easy drinking beer with interesting Belgian-type yeasty flavors. Solid.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 02:21:04 | More by Kendo
Photo of joshtrich

New York

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

09-27-2012 01:26:51 | More by joshtrich
Photo of mattbk

New York

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

Appearance – Very carbonated, it popped with a loud hiss and then overflowed into my glass. Fairly clear for a naturally carbonated beverage. A beautiful golden/amber color, white head.
Smell – Nice Belgian aroma, similar to Hennepin saison yeast, not much else in the aroma.
Taste – Belgian yeast - cloves, lemony, spice, peppery. Not much in the way of malt character, despite the use of many adjunct malts in this beer. There is definitely a hop presence in this beer. I suspect the hops are making this beer a bit lemony, and bright. Very similar to a wit, with a bit more bitterness. Not extermely interesting, but very good nonetheless.
Mouthfeel – Medium-light. The oats, wheat, rye may be adding some color, and adding a bit of mouthfeel - but not very much. The beer is fairly dry, and quite drinkable.
Overall – Not amazing, but very good, easy drinking, I like the hop dimension as it complements the Belgian yeast flavor. I could drink several of these without a problem.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 00:32:17 | More by mattbk
Photo of Rifugium


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

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Slightly hazy pour, amber color, with a sturdy, foamy, white head; nice retention and lacing. Aroma of biscuity malts and sugar, spice and undertones of fruity esters. Similar taste, sweet malts and a dab of honey, clove, notes of banana and dried stone fruits, toasted grains, herbal hops; a touch medicinal. About medium in body, moderate carbonation. Not a bad beer, but nothing really memorable here.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2012 08:57:53 | More by Rifugium
Photo of Darkmagus82


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

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – Served a hazy copper-orange colored brew with a one finger white head. The head faded rather fast to leave a moderate amount of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is biscuity and yeasty with notes of banana, some dark fruit notes and a light caramel and citrus sweetness.

Taste – The taste begins with flavors of sweet caramel, rye bread and a biscuit like taste. As the flavor advances a lighter yeasty flavor comes to the tongue. The yeast is accompanied by some of the more classic spices associated with the Belgian style beer; peppery, clove and nutmeg. More toward the end some citrus flavors of a more lemon nature mixed with some banana flavors which combine with the rest to leave a pleasant sweet and sour malty flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body f the beer is rather average in terms of creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. It is actually quite a refreshing feel for the brew, making it rather easy to drink. It is also surprisingly nice for the rye and bready flavors when mixed with some of the sweeter caramel notes. Overall it was quite nice.

Overall – A very tasty beer with a fantastic feel and nice flavor transitions and tastes. It is definitely one to try if you get a chance.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2012 00:57:26 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of rolltide8425


4/5  rDev +3.6%

09-26-2012 00:42:35 | More by rolltide8425
Scythe & Sickle from Brewery Ommegang
87 out of 100 based on 781 ratings.