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Scythe & Sickle - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 881
Reviews: 206
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 30
Gots: 53 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

WynnO, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of UncleJimbo
4/5  rDev +3.6%

UncleJimbo, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of mactrail
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful amber glowing color. Vast, rich foam in the Affligem chalice. Champagne bubbles. I hate to give anything five points, but this brew wins the beauty contest of 2012.

Initial taste is a little surprising for how dry this is. After a while some malty sweetness does emerge, rather shy, delicate, and fruity. The Belgian yeast flavor comes through, so familiar from a lot of recent tasting. Subtle aroma of roast malt and that yeast. If anything, it's a little more subtle than the typical actual Belgians. The bitterness towards the end is exactly in the Belgian style, and becomes quite distinct. Green apples and something like gooseberries. A hint of home-baked yeasty bread.

I didn't care so much for this at first sip, but it is hard to find fault once you slip into the flavors and seductive sudsiness. From the four-pack bought at Best Damn Beer Store in San Diego.

mactrail, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of prototypic
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scythe & Sickle is amber in color. It looks a tad hazy. There are a few loose yeast particles swimming about. Backlighting reveals some nice orange highlights and gives it more of a copper look. It’s topped with an enormous off-white head that easily stands over three fingers tall. It’s very slow to recede, leaving a very thick, stick web of lace trailing down the glass. Very impressive.

The nose is a little on the weak side, but is pretty good. It kicks off with a biscuity malt scent. Given that and the rye, it definitely has a strong “bread” vibe going for it. The rye also adds just a hint of a spicy note. Smells a bit toasty, grainy, and earthy. There are some additional spices that emerge late. Perhaps a bit of pepper and clove. Alcohol doesn’t seem to be much of a factor at all. Not much of a surprise given its modest abv. Not bad at all.

The flavor is just a notch better than the nose. It’s good stuff. It definitely has a strong biscuity, bread-like flavor that resonates throughout. Makes for a nice malt base. In addition to bolstering the biscuity, bready flavor, rye adds a spicy twist. Tastes good. Spicy notes of clove and pepper are also apparent. It is very earthy, grainy, and toasty throughout. The flavor is definitely reminiscent of a “harvest.” Alcohol is virtually buried. Finishes earthy, bready, and spicy. It might seem simple and straight forward, but it is tasty.

The body is on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation looks active, but the bubbles feel very light and soft. This stuff goes down nice and easy. I could handle another bottle or two.

Scythe & Sickle is a nice fall beer. I like it. Its strong earthy, grainy, and bread-like flavors combine to make a really nice flavor and are very reminiscent of the fall season. It’s good stuff. If it lacks anything, it’s flash. I happen to like that about it. Definitely worth grabbing if you see it.

prototypic, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of darcange
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

darcange, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of hpthebull
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

hpthebull, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of dsauter
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

dsauter, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of KCM
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

KCM, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of Zach136
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Zach136, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of Keith_R
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Keith_R, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of JohnK17
4/5  rDev +3.6%

JohnK17, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of emilylee
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

emilylee, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of RuckusDu
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.

RuckusDu, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of SpicyPrice
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

SpicyPrice, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of DBosco
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

DBosco, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of spoony
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.

spoony, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of hpeli
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

hpeli, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of Danobold
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Danobold, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of BlackBearForge
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.

BlackBearForge, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of imperialking
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

imperialking, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of superspak
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.

superspak, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of shand
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.

shand, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of horshack7
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.

horshack7, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of colforbin73
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

colforbin73, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of WoodburyMN
4/5  rDev +3.6%

WoodburyMN, Oct 22, 2012
Scythe & Sickle from Brewery Ommegang
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