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Scythe & Sickle - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 854
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 29
Gots: 47 | 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 rondufresne
4/5  rDev +3.6%

rondufresne, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a very very unique beer, hopelessly underrated here on BA. it pours a murky orange color, somewhere between brass and tangerine, with a bold white lace on top a few inches tall. it smells very fruity. not sure if its fruit juice or if its from the yeast, but it takes on an almost tropical vibe. the flavor is way more hoppy than i expected. maybe one of the hoppiest ommegang beers ive had. its bitter citric hops and they are all in the finish. the yeast provides some musty fruit tones, while the malt offers a late hay harvest flavor. mouthfeel is fantastic, its velvet when you drink it, with very bright but round carbonation, not prickly at all. finish is long and complex, contemplative. i had this at the cheeky monk on colfax last night, and i suggest you get down there for a glass of this before its gone!

StonedTrippin, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Common Table.

The beer pours a golden color with a white head. I get a lot of grain notes in the aroma, with a hint of yeast and some grass. The flavor is fairly dry with a lot of the husky grain notes. I also get some grass and earth from the hops as well as some spices and some yeast. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of barnzy78
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, pours amber with a tall, slightly off-white fluffy head, great retention & amazing lacing down the glass. Aromas are filled with nice fruity overtones from the Belgian yeast with banana, spice, earthiness. Tastes are earthy, nice Belgian estery fruitiness, banana, orange rind, spicy rye, grain. Mouth-feel is medium, very smooth; perfect carbonation, which allows flavors to dance onthe palate. Overall, excellent offering from Ommegang. I would pick this up again if I came across it. Downfall is that it was rather pricy.

barnzy78, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of TheNightwatchman
4/5  rDev +3.6%

TheNightwatchman, Oct 20, 2012
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.

nickfl, Oct 20, 2012
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.

alexgash, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of rm9679
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

rm9679, Oct 19, 2012
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.

justintcoons, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of MASPuros
4/5  rDev +3.6%

MASPuros, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of st9647v3
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

st9647v3, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of RES
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

RES, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of mikeg67
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.

mikeg67, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of Liverpool08
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Liverpool08, Oct 16, 2012
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.

srhoadsy, Oct 16, 2012
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.

champ103, Oct 16, 2012
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?

donkeyrunner, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of CWhite
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

CWhite, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of miked234
4/5  rDev +3.6%

miked234, Oct 15, 2012
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.

cpetrone84, Oct 15, 2012
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.

acevenom, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of mportnoy
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

mportnoy, Oct 15, 2012
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.

rangerred, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of eridiorya
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

eridiorya, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of adkrogue
4/5  rDev +3.6%

adkrogue, Oct 14, 2012
Scythe & Sickle from Brewery Ommegang
87 out of 100 based on 854 ratings.