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Scythe & Sickle - Brewery Ommegang

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87
very good

799 Ratings
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Ratings: 799
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 21
Gots: 36 | 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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Gww1864

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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

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%

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.

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

California

3.63/5  rDev -6%

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.

10-05-2012 22:14:09 | More by Halcyondays
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

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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kreming

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%

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.

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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subhumans15

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%

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.

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%

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.

10-03-2012 00:16:34 | More by AdamBear
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markgoodman10

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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

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%

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.

10-02-2012 03:20:15 | More by larryi86
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tlazaroff

Virginia

3.33/5  rDev -13.7%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +1%

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.

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

Kansas

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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

Texas

3.68/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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!

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

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

09-30-2012 01:29:14 | More by monnik
Scythe & Sickle from Brewery Ommegang
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