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Scythe & Sickle - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 1,047
Reviews: 229
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 34
Gots: 87 | 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:
Beer added by: MLasoski on 08-27-2012

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.”
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Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top with nice (I, for one, enjoy the new artwork) label. Bottled July 2012, best by July 2014. Poured into a Waterford Marquis oversized wine glass.

Appearance: This is the rich color of hardened amber, with lots of ultra-fine sediment in suspension. A beautiful, glossy, and creamy eggshell head sticks around a long time and leaves some thick, patchy lace. Overall, quite a nice looking beer.

Smell: Earthy, sweetly malty, slightly spicy, with an ever-so-slight funky, fruity edge. Perhaps just a kiss of herbal, grassy hops on the finish? Overall, nice.

Taste: With sweet candy and toasted malt notes up front, this is sweet but at the same time, well-attenuated and it ends dry. There's a spicy, slightly sharp graininess, likely from the inclusion of rye flakes. Lightly earthy malts, with a firm, clean bitterness and just a hint of cellar. Toasty and grainy, malty, medium-bitter, and fairly light in terms of esters.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium-bodied.

Overall: A nice, slightly different, take on the Biere de Garde style. I'd say this is worth the $9.99 a 4-pk it costs, and it will be interesting to see how it evolves over the next year or so.

88 = B+

Photo of Alek
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasant satisfying brew. A small retained head. Above average mouthfeel. Good drinkability, a meal in itself. Moderately yeasty. Very good for the style, reminds me of some Three Floyds creations. Satisfying. Slight edgy tartness. Suitably carbonated. Dry finish.

Photo of homebrew311
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass. Appearance is a dark gold with nice clarity. 2 fingers of pillowy white head upon pour with dissipates to a thin layer that sticks around nicely. Heavy lacing left behind. The nose starts with bread and yeast quality with some Belgian farmhouse quality. Candied lemon and light acidic notes come through. Taste is bright and fruity with floral esters, lemon, orange, and sugar. Towards the end there is a slight tartness with a somewhat bready finish. Mouthfeel is medium with high carbonation. Decent offering of the style, plenty of clean flavors.

Photo of Lambocalrisien
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of MikeF11
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of ironstein
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Lovely85
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of falloutsnow
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: None on bottle (released in fall, 2012)
Glass: New Belgium globe

Note: Not to be aged: one year (fall 2012 in fall 2013) in a cold, dark cellar still led to a flattening of the aromas (just a mild Brettanomyces and grainy sweetness) and flavors (slightly oxidized, muted phenols, light caramel malt sweetness). Pretty sad, when I recall this being such an interesting beer.

Scythe & Sickle is an excellent autumnal Belgian ale that features well-blended Belgian yeast characters with its diverse grains and European hops. I drank the beer effortlessly, and enjoyed each moment of doing so. A solid offering from Ommegang that works well in the fall, but is tasty enough to enjoy in any season.

Pours a generous 2.1cm tall head of slightly off-white, small bubbles which make up a fairly dense-looking foam. Head retention is above average, lasting about two minutes as it declines to a thin cap atop the body of the beer. The lacing it leaves is quite good, rune-like etchings and patterns coat the inner walls of the glass. The beer's body is a reddish-orange-brown color, perhaps copper with stronger red tint. Light brings out brighter orange tones. Carbonation is easily visible and quite vigorous through the slightly hazy body.

Aroma is of Belgian yeast (slight funk), mashed grains (primariy oats and corn), with modest bubblegum and phenolics (clove, "spice"). The scent definitely makes itself known and I can see how this fits in quite well with an autumnal atmosphere and feeling.

The flavors are well-mixed between the yeast, grains, phenolic byproducts and slight spiciness from hop usage. Front of palate picks up Belgian yeast with slight wet hay, wet mashed grains, phenolics and bubblegum. Mid-palate finds mashed grains; a bit of spicy pepperiness; Belgian yeast with wet, moldy hay; slightly medicine-cabinet like. Back of palate discovers slight tartness, continued wet grains, a bit of coconut (don't ask me how...), Belgian yeast with hay characters, and modest phenolics. Aftertaste is similar to very yeasty bread dough, with mild bitterness and phenolics.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body, with carbonation of medium-high intensity, creating a fizzy, crisp beer that foams up somewhat on the palate, remaining crisp, but developing a smoother mouthfeel as the duration of the sip increases. Closes semi-dry, with very little stickiness remaining on the palate.

Photo of sommersb
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 02-02-2013
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Ommegang cervoise glass
Purchased: Single from Whole Foods, Nashville

Clear amber/golden color in the pour, with a massive white head showing both excellent lacing and retention. Aromas have spiciness of rye malt, fruit sweetness, herbal hops and the spiced smells of Belgian yeast.

The taste starts with spices and is then followed by some caramel malts. The herbal hops add a moderate amount of bittering. Overall a fairly dry beer. Medium-bodied, with a high carbonation level. Finishes dry, with aftertastes of spice and light bitterness.

All in all, a solid lighter-ABV Belgian ale. Another quality brew from Ommegang.

Photo of tempest
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from EuroMarket for about $3. It's poured orange-amber with little floaties and a long-lasting white head. The beer is surprisingly dry and bitter, but I guess that's appropriate. There's a big spicy, peppery finish with orange peel and light caramel up front. The aroma is fruitier with a little pear and apricot over doughy grain and toast. It is an earthy, herbal Belgian, and it really needs to warm to cellar temp for the edgier notes to balance out. It's certainly interesting, but I might not want to go through an entire 6-pack. Still, glad I tried it.

Photo of mychalg9
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Chuck_25
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Tschnab
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of JRod1969
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Camel242000
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of StevenH
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of clayrock81
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a clearish gold with reddish tints with a solid head and lace combo. Earthy, piney, wet resiny hops are prevalent and so is the rye malt. Bready as well, getting very little sweetness and wheaty, yeast tones but they're in there. Light to medium bodied, with a mix taste of the rye that gives it a fuller body and that bready edge as well, along with some fluffy yeast and floral hops as well as mild sweetness. Easy passing beer that hits all the notes and is a great beer to session as well.

Photo of rcjennings
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of e30todamax
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Beaver13
2.73/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy orange amber with a monstrous rocky white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is subdued - grainy malts and a little fruit with some floral perfumey hops.

The flavor is sweet grainy malts, a little fruit and a little rye with a medium bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, it's a decent amber but a bit uninteresting and pricey at $11 per 4 pack.

Photo of pknyc
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of ummswimmin
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into my tulip glass. I immediately got a ton of foam (over four fingers). The coloring on this beer is a hazy, dark orange.

Off the top I smell pilsner and harvest presence. There is a lot of lager flavors in the nose.

The flavor is very malty. There is also a decent amount of spices. The balance is a little off, where the bitterness is more present than expected.

This is a decent beer. I wouldn't go out of my way for this beer, but if it is on tap or on a menu I would try it out.

Scythe & Sickle from Brewery Ommegang
87 out of 100 based on 1,047 ratings.