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Scythe & Sickle - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 839
Reviews: 204
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 28
Gots: 45 | 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 dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very slightly hazy orangish amber in color with some reddish highlight and very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a large thick patch in the middle with a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of grainy malts, Belgian yeast, rye, and spicy hops.

T: There are strong malty flavors to this beer with some grainy flavors. Additionally, there are some spicy rye flavors and Belgian yeast that contribute some light amounts of bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Quite dry.

O: I like the contribution of the rye to add the additional spicy flavors to this beer. Easy to drink and a nice autumn beer. Enjoyable and one to have next year.

dbrauneis, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of Thomas_Picton
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Thomas_Picton, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a very pretty beer. In a pint glass it was a hazy amber color that was beautifully carbonated. There was a thick fluffy white head with a good deal of lace.

Kind of a fresh, outdoors aroma. Grainy and sweet.

The grainy aroma turned out to be rye and oatmeal. Spicy. A bit of grassy hops.

Very smooth and drinkable.

I hope this stays on tap for a while at Pigs Fly.

lordofthewiens, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of PlasteredRogue2
4/5  rDev +3.6%

PlasteredRogue2, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of mjtiernan
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

mjtiernan, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of Ryan011235
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 10/6/12

Fairly deep amber color with rustic highlights. A smooth, two and a half finger head deflates slowly leaving behind thick webs of lace which form into dense rings. Good retention overall.

When poured, oats were the first thing I smelled; reminiscent of Cheerios dust. Once the dust settles (ahem) fruity notions take hold, offering a mild tanginess. Pepper and clove overtones. Wheat and hints of rye emerge after a few minutes. Some prairie grass, too.

The flavor has a more robust grain bill than I was expecting based on the aroma, and this is a good thing. Lots of oats and rye with hints of wheat mingling below with a soft clove note. Mild, earthy hops add a touch grit. This tastes really good.

The body is a focused medium; easily drinkable and well-proportioned. At first the carbonation came across as too much for the intricacies of the beer. That said, this beer opens up quickly, with carbonation reduced to a more appropriate level.

Scythe & Sickle caught my interest as soon as I saw it, but I was reluctant to pull the trigger on the 4 pack. After picking up a single bottle, I'm starting to think I should have picked up more.

Ryan011235, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of mlazzaro
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Raging carbonation for a 12 oz bottle (bottle conditioned). Clear light amber color. Poured incredibly viscous looking. I have to assume there is rye or wheat from the looks of the pour. Super dense mountainous foamy head. Holds up like a fxxxin' champ! Exceptional looking beer.

Smell is musky and a lot of grains. Kind of a funky smelling beer. Smells like a horse barn.

Tastes very spicy. From rye and yeast I assume. Foamy head helps to smooth out the mouthfeel. I can note the booze event though it is not outrageously high. I really wouldn't call this "lightly hopped". I love hoppy beers :) - the bitterness is dominant in the flavor profile. It tastes like it was designed to be aged, and one must add lots of hops to do so.

After reading the label.... the spiciness is very obviously the rye. Good example of what can be done with the ingredient. I enjoyed this beer.

I think this beer will age out very well. I would cellar this one for a bit to smooth out the bitterness and alcohol.

mlazzaro, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of rapidsequence
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle from Neds.

Appearance: Pours an orange amber with some chill haze. A real deal Belgian head with sticky, sparkly lacing. Good looking beer.

Smell: Sweet and toasty malt. Some light fruity esters like pear or apple, and some slightly darker fruit as well. The yeast aroma is wonderful, bready, slightly musty.

Taste: Really like this. The flavor of the yeast is prominent and as above-- very bready and a little musty and peppery without being otherwise funky. Sweet malt flavors and some toast. A bit of spicy rye near the back end along with a bit of clean, herbal hop flavor and a touch of bitterness rounds it out almost perfectly.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy. Fairly clean finish with the exception of some nice lingering yeasty flavor. Feels big for a biere de garde.

Overall: One of the biggest surprises for me in months. Just a great beer, and very well suited for the fall season.

rapidsequence, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +3.6%

SocalKicks, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of jsurfs82
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

jsurfs82, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cool new lables and cool new brews from Ommegang.Poured into my Ommegang chalice a brilliant a deep orange infused lighter amber with a spot on one finger white crown that left multiple chunks of lace behind as it settles into a soapy-like mass atop.Toasted grain notes in the nose along with light phenols and a hint of pepper,light aromas but decnet enough.The toasted grain comes out again on the palate with a little phenolic yeastiness and a faint shot of spice from the rye.I think this is a good alternative to the pumpkin and Oktoberfest fall beers out there,it's not in your face with big flavors but a smooth easy drinking table beer.I could drink alot of this.

oberon, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of Gehrig13
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Gehrig13, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of JasonSiedman
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

JasonSiedman, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of jfcaa193
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

jfcaa193, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of rTheory
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

rTheory, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of Gww1864
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Gww1864, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of SlainteAlbanyNY
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

SlainteAlbanyNY, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of Willytee3
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Willytee3, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Gambrinus1184, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of Halcyondays
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Halcyondays, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

oriolesfan4, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of JonIrabagon
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

JonIrabagon, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of kreming
5/5  rDev +29.5%

kreming, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of claspada
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

claspada, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of corneliustoad
4/5  rDev +3.6%

corneliustoad, Oct 04, 2012
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