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Scythe & Sickle - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 1,030
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 31
Gots: 85 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a tulip glass.

L - hazed orange/amber color with a fluffy white head that stayed as a layer leaving thick streaks of lacing.

S - earthy hops, spices and yeast.

T - very nice blend of spices, sweet malt, earthy hops and yeast taking my tastebuds on an enjoyable journey.

F - light/medium bodied with moderate carbonation and easy drinkability.

O - a good example of the style.

Photo of rolive
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of fmccormi
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straight pour from 12oz pry-off bottle to a 25cl Duvel Single tulip; a bottling date of September 4, 2012 and a freshness date of September 4, 2014 are printed in black ink (“PKG ON 09/04/12 BEST BY 09/04/14”) on the shoulder of the bottle.

Appearance (4.5): Scythe & Sickle pours with a very attractive, 3.5-finger head that’s just off-white and composed of some very fine, fluffy foam before it dies down, taking its sweet-ass time to do so. The body is a medium amber with deep orange hues, offering a nice chill haze but nothing cloudy by any stretch. A few spots and a couple of broad legs of lace stick around, with much better than average head retention.

Smell (4.0): The malt smells rich and somewhat sweet without being sugary or heavy-handed: some warm, rich barley and a little bit of rye, some of the fruitiness of wheat malt, and I’m sure the oats are in there but their smoothness evades me right now. The yeast adds an unexpectedly nice and very natural complement to the malt, warm and fruity and mildly spicy (and distinctively Ommegang’s house strain) all at once. Very nice.

Taste (4.0): The malt doesn’t come across as quite as rich as in the nose, but rather smoother and sturdier in different ways. The rye stands up a bit more, the barley switches to more of an undertone, the oats remain quiet, and the wheat’s fruitiness shifts towards a mildly tart, lemony character. Still, very tasty. Ommegang’s yeast character is less noticeable than in the nose but still complements the malt bill in the same ways: rich, spicy, and fruity, and I think it accentuates that tart wheat character, amplifying that lemon tone. More flavor and character than might be expected for the size (5.8% ABV) of the beer.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Excellent feel, this is smooth and just on the full side of medium-bodied, but the carbonation is smooth and lush and full—almost velvety. Wonderful complement to the body. And, the head retention adds a smoothness do the body as it passes your lips.

Overall (4.0): Honestly, I’m tempted to bump this up to 4.5—but it’s not near-perfect. It’s more like a 4.25, overall. Very smooth, with more complexity and depth than anticipated for the size of the beer, and its composition is very nicely done for the style. I could see this being an excellent pairing for a wide variety of foods. Very tasty, and worth picking up if you like ambers and / or Ommegang’s yeastiness. And evidently, that includes me.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of ngeunit1
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy amber-orange with a finger of frothy slightly off-white head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of caramel malts, grapefruit, pine, and floral hops, oats, spicy rye, and some bready malts.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet caramel malts with some grapefruit hops, spicy rye, and some oats. Through the middle, some pine and lightly spicy hops come through with some bitterness alongside some bready malts. The finish is a mix of pine and floral hops, some bitterness, some bready malts, spicy rye, and oats.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, lightly bitter, and spicy.

D - Very drinkable. Good overall balance and complexity. Like the rye.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of BB1313
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 07/25/12; best by 07/2014.12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a transparent burnt orange and has a huge fluffy white head that sticks around and leaves very sticky lacing. Looks perfect like most of Ommegang's beers. The aromas are full of cherries and bubblegum. There's also a touch of banana peel. The flavors match the nose, but has a nice bitterness to it. The hop bitterness is there. There's also a nice spiciness coming from the rye. There's also subtle hints of black pepper. I'm picking up more cherries as well with a touch of wheat. Mouthfeel is spectacular. It's light, fluffy, creamy, smooth, and has moderate carbonation, making this dangerously drinkable. This is a fun, easy drinking beer. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

This is just another really good beer from Ommegang. Very reminiscent of a Belgian Pale Ale. It's a classic example of what they're all about. Great beer.

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3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Crystal clear orange body with a yellow hue. Lacey white head coats glass.

S: Toasty malts and earthy hops present, far from overbearing. Orange sherbet.

T/M: Wonderful hop presence, full of earthy flavors. Smells like a hop garden, grass, pine and dirt. Toasted malts linger on palate. Mouthfeel is light and flavors are calm making for easy drinking. Almost taste too watered down, very thin body.

O: Not the most familiar with style. Taste like a pale ale with a Belgian influence and a lighter body than an APA. Enjoyable, recommend to break someone into Belgian beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of LeRose
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not sure I get this one. Nice color, coppery reddish. Not much head, foamy, a little lacing. Lots of malt aroma and taste, some citrus, hops kind of laid back. Get the bready taste, not too much carbonation yet slightly refreshing. Good drinker for a Fall afternoon, but I don’t find anything special about it. Perfectly good product, though.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of brewskifan55
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Opaque amber with a fluffy tan one finger head that lingers. Great lacing.

S: Malty, grainy, Belgian yeast. Light hops. Fresh.

T: Smooth. A nice mix of malts and yeast. Robust and roasty. Light rye finish.

M: Medium, smooth, creamy.

O: Distinct and well brewed. Wish I'd bought more than one. This is a new favorite.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Beware: my bottle was a gusher...

Large off-white soapy head. Very cloudy orange color in the brew. Lacing is spotty.

Tons of wheat and banana. it's hard to get much more. The wheat is overpowering.

Carbonation really takes a lot away from this brew; it's way too high. Bitterness is a bit odd too. Wheat/rye is nice and well flavored.

A bit of a toss up if I could recommend this brew... It's distracting in appearance and mouthfeel, but it's nose and flavors draw you back for the next sip. This brew could stand to be better blended, but it is refreshing once the carbonation has died down.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Scythe & Sickle from Brewery Ommegang
87 out of 100 based on 1,030 ratings.