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Scythe & Sickle - Brewery Ommegang

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87
very good

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Ratings: 1,070
Reviews: 234
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 35
Gots: 106 | 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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Ratings: 1,070 | Reviews: 234
Photo of beernads
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of teromous
3.08/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper color with an enormous white head. Loads of carbonation, and crazy good lacing. Tons of carbonation bubbles visible through the slightly hazy body.

S: I don't smell much of anything. I get a hint of what smells like old flowers in a vase, but that's unfortunately all there is.

T: Very mellow malt characters and a slightly earthy hop character. The malt comes across a bit like rustic bread. I get some Belgian yeast character, which probably stands out the most in this beer. I could be wrong, but that's what it tastes like to me.

M: Mouthfeel is medium to light, with very light bitterness and some very light astringency (emphasize "very light" because it is noticeable but not strong). Feels very wet but not filling.

O: Overall I thought this was a pretty good beer. It would make a good session beer, but it's not something I would go out of my way to buy. I felt it could have used more flavor from the grain and less from the yeast. It seems like the rye is a bit unpronounced, the oats don't come through in the body, and the wheat doesn't seem to contribute much (maybe the head?).
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Photo of RoninTK3
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A nice golden/orange hazy color with a thin layer of head that leaves some lacing behind.

S - Very nice, probably the best quality of the beer. Sweet fruits like peaches, apples, and pears. A bit citrusy.

T - Wheat, grains, dark fruits. Sweet with a hint of bitterness. Not incredible, but this is a very drinkable beer.

M - Medium body with a lot of carbonation and a flavor that doesn't linger for long.

O - This is a very nice beer. I'm not always a fan of the style, but I like this quite a bit. For the price I'd easily pick this up again and recommend it to others.

Photo of DarrellK
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of animal69
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: two finger foamy head with lacing on a cloudy copper with golden hues body.

S: both dark and citrus fruits, yeast mustiness, champagne, caramel malts.

T: spicy, red apple, caramel, champagne, breads, citrus and banana, yeast. The earthy flavors and hops round this one off in the finish.

M: medium body and high carbonation with a dry finish.

Overall: Nice fruity and spicy brew. I was surprised I was able to get the earthiness out of this one which is well pronounced in the finish. Complex and dynamic, a must try.

Photo of SLeffler27
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A white, long lasting froth fills the top of the oversized wine glass before leaving patchy lacing over a dark amber to coppery-hazed honey beer.

Opens with earthiness and pepper, followed by old leather, banana, celery and light citrus.

Flavor is a light combination of bitterness and tartness that overall makes for a nice, earthy profile.

The body is medium to full with soft prickly carbonation and a silky texture.

This is a cozy beer, suitable for cuddling on a cool night by the fire. The autumn season is captured in this bottle.

Photo of jmathis
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of tastybeer
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very attractive pour... Glowey deep orange color with a bountiful foamy head. Good retention + nice clumpy lace. Aroma is crisp malt and fruit. Apples, honey-like, fresh grains, and floral notes. Very pleasant sniffing. Flavors are good as well. Refreshing, fruity, lightly phenolic, and plenty of fresh toasty cracker malts. Body is a solid medium. Good carbonation prickle combined with a dry and ever-so-slightly gritty texture make for a delightful mouthfeel. I enjoy this.

Photo of duobob
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of wedge
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber-gold with a lovely, thick, frothy head that drops to a lovely, lumpy topping. Soft, doughy malt and flowery hops, mild toasted caramel, and earthiness in the aroma. Dry, earthy, malty, almost nutty flavor...apple, spicy phenols, citrus peel, and light herbal characteristics. Medium-plus bodied, drying, and crisp. Pretty nice, as usual, from Ommegang...

Photo of jbarra101
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of lancecenter
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of CJS
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of tone77
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy dark golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is sweet, malty, some fruits. Taste is delicious. Fruits, spice, mats, loaded with flavor, complex and refreshing. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a high quality beer.

Photo of King_KongDCO93
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of MRsojourner
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

aroma is of the pilsner type like corn bread and strong caramel. beautiful amber copper color appearance with great clarity and no yeast to be seen in the bottle.
The caramel flavor is what hits at first followed by rich bready notes that finishes with a touch of pepper and spice although its muted fairly quickly leaving just a touch of residual pepper behind. it closes dry and leaves you wanting some more.
I appreciate the use of rye in this but I wish the yeast and rye were a bit louder. it's almost to clean for my liking but obviously its and very well made beer just a bit lackluster imo

Photo of MADPolo
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of JellyJacket
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A pale rustic orange shows a strong rate of carbonation filling the glass. A monumental 3+ finger sturdy cream colored head shows a pitted surface while leaving a generous amount of lace coverage. Head retention was long lasting.

S: Aroma was hard to get to due to the lengthy retention of the head. Upon receeding signs of wet bread, yeasty character with some wheat and flour hints. Not very strong would be its drawback.

T: Flavor was grainy, toasty, yeasty and sweet with hints of muskiness and banana. Wheat with a touch of sweet munich grains is lightly toasted upon the fade. Some flowery hops show up.

M: Toasted warmth on the mouthful, good show of carbonation, creamy texture, solid feel.

O: Overall grainy, toasty, yeasty, and of course cleanly brewed providing for multiples.

Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of puboflyons
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on December 16, 2012.

It pours a bronze copper-amber with a tremendous fluffy off-white head that settles after a few moments.

The aroma exhibits esters of Belgian candied sugar, grainy pale malts, and a slight floral hop note.

The body is medium, smooth but also a little astringent.

This tastes a lot like a Belgian Tripel without the citrus zing. It has more of a sweet caramel malt start with pepper and cloves playing up the rear and lingering momentarily on the palate. I am not sure if I would call it a harvest ale but it is quite tasty no matter how you define it.

Photo of derricksmalls
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of pkalix
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

wow! what a head! what a beautiful, creamy, rich but light, beautiful (again) head. hazy orange with bubbles rising in the pilsner glass (yeah, i know, something else would have been a bit more appropriate).
smell is sweet, like a german hefe, yet with some fruity accent to it giving it an almost belgian strong ale aroma.
taste is (again) like a belgian ale, and with a little wheat-iness to it. lots of malt. says there is oat and barley, but the taste is more of a higher abv'd belgian....
mouthfeel... kind of heavy, but still quite clean and refreshing.
overall... a superb try. it's a great brew to sample, but not one i am going to session. but then, i dont session anything anymore except samplers.... so i'm going with giving this one a score of 94 overall due to the pour and the taste. glad i tried it; will recommend it to others....

Photo of smonice
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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