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Scythe & Sickle - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 1,050
Reviews: 229
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 34
Gots: 88 | 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:
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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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.

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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....

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of chickenflea
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a partly cloudy light caramel color with a tall off-white persistent head. Chunky lacing. Besides the aroma of the Belgian yeast, the predominant aromas are apricot, clove, white pepper and a touch of baseball glove leather. The taste is mildly sweet, but more fruity sweetness than sugar sweetness. Mildly tart and softly bitter. Medium-bodied. The grains show up in the finish, although I would say the taste is more of raw grain than cooked or roasted. Clean finish. The texture is soft. Body is medium. Medium carbonation. A pleasant beer that really tastes at around 55 degrees F. A very approachable brew from one of my favorite American breweries.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of tigg924
3.32/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: two inch head, high carbonation, gold in color, clear

Smell: apricot, hay, and funk

Taste: big apricot, some tropical fruit, honey, and funkiness

Mouthfeel: moderate body, funky and slightly sweet, high carbonation

Overall: This to me tastes like an above average to average slightly sweet biere de garde. Not much stands out to me about this. Yes it is good and I would not turn it down, however I will not rush out to get another either.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of chanokokoro
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into an Brewery Ommegang branded tapered pint glass

Pours a fairly clear cararmel-colored amber with a two finger bright white pillowy head. Everlasting retention and thick, coating lacing. Wonderful nose, rich Belgian yeast, whole-grain biscuit, light spice, and a hint of caramel sweetness. Opens with wheat, oats, freshly harvested grain joined by toffee with just a hint of light butter, rich yeasty esters and hint of light fruit, lightly sweet appleskin specifically, Pleasant light spice and mildly spicy rye. Light to light medium body that feigns heavier at times; pleasant tantalizing carbonation. Slick and silky mouthfeel with a surprising touch of light creaminess. This really is a fantastic brew. So subtlely complex and balanced, a true pleasure to drink. Ommegang adds another amazing beer to an already exceptional lineup of offerings.

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3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a Nice, thick, white head. Sweet banana and clove, with a backbone of yeast, and a touch of grassy hops in the aroma. Golden color. Starts with a touch of hop bitter, moves into a citrus zest/slight pine bitterness, then gets a little more sweet, and the finish is more malty.

This isn't too bad. It's mostly like a hoppier trippel. I would have loved to see more rye in here.

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3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber body, bubbly off-white head. Banana aromas dominate. Flavors are bitter fruits, a little earthy. Thin film retains and leaves some soapy head around the interior of the glass. No complaints about the carbonation or body, and I love the bitter residuals left behind.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of zeff80
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a two-finger, khaki colored head of foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled very fruity and floral. Some sweet caramel maltiness.

T - It tasted of tropical fruits like mango and grapefruit. Good caramel maltiness with some toffee and a touch of bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is an amazing brew. I don't see it as a Biere de Garde, but it it so good.

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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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.

Scythe & Sickle from Brewery Ommegang
87 out of 100 based on 1,050 ratings.