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Scythe & Sickle - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 1,007
Reviews: 222
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 32
Gots: 78 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

ShemRahBoo, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of chugalug06
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.

chugalug06, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of kew
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

kew, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of DaleB50
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

DaleB50, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of jplopez21
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

jplopez21, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of Bills453
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - poured from bottle into wine glass. Nice amber color. Two finger white head with nice lacing.

Smell - sweet and yeasty. Wheat and floral as well. Very nice smelling beer.

Taste - very similar to the smell and it is incredibly refreshing. No bitterness whatsoever.

Mouthfeel - bien

Overall - another great offering from Ommegang!

Bills453, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of spinrsx
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from Wegmans Syracuse NY for 4$

Appearance - Hazy copper colour with a massive size fizzy/frothy off-white head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for 5-6 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, yeast, apples, citrus

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, apples, and yeast. There is also quite a bit of bitter citrus zest and some green grapes. It ends with a dry tart aftertaste.

Overall - Maybe just a tad too tart/dry. I'd like some more fruity notes.. but it's still another winner from this brewer. However next time I'd reach for some of their other brews.

spinrsx, Nov 16, 2012
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

IL_PLAY_RAGS, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of CASK1
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured to an Ommegang goblet.

Sweet malt aroma with lots of complex fruit. Pear and apricot. Nondescript Belgian yeast spiciness. Low grainy malt aroma.

Medium orange, slightly hazy, long lasting white head.

Complex rustic flavor. Nice balance of grainy malt, yeast spice and earthy hops. Med-high bitterness accentuated by the dry finish. Light alcohol sweetness. A lot going on here.

Medium body up front. Mouth filling effervescence. Dry finish. Slightly alcohol warming.

Complex, refreshing, rustic, and earthy. A new favorite by a favorite brewery.

CASK1, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of liamt07
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Steve, 12oz into a tulip.

Browned orange, with a finger of white head. Good retention and moderate lace. Nose is yeasty, faint citrus, spice and a some bready/biscuity character. Taste has crackery/biscuity malt flavours, yeasty, spice, light citrus, some malt sweetnesss and bitter-ish herbal hopping in the finish. Medium light body, medium high carbonation. Simple and flavourful, I'd have this again easily.

liamt07, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of Phelps
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed at Tops in a shaker pint. Scythe & Sickle is a seasonal Belgian brewed with barley, wheat, oats and rye.

Hazy amber-orange. One finger of silky, off-white froth. Nice spatters of lace.

Toasted sweet rolls with a jolt of funky, sharp rye. I can smell the melange of malts. Sweet red apple and pear blend. Cidery.

In the flavor, I get a nice caramel note met with a hint of tangy apricot, some toasted biscuit, a touch of spicy rye. The blend of malts lends nice complexity, again like mulled cider, cinnamon apples.

Moderate, pinching carb. Medium body holds together. Clean finish.

Decent. A nice blend of malts, the rye works with Belgian yeast spice.

Phelps, Nov 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

kjkinsey, Nov 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

SpectralAbyss, Nov 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Antnyd82, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of jheezee
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

jheezee, Nov 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

BeerHunter76, Nov 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Texasfan549, Nov 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

trevorpost, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of jp312
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

jp312, Nov 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

cdwil, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of warrenout330
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle... duvel glass in hand

A- pours a vibrant golden orange hazy color... thick 3 finger white head... good retention and globs of lace to the glass

S- smells of caramel malt, rye bread... earthy funk... spicey Belgian ting.

T- caramel malt, rye layers, spice from the yeast... more pronounced earth funk with a mild hop dryness...

M- medium body, bubbly carbonation.. hop bite for a clean crisp finish

O- this is a awesome session beer... good flavor and good abv for many of these to be drank!

warrenout330, Nov 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

EFR94, Nov 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

KMcG, Nov 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Chugs13, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a nice looking orange amber color with a haziness to it. The retention on this beer is pretty good as well as some lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer gives off some earthy malt and yeast aromas, some subtle hops aromas as well. The taste of the beer is malty, some interesting grain flavors in there with some hints of caramel and bitter hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, very drinkable with a good carbonation. Overall it's a good brew, not my favorite from Ommegang but still a good beer to try.

Knapp85, Nov 10, 2012
Scythe & Sickle from Brewery Ommegang
87 out of 100 based on 1,007 ratings.