Ommegang XV - 15th Anniversary Ale - Brewery Ommegang

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175 Ratings
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Ratings: 175
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 24
Gots: 64 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  9.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: generallee on 11-20-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Ommegang XV pays homage to the great Trappist ales brewed by monks in the Trappist monasteries of Belgium. Created with deep devotion to the brewing art, using the finest ingredients and made with infinite care, XV is unlike any ale we've ever brewed. Even by our exacting standards Ommegang XV stand alone.

Ommegang XV pours a deep walnut hue, with a ruby highlight, full head, and lively carbonation. The nose is malty and complex. Flavors of toffee and chocolate arise, mingling with molasses and caramel as the ale warms. Fruity esters and hints of raisin follow. The body is full and finishes with creamy smoothness.
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Photo of oberon
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours into my Ommegang chalice a deep walnut brown with ruby hue(like the label says)an almost creamy-like beige head atop that leaves one broken ring of lace as it settles slowly.Dark fruit dominates the nose along sweet alcohol.Flavors of dark fruit and candied sugar dominate,some toffee notes and light chocolate in the finish,some alcohol heat becomes more prevalent as it warms more.A nice smooth creamy feel makes it even more decadent.A big sipper on the sweeter side but it's very lush and warming.

Photo of MadScientist
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A very dark brown with a deep garnet hue and good clarity. The light brown colored head is persistent and made of fine bubbles. There is some light lacing on the glass.

S: There is complex malt aroma having that Munich malt character with hints of toast and caramel . There are moderate, rich dark fruit aromas of prunes, raisins and dried cherries. No is no noticeable hops aroma. Unmistakable Belgian yeast characters with moderately-light pepper phenol. The soft alcohol aroma has a nice floral nature to it, almost rose-like.

T: Spicy and malty with a moderately-strong malt flavor that is toasty and a little bit of crusty bread and moderate pepper flavors from the yeast. The malt brings a moderate sweetness to the front and middle of the flavor profile and somewhat dries out towards the end with a medium-dry finish. The moderately-light hops bitterness isn't enough to offset the malt giving a balance that is moderately sweet. The fruit character is like that in the nose having moderate flavors of prunes, raisins and a little bit of dried cherries. The aftertaste is if a stone fruit and a little spice. Light chocolate and very light molasses flavor come through as the beer warms.

M: A smooth and creamy, medium-full bodied beer with moderately-strong carbonation. Moderate alcohol warmth in the back of the throat.

O: A dark, complex Belgian that is peppery and fruity with a moderate sweetness. Pricey at $18 from Wegman's but worth it to celebrate 15 years for a great American brewery.

Photo of generallee
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was served on tap at Brewery Ommegang during there Waffles and Puppets celebration.

Appearance: It has a dark murky brown body with deep red highlights. This is topped with a one inch thick, light tan head. The head is creamy and hangs on well, slowly fading as i sip. A light swirl of the glass reinforces the head so that every sip starts with a little bit of that rich frothy goodness.

Smell: The aroma brings a pleasant and complex blend of yeast and malt notes to the nose.

Taste/Feel: There is a tasty blend of dark ripe fruit, toffee, yeast, and bready malt with mellow/warm alcohol. Hop flavor is very subdued and adds only a very slight spice note. This all comes by way of a soft medium to full body with soft yet very active carbonation.

Notes: For me Brewery Ommegang has hit another home run with this Dark Belgian Ale!!!

Photo of dogfishandi
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to BryanK for sharing the bottle!

750ml. Cork and caged bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours out a very dark brown color, almost black, but not necessarily stout black. Some nice ruby highlights when held to the light. A decent 1/4 inch or so worth of tan colored head, big bubbles. Decent retention, but not a whole lot of lacing to speak of.

Some bright plum like fruit aromas with a bit of darker spice.

Again, big on the plum, berry, and maybe a bit of other lighter dark fruit flavors. Lots of nutmeg like spice.

Medium bodied, carbonation is about right for the style.

This beer reminds me a bit of Westy 12, which I wasn't super impressed with based on its ratings. A worthy beer, but maybe not worthy of its rather big price tag.

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

(Served in a tulip)
A- This beer pours an opaque black body with a faint hint of brown glow at the base of the glass. There is a sticky thin deep beige head that last.

S- The prune esters blend with the classic monastery yeast profile and some dark raw sugar with an odd graphite pencil hint in the finish.

T- dark fruit esters with some spicy phenols in the finish have some faint dark notes of toffee that come through but blend with the other flavors. There is a faint cider-like taste with some treacle notes and a roasted bitter note that lingers for a moment in the after taste.

M- There is a medium mouthfeel with a scrubbing fizz and a big bit of alcohol warmth growing in the finish.

O- The subtle blend of flavors is mysterious with an interesting character. Age might do interesting things to the yeast character but it is nice with the alcohol warmth.

Photo of rdilauro
3.46/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The pour was nice and dark with a long lasting, no everlasting dirty cream head.
Typical Belgium yeast aroma with some added malts. There was definitely something else in the nose, but I have not been able to identify it.

The taste was soft with some fullness, but not a lot of character.
The aftertaste was the same, soft, some fullness, but nothing really shinning.

It may be just because I am not a big fan of Belgium style beers

Photo of ChopperSmith
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml bottle at cellar temperature into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark opaque brown with a two finger creamy foam head that doesn't last long, but leaves some nice sticky lacing behind.

Smell: A lot going on in the aroma. Funky yeast, spices, coffee and fruit aromas. Also a boozy alcohol beneath it all.

Taste: Like it smells. Big flavors of dark fruits, raisins, spices, yeast and dark roasted malts. Also a definite alcohol taste and initial burn. This is a good sipping beer, and at cellar temps it warms quickly and releases the flavors even more. Has a very spiced winter ale flavor to it, with the Belgian yeasts and sugars to keep it firmly in the Belgian Dark Strong style.

Mouth feel: Crisp and sharp, with a little bitterness and bite on the back end.

Overall: Wow. A very flavorful Belgian Dark Strong style for Ommegang's anniversary, and it's perfectly fitting for the brewery. I received this as a gift and planned to cellar it, but I just couldn't wait (which is too bad, this one would probably cellar well and mature nicely over a few years). But the impatience paid off, it was a damn fine ale and I enjoyed it tremendously.

Photo of socon67
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark brown pour with a cola colored foam. Only slight lacing on this. Opaque look and no carbonation.

S - Impressive scents of cherries, plums, and molasses. Esters of belgian yeast give a tangy smell.

T - Sweet flavors of dried fruit, brown sugar, and candied sugar. Finish has a boozy quality that I thought was a bit much. I suspect this improves much more with age.

M - Slightly syrupy thick, and leaves a warming burn as I was drinking this. I could not see having more than a normal pour. It is a dominant style that works best as a cordial or after dinner drink.

O - Enjoyable to try and if I get another bottle I'm aging it a year. With that said I preferred Art of Darkness and other Ommegang limited releases more than this one.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml cork and caged bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.
9.6% ABV, Serve at 50°F,

A - It's hard to see any color but straight black come through the bulbous part of the glass as this heady beer pours with a large cap of tan foam. Wonderful retention keeps the suds afloat, lace fighting to stick to the glass as alcohol "legs" wash it down.

S - Ommegang's 15th Anniversary dark Belgian ale has an intoxicating aroma of fresh dark fruits; moist fig newton, plump raisin, and molasses-dipped black cherries with brown sugar and dark candi sugar sweetness following through, punctuated by notes of vanilla bean and warming alcohol.

T - Contrary to the robust aroma, the flavor profile of Ommegang's 15th Anniversary ale is very subdued, conservatively releasing it's dark fruity bouquet to the palate in the midst of toasted bread and Munich-like malt.

M - Incredibly smooth and nicely carbonated, this beer smells like it would be big and boastful on the palate but it follows the flavor's subtlety and is medium bodied with a reserved sweet finish that's overpowered by dry, thin alcohol; no heat mind you.

O - Ripe with deep complexity, the aroma is inviting and frankly quite stellar but unfortunately the flavor thins out considerably from what the nose leads you to expect, drifting into slight disappointment. Don't get me wrong, the beer is fantastic overall, but it's thinning alcohol presence takes away too much of the flavor and waters down the otherwise robust feel leading me to believe that this bottle would be a prime candidate for extended aging. 2 years from now I can imagine it being incredible.

Photo of Greywulfken
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: bottle packed in handsome tin cannister (like a bottle of single malt Scotch); great packaging and presentation; poured a thin black body of beer into a tulip, kicking up a fat head of tan foam that left behind plenty of lace

S: immediate dark fruit, over-ripe; burnt sugar and roasted malt

T: the soft dark fruitiness from the malts and yeasts is populated by notes of carob and even a little espresso coffee; hints of plum pudding and dry cocoa

M: medium body, thin; sparkle of carbonation, slight coating, well-masked alcohol

O: a good BSDA, with a fairly typical flavor profile; about par for the course for Ommegang, which is to say, they represent the style well and brew with great craftsmanship; an afficionado of the style may respond to this differently, but I found it good, but not noteworthy - the presentation was better than the delivery

Photo of rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep brown, two finger tan head

S-Dark fruits, caramel, chocolate and yeast.

T-Starts with a lot of dark fruits, roast malt with caramel and chocolate. Real nice balance, rather sweet, not much bitterness and maybe even a tad bit of vanilla.

M-Medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

O-Another solid brew from Ommegangg, expensive but worth a try.

Photo of HattedClassic
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Pours a very rich tan head. The beer itself is an opaque dark brown with bits of red.

Smell:
A nice bouquet of dark fruits and Belgian sugar with a hint of caramel. The dark fruits that I get are plum and raisin.

Taste:
The main tastes that I get are dark fruits and the Belgian sugar. The aftertaste is very sugary and not pleasant but the overall drink is.

Mouthfeel:
Biting carbonation. However, the feel is surprisingly smooth and crisp for such a medium bodied beer.

Overall:
A very good beer. One that I hope they bring back or top with their 20th Anniversary ale.

Photo of mntlover
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Treat for the New Year. It pours deep mahogany color nice rich ruby highlights on brown with a darker tan head thumb sized that falls slow to ring that leaves some nice lace down my glass. The tin it comes in adds to appearance for some reason + .5

Aroma is wonderful sweet molasses malt with lots of dark fruits plums, raisins with light spice.

Taste is like the aroma nice sweet malts rich tasting with good dark fruit notes that linger into the finish. Finish is light spice from the yeast cloves good earthy and licorice notes, notes of candy sugars and hints of alcohol in the flavor but no burning.

Mouthfeel is only medium but carbonation is perfect nice and smooth with just an edge to it. Personally find most Belgian to fizzy but this one is nice.

Overall very enjoyable a nice treat if it was 6 or 7 bucks cheaper I would say have a few but at 20 one is my limit.

Photo of SebD
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a nice deep murky brown color to it. It has a nice beige head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of dark fruit (plums, raisins), Belgian yeast, sweet caramel, roasted malts, toffee and molasses.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has dark fruit (plums, raisins, cherries) bready yeast, alot of sweet caramel, some roasted malts, toffee and molasses.

Mouthfeel: It has a high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas.

Photo of KansasBeerLover
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Boulevard tulip. Body color is a dark mahogany. Head is about a half finger, dark tan that quickly dissipates with minimal lacing. Effervescence continues to rise.

Aroma is complex. Yeast, sweet, plum, fig. The fruit reminds me of a good cab.

Taste begins with malt. Followed with dark fruit and spice with a touch of yeast. Medium sweetness. Finish is smooth.

Mouthfeel is creamy, leaving a mild alcohol burn in the back.

Overall, I love it. Very limited availability, only a few cases in Wichita. Considering this, the price was a reasonable $17. This is my second of three bottles. This is an amazingly complex Belgian, worthy of a celebratory salute to Brewery Ommegang.

Photo of Rope
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance-
Murky brown, but a lovely swirl of red, two finger straw colored head fritters away in a minute or so.

Smell-
Delightfully rich in dried fruits and caramel.

Taste-
Sweet, a touch of sour, and it melts into a smooth Belgian yeast finish. The only detractor is a smidgeon of alcohol peeks through, this may be mellowed with aging.

Mouthfeel-
For as rich and smell in flavor, it doesn't leave a heavy presence. The delightful sharp carbonation helps to scrub mouth and throat clean.

Overall-
A fantastic entry for Dark Belgians, shame I picked up the last one on the shelf for I would have liked to have aged one for comparison.

Photo of MetalMountainMastiff
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured in to a Snifter.

A:Dark with a foamy head that dies down into a foamy lacing

S: Smells of belgian yeast, slightly tart/sour smell. Dark fruit smell( plums, cherries)

T: tastes the same, Yeast, Dark fruit.Doesn't taste tart to me at all. Instead toffee, carmel flavors.

M:The head is very bubbly and crisp, though the body is medium , thinner then i would expect from such a head.

O: overall it's a solid beer. Nice smell , good flavor, But nothing I would buy more then once.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.77/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours a deep amber to brown-ish to black color with a light brown head. In the aroma, dark fruits and candy sugar. In the taste, dark raisins, candy sugar, and a small alcohol note. A small alcohol bite, but mainly smooth, with a medium to bigger bodied mouthfeel, with a dryer dark fruit, especially raisins, and a small alcohol bite in the aftertaste. Great flavors of dark fruit, a small alcohol presence, and well, fan-freakin'-tastic!

Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Mundelein Craft Beer Festival shaker pint glass.

These damn breweries nowadays know just how to lure in tickers like me: put their bottle in a port-style tin. Dammit. Anyway, this stuff pours a deep black-brown topped by a finger of ashy tan foam. The nose comprises fig, light plum, dark fruits, Belgian candi sugar, brown sugar, clove, and light licorice. The taste is a blast of spice-laden figs and licorice, to the point where it becomes almost painfully monotonous. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a nice enough BSDA, but the high concentration of fig and licorice, with little else to distract therefrom, didn't do all that much for me taste-wise. Beyond that, though, this was some enjoyable Belgian-y goodness.

Photo of Vixie
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks black when first poured, but when held up to the light, it is a very deep red. Formed quite a bit of a tan head, but I did pour a touch fast. Good looking beer for the style.

Complex smell to it. Mainly a mix of dried fruit and candy. There is raisin in there, as well as toffee and caramel and maybe a hint of chocolate.

Taste is similar to the smell. Starts out a touch sweet, dried fruit like raisins. There is toffee and a touch of chocolate, also a little coffee. Also has a bit of the Belgian candy sugar flavor in it, which I have rarely had in a beer of this style made outside of Belgium.

Very nice feel, goes down smooth as silk.

A really nice beer, but not quite the best of this style I have had. It is very much in the style, except has a little too much bitterness. Still, hard to go wrong with this style, and very much a beer worth checking out.

Photo of chanokokoro
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark amber capped by a one finger fluffy, cream-colored head. Excellent retention; the head slowly reduces to a thin foam film. Lacing coats the inside of the glass as the brew is consumed. Belgian candi sugar, plums, caramel and fruity yeast on the nose. Dates, dried dark fruit including prunes, raisins, and dried black cherries upfront. Rich toffee and caramel join in with an accent of brown sugar. Finishes semi-dry with caramel coated mixed fruit notes. Lighter side of full bodied, smooth, syrupy with a touch of creaminess. Moderately carbonated. An outstanding American brewed quad. Ommegang tends to knock traditional Belgian-style ales out of the park and Ommegang XV is no exception.

Photo of GRPunk
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml caged and corked bottle from the collectors' tin, poured into a Chimay goblet.

A- 1-finger, dense brown head. Very dark brown body that is just short of black. Held to the light, it exhibits reddish hues. Killer retention at a thick film and great stick.

S- Lots of raisin at first. Some chocolate. Fortified or mulled wine? Other stewed, stone fruits and berries. Just hints of the higher ABV with warmth.

T- Much as aroma suggests. Raisin, tart cherries and dark chocolate. Complex. Sweetness is kept in check by tart qualities. Slightest alcohol in finish when it comes to room temperatures. A tiny bit of ash at warmer temps.

M- Rich, full-bodied. Viscosity tamps down the carbonation. Absolutely no alcohol burn, maybe some warmth very late.

O- Quite the treat. This bottle had a few months on it. Richness lends itself to a dessert or nightcap. Would definitely pick up for a special occasion to share amongst friends.

Photo of DubbelTrubbel
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bought last November and cellared since then. Poured into Chimay chalice

A- Black-Brown with ruby highlights. Two-finger dark khaki head, decent retention

S- Dark raisins and prunes, bright cherries, caramelly malts, milk chocolate, strongly yeasty

T-Noticeable hop bitterness, nutty malts, caramel, pie crust.

M- Lightly prickly, very smooth. Body is perfect for the style, only a little heavy

O- I am impressed. On the one hand, a typical Ommegang product (high quality), on the other, one of their best. Excellent Belgian abbey ale. Did not have it fresh, but turned out very well cellared.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 7/20/2012. Pours very hazy nearly opaque dark brown color with a 2 finger fairly dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, prune, plum, pear, fig, molasses, toast, toffee, dark bread, light chocolate, clove, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark malt, candi sugar, and fruity/spicy yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, prune, plum, fig, pear, molasses, caramel, toast, dark bread, toffee, light chocolate, clove, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of raisin, plum, pear, fig, molasses, toast, toffee, dark bread, light chocolate, clove, pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance, robustness, and complexity of dark malt, candi sugar, and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; with a great malt/spicy ester balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy, slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian strong dark ale. All around great balance and complexity of dark malt, candi sugar, and fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of BuffaloBill91
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Got this for Christmas last year, kept it in the cellar till today for new years.

A - Deep brown but when put to light is actually a lovely ruby tone to it...good carbination. Thick, lasting 1 finger head with nice lace sticking to my glass.

S - Smells earthy, in a good way, I smell dark fruits, molasses, sugar and alcohol.

T - dark nutty flavor with dark raisins and cherries and other fruit along with a nice mix of the yeastie beasties. I taste a lot of hope and the alcohol but its well balanced, especially for a high alc beer. Nice, Very nice.

M - Pretty smooth beer overall, especially for being near 10%, didn't have the bite they sometimes do---it had a very full body with a dry alcohol finish and good carbonation for the style. I agree with another reviewer, its quite "prickly" to the tongue.

Overall- I love everything that I have ever had from Ommegang- This one was another winner. I have visited their facility twice and didn't even bother with the baseball hall of fame in Cooperstown, NY on either trip. This was sure one nice Belgian, I wont say it was the best I have ever had, but one of the best American made Belgians for sure.

Serving type: bottle

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Ommegang XV - 15th Anniversary Ale from Brewery Ommegang
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