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Ommegang XV - 15th Anniversary Ale - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

157 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 22
Gots: 54 | FT: 6
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:
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.

(Beer added by: generallee on 11-20-2012)
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -4.1%

750ml bottle poured into a Chimay goblet.

A: Pours a deep brown color with hues of burnt red at the edges of the glass. A one-inch tan head is relatively short-lived. A thin ring of lacing clings to the glass as the head recedes.

S: Fruity on the nose with scents of cherry, grape, and plum. Subtle undertones of yeasty spice. Layered malt scents of cocoa, crust, bakers chocolate, and blackstrap molasses.

T: Spicy Belgian yeast, fruity tastes of figs, dates, raisins, and concord grapes. Malt tastes of chewy blackstrap molasses, cocoa, bakers chocolate, a touch of charcoal, bread crust, toffee, and maybe even a bit of cola. Dries into the finish and ends somewhat abruptly with tastes of faint wood, charcoal, cocoa powder, and subtle fruits.

M: Medium-thick. Nice roundness in the mouth. Slightly chewy. Full. Ample carbonation is moderately aggressive and scrubbing.

O: I have yet to drink an American-made quad that can match the best Belgian examples in quality and complexity, but this is one of the better ones out there. I really dig the packaging. The bottle is handsome and the tin adds that scotch-like sense of elite quality and exclusivity. I have to say though, if it meant knocking a dollar or two off of the $18.99 price tag, I'd lose the tin in a heartbeat. It will probably sell well since it was released during the holiday season, and the enticing packaging makes for a nice-looking gift. But if I'm going the buy someone a quad or big Belgian dark ale for Christmas, I'm still purchasing an import.

12-25-2012 08:49:51 | More by ryan1788a5
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oberon

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

10-08-2013 21:16:13 | More by oberon
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MadScientist

New York

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

12-26-2012 01:17:00 | More by MadScientist
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Todd

Colorado

4/5  rDev -4.1%

09-12-2013 02:03:44 | More by Todd
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generallee

New York

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%

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!!!

11-20-2012 22:51:54 | More by generallee
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Jason

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -4.1%

09-12-2013 02:06:31 | More by Jason
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dogfishandi

New York

3.95/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

02-05-2013 01:32:22 | More by dogfishandi
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acknight

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

07-11-2013 04:34:18 | More by acknight
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.1%

(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.

06-18-2013 11:52:53 | More by rhoadsrage
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rdilauro

Connecticut

3.45/5  rDev -17.3%

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

04-01-2014 13:43:26 | More by rdilauro
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pianoman511

New York

5/5  rDev +19.9%

02-11-2013 01:09:04 | More by pianoman511
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alamode

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -4.1%

01-29-2013 21:51:24 | More by alamode
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ChopperSmith

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

02-25-2013 21:36:19 | More by ChopperSmith
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dertyd

California

4/5  rDev -4.1%

11-17-2013 09:24:20 | More by dertyd
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socon67

New York

3.86/5  rDev -7.4%

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.

02-04-2013 23:45:13 | More by socon67
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henrisimo

New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

08-01-2013 18:15:25 | More by henrisimo
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qcbrewer

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -4.1%

04-06-2014 00:01:18 | More by qcbrewer
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Stubbie1

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

03-22-2014 22:48:53 | More by Stubbie1
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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

06-12-2014 06:01:53 | More by GRG1313
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dgeebs07

New York

4/5  rDev -4.1%

08-28-2013 00:19:10 | More by dgeebs07
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innuendobrewskiman63

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

01-04-2013 01:27:03 | More by innuendobrewskiman63
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nyrblue2

New York

2.25/5  rDev -46%

02-04-2014 01:32:51 | More by nyrblue2
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cpwines18

Georgia

5/5  rDev +19.9%

07-04-2014 12:00:06 | More by cpwines18
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

01-11-2014 21:59:27 | More by BeerFMAndy
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BKArmstrong

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

03-31-2013 04:25:49 | More by BKArmstrong
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Ommegang XV - 15th Anniversary Ale from Brewery Ommegang
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