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Ommegang XV - 15th Anniversary Ale - Brewery Ommegang

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156 Ratings

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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 21
Gots: 53 | 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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1/5  rDev -76%

12-18-2012 03:43:17 | More by SToneyBrew
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New York

2.25/5  rDev -46%

02-04-2014 01:32:51 | More by nyrblue2
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3/5  rDev -28.1%

01-31-2013 01:51:51 | More by bluesplit63
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3.45/5  rDev -17.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 13:43:26 | More by rdilauro
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3.45/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 22:02:46 | More by TMoney2591
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3.49/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A-Pours dark brown. Big head. Decent lacing. Head retains for an while.

S-Smells dark and Belgiany. Dried, dark fruits. Molasses, caramel and brown sugar. Some light chocolatey notes and Belgian yeastiness.

T-The sweet caramel and molasses along with the raisins figs found in the nose. Has some Belgian Stout qualities too.

M-Not thin at all but the body doesn't necessarily match the ABV too well. Soft bubbles.

O/D-Pretty boring. Doesn't taste bad but there at a ton just like it or better for half the price. Save your money.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 22:13:23 | More by VelvetExtract
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

05-31-2013 21:35:02 | More by Jeckel
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

04-15-2013 04:17:10 | More by BrownAleMale
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

07-19-2013 15:26:19 | More by bennettj1087
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

01-02-2013 01:14:54 | More by sneaks2210
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3.54/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours an opaque black with hints of amber and brown. Very dark for a BSDA. Two fingers of light tan head forms with superb lacing and retention.

S: Quite complex - nothing comes out as overly strong and nothing takes center stage over other flavors. I get a nice plum fruitiness with a bit of prune, but lots of spicy flavors keep this beer from being sweet. I get a spicy, slightly musty oak presence with some nutmeg, peppercorn, and a touch of orange peel. Fortunately the oak adds to the complexity and does not overwhelm.

T: Prunes are now stronger with a solid bitterness for the style which I attribute to the oak. Peppercorn comes out more in the flavor than the aroma, but the other spices are pretty subdued.

M: A touch on the thin side with high carbonation.

O: The aroma is very nice with this beer, but the flavor is a bit dry, bitter, and straight-forward. Still a solid attempt at a BSDA from an American brewery.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 22:05:45 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 03:31:38 | More by Vixie
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Ontario (Canada)

3.71/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this at the IGA in Potsdam. From notes.

A - Deep brown colour. Strong carbonation. Thick, light brown two finger head. Nice spotty lace and a finger of retention.

S - Yeast, brown sugar. Alcohol heat.

T - Grape juice, yeast, sugar, alcohol. Nice dark fruit character mixes well with the yeasty elements. Nice.

M - Strong carbonation, full body, very dry finish.

O/D - A nice Quad, but a bit hot and underdeveloped. Less enjoyable than I was hoping given the price tag, but good nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 16:04:28 | More by tbeckett
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

06-12-2014 06:01:53 | More by GRG1313
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

01-26-2013 02:05:32 | More by pknyc
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

06-17-2013 05:20:36 | More by Bustersuess
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

12-30-2012 17:26:52 | More by Vivs85
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

06-11-2013 18:40:44 | More by freebirdbm14
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

02-04-2013 14:08:31 | More by halo913
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

01-22-2013 23:25:04 | More by THECPJ
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3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle comes inside a black metal cylinder with gold writing. The bottle looks similar. Cheers to 15 years of Ommegang!

A: Pours a beautiful, deep ruby-brown color with a light-tan head. Half a finger of foamy head with some spotty lacing.

S: Distinctive Belgian yeast aroma immediately meets the nose. Musty, earthy, spicy, phenolic. Also strong suggestions of dark fruit: plums, raisins, dark cherries.

T: Similar in most respects to the nose. Sweet malt with the trademark Belgian spiciness from the yeast. Clove, dark fruit, and perhaps some anise/licorice in the finish. Not quite as sweet as many other Belgian Strong Dark Ales that I have encountered.

M: Full bodied with fairly lively carbonation. Dry finish. The alcohol is hidden well.

O: A solid beer all around. I wouldn't say it is one of Ommegang's best, but an enjoyable brew nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 04:01:20 | More by MrDanno96
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New York

3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 23:45:13 | More by socon67
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3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chestnut brown color with plum hues and a one finger beige head that has great retention, only slowly settling into a lasting cap/ring.  Splotchy lacing left behind.

Slightly smokey, chalky aroma with dark malt sweetness and estery Belgian yeast notes.  Hints of plum, raisin and fig along with subtle oak, caramel and roasted chooclate malt.

Medium bodied with a dry, slightly chalky texture and a nice balance of peppery spice, sweet and roasted malt and estery dark fruit notes.  Subtle roast with chocolate, caramel and toffee flavor along with faint peppery spice. Lots of dark fruit sweetness on the back end with vinous grape, cherry, currant raisin and plum.  Nicely balanced with a slightly dry finish.  Complex and flavorful with a well masked ABV making it very easy to drink.  Another nice beer from Ommegang.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 00:55:38 | More by corby112
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New York

3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A one-inch, rocky, chestnut head turns creamy as it settles and lingers at a quarter inch. Patchy lace clings above a clear, dark brown to dark copper (SRM 23-25) beer.

Candy sugar immediately jumps off with dark fruits following. The entire pantry of dates, plums, figs, etc. forms a cacophony of malt. Warmth settles this down, presenting cantaloupe and allowing molasses to be discerned.

The flavor is very sweet with cherries up front followed by pomegranate bitterness. Spicy phenols are fruity while the finish is mild and lingering.
The palate is as expected with abundant carbonation and alcohol, while residual sugars lead to a fuller than typical body.

This is a nice sipping beer that can be enjoyed on a cool, shady, Spring day while waiting for guests to arrive.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 18:27:17 | More by SLeffler27
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New York

3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 01:32:22 | More by dogfishandi
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Ommegang XV - 15th Anniversary Ale from Brewery Ommegang
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