Ommegang XV - 15th Anniversary Ale - Brewery Ommegang
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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
3.45/5 rDev -17.3%
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.
12-28-2012 22:02:46 | More by TMoney2591
3.86/5 rDev -7.4%
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.
10-29-2013 00:55:38 | More by corby112
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
4.1/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
02-06-2014 00:02:00 | More by superspak
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
4.8/5 rDev +15.1%
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!
07-15-2013 13:57:43 | More by OWSLEY069
3.71/5 rDev -11%
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.
11-18-2013 16:04:28 | More by tbeckett
3.49/5 rDev -16.3%
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.
05-20-2013 22:13:23 | More by VelvetExtract
4.18/5 rDev +0.2%
A: Pours a clear and very deep ruby red. Huge, enormous effervescent and fluffy light brown head. Fades obnoxiously slowly. Top notch retention, huge island of foam. Decent but thin lacing left behind.
S: Very malty. Lots of sweet caramel and some toffee. Raisins but not overpowering. Even has some decent cocoa. Nice and mellow with lots of sweet notes.
T: Again, loaded with sweet malts. Very sweet in fact. Caramel is most prominent but there are hints of toffee in there. Nice sweet chocolate covered raisins into the middle. Finish gets a little drier but not much, mainly the chocolate and raisin with caramel coating everything. Mild belgian yeast earthiness and spice too. Lingering spices and cocoa in the aftertaste. Mild alcohol spiciness in the finish too. Not quite perfectly hidden.
M: Medium bodied, smooth and almost silky. Just a touch spicy and dry in the finish.
O: A great BSDA. Super sweet and malty from start to finish. No sharpness to the flavors at all, very mellow with nice layers of flavors. Good balance too. Easy drinking, goes down very easily. Overall a really nicely crafted brew. It honestly reminds me a lot of Westy 12 with the smooth, sweet flavors and overall easy drinkability. Just not quite as perfectly refined - not a knock on this beer but more of a testament to how good Westy is.
03-13-2013 03:41:52 | More by Dope
4.1/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
12-17-2012 22:52:48 | More by rlee1390
Ommegang XV - 15th Anniversary Ale from Brewery Ommegang
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