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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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KansasBeerLover

Kansas

4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 02:27:37 | More by KansasBeerLover
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THECPJ

Delaware

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

01-22-2013 23:25:04 | More by THECPJ
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drummermattie02

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

01-22-2013 18:51:17 | More by drummermattie02
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JakeDebus

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

01-21-2013 15:58:35 | More by JakeDebus
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Wamba

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

01-14-2013 13:45:44 | More by Wamba
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SBoyar1

Texas

4/5  rDev -4.1%

01-11-2013 04:42:07 | More by SBoyar1
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sjanowiak

Washington

4/5  rDev -4.1%

01-06-2013 22:36:14 | More by sjanowiak
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MrDanno96

Ohio

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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GennyCreamAle

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

01-04-2013 16:12:35 | More by GennyCreamAle
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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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MystikCelt

New York

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

01-02-2013 19:22:02 | More by MystikCelt
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sneaks2210

New York

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

01-02-2013 01:14:54 | More by sneaks2210
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mntlover

Tennessee

4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 01:19:51 | More by mntlover
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M27

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

12-30-2012 23:42:21 | More by M27
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Vivs85

New York

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.1%

12-29-2012 23:03:24 | More by Morey
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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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MadScientist

New York

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 01:17:00 | More by MadScientist
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -4.1%

12-22-2012 10:54:02 | More by DrunkinYogi
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Yodo

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

12-22-2012 06:57:08 | More by Yodo
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Greywulfken

New York

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 21:42:08 | More by Greywulfken
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MisledTitan

United Kingdom (England)

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

12-21-2012 05:56:19 | More by MisledTitan
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DaleB50

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

12-18-2012 21:59:55 | More by DaleB50
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SToneyBrew

Virginia

1/5  rDev -76%

12-18-2012 03:43:17 | More by SToneyBrew
Ommegang XV - 15th Anniversary Ale from Brewery Ommegang
92 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.