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Ommegang XV - 15th Anniversary Ale - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

168 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 168
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 24
Gots: 61 | FT: 7
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:
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.

(Beer added by: generallee on 11-20-2012)
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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 socon67
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
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 Baab200
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of halo913
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of MakeMeATaco
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of bluesplit63
3/5  rDev -27.9%

Photo of alamode
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Holmes698
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of rajendra82
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Classy packaging of a tin with corrugated cardboard padding, which ensured that the beer was well protected from light and shocks. The beer looked deep copper when pouring out of the corked, and caged, 22 oz. bomber, but it looked nearly black in the glass. The head was quite small, but lasted a while, and left a solid sheet of lacing on the sides of the St. Bernardus goblet. The smell was apples, cherries, pears, and raisins, with a touch of allspice. The taste was very fruity as well, but the sweetness was balanced out by yeasty dryness and spice, and the beer was not at all cloying. The balance was outstandingly drinkable. The mouthfeel was light ,and the alcohol was well hidden. The finish had some brief spicy notes before tit faded. This was a quality beer in all aspects.

Photo of rab53
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of pknyc
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of KansasBeerLover
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
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 THECPJ
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of drummermattie02
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of JakeDebus
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Wamba
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of SBoyar1
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of sjanowiak
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of MrDanno96
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of GennyCreamAle
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of innuendobrewskiman63
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of MystikCelt
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of sneaks2210
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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 M27
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Ommegang XV - 15th Anniversary Ale from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.