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Ommegang XV - 15th Anniversary Ale - Brewery Ommegang

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Reviews: 45
Hads: 179
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 22.14%
Wants: 24
Gots: 63 | FT: 7
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  9.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: generallee on 11-20-2012

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.
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Reviews: 45 | Hads: 179
Photo of HattedClassic
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very rich tan head. The beer itself is an opaque dark brown with bits of red.

A nice bouquet of dark fruits and Belgian sugar with a hint of caramel. The dark fruits that I get are plum and raisin.

The main tastes that I get are dark fruits and the Belgian sugar. The aftertaste is very sugary and not pleasant but the overall drink is.

Biting carbonation. However, the feel is surprisingly smooth and crisp for such a medium bodied beer.

A very good beer. One that I hope they bring back or top with their 20th Anniversary ale.

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Photo of Rope
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Murky brown, but a lovely swirl of red, two finger straw colored head fritters away in a minute or so.

Delightfully rich in dried fruits and caramel.

Sweet, a touch of sour, and it melts into a smooth Belgian yeast finish. The only detractor is a smidgeon of alcohol peeks through, this may be mellowed with aging.

For as rich and smell in flavor, it doesn't leave a heavy presence. The delightful sharp carbonation helps to scrub mouth and throat clean.

A fantastic entry for Dark Belgians, shame I picked up the last one on the shelf for I would have liked to have aged one for comparison.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.59/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of spointon
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a 750ml corked and caged brown bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

A= This ale poured a super clear, dark mahogany brown color with ruby highlights. The beige head rose over an inch with a medium strength pour. Steady carbonation release.
Lots of lace stickage on my glass.

S= I smelled rich malt, dark fruits, and a sweet boozy alcohol note. Nothing over the top, with the aromatic components in balance.

T= Started off with a restrained sweetness, just a kiss really, followed by some rich and complex malty notes. The esters are where this beer was really exceptional. Flavors of dark fruit, raisins, and figs were all detectable. The yeast character was appropriately Belgian, with the aforementioned esters and some spicy phenolic character coming through. The alcohol was big but not hot, and it gave a perfumey sweetness to each sip. Finish was on the dry side, but with a kiss of malt that made me want to take another sip right away.

MF= Medium bodied with a firm carbonation that still felt pretty soft on the tongue. Not hot or boozy and no astringency.

D= I found this to be a very drinkable beer. The flavor was all Belgian Dark Strong but the drinkability was more in the range of a good Dubbel. A nice tribute beer to a wonderful brewery's 15th anniversary. Highly recommended!

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Photo of Dope
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of ChopperSmith
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of socon67
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.44/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of KansasBeerLover
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of MrDanno96
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of mntlover
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
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

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Photo of rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a 750 ml poured into a duvel glass

A: pours a deep dark brown with a hint of dark ruby to it, I get a little over a finger of tan head, and a touch of lacing.

S: brown sugar covered raisin, caramel/toffee, a bit of yeast character, but not as much as I expected.

T: brown sugar and raisins with a faint touch of chocolate, some nice caramel/toffe sweetness, but not overwhelmingly sweet, with some apple and pear yeast notes poking through the malt, particuarly toward the finish... Belgian candy sugar. Very tasty.

M: medium to heavy body with medium effervescent carbonation, deffiantly prevents this brew from becoming syrupy, because it is a touch on the aftertaste, leaving a touch of slick sweetness.

O: this is very tasty, almost reminds me of a scotch ale, minus the peaty sometimes found, and with the addition of a Belgian twist. I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Vixie
3.7/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of generallee
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!!!

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Ommegang XV - 15th Anniversary Ale from Brewery Ommegang
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