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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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BuffaloBill91

New York

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

Got this for Christmas last year, kept it in the cellar till today for new years.

A - Deep brown but when put to light is actually a lovely ruby tone to it...good carbination. Thick, lasting 1 finger head with nice lace sticking to my glass.

S - Smells earthy, in a good way, I smell dark fruits, molasses, sugar and alcohol.

T - dark nutty flavor with dark raisins and cherries and other fruit along with a nice mix of the yeastie beasties. I taste a lot of hope and the alcohol but its well balanced, especially for a high alc beer. Nice, Very nice.

M - Pretty smooth beer overall, especially for being near 10%, didn't have the bite they sometimes do---it had a very full body with a dry alcohol finish and good carbonation for the style. I agree with another reviewer, its quite "prickly" to the tongue.

Overall- I love everything that I have ever had from Ommegang- This one was another winner. I have visited their facility twice and didn't even bother with the baseball hall of fame in Cooperstown, NY on either trip. This was sure one nice Belgian, I wont say it was the best I have ever had, but one of the best American made Belgians for sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 01:23:42 | More by BuffaloBill91
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GrindFatherBob

New York

4/5  rDev -4.1%

12-30-2013 13:41:35 | More by GrindFatherBob
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raythealeman

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

12-29-2013 23:27:04 | More by raythealeman
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Danobold

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

12-23-2013 01:44:40 | More by Danobold
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JoeMans

New York

4/5  rDev -4.1%

12-16-2013 23:48:07 | More by JoeMans
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chanokokoro

Illinois

4.21/5  rDev +1%

Pours a deep, dark amber capped by a one finger fluffy, cream-colored head. Excellent retention; the head slowly reduces to a thin foam film. Lacing coats the inside of the glass as the brew is consumed. Belgian candi sugar, plums, caramel and fruity yeast on the nose. Dates, dried dark fruit including prunes, raisins, and dried black cherries upfront. Rich toffee and caramel join in with an accent of brown sugar. Finishes semi-dry with caramel coated mixed fruit notes. Lighter side of full bodied, smooth, syrupy with a touch of creaminess. Moderately carbonated. An outstanding American brewed quad. Ommegang tends to knock traditional Belgian-style ales out of the park and Ommegang XV is no exception.

12-15-2013 04:40:02 | More by chanokokoro
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2013beer101

Colorado

4/5  rDev -4.1%

12-14-2013 03:52:43 | More by 2013beer101
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Daktyls

Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev +4.1%

A: Pours a dark mahogany color with tinges of red around the edge and a solid finger high dark mocha colored head that slowly recedes leaving a ring around the edge of the glass.

S: Dark fruits, figs, dates, prunes, and that distinctly Belgian yeast smell are most dominant, with hints of cocoa and a little bit of dark roasted malts.

T: Much like the nose, predominantly the darker fruits, figs and date mostly, with a backing of a mild molasses and light maltiness.

M: Slightly thick on the tongue, a nice feel for a quad. Mild amount of carbonation, fits well with the flavors and thickness of the beer.

O: Overall, terrific. It's been a while since I've had a Belgian, much less a quad, but it's great. I'd definitely have this again, though it is a bit on the expensive side. Certainly worth it at least once though.

12-07-2013 19:43:05 | More by Daktyls
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Sspeer1

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

11-29-2013 04:27:57 | More by Sspeer1
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DubbelTrubbel

Wisconsin

4.29/5  rDev +2.9%

Bought last November and cellared since then. Poured into Chimay chalice

A- Black-Brown with ruby highlights. Two-finger dark khaki head, decent retention

S- Dark raisins and prunes, bright cherries, caramelly malts, milk chocolate, strongly yeasty

T-Noticeable hop bitterness, nutty malts, caramel, pie crust.

M- Lightly prickly, very smooth. Body is perfect for the style, only a little heavy

O- I am impressed. On the one hand, a typical Ommegang product (high quality), on the other, one of their best. Excellent Belgian abbey ale. Did not have it fresh, but turned out very well cellared.

11-29-2013 02:41:06 | More by DubbelTrubbel
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

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
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dertyd

California

4/5  rDev -4.1%

11-17-2013 09:24:20 | More by dertyd
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Jsmick

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

11-15-2013 13:17:04 | More by Jsmick
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craigdb

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

11-07-2013 16:51:31 | More by craigdb
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Pens1967

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

11-03-2013 22:28:03 | More by Pens1967
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vonnegut21

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

10-31-2013 18:41:38 | More by vonnegut21
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corby112

Pennsylvania

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
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BUNZILLA

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

10-20-2013 18:11:18 | More by BUNZILLA
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NickBeery

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

10-09-2013 03:07:26 | More by NickBeery
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oberon

North Carolina

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
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Andonato

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

10-07-2013 21:17:28 | More by Andonato
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diverite

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

10-06-2013 23:07:17 | More by diverite
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KJ2013

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

10-04-2013 01:37:21 | More by KJ2013
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DarthGuitarHero

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -4.1%

10-01-2013 14:46:47 | More by DarthGuitarHero
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Teleweizen2

New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev +1%

A - pours a deep dark nearly opaque brown with lovely ruby red highlights. Over three fingers worth of frothy light tan foam. Decent retention but does quickly recedes. Leaves a bit of lacing.

S - classic quad/bsda aroma. Intense but balanced notes of fruit and spice. At first notes of juicy plums, raisins, blackberries and even some vinous notes of strawberries and raspberries. As the beer warms the spice notes come through clear. Dusty cinnamon, black pepper, and mocha and fresh baked dark bread round out the nose.

T - flavors of doughy brown bread up front. sweet fruit flavors follow quickly. Very vinous-like notes of figs, raisins, and blackberries. The flavors of fruit skins create the idea of tannin. The center is juicy with even more fruit flavors. the backend is festively spicy with notes of cinnamon, allspice and pepper. finish is slightly sweet and fruity with a hint of spice.

M - full bodied. hovering between slick and creamy texture. High carbonation with full round bubbles.

O - great beer. Smooth, flavorful and balanced. I am really looking forward to seeing this beer change over time.

09-26-2013 01:18:10 | More by Teleweizen2
Ommegang XV - 15th Anniversary Ale from Brewery Ommegang
92 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.