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Ommegang XV - 15th Anniversary Ale - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

166 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 166
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 24
Gots: 60 | 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 sunnytropic
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

sunnytropic, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of jroy1082
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

jroy1082, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of justinm4bama
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

justinm4bama, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

superspak, Feb 06, 2014
Photo of balinor
5/5  rDev +20.2%

balinor, Feb 05, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -45.9%

nyrblue2, Feb 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

TranceRich, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

BeerFMAndy, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of ikantspel
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 into a tripel karmeliet tulip

Pours a dark mahogany brown with subtle carbonation and a small thinly veiled head flowing over white sediment

Dark fruits dominate the smell followed by spicy phenols and the slightest hint of alcohol

Taste is textbook Trappist some molasses and toffee mixed in with fig

Light mouthfeel goes down so smooth

Waited a year for this and wasn't disappointed. Could give gulden draak a run for its money

ikantspel, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of BuffaloBill91
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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

BuffaloBill91, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of GrindFatherBob
4/5  rDev -3.8%

GrindFatherBob, Dec 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

raythealeman, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of Danobold
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Danobold, Dec 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

JoeMans, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of chanokokoro
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

chanokokoro, Dec 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

2013beer101, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of Daktyls
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Daktyls, Dec 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Sspeer1, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of DubbelTrubbel
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

DubbelTrubbel, Nov 29, 2013
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3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

tbeckett, Nov 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

dertyd, Nov 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Jsmick, Nov 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

craigdb, Nov 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Pens1967, Nov 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

vonnegut21, Oct 31, 2013
Ommegang XV - 15th Anniversary Ale from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.