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Ommegang XV - 15th Anniversary Ale - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

161 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 161
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 24
Gots: 57 | 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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Photo of gpblackgt
4/5  rDev -3.8%

gpblackgt, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of Zachtheporter
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Zachtheporter, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of jakea
4/5  rDev -3.8%

jakea, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours a deep amber to brown-ish to black color with a light brown head. In the aroma, dark fruits and candy sugar. In the taste, dark raisins, candy sugar, and a small alcohol note. A small alcohol bite, but mainly smooth, with a medium to bigger bodied mouthfeel, with a dryer dark fruit, especially raisins, and a small alcohol bite in the aftertaste. Great flavors of dark fruit, a small alcohol presence, and well, fan-freakin'-tastic!

OWSLEY069, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of bobv
4/5  rDev -3.8%

bobv, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of acknight
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

acknight, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of Jonada
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a murky reddish brown color with a finger of tan head that settles to a light coating and collar. Leaves some light spotty lacing.

Smell: Dark fruity esters, candy sugar, chocolate, cherries and red apples.

Taste: Sweet ripe dark fruit, raisins, figs, chocolate covered cherries, bread. Just as in the aroma, there's a semi strong red apple character that's noticeable as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, soft mouthfeel. Carbonation is both lively and subdued at the same time (if that makes sense). Goes down smooth with the alcohol being well hidden.

Overall: Another really good beer from Ommegang. It doesn't reach the level of some of the traditional Trappist beers, but its a very good American interpretation of a Belgian strong dark ale. Worth picking up a bottle if you can still find it.

Jonada, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of MetalMountainMastiff
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured in to a Snifter.

A:Dark with a foamy head that dies down into a foamy lacing

S: Smells of belgian yeast, slightly tart/sour smell. Dark fruit smell( plums, cherries)

T: tastes the same, Yeast, Dark fruit.Doesn't taste tart to me at all. Instead toffee, carmel flavors.

M:The head is very bubbly and crisp, though the body is medium , thinner then i would expect from such a head.

O: overall it's a solid beer. Nice smell , good flavor, But nothing I would buy more then once.

MetalMountainMastiff, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of morrowd3
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

morrowd3, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of SebD
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a nice deep murky brown color to it. It has a nice beige head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of dark fruit (plums, raisins), Belgian yeast, sweet caramel, roasted malts, toffee and molasses.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has dark fruit (plums, raisins, cherries) bready yeast, alot of sweet caramel, some roasted malts, toffee and molasses.

Mouthfeel: It has a high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas.

SebD, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of MNBeerGeek
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

MNBeerGeek, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip)
A- This beer pours an opaque black body with a faint hint of brown glow at the base of the glass. There is a sticky thin deep beige head that last.

S- The prune esters blend with the classic monastery yeast profile and some dark raw sugar with an odd graphite pencil hint in the finish.

T- dark fruit esters with some spicy phenols in the finish have some faint dark notes of toffee that come through but blend with the other flavors. There is a faint cider-like taste with some treacle notes and a roasted bitter note that lingers for a moment in the after taste.

M- There is a medium mouthfeel with a scrubbing fizz and a big bit of alcohol warmth growing in the finish.

O- The subtle blend of flavors is mysterious with an interesting character. Age might do interesting things to the yeast character but it is nice with the alcohol warmth.

rhoadsrage, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of Bustersuess
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Bustersuess, Jun 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

freebirdbm14, Jun 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

hornsup, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of Kraig
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Kraig, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of Jeckel
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Jeckel, May 31, 2013
Photo of darcange
5/5  rDev +20.2%

darcange, May 27, 2013
Photo of KelsoSaaz
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

KelsoSaaz, May 23, 2013
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.49/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A-Pours dark brown. Big head. Decent lacing. Head retains for an while.

S-Smells dark and Belgiany. Dried, dark fruits. Molasses, caramel and brown sugar. Some light chocolatey notes and Belgian yeastiness.

T-The sweet caramel and molasses along with the raisins figs found in the nose. Has some Belgian Stout qualities too.

M-Not thin at all but the body doesn't necessarily match the ABV too well. Soft bubbles.

O/D-Pretty boring. Doesn't taste bad but there at a ton just like it or better for half the price. Save your money.

VelvetExtract, May 20, 2013
Photo of Pineal7
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Pineal7, May 19, 2013
Photo of HattedClassic
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Taste:
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.

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

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

HattedClassic, May 11, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

djs467, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of Rope
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

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

Smell-
Delightfully rich in dried fruits and caramel.

Taste-
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.

Mouthfeel-
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.

Overall-
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.

Rope, Apr 21, 2013
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3.54/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

coreyfmcdonald, Apr 19, 2013
Ommegang XV - 15th Anniversary Ale from Brewery Ommegang
92 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.