OM | Cambridge Brewing Company

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Cambridge Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This beer represents a new venture into the world of beer and mystical experience. Contemporary theories of sound therapy are incorporated into a process which aligns this Belgian-style golden ale to the specific frequency which is expressed in meditation circles by the monosyllabic mantra “OM.”

Added by GratefulBeerGuy on 02-22-2008

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4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ the Cambridge Brewing Company on 2/20/10. Served in a wine stem.

Pours a clear deep copper, with a thin covering of bright-white froth. Retains with some rich bunching around the edges that leaves a creamy cascade of foam down the sides of the glass. The aroma is tart and funky, along with sticky sweet notes of bread and fruit that sit a bit heavy in the nose. This is overall very vinous smelling, with a ton of oak and white wine character coming out.

The taste is initially fairly sweet up front with bread, sugars, vanilla, and honey, before getting much more vinous and woody tasting in the back, with a good bit of fruity green apples tones and dryness towards the finish. There is a fair amount of tartness that runs through this but it never gets to be overly souring or anything. Just a lot of dry tannic character to this overall. The mouthfeel is medium bodied in the mouth, with a very effervescent (and a bit champagne like) feel up front that then gets much more slick and slippery toward the back of the swallow. Very wine-like in the feel at times.

I remember having a sample of this @ EBF '08 and it was great to be able to revisit this one again. Really unique stuff here, with the base Belgian Golden Ale being rendered dry, tart, and almost cider-like (or maybe even like a crisp chardonnay) from the French oak that this was aged in. This was slow but steady sipper that seemed right at home in a wine glass.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub. Pretty cool concept.

Pours a clear amber, medium sized white head forms, drops to a thin ring around the glass, no real lacing to speak of but definitely a nice colour.

Smell is cool, very sour and funky, fruit, vanilla, oak, caramel, oranges, a bit sugary, lots of barrel, sour fruit, weird but pretty nice.

Taste is better, oak and vanilla out front, caramel, funky fruit, sour middle, lightly acidic, pineapples, really nice oak character, taste is not as funky or sour as the aroma.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, has some neat complexities and goes down almost too easy for the ABV. Good stuff.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at the brewpub.

A: Crystal clear medium amber body under an inch of dense, creamy ecru head. Great retention, solid lace. Gorgeous.

S: Vinous oak, spicy Brett, and some solid floral notes. Earthy but not quite funky. Bright and enticing.

T: Opens with lightly tart fruit followed by some strong spice, fresh floral Brett, and a dry, oaky finish. Quite complex, but overly bitter on the aftertaste and a bit astringent. As it warms the fruitiness turns into a pure grape soda flavor - a little too artificial-seeming, but tasty all the same.

M: Light-to-medium body with lots of lively carbonation.

O: Really tasty, although the grape soda got a bit overwhelming toward the end.


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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Extreme Beer Fest 2/15/08: A robust golden/blonde ale, more like a tripel. Taste of Belgian yeast, banana, wheat, apple, sweetness. Very light, you couldn't tell this was a 9.4% abv. A good brew.
Aroma: 7/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 7/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall: 14/20

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4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is actually listed at CBC as a Belgian-style Golden ale. 2/21/08

notes: While resting in French Oak barrels for six months, the barrels and their contents were vibrated using therapeutic tuning forks and tibetan chanting bowls at a freqeuncy of 136.10 HZ @ 432.10 HZ which leaves a imprint of sound vibration on the ale.

This is a slightly cloudy golden orange color with a fine, all-white head that is minimal and totally goes away. it's a bit flat looking really. But that's the "aged" look.

sour-fruity yeast, pineapple, sweet pale malt, mildly floral and a smokey, oak chips scent. Very nice indeed.

This has a wonderful sour-fruits flavor in the yeast with honey-sweet malt, berries, and oak-wood. Good depth of flavor.

This one feels light, crisp at first and then finishes dry.

Will has obviously done his homework and has mind-bending ideas that totally pushes the edge of brewing experimentation. Another unique brew.

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4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

sampled on tap at cbc oct 16/09.

pours deep orange, not quite red. hazy. a thin ring of off-white head forms, dropping fast and leaving a few spots of lace.

aroma is good. malt vinegar. lemon. horse blanket and leather. light alcohol. orange. bit of tangerine. white bread. cracker.

taste is great. much less funky and more barrel than i expected from the aroma. big vanilla and oak, but not yet to the point of being tannic. bit of bourbon. horse blanket and leather, but light and nicely complimentary to the barrel. orange and a bit of tangerine. a bit earthy. very little sourness. white bread. bit of cracker. light grain. light alcohol. the alcohol only starts to get warm once you reach the last 1/4 of the glass.

mouthfeel is great. just over medium body. it says FG=1.008, but it feels like there is more residual sweetness and body left than that. just under medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. i liked it up front and it grew on me even more as it went. by the end of the glass i was considering another, but knowing it would be on at NotF, i opted to try a few more of their other brews instead. nice barrel character. great depth and complexity. really glad i got the chance to try this one and hope to see it again in the future.

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OM from Cambridge Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 47 ratings