Brewery Ommegang

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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #109
Ranked #2,070
4.18 | pDev: 10.77%
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
Notes: Hoppy, farmhouse saison with champagne like effervescence; flavors include ginger, spice, orange and toasted grain.
Reviews: 2,225 | Ratings: 6,183 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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colts9016 from Idaho

4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review 1529

My continuing quest for the best has to lead me to this beer. I had to get this beer shipped to me, living in a beer desert it hard to get good beer. The beer is 46 degrees and served in a tulip glass. A beautiful two-fingered bright white foamy and creamy head was formed. The retention of the head is excellent. Lacing was created on the glass as it dissipated slowly. The color of the beer is SRM 6, pale amber with golden yellow hues. The beer is clear with loads of carbonation bubbles.

I first get spicy hops, a touch of floral, malty sweetness, wet grass, and orange peel. Nosing further, I detect coriander, wheat, and phenolic.

The flavors in the beer are orange peels, floral esters, ginger, coriander, phenolic, lightly toasted malts, and malty sweetness akin to honey. The flavors kind of remind me of Belgium pale ale with a splash of Heff. It does have a light funk factor nothing I really could detect.

The mouthfeel is crisp, effervescent, and creamy.

The body of the beer is medium, high carbonation, and a medium finish.

This beer is stellar. The flavor complements each other well and the malt profile is there but not overbearing. The hops are subtle but firm giving away to the spice addition in the beer. If I could get this beer, it would be a staple in my beer fridge.

May 11, 2021
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Newtobeet345 from Georgia

4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a few beers from this brewery always with great results.
Golden amber color. Scent and taste of orange, ginger and slight banana.
Overall very impressive beer. Will look for more of the beer soon

May 04, 2021
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Upon opening the glass, it is billowing out of the bottle. Pours a semi-cloudy (~40%), medium golden/orange color that has sediment floating around in it. A strong white head. SRM of 9-10. (4.00)

Aroma: Moderate aromas of bread and cracker malts upfront. This follows into a banana and clove ester quality. A bit of banana bread and Belgian spice. Some juicyfruit, but ultimately it smells malty. (3.75)

Flavor: The flavor follows with more bready malts upfront. Cracker, bread, and then follows into a Belgian spices of clove and banana. This linger and provides a tart and spicy pepper astringency before it finishes with a sweet, almost candied malt finish. (3.75)

Feel: Medium-bodied. Strong carbonation. Finishes soft on the palate.

Compared to Boulevard's Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale 4/16/21: Pours a more orange color with a milder head. More bready, clove, and banana malts. Less fruit, citrus, coriander, and yeast. Winner: Tank 7

Overall: A pretty good farmhouse ale/sasion. I wanted to see how this one compared to one of my favorite saisons, which is Tank 7. I think I prefer the Tank 7. This is a decent beer, but as other have mentioned its leans more malty, bready, and sweet. The clove, banana, and pepper spice show here. Overall, not as good as I expected, and drinks pretty average. (Final Rating: 3.79)

Apr 18, 2021
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mikeinportc from New York

4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle with Best By date 07/03/22
Ah.... one of my first beer-loves, back in ancient times, c. December '97. Somehow I haven't reviewed it , & have to admit, slightly intimidated to do it now. How to do it justice? Will the "objective #s measure up to my overall impression of it? Hmmmm??? OK, here goes :

Translucent gold-ish orange, with a huge forever head , that leaves a thick ring , substantial surface covering, and sheets of lacing . (Or it would, if I could hold off on drinking for a few more minutes - trust me - that's what happens. ;) )

Smell ? Nectar-Of -The-Gods, if you like that sort of thing. ;) . The usual banana, clove, "spicy" [ coriander+black pepper+ je ne sais quoi yeast aroma ], with a touch of "fresh" [wheat-derived, mostly] aroma, that usually accompanies saisons, goses, & Berliners. Just better than the usual.

Taste is similar to aroma, sort of, with elements of [very] ripe banana, black pepper, clove, coriander, 2-day-old homemade bread crust, a vague, very faint citrus element, a kiss of sweetness, and that ~indescribable (by me) , signature Ommegang yeast flavor . Some mild, mildy-drying bitterness.

Feel is light-medium, but give the impression of substantial presence, while also floating-on-air, just above eye level. Moderate, moderately-soft , carbonation tingle that extennnnnnnnnndddddddssss for quite awhile , before disappearing, & leaving the front pof the tongue a bit dry, & slightly stripped.

Overall, as you might guess, I am astounded & enthralled all over again. If anything, this might be a bit TOOOOO fresh , & could use 3-4 more months on it. If memory serves, I'd give the "Taste" rating another +.25, in that ideal state. ('Course, that might just have been the abv X [#beers] being the voices in my head. ;) In any event, if you haven't tried this, please, do yourself a favor, & go for it. (& for Dog's sake, don't drink it ice-cold - let it warm up to 45-50F , or so. :) )

Mar 30, 2021
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nick_perry from North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-yellow color with a thick white head. Funky aromas. Sharp carbonation and medium to heavy bodied. There’s a good saison flavor under there, but it’s masked a bit by the coriander and ginger. Maybe it’s just a personal flavor preference, but these flavors just don’t quite seem to go with the style.

Jan 24, 2021
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JRybacki from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a stem glass.
Strong 2-finger head when poured. Some decent lacing on the glass and nice lingering thin head on beer while drinking it down.
Strong copper color filled with carbonation bubbling to the top to keep that thin head going.
Coriander and spice right away invite you to take a drink.
Sparkling mouthfeel as soon as you take a drink and that smooths out at the end.
As described on Omegang's website, you can taste the coriander, spice, and orange peel for a really delightful beer drinking experience.
Overall, this is everything you want in a 'traditional' Saison- I fell in love with everything Omegang brewed years ago when Belgian beers became popular. It's so nice to revisit an old friend and put up a review on ba. I strongly recommend this beer any time of the year. I can't wait to try Omegang's newer offerings!

Dec 13, 2020
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crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

4.64/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I received a case of 750ml bottles for my wedding 21 years ago.
We drank one on our 10th year anniversary.
It held up vary well. I was amazed
I still have 2 bottles left cellaring.
Don't know when or if I'll ever open them.
Great beer!

Nov 15, 2020
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Danzifer from Ohio

4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice golden color, thick head, nice lacing. Smells sour, fermented wheat. Smell throws you off, it tastes nothing like it smells. Very smooth. Notes of orange, barley, spices, ginger. Nothing too pronounced, very well balanced. Mouthfeel is quite fizzy with medium-light viscosity. Overall, it doesn't smell good but it excels in most other categories. Excellent brew

Aug 21, 2020
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Spipenger from New York

4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer has a beautiful, rich taste on poor. It has a succulent, foamy head with a light amber color. The aroma is not all that apparent. However, the taste is really good. It's crisp and refreshing, especially during a pandemic on a hot, humid day in DUMBO, Brooklyn. I don't smell or taste much in the way of orange peel or the coriander. However, the coriander taste is subtle but clearly there. This beer is refreshing. Even with a 6.5% ABV it's not heavy. A must true.

Jul 09, 2020
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MaximalC from Illinois

4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy amber color topped by an inch of fine, craggy, white foam. Straightforward aroma smells of coriander and lemongrass.

The taste features biscuity malt, grassy hops, coriander, and lemongrass, with a lingering bitterness on the back end. Warming elicits notes of wheat as well as bubblegum and banana courtesy of the yeast. Barnyard funk is muted at best. Medium body and fine carbonation makes for a lively, luscious mouthfeel that's just right.

Overall, this a fine beer. While it lacks some of the nuanced flavors that often typify the style, it has no glaring weaknesses to speak of.

May 21, 2020
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artiefufkin from New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Visual: dark orange-golden, opaque, slight sediment, with strong sl off-white lingering foam with nice lacing.
Aroma: strong orange peel, moderate white pepper and clove, very slight grainy toast, nice soft spiciness.
Taste & Mouthfeel: slight coriander and bready malt notes, strong red berry fruitiness, slight sweet at first bit finishes with drying snap of high CO2.
Overall: great expression of the style, really nice carbonation and balance of profile makes this higher abv of the style an easy drinker!

May 07, 2020
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beersampler6 from Michigan

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent saison - my fourth in these past two days during the annual celebration of the style. "Best by 3/25/21" date printed on bottle. Pours a beautiful looking slightly hazy yellow-orange color with a good amount of fluffy white head that slowly settled, and small soapy sheets of lingering lacing. Smells of fresh muddled tropical hops, yeast, wheat, banana, clove, vanilla, bread, some faint floral hops. No real musty or funky aromas. Taste follows the nose, great balance and drinkability. Some very pleasant wheat flavors, not my usual style of beer but this was just so easy to drink. Smooth, mild mouthfeel, just the right amount of carbonation. Almost felt a little soft - very well done. Cheers!

Apr 05, 2020
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

In cooler at Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA. $ 4.00 (Including tax)/16 oz can ($ 0.250/oz). Reviewed 3/12/20.
Can bottom stamped Best By 07/13/19”. Stored at home at 42 degrees and served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.5.
First pour – Light yellow, clear.
Body – Light yellow, opaque. When held to direct light, light yellow with many tiny particles forming a haze.
Head – Large (Maximum 5.5 cm, aggressive center pour), white, medium density, average retention, slowly diminishing to a three to four mm crown and rocky partial cap.
Lacing – None. At 7.7% it should have been able to cough up a bit of lacing.
Aroma – 4 – Spice and yeast.
Flavor – 4 - Spice predominates. Slightly bitter, but that could be more a function of the spices than hops. No hop flavor or aroma. No malt flavors. No alcohol (7.7% ABV as marked on the label) taste or aroma. No diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3.25 – Medium, watery, medium carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 4. This is a well-made example of the style, in terms of appearance (despite no lacing) and spicy aroma. The flavor is a bit overboard on spice with too few yeast characteristics. Despite being well past the outdate, this compares well with the bottle I had back in November of 2009. I didn’t care for it then and I still don’t, although I like the style.

Mar 12, 2020
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1009 from Massachusetts

3.12/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A golden color beer that gives off juicy citrus taste. It has a spicy kick to it so make sure you aren't eating Chipotle with this fine beverage. Gentleman, Enjoy.

Feb 19, 2020
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.74/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From notes 2/11/12: Pours a beautiful opaque straw forming a large, white, thick, billowy head of foam that leaves behind minimal lacing. Aroma is a little wheat-like and yeasty, somewhat cider-like as well; some banana citrus and spice mixed in. Taste is lighter than expected with some bitterness and lightly sour sweetness (does that make sense?), pale malt, fruity esters of banana and lemon. Finishes dry with the only hop presence detectable in the sip.

Oct 27, 2019
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

What does it say about me that I haven't had, let alone rated, this highly-regarded brew? For shame.

Poured from a single bottle into a tulip.

The brew is hazy, but not cloudy, peach/gold, with excellent foamy head that quickly dissolves, but leaves a persistent ring of lace all of the way down the quaff.

The aromas are subtle but complex. Faint esters, clove, coriander, white pepper, citrus, white grape, yeast and funk.

The brew is spicy sweet on the tip of the tongue, with pale malts, esters, honey, pear, and citrus. The mid-palate carries this through with spicy yeast, white pepper, and coriander, with a bit of green apple, and white grape tartness. The hops are welcome but pleasingly understated, showing up as grassy, and earthy notes, not bitter ones. Perhaps the faintest hint of warming booze, but so mild that it melds into the peppery yeast. It skews perhaps a bit sweet for the style.

The brew is solidly medium, but remarkably carbonated and dry, nonetheless. It finishes with a pleasing tingle on the tongue.

American takes on European styles often exhibit reckless measures of hops or booze. Not this bad boy. Despite the slightly ramped up ABV, and the slightly sweeter than normal flavor, this brew is otherwise restrained and remains very well-balanced and smooth. One of the most crisp and refreshing brews at this ABV I've ever had.

Jul 20, 2019
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detgfrsh from Texas

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

From a bottle. Pours a hazy golden color with a half inch of thick white head. Classic Belgian yeast smell - banana and cloves. Medium feel. Bright orange and caramel flavors at first, followed by spice and an earthy dry finish. Awesome, a great example of the style.

May 04, 2019
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RockHop from Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A world class beer. Wish Ommegang got more cred as a brewery, but they suffer from being ahead of the curve and the IPA craze. Drank this along with Tank 7 as a comparison. This is a hazier gold. Tons of head and retention. Straight beer aroma with a bit of ginger. This has more funk, more barnyard, and more sourness than the Tank 7. Basically, more intense flavor, which doesn’t make it better or worse in my mind. Both great beers.

Apr 07, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Best by June 2016"; drank 11/4/15 @ the Yarchives.

Semi-opaque pale yellow appearance.

HUGE bright white head (careful pouring!); strong, frothy lace.

Banana, peanut butter & faint black pepper notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Banana & faint caramel flavors up front; dry black pepper notes on the finish.

A nice take; hardly transcendent.

Apr 04, 2019
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good_to_sea from Pennsylvania

4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Massive, cream-colored head and billowing carbonation after pouring. Recedes to 1-2 fingers of rocky head with good lacing. Clear, amber color.
Smell: Banana, cloves. A wheat smell like fresh, warm bread.
Taste: Banana, ginger, coriander, toast, sour apple. Sweet and crisp. Some warm, boozy alcohol flavor. The finish is great: crisp, dry, carbonated, slightly sour, and refreshing.
Feel: Dry, crisp, carbonated, tongue-coating.
Overall: This is an outstanding beer that really pops. I just want to sit and drink more of it!

Mar 03, 2019
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden-orange with visible effervescence, a creamy white head, good retention, and streaky lacing.
Smells of ripe banana, clove, hay, dried apricot, pear, apple skin, honeydew melon, and toast.
The taste follows the nose. Banana and dried apricot upfront, followed by toast and cracker, apple, pear, lemon, honeydew melon, green grape, hay and clove. A hint of sweetness throughout, but finishes dry and spicy.
The feel is medium-plus-ish, highly carbonated like champagne, providing a prickling and pillowy sensation that quickly rolls across the palate and disappears into dryness.
A sensational American saison! One of the OG American saisons, this stands up to the test of the time. Phenomenal stuff.

Feb 14, 2019
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HellsRanger from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This pours a light hazy yellow with full monster white foam, and sticky lacing. The aroma/smell is a fruity pebbles/banana bread mix of slender...
As for taste...it is full with semi dry effervescence along with the fruit/hops on the German/Belgian side...Not much of a saison man myself, but a very nice and un-expected good brew with that complex mix of flavor and aroma. This may have changed my mind on saisons...and also perfect for this time of the New Year with that champagne like feel and semi dryness.
This is a very pleasurable drink...glad I went there.

Jan 02, 2019
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edward_boumil from New York

4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a really good saison. Quite complex. Primary notes I get from this are fresh peppercorn, honey, melon, exotic spice such as coriander, sweet grain and some yeast-derived dough flavors. Quite dry, which takes away from the drinkability, and the body is on the heavier side it feels. Smooth nevertheless, carbonation is crisp. Overall great beer

Dec 22, 2018
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thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 mL cork and cage bottle from the LCBO; best before Nov 27 2019 and served barely chilled. Long overdue for a look.

Pours hazy medium gold; slightly clouded, highly effervescent body, generating more than two fingers of puffy, pillowy white head comprised of big, soapy bubbles. It falls apart slowly, requiring more than ten minutes to fully dissipate - a patchy cap and fat collar of foam remain, with gobs of messy lace also having been deposited in its wake. Kind of smells like a hefe to me - I'm getting a lot of ripe banana on the nose, with spicy hints of clove, pepper and coriander. Wheaty, grainy, bready pale malt backdrop sweetness, with light hints of lemon/orange peel and orchard fruit providing some added depth.

Quality stuff; ostensibly Belgian in theme, though I think if you gave this to me blindfolded, I'd believe it to be a hefeweizen - its ripe banana esters are the main reason for that notion, while its wheaty, bready malt notes merely reinforce it. Citrusy hints of orange peel and lemon zest rise to the occasion by mid-sip, leading into a spicy, yeasty tail end that includes suggestions of clove, pepper and coriander; clove spice and wheat grain sweetness wrap up the sip before a dry aftertaste. Medium in body, with assertive, prickly carbonation at first, though it does settle down quite a bit throughout the course of the glass, becoming more smooth and soft. While not a factor within the flavour itself, the alcohol does warm the throat/chest just a tad as you sip your way into this one.

Final Grade: 4.16, an A-. Ommegang's Hennepin did not disappoint, but it didn't exactly knock my socks off, either. That is to say, there's nothing out of place here: it's exactly what it needs to be, without going above or beyond in any specific manner. It's a solid beer in and of itself, but it's priced at $10.45 per bottle (in this market) and that seems kinda pricey for what I'm getting. Don't get me wrong - I liked it, and I'd consider buying it again, but I dunno how often I'll be returning to this at that price. In any event, cheers to a fine pick for my 1800th review.

Sep 21, 2018
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MoreBeer4me from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a big fan of Saison's overall. But this one is the best of all of them. Had it once years ago and decided to pick up a 4 pack the other day to revisit the beer. Not bad, I enjoyed it.

Aug 18, 2018
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