Ommegang (Abbey Ale) | Brewery Ommegang

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Ommegang (Abbey Ale)Ommegang (Abbey Ale)

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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Look: Pours a cloudy mahogany red color with a billowing three finger beige head that refuses to settle down or fade away and laces the glass exquisitely.

Smell: Aromas of red licorice, cherries, raisins, candied sugarplums and toffee/caramel. Mild notions of burnt orange peel and clove.

Taste: Caramelly and savory with deep notes of malty goodness and dark red fruits. Tastes of cherries, plums, red licorice, figs and mild tamarind. Spicy notes of sweet orange peel and spicy cilantro in the background, amongst notes of thyme and even rosemary, but these spices are understated and play a supporting role to the rich malt and fruit. Vaguely floral. Sweet and dry on the finish. Well attenuated like a fine port wine.

Feel: Mid weight with low carbonation. Smooth.

Overall: Don't serve this ice cold, you'll want to have this at room temperature (or slightly below) to really bring out all the flavor this beer has to offer. This is a very nice slow sipping beer to enjoy over the course of an afternoon or evening.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.61/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to goblet. Look is medium reddish brown, off white, very creamy head. Head is lasting, bubbly legs after every sip. Aroma is Brown bread, yeast, hint of citrus, orange I think, raisin, coriander. Taste is honey, brown sugar, some yeasty Belgian Wang, but not too bad. Sweetness tempers the wang. Little bits of malt and spice. Orange peel. Pretty good Belgian style. Ommegang is always tasty. Thanks to my Wife for a great stocking stuffer.

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Photo of vainosuomi
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Deep, rich mahogany/brown color, think creamy light brown head. Decent bit of sediment too that doesn't fully diffuse
Smell: Caramel, spice, fruit (green grape, dark fruit), hint of alcohol
Taste: Sweet bready and caramel malt backbone gives way to coriander/spice, fruit, toffee, and light herbal hops and alcohol.
Feel: Medium body (bit on the heavy side maybe), creamy, moderate carbonation, almost a sticky/bready feel, and a bit warm. Clean finish.

Overall a quality dubbel. Very drinkable with great flavors. The ABV is masked pretty well.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle served in Tulip glasses for the Thanksgiving feast. Date/batch stamp L010814B4. Best Before 01/01/18.

Appearance: Cloudy/translucent brown with a 1/4" tan foam. Some occasional strands of lacing noted.

Smell: Fruity, malty, with a hint of some phenols.

Taste: Belgian-style yeast fruity esters, toasted malt, a hint of raisin, some phenol, herbal hops. The finish is complex, with herbal/fruity/floral/bitter all mixed in. Just a hint of something metallic as well at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Nice thickness with a good carbonation. A bit sticky on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: A very nice Dubbel. We finished off the bottle easily and it went very well with Turkey-based Swedish meatballs, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, and spicy sweet potatoes. A very complex beer in flavor and something I'll have to pick up again.

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Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
4.76/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Whenever I want an affordable, great-tasting Belgian style ale, and I have already had my fill of Three Philosophers for the week, I can always rely on its lighter (yet still fruity) cousin, the Abby Ale. I can nurse a bottle of this in a Duvel tulip for hours. Ommegang just knows what the hell they're doing. Period.

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Photo of AMBNT_notes
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I don't think I have ever given a beer a 5/5, but this beer absolutely deserves it. I believe that it is not a stretch to say that this is the best beer I have ever had in my life. I can't think of words to adequately describe this beer

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Photo of wjoelbrooks
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a glass into a shaker pint glass.

L: Rich, reddish brown with lots of bubbles; heavy, frothy, two-finger head (although I was a bit aggressive with the pour). Very little lacing.

S: Sweet and spicy. The aroma is enticing, hinting at a degree of bitterness that doesn't materialize completely in the taste. Belgian styles are not my favorite, but this is a definite, decisive exception to that tendency. Smells very sweet--in a good way.

T: Fruity bread; toffee, caramel, vanilla. Little of the bitterness I expect from an ale. Very smooth aftertaste.

F: Medium body, with ample carbonation. Surprisingly light for and ale with so much flavor.

O: Incredible beer. One of my favorites. Dubbers can be heavy and overpowering, but this is unassuming and easy to drink contrasted to the others in the same vein. I think that this beer would appeal to a large portion of enthusiasts who might not otherwise like the style.

Over 8.00% ABV--be careful.

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Photo of dcscientist
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a very good dubbel, if just a bit more bitter than I was expecting from the description. I got the coriander and the cumin, but not as much of the malt or sweet orange peel flavoring. Then again, I had it poured from a bottle into a glass, so it didn't have a chance to age. Their website indicates that caramel, fig and currant notes come out over time, which would make this a little more balanced. But that isn't to take anything away from what was a fine beer.

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Photo of cwalter
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tan head that is two fingers in depth. Beer is a dark red/burgundy color. Tastes of chicory wood and cherries along with some other dark fruits. Very floral aroma. Nice malty taste as well as a medium mouth feel. Leaves a pleasant aftertaste of cherries.

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Photo of fission523
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark amber with a thick, beige head.

Nose is sweet - cherries and crème brûlée.

Taste is slightly bitter, slightly sweet, very smooth. Mouthfeel is thinner than expected but pleasant. Aftertaste is a bitter with a bite of alcohol.

Overall, very drinkable. Not my favorite, but definitely enjoyable.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I bought a bottle of the Abbey Ale from my local Meijer. It poured a rich amber with a thick white head. The scent was slightly floral with dark fruit presence. The taste is clean and well balanced. I did not get much of the anise or cumin as the bottle labeled suggested. However, dark fruit was present. I was a little disappointed with the mouthfeel as it was lighter than expected in the body but had nice carbonation. Overall the beer is good, but I would like to have a bit heavier mouthfeel.

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Photo of DonIII
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So far, this is my favorite beer of all time. It's strong with a high ABV and I like that. It's not bitter or hoppy. It finishes like caramel for me. I absolutely love it.

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Photo of MMOSNN
4.61/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look - a rich ruby red color with a tan head that disappears immediately and there's some spotty lacing.
Smell - a lot of licorice/anise and coriander, some sweet orange citrus, caramel malts, some booze.
Taste - you get coriander, that sweet orange, licorice/anise, a solid malty caramel backbone, and it finishes with some boozy notes along with coriander, orange, and caramel.
Feel - pretty low carbonation, but it's still quite chewy.
Overall - I always love some licorice and/or anise in my beer so I appreciate this addition to their Dubbel. And it goes above and beyond by balancing this component with competing flavors, such as sweet orange and coriander, while also delivering a malty, boozy punch that stays with you. I would like to see more head retention and lacing as well as more carbonation, even though the body is pretty spot-on.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours ruby brown with a thick head.

smell is mild yet sweet. some raisins to this.

taste is clean and mild. not overpowering at all. smooth drinker, a mellow char to it yet finishes oddly sweet. some sourness to it.

not bad at all, a good Dubbel. not something i would drink frequently but it is a good beer.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark-brown color, with a rather large light-brown and active head. Dissipates quite quickly.

Smells of nuts, raisins, and some dark caramel malts.

As typical with Belgians, mouthfeel is incredibly drinkable. The taste is subtle, but I get nutmeg, caramelized malts, and some earthy herbal spices.I also get figs.

This is a very good Belgian dubbel.

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Photo of musicsherlock
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz.
Bottled 4/30/13
Best by 4/30/15
Reviewed 5/22/16

Cellared for two years, poured into a tulip glass

Cloudy reddish brown with a billowy tan head that clings nicely and leaves a film

Smells of raisins, plums and toffee

Tastes of stone fruit and tame licorice with a good malty backbone, earthy and fruity. Lingering sweetness, a little alcohol hotness

Crisp yet creamy with good carbonation

Excellent cellaring beer. Balances nicely with some time. Prefer this to the fresh 12 oz version, tastes closer to the 750 ml version

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Photo of YoungMtn52
4.74/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

If beer was a milkshake then this would be it...Had it in snifter type glass with deep brown texture with toffee, coffee and chocolate notes. Rich creamy flavor and mild aftertaste. Great beer for relaxing on a cold winter night ...great beer -- worth the extra price.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Oh wow. I think these reviews may be right.

Starting off, I pour a murky prune juice colored body with accents of kidney bean and brick reds. Opacity is 90% and I'd rate the SRM right at about shade #31. The head is butter colored and very rocky, receding slowly to make sure you get a gander at its excellence.

The aroma is Belgian alright - with yeast and musty barley, trailing with sharp oranges, dark plums, prune, and coriander.

I honestly have to say, this reminds me of a Barleywine - and a knockout one at that. Even so, it still retains Dubbel characteristics, (and I'm naming these off as I taste them) with roast malt, bubblegum, yeast, honey, burnt grain, valencia orange, blood orange, peanut, plum, and finally a total alcohol assault sting.

Flavor is thick and juicy, and smacks you right in the face. It still has some polite creaminess but an aggressive carbonation keeps you on your toes. It dries out completely with an alcoholic finish.

Overall, this is another fantastic beer from Ommegang. I'd say it's the Barleywine of Dubbels...and that's not a bad thing. It will knock you down.

Edit: a year on this baby turns it into a well aged bourbon scotch Ale thing.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle Poured into a glass

A- pours a deep burgundy color with a one-finger foamy white head that eventually reduces to a ring around the edge

S- caramalized sugar sweetness with notes of anise, citrus peel, clove, caramel & ripe cherries

T- dry up front with notes of anise, pepper & clove. Mid-palate brings a powdery sugary sweetness, with notes of red cherry & ctrus peel, fruity dry yeast on the finish

M- medium body with moderate champagne-like carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that dances on th tongue before finishing bone dry

O- solid dubbel with a complexity to match some of its Belgian counterparts

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark ruddy hazy colored pour with thin film of tan bubbles. Aroma is complex - lots of malt as expected with tons of dark fruits, plums, raisins, some cocoa, caramel - almost too much for my sensitive sniffer... but in a good way. Flavor is good but not quite as exciting - still malty with some prune and sweetness. Fairly clean finish. Very good, but a little wacky. Still looking for my ideal dubbel.

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Photo of mercmoon
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very good, a shade darker than it feels, which is good but it does have a bit of a 'happy' look to it while the darkness is definitely there. Nonetheless quite good.

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Photo of jeffdr123
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fascinating. Lots going on here. In a snifter at Fleming's. Half inch head. Lots of carbonation. Layers of tastes, from dark fruit to Caramel to interesting spices. It's a sophisticatrd sipper. But for some reason, it started to feel a little gimmicky.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Unquestionably a great beer, but I have to say that it ages surprisingly poorly for a Belgian-style dubbel on lees. After a year and a half in my cellar, it takes on a slightly cloying, barleywine-like sweetness that tamps down the complexity of the fresher version of this brew. In both old and new bottles, flavors of brown sugar, licorice, strawberries, and other fruity, malty flavors are abundant. It definitely qualifies as the meal-in-a-bottle that a hearty Belgian ale is supposed to be, but leave it around too long and it's more of a rich dessert. Still great, but I prefer it a bit smoother, less sticky.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From bottle, pours hazey reddish brown with a small tan head. Aroma dark fruits, brown bread, malty, chocolate. Taste dark fruits, brown sugar, like the nose, very nice.

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Photo of Oldejoe
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks. A golden ruby settling a bit toward brown, with a very frothy head.
Smell. Thin, clean, high in the nose, peachy, grape fruity aroma. Sounds weird, but actually interestingly enticing.
Taste. The familiar Belgian farmhouse flavors (yeast based?) nicely balanced with the malty foundation. Good well-balanced finish also, mildly dry. Not getting any hoppiness anywhere.
Feel. Nice substantial, medium-heavy body and medium sort of sparkle.
Overall. The farmhouse element, which I am not overly keen on, is nicely balanced by the malty body. Not something I want a lot of or often, but a very nice sipping beer in the right occasion.

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