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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.4/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, dark amber color with tan head. Aroma has sugar and dried fruits, mostly raisins. Taste follows with dried fruits and candi sugar but there is also a metallic note, not really pleasant. Medium body, medium plus carbonation. The metallic note fades after some time but it's still a mediocre beer for my taste.

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

Highly carbonated. I poured a bit too vigorously and started with a glassful of foam. Dark ruby color. Aroma has funky yeast, dark fruit, layered malty breadiness, a hint of orange, licorice, and coriander. Taste has raisins, sweet complex malts, peppery spice, warming alcohol, and orange peel. Spicy, rich, floral, and fruity. This is an outstanding beer. Elegantly conceived and brilliantly constructed, the malt, spice, and yeast elements yield an ever changing mosaic of flavors.

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Photo of EMH73
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very slightly cloudy reddish-brown with a one inch tan head that left little lacing. Smells and tastes of caramel, sweet malts, Belgian yeast, dark fruits, spices and toffee. Light to medium bodied, well carbonated, smooth mouth feel.

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

For a high point beer this is extremely smooth. Pours a deep brown tea color. The smell has wheat, grape, raisin slightly sour flavor. A little more carbonated than I like but still smooth swallow and little aftertaste. A really good dubbel.

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

This is the second brew from Ommegang in 2 nights. This is definitely is one of the best beers I have ever had! Looking forward to trying more from them.

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Photo of Holderness
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy reddish brown with a handsome two finger light tan head. The head is dense and velvety, and leaves minimal lacing on the glass. Smells fabulous -- lots of caramely malts, apple, plums, pineapple, brown sugar, and a mild yeastiness. Taste is sweet, malty, and boozy, with an herbal kick. Big, sticky mouthfeel. Definitely the best dubbel I've had that's produced in America.

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Photo of Ricelikesbeer
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I love the authenticity of Ommegang ales. They are as authentic/classic as it gets. I'm not sure how many yeast strains they use in their lineup, but they seem to really pull off yeast-centric beers that showcase all of the typical spice an fruitiness of an authentic Belgian strain, without an overly heavy handed usage of specialty malts like many American breweries tend to do. Their spicing is subtle and complimentary as well, which shows their knowledge and expertise in a major way. Had to review their flagship beer as it is a classic in my mind too.

L: Pour is extremely carbonated! glad to see this, it works and is very appropriate for the style. I recommend a wide mouth glass and a slow pour. Color is deep brown/burgundy with reddish highlight and off white fluffy head. clarity is decent but not completely transparent. Little to no yeast sediment.

S: Nice estery-spice combo. aroma of sweet malts and estery yeast character is present. A bit of booze is there too.

T: Extremly flavorful and wonderfully balanced on the palate. There is plenty of dark fruit, estery sweetness, a bit of caramel malt character that is not overwhelming, and spice too. Very complex and and changes as it warms. you can easily quaff this but it is great to sip on and ponder.

F: light, medium body. the high carbonation helps with the smoothness and drinkability.

O: I really don't know of many better "dubbels" out there, American or Belgian. It is rare that I can say this outdoes many Belgian examples. This would be a good one to lay down for verticles, but it is great fresh. Well done Ommegang!

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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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