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 Sammy
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am the Contrarian, and seemed to be the only one to try this at Mondial Montreal 2005. The bottle did not stand out against the Fantomes, or maybe everyone thought they had the lineup. Their loss. Opaque reddish and smooth, medium mouthfeel. I like the yeast profile of this brewery, and this one was smelled significantly spicy.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark cooper with red tints and a thick, firm and lasting head.

Nose is all assertive cooked pears and stone fruit; very Belgian nose and very pleasant.

Mouthfeel is medium creamy and big and well balanced, although from the small bottle that's this sample it is somewhat highly carbonated, lessened with a few good swirls.

Flavors are assertive, bold and big creamed sweet coffee, carmel and toffee and stone fruit with a nice coffee/citrus skin bitter finish.

Well made and drinkable although a bit of the higher alcohol comes through in nose and flavor profile.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: single finger head on a murky crimson and copper body.

S: aroma is light with musty Belgian yeast, mild dark fruit mostly fig and raisin. Nice toffee presence.

T: the malts take a back seat to Belgian yeast, fig and raisin dark fruit and clove. Toffee, caramel and Brown sugar notes.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: this is one of my favorite dubbels. The malt profile is the right amount and it captures the Belgian yeast and spice character you think of for this genre.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky dark brown with a foamy 2 inch khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, dark fruit, and some spice aromas. Taste is slightly tart with toasted malt, caramel, toffee, and spice flavors with the dark fruits coming through more on the finish. There is a pretty high amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but I was not expecting the sour flavor and the high spice bitterness on the finish. However, this is still a solid beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a lovely american dubbel. it pours a rich cherrywood color with a two inch tan head that is fizzy and lasting. the nose is quite yeasty, spiced, and a little sugary like candy. there is a ton of fruit in the flavor, dried and a little sweet, but totally balanced by the yeast, the bubbles, and the alcohol. this is a really fun brew, elegant and sassy. finish is sweet but quick, the yeast lasts on the tongue for a bit. this has infinite culinary potential. mouthfeel is perhaps even a little overcarbonated, its so bubbly i cant always taste every bit of it. it doesnt settle down at all either. medium body and way dinkable for over 8% abv. like all ommegang beers, this is something special.

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Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a slightly muddy brown color with a tan colored head. The head sticks around but does really give us a whole lot of lacing. The aroma of the beer was yeasty and had some dark fruits in the mix. The taste of the beer seemed pretty close to a real Belgian Dubbel. This was one of my first Ommegangs I had ever tried and was surprised that they were based out of NY. The flavors are earthy and rich, some yeasty fruits in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium and not overly carbonated.

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Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear brownish amber in color and poured with a thin yet dense off white head that faded away, leaving only a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are sweet aromas of candi sugars in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is very sweet with flavors of candi sugars.
M: It feels medium-bodied and relatively smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The sweetness is slightly cloying.
O: The beer isn’t that difficult to drink because the alcohol is well masked from the taste (provided you can get through the sweetness).

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 12 oz. single of this for about $2... pours a beautiful ruby red with a nice big head to it, some slight lacing is left on the glass. With aroma I pick up a lot of dark fruits and other sweet smelling things which smell good, but can't quite distinguish. Taste now.. great mouthfeel and body to this one, very smooth and creamy going through the mouth. Again, some raisin/fig type of flavors with a sort of spicy finish.. finishes a bit dry for my liking but for its ABV it's way too drinkable. Reminds me a lot of a good red wine too.. lots of flavors going on here and very well balanced.. might be the best American Belgian I've tried.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This flagship Belgian Dubbel for Brewery Ommegang nails the style like very few can. Quite refreshing to see this kind of quality in Belgium brewing in the U.S. because it's disheartening what American brewers try to pass off as 'authentic' Belgian Ales.

The pour delivers a rich and creamy looking ale with a deep bronze coloring, maybe resembling rust with the second and more noticably hazy pour from the 750mil bottle. Capped with a dense ivory froath, the head proves withstanding throughout the session while multiple rings of lace adorn the glass, reminding me of how many drinks it took me to get there.

Again, 'rich' becomming the operative word, this time when describing aromas. Light toffee, chestnuts, a berry mix, light vinous wine notes, woody tanins, black pepper, bread crust, and toasted black currants all play in the spicy, fruity, and succulent scent. Though the depth and roundness doesn't rival Westmalle Dubbel, there's absolutely no flaw in this pristinely aromatic ale.

All those nutty, richer toffee, molasses, berry and peppery notes are well portrayed in taste as well; but along with complementary flavors of apples, plumbs, grapes, dates, figs, and a yeasty, earthy brine. Very well melded and integrated flavors result in a balance that favors the malt sweetness and fruity esters, but relying on peppery spice and understated hop bitterness to offset sweetness and develop the drinkability that these richer ales require. A touch of cinnamon and brown sugar rise as the beer warms, as well as that Merlot-like Belgian twang.

Delightfully creamy and succulently rich, this boldly textured ale retains it's tooth from its initial sip, past mid palate, and deeply into a warming and toasty-dry finish. Peppery spice, alcohol warmth, and dying carbonation allows for a pleasantly balance for a beer that carries such malty sweetness.

Although the yeast character from this beer could contribute a greater depth of character with the estery/spicy balance and with the rate of dryness, this beer seems slightly less characterful than, say- Chimay Premiere or Westmalle Dubbel. But this classy Dubbel Ales isn't only an American gem, it's in the class with regal Belgian Dubbels like those of Grimbergen.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml caged and corked bottle, another offering from Ommegang to we here in Canada, but actually owned by Duvel Moortgat in Belgium.

This beer pours a hazy, dark ruby amber hue, with a ton of thinly foamy, and puffy whipped cream beige head, which settles in for a long spell (retention can be overwrought - voila, exhibit A), eventually receding to leave some spiffy webbed lace around a columnar island in the middle of the glass.

It smells of dark sugar, bubble gum, earthy, zingy yeast, anise, a sturdy pale malt, and muddled sweet spices. The taste is sweet pastry-like bready malt, brown sugar, some faint black fruit, slightly sugary black licorice, mild floral yeast, a subtle booze warming, and soft earthy hops.

The carbonation is fairly low, the body a solid medium weight, and unobstructed in its smoothness. It finishes sweet and spicy, the Belgian candy sugar and holiday European zesty flavours tip toeing through a mild, but tricky alcohol undercurrent.

I guess that's why the label proclaims "True Belgian Dubbel". An agreeable enough cross-Atlantic effort - the Belgian character, terroir, whatever, gives this some decent complexity, though not overly so. Drinkable, until the too-subtle spicing gives way to the burgeoning heat, but that takes a while, and this is indeed a generous bottle...that I paid for once, and seemingly will do so again.

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Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A very attractive Belgian, with a mahogany color (garnet highlights) and a frothy tan head that splashes a lot of lacing around the chalice

Smell: Raisin spice cake, brown sugar, and rum-soaked dried dark fruit

Taste: Dark fruit, up front, with developing fig and golden raisin elements, followed by an increasingly sweet candi sugar aspect that adds a spice cake flavor by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavor is more sweet than complex, with a hint of coconut on the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; a hint of warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: I think I was spoiled by the cave aged version, or perhaps this one should have spent more time in my cellar (I purchased and drank it on the same day), but it seems to lack a depth of complexity; still, quite a nice dubbel

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Photo of kojevergas
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into a 12 oz pilsner glass at Russell's Smokehouse in Denver. Cost was $6.00 USD.

A: Pours a half finger khaki colour head. Some creaminess. Nice thickness. Above average retention.

Body colour is a dark nontransparent non-opaque amber. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Creamy. Dark fruit (plum and fig). Biscuity yeast. Toasted and caramelized clean malts. Dark cherry. Subtle floral and fruity hop notes. Quite pleasant and inviting. I cna't wait to try it. The dark fruit is marvelous. Delightfully subtle all around. An aroma of mild strength.

T: Dark fruit, raisin, toasted malt, biscuity yeast, some bright fruit (likely contributed by the hops), cherry, cream, light subtle caramelization, and clean specialty malts - maybe biscuit and/or amber. Nicely balanced and built, with fruit at the forefront. A subtle, complex brew that maintains its drinkability impressively well. No alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Some creaminess. Yet it's coarse enough to aid flavour delivery - especially on the climax. Good thickness. Maybe a touch overcarbonated.

Dr: Very drinkable. Hides its ABV quite well. A nice brew in the style. Another solid beer from Ommegang. The fruit forward approach really works for it, but it does get a bit artificial feeling as you get nearer the bottom of your glass.

High B-/Borderline B

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a burgundy lightly hazy color ale with a huge light brown head with perfect retention. Aroma is malty with traces of spices (pepper with a touch of cinnamon?). Taste is very enjoyable with a mix between some nice floral malt and some sweet dry fruit (raisin). Body is full and alcohol is well hidden. Very enjoyable and probably the best I had from Ommegang.

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Photo of oline73
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy reddish amber color with two fingers of fluffy off white head that fades and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: Sweet malt with some caramel, dark fruit, and yeast spice notes.

Taste: The taste is a lot like the smell. Carmel and dark fruit notes from the malt. The yeast gives the beer a nice Belgian spice note that works well with the sweet flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressive carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a very nice representation of the style. I enjoyed the blend of sweet and spice flavors. I would definitely have another.

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Photo of zeff80
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a cloudy, copper color with a large head. Great lacing, too. You can smell the hops and spices instantly. The hop and spice taste is apparent at first sip. It also has a slight bitter kick to it, as well. It has a smooth mouthfeel. It is very drinkable, but due to the high abv I would only have one. Great "American" Belgium brew.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderately dark brown with some reddish hues. Off white head and some good lacing. Nose brings forward raisins, molasses, caramel, brown sugar, and dark fruits. The taste doesn't quite meld everything together, with some sugars and dark fruits coming through in the end. Moderate, creamy mouthfeel with lowish carbonation. Drinks pretty well, but not my favorite from them.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 10/10/2012. Pours very hazy and cloudy deep ruby red color with a nice 2-3 finger dense and fluffy khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big raisin, prune, apple, fig, molasses, banana, brown bread, clove, light pepper, floral, candi sugar, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of raisin, apple, prune, fig, molasses, toast, banana, candi sugar, clove, floral, light pepper, light chocolate, bread, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light and dark fruits, molasses, toast, banana, candi sugar, light clove, floral, bread, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; with moderate malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Dubbel style. Great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy ester notes with malt balance; and very smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of nickfl
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Two fingers of off-white head with a toffee colored tinge. The body is a hazy dark brown and as the rocky head settles slowly, it leaves moderate lace.

S - Toasty malt with notes of caramel and toffee. Noticeable yeast character including some pepper notes and a light plum aroma.

T - Complex brown malt up front; toffee, caramel, chocolate covered raisins, and figs. The yeast character remains in the middle with lingering dark fruit notes. Malt takes over in the finish, lots of toast and caramel with just a hint of hop bitterness balancing.

M - Medium-heavy body, moderate carbonation, and a reasonably dry finish.

D - Very drinkable with a well balanced, but complex malt profile. The yeast contributes the necessary fruit notes without any hot alcohol and the hops never assert themselves, but are still able to contribute balancing bitterness. This is a great example of the style, and the price is pretty much impossible to beat.

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Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Real nice burgundy in color with a great head,with nice Belgian lace left there.Somewhat medicinal in aroma with a little bit of fruit showing up there.Taste was sweet the some chesnut in there as well incredible smooth,the alcohol showed up fast as well.Became stronger as it warmed,about as authentic as you can get,the know what they are doing up there in Cooperstown.

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

Strange somehow I never got around to reviewing this.

Pours a big fizzy fluffy tan color head, big fluffy lacing very hazy murky auburn brown color.

Nose sweet candy, molasses, brown sugar, Belgian candi sugar, nutty toffee, rich dense candy malts, dark fruits with fig and candied raisin, hint of warming booze and light esters, light bready biscuit, burnt sugar and creme brulee.

Taste starts with malts and dark fruits, dried fig, candied raisin, date, nutty toffee, into sweet characters, molasses, burnt brown sugar, candi sugar, etc, parallels the nose in some ways. The warming booze and esters come through with a phenolic kick and touch medicinal, into light bitter earthy hops. Finish is drier but a bit sweet, sticky, light more hot booze and light phenols, more dark fruits and sweet candy characters.

Mouth is big syrupy but not too sticky, decent carb, warming booze.

Overall quite nice. Pretty much the staple for American made Dubbel that is really well done like one would find in Belgium.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, reddish amber in color with a big fluffy head. The aroma is quite distinct: lightly candyish, dryish dark fruit, slightly burnt toffee, light spice with a bit of honey, and maybe, licorice. The carbonation level is high, but very fine, and gives a creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is bold, offering flavors similar to the aroma. It starts with sweetish flavors, honey and caramel, then moves into a darker licorice and spice as it crosses the tongue, finally drying out nicely in the finish. I find this beer (and all of their beers) age nicely, offering a tighter presentation of its flavors at around a year.

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

Ommegang Abbey Ale served from a fresh 22 oz bottle. Revised lightly and mostly upwards in Feb. 2016 with an aged (BB 8-2013) 12 oz bottle.

Pours a clear mahogany color with a near perfect head. The eticing aroma is mostly malts but has some spicy and dark fruit elements.
Flavor: Enjoyable and compelling taste with good balance. Features sweet malt, dark bread and dark fruit notes.

Medium body and medium+ carbonation.

O: very good and recommended; nearly up with the best Belgians. Aged quite well.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep ruby red color with a medium off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of banana, apricot, berries and other dark fruits, caramel, Belgian yeast and spices.

T: The taste is very well-balanced, with flavors of dark fruits, apricot, banana, caramel, Belgian yeast and rich malts. It has just the right amount of sweetness and a mild but quite complimentary hop presence. There's very little hint of the 8.50% ABV. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Very smooth with a little crispness, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Pretty tasty, goes down quite easily, slightly filling, very good representation of style, nice kick, this is a beer worth drinking for a whole evening if you're in the Belgian mood, but I'm not sure if I'd be able to go past the one large bottle without getting too full. The bottle I drank was purchased in spring of 2007, so it's been at least 6 months not counting the time it was at the liquor store, but it's definitely a lot better than the time I had it fresh at tasting a while back.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear dark brown in color with some hints of garnet red when held up to the light. The beer has a three finger tall tan head that reduces to about a finger of dense foam covering the entire surface of the beer. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of dark fruit (raisin and cherry) as well as some sweet toffee notes.

T: The beer starts out quite malty with toffee notes and some candi sugar. There are also moderate notes of dark fruit (raisin and cherry) and some spices. Light alcohol presence.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

O: A very enjoyable sipping beer, not the easiest beer to drink. The alcohol is present, especially in the taste, and not as well hidden as I hoped or expected. There is a very nice complexity to the flavor.

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

First had: on tap at Ommegang, Cooperstown, NY

Poured a cloudy copper-brown with a small beige head that dissipates quickly. Dark sugars in the aroma, with dried fruits, and sweet malts. Similar taste, with brown sugar, molasses, raisins, peach, and a hint of clove and allspice. Alcohol comes through just a bit. Complex and flavorful, well-balanced, medium-bodied, and a pleasant drink.

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