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 | website

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 1,731 | Ratings: 4,478
Photo of PorterLambic
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Really lookied forward to this beer after having the 3 Philosphers.

Pours out a dark, reddish-brown witha big,tight, firm, caramel colored head that drops slowly to a thick film.
Smell is roasted malt, a cherry fruitiness and light hops in the back.
Taste is malty, fruity(cherry) with a good alcohol bloom late.
Mouthfeel is very smooth, warming in the mouth and throat, full bodied. Good flavor.
Drinkability is good but high ABV makes it a one time per day beer. Additionally, the 3 Philosophers was a much better offering from this brewery.

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Photo of putnam
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Originally rated in October 2002.

This was the last bottle from a case purchased a year ago, yet there is no dating to be found on the bottle. The aromas are quite sweet with loads of molasses, maple syrup, cocoa and an alcohol-fueled perfume of allspice. Dark brown, the liquid passes unsweet flavors of burned sugar, licorice, beef broth and acorns to the mouth. Charred applewood, demerara Rum, boysenberry and smoked pepper images all can be teased from this beautiful drink.The texture is hurried by alcohol and reveals more complex structure than I can recall from this brand: angular, rustic and filled with humid botanical fragrance.

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Photo of Hibernator
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this out of a 750 ML brown bottle. Classy looking label with a caged cork on top. I paid $4.99. Served this beer in a goblet.

Appearance is a burgundy-brown color. Awesome fluffy head on top.

Strong aroma of sweet malts, plums, sugar and belgian yeast.

Taste of malt, foreign spices, sugars, and belgian speciality yeast. Honey and hints of plum on the finish. A rich tasting beer that is complex in flavors and smooth.

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

Very dark and cloudy unfiltered cider color, almost a dark rootbeer color. More reddish towards the end...Nice and thicky creamy khaki head that left enough behind to keep me happy and would still swirl back up to existance. Scents of red wine and bit of whiskey. Alot of carbination, but not excessive. Tastes of merlot, slight bite in there but not much. Hearty burgundy wine followed with a sip of hearty ale...
Became more sugary as it warmed....
Nice one, great flavors and good drinkability.

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

Dark red copper body, some carbonation and decent head and lace.
Sweet spice and some fruity scents mingled together, very interesting.
Taste is much the same as the smell. Pretty complex with sweet caramel, fruit and spice, maybe some licorice too.
Hops aren't readily detectable but this is still a good brew that finishes dry.
Good mouthfeel, not too thick or thin and decent drinkability.


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Photo of GuinnessSmurf
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Autumn brown/orange look with a patchy beige/orange head. Carbonation rises to the surface in perfectly straight verticle lines on the side of the glass.

Smell: Faint smell...traces of alcohol and apple.

Taste: Begins as a mellow soft flavor like vanilla or banana and as it sits on the tongue it increases to a citrus bitter filled with a full dark alcohol finish with a substantial aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Body is very well balanced. It allows you to taste all of this beer's complexities yet fades just quickly enough to make you hurry back for another sip.

DA: Yeh, its a good purchase. I'll buy it again.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark hazy cloudy russett brown with no light escaping in a wine glass pour. No head coating to speak of.

Big scents blast up of marashino cherries, malts, dark fruit and ripe bananas. Tons of spice blends of coriander, cloves and nutmeg.

Rich velvety spiced malts reminiscent of brown sugar and rum torte cake notes. As this 8.5% ABV sipper gracefuly warmed, Tastycake Butterscotch Krimpets took over. [Maybe this is a Philly thing, yo!] Yeasty cinnamon roll dough and lingering aftertaste of maple syrup. Some esters after warmed.

Medium bodied, albeit a bit tacky.

Last swigs: Other OMMEGANG'S are superior to this eponymous offering. Spicey big yeasty cinnamon dough notes that are big...too max styled to be overly drinkable.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is a deep crimson brown in color. The head is about 2 fingers high that falls to a quarter inch over the beer. The nose is somewhere between a dark caramel and the fig I get from a good Belgian. Its kind of enigmaic for me. The flavor is not quite as strong as I would like it to be. The malts are present, but they are not n my face. This one is also a bit thin for my liking. Drinkability is high, but I think this is at a sacrifice from the other aspects of this beer.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had this quite a while back, and I was suprised to see that I hadn't reviewed it. I had it again, and what a wonderful, unique brew. This is the maltiest Belgian-styled beer I can remember having. Reminds me of Scottish Ale, with the sweet bisquity malt backbone. A nice, foamy head sits atop a dark ruby brew. Full and creamy, bursting with fruity flavors. I can't wait to get more. Better than I remember, and (once again) quite unique.

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Photo of Sixpoint
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought this in the bottle from Half-Time Beverages in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Peer poured a dark burgundy, just as the label suggested. The head on the beer is also a dark brown!

Perhaps this beer was fermented with dark candi sugar. Or perhaps some roasted barley or copious amounts of special B were added. At any rate, I'm definitely noticing the dark brown head on this Belgian Abbey ale.

Smells good... mostly malt, just a faint whiff of hops in the distance.

Tastes nice... full-bodied, balanced slightly by hops and a little bit of alchohol in the finish.

Overall, the beer is very spicy and warming. A nice apertif... definitely would not want to drink more than 2.

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

This ale had a nice, creamy, foamy head that lasted for a while. The color was lighter than I expected for such a dark brown ale.

The aroma had a slightly musty, stong malt quality with fruitiness around the edges... a little trace of hops as well.

The taste was wonderful... it was well carbonated and dry, with apple and banana flavors mingled with a light spicy hoppiness. A very good beer to end a night of sampling with.

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Photo of Rio
3.72/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, corked and caged. Lots of foam as soon as I popped the cork, but I was disappointed to see the tall, light brownish head fade away to almost nothing very quickly. Dark brown in color, about the shade of the label. Smells heavy of dark fruit, a bit of a sweetness, to it. Perhaps a brown sugar scent.

Tastes sweet up front, but has some interesting spices that seem to follow it. Pretty bubbly on the tongue, and a little dry at the end.

It's a good beer, but the spices and the bubbly mouthfeel make it a little less appealing to me. Still very drinkable, just not something I would probably enjoy often. Still, at three and a half bucks for 750 ml, it's a good buy for a good beer.

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Photo of carln26
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a deep, deep brown, with a 1 inch head of mostly fine grain bubbles. There was a delicate lace, but it did not retain. The nose is just a faint hint of malt. I didn’t get much of the aroma. The taste has just a hint of a black cherry (the malt?), but this beer is definitely defined by the malt. I don’t really feel or taste the hops at all. It has a medium/light mouth feel (surprisingly), and a medium/high drinkability. This is a god attempt at an abbey style, but I’ve had better.

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

Deep brown hue with red reflects. Honest light brown head. Malty and yeasty nose rich of fruity overtones (prune, apples) and chocolatey. Initial sweet attack which is not unbalanced thanks to a long yeasty dry finish. Alcohol noticeable, but undistracting. Round medium body with very high carbonation, although not as much as rare vos luckily. Pretty good, but I’ve yet to be truly impressed by a dubbel and I must say that Ommegang has never impressed me all that much besides Three Philosophers.

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

App: Very dark, almost completely black. Head is thick and almost tan.

Smell: Alcohol and ripe bananas stand out. Slight malt backing.

Taste: Strong taste of overripe fruit. Lots of banana. Alcohol. Bitterness in the back. Aftertaste is both crisp and lingeringly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Not as thick as I expected. Aftertaste makes the mouth powdery.

Drinkability: It would be hard to drink more than a few, but good for the style, as I see it.

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Photo of TagoMago
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750 ml. corked bottle, poured into Trappist glass.

Appearance: Dark amber with a reddish hue when held up to light, with a very full-bodied appearance. The beer pours with a beautiful tan colored head. The retention is great as the head gradually subsides to a thick, creamy foam which rests atop of the beer. A nice tan lacing clings to the glass.

Smell: Intense malts with some sweet fruitiness - almost plum-like in character. Some clove notes. Some underlying, estery alcohol notes are present as well.

Taste: Rich and incredibly smooth. The body is extremely creamy and velvety, though the initial carbonation that hits the palate is quite vibrant and untamed. There are some intense malts upfront, coupled with some spicy, fruty, estery notes in the finish. Overall, the finish is rather dry.

Overall: This beer is nearly flawless. This is, without a doubt, the best beer of its style made in the US. This beer is actually better than many of the Belgian-made beers of the exact same style.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of noclue
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 750ml bottle corked and caged(bottle-conditioned).

Appearance: Big foaming off-white head with itsy-bitsy bubbles. Highly carbonated with rich, dark amber color. Very sticky lacing.

Smell: Sweet, Malty. Caramel! Strong nose.

Taste: Sweet yet spicy. Fruity. Tropical. Plums.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Tingles the palate. High carbonation.

Overall/Drinkability: A sipping brew that sneaks up on you. I don't have much more to say. Outstanding. Execellent. Superb. Great. I want more!

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

750 ml bottle-conditioned.

Burnt, off-white head that dissipates at a moderate pace. Very good amount of carbonation given that it's bottle conditioned. Dark burgundy hue peaking through a translucent brown color. Decent lacing slowly fading into the rest of the ale.

A great burnt caramel and cherry aroma. Malty sweet nose with some earthy tones peaking through.

A nice heavy sweetness. Like biting into a chocolate covered cherry with more of the emphasis on the cherry. Some chocolate and caramel hints. Doughy flavor in the aftertaste accompanied with a slight bitterness. A nice warming acohol abundantly present that adds a well rounded flavor.

An easy/slow sipping abbey. Very smooth due to it's sweetness. A bit heavy due to the upfront alcohol presence.

A nice treat for the palate due to the ale's complex flavors, but not a beer that I could drink all night. A nice American version of a great style to enjoy on occassion.

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

This beer followed the Soba after the Trapist Beer tasting and was the last of the evening.

Appearance: Dark red colors.

Smell: Sweet malty smells.

Taste: Good smooth flavor.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat heavy.

Drinkability: At $3.99 for a 75mL bottle, this can't be beat.

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Photo of 99bottles
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: A rich mahogany-red color with a active 3/4" head of yellowish off white. The head quicklf fizzles to a thin lacing on the surface. I drank it from a baloon style wine glass because I've had this before, and I prefer that to a tulip or other shaped glass.

Smell: A very full smell greets the nose from this beer. The body is of sweet malt with some tart fruit scents, cherries, apples. It develops to a sweeter esteric body as the beer has time to aerate.

Taste: The taste of this seems to have slight variations from bottle to bottle, but never anything bad; just different. I get a very vinous taste, and the similarities to wine are obvious. Again, more dark fruits like dates, plums, cherries swim through the sweetness of candi sugar. Some interesting spice notes, I taste clove. This bottle also finished with a sour phenolic twinge, maybe due to the second fermentation going a little overboard. It gave this smooth sipper a nice breath of life, and never got to the "band-aid" level of taste.

Mouthfeel: This isn't as heavy I you might imagine an 8.5% ABV Belgian Style to be. It has lively carbonation to keep it light on the tongue. Not cloying at all.

Drinkability: Excellent. I never have a problem finishing the 750 mL bottle. This is a really great beer and a great value. Quite the US interpretation of a Belgian beer.

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

cloudy chesnut red with an awesomely creamy and dense layer of tan foam that ain't going anywhere. sticky patches of lace coat the goblet. sweet caramel and fruitcake aroma with a hint of medicinal phenol character. lively carbonation, slightly fizzy, yet still very smooth and rich. bursting with dark fruit, cherry-like flavors. slick and sweet with ample caramel character that is more pleasant than it sounds. goes sort of medicinal in the middle with a phenolic character that is there for balnce, yet seems just slightly off-kilter. finishes with a peppery noble hop bite that quite satisfying. alcohol stays mostly hidden, and this is easy drinkin' for such a big, bold, and flavorful ale. one of the best american-brewed belgian style ales that i've ever had, made even more attractive at its price relative to other beers of this style and character. nice job.

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Photo of sublimesipping
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served from a bomber into a goblet glass. this beer was way more than I was expecting it to be. Beautiful, dark, ruby red rust color, excellent glass lacing and clarity makes for a very attractive and inviting presentation. Aroma of port, dried cherries, and dulce de leche. Tastes as a little bit of heaven. again notes of cherry, caramal apple; a port effect gives it a subtle, mellow hint of alchohol. A lingering, warming sweetness that carrys itself well from the bottle to the glass to the tongue and down. It seems to envelope the body, preparing and paving the way for the next wonderful sip. This is truly an exceptional beer that I greatly enjoyed this night with an amazing cheese and fruit plate. Try it and savor it. I don't think that you will be dissappointed.

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Photo of rlcoffey
3.01/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

750 ml bottle. Poured a red-red-brown, dark red bordering on brown with a big head like expected from a belgian style. Very nice appearance. The smell threw up the first warning flag on this beer. It smelled like a Belgian, only more so. Overpowering smell. The taste backed this up. The fruity/sweet tastes are there, only subtle and in the background. The spicy and expecially peppery tastes overpower taste buds. A very complex taste, different mouthfuls varied from smooth to extremely harsh. I think a little too much of a good thing. I had no interest in having another of this beer. I wonder if cellaring a bottle away for a year or so wouldnt smooth out this beer and take it up a notch. I think my overall impression is raw, harsh, and overdone.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.67/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown iced coffee and hazy with a nice brown head and good carbonation but no lace worth mentioning. Raisiny and fruity aroma and taste; alcohol is evident but well masked. This is a Dubbel on steroids ! Medium-full bodied, rich, and smooth.

An excellent American value !!

Label states: "Belgian Style Abbey Ale"

(25.4 oz. / 750 ml corked champagne style brown bottle with a wire cage)

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Photo of twilight
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 in chalice.

Pours a brownish red, but primarily red with a frothing head. Unfortunately, it doesn't stay, but the ring around the glass keeps me company for a while. The smell is... well, I kind of want to say plums or raisins, but I can't really remember what they smell like. The smell is caramelly with hints of spiced fruit. It kind of reminds me of the winter holiday season even though I don't celebrate. It's grassy and sweet, almost like holding hands with your girlfriend while lying on a cool autumn lawn during twilight. The taste of spiced fruit, but with a strong spice backbone and that sweetness that gives it a slightly spicy body, without being too cloyingly sweet or full. The alcohol is definitely present, though. I like this one. Carbonation is light and defers to the taste. I should get this in smaller bottles or find someone else to split it with. Though definitely not my favorite, a good strong beer. The price, as well, is quite nice.

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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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