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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Reviews: 1,739 | Ratings: 4,535
Photo of ncbrewerbun
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time I've had this beer from a 12 oz. bottle. I've had it in the 750 ml before.

Pours a clear (until you get to the slurry on the bottom) brown/reddish color.

There's a lot going on in the aroma. It's a beer you can smell for awhile and you keep catching different things. I got fruit -- mainly raisin and some plumb -- along with malt and a hint of caramel.

Matching the complexity in the aroma is the taste. There is plum, raisin and malt all smoothly balanced...As it slides down you get a warmth from the alcohol.

A treat of a beer.

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Photo of jvajda
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark red and a good, full head.
Smell: Big malt and hop smell is very well balanced.
Taste: Malty and hoppy. Complex and very bitter. Nice woodiness. This is a fine example of a Belgian Ale. There is a slight cherry tartness to it.
Mouthfeel: A little extra carbonation than I expected was a pleasent surprise.
Drinkability: It's ABV is low for such a big, complex, beer. That makes it more drinkable than others.

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Photo of WetCoaster
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Corked 750ml)

Funny how your mind works sometimes. After waxing poetic about this brewery and passing this brew 100 times, I made a startling realization: I have NEVER had this beer. Here goes.

Appearance: Spot on. Deep oxblood cherry. Slightly cloudy. Thick, dense, frothy tan head with hints of rose. Thick Belgian lace. Active, fine carbonation.

Smell: A treat. Brandy, cherry, sharp, tart and fruity. Below, there's a rich base of chewy malt. Very little of the usual Belgian yeast.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Lots of tart fruit and cherry up front, slight chewy caramel flavor (more so as it warms), mildly yeasty/spicy. Dries up substantially in the finish--perhaps a touch of hops. Cherry and a candi sugar sourness linger into the aftertaste. Very little, if any alcohol, even as it warms. Mouthfeel is medium/light and at first extremely sharp with massive carbonation. Calms down as it warms and decants.

Drinkability: Very; super-solid BSDA. Super value as well. You've got to love this brewery. Everything, as broad as their noble purpose, as specific as their packaging, just kicks ass. Please, please, oh God please keep it up.

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Photo of clvand0
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one came in a 750mL corked bottle. Looks nice. Pours an amber color with a moderate head that stays around and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma is fruity (cherry), sweet malts, and a spicy yeast. Nice mellow flavor. Spicy yeast, malts, sweetness, alcohol, and a slight fruitiness. The alcohol is apparent, but not overwhealming. This is a nice beer.

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

Ive been waiting to try this. As everything Ive read has been positive about it.
Poured from the 750mL bottle to my chalice style glass a deep red color with a nice frothy and creamy head. As I expected from the head it laced quite nice leaving a thin film round the chalice.
The smell was very fruity with hints of alcohol and spice. Maybe even a bit of raisin in there as well. A very pleasant aroma that accompinies the taste nicely.
Sweet like fresh cherries, best describes the initial taste. Has hints of other fruity taste that I cant discern. The ending has a very subtle alcohol taste with a nice warming on the way down.
The mouthfeel was very pleasant smooth and rich. A full flavored and bodied beer that is now one of my favorite Belgian styles.

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Photo of arizcards
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle at AJ's Fine Foods recently...

This beer was served in a corked bottle. I delicately poured out a dark brown brew that had reddish undertones. A nice 2 inch sustained fluffy head appeared. The nose was spicy and fruity, perhaps a hint of cinanmon thrown in. Taste was of caramel malts that are perhaps slightly toasted and with a hint of chocolate. A slight dry hop finishes the taste. The high alcohol content is well balanced and disguised. There is a nice full mouthfeel to this brew. It is highly carbonated but noy overly lively on the palate. The overall drinkability is good but one is definitely enough in one sitting. This would be a good brew to serve during the holidays.

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Photo of KoG
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the 750 mL a cloudy amber with hints of red. Nice head that sticks to the sides and leaves good lacing.

The smell is quasi astringent: alcohol, wood(oak?), esters of tropical fruit... possibly pineapple. Too high on the alcohol aroma for me, aging may calm this though.

The taste, mmm... ripe cherry and raisins with a definate tropical flavor, mango or guava, and a little port wine hiding in the back. Has an alcoholic bite, but not too much mind you, as it dances on the tongue and down the throat. Delicious.

Mouth is very good, smooth and rich leaving the mouth ready and the palate cleansed for whatever you pair it with. I had chicken, curried rice, peas, and bread; bit too heavy for chicken and I would suggest beef.

I could drink this stuff all night at a classy restaurant while everyone else sips on their wine. Definately not as filling as I had expected.

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Photo of ColForbin
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My 750ml bottle of Ommegang was corked and crowned. Pours a cloudy, deep, red-brown with a thick, creamy tan head. Aroma is spicy, with coriander and some sour fruit. Taste is complex: sour fruit, with coriander, clove and maybe some light banana, against a backdrop of yeasty sourdough malt. Ommegang is lightly carbonated and medium bodied, with a slight warmth from the alcohol on the way down. This beer is very drinkable, and very affordable as well - the big bottle can be had for $3.50 in my area.

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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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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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