Ommegang (Abbey Ale) | Brewery Ommegang

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Ommegang (Abbey Ale)Ommegang (Abbey Ale)

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-18-1998

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Reviews: 1,741 | Ratings: 4,544
Photo of goindownsouth
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very interesting brew. The 25oz. bottle exudes a very citrus-spice aroma. The color is a dark amber, but still translucent. The forst sip tells you that this is something out of the ordinary. An earlier poster said this would be THE beer if he only had one to drink for the rest of his life...I would have to try it again to be sure, but I would try it again! Prost!

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

12 oz capped bottle. Big foaming action as soon as the crown was cracked. Higher levels of carbonation hold the lace together as the hazy maroon amber colour throws a bubble here and there. Alcohol soaked candied fruit, mild clove, hint of anise, caramel and mild citric peel in the aroma. Dry palate with a big crisp high level of carbonation, spicy on the tongue with clove, anise and hints of black pepper. Fruity with ripe tropical fruit, faint metallic earthy flavours bug the taste buds. Powdery yeast in the nearly bone dry finish makes me want to take another sip. Esters are there but not overwhelming. To tell the truth, I prefer this beer out of the corked 750 ml bottle. I think it is slightly more complex from the 12 oz capped bottle.

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


Profound belgian-style characteristics. Very rich and intricate flavor, clove, bannana, caramel, alcohals & bitters. Dark red-copper, very active carbonation and an aggitated head. Find the corked bottle. Drink slowly, deeply, enjoy. This is a living beer.

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Photo of tigerpaws
4.92/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nirvana!!!!!...Deep dark color, great nose it's there but not overwhelming. Can feel it as u take a sip and goes down so smooth. The alcohol is hidden well but it's there, I could feel the buzz after two 22 oz. bottles. If I had to pick one beer to drink for the rest of my life this would be the BEER. Since my state has some very stupid laws I can't get it here, but I will be in search of................CHEERS

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Photo of frank4sail
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fruity/yeasty nose with flowery overtones. Deep rich amber look with a lasting thick light orange head. Wonderful smell. Lots of very fine bubbles of carbonation. The original taste is very fruity of tart plum and raisin then is followed by a smooth slightly bitter finish. There is also an alcohol warmth in the finish. When I first tried his (several years ago) I did not have a developed enough taste to appreciate the complexity this beer portrays. Now I see (and taste) the tartness is balenced wonderfully by the smooth medium malt body. This is a great example of American Craftmanship.

PS.... You are not drunk (well maybe buzzed) but OMMEGANG is not written in a straight line on the label..

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Photo of Viking
3.39/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Deep reddish-amber color, with a thick, creamy head. Head stays around and lasts longer than the beer itself! Rich aroma that reminds me too much of a red wine (I'm not a wine fan). Notes of malt and yeast keep the smell from being a turn-off. Taste is a bit better than the aroma, with the wine-like taste less pronounced than the smell. Nice creamy and oily mouthfeel adds to the experience, but not enough to make this a truly enjoyable brew.

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Photo of ADR
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Semi-transparent cocoa color, relatively mild charge to the head, settles to a thin yellow skin. Deep smell, a little like burgundy with the yeasty sense of warm weather in the country. Very thick and impressive initial taste, notes of raisin and grape. Trace of tartness, but it doesn't run out of control. Textured middle, estery and fluffy. Satisfying and semi-coating mouthfeel, trace of a brandy quality. Great finish, leaves a good impression at the back of the throat. A solid, solid brew from Cooperstown, NY.

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

"This is an American Mirco-brew?" is what you'll be asking yourself after you drink this! This pours with a firm off-white head, great garnet/reddish color, nose is fruity & yeasty...very Belgian. The fruity/yeastiness carries thru the malts in this superb take on a Belgian Abbey ale, finishes nice with a subtle hoppiness & a hint of the alcohol contained within. This is a must-try!

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Photo of inebrius
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber. Apple-banana nose. Big malt profile with a fruity-ester tang. This brew could use a touch of bittering hops or spice to balance the almost cloying sweet malt. Nevertheless a fine beverage from our friends at Ommegang.

Cheers to frank4sail for the sample.

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

I am just now discovering Belgian dubbels, so I really do not have much to compare this to. That being said, I really like this beer. Beautiful ruby appearance, with a nice tan head that remains throughout. The smell reminds me of fresh baked brown bread, with some honey and butter on it. The taste is malty sweet, but not overly so. It's like bread in a glass. I really want to explore Belgian dubbels now!

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Photo of hooligan
2.3/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Tasted/reviewed 02/06/02
The bottles that I have gotten recently have been much heavier on the sweetness, almost cloying and sickning... with heavy toffee and honey notes, leaving an overly sweet taste and a stickyness in your mouth. I am not really pleased with this beer anymore, don't know if it is my tastebuds or the beer, but it really is too sweet for me as of late...

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

It is a bargain compared to real Belgians, but it is lacking a bit of the flavor that keeps me coming back to Belgians. I found the fruity flavor to be a bit overwhelming. It does look great, with its dark reddish-brown color. I'll head for the Belgians when I'm flush and search out the Ommegang at the end of the pay period.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Has a wonderful look: Deep, dark-brown color with some ruby, and a huge, rocky, tan head. Lacing in the glass is quite nice too. Aroma is semi-sweet with dark-fruit coming through. Body is medium to full, with an ever-so-slight carbonation-roughness on the tongue, and a slight foamy feel as well. Combo of malt, dark- and tropical-fruit flavors abound. Nice stuff.... Skol!!

overall: 4.35
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5


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Photo of Brent
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dead-on for the Belgian style. Very wine-like, and the description "burgundian" on the label is apt. A little fizzy, even for a bottle conditioned beer, but not so much as to be distracting. Quite fruity, and further toward the sweet end of the scale than average, in a heavy-handed way. Still, great depth and complexity, overall.

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Photo of DrDocRudge
3.56/5  rDev -14%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A bit too yeasty for my palate, with too much of an alcohol presence. If you want a great American Dubbel, try Flying Fish Dubbel. Now that beer will knock your socks off!!!

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Photo of Todd
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: A beautiful 750ml. bottle with tips on pouring, drinking, and where to find the brewery. The front label also had a brief, but revealing. description of the liquid within. "Ommegang is a Belgian-style Abbey Ale- top fermented and bottle conditioned, yielding a rich, fruity, aromatic, burgundian brew."

Appearance: Rich and dark, with an extremely healthy head comprised of tiny bubbles.

Smell: Malty and sweet with hints of caramelized sugars and honey. Slightly fruity and deep to the nose.

Taste: Complex malt richness and fruit flavours, with hints of spice and a smooth body of dark sweetness. Semi-champagne style carbonation led to it finishing slightly dry and yet again ... more sweetness.

Notes: This is a victory for American Belgian Ale lovers. With a price point of about $5 for a 750ml. bottle, as opposed to the typical $7-$12 for imports, it makes for a very affordable treat.

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