Ommegang (Abbey Ale) | Brewery Ommegang

4,578 Ratings
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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from my February '12 visit to the brewery. Poured into my Ommegang tulip. Got another aging in the basement! Can't wait. Warning, I may not be too awesome at reviewing Belgian styles of beer just yet.

The body is a mildly cloudy ruby-brown, with a dense, creamy two fingers of head. Seriously great retention, with somewhat sparse lacing, but an everlasting frothy covering over the entire surface.

Confectionery plum fragrance with a complex array of spices. Raisins and figs, cinnamon. Deep caramel and toffee.

This beer just melts onto your pallet. Flavors dance by, coming in and out of focus. Toffee, stone fruit, cinammon here and there. No two sips reveal the same thing. Light alcohol heat is left on the tongue after the swallow, along with a subtle candi sugar sweetness. Cracked pepper comes out in the finish as the beer warms up. A mid to heavy mouthfeel, creamy, but artfully carbonated, keeps things rolling off the tongue, but manages to avoid such descriptors as "cloying" or "syrupy".

A job well done on Ommegang's part. I haven't really had to sit and think about a beer like this one in a while. Looking forward to my next one.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Spent all easter sunday working and after this beautiful abby ale things are looking up.

Poured a rich dark amber with a luxurious tan head that appeared to be more like cream. Carbonation is very strong with this one.

The Aroma was super complex and almost hard to describe. I pulled out some rich fruitiness resembling a cabernet, some malty notes, and slight liquor aroma.

The taste was just wow.

The medium body was complemented well by mild carbonation. By far the smoothest beer I've ever had.

All I can say is just try it for yourself. You won't be disappointed.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Easter Sunday: the perfect day for church and family dinners. OR, if you’re miles away from home like me, it’s great for a beer and some Futurama! Sounds like a good time to me.

Brewed three and a half years before the date of this tasting (Brewed on 02/12/08, best by 02/12/13). A little old, eh? Let’s see how it’s aged…

A: The body here is a dark, roasty brown-maroon, with a translucent quality of amber or dim topaz. The head starts bubbly and tan, standing at about an inch before the bubbles pop and the whole thing settles to a layer of thin cream. It looks great atop the body, as does the texture of lacing all over the glass – sticky and spotted.

S: Intense and boozy to start – bourbon, plum, molasses, and caramel. The aromas waft up as dark and sweet as an old ale, showing tons of residual sugars. Next comes some malt scents, with some smooth candi syrup, cake icing, and maple; creamy-smooth. A little more fruit takes a couple seconds to show – black cherry and fig – but they make for a nice ending on a bed of grass tones.

T: Starts quick, with a flash of lemon zest, sage, and other herbal esters, eventually coming in with a hop pepperiness and rind flavor. It’s a complex, balanced bitter. After that, it makes a slow, creeping transition that grows the malt flavor into a deep, mouth-coating caramel and raisin; the palate changes so slowly that you pick out individual flavors. It’s an excellent presentation of the style (and a hell of a lot of fun to sip, of course). Bold but refined in their attack, the flavors of walnut, whiskey, oak, marshmallow, and maple lead the taste buds to a smoother conclusion for the palate, more satisfying than ever. Trust me, the bright tones stick around, but in a more relaxed way towards the finish: they really only lay over the remainder with a light cherry-lime presence. It keeps it interesting. Aftertaste is clean with some metallic influences, licorice, green tea, and a sting of leafy dryness.

M: Just like the palate, it’s constantly changing, starting with a crisp champagne bubbliness that grows into a hot evaporative effect. Not heavy at all for a dubbel, and about as refreshing as they come in this style.

O: A complex, lovely beer. I love the way it hits with that initial stroke of lightness, only to slowly let in a wave of darkness; it takes a special kind of brewer to achieve something like that. Quite simply, this dubbel is really one-of-a-kind.

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