Ommegang (Abbey Ale) | Brewery Ommegang

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Ommegang (Abbey Ale)Ommegang (Abbey Ale)
4,624 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

Notes / Commercial Description:
Abbey was Ommegang's first beer and was styled after Dubbels produced by Belgian Trappist monks. A deep, rich and malty ale, Abbey uses several Belgian specialty malts and spices resulting in a very aromatic, flavorful beer.

Deep burgundy in color, topped by a dense tan head, Abbey Ale is rich on the palate but with a dry finish. Suitable for cellaring, Abbey develops wonderful caramel, fig, and currant notes with age.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-18-1998

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 4,624 |  Reviews: 1,770
Photo of MrJolly
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of tonypetro
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Leftofthedial
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of eristicrat
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of MaineMike
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of Anew
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Vylo
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of BillDrinksBeer
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of leprakhan
3/5  rDev -27.9%

Photo of Biketopia
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of casualfan
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jsurfs82
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of OneWildRover
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of fizzyted
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of brewsclues
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Chimay chalice.

Nice cherry brown color with a huge, foaming head that has great retention. Decent lacing.

Big, bold, and beautiful nose: malts galore, spicy notes with some pepper aroma, cloves, tons of Belgian yeasts which give it a fresh bread feel, candied fruits/citrus, and even some mild aged cheddar. Awesome. Who doesn't want fresh bread, fruits, and cheese?

See above: malts with caramel, mulled apple cider, and peppery cloves. There is some kick to this beer (spicy!) - not for the faint of heart.

Big carbonation in this dubbel - not everyone's taste, but it fits the style nicely. The bubbles also help keep the finish bone dry. For a 8.5% dubbel, you couldn't ask for a much cleaner finish.

This Abbey is banging - certainly among my favorite beers around. (I also said that about Rare Vos - coincidence?)

 860 characters

Photo of alamode
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of jophish17
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of GrindFatherBob
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of phattman073
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Huntbuc
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of mendonjoebeer
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a goblet.

Appearance - Great fluffy off-white head that lasts and lasts. Declines to an ever-changing layer of foam atop a murky reddish brown body. No lacing, but it still looks pretty nice.

Smell - Fruity and estery. Brighter fruits, like a cherry character, come through as much as the darker ones. Solid breadiness to it as well. Smells nice, although there's not much caramel to it.

Taste - The fruits and esters are amplified tremendously in the flavor followed by a very grainy malt flavor. It has a vinous characteristic to the finish that isn't all that pleasant. Finishes quite dry.

Mouthfeel - Really highly carbonated. Prevents me from tasting all of it as it's so tingly on the tongue. Extremely dry finish leaves a tannic flavor on the mouth.

Overall - I enjoyed the Pere Jacques a surprising amount and decided to revisit the Dubbel. I was once again somewhat disappointed by the style. It's still tasty, but never seems to be what I'm looking for out of a beer. Am I not drinking good dubbels or are they just not that good?

 1,071 characters

Photo of Allurex
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of pharmer
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown 12 ounce bottle into an Ommegang glass. Produces a light brown and very fluffy head even from a very gentle pour which slowly fades to a very light foam covering.

Smells of bread and yeast, with a hint of dark ripe fruits. The smell of alcohol is also quite apparent.

Has a lighter than expected mouthfeel with a very fine, light and perfect carbonation. Tastes similar to how it smells (of course). The presence of belgian yeast is obvious. Also , the dark fruits are still showing through as well as a nice warming alcohol finish.

I alllowed this beer to warm before pouring, but not enough. As it warmed I enjoyed it more. In fact, initially I was going to score this beer a point lower for taste. Reminds me of Trois Pistoles from Unibroue with much more mild fruit flavors.

Highly recommended, just make sure to allow this beer to warm properly before enjoying.

 890 characters

Photo of Montrose79
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 4,624 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.