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

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

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Ratings: 4,625 |  Reviews: 1,770
Photo of EgadBananas
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of colforbin73
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i do not feel qualified to go all the way in the overall here -- this is as good a Belgian Dubbel as i have had -- i think Chimay might be a tad smoother... but i am not doing a side by side test.

pours a deep rich amber with mild carbonation. the aroma is tart -- part sour part sweet, with an underpinning of alcohol. some malt aroma comes through, but more the sweet character that you might associate with fruit.

the taste follows the smell exactly here -- the drink is sour but complex, as deeper malt tones come out and more nuance to the sweet and sour flavor.

i prefer a slightly sturdier Ale feel, so would normally lean towards a straight ahead Dark Ale.... but this beer makes a fine autumn seasonal for me. this is what a harvest ale should be imho.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: medium red-brown beer, frothy tan head

S: sweet, malt, fig/fruit, caramel

T: rich, malty, some dark fruit and vanilla notes

M: thin to medium bodied, lightly carbonated, no bad aftertaste

O: no wonder it's so well-liked - a truly delicious beer

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Photo of jtierney89
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a deep amber light brown color, with a two finger rocky head that retains for a long time. smells of candied fruit, licorice, alcohol and toffee and caramel on the back end. This beers been sitting on the shelf at my job for about a year now so i'm hoping that doesnt effect the taste too much. The biggest flavor I notice is toffee and caramel in the middle. Theres a semi bittersweet after taste lingering of dates, raisins and caramel. It's not as bad of an after taste as I assumed there would be judging it solely on smell. Very little biscuity sweetness up front with some raisins, and dark malts in the middle.

Pretty big bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation. A lot of flavors within this beer but oddly none are too overpowering (but that could just be the age of the beer toning them down a bit) The nose is a bit much and has some phenolic scents but the beer itself is calm and represents the style very well.

Definitely on the sweeter side but unlike most of the bigger maltier beers doesnt have that terrible sweet aftertaste that lingers for too long. Good beer.

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Photo of Jaycase
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: beautiful beer. Dark brown. Thick head. Small bubbles floating to the top

s: fruit bouquet.

t: complex flavor. bready malts. molasses. caramel. bit of banana. some alcohol comes through too.

m: medium-full body. Initially well carbonated but seems to lessen as it warms

o: So much occurring within the aroma and taste. Alcohol is fairly present but it doesn't take away from the beer at all. Solid beer.

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Photo of atlason
4.51/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Leffe tulip from 750ml bottle.

A: Generous head appears right upon pouring which stays for several minutes. Lacing is luscious and inviting.

S: Strong Belgian yeast character, esters and phenols. Toffee and Belgian candi syrup.

T: Soft, dominated by the smooth yeast by-products, soft Belgian candi syrup and subtle background of sweet malts. Very pleasant dark sugar flavor. Hops only give a background level of bitterness. Very nicely balanced.

M: Velvety, low attenuation and low carbonation make this a slow but very pleasant sipping beer.

O: This might be pretty close to an ideal somewhat sweet and yeasty Dubbel. Hard to go wrong with this unless you like life sour and bitter.

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Photo of Doshkin
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - very good looking. dark brown with a touch of red and translucent. the color almost matches the color on the BACK label of the bottle. a rough pour will make this beer fill the glass entirely with a cream colored head that lingers for a long time and leaves a TON of big-bubbled lacing. a beautiful beer for sure

s - dark bread and very sweet molasses aromas

t - matches smell with bit more of an alcohol bite. some nice toasted flavors going on. a bit of a bitter finish. a touch of metallic taste?

m - bubbly at first, and almost undercarbonated as it warms for a half hour. pretty thick, smooth feel. somewhere above medium, though not quite heavy feel

o - very tasty. it is not overly complex, heavy, alcoholic, sweet or bitter. overall a well balanced dubbel! i like some dubbels better than this, but i do like this one more than a lot of others

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Photo of Kromes
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a goblet. A clear dark brown color with ruby highlights. Thick tan colored head that leaves sheets of lacing on the glass. The head is alive and moving with bubbles.

S: Molasses, dark fruit, burnt sugar, raisin.

T: A great flavor of molasses, fig, dark cherry, raisin, dark bread. A little bit of booze in the finish along with a slight mineral flavor which is unfortunate.

M: Heavier feel to the body and high carbonation.

O: One of the better Dubbels out there. Great all around.

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Photo of EnemyWithin
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle in Chimay glass on Oct 30, 2011.

Appearance: 4.5
Nice dark, chesnut brown that is only translucent when held to the light. Great head 1+ inch white creamy appearance and light brown-white in color. Mild lacing

Smell: 4
Sweet malt and nutty aroma with notes of spice and toffee. Faint hints of fruit.

Taste: 4
Prominent toffee and almost nutty notes initially, as well as a more delayed spiciness. Mildly detectable presence of alcohol. I only get a more milder dark fruit flavor myself, which seems to overshadowed by the other above aspects of the malt. Also, get the slightest of bitterness, contrasting the malt, from the hops. Finishes with a soft, bready sweetness, with faint linger spice.

Mouthfeel: 3.5
Mild to moderate thickness. Initially quite a brisk amount of carbonation after pouring, but then settles down to moderate level with a good creaminess. Mild sweet feel, with a hint of dryness from hops and alcohol.

Overall: 4
A nice beer with an enough of a slight complexity to be interesting. However, it feels just a smig on the thin side and lacks the omfah of other dubbels I’ve had it the past. I think that it would pair well with food though, offering enough of an alcohol presence and robust flavor profile to hold its own.

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Photo of MsRif
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had from a bottle at their brewery. Poured a dark amber color with a nice head that did not recede completely...lacing was very nice. Aroma of dark fruits mostly with some earthy notes. Slightly yeasty/bready. Tastes of dark fruits, yeast and sweet malts. It is a little boozy, but not overly so.

Mouthfeel is medium. Smooth brew that goes down easily and keeps moderate carbonation. I like having this one from time to time...I really enjoy it in colder weather.

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Photo of Whobody
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - a deep dark red. Very creamy head on top, lacing the entire head of glass I poured it in.

S - the first smell I get is raisins. Very fruity. Caramel and a hint of alcohol.

T- the fruitiness shines in the first swig. Awesome richness in the malt, can taste caramel. I'm getting the rasin taste as well. Not getting lots of hop flavor, just enough for bitterness. The balance is in order. Nice spicy kick from the yeast. Little bit if heat from the alcohol in the finish.

M - smooth baby. Slikyness from the rich malt lingers on the tounge. Medium to full bodied.

O - my first time having this beer and I will be on the lookout for it again. I will have to enjoy this one with someone that has a better palate than I do to explain the complexities I'm tasting in this beer.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I ate dinner with some family on Saturday night at The Elephant Walk in Brookline, and was surprised to see a decent draft lineup here. I started with an Abbey Ale. It was served in an Ommegang-branded stemmed tulip glass. Dark brown color with a slim white head on top. Aroma was rich with cherry, plum, and red licorice. Taste was also quite delicious. Ripe, dark fruit really stood out as potent flavors. It was also sweet at the end, like they used Belgian sugar to brew. Mouthfeel was a slight bit hot from the alcohol at the end of the sip. This is a surprisingly boozy beer. It's been a long time since I've had the Ommegang dubbel, and I almost forgot just how good it really is.

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Photo of mooseo
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into tulip.

A - Dark reddish brown with a light tan head.

S - Complex aroma of dark fruits and Belgian yeast.

T - Sweet dark fruit and yeast upfront, followed by bready malt. Very rich and balanced taste. A bit of alcohol is evident.

M - Medium-full body, creamy and smooth. High carbonation.

D - An exceptional tasting beer. It has good drinkability, though the high alcohol and complex taste makes this a perfect sipper. Really impressed with this one.

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Photo of One2Remeber
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz poured into a snifter

A: Tannish-white head, almost to the point of light brown. Thick and creamy, carbonation looks lively. Body is a dark ruby red, brownish color.

S: Dark red, tropical fruits in a combination of a potent, yet not offensively dominant, Belgian yeast aroma. Hint of spicy clove in undertones. Smells extensively clean with a hint of boozy alcohol.

T: Pungent candie sharp tartness that is not over the top by any means. Creamy banana taste lingers on the back.

M: Dominant bitterness from a combination of spice, carbonation and hops which are all kept in check giving Abbey a solid backbone to allow the fruity and yeasty notes to shine.

D: This is a real treat, one of the most well balanced beers relative to the style I've encountered. So much flavor going on yet not one characteristic tries to outshine another, letting the pallet experience multiple sensations on the taste buds as one swishes the fluid around.

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Photo of tonyf55
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared from the bottle into a trappist glass

Visual (5): Dark ruby hue, no visible carbonation. Dusty brown 2 finger head that lasts. Rolling bubbles leave amazing lacing on the glass.

Aroma (4): Light fruits mostly, hints of raisins & grape. Some hidden yeast that is hard to distinguish. Very light smells, not overpowering but very present.

Taste (4): Sweet caramel malt taste initially, but soft and not too prominent (much like the smell). A small touch of bitterness on the swallow with a lasting alcoholic film.

Mouthfeel (4): Light to medium body, amazingly drinkable. Very creamy mouthfeel that coats the pallet with a lasting alcoholic film. Evident carbonation, but again, not overpowering.

Overall (4.5): Great looking beer. Emulated the dubbel trappist style beautifully. The lacing was fantastic. Despite being an abby ale, and generally complex, Ommegang achieves an amazing drinkability while still keeping complex characteristics. A definite must purchase again.

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Photo of bdelanghe
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer has a very nice color: a deep dark brown with golden accents. The head is nice but a little bubbly. The smell is lacking. The beer is not particularly hoppy. Carbonation is a little flat. The beer is in it for the finish. Overall it is a good beer. Well worth the buy.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy reddish/brown/amber colored beer; nice fluffy head that settles very slowly; lots of creamy lacing that clings well.

Aroma is somewhat faint, smells of dark fruit, booze, vaguely yeasty. Could definitely be bigger and more pronounced in this area.

Delicious flavor with noticeable but pleasant alcohol; rounded bready malt, yeast, raisin and prune; slightly sour and tangy.

Lively carbonation combines with creaminess for an excellent mouthfeel.

Quite a nice dubbel!

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Photo of theghost3
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy brown with ruby highlights and a 4-finger, frothy khaki head. Nice retention that remains throughout.

Smell is dark, tart fruit with caramel and bready aromas. The flavor is tart plum skin with spice, bread, and yeast. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, chewy with a fair amount of carbonation.

This is a very well done dubbel from an American brewery. It's a little more carbonated than I would like, but it makes up for that in appearance and the perfect bready notes.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Avenue Pub in New Orleans. Served in an Ommegang pint glass

Appearance: amber color with a creamy, one finger head that lingers.

Smell: malt, toffee, caramel

Taste: Malty, lemony, yeasty, with raisins, spices, and a cherry finish. The dark fruits really dominate.

Mouthfeel: medium with chewy carbonation

Overall: Been wanting to try this since it came to Louisiana. Love it. Complex and creamy. A very fruity/malty hybrid that warms the soul. Ommegang does Belgian right.

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Photo of CheezyBlaster
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love the look. Unfiltered berenauslese brown with a stubborn three finger head.

Smells like it looks; sweet, ripe, dark fruits.

What do you know . . . the taste comes through for the nose! Ripe is the word. Mysterious dark fruits. Like a raisin that isn't quite a raisin yet. Sweet plums and honey. Reminds me of dark Bavarian wines. I love it. The yeasts and alcohol are strong in this one, but how do you think they get the dank fruit without using fruit? Feed that funky yeast? This kind of beer makes me want to learn more about the process.

Good brew. I would almost believe it were European.

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Photo of leokbelo
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful hazy brown/burgundy into a chalice, nice carbonation, with a foamy tan head.
Toffe/caramel/butterscotch on the nose, with a bit of fruity hops also.
Fuit acidity on the tongue, malt sweetness, spicy cloves with a very subtle alcohol that warms up.
A chewy palate, an amazing beer!!
Wow, what a great Abbey Ale / Dubbel !
Highly recommended!

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Photo of biboergosum
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml caged and corked bottle, another offering from Ommegang to we here in Canada, but actually owned by Duvel Moortgat in Belgium.

This beer pours a hazy, dark ruby amber hue, with a ton of thinly foamy, and puffy whipped cream beige head, which settles in for a long spell (retention can be overwrought - voila, exhibit A), eventually receding to leave some spiffy webbed lace around a columnar island in the middle of the glass.

It smells of dark sugar, bubble gum, earthy, zingy yeast, anise, a sturdy pale malt, and muddled sweet spices. The taste is sweet pastry-like bready malt, brown sugar, some faint black fruit, slightly sugary black licorice, mild floral yeast, a subtle booze warming, and soft earthy hops.

The carbonation is fairly low, the body a solid medium weight, and unobstructed in its smoothness. It finishes sweet and spicy, the Belgian candy sugar and holiday European zesty flavours tip toeing through a mild, but tricky alcohol undercurrent.

I guess that's why the label proclaims "True Belgian Dubbel". An agreeable enough cross-Atlantic effort - the Belgian character, terroir, whatever, gives this some decent complexity, though not overly so. Drinkable, until the too-subtle spicing gives way to the burgeoning heat, but that takes a while, and this is indeed a generous bottle...that I paid for once, and seemingly will do so again.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.18/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a deep ruby color with a two finger off-white head that fades rather slowly to about a small, but thick layer of foam that lasts for the rest of time drinking this beer. Foamy lacing forms around the entire glass.

S: There is some dark fruit, a bit of banana, some berry, and caramel. There are some light Belgian spices as well.

T: Not much going on here actually. There is a bit of dark fruit and some spice, but overall it seems a bit lacking. Some bready malt comes out as it warms. There is a little bit of a buttery taste at the end and through the finish.

M: Medium bodied with somewhat high carbonation, very bubbly. Has a dry finish.

O: A bit of a let down. Expected a lot more form this beer, just seemed to be lacking and thought that the carbonation as a bit high.

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Photo of KMcG
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is a reddish brown and has an explosive off-white head. If not careful, e.g., my second pour, you’ll have all head in your glass. The carbonation bubbles are like fireworks.

S: Dark roasted malts are prominent and there is Belgian yeast is upfront.

T: The taste follows the nose with the presence of alcohol. It is rich and woody, like cedar, with fruit tones of plum or cherry.

M: This beer is sweet and dry at the same time with the warmth of alcohol. It is nicely carbonated that will not go unnoticed.

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Photo of jsulko
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 OZ bottle poured into a tulip glass

Pours a deep dark browinish with a hint of a gold. Head is creamy dark and lingers quite a bit.

Smell is of a dark fruityness with the yeast also making its presence.

Dark fruit flavors dominate the taste. Plums or raisins or some such thing. Slight hint of alcohol in the finish.

A good tasting beer, solid for the style. Convenient in the 12 oz for those weeknights.

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