Ommegang (Abbey Ale) | Brewery Ommegang

Ommegang (Abbey Ale)Ommegang (Abbey Ale)
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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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-18-1998

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Ratings: 4,595 |  Reviews: 1,763
Photo of greybeardloon
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle packaged on January 25, 2011.

A: Very dark red with a thick head that subsided surprisingly quickly (although maybe my glass wasn't as clean as it should have been). Lacing was slight, but, again, perhaps the glass is to blame.

S: Spicy yeast heavy on the cloves and white pepper and fermented (i.e. sweet and boozy), dark, dried fruit.

T: A lot like the smell but baked into a loaf of white bread. The sweetness is multifaceted and there are enough other thing going on to keep it in check. The finish is pretty dry.

M: Fairly thick with vibrant carbonation.

O: I'm not really a fan of this style, but I'm enjoying drinking this well enough. I won't want a second, although it's much better when I stop thinking and start drinking.

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Photo of BigDRS
4.97/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle

Appearance - Pours a very deep copper/red color. Very bubbly 2 finger head that leaves a thick film throughout. Nice lacing on my glass.

Smell - Very complex with lots of fruit, some caramel and honey in there too.

Taste - Again, complex. Lots of fruit notes with a nice sweetness that lingers for a while. A bit warming, but I don't get a strong alcohol/booze taste off of it.

Mouthfeel - Very crisp. High carbonation with a somewhat dry finish.

Overall - This is a great beer. Tried a 12 oz bottle rather than picking up a larger 750ml bottle. I'll definitely be picking up a larger bottle to try really soon.

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

Pours a really pretty sunburst with a heavy emphasis on the creamy mahogany hue. 2 finger off-tan head with dense, soapy retention and sticky lace.

Nose has a big dark wildflower honeyed malt character with more notes of cinnamon, figs, dark bread and red licorice. Hops contribute real fresh melon and floral tones.

The palate is full-bodied and creamy, with more of that malty dark bread soaked in wildflower honey- further tones of prune, black licorice and a peppery-clove spice. Hops contribute more creamy melon and grapefruit flavors. The finish is long, and tastes wonderfully reminiscent of the bottom of a drumstick- waffle cone and chocolate.

A fantastic brew that has enough complexity to please the snobs but enough friendliness to open someone's world to Belgian style beer. And being domestic, it's got a nice price tag too.

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

Poured from a bottle out of the beer fridge at 45 degrees into a Spiegelau Stemmed Pilsner (tulip).

A: Pours a deep garnet color with a 2-finger light tan foamy head. Heavy trails and patches of lace stick to the glass as the head recedes.

S: Dark fruit up front, prunes, dates, raisins, with some lighter fruits (mainly apples) mixed in. Very inviting. No alcohol whatsoever detected in the aroma.

T: A very sweet malt hits the taste buds first, followed by a carbonated blast of dark fruits, mainly prunes, trailing off to a neutral aftertaste and a slight alcohol warming. Like the aroma, it is not boozy at all.

M: Adequate carbonation releases a constant supply of aroma and washes the palate well. Fits nicely with the flavors and presentation.

O: Although this is my first dubbel, I'll defintely be trying more if this is any indication of the true style. Delicious.

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Photo of mttaylor1066
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not much for dubbels... but in this case I'll make an exception. 12 oz. bottle poured into a Belgian goblet.

A -- Dark tea color with a lively tan mousse head that craters unevenly back into the beer. Not much of that Belgian lacing that I've seen in European ales.

S -- Ahhh, malt. Dark fruit and a hint of warm spice.

T -- The alcohol is well-hidden in this beer. I taste cinnamon (the real cinnamon, not that hot cassia we Americans call "cinnamon') and dried dark cherry. Finish is a little on the molasses side of dry.

M - Fizzy stuff. I guess having traveled overland from nearby New York state it retains its lively effervescence. Medium-bodied for a dark ale.

O - I like it. About the only dubbel I would buy another four pack of. Best in Spring or Summer.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A – Deep ice tea, mahogany brown. Creamy khaki head pours thick and settles into an inch thick blanket that holds throughout the drink. Very nice lace.

S – Great, bready malt character throughout the nose. Touch of sweetness, light for the style, but built in as classic raisin and molasses notes.

T – Big and chewy. Fresh bake bread and wonder-bread crust. Dried plum, raisin, and brown sugar lay down a backdrop of sweetness throughout the profile. Bright carbonated acidity and warm booze mid profile bridge the gap to a backend that includes black cherries, clove, and cinnamon.

M – A high level of carbonation for the style makes a medium body feel medium/light, but balances out the sweetness in the profile nicely. Sweet boozy finish.

O – Delicious abbey double. The carbonation lends a lightness that I’m ambivalent about, but net enjoyed.

P – Pairs fantastic with chili rubbed pork, red-eye bbq sauce, pulled pork, and steak.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.56/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Fiddler's.

A- Pours a deep amber red color. One and a half finger tan head shows great retention. Nice sheeting lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Darker fruits come through in the front of the aroma. The belgian yeast comes through next with a nice blend of cherry and fig. Light alcohol comes through next with a almost sugary sweetness as well. It isn't as complex as I thought it would be but it did smell good.

T- Bready malts and darker fruits come out first. Plum, fig and light raisin are blended quite well. Once this warms the cherries really come out more in the front going against the other darker fruits. Middle of the beer has some caramel bready notes to it along with a light alcohol flavor. Belgian yeast flavors come on out with a sugary sweetness and light fruity malts. Alcohol does come through more in the ending giving a crisp warming alcohol warmth.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Cabronation is good for the style. Darker fruits and a begian yeast are left on the palate. Aftertaste shows alcohol, a sugary sweetness, darker fruits, and caramel malts. Beers overall flavors are well blended together for the style with no off flavors present while drinking this beer. Medium palate drying from the alcohol.

O- This beer is a good rep of the style but I don't see why it always gets such high scores. A clean tasting beer that I would have a couple pints of but it is a once in a blue moon kind of beer for me. ABV is just about right for me to really enjoy this ok beer for me.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 into my Unibroue tulip.

A: Beautiful ruby brown, 2 fingers of billowy pale tan head with great retention and nice lace.

S: Bananas, brown sugar, fresh yeasty bread. Very nice.

T: Leads with spicy sugar and plum syrup, light molasses. A bit of leather and leaf also in the mix. As the beer warms, a bit of cherry emerges.

M: Like its quad big brother, mouthfeel is spectacular, incredibly light, like the head. Very velvety, leaves a light coating behind.

O: Can't say enough good things about this-- it's fantastic. Mellow, yet full of interest. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of RashyGrillCook
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep crimson and amber flashes makes this brew quite refreshing in appearance. A biege head with great retention tops it off. Smell is fruity, spicy, sweet(Oh My!). Taste is fruity but has a noticeable boozy tinge that reminded me of nail polish remover. Though, I find, that is common with higher ABV ales(this example being 8.5%). Also some spices peaking through in the finish(i.e. cloves). Most of the flavor lingers on the back of the palate with a heavy feel and medium carbonation. A quality brew, but I wasn't overly impressed.

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Photo of BeerLover48Fan
4.95/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Florence NJ

A / 4.35 rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great dark plum/peat moss color with good thick yeasty head—almost two full fingers. (I also noticed the wicked carbonation while examining the color after pouring into my glass—it's just releasing CO2 until the last sip, causing that great thick head.)

Smelled of fig/earthy fruits with a nice malty spice and some soil-type freshness.

Tastes just like it smells-earthy fruit, good musky sweetness with tobacco/clove layers. Alcohol is there but not boozy; just a powerful, smooth finish, with good hearty body, but not Saturnine in density. Low hops, but enough to give off a slight grassy/leafy scent to cause some olfactory taste crossover.

One of the best Belgians I've ever had. Very complex depth and variety of sweetness. Satisfying to the taste-buds the whole way down. I like it with anything

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A ruddy dull beer with a glorious head. The yellow tan cap is fed by thick columns of bubbles that pass through the slight hazey liquid. The head eventually falls to about a quarter inch and stays there.

The nose is very sweet. I initially get a heavy dose of brown sugar followed by some toasted grains and a touch of bready yeast. If there ever was such a thing as beer candy I imagine this would be what it smells like.

The taste is a lot like the nose with heaping doses of grains and candied sweetness. There is a dull mix of yeast and fruit flavors that crisps up the taste and adds some astringic tartness. A good dubbel but not the best I've had.

The finish is superb with a large wallop of grain in the aftertaste. The carbonation is sharp and bites your tounge which affects me a little more with a slight sore throat. Ah the things I endure for the love of beer.

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

Great dark plum/peat moss color with good thick yeasty head—almost two full fingers. (I also noticed the wicked carbonation while examining the color after pouring into my glass—it's just releasing CO2 until the last sip, causing that great thick head.)

Smelled of fig/earthy fruits with a nice malty spice and some soil-type freshness.

Tastes just like it smells-earthy fruit, good musky sweetness with tobacco/clove layers. Alcohol is there but not boozy; just a powerful, smooth finish, with good hearty body, but not Saturnine in density. Low hops, but enough to give off a slight grassy/leafy scent to cause some olfactory taste crossover.

One of the best Belgians I've ever had. Very complex depth and variety of sweetness. Satisfying to the taste-buds the whole way down. I like it with a peppery/fruity cheese like Robusto or Piave.

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Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a slightly muddy brown color with a tan colored head. The head sticks around but does really give us a whole lot of lacing. The aroma of the beer was yeasty and had some dark fruits in the mix. The taste of the beer seemed pretty close to a real Belgian Dubbel. This was one of my first Ommegangs I had ever tried and was surprised that they were based out of NY. The flavors are earthy and rich, some yeasty fruits in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium and not overly carbonated.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled: 07/01/2010. 12 oz bottle at 48 degrees into a St. Bernardus chalice.

A: It pours a cloudy dark reddish-brown color with a finger and a half of tan head that doesn't hold very well but laces okay.

S: Sweet figs, candi sugar, banana, and cloves.

T: Delicious dark fruits blended beautifully with clove and nutmeg spicing and a little cherry and banana late.

M: It has a soft, creamy body with large-bubbled carbonation and a super-smooth finish.

O: This is just fantastic all around.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a very vigorous light tan head and takes a while to dissipate. Beer is a nice clear brownish red. Leaves a lot of lacing behind.

Smell: Fruity and spicy with a slight citrus tinge. Fruits that I can pick out are raisins, plums and a hint of cherry.

Taste: Fruity with earthy spices. Fruits are raisins and plums with a hint of cherry.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation and smooth.

Overall: A very good beer and a relatively cheap one compared to the rest of their offerings. Recommend.

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Photo of Homebrew35
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a modest one ginger head into my pseudo chalice (glass coffee cup) tan in color, a nice tan ring of lacing remains with some spotted lacing. The head is easily rousable with a few swirls of the glass. Body is a clear deep red color, quite nice with bubbles streaming from the bottom. Smells of rum rasins, toffee, sweet alcohol and crystal malts. Tastes big time of rasins, molasses, dark fruits. The tastes changes with every few sips. I initially didn't think I was going to enjoy this one as much as I am farther down the glass. The medium body and medium high carbonation work quite well with the dark malt and low hop bitterness. I'd probably pick this up again on a cold and rainy night like it is tonight in CT. Overall a good beer. Cheers. $2.20 a single.
ps the 8.5% abv is noticeable in the smell a bit, yet is well masked in the taste.

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

A -- A dark garnet / brown brew that pours into a thick four finger tan head and settles into a dense froth, leaving resinous lacing.

S -- Dark fruits, fig, raisin, caramel, and spice notes. A hint of earth and citrus peel.

T -- Boozy dark fruits and a spicy profile that seems of black pepper and tobacco with clove. Mild honey flavors.

M -- Big and bold, the carbonation really helps to balance the palate on this brew. Mid-heavy on the palate but very easy to drink.

D -- Very nice offering, worth a try for any Am-Belgian lover, and also worth a side by side to show the differences between this and an import.

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Photo of rundocrun
4.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

A - At first sight it appears to be a rich, slightly cloudy brown color and yields a massive cafe latte-colored head. Doesn't fade too fast and leaves lots of lacing on the glass. When held up to the light, it actually glows a brilliant deep ruby. AMAZING!

S - Spicy, yeasty, and fruity notes arise first. Some hop essence and biscuity smells there as well.

T - Sweetness and some spicy flavors from the belgian yeast up front followed by a dry biscuit flavor from the toasted malt. Only a very slight bitterness can be detected but it compliments the malt and yeast very well. Very well balanced and excelent example of the style!

M - Certainly a drier ale, but that is to be expected for the higher ABV (8.5%). Not overly chewy and the carbonation is perfect.

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Photo of scottyshades
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown color with a little haze going on. Big billowy cap with excellent retention

S: Spicy, peppery, candyish, sugar, molasses. Big yeast aromas going on above all else. You do pick up on the malts though.

T: Similar to the nose, more spices (light clove), toffee, caramel, wintergreen, and candy. Sweet in general, also a bit peppery

MF/O: Creamy feel to it despite the big carbonation prickle, easy drinker, a bit sweet. Overall, a refreshing beer if you are in the mood for some big time Belgian yeast

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Photo of gabedivision
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a Duvel tulip glass. Pours a dark reddish brown, dark plum color with a monster white head that sits atop the beer enticing you to drink it. Smells of sweet dark fruits, dates, figs, lite chocolates, grapes, plum, apples. Strong pungent belgian yeast presence, as would be expected with a fine Dubbel. A taste similar to a dark red wine, very sweet and dry, extremely complex. Rich fruits, tart sugars, a hop bitterness on the end, thick heavy spice presence to boot. Very dry and sugary on the tongue, a nice sweetness that opens up all the taste buds. This is a fantastic world class beer. Cheers.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass

A: Pours very dark brown with a reddish tint. There is a gigantic, light tan head with amazing retention. Even as I agitate it, the foamy head remains. The lacing is fairly moderate.

S: The scent of yeast dominates the smell of this beer. There are subtle notes of hops and light fruit flavors behind this. As the beer warms, the yeast smell is replaced by flowers fruit.

T: The yeast flavor is notable, but not as strong as it initially smelled. There are notable flavors of tropical fruit and citrus. The hops are relatively mild for such a strong beer, serving mostly to lend a pine and floral flavor to the aftertaste. It is sweet at first sip, becoming progressively bitterer.

M: Moderate carbonation and moderate thickness. I can feel the alcohol as I swallow

O: This has one of the best heads I’ve ever seen on a beer. I normally don’t really appreciate sweet fruit flavors in my beer but this is fairly minimal and balanced.

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

12oz bottle to tulip glass.
Pours a nice looking crimson tinged brown. Big lucious head that sticks around for awhile. Smells fruity and sweet with a little bit of earthy must. Palate is full of fruity esters giving notes of plums and bananas. Sweet and toasty malts and a kiss of earthy hops round out the brew. Medium bodied with a mildly dry mouthfeel. Very flavorful and a fine example of the style.

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Photo of FattyJLE
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A - Poured a hazy, murky water-like, burnt red hue with a creamy two fingers of off-white head and sticky lacing.

S - Strong resemblance to fresh banana bread mixed with ripened fruit, dried cherries and a light hint of sweet orange.

T - Malty sweet and strong peppery spice upfront. Raisins and an earthy bitterness emerge along with a boozy warming. The sweetness gives way to the earthy bitterness near the end, along with the ever present pepper notes.

M - Medium body with a high level of carbonation. However, as the beer warms, the carbonation diminishes and I began to enjoy the beer even more. I feel the high carbonation masked some important flavors and the reduced the body of the beer. Dry finish.

O - Overall a solid brew. Not quite as complex as I would have expected from the rave reviews of this beer (I would have hoped for more estery fruitiness to offset and mingle with the spice) but a quality representation of the style, nonetheless. Would have again.

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

Very good take on a Belgian beer. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Chimay goblet. Muddy brown color, dense, no light coming through. Nice size delicate, bubbly white head. Fades fast but leaves a thin covering of white on the surface. Minimal to no lacing.

The smell is good and rich. Dark fruit, Belgian yeast and some spiciness.

Taste is very good. Similar to the nose. Malty base with Belgian yeast, spices (pepper and coriander), fruity with not too much sweetness.

Mouthfeel is rich, spices do their thing on the tongue. There is a hint of alcohol bite but nothing that would spoil the experience. Very nice.

This is a very good Dubbel, the equal of some Belgian dubbels.

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Photo of LtCracker20
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split with my dad tonight. Poured into a Newport Storm tulip.

A- Pours a deep mohagony body with a 3-finger khaki head that shows very good retention and some nice lace.

S- Sweet dark fruits (cherries and plums), molasses, and a little acidic smell in there towards the back,

T- Just like the smell with the dark fruits being the main standout. A very sweet beer, but not over powering.

MF- Moderate to full creamy body. The flavors linger for quite a while on your palate.

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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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