Ommegang (Abbey Ale) | Brewery Ommegang

4,579 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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-18-1998

For Trade:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 4,579 |  Reviews: 1,756
Photo of CPeterson
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

 618 characters

Photo of rundocrun
4.73/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

 816 characters

Photo of scottyshades
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
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

 523 characters

Photo of gabedivision
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

 628 characters

Photo of WankelEngine
3.86/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

 990 characters

Photo of JunkYardJake
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

 404 characters

Photo of FattyJLE
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

 1,028 characters

Photo of JayQue
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

 682 characters

Photo of LtCracker20
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

 477 characters

Photo of ihoffman
4.66/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a mahogany color with a dark amber hue. 2 finger head with great lacing.

S: Mild fruit, hints of plum and raisin.

T: Strong dark fruits. Plums, raisins, and cherries are immediately noticeable. A hint of apple as well. Malty for sure. Hops are present, but not very noticeable. A very balanced, yet complex beer.

M: Medium bodied. Thick, smooth, and surprisingly creamy. Light carbonation makes for a crisp feel. Really great. Very refreshing.

O: Lives up to its reputation. One of the best beers I've had to date. Very drinkable for an 8.50%. Cheers!

 565 characters

Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark chestnut brown with a thin, fine tan head. Very fine shimmering bubbles.

S- Rich sweet candy and delicious sour characteristics. Chocolate and dark fruit come to mind. Fairly thin appearance.

T- Rich and luxurious. Hops are clearly not the showcase and the malts are spectacular. The yeast does a great job highlighting the malts.

M- Strong, fine, effervescent bubbles. Lighter mouthfeel contributes to high drinkability. Flavor is not watery, however is very appropriate to the dubbel style.

Overall a very good example of the dubbel style and truly the best I've ever had from an American brewery. I find myself consistently impressed by Ommegang.

 661 characters

Photo of chicagoabbot
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a snifter...a great quote from Montaigne on the bottle and a note not to disturb the yeast sediment...ha, I'm a big boy and will drink my yeast, thank you very much. I like my dubbels a little bit darker than this one, which does pour a nice brown color with a vigorous head.

It's wonderful in the nose. Not quite as complex as some of the best Belgian dubbels (Corsendonk comes to mind), but I do love the yeast strain this brewery uses, it has really served them well across a variety of classic Belgian styles. There is some sweet loafy scent from the malt here and it's quite good. Hops take a back seat, as they should in a dubbel.

It's also a winner on the tongue, with the richness of bread and fruit, masking the alcohol well and proving a real delight. I will drink this one slowly. It is true to the Belgian style and not Americanized.

Mouthfeel is exceptional and there is nothing objectionable here. The only reason I'm giving it a 4 overall instead of a 4.5 is that there are better examples of the style, but only imported from Belgium. Highly recommend this beer, although it is almost as expensive as the Belgian brethren.

 1,153 characters

Photo of elgiacomo
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Recent delivery, should be relatively fresh. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours murky reddish brown with a billowing tan head that holds well, recedes to an island and ring, leaves some large spots of lacing behind.

Aroma is yeast and fruity esters, toast, golden raisins, plums, brown sugar, yeast, bread, caramel, toffee, apples and pears. Good to very good strength.

Flavor is toffee, caramel, dark fruits such as dates, figs, and raisins, bread, toast, and yeast, some molasses, brown sugar, fairly sweet, minimal alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium, creamy, foamy, medium+ carbonation.

Very tasty Dubbel, one of the best North American versions I've had. Rich and robust. Good value too as I can get a 4-pack for the price of an imported 750ml and this is just as good. Had this a number of time in the past, just never reviewed, and is a top candidate anytime I'm craving a Belgian-style beer.

 911 characters

Photo of Motladiwa
4.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sippin on this beer from the taps at Fiddler's Hearth in South Bend. This beer is wonderful!

It was poured into a tulip with about an inch of head that slowly revealed fantastic lacing on the side of the glass. Looks like liquid redwood and smells like a candy store. Reminds me of Michigan cherries.

At first sight it comes off as being a sipper, as it is a dubbel, but this beer is so refreshing and very easy to drink. The flavors dance on the tongue. Not too sticky, medium body. Very smooth and well balanced. This is a wonderful beer and I think that I will have many more of these.

 590 characters

Photo of funkymuppet
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had to love this - as a dubbel it rates right up there - super treacle-y goodness and a great carbonation level. Had it at dba in Williamsburg, chilled to perfection. Love the rich, brown color too. If anything at all, I would have said a bit light on mouthfeel - but this is probably just me as I like a bit more slickness than watery-ness - and this is probably smack on for the style.

 387 characters

Photo of beerprovedwright
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Four finger medium foam head of light brown. Lace is dense but very little cling. Color is a 29 on the SRM beer color chart. Smell is a wonderful complex venue of fragrances. There are scents of plum, honey, pepper, ginger, peach, cinnamon, toffee, roasted wheat, and malt. Flavor is just as complex as the smell, with tastes of honey, roasted coffee, toffee, plum, raisins, dark chocolate, green apple, black pepper, cinnamon, and a light taste of lime. Mouthfeel is very creamy, smooth and has a snappy crispness. Great beer overall, will buy this again and recommend it to my deep beer friends.

 597 characters

Photo of WJDobbs321
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Now that is a beer I can drink in front of the fire. It's a beer that wonderfully balances malt and body.

I enjoy that such a nicely malted darker beer holds such a good head.

Not much to the aroma. Maybe my nose is just trained for the hop aroma, and since this is an Abbey ale the aroma characteristics are tough to pick up

There is a lot of flavor to this beer. I won't tell you that it tastes like a fruit, but there is a dark sharp malty flavor that blends well with the suds.

The body makes this beer. The higher suds really makes the intense flavor balance. Without it, it would be a dungeon beer. It's even kind of crispy. The flavor will linger is a sharp way that wont leave a skid mark on your tongue.

Overall. I dig this beer. Not on the regular rotation for me, but next winter I'll start a fire and enjoy.

 824 characters

Photo of Outchillen
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a 750 bottle for $7.99

Dark reddish borwn with tan head, had slight aroma of figs and candi sugar
Taste of belgian candi sugar, lightly sweet, full bodied, taste a bit boozy almost like a beer with some whiskey in it, heavy mouthfeel
I am a big fan of ommegang, and this style beers, but this wasnt my favorite dubbel

 322 characters

Photo of neorunner
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Blind Beer #8 -

Thanks to Kevin (shrek806) for sending me this in Round #4 of the Blind Beer BIF.

This 12oz bottle is being used to break in my Pink Floyd Animals glass. Maroon brown pours beautifully into the glass. Head is thick and frothy with enough structure to turn into a scoop of ice cream on top of the glass. As I move the glass it jiggles like jellow.

Aroma is sugary like molasses and dark figs. Flavor comes across as a nice rich creamy ale with a good amount of sweetness that was apparent in the nose. Taste is a bit stronger than a standard brown but not a double digit powerhouse either. I'd say somewhere around seven-ish percent.

The reveal - Ommegang Abbey Ale. Great stuff, although I prefer their quad (Three Philosophers) a bit more.

 784 characters

Photo of cakennedy
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am a huge Belgian ale fan so I think that biases my review here, but this this is a great beer. It has a very dark chestnut look, with a fruity smell and taste. The taste is dark and sweet, slightly slightly bitter, with a good finish that is just a tad alcoholic. I think this beer, if you like the dark Belgians, is a real winner and I would very much buy this again.

 371 characters

Photo of ScottUCF84
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got around to reviewing this classic American brewed Belgian ale. Poured from the 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass creating a creamy khaki colored head that never dissipates. At first glance this dubbel looks a dark brown, but holding it up to light reveals a deep ruby. Beautiful.

The nose brings dried dark fruits, brown sugar, and alcohol. The taste follows up and delivers similarly, but with sweet caramel malt holding it all together. The alcohol definitely makes itself known as the beer makes its way down your throat.

After letting this dubbel warm slightly, the carbonation secedes, giving this beer a smooth, almost slick texture. Make sure not to drink this one too cold.

All in all a textbook dubbel that is easy to obtain. I commend Ommegang for doing what they do.

 794 characters

Photo of MillRat
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A well-crafted dubbel. Reddish-brown body topped by a thick tan head that has staying power. Nose full of malt and yeasty dark fruit character. Flavor is true to the aroma, with a bit sharpness from the alcohol teaming with the low-level hop bitterness to keep the malt in check. Finishes just a little on the sweet side, but overall a very flattering take on a classic dubbel.

 377 characters

Photo of Wamesit
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark red with a thick, rocky off-white head that gives way to thick splotchy lacing.

S - The nose is alcohol with a hops presence. Sweet darks fruits deeply throughout.

T - Richer malts spectrum. Caramel sweetness. Alcohol still going hand in hand with the slight hops bitterness. The sweet fruit lingers in the background, playing off of the fumes of the alcohol. This is what I always expected a Dubbel to be, a slightly less fruity, darker and spicier (clove) Belgian Strong. Great balance and playfulness. Delicious.

M - Medium, rich, good carbonation. Lively.

D - Highly, highly drinkable.

 610 characters

Photo of RyanOkonski
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Reddish brown, with a two-finger foam head. Leaves nice lacing.

Smell- Citrusy hop aroma, with bit of floral scent.

Taste- Strong taste of both the alcohol and the hop character. Is moderately rich and the flavor lingers on the palate.

Mouthfeel- Smooth and inviting, with a surprisingly crisp finish.

Drinkability- I would drink this on occasion, it's not a bad thirst-quencher, especially for being a medium-bodied beer. Duppel's aren't my favorite, but it definitely was worth the experience. If you like belgian-style ales with relatively high abv, and rich fruity flavors, I recommend this beer.

 619 characters

Photo of StlHopHead77
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a deep,hazy amber with a sturdy,2 finger,bone-white crown that lingered throughout and left attractive sticky lacing.

S-Baked red apple,ripe plum,red currant,toasty malts,earthy yeast notes.

T-Raisin,clove,dried,dark fruit(date,some prune,fig),dry spice notes of cardamom pods,pink peppercorns and raw sugar.

M-Rich,ample and complex.Nice weight and overall balance.

D-Maybe a little sweet for sustained drinkability.

 429 characters

Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
4.14 out of 5 based on 4,579 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston 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.