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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-18-1998

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Ratings: 4,616 |  Reviews: 1,767
Photo of Motladiwa
4.88/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

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Photo of funkymuppet
4.45/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of beerprovedwright
4.7/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of WJDobbs321
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of Outchillen
3.95/5  rDev -5%
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

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Photo of neorunner
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Blind Beer #8 - http://flic.kr/p/9tSHyk

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.

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Photo of cakennedy
4.12/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of ScottUCF84
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of MillRat
4/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of Wamesit
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of RyanOkonski
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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Photo of StlHopHead77
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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

[Best served in a Trappist glass]

Poured a hazy brown with a large tan rocky head and had good lacing. The aroma was of sweet toasted malts, dried fruit, a leathery yeast and had a moderate alcohol scent. It tasted slightly sweet yet acidic in the beginning and finished about the same with a mild alcohol flavor. Mouthfeel was light to medium in body with the texture being quite creamy. Overall an assume brew and quite satisfying to drink.

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

A= huge active beige small-bubbled foamy head over cola-brown. Plentiful lacing and rimming, a thin pooling over most of it.

S= bold whiffs of spices and possibly herbs, a malt dryness felt in the nasal, decent hops florals, some liquor. Fresh prune and maybe apricot.

T= strong, nicely bitter for a Belgian even for a dubbel. There's a spice in here that I use in Asian and Indian cooking that I can't quite identify-- maybe something like allspice (which has in turn coriander and anise), maybe some slight ginger. A bit of prune. Light apple notes and maybe apricot. Rather creative. Plentiful carbonation.

M= dry with hops bitters and slight sweetness on the tongue.

D= to the extent of the ABV%. Some extra belching that might be a detractor for session bloating. In fact I'm still bloating up, half an hour later! A lot more so than with a typical Belgian-Belgian Dubbel. Maybe a bit too carbonated?

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Photo of THECPJ
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes

Appearance: dark brown with an amber red hue when held to the light, has a frothy 2 finger tan head that lingers, nice lacing

Smell: honey, dark fruits, and hints of sweetness

Taste: much like the smell, sweet, notes of caramel and sweet malts, dark fruits

Mouthfeel: mild to moderate carbonation, medium body, smooth, creamy

Drinkability; a nice warming dubbel with sweetness that is balanced enough to not be considered a dessert beer.


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Photo of Aiptasia
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this one on BA's recommends for an American version of a Belgian Abbey-style ale. Poured into a 16 oz. pint glass.

A: Pours a clean pale nutty red into the glass with little foam and little to no lacing.

S: Smells of burnt sugar hops, horse blanket and hay.

T: Bigger hops bitters than I was expecting. Notes of bubblegum and s'mores in the middle with a very dry citrus rind bitter finish.

M: Not over carbonated. Full bodied and bitter for a Belgian.

D: Better than average but not my favorite.

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Photo of avaccani
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep amber that was a tad bit cloudy. Large 2 finger bright white head. Laced the glass the whole was down.

S - Wasn't my favorite. Smelled boozy, cough syrup, maybe some darker fruits, raisen.

T - I wasn't too impressed with it. Tasted just like it smelled. Very medicinally. Reminded me of cough syrup.

M - Carbonation was spot on.

D - I had 2 glasses out of the 750ml bottle and I just couldn't finish it. This one just isn't for me. I will review this one again in the future to see if my tastes change.

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Photo of bigoten13
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Ten Tables in Jamaica Plain, MA. Poured into a wine glass (trendy?) and was an delectable mahogany amber color with a thick dominate foamy head. Perfection in a wine glass!

The smell was unique, a bit of sweetness to it and some spiciness (perhaps clove), my descriptive abilities do not do it justice. Anywho, it tasted fantastic, very smooth and a good helping of balanced fruit flavors, with some maltiness to finish it off.

Mouthfeel was great, it was so well carbonated I could feel each bubble burst on my tongue. And each sip left me wanting more and more and more.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great one!
Poured into my crystal mug the beer looks a rich red mahogany brown with a nice creamy beige head building. This head seems to stick around for a while.
The smell announces definitely some fruits and caramel with honey. Very attractive and not overbearing.
Taking the first sip you will be in for a pleasant surprise! Very decent plum, fig, little apple up front introduced by a nice prickly feel do to good carbonation. It almost needs this prickliness to bring out all the flavor. This is followed by caramel and honey malts. At the end this abundance of flavors is being checked by a great selection of hops, with leaves a nice bittersweetness to prepare for the next sip.
Very drinkable medium bodied beer just how I love it.
Great job, Ommegang

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Photo of TheSarge
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours decently for a two finger thick tan head, and has a very cloudy and dark caramel colored body.

In the aroma I'm getting pair, candied sugar, perfume, and tart under ripened orange to name a few characteristics.

In the taste and mouth feel it's quite the cooked veggie flavor, metallic hops, candied sugars, and earthy qualities. A bit chewy, and warming in the end.

I don't know what went wrong with me and this beer for me. Just didn't pique my taste buds as a great Dubbel.

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Photo of SassyBootblack
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled and served in a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Somewhere between deep garnet and brown. Thick tan head.

Smell: Sweet malt and minerals.

Taste: Deep fig and plum flavor, finishing with a minerally tang. If there's Belgian yeast characteristics, it's hard to notice underneath the dark fruit.

Mouthfeel: A little brisk from lively carbonation and whatever is making that tang flavor. Appropriately drinkable body.

Drinkability: Very delicious. Relies more on malt than yeast character, but it's hard to argue with results, this tastes good.

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

Poured into a trusty Duvel tulip glass.

A- A deep reddish brown...almost garnet in color. A brownish yellow head with a nice spongey appearance. Settles and leaves no lace.

S- The first thing noticed is some dark fruits and definite apple notes. Just a bit medicinal.

T- Nice sweet, carmelized malts. Also get some dark fruit flavors. Just a bit syrupy. Flavors become more complex as things warm up. A lingering pleasant sweetness on the finish.

M- Light bodied and very highly carbonated. Just a bit of warming from the alcohol.

D- Quite nice. Easy to drink...lingering flavors are pleasant. Nice to have this on our side of the pond. A top contender in this style.

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Photo of ironbike1
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. 2010 bottle.

Poured a beautiful dark orange brownish color with an off white head about an inch deep that lingered for what seemed 5 minutes. Very puffy and creamy looking head.

The smell is of fruits and figs with caramel,pretty typical of the style but there just seems to be a very unique freshness to this one.
Taste is very much like the smell, with figs and very smooth and creamy. Also a slight hint of spices. The head still there but about 1/4" now with great lacing.
Mouthfeel is super smooth and the drinkability of this dubbel is excellent and easy to finsih.

A must try from ommegang. I will be aging a couple bottles aswell.

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split a 750ml corked and caged bottle; poured into a Chimay goblet.

A: Pours a wood stain brown with a perfect off-white head

S: Smells of cloves, spices, breadiness and booze.

T: The booziness hits you at first, then mellow over time. Floral notes and sweet figs shine through.

D: It is a little inbalanced, to be honest. There are Dubbels with the same or similar ABVs that are much smoother than this, but its interesting flavour keeps you coming back for more.

Overall: A good Dubbel, but certainly not one of the best in the world. Worth a try, though and well worth the money.

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Photo of derekmorris7
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice beer..beautiful dark amber color. Came in a four pack and loved every sip. Nice mouthfeel with slight cling but fresh and trailing sweetness. Taste was sweet but had a balanced rough almost coffee like note. Very printable even though you can really feel the moderately high ABV. Highly recommended!

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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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