Ommegang (Abbey Ale) | Brewery Ommegang

Ommegang (Abbey Ale)Ommegang (Abbey Ale)
4,604 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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-18-1998

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Dark brown, almost reddish with a nice head that stays. Aroma is predominantly fruity. Mouthfeel is exceptional, every sip reveals something different. Licorice, fruity, caramely, a slight taste of raisins perhaps...keeps the taste buds guessing and wanting more. Excellent finish, silky smooth, drinkability is excellent. The ABV is 8.5 but well hidden under layers of flavor. A beautiful dubbel, highly recommended.

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

12oz poured into my Duvel snifter. Best before date of 05/2013.

Pours a deep orange on the verge of becoming blood red, khaki head. With a vigorous pour, the head rises like a pillow with a solid 3 fingers of head. It dissipates, leaving the lacing to slide down with each sip.

Rich fruit on the nose, with a nice spicy alcohol note. Alcohol becomes more noticeable as it warms, but is paired well with the almost raisin like fruity nature of the brew. Luscious, but the alcohol notes become a bit overpowering.

Fruity natures paired with bread, similar to raisin bread but no cinnamon. Banana's, raisins and dates. Alcohol in the background, giving off a spicy character to the finish.

Alcohol is a bit towards the foreground, but is well balanced against the rich fruit flavors. At 8.5% this is probably a solo flight.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.49/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black-cherry soda in color - dark reddish amber. Nice two-finger head settles down into a short blanket of creamy foam. Good carbonation. Lots of yeastiness in the nose, maybe a little sour apple or tart cherry in there too. It's a tad faint in the nose, actually. Flavor is big and bold, with plenty of malt and yeast characteristics. More well-balanced than expected with a nice hop tang to it in the middle and finish. Finish has an off bitterness I don't exactly care for, but it's not cloying or bad, just not my thing. All-in-all it's ok and decently priced at around $9.00/4-pak.

What I like most: The great color and overall apperance.

What I like least: The finish and its off bitterness.

Verdict: Decent enough and well-priced. Drink it if you see it but not worth seeking out.

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

Following the slightly intuitive directions on the bottle, I poured a beautiful thick foamy head. The mass sat atop a cloudy brown caramel color. Retention was very good.

The nose was lovely. Banana, plum, fig, all make up a soft ripened fruit aroma. All in all, a great balance of sweet and spicy, with a touch of wood age, alcohol, and phenolic cleanness. As it warms and I dwell deeper some pumpkin and cinnamon tones begin to surface as well. Wonderfully complex and enjoyable.

The flavor keeps this one on the upside. The flavor is sweet up front, some caramel and chocolate flavors are prominent. The hops shine in the finish, which is quite dry. Alcohol is hidden very well.

The body has a good thickness without seeming too heavy. The carbonation is perfectly crisp yet non-obtrusive. The dry dry finish yields superbly easy drinking. Great beer.

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Photo of Skitowneric
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Poured 12oz bottle into Belgian tulip glass.

Nice tan head. Dark caramel-brown color yet transparent.

Nose of dried fig and dates. Great effervescent mouth feel.

Taste of caramel, dried ripe fruit, clove, and anise.

Great representation of the style. A very deceptively easy drinker for the alcohol content.

Great American brewed Belgian style beer!

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Photo of DelMontiac
2.96/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a thin walled tulip. Packaged 03/16/10. Best by 03/2013. The bottle recommends served at 50F so I let it sit for a few minutes since my fridge thermometer read 42F.

Appearance: Poured an orange-tinted mahogany coloration with a massive 3+ finger head of large loosely fitted bubbles of an light sandstone hue. Head retention is minimal and completely vanished before I could get three gulps down. Looks are inviting.

Aroma: After the lofty head faded a bit, I caught a pronounced metallic smell with barely detectable banana and mildly spiced brandy notes. Alcohol on the verge of burning the nostrils as the bubbles burst. Not what I expected.

Flavor: Overbearing alcohol with slightly sweet maltiness and a bit of rum-raison.

Mouthfeel: Nothing special. Noted rapid loss of carbonation.

Drinkability: Would limit to one 12 oz bottle or share a 750 mL.

Overall: Nothing special. Kind of disappointed considering to the average BA score. Maybe a 750 mL is a better format?

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice rich brown color with very nice amount of off-white head that retains fairly well. There is also some nice lacing left behind.

S - Rich and assertive fruit aroma, very sweet. Also a touch of sweet malts breaks through.

T - The immediate taste is the sweet fruit and maltiness that is in the smell. This is followed by a bit of mellowing malt flavor. There barely any noticeable bitterness or bite here, the flavors are well extremely well balanced.

M - Medium bodied and fairly creamy, but smooth and just the right amount of tingling carbonation.

D - A complex beer flavor wise and even mouthfeel-wise, but the flavors are well balanced and the beer stays fairly drinkable for its 8.50% APV.

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Photo of greenmonstah
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into DFH Snifter

A - Pours a dark cloudy brown with a finger of tan head. Bubbles pouring up constantly.

S - Dark fruits, belgian yeast. Very sweet.

T - There's a lot to this beer. Attacks the tongue with intense Belgian yeast and dark fruits. Leaves a lot of sweetness and abit of malt.

M - Light bodied with excellent carbonation that causes a nice bite to it on first sip.

D - Easy and enjoyable to drink, but not something I would want to session. One in a evening would be plenty.

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Photo of Blanco
2.98/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

very dark amber color with a large off-white head that remains thick throughout. Lacing is particularly strong. Very strongly carbonated. The smell is very weak. Smells like pennies with a malty undertone. taste is also metallic with some dark fruit and dark, but not roasted malt. mouthfeel is on the thicker side and creamy from the thick head. It's drinkable, but unremarkable. For a dubbel, I guess it's OK, but I was expecting more. Seems like a "safe" beer.

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

A - hazy (probably from bottle conditioning) deep amber color with a thick, well-retained head

S - fruity yeast esters with hints of dark fruit; slightly sweet malt with some toastiness; no hop detected

T - sweet malt up front with yeasty esters throughout, alcohol is also noticeable in flavor; slight alcohol astringency lingers a little after the finish with a touch of roasted malts perceived

M - medium body with high carbonation

D - This fits the dubbel style quite nicely. I don't think it's perhaps the best example I've had, but it is pretty tasty and quaffable.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark cooper with red tints and a thick, firm and lasting head.

Nose is all assertive cooked pears and stone fruit; very Belgian nose and very pleasant.

Mouthfeel is medium creamy and big and well balanced, although from the small bottle that's this sample it is somewhat highly carbonated, lessened with a few good swirls.

Flavors are assertive, bold and big creamed sweet coffee, carmel and toffee and stone fruit with a nice coffee/citrus skin bitter finish.

Well made and drinkable although a bit of the higher alcohol comes through in nose and flavor profile.

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

750ml bottle: This one pours a caramel/amber color. There was a good bit of a fluffy tan head on it that doesn't completely go away. It has a very nice nose. Dark fruits and caramel/toffee are up front. Some yeastiness and breadiness in there too. The taste is quite good. There is almost no sweetness, in fact it finishes a bit dry. Toffee notes, some of the dark fruits and some chocolate. A nice beverage!

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Chimay goblet.

Another second chance at another Ommegang favorite. It pours a hazy auburn topped by a half-finger of slightly off-white foam. The nose comprises rye bread, figs, raisins, red grapes, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, and prunes. The taste follows very closely, with the addition of sourdough, pepper, banana, and a scraping of tangerine. The body is a hefty medium, with a moderate carbonation and a fizzily thick feel. Overall, a very nice dubbel, one that I'll be sure to keep revisiting in the future. It's a bit on the fizzy side, but it doesn't overdo this flaw and makes up fer it with a great taste and a hefty body.

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

This is a good beer, expecially considering that it is made in NY and not imported from Belgium!

Nice dark brown with a lacy 2 finger head.

Smell was impressive with lots of things going on here.... Malt, yeast, cherry, chocolate

Taste was good, well balanced and I am going to have to buy this one again. No Alcohol after byte.

Lots of carbination with a good feel to it.

A very drinkable beer, that is true to the style. About time an american brwery got the Belgian style right.

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

This classic Belgian pours a rich dark mahogony and has a creamy tan 2 finger head. It's aroma is filled with dark fruits - figs and raisins. The taste is terrific with dark fruits and caramel malt - very impressive. This is a medium to full bodied, very drinkable beer with a creamy mouthfeel and little carbonation. Give it a try.

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

This beer comes to us from Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, New York, and it is a great example of a classic Belgian Dubbel. The Belgian Dubbel is a style of beer that originated in the Trappist Abbey of Westmalle in 1865. Since then, the style has developed into a strong brown ale that has become popular throughout Belgium and now in the United States as well. This was Brewery Ommegang's first brew, and they are now one of the leading Belgian style breweries in this country.

Ommegang Abbey pours a rich, dark mahogany. The aroma is toasty, malty, and reminiscent of Mexican Coca-Cola. These qualities are apparent in the taste as well, with more caramel, spice, chocolate, and dark fruit, especially figs. The beer is a bit sweet but this is balanced and mellowed by lively carbonation. This is an impressive brew that is right up there with the best of Belgium! It is full-bodied, yet finishes dry and very drinkable. Grab a few for the cold nights ahead.

There are so many different dishes that would be great with Ommegang Abbey. Duck stew with mashed potatoes is a perfect match. Game meats, roast suckling pig, lamb chops, venison sausage, and almost any dessert (especially those with chocolate) would all be excellent pairings too. As for cheese, try it with something nutty such as Brie de Meaux, Hoch Ybrig, or Piave Vecchio. Enjoy!

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a glowing brown body with a thick lumpy light tan head. There is a light garnet red glow at the base when held to the light and a sea of tiny bubbles glide to the surface. S- The yeasty circus peanut ester aroma has some dry toffee and dark caramel notes to it and a light peppery phenol in the finish.
T- The brown caramel notes blend with cider like qualities and yeasty ester note that finishes with a soft cream. There is some bitter notes in the dry finish. There is also a melanoidin quality that takes on some toffee qualities but becomes more like prunes as the beer warm a bit. There are also some dried fruit qualities that come through when the beer opens up.
M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a creamy texture and no real alcohol heat.
D- The dry well blended rich toffee flavor has some yeasty cidery notes that are just a bit drab. Perhaps with some age more flavors will develop.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderately dark brown with some reddish hues. Off white head and some good lacing. Nose brings forward raisins, molasses, caramel, brown sugar, and dark fruits. The taste doesn't quite meld everything together, with some sugars and dark fruits coming through in the end. Moderate, creamy mouthfeel with lowish carbonation. Drinks pretty well, but not my favorite from them.

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

Poured into a Dogfish Head snifter

A-Dark Burgundy with a killer creamy head that holds up long after the initial pour

S-Toffee, Caramel, Bread, Biscuit

T-surprisingly carbonated, good, but not what one might expect based on appearance

M-nice and smooth from start to finish

D-definitely not for sessioning, however this is an excellent way to wrap up an evening...

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Photo of trf32
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Dark, dark brown with a healthy light-brown head that sticks around on top and to the sides of the glass. What's not to like?

S- Heavy nose of roasted malts. Has a particular character I'm not sure how to describe.

T- It's everything you'd want from it. Nothing super crazy, but it has some depth to explore. Certainly enough character to satisfy without having anything too overpowering. It's quite malt-forward, and has a taste like sweet assorted dried fruits. There's quite a bit going on here. This isn't the first time I've had this, and each time I try it I pick up something else.

M- Absolutely coats your tongue with flavor. Terrific if that's what you want. It's what I want so I'm happy.

D- Um, not exactly a session beer. It's actually pretty drinkable for what it is though, since it doesn't have one flavor that overpowers.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a dark mahogany brown with a 1-2 finger foamy tan head. Nice lacing.

Smell: Dried fruit, caramel malt, spices and a hint of alcohol.

Taste: Sweet dried fruit up front followed by caramel malt in the middle and ending with mild phenols and a slightly bitter metallic taste.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with a high amount of carbonation. Nice tingle from the carbonation up front. Alcohol warmth comes through as you drink it.

Drinkability: High drinkability although having more than a couple could spell trouble.

Overall: Very solid beer overall. Great representation of the style. Definitely worth giving a shot.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear, dark, copper color with a bit of ruby red showing through in the light. It's got a very thin head that leaves tan lacing till the end. Abbey Ale's aroma has hints of raisins, vanilla, and dark roasted malt in it. The flavor has notes of toast, grapes, sour cherries, and maybe some molasses. It's got a medium full mouthfeel. Ommegang Abbey Ale is smooth and creamy but is also filling. This beer was a great match for chunks of smoked swiss cheese. Highly recommended!!

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Photo of bylerteck
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Nice cap of head all the way through. Murky red colour with no visible carbonation.

S - Tons of nice dark fruit with some booze and yeast.

T - Slightly sweet with nice dark fruits again and a little bit of booze coming back. The booziness is very mild but present.

M - Nice in the mouth with a small amount of carbonation to keep it dancing. Coats the tongue.

D - High. Nothing wrong with this. Delicious.

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3.35/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Bottle to tulip.

A: Like all of Omegang's brews, this one pours with a huge head. Four fingers of light brown, soft creaminess lasts incredibly long. Dark ruby-brown opaque interior with transparent crimson edges. The head comes clean off of the glass, leaving only light smatterings of lace that stick from the body.

S & T: Light malts of toasted grain and rendered sugar. Light earthy yeastiness. The hop component is hard to pick out, might be herbal. Lots of sweet, overly ripe fruits. Cherries, dates, golden raisins. Moderately sweet. Light flavors/aromas of tobacco, anise and cola. Long lasting flavor. The back end of the palate presents a lingering fruit bitterness, which is hard to describe accurately, but something that I don't find very enjoyable. Moderate presence of alcohol.

M: Medium to medium full body with any alcoholic texture. Average fizzy carbonation.

D: Since I don't enjoy the finish of this beer, I don't find it to be very drinkable.

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Photo of lou50rp
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

dark colored ale with a great head which dissipates slowly. Head is a light brown color.
Very fruity smell with hints of molasses.
Taste is of dark fruits with a finish of molasses. A great taste.
Good mouthfeel. Nice medium freel. Clear ending.
It is definitely drinkable, but only for one or two. After that I could not taste it or anything else.

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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 4,604 ratings
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