Ommegang (Abbey Ale) | Brewery Ommegang

4,585 Ratings
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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Photo of trf32
4.68/5  rDev +13%
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 -2.7%
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 -2.9%
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 +5.1%
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 -19.1%
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 +6.3%
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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Photo of wifehatesbeer
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

After having a few of these, I've learned to take a bomber out of the fridge (if you don't have a cellar) and let it warm up before and as you continue enjoying.

Lots of fruity, malty notes in this dark brown, delicious dubbel. It's definitely one of the best bargains and most accessible Belgians around here. It doesn't pack as much of a punch as their quad, but it exemplifies the style very well.

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

Poured a rich caramel brown in color with a visibly thick body and a huge head. Robust with bouquet and flavor. Caramel, burnt sugar, molasses, cofee, chocolate, fresh bread. A heck of a dubbel. Even better as it warms.

And it's amazing Trader Joe's has this for a measley $8 or so.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving type - 220z bottle

Appearance - Reddish brown with a nice creamy head

Smell - Floral, lots of fruits, belgium yeast was present

Taste - O my, Very smooth, and fruity, espically cherries! Wow this was tasty. Was sweet but not too sweet that it would be a desert beer. The yeast kick was nice cause it wasnt so intense that it overpowered the beer. Really nice combo, man i love it

Mouthfeel - Sweet on the tounge, perked up the palette, and made me say i needed more after every drink. Super beer!

Drinkabilty - The 22 0z would be perfect for one person. Any more then that and you would spoil yourself and miss out on the flavors cause you would expect it. Fantasic, cant wait to get more!

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

A: Nice hazy ruby color. Pours with a thick head. I'd suggest the over-sized Duvel Tulip here. The head is a beauty. Thick creamy color and quite thick. Dissipates after a few minutes with a thin lacing.

S: Caramel comes forward with a bit of a fruitiness in the background. A healthy dose of alcohol.

T: Spice and fruit come forward right away. A mild caramel sweetness and a reasonable bit of carbonation reach out next. Finishes with a warm earthy alcohol finish.

M: Not nearly as dry as expected, but I'm not complaining at all. Has some good body to it before the medium-dry finish.

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Photo of aepb1
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Dark reddish brown with a tan head and plenty of lacing

S- Caramel, molasses and a definite booziness

T- Molasses! Spices with the malty belly and a syrupiness

M- Medium bodied, smooth and syrupy with a higher carbonation and significant heat from the alcohol

D- This has a little more than year on it in my cellar and it's much smoother than when I cracked a "fresh" one from the store. It's very nice for the style!

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Photo of AdamBear
3.56/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-very dark reddish amber, light tan head

S-i'm getting a hint of cherries and caramel

T-burnt maple, belgian sugar. a bit of a funky after-taste however

M-very carbonated, dry finish

D-eh the tastes sorta bland together. alcohol note becomes stronger

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Photo of jjanega08
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A= The pour is a nice hazy brown color with a great four finger head on it that is an off white light tan color with some nice lacing as well as some beautiful retention on the side of the glass.

S= The smell is a little light for a Dubbel. Light caramelly sweetness as well as some of the of the dark fruit character that is common in this style of beer. Somewhat muted in the nose.

T= The taste is on target with the style. Great spicy sort of apple cider spice profile to it as well as some of the great caramelly sweetness to it. Good Belgian sugar and some nice toffee deeper in it.

M= Nice and light on the tongue. Typical Dubbel feel to it. Could be a little dryer.

D= I can see why this beer is so highly rated. A typical Dubbel that is made in America. I've had more flavorful Dubbels no doubt but for an American Dubbel this is on target. Dry and a little more rugged and this would be the real deal.

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.2/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml into a BJ's Brewery '2010 Fathers Day' pint glass...

A- Poures mahogany with a two finger tan head. Good amount head retention and lacing with this one...

S - Lots of fruity and spicy notes come through...

T - Plums, apricot, raisins followed by the sweet taste of brown sugar and maybe some caramel. A little sweet for my taste...

M - Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation...

D - Not my favorite brew from the style, and something I probably won't be buying in the future. Glad I tried it, but I was hoping for something more. Surprised by the rave reviews. Hope Three Philosophers proves to be better than this one...


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Photo of kwjd
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright ruby brown colour with thick off-white head. As the head dissipates, it leaves a nice layer of head on top of the beer with some lacing on the glass. Smells of cherry, raisin and nuts with the sweet malt. The flavour is really nicely balanced and the Belgian yeast comes through. Carbonation is quite high. A very nice dubbel.

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Photo of mexikrainian
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: dense, hazy brown with decent off-white head and lacing.

Aroma: cocoa, nutty, malty, spicy, and raisin notes.

Flavor: acidic, syrupy and malty with dry finish.

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium body with high carbonation.

Overall impression: malty and sweet, this is unique for the style. it's not my favorite but very drinkable.

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Photo of seand
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark opaque brown with a thick, dense tan head. The head retains very well and leaves quite a bit of lacing.

S: Deeply sweet, dark fruit with wood-like notes.

T: Full, deep, and sweet all the way through. Finishes dry with a hint of hops. Very rich and nicely balanced.

M: Full bodied, medium carbonation, quite smooth.

D: Quite nicely drinkable for this ABV, though perhaps a tad too sweet.

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Photo of IronLover
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reddish mahogany in color with a thick frosty, beihe head with staying power. Lots of thick, sticky lacings. Thick and syrupy feel, but with lively carbonation. Sweet malty aroma with hints of dark fruit, spice and a slight hint of alcohol. Malty sweet with spice in the beginning with dark fruity flavors and a touch of alcohol at the end. Thoroughly enjoyed this. Ommegnag never disappoints.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep chestnut, with a beige head that starts thick and disappates rather quickly.
S- Smell is of rum and dark fruits. A bit of nuttiness as well, but it is largely a rich malt smell.
T- The taste is of intense malt backbone, manifesting itself as a sort of booze/fruit concoction. Getting a good deal of plum, figs, and rum.
M- Thick bodied, as to be expected. Almost syrupy but definitely a beer that sticks to you.
D- This is a very good beer that is traditional enough to fit the style well, but different enough to be unique. I enjoyed it, but it certainly is a beer that one can feel 8.5% out of.

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy chestnut, copper color with with a decent to smaller sized, foamy beige head. Disappears pretty fast with a ring of lace around the edge.

S - Dark spicy fruit with cherry, date and raisin with a lot of rum soaked aroma. Some licorice, some burnt brown sugar, yeast and some bubblegum like aroma.

T - Similar to the aroma with lots of spiced dark fruit with a bit of a rum soaked taste and burnt candi sugar. Some yeasty taste comes out. Fair amount of apple and orange as well. Caramel and burnt toffee malt. Some cinnamon, pepper and clove along.

M - Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Pretty smooth and slick.

D - Decently drinkable. A bit on the spicy and burnt to really want to drink a lot. Alcohol is fairly well hidden.

Notes: Overall a decent beer, pretty big flavors with a good amount of spice, burnt and rum flavors that make it a bit strong. Not my favorite for the style, but not a bad beer overall.

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

Pours medium brown, with a copper tint. Has a great head that renders excellent side lace.

Smell is heavy licorice, chocolate and coffee.

Taste: Lots of maltiness and sweet carmaliztion, along with some spicy hops and the noticable high ABV.

Mouthfeel: Rich, very syrupy, thick bodied but still creamy. Not the best part of this ale.

Need to have this one with a steak. Can't have many with high ABV.

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Photo of geryeb624
3.81/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a DFH signature glass.

A- Pours a ruby-tinted brown with several fingers of off-white to tan head.

S- Dark, spicy fruits with a slight alcoholic aroma. Prunes, raisins, and figs, with some spice and maltiness. Almost like a fig newton, but classier.

T- Dark fruits from the aroma come through, as does some spiciness. Finishes bitter and a little buttery.

M- Creamy and rich with some nice carbonation. Not too thick, but substantial.

D- A bit too rich to have more than a few of, but goes down reasonably well. High ABV and bold flavors will slow you down eventually though.

A pretty solid brew from Ommegang, though I prefer the Three Philosophers. I like the flavors better in that one, as I prefer the cherries to the prunes and figs. Well put together just the same, though.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The first time I tried Abbey Ale was at the Ommegang brewery tour. Because of its alcohol content, it was placed near the end of the tasting. I knew I had to snag a variety pack to try it by itself. However, I still do the brewery justice by wearing an Ommegang t-shirt as I review this brew.

As described on the tour, this drink is truly bread in a glass."If you are worried about calories...this is still the beer for you because it's delicious" - scott (tour guide). I should have let this beer warm to a more appropriate temperature (50 deg.) before drinking.

This beer poured a dark brown with little copper left. The head formed was almost an impenetrable barrier that left good lacing on my pewter cup. Thankfully as this drink started to warm the aromas started to present themselves; this is certainly a powerful malt with a heavy ABV to support it.

Mouthfeel for this beer good, well carbonated and has a nice smooth/creamy caramel finish. Drinkability is a tad lower given the high ABV and richness, but it went perfect with my 6hr. online driver's safety course!

Verdict: Great brew.

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Photo of haazer
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Weyerbacher Tulip.

A- Pours a deep, reddish brown, a hint of auburn as well. The head with ommegang beer has been magnificient so far. Builds about 3 fingers high, very thick n rich foam. Takes awhile for the foam to setle, leaves Lots of lacing on the glass especially as you drink. I notice as I stop pouring the bubbles dance underneath the ice cap of foam.

S- My instant detection was chocolate, berries, and roasted malts.

T- Somewhat like the smell. I get the roasted malt and chocolate taste. Throughout the mouth I feel a smoky flavor, which is welcomed. About to swallow I notice the fruity taste of cherries. Lastly as the brew goes down I get the hint of caramel.

M- Fairly smooth. The brew is real creamy either refrigerated or closer to room temp. The alcohol becomes warming for the mouth and body.

D- Despite the 8.5% abv, this is fairly drinkable. I could drink more than one of these. Not a sipper, but I wouldn't make this a session beer either. The smooth and creamy feel to this makes it easy to drink.

Notes: The 2nd of my Ommegang 8 pack sample, I liked it better than the pale ale. So far the appearance of the brews has been 2nd to none.

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Photo of
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 750ml bottle into wine glass. Sorry, but I was at the in-laws and no chalice was available. Nice head that remained a while. I purchased this beer after doing a fair amount of research. I read of very favorable comparisons to Trappist offerings. I have to say that this is a very good product. It is complex but a little sweet for my tastes. The closest Trappist I can associate it with is Koeningshoeven or Westmalle. This restores my faith in American brewing. You will be pleased.

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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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