Ommegang (Abbey Ale) | Brewery Ommegang

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Ommegang (Abbey Ale)Ommegang (Abbey Ale)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
ommegang.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,579
Reviews:
1,756
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
11.59%
 
 
Wants:
330
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881
For Trade:
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Photo of jacobseyb
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into my snifter. Darker brown with some ruby highlights, tan head that sticks around and laces well. Smell is definitely fruity and grapy and is noticeable as soon as the bottle was opened. Taste is very much more grapy with the other fruits taking more of a back seat. Feel is nice and carbonated well, with some crispness. Overall a great beverage that I will be having again.

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Photo of cheftasia28
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Rochefort goblet.

A: Pours a very dark amber with a small manageable head. When held up to light, this beer glows magnificently.

S: When freshly poured I could smell it from across the room, amazing! It is bright and fruity with slight tinges of alcohol. There is a berry grapiness to it with notes of black pepper.

T: An expected (from the smell) fruity main taste, possible grape. A big, dark red grape... that still has a pit in it to make it extreme. Possible signs of cherry.

M: It is very light, nothing special. Very well balanced carbonation wise.

D: Overall, this is a very good beer. I could drink a couple of these and be more than happy, maybe even too happy given the percent alcohol in this beer. I recommend it. Also this was my first beer to write a review for, the first of many I hope.

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Photo of bsp77
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle in Snifter.

Appearance: Cloudy orangish-brown with sustained thin tan head.

Smell: Pungent combination of plums, figs and a strong mustiness. Some light banana and clove.

Taste: Very malty and musty with plum, figs, raisins and a good earthy undercurrent. Ends more spicy and clove-like.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium to full body that simply feels Belgian (not sure how to describe that), semi-dry finish.

Drinkability: This is the best Dubbel I have, with a strong complex aroma and taste. However, I have never found this to be the easiest to drink style; even Quads are more drinkable for me.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A: As the label claims, this is a "burgundian brew." Very pretty! Delicate head dissolves into fascinating tracing on top. Some slight lace.

S: Wonderful! Alcohol-soaked fruits and a gentle spiciness (cracked black pepper, I think).

T: Super-tasty. Initially carbonated and pleasantly spicy with a fruit maintaste -- plum or dark purple grapes. The aftertaste is smooth and enjoyable.

M: Again, carbonated and spicy. This Abbey Ale is unexpectedly light, stimulating and dancing across the tongue.

D: High! Alcohol is present, but not obviously so. This scrumptious Belgianesque brew comes highly recommended, although for what it's worth, I prefer the 750mL bottle.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
3.51/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked bottle. Lots to read on the label..

Pours a beautiful solid brown, with a tan micro-bubbled head that washes the glass like a wave on every drink. Smell is coffee and almond, rather sweet, but with some astringency. Tastes richer and more toasted than the smell, with loads of flavor and complexity while the feel morphs into carbonated spiciness. Aftertaste is bitter, spiky, and active. Almost no alcohol burn to note, remarkable for an 8.5% brew. Definitely a filling beer as well, the 750ml bottle is plenty for me at one sitting. IMO, a beer that looks better than it tastes.

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Photo of 89Vision
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 bottle (aged about a year) into a Chimay chalice. This dubbel is a dark, rich, deep brown with just over a two finger head that slowly fades to a thin light cream with nice lacing.

The aroma is nice. The main aroma I pick up is alcohol and esters, with the breadiness and fruit taking a back seat.

This is a great tasting beer. Bready and roasted malts, with some esters and booziness. I'm surprised at how much of the alcohol flavor comes through, but I have aged this bottle a while, so that may have something to do with it. I can't really quite put my finger on any particular fruit flavor.. possibly apple? Definitely tasty.

All in all, a very good beer. Goes down smooth, and complex enough to keep you guessing and mindful of each sip.

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Photo of bigrzman
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Solid brown/reddish brown and opaque. Carbonation is exuberant and excited however the bubbles are tiny and compact.

S: Bready up front with a back end of cherries and black/raspberries. And this one is alcoholic!

T: It tastes like a fruited bread (no fruit cake!) with cherries and pomegranate. Not much on the hop side but very malty.

M: Carbonation is tingly to the tongue and burpy. It is thick and syrupy and drying from the alcohol at the back of the palate.

D: I can't drink a lot of these...to expensive and filling, but this is a great treat!!!!

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

750ml corked bottle, picked up on a whim at Knightly Spirits in Orlando. Very glad that I did - this brew proved to be one of the highlights of my trip!

Poured into a goblet. A tawny red brew, slightly opaque, ruby when held to the light. Looks like a dubbel. Thick, spritzy head that displays some fine lacing and retention.

Nose is bread, dark fruit (cherry, plums, black currant, pear) malt, brown sugar, yeast.

A delicious, stand-up dubbel. Similar tasting notes as in the nose, and they work brilliantly. A textbook example of a brew whose flavor opens up tremendously with a bit of warmth - the taste just got better with every sip. First rate stuff.

Tart, aggressive carbonation, medium bodied. Helps those flavors to top on the tongue.

One of the finest dubbels produced on this side of the Atlantic. I'll definitely be back for more of this. Well done Ommegang!

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Photo of misinformed
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from last night (7/31). Poured in to a Chimay chalice.

A- Poured with a nice 3 finger light brown head. The head settled down pretty quickly to a dusting of foam across the top. Beer was opaque, not quite black with brown around the edges.

S- Bread and alcohol up front. Malt and sweetness as well. The alcohol became stronger as it warmed up.

T- Roasty, malty, dark fruit. Bread and yeast as well. Some faint black coffee notes from the roasted malts. Slightly sweet, but not overly so. Incredibly well balanced. Light bitter hop finish.

M- Light to medium, not really syrupy but not creamy either. Faint carbonation at first.

D- I am already looking for a place that carries this near me. Absolutely awesome. I would drink this all the time. Incredibly well balanced with a nice malty sweetness that is not overdone.

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Photo of andrewm190
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ommegang, I'm trying to give myself a little more of an education on the Belgian styles. This was a nice dip of the toe. Perfect for a humid summer evening. Nice, cool and crisp with a fruity taste, a touch of sour, nicely designed on the pallet. I'd recommend it - certainly a nice change in variety. Poured with a thick head, a nice copper color; this beer has plenty to deliver, and leaves a nice rosiness on the cheeks.

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Photo of BB1313
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured a dark reddish brown w/ beautiful fluffy head and nice lacing. Ommegang beers have the prettiest heads imo. Smells sweet w/ hints of banana and grapes and sugar. Malt is pretty present blended w/ some dark fruits. The taste is more bitter than I anticipated, but still sweet enough, tasty. Alcohol is noticeable, but pretty subtle. Pretty carbonated mouthfeel. One of these will do.

Ommegang makes solid brews, and this is no exception.

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

Pours a dark copper/red with a frothy tan head. I used a goblet for this, and it looks absolutely spectacular. Really.

Aroma is malty, fruity and a bit sugary.

Taste is malty and fruity at the offset and finishes off sweet. Barely any alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel is light, well carbonated, creamy, and is overall very drinkable. And very good.

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Photo of Apellonious
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Bottle (25.4 oz) poured into a goblet glass. Pours a dark brown mixed with a reddish amber. One inch frothy head, which dissipated into a thin lace.

S- Dark fruit, with overtones of bread and a slight tinge of alcohol. Every beer review should contain the word "tinge". Check.

T - The abbey ales are one of the few beer styles that I do not have much experience with drinking, meaning I do not have much basis to compare it to. The taste has some dark fruit (mild), mixes of sugar, malt, and the presence of alcohol (but it is not overbearing). Not much in the way of hops. Pleasant tasting, but not overly complex.

M- The mouthfeel is almost perfect. The carbonation is spot on, with only a slight thinness that hits the back of the tongue.

D - One bottle of this size is perfect. I would imagine this would work well with a big dinner, with the first glass during, and the second after as a "dessert". Will definitely try it again and would recommend it.

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

Appearance: 25oz corked and caged. A rich mahogony in color, poured with a ton of head at first. Leaves some lacing in the glass.

Smell: Malty, breadyness, hint of booze.

Taste: Mellow port like flavors follow through midsip. Faint roasted malt, nuttyness. Has a twang to it as well, sour granny smith apples. Rather tart for a dubbel but enjoyable nonetheless.

Mouthfeel: Dryness. Champagne finish. Medium bodied ale.

Drinkability: An ideal session beer to an enthusiast with no prior obligations for the evening.

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Photo of beveritt
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a Belgian 750ml bottle into a Duvel chalice. Label is reddish brown background with an orange lion coat of arms. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with 3 1/2 fingers of medium tan head. This settles slowly, eventually dropping to a nearly complete coating of foam with a larger island above the point of nucleation. Nice lacing. The beer itself is a clear, brilliant ruby red.

Smell: Semi sweet malt with the distinct note of tart cherries. Slight musty undertone.

Taste: Biscuity malt upfront with nutty undertones. Yeast brings fruity esters to the mid flavor, especially tart cherries and strawberries. Lingering sweetness with a distinct tartness.

Mouthfeel: Average to higher than average carbonation level. Body is great, very lively mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Good example of a classic style. Flavorful and lively. I will definitely revisit this one again.

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Photo of perrymarcus
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in trappistes rochefort chalice.

pours a dark, very deep amber with a solid finger of fluffy tan head that leaves nice lacing. in the nose i get dark fruits, the malt and yeast typical of a dubbel, some spice, and alcohol. taste is more of the same: had to let it warm for a few minutes before the flavors really started to emerge. sweet finish. booze is there, but relatively well hidden... mouthfeel is okay, more carbonation than i remember the last time i had this (in the 750ml bottle) - a little too much imo. nonetheless, high marks for drinkability.

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Photo of ericj551
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ommegang Abbey Ale pours a hazy deep red brown with a beautiful fluffy head that lingers nicely. The aroma is fruity, tropical citrus and pine with some nice raisiny dark fruit. The flavor is sweet and malty upfront with tons of rich dark fruit. There is a hint of chocolate and a nice dry, slightly phenolic finish. Not a hint of alcohol, exceptional for it's strength.

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Photo of mash4077
3.76/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A- Huge, three finger light biege head. Deep, dark amber color. Head lasts quite a while, but not "too long". A great looking beer.

S- Alcohol isn't perfectly masked, but isn't a huge disturbance. There's a peach smell, good maltiness. Not much else.

T- The peach is definitely in the taste, along with a feel of white grape, and now the alcohol taste is virtually non-existent (except a little in the aftertaste). Very light caramel flavor midway through, possibly crystal malt. Overall quite malty and very little hops but the balance actually doesn't seem off. Definitely gets better as it warms (as the bottle implies).

M- This has quite a pinch on the tip of the toungue. Very well carbonated and pretty creamy. Very nice.

D- I was expecting it to be a bit more drinkable, not sure I could sit through many of these in a row, but one was just fine.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown with a nice fluffy light tan head. Great lacing and a ruby tint when held to the light make this beer visually appealing.

The depth of the smell of this beer is superb. Sweet fruit, banana, pear, and candied apples pair with grass, some light pine, and a touch of funk.

Figs, raisins, and citrus start the taste with some bread, bananas, and sweet pine to follow and finish. The aftertaste is similar to marshmallows and candy with a hint of hops.

The feel is light, yet creamy.

The drinkability is good. Great smell and complexity of flavor. Great Belgian from the US.

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Photo of ianmhall
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a stemless burgundy glass...

A- zero opacity... a glowing brooding chocolate brown with orange and red highlights... pours with a thick inch and a half tawny tan head, you could float a quarter on this head that slowly calmed down leaving a velvety, fine head... this is a sexy beer!

N- banana, sweet fruit, getting a bit of apple... candied apple... the depth of the nose doesn't strike me as exceptional although it does scream elegance- some slight licorice, clove, and caramelized brown sugar

T- a big Belgian brown with tons of caramel, molasses, banana, good spicy hops which at first swig reminisce of radish, cola, slightly cloying with sweetness... such brown sugary opulence, banana flambe, dark sugar, black rum, and butter

M- medium bodied but on the fuller side for a belgian brown (based on the ales i have tasted so far), possibly a bit cloying and in pairing with food you will want to have a bit of acidity and sharpness in a food counterpart to this beer (i want some cheese and spiced pear, then a pork loin with a cherry-balsamic compote)

D- 93/100- i will enjoy this beer when ever i have the opportunity... great quality... one of americas' best!

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Photo of danmouer
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am, frankly, surprised to see Ommegang (Dubbel) Abbey Ale generally rated so highly by BA reviewers. Don't get me wrong, it is a very good beer, but it fails to hit the mark as a Belgian dubbel in many respects. The color, the head, the lace on the glass are all fine, but the aroma is hot, syrupy sweet, and full of burned sugar. And so is the flavor. The dark roast is too much, IMHO for a dubbel, and the body/mouthfeel too full and sweet by far.

I think of a dubbel as a Belgian take on a doppelbock, and this beer is just too much doppelbock and not enough Belgian. I would like this beer to be drier, crisper, spicier. Lots of sugar and caramel flavors would be okay, but not so much sweetness. The body should be medium and dry, not heavy and syrupy. The nose should scream fruits and exotic malts, not roasty-toasty-espresso aromas.

The alcohol of a dubbel should add a slight hint of warmth at most. This beer is nearly up to winter-warmer status. If you like a rich, complex, alcoholic doppelbock, I think you'll enjoy Ommegang Abbey Ale. I do. But I'd rather be drinking a good abbey dubbel!

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: dark brown with a hint of red; beautiful blossom of head
S: sweet, light aroma; no strong overtones
T: beautiful sweet rich dubbel flavor that starts off, initially, with a light smack of cherry; slight bitterness; very similar to Unibroue's La fin du monde, but without the cloying hammer.
M: abundantly fizzy
D: you'll want another, if you can find your way to the fridge ok.

Great beer, ideal for philosophical conversation.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.76/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 25.4oz bottle into 400ml New Belgium branded tulip glass.

Appearance: Very dark caramel color (almost black) with a large beige head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves behind lots of lace.

Smell: Sweet fruits with a strong alcohol aroma.

Taste: Begins with sweet malt flavors, finishing with slightly bitter yeast alongside some apple and white grape flavors. Also has the expected bittersweet alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel: A heavy yet thin body, with balanced, natural carbonation and a dryer finish.

Drinkability: A good sipping beer, lighter and sweeter than what I remember from other Dubbels. Still, this is worth a shot, although it may not satisfy the biggest Belgian beer fans.

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Photo of Sam21
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Cork/cage 750ml bottle into wine glass. Bottled early 2010.

Appearance - Pours a deep mahogany with a light-brown head. Decent retention. Leaves a nice ring when it dissipates and one or two small spots of wet lace as it goes down.

Smell - Malty and sweet. Ripe dark fruits and floral notes. Richly sweet with some clovey spice and subtle metallic notes.

Taste - Matches the nose. Loaded with robust dark fruits and held together by a long dry and sweet finish. Subtle kiss of alcohol in the end. Spicy clove balances out some of the sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Medium-full and very smooth. Soft and very lively carbonation. The dryness in the finish really pulls everything together nicely.

Drinkability - What a treat! Beautifully dark, rich, complex, and delicious. A good beer for cold nights and good company. One 750 is plenty. Ommegang never disappoints.

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Photo of impending
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into a tulip. Very dark chestnut, opaque. Dense solid head leaves sticky lacing.

Classic complex belgian aroma. Malts, tangy ?, hint of clove and dark candied sugars, no sense of alcohol.

Taste is the aroma x2 but adds a roasty accent. Nice mouth feel. This brew deserves to be sipped slow enough to savor the various taste / temperatures. An excellent brew !
cheers
jd

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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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