Ommegang (Abbey Ale) | Brewery Ommegang

Ommegang (Abbey Ale)Ommegang (Abbey Ale)
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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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Photo of mexikrainian
3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
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 +2.4%
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%
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 -2.6%
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 -5.5%
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 -3.8%
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 -8.4%
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 -8.7%
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 -2.4%
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 -3.1%
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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Photo of StephenRich
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Belgian beers from Cooperstown New York? Just cause they have the baseball hall of fame doesn't mean that they know how to brew Belgian beer... Well, actually, it might. The two may not be related, and most likely aren't, but the Ommegang Brewery in Cooperstown does know how to brew Belgian style beers, in fact, thats all they do. And they do it very well!

The Abbey Ale is Ommegang's inaugural brew, and pays homage to the dark, sweet and spicy Belgian Dubbels that have captured the hearts and palates of so many beer lovers world wide. The style is just so luscious and delicious if done properly. This is the type of beer than you can use to convince wine or spirit lovers of beer's prominence and that it is well deserving of their respect and efforts. Anyone who loves a deep red wine, or rich cognacs or brandy wont be able to hold back from the seductive qualities of the Ommegang Abbey Ale. Not to mention its ability to pair with food, cheeses, deserts and cigar as well, and often better than its grape-based counterparts.

The Abbey ale is 8.5% abv and comes in both a 355ml capped bottle, and a 750ml corked. It is brewed as a Belgian Dubbel, and in exactly that manner is reflects deep and rich fruity flavors with intricate spices and building warmth. Try to find the larger corked bottles if you can and enjoy one with dinner or with friends; this is a beer with love to spread.

I opened the Abbey Ale up at the low end of cellar temperature around 12F (54F) and poured it into an Ommegang chalice - perfectly replicating the style and tradition in Belgium. The pour was very lively and I had to slow my angle to allow for a proper head to build without erupting over the glass. The beer rumbled gentle as it crashed into itself in the glass, but eventually a very soothing and calm beer was build with amber browns, deep ruby reds, and glimmers of golden orange and copper rays. It showed a deep mahogany center and seemed to emanate rich purple and brick browns outwards. The head was a sturdy and pillowy cream colored foam with light tan and soft brown hidden within it.

The nose explodes at your right away with dark fruits, spice and rich caramelized malts. There is a rich and complex bouquet of aromas here ranging from clove, nutmeg, cinnamon and pepper to mashed bananas, prunes, figs, dates and dried cherries. Another lean in brings out even more in the way of bittersweet chocolate, caramel, toffee, licorice and brown sugar. Even a touch of sweet leather and molasses lingers in the back showing a hint of yeast and age. MMMmmm, this is remarkably tantalizing already.

Go in for a long smooth sip (gulp) and let the Abbey Ale wash big lush flavors all across your palate. Smooth and round caramelized malts bring in melty caramel, soft toffee, figs, plums, warm banana and hints of dark chocolate. Right in the center of your tongue, then breaking outwards the beer shows a huge range of spices and earthy flavors. Clove, cinnamon and light pepper seem to be most pronounced here, and softly hints of molasses, sweet leather (almost tobacco), and sweet and round malt stick to your cheeks and the edges of your mouth.

As you continue to enjoy the Abbey Ale, it becomes more and more apparent that he flavors never stop coming. Slowly you can begin to pull out candied apples, the sweet caramel flavors of coca-cola, hints of sweet earth and lightly bitter yeast. There is little hop to be distinguished, but there is slightly dry, and softly bitter back end to the beer added a sense of balance. But balance is really not the name of the game here - big, deep, round malt flavors and fruity spice is what this Belgian-style Dubbel will recommend.

The mouthfeel is gentle with hints of bottle conditioned effervescence making a play at your tongue, but a smooth and wide texture seems to glide like silk over your mouth. It has a medium full body erupting with flavors, but finishes clean with a spicy sweetness.

Enjoy the Abbey Ale on its own, or with so many varieties of food. Try soft and melty cheeses, tomato based pastas, meat pastas like lasagna, grilled red meat, roast turkey or chicken, Mexican or Indian foods, anything with chocolate in it, strawberry cheesecake, and on, and on..

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

consumed 04-20-2010, 750ml bottle into oversized goblet.

poured a ruby almost brown with a nice tan soft looking head..just absolutely gorgeous looking beer..lacing sticks to glass after a few swirls..

the aroma was very complex..smells of dark fruits, alcohol, banana, yeast, almost like a candy smell dug in there, other scents that i couldnt make out as well... very inviting

the taste is dark sugar upfront thats quickly overpowered by the yeast...banana flavors again..dark fruits..and hints of booze here and there... the taste is also complex and has so much going on that i cant even distinguish most of the flavors...a very nice taste..

mouthfeel is nicely carbonated not too heavy...just a tad bit of alcohol remains on the palate...

drinkability is easy on this one... can barely notice the 8.5%abv...

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Photo of russwbeck
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep brown pour with hints of red. Large brownish head that disappears as you drink.

S: Wonderful smell, dark fruits and caramel with an alcoholy scent for me. Although I must say that after every smell I found it more difficult to describe.

T: Tasted (obviously) like a definite Belgian for me. Caramel and alcohol up front. Lingers of fruit tastes after, grape or cherry.

MF: At first I thought it contained too much carbonation, but as I drank that feeling went away. Nothing too special

D: The more I drank it, the more it grew on me. This is the first Dubbel I have had, as I normally stick with Trippels, but this could change that. Only thing that hurts the drinkability is the high ABV, without it I could drink this beer for a long time.

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Photo of zhanson88
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark burgundy. A great deal of fantastic, fluffy, off white head.

Smell: Smells of dark fruit, raisins, cherries. A very aromatic beer that smells great.

Taste: Caramel, dark fruit, spices hit first. Finishes a warm finish with a slight cherry aftertaste. Complex and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, pretty good.

Drinkability: If it weren't 8.5% ABV, I would drink this beer all night.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.97/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! Had this a few times over the years and, who knows what I was thinking, this ale made no impression on me. Tried it again for maybe the third or fourth time while comparing domestic dubbels the other night and, good heavens!, oh what I've been missing.

The only thing lacking - and I'm being really picky here - is maybe a nicer-looking head (shrug). The head poured finger-width and dense with a peculiar almost peanut butter hue to it, but it collapsed down into a sudsy foam that stayed, but lost face. Underneath, the ale shined in a deep purplish red - best I can compare it with is tyrian (or royal, or imperial) purple.

The nose (as well as the rest of it) was complex and dazzling. Quite a few words/smells come to mind: vinous (in fruit and alcohol), malty, whiskey, softly campfirey, and strawberry licorice. I stuck my nose in the glass more times than I sipped the damn thing.

Some of those aromas carry over into the flavor and others emerge. Dried fruit - prunes or cherries, deep and rich. I couldn't help but think of spice cake. Some dried orange peel toward the back as well.

Expertly blended, none of the flavors go too far nor are the fruity sugars remotely cloying. Everything rounds off beautifully in each sip. It's to be savored, if you have the patience. Little bit of warmth in the finish makes this a smart choice as an after-dinner/dessert drink.

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Photo of brewmudgeon
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ommegang abbey ale

1/2012, fresh bottle: the relatively thin body, lack of flavor depth and high level of carbonation make this an unsatisfying winter sipper.

4 murky brown mixed with birch beer, striking red hues as it leaves the bottle. huge head but without much staying power. could use more lace.

4.5 excellent belgian yeastiness, toffee, caramel, date skins, vague banana esters.

4-4.25 muted metallic caramel up front, spiced toffee in back, sort of nutmegy. some alcohol is noted, but it helps to make sure things don't ever seem too sweet. all in all it seems the beer could actually stand to carry a slightly fuller maltiness. toward the bottom of the bottle the aroma and flavor of burgandy grape skins make their presence known.

3.5 ample carbonation, on the prickly side, through a medium body, a bit of stickyness.

4-4.25 didn't blow me away, but a good dubbel for sure.

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Photo of jacobseyb
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
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 -4.6%
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 +3.8%
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 +3.8%
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 -15.6%
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 +5.3%
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 -2.9%
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 expensive and filling, but this is a great treat!!!!

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
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 +3.4%
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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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 89.1% out of 100 with 4,595 ratings
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