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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-18-1998

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Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I broke this beer out at a barbecue the other day to show one of my neighbors what real beer is, needless to say he put down his Miller Lite and wanted to drink my entire bottle. Brewery Ommegang was started in 1997 in a traditional Belgium style farmhouse located four miles south of Cooperstown, New York. Demand became so overwhelming that in 2003 Brewery Ommegang was sold to the Belgium brewery responsible for Duvel Golden Ale and now Ommegang brews are made both in Belgium and Cooperstown. This particular brew is made in Belgium is the first beer produced by Ommegang and was inspired by the ales produced by the Belgium Trappist monks. This beer pours nicely into a dark red brown color with a nice fat foamy head. The aromas are full of Belgium yeast as well as some fruity and nutty notes. The palate is full and robust with breadiness that dissipates to fruitiness as you reach the exquisite finish.

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Photo of Rayek
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep garnet with nice clarity for a bottle conditioned beer. A huge and rocky tan head has great staying power. A heavy lace is left down the glass.

S: Dark chocolate covered raisins was the first thought that caught my mind. The dried fruits and bakers chocolate really stuck out. A strong dose of pepper, plus an alcohol tingle kept the sweetness in check.

T: Very vinous. The generous dark fruits and alcohol bite give this beer a red wine quality. Sweet bitter balance leans toward the sweet side of the scale. The mild pepper bitterness is helped along by the alcohol, but this is still a fairly sweet overall experience. I liked it. Finishes with lingering dark fruits and a body soothing warmth.

M: The rather light body belies the beer's strength. Carbonation is high, but appropriate for a dubbel.

D: This is a very nice sipping beer. Ommegang Abbey is a great example of the dubbel style.

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

Presentation: Gorgeous corked/caged 750 with nice ditty/pouring instructions about the beer...no freshness date, but considering the style/abv this one should be juts fine

Appearance: Cloudy ruddy brown beer with red tints as well...nice light cream cap with good retention

Smell: Huge rich caramel malt sweetness mixed with dark fruit...complex, yet everything blends together smoothly. Dead on for the style and quite appealing

Taste: Rich dark caramel, tons of juicy dark fruits...light spice notes...yeasty Belgian goodness...just the barest suggestion of alcohol; this is perfectly balanced, rich, malty, and delicious; this gives the best Belgians a run for their money...and for the price, it can hardly be beat

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied, high carbonation; perfect

Drinkability: High

Conclusion: My go-to Dubbel...end of story; amazing quality, nice complexity, wonderful aromas and flavors...and for the price, it's really hard to make the case for paying around 5.99 for a 11.2oz of Westmalle or Chimay

This paired quite well with beer bread,Chimay cheese, and Drunken Goat cheese.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A-Big, fluffy, rocky tan head, strong retention. Deep copper beer, dark with a minimal haze.

S-Berries, sweet malt, cherry nuance, fruits and sweet breads dominate this aroma.

T-Sweet bready malt with a spicy twist thrown in. Various fruits come through, like the dark berries I found in the aroma, among others. Very deep flavor, complex beyong my expectation.

M-Medium-high carbonation, with a creamy and smooth character leading it through. Medium-full-bodied beer, thick within my mouth.

D-This is a fine example of an Abbey dubbel ale. Deep and complex, heavy yet still quite drinkable. It's a wonder that I hadn't stumbled upon this brew earlier.

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Photo of madpentzer
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A wonderful belgian dubbel style ale. I got a bottle of this at the local BevMo. It pours a deep copper color with a large fluffy head that lasts. Its has a nice fruity aroma backed by a super sweet malt character. Its pretty heavy bodied, a great dessert for after dinner.

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Photo of david18
2.93/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I want to like these beers. Doble's to belgians are like browns are to american styles. Not my favorite, too much malt to base character ratio. I made one and was so hapy to get the style right but it's not my favorite style. It needs to be lighter, higher in alcohol or both; every other style of belgian. Not a bad double, good color, but it's hard to like these.

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Photo of Trappissed
2.48/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I usually don't review when there is already 1,000+ reviews, but I feel it is my duty for this case in particular. This is the worst Dubbel I have had so far. A very odd and generally nasty flavor. Sweet dark fruits and abundance of cherry cough syrup, with rubbing alcohol and a bloodish aftertaste. I don't make it a habit to know the taste of blood, but this one does remind me of it, along the same "vein" of 3 Philosophers.

Maybe its that sort of red wine characteristic, that a Dubbel should have no business involving itself with. I think Ommegang is a great brewery with a lot to offer, but this is not one of them for me. With the American Dubbels I've tried so far, maybe I should go back to Belgians for this category. This beer had no maltiness to speak of and I believe that a Dubbel should definitely have this trait.

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Photo of BenJames1984
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my first beer from Ommegang. Let's see if my choice was a good one!

A- Thick, creamy tan head that seemed to expand like a souffle' upon pouring. Color was a deep, murky brown, with hues of red surfacing from the light.

Smell- Extremely rich, and sweet aroma. The most prominent smell I picked up on was similar to banana, oddly enough. Backing that were notes of sweet, roasted malts.

Taste- Holy hell, where to begin? A complexity of fruits, sweet bread, and malts splash on my tongue...this is one amazing beer!

Mouthfeel- Creamy, and with a full body. Carbonation was minimal.

Drinkability- I could easily drink a four pack of this stuff...hell, maybe even six if I was feeling daring.

I must say, this is an amazing beer. Even as an IPA lover, this has really turned me on to the style. I look forward to trying Ommegang's other beers in the future.

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Photo of Rhynes2
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first beer by Ommegang. Overall I'm very impressed. Pours a thick brown and let's no light through at all. Not much of a foamy head but what's there laces the sides nicely. Taste is of roasted nuts or even a bit of chocolate. Very rich and powerfull. Toffee also comes to mind. I like this and will be coming back for more of this one.

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Photo of njmoons
4.9/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had my first Ommegang Abbey Ale and was very happy I did so. An outstanding Belgian style ale, made in New York as the bottle said 3600 miles from Belgium.

A malty strongly flavored beer (as you would expect from any Belgian Dubbel), with rich dark cherry and plum flavors.

The balance of flavors is outstanding, and these flavors are further enhanced by a clean dry finish

This is a top 10 beer for me.

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Photo of BeanBone
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A dark, murky brown body capped by a creamy, tannish head that features brilliant growth, good retention, and little lacing.

Aroma: Burnt sugar dominates over spices, dark fruit, and mild booze. I could stand a little more intensity, but what's here is good.

Taste: A burnt sugar and caramel malt body accompanied by lots of spicy and fruity notes. There's a lovely flourish of alcohol towards the end, but the bulk is hidden masterfully. The aftertaste is spicy and boozy.

Mouthfeel: A slightly fuller than and nicely creamy medium body with moderate carbonation and drying finish. Some slight alcohol burn in the mouth.

Drinkability: About average for the style; a slower beer but rather far from sipper territory.

Verdict: Ommegang Abbey is a thoroughly tasty proposition and nicely authentic for an American brewery's Dubbel. Well worth a try.

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Photo of greenjeff4141
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark amber with a decent head that sticks around with a nice fizzy carbonation along the sides of the glass and the top of the beer. Pretty.

S: Smells of raisins, plums, brandy. Sweet and spicy with the sting of alcohol on the nose. I love it. Smells like a dark, fruity Jamaican Christmas cake I love, rich with rum and molasses.

T: Just like it smells. Rich, sweet, spicy. Fruit soaked in rum and brandy.

M: Nice. Dry and fizzy. Nice tingle of carbonation to balance the richness and the sweetness. Nicely done.

D: A sipper, but goes down nice and smooth. You have to remind yourself not to guzzle while you drink it.

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

A: Seems to be burgundy in color, although maybe a bit more "brownish". A lot of foam initially, but it subsides quickly.

S: Smells sweet, a nice aroma of fruits with lots of figs and some dark cherries, a noticeable alcohol scent as well.

T: The fruit (especially the figs) come through, with notes of plums and cherries as well. A caramel type sweetness is present as well.

M: A nice amount of carbonation on the tongue, and good body.

D: A delicious Dubbel, and another fine beer from Ommegang.

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

A: Dark red with off white head and some trailing lacing.

S: Pick up fruit, some floral scents and honey. Malts a bit of alcohol.

T: Get some sweet malts but very well balanced. Some fruit at the end, possibly apricot.

M: Medium and very clean. Great finish.

D: Very drinkable beer. Alcohol is well disguised.

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Photo of natasharai
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured with a large light tan foamy head that dissipated to a nice 1/8 inch layer leaving a nice lacing down my glass. The beer is a very dark brown with an orangish-red tint when held up to the light.

Smell: Alcohol at first, sweet musty aroma, sweet strawberry and raspberry smells, very small tart character toward the end. As it warms the alcohol fades and the fruity berry smells come out much more along with a woody/nutty malt.

Taste: Sweet brown sugar, dark fruit like cherries and plum, small tangyness, fades to a more fresh berry or grape fruit flavor, and ends with a bittersweet plant flavor. There is a bit of an astringent flavor throughout and a very slight metallic (iron) flavor toward the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nice amount of carbonation, pretty smooth, turns a little dry but leaves mouth pretty sticky sweet.

Overall: Good drinkability, a little on the sweet side, but dubbels usually are. Nice fruit character in the smell and flavor. The alcohol smell up front is a bit off putting, but as the beer warms it fades to a strong dark fruit smell. The end becomes a little less sweet and a bitter flavor appears which helps to make this a bit more drinkable.

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Photo of br3wmeister
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Large fluffy tan head with moderate retention and good lacing. The beer is a dark brown with red hues.

S- Some alcohol up front with a wonderful sweet fruit aroma, cherries, and peaches. Nice nutty and roasted malt aroma, with some earthy spice to bring it all together.

T- Very sweet fruity beer, cherries plums and peaches are some of the fruits that come through, also very malty, almost bready. Nice roasted malt and nutty character, also some nice earthy spice. This is a very good tasting double.

M- full bodied beer with a nice thick oily mouth feel. Some nice bite in the end.

This is one of the better doubles I have had. I really like aroma and the fruitiness of the flavor.

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Photo of Murchmac
4.85/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The bottle you are holding was cave aged at Howe Caverns at a depth of 156 feet, at a constant temperature of 52 degrees from October 2005 through September 2006. This might have been the best beer i've ever had.

The bottle came all moldy and funky like an artist painted it green with a sponge. Pours a big head that quicklly disappears, beautiful, cloudy, cola highlights, dark/ruby/cherry/brown. Dark red and enticing, like Nicole Kidman in Moulin Rouge.

Amazing smell of figs, dark fruits, candied caramel, like the Kevin Spacey dream sequence in American beauty, but instead of roses coming down, all those smells do...

Amazing taste, mellow, smooth, engulfing, you can taste the smell before it hits your lips, sweet, leathery, black cherries, dark fruits, earthy and floral hops. This beer would be Robert Deniro in Godfather II, understated, amazing, and only gets better the more you think about it.

Get this beer if you can.

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Photo of ccrida
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into my large St. Feuillien goblet. I've cellared this bottle since I bought it on 3/2007, so a 2.25 years. Ruddy brown, huge, dense creamy sand colored head that leaves thick hunks of foamy lace.

Smell is very reminiscent of a flanders red, there is some sweet malt and acidity, big grape esters that have an over-ripe/sour note to them.

Taste is quite nice, again, very fruity. The flavor is still pretty robust after the cellar time, and hasn't totally fallen out like can sometimes happen with aged BSDAs. There is a slight metallic bite that hints at the age, and while it's holding up well, it's probably on the downhill slide.

Mouthfeel is dry, loads of very fine carbonation, medium body.

Drinkability is high, a very tasty dubbel that has aged beautifully.

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Photo of bamadog
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a nice deep dark toffee brown with amazing ruby highlights throughout the center of the glass; a one finger head that is a light tan fades fast into an uneven skim; body is a little hazy and shows moderate carbonation; no lacing, just an oily residue hanging on to the sides of the glasses.

Smell: Rich caramel malts, slight dark fig/fruit/prune smell and a slightly yeasty smell as well; mild presence of alcohol -- I can't help but feel that if this was served in proper glassware that the smell would have been much more prominent.

Taste: Wow -- nice deep caramel and burnt sugary malts with a STRONG presence of the sweet candied dark figgy/pruney fruits; hints of chocolate and a mild bread-like yeasty presence; strong presence of alcohol on the breath.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation and a relatively high ABV provide a moderate tingling and mild burning sensation that reminds that you're drinking a beer that's serious; the alcohol provides a nice drying sensation yet the body is thick enough to still provide a thin coating throughout the palate; warm burn throughout the chest and stomach.

Drinkability: While the flavors are amazing and the mouthfeel is great, the ABV really packed a punch and therefore, I have to say it's moderate, a bit better than average but not quite mellow enough to be a 4 on the scale overall. I will definitely be going back for more of this brew though.

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Photo of katan
3.39/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 mil into a Ommegang goblet

A - Pours a light to neutral brown color. Head formation is strong indicating strong carbonation. Head is quickly dissipating to a film. Surprisingly clear - no hazing of yeast suspension. I thought this beer was bottle conditioned.

S - A combination of malt sweetness and caramel. Behind that is a very potent Belgian yeast backbone. Some phenolic bite is present.

T - Starts off with a very light sweetness. Some candi sugars in here, really giving it a candy bar clinging to it. No hops, nor is there much for bitterness. Finishes with a malt and caramel sweetness, some raisins. Aftertaste hangs around with a strong sugar sweetness.

M - A hefty body to the beer - combine that with he strong carbonation, and you've got a beer that sits hard on your stomach and palette. I think that is a trademark of Ommegang - uber carbonation.

D - Moderate to low drinkability - primarily driven by the extraordinary fillingness of the beer combined with an ABV that can knock you around. A good "one and done" beer.

I really enjoy Ommegang beers - as far as per style, this beer hits the spot. For me personally, I'm not too in tune to it.

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Photo of jwhawkins81
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

Aroma - Sweet musk with a hint of earthy goodness.

Appearance - Tons of head and carbonation creating a light tan head. Cloudy amber red in appearance.

Taste - Spicey with a definite complexity. Sweetness in there too reminding you this is a dubbel. Sure you could get more complexity but not at this price. Candy and dark fruits this is a beer I can get behind.

Notes - This is a treat fresh and I am aging one too. N ot a knock your socks off great but still a nice beer.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 12 oz. single of this for about $2... pours a beautiful ruby red with a nice big head to it, some slight lacing is left on the glass. With aroma I pick up a lot of dark fruits and other sweet smelling things which smell good, but can't quite distinguish. Taste now.. great mouthfeel and body to this one, very smooth and creamy going through the mouth. Again, some raisin/fig type of flavors with a sort of spicy finish.. finishes a bit dry for my liking but for its ABV it's way too drinkable. Reminds me a lot of a good red wine too.. lots of flavors going on here and very well balanced.. might be the best American Belgian I've tried.

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

Poured into a snifter.

Pours an incredibly nice dark brown red color with a nice fat and foamy head that starts to disappear after a few seconds; kinda reminds me of the Chimay Premiere. The smell is full of the Belgian yeast aromas with a few hints of caramel and dark fruits. The alcohol is also detectable with a few swirls of the glass.

When tasted, the alcohol and malts come through at first. In the middle, the breadiness from the yeast and malt come into play, with a slight bitterness from the hops; they coat the mouth and tongue very nicely. The finish is incredible - the sugars and fruitiness appear with a nice burning warmth from the alcohol carrying on through.

The mouthfeel is nice; it's very crisp and medium-bodied. This Dubbel is so inviting, which makes me say that the drinkability is definitely high. Two thumbs up Ommegang.

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

A- Poured into a 16oz pint glass... Nice rocky head. Dark red in color with alittle activity going on... some yeast sediment moving along from the carbonation

S- After swirling the brew in the glass... some malty smells with sweet citrus overtones

T- Rich, sweet, malty tasting with a hint of fruit

M- A bit on the chewier side with little carbonation... flavor clings to your taste buds after swallowing

D- Very tasty, I would definately reach for another

CHEERS

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Photo of tj4288
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from beautiful 750mL bottle into goblet.

poured slightly thick and syrupy. nice 2 finger head that hangs around a while. no lacing. a very murky dark brown with some ruby color around the thinner parts of the glass.

smells of dark sweet fruit. fairly week on the nose.

taste is very complex with obvious notes of dark fruit, and a sweet, slightly sticky, syrupy mouthfeel. fairly light carbonation.

very good drinkability. i noticed more flavor and smell come through as it warmed. i paid $5.99 for this bottle and was very pleased. i guess i would buy it again if given the chance. not an everyday drink, definatly something special to share with friends.

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