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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Ratings: 4,595 |  Reviews: 1,763
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one is a 12oz bottle that has been cellared for about a year. Pours a hazy dark copper/light brown color with a fluffy, mocha colored head. The foam fades slowly to a slick looking sheen.

Nose is deliciously fruity with a nice dose of dark chocolate and nearly burnt caramel. There is a bready character to the beer, but does not seem as substantial as some of the Belgian Trappist dubbels.

Taste is delicious! Burnt raisins, brown sugar and baker's chocolate. Dinner roll bread notes mix with fruity and spicy yeast esters and creates an almost nutmeg-like flavor that is quite enjoyable. Mouthfeel is not as creamy as I would like, but that is a minor complaint. This is a damn fine ale and a year in the cellar seems to have improved this beer by a good margin.

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Photo of velosuds
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date apparent. Paid $5.49 at Cost Plus World Market.

A-Began foaming as soon as the crown was cracked. Pours a murky copper-amber hue with a two finger, beige head with good retention and modest lacing.

S-Fruity, malty and sweet. Nice aroma.

T-Slightly sour, and not to my liking. Finishes with malt and fruit sweetness, and only a hint of spice.

M-Very smooth for 8.5% ABV. Carbonation level is spot on.

D-Too sour for my taste.

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Photo of WoogityBoogity
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark amber to dark nut brown color. Somewhat clear. Thick, tan head never fully dissipates.

S - Hints of rich malty sweetness, perhaps some toasted flavor. Fruity ester presence detected, but does not stand out. Some spicy phenol notes present.

T - Medium sweetness from malts, no bitterness on the finish. Balance definitely towards the malt. Malt, fruity esters, alcohol, and other various spices complete the palate.

M - Medium to heavy body. Moderate carbonation. Little bit of warming from ABV.

D - Very complex palate, yet refreshing.


An amazing Dubbel. Hard to believe this came from New York and not a 16th century Abbey.

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Photo of Lolli1315
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into my Ommegang chalice.

A- Burgundy red color with small bubbles for carbonation. Head is not huge, but it retains very well and is quite beautiful for a dubbel. Love the way this beer looks like in a chalice.

S- Dark fruits and cherries are very prevalent in the first smell. Scent of alcohol comes through towards the back of the beer, but the dark fruit smell still seems to be stay strong. A yeasty bread aroma tends to creep in and out periodically.

T- Those dark fruits come through pretty strong. Dark plumes seem to be the strongest taste with other dark fruits, maybe cherries, following in behind. There is a malty sweetness that follows with a small finish of alcohol, but certainly not as prevalent as a quad.

M- Smooth mouthfeel, really fits the beer well. Not too thick or too thin, almost perfect for this style.

D- This is not a beer that I am going to have a lot of, but finishing a glass is no problem. Perfect for after dinner or even pre diner, this is a great beer that I will be purchasing again.

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Photo of JamesS
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice deep brown color with a little bit of head and a bit of lacing. Deep malt scent, hints of fig and alcohol. Deep flavor, very strong and malty; hints of fig that were nearly overwhelmed by the alcohol flavor. Very warming on a cool day, but I wish the alcohol flavor wasn't quite so noticable; after all, an 8.5% dubbel can have it masked.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in '05.

Pours a ruby brown in color with a frothy ring of head. Some yeasty chunks floating around in the beer. That's understandable given the age of this beer.
Smell is dark fruits, mainly plum. There is some definite aging noticed in the nose.
Taste is huge malt, candied sugar and some more dark fruits. Highly carbonated and bubbly in the mouthfeel. Just the faintest hint of oxidation, but that comes with the territory with aged beers.
Still think this could go a bit longer. Would like to see it mellow down a little more.

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Photo of neobassman
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

the pour from the 750 mL bottle produced a generous head over a deep amber brew. I could not comment on the smell as it was allergy season and my sense of smell was compromised. The taste, however, was exquisite. The strong malty, estery, tangy flavor included apricot and toast. There was moderately strong carbonation and very little hops presence. Definitely on the buy-again list.

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Photo of sethmeister
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into Chimay chalice.

Clear dark red brown with ruby highlights and a tight tan colored cap which fizzes and falls quickly.

Sour pungent odor: tart green apples, grapes, yeasty funk

Taste is intense and complex. Green apples, pears, grapes. Doughy and bready; warm. A hint of molasses. Spiced; anise, cloves, black pepper. Fruity yet dry. Lots going on.

Mouth is crisply carbonated and dry with a slight warming in the throat.

Drinkability is quite good.

An excellent Dubbel.

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Photo of STEG
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an ommegang chalice from a 750ml corked and caged bottle.

A- Beautiful deep red hue with a bit of orange.

S- Smells like boozy dark fruit with a wheat bread/molasses. Wonderful aroma to say the least

T- Plums and cherries are predominant with hints of orange, molasses, cumin, and some black pepper in the background.

M- Warming slightly carbonated start with a dry finish.

D- It has a very cloy 8.5 abv I plan on finishing the whole 750ml.

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Photo of benclimbs
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours deep brown red with a thick head very carbonated just a little too much sediment

Smell is caramel, yeasty bread and dark fruit

Taste is prunes, molasses, brown bread and a bit of apple at the end with just the right touch of alcohol

A very good double, not too sweet or heavy, just right, dry yet fruity...a complex, multigeared beer

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Photo of TheViolator666
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip.

50th review.

I had this for the first time over the weekend and it's been on my mind ever since. I just had to run to Giant eagle to pick up this exquisite (and cheap) brew. Deep ruby red in color.

A: Even with a very slow pour, this one still came out with a nice two finger head that leaves some very nice looking lacing on the glass.

S: Smells of dark fruit, specifically cherries and grapes. Very vinous.

T: The taste is not unlike the aroma. Very fruity, tart dark cherries are the most notable, a caramel-like sweetness as well. There is a very dry aftertaste that has some yeast notes that normally I dislike, but it just seems right in this beer. Very good.

M/D: Perfectly carbonated with a medium-full body, goes down so smooth as it warms up. I can't taste much alcohol, even at 8.5%. Drinkable, but I don't think I could do a whole bottle. Definitely a special occasion or desert beer.

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

A - Extremely attractive ruby hued brown. Nice and clear, with the perfect amount of bubbles rising through it. Nice head as you pour which dissipates but leaves a coating always and lots of lacing.

S - Nice dark fruit aroma, nice biscuit smell, bready...very fresh and good. Get a little sweet chocolate in there also. Wish it were a little more pronounced but quite nice.

T - Taste very similar to the smell. Fruit flavours, that yeasty-ness that reminds me of fresh baked bread. There is some alcohol warmth, but nothing harsh, just warming and inviting. Again, all the flavours are very good, just wish there was a little more of them.

M - Right on, coats nicely, a tingle from the carbonation but not too much. Also feel the alcohol, which lets you know you are drinking a big beer...very nice for an Abbey Ale.

D - For a nice big Dubbel this is extremely drinkable. Balanced, if not slightly muted, but this almost makes you just want t drink more to enjoy the great flavours that are there.

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Photo of civilizedpsycho
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured bottle into goblet.

Appearance: Very dark amber color that is only slightly transparent. Had a solid 1-finger head.

Smell: Strong sweet malty smell with fruit that reminded me of orange. Very good and inviting.

Taste: Very rich and complex. Lots of fruit flavors all mixed into one. It's not the smoothest thing in the world as the strong fruit flavors seemed to attack my throat as I finished, but it is good.

Mouthfeel: Fair body from the carbonation, but certainly not full.

Drinkability: It's very good, however the fruit attack was a little much for me. I would have to be in the right mood for this one again.

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Photo of BobZ
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looking for a lower cost alternative to the Trappistes ales? but don't want to sacrifice quality or complexity?? Well this is the beer for you.

Appearance: Beautiful ruby red with a perfect head (into a Trappistes Rochefort chalice). Simply stated - this is one great looking beer.

Smell: Distinct, complex, first indication that there is "a lot going on" with this beer.

Taste: Great, rich flavor, subtle fruits, spice. Best domestic version of a belgian I've ever had. Not quite as smooth (but not at all bad) as it's European counterparts. Superior flavors, and again (like some belgians) the flavors get deeper and widen as the beer warms. I found that I prefer this beer near room temperature.

Mouth feel: Highly carbonated, smooth enough, and again better as the beer warms.

Drinkability : Very drinkable, great session beer, but also good to take the time to savor.

Ommegang has done an excellent job with this beer, can't wait to try Three Philosophers and Hennepin.

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Photo of michaelwarling
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So just got back from the Ommegang brewery a few months ago. While we were there we sampled this abbey ale, was really great, and then realized that they had these really crusty moldy cobweb infested bottles of the abbey on the shelves. asked what they were, "cave aged" was the response. They take the abbey, hennipin, and 3 philosophers and drop them 150 feet underground in the howe cave for a year to develop at a constant 52 degrees.

of course we had to buy a case... of each.

So cracked one open to celebrate my brothers first house.

first off, will have to mention that i was a little nervous opening a bottle that had so much mold that it was hard to read the label, but figured i would survive. the cork flew about 30 feet, so it was a good seal... lets drink!

Poured like velvet sliding over smooth skin, the carbonation was very minimal (suprising for a bottle conditioned ale) The first aroma was warm, sugary and spicy all at the same time. clove and anise brought to mind a holiday memory and then i picked up some notes of smoke. First sip did not disappoint, malty smooth in the mouth with a decidedly complicated palate. carmel, clove, something spicy, and over all the anise. Will have to mention that the black licorice flavor definitely develops into a strong flavor with the aging compared to an off the shelf bottle of the same ale. after taste was a little bit sticky and overly sugary. For an amber beer it really had a heavy taste that lingered just a little bit too long. definitely a sipping beer and definitely not a summer beer.
conclusion: will have to let the rest of the case rest until the first snow. try it again in front of a fire and see if it gets any better!

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Photo of LukeD23
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a corked bottle to a snifter. Pours traditional amber ruby color, with great overcarbonation developing a really nice tan head.

Aroma is super complex, clove, pear and apple are dominant with hints of cocoa, ginger and dates with lingering floral notes.

The flavor is as interesting as the aroma, leading caramel toffee flavors backed by a subtle sourness and spicy finish. Quite dry and not overly sweet, very sensible bitterness to the beer letting the malt and yeast shine.

Mouthfeel is leaning toward the thin side. Not noticable which again to me lets the flavors of malt and yeast come through.

Really cool dubel style abbey. The very slight sour flavor is so intreauging and every sip seems to show a new spice. I really enjoyed this beer, Im going to the brewery in a couple of weeks!! cant wait.

Highly recommend

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Photo of aristeros
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As soon as I loosened the twist of metal protecting the cork, it flew off with a loud POP! and connected with the ceiling. Poured into my Chimay goblet. Pours a deep red-brown with a thick two-finger off-white head and thick lacing. Only a trifle cloudy--the clarity is good, especially for a Belgian that clearly had some yeast activity in the bottle. Looks great.

Sweet dark fruit, cherries and raisins, and dark chocolate in the nose. I can detect the alcohol, but it's not boozy. Flavor is tart black cherries, dark chocolate, sweet malts. Somewhat dry finish, a little alcohol on the back end. The tartness and dryness remind me of red wine.

Good complexity, a nice homage to the Trappists that stands on its own. While it's certainly a solid offering, I find myself not sure if I like the whole 'be like a red wine' thing. It's done with class, but I think it's distracting.

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Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
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 -1.4%
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 +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Gorgeous corked/caged 750 with nice ditty/pouring instructions about the 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 -3.1%
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 +5.8%
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 -29.6%
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 -40.4%
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 +20.2%
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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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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