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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-18-1998

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Photo of wheatman106
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was fortunate enough to experience this with capra12 and Jimmy.

A: Reddish brown with a medium, unexciting head.

S: Unfortunately it lacks strong aromas, but those that do linger are of ripe stone-fruits with an essence of berry.

T: Mild on the hops throughout. This Cooperstown beauty opens mildly and embellishes to a cranberry and raisin flavor. The finish is long and moderately alcoholic with little to no lingering aftertaste.

M: Full body, and slightly coarse/rough, like unfiltered apple or grape juice which adds to the variety of elements found in this precious vial.

D: Very high. I would buy this beer by the case. The brewmasters at Ommegang struck gold with this brew.

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Photo of melagnus
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cave-Aged in How Caverns at a depth of 156 ft., at a constant temperature of 52˚F from October 2005 through September 2006 and brought to my lips yesterday! Between the cave aging and the bottle conditioning, this beer definitely had a level of complexity not normally found in the standard Ommegang, or so I found at least.

A - Frothy off-white head that looks slightly smoked in color. Two-finger thick and holding strong! Fizzles down to a solid film that rouses with little effort upon swirling in the snifter it was poured in stays around and leaves a wonderful array of sticky spider webs on the sides of the glass. The color is Deep Amber (SRM 15) hue with no clarity and has a reddish depth to it. Still seems a bit cold to the touch, so probably this haziness is more due to chill haze than anything else.

S - Incredibly strong aroma fills the sense upon first pour! A bourbon maltiness rises deep into the nose, with notes caramel and dried fruit (plum?). Sweet alcoholic esters are coming through in the background of a oak-aged presence.

T/M - Malty gumminess coats the palate with medium body (sugars probably helped to thin-out the body!) that finishes somewhat dry and with low levels of bitterness. The carbonation seems medium-high, as a tingly feeling titillates the palate, especially upon swishing the beer. There is no doubt that this beer is warming (8.5% ABV listed on-bottle, though with cave aging, etc., I wouldn't be surprised if it was higher!). Hints of vanilla also come through! Although high in ABV, the temptation to drink more is always there; no doubt the choice to do so will lower your level of consciousness though!

C - This beer is by far one of the best beers I've ever had. This brewery continues to amaze me with the quality of its beers and with the incredible ingenuity by which the company goes to. Cave aged from 2005-2006 and drunk today 6-13-09; truly an amazing world we all live in!

Lastly, although a Dubbel, the ABV is a bit high to be considered one, as the Dubbel-style max ABV is 7.6%, or say states the 2008 Style Guidelines. Either way, this bottle-conditioned cave-aged gift from the Gods is clearly a force to be reckoned with!

Prost!

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Photo of MaxBrews
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz bottle poured into an oversized wine glass. Sorry did not have the proper chalice.

Appearance: Dark burguandy read, nice head with decent retention, thin soapy lacing, mild carbonation.

Smell: rich cherry or grape, extremely fruity and slightly alcoholic.

Taste: Extremely fruity with an alcoholic warmth, surprising for the abv.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly carbonated but in a crisp way not upsetting to the mouth. Very crisp and affirmative:.

Drinkability: much like a crisp and refreshing wine, extremely drinkable for a higher alcohol beer and for one with such a fruity and alcoholic flavor.

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

A- A deep copper color, violet when held up to the light. Ommegang has great head retention.

S- Very fruity aroma, with hints of carmel and toffee. Chalky and earthiness.

T- Fruit and camel tastes are upfront, then Ommegang has a raisin syrup and scotch. Finish is dry and has a chocolate aftertaste.

M- Medium mouthful with burst of carbonation.

D- Good drinkability, all around a nice Dubbel.

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

From the 750 ml corked bottle.

Appearance - dark raspberry color with a huge head.

Smell - fruit, clove, and alcohol. A bit of caramel too.

Taste - Nice. Fruity without feeling girly. The carbonation jumps on your tongue as you savor all of the flavors of this ale. The high alcohol content is not hidden as it comes on in a fury after the fruit/sugar flavors subside.

Mouthfeel - bubbly and dry.

Drinkability - For such a complex ale to be brewed in New York and offered to the masses for less than $8 per bottle is a blessing. If you're interested in trying the Belgians but are put off by the high prices, try anything from Ommegang; it won't disappoint.

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Photo of ken2cart1
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into my sam adams "perfect pint" glass

A- brown, reddish, with amber hints, big 3 finger frothy head, with excellent lacing clinging to the sides of the glass, excellent head retention

S- smells like belgian yeast, peppery, spicy, estery, fruity, caramel malt, toasty

T- WOW, delicious, a big malty backbone filled the crystal malt or caramel malt, toasty, spicy, pepper taste, slightly fuity tasting...maybe dark plums or raisins, finishes with a lingering spicy and sight clove taste that makes u crave for more ...after the beer warms you can taste the belgian yeast a lot more and it is a strong taste of cloves..warms your body quite a bit

M- full-bodied and very creamy

D- could probably only have 2 in one sitting, but no point in having more, its just spoiling yourself, after every sip the beer parches your mouth almost and it just forces u to grab the beer for some more ( i have no problem with that)

overall: unreal beer, one of my favorites thus far in my beer adventure

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Photo of merryjoulton
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful reddish yellowish brownish color with an explodingly tight tan head. I still haven't gotten my pour technique down with these corked bottles, just can't seem to keep the mountain of foam away. Smells of cherries, spices and citrusy sticky hops. Tastes like cherries, and the malty spices come through. Mouthfeel is surprisingly on the lighter side, and hardly a hint of alcohol. Drinkability is great with the complexity coupled with a light body.

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Photo of sweetbrew82
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ML into a snifter/ no freshness date

P: Deep burgundy-shaded copper with a healthy, 2 fingered tan head that's soapy and slightly frothy with small bubbles. Shows good retention and forms a thin skin of foam on top.

A: Sweetly toasted caramel malts, toffee, dark fruits that remind me of raisins, dates, and plums. Also some yeast and light alcohol. Good strength to the aroma!

T: Caramel malts are definitely the star of this show, as they should be. They're sweet, full-feeling, and gently smooth to the tongue. Dark fruits play off of this with big flavors of raisin paste, figs, dates, and plums, while some toffee/butterscotch notes lay underneath. Clove-like spiciness is somewhere between low and moderate, but is a welcome addition to the sweet profile on the back end. The alcohol is pretty soft and stays well-hidden.

M: Medium-full, rich and slick, and very smooth. However, I did feel that it was over-carbonated as it expanded in the mouth almost to the point I didn't think I could hold it in!

Notes: This is, obviously, a well-made beer that features some good flavors that I enjoyed. But, this is just way too sweet for me. Very good representative of the style, but dubbels just aren't my cup of tea. If they are yours, however, seek this one out for sure!

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Photo of biegaman
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich colour and satiny complexion, Abbey Ale's reddish-brown coat appears like red fox fur. It's actually difficult to accurately portray the beer, it changes depending on the angle of light and consists of so many different shades (oranges, reds and browns) and tones both bright and dark. Its head, on the other hand, is consistent. Its creamy ecru stained wash engulfs the glass in its filmy skin.

If Ommegang Abbey Ale ever committed a crime I could sniff it out and have it behind bars in 10 minutes! This bouquet, so spicy and fruity and floral and malty, is the pinnacle of Belgian brewing in the New World. It smells every bit as authentic as anything actually made in Belgium and clearly uses an appropriately well cultured strain of yeast to procure such a smorgasbord of esters and phenols.

The beer tastes like a fruit compote that features pear, plum, fig and dates. There are also hints of candied cherries and rum-raisin. (Would this make a good ice cream flavour? I might be onto something...) The maltiness is sweet and toasty, imparting notes of toasty multi-grain breads and creamy caramel. A hint of alcohol is superseded by a rich and long lingering sensation of bitter licorice and sweet honey.

This label should really depict a knife and fork because it has paired well with just about any food I've thrown at it. Grilled red meats, pink fishes, roasts, stews, wild game, cheeses, fruits and desserts (and has also gone just as well in the creation of some of those dishes, too!) It possesses a complexity not always found in beer and has aged well for me. Wine lovers could easily substitute this in place of their favourite French red or after dinner Porto.

Of all the flagship beers in America, it would be hard to convince me that Ommegang's Abbey Ale isn't one of the best. It is sophisticated, layered with aroma and flavour, pairs well with a diverse range of foods and, above all else, is an absolute pleasure to sit down and get to know over the course of an evening. If you've yet to become acquainted I suggest you introduce yourself.

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Photo of nickfl
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Two fingers of off-white head with a toffee colored tinge. The body is a hazy dark brown and as the rocky head settles slowly, it leaves moderate lace.

S - Toasty malt with notes of caramel and toffee. Noticeable yeast character including some pepper notes and a light plum aroma.

T - Complex brown malt up front; toffee, caramel, chocolate covered raisins, and figs. The yeast character remains in the middle with lingering dark fruit notes. Malt takes over in the finish, lots of toast and caramel with just a hint of hop bitterness balancing.

M - Medium-heavy body, moderate carbonation, and a reasonably dry finish.

D - Very drinkable with a well balanced, but complex malt profile. The yeast contributes the necessary fruit notes without any hot alcohol and the hops never assert themselves, but are still able to contribute balancing bitterness. This is a great example of the style, and the price is pretty much impossible to beat.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.22/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a large wine glass. Pours a medium mahogany with some red highlights, and with a bubbly inch of off white head. Head surrenders to a surface ring and yields only temporary lacing.

Sweet dark fruits and spice dominate the nose with some yeast notes present as well but are overwhelmed by the malt structure of this brew. Half way through the glass a good swirl brings out some malt muddled yeast if only temporarily.

Taste follows the nose with malts and dried fruit, a pleasant carbonation on the swallow and a lingering return of date and cherry flavors and a bit of alcohol. Rather full bodied given the light effervescence of the carbonation and the robust malt flavors. Drinkability is decent but limited by the thick and rich nature of this beer.

This beer seems to offer the sweetness of a Quad but with only the complexity of a Dubbel.

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Photo of jsh420
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours an amber brown with a 2 finger tan head that left little lacing

smell lots of yeast and bread in the nose

taste is very malty at first then dark fruit alcohol and spices

mouthfeel is very good -medium body and not overly carbonated like many in this style

drinkability is is very good even at 8.5%abv i had no problem finishing half a bottle in 30min

overall - i have had this beer many times with mix results. sometimes this beer was way too hot boozy but this one was perfect(this bottle was 1.5years old)

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Photo of eljefe21
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Chestnut brown in color. Pours to a fluffy two finger head that slowly dissipates.

S: Moderate sugary yeast smell.

T: Subtle sweetness and malts. Delicious sugary taste after the carbonation fades.

M: Nice sharp carbonation up front that fades to a crisp and dry finish.

D: Easy to drink and tasty. Crisp, dry and carbonated enough to drink when it's warm and big enough to warm you on a cool night.

Served in a tulip glass.

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

A 750ml bottle split with brothecannon. Poured into a pair of Chimay goblets, this ale greets the eyes with a hazy crimson red color with a full inch and a half of thick bubbly light tan head. The head lasts until the bottom of the glass leaving a nice lace on the inside of my glass with each sip. Nose and flavor consist of fruity figs, spicy yeast, caramel, apples, plums, and bread. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Alcohol is not overpowering, but lets you know it's there. Worth a try. A few tries actually.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle split and poured into a Triple Karmeliet Tulip. Instructions on opening, pouring, and cellaring, but no date?!

A - Dark ruby red color with a thin tan head that was very creamy looking. Some decent lacing on the glass.

S - Cherrys are quite prevalent on the nose with a strong bread, yeast, and sweet malt smell to back it up. Rich fruit esters. The smell is very "thick".

T - The Abbey starts malty and sweet with an accompanying alcohol warming and lots of fruit flavors. Cherry again but not as strong as the smell. A good level of spices too. Detectable but not too powerful. Ends on a dry cocoa powder, almost neutral, note. The finish could use the crisp definition that the beginning has rather than dropping out on a weak note.

M - Despite the nice head and no apparent lack of carbonation, this beer is very smooth going down. Its nice and velvety with a medium body and viscosity.

D - This tasty brew could lend well to a few glasses provided they are sipped over time. Its got a very nice sipping quality but not fantastic in the drinkibility area. The finish hurts it here.

Ommegang NEEDS to start putting the damn date on the bottle.

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

Have had this particular beer a number of times. One of my personal favourites. When it's poured into a glass, it always pours a thick head, and has tons of lacing. Very dark red/brown in colour. The smell is actually the first thing you notice when you bring it up to your mouth for a sip. It's an intensely doughy, yeasty, spiced smell, to me.

The taste is exceptionally warm. Even when it's been chilled for a while, once you take a sip, you feel like you've got something pleasantly toasty in your mouth. It has a sweet and spicy flavour at first, which becomes more bitter, but fruity and doughy once you swallow.

This definitely isn't a beer one could simply knock back. After each mouthful, you need to sit for a little bit, and appreciate what you're tasting. It also seems to have a sort of heavy feeling to me, as if there were still something in your mouth even afterwards.

An extremely tasty beer, but it does seem to enforce limits on you. I can only find them in 750ml bottles around here, and two of those is my absolute limit. By that point, any more is just wasting a good beer, because the 8.5% abv will kick in eventually. I also like to enjoy this one with food. Actual meals, rather than just beer and nuts.

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle into pilsner glasses. Remember to pour very gently next time...

a: nice amber/ruby red color with a light brown head. lots of lacing.

s: yeasty, fruity

t: very fruity and malty. dark fruit, like figs. honey-like sweetness with a malty underpresence.

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

Update 4/10
Ap. I poured a part of a 12 oz. bottle into a water tumbler. wonderful rich golden brown color with amber edges. A huge 3 finger head that overflowed the glass. It held at least a small head all the way to the end. It's gone but there is still lacing on the glass.
Sm. A nice mix of caramel, sweetness, spices, and banana.
Ta. An excellent tasting beer with bits of caramel, spice, banana and maybe even chocolate. Absolutley faboo!
Mf. Smooth with moderate to high carbonation and light bitterness at the end.
Dr. Oh yeah!

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Photo of skeeordye11
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark ruby with a thin light brown head. Good lacing that clings to the glass.
S- Spicy yeast aromas with dark fruit undertones. Malty sweetness as well. Slight alcohol aroma.
T- Spicy, sweet, dark fruit. Fig and rasin like. Very smooth for such a big beer. No noted hop aroma.
M- Thick and rich. Here it feels like a big beer. Almost chewy. Very enjoyable.
D- A fantastic sipping beer. Hard to believe this comes from a US brewery. Great representation of the style.

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Photo of jsp2
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle pours with a thick offwhite head and dark brown but transparent liquid. Strong honey and toasted grains aroma. The honey smell is uncanny and delicious.

Odd and wonderful attack of sourness mixed with sweet honey with a big malt presence, smooth but present alcohol and slight bitterness. Really unique and well done. Toasted sweetness with a sour counterpoint is difficult to describe.

Nice and rich body with moderately low carbonation. Definitely a sipper, each sip is packed with flavor.

What a complex and delicious taste. All the other aspects of this one are well done, but the taste is something else. So smooth, so tart, so sweet, so bitter. This is a beer I regularly buy.

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Photo of natelocc787
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a top-notch example of a Dubbel.

Nice creamy head with good lacing and retention. The nose is very robust with the ingedients and yeast.

Fruity, hops are there, high carbonation with nice caramel malty notes. Red apples and ripe plums with grapefruit and honey.

Complex. Tasty. Crisp. Medium to full bodied.

Nice alcohol warming in the finish. This is one of my favorite examples of a classic Belgian style and it was brewed in the U.S.

Highly recommended for any occasion. Very drinkable. Very crisp and fluffy on the palate.

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Photo of bbkd3b
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured this one out of a 750 mL bottle into a goblet. Poured a great dark red color with a thin, tan head. I really love the color of the beer, but desired a thicker head to round off the appearance. The smell was very good! Mix of a little tartness, maybe citrusy with something sweet hiding in the background. Couldn't quite put my tongue (nose) around it though. Initial pour into the mouth brought a real fruity palate. Swishing it around really changed the taste. Stronger on the tip, a little sweeter near the back. What I really liked, though, was the carbonation. This beer really danced around on my tongue, which I quite enjoyed. The alcohol felt a little too prominent, though. This is a really good beer, but I don't see myself buying it with any great regularity. Definitely worth checking out.

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

So the first thing I noticed when looking this over is that it's brewed by Duvel? A little bit odd, but it has me some kind of excited. Corked n caged 750ml, poured around 50 degrees into a tulip.

She pours an orangey brown with a huge rocky head, very pretty beer with excellent retention and lacing.

Definitely some rum soaked raisins on the nose, with a bit of sourness.

The taste is very complex, many layers...tastes different in different parts of the mouth. Very nice. Alcohol is well hidden.

The mouth is good, medium body, high carbonation. Very smooth, alcohol is non-existant. Nice. This beer goes down damn smooth, I could drink a lot of this.

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

I worked long and hard to be able to get this beer in my beloved southern Illinois. Brewery Ommegang is beautiful and produces wonderful small batch ales.

A: Pours a deep amber color with a couple fingers of a bready head that dissipates leaving a thin persistent head with lacing up the glass.

S: Caramel sweetness, citrusy hops, other fruits come out as the beer approaches the proper temperature - I swear I can smell bananas in there. The light spiciness I've come to expect compliments the fruity sweetness in there.

T: Nothing to really add here. The taste follows the smell. It's a roller coaster between the multiple sources of sweetness and spiciness. Absolutely incredible!!

M: Medium/heavy body but nothing harsh. Smooth yet chewy with just the right amount of carbonation.

D: Extremely drinkable!! Would I drink more? Hell yes!! I believe everyone should experience this one. I would even say you should share this with a friend. The entire 750ml bottle weighing in at 8.5% ABV is leaving me feeling good!

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Photo of BrewsCrewSA
3.64/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up as a single at Central Market in Austin.

A - Poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter. Deep, rich cloudy red with about two inches of foamy, off-white head that took a while to dissolve and left noticeable lacing on the snifter.

S - Belgians and Belgian-style beers have a distinct smell, and I've noticed this the more I've tried them. It's fruity, like pears, apples and bananas. Very enjoyable.

T - Sweet, tawny and alcoholic. It bites the tongue at first taste, and after the bitterness fades to an apple flavor, not unlike Unibroue's Maudite.

M - Mouthfeel's a bit interesting to describe here. The alcohol hits so strong at first that it's hard to describe it as having a great mouthfeel. Very acidic. Hard to get past the intensity of the flavor.

D - I wouldn't drink more than one or two of these at a time. Ommegang is a good beer, don't get me wrong, but I wouldn't be able to deal with so much flavor at once.

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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 4,616 ratings
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