Ommegang (Abbey Ale) | Brewery Ommegang

4,568 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of aeminter
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber almost brown with a nice thick tan colored head. Nice lacing.

I'm not smelling a whole lot other than malt, but then again my allergies have been giving me fits today. I'll assume average...

Rich, thick, sweet and a little estery...hint of coffee and chocolate noticeable hop flavors...
Full bodied and complex with good carbonation and a medium finish.

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

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into an Ommegang chalice. 03/20/09.

Pours a deep copper-brown color with lots of tiny floaties hanging around. About an inch of tan head slowly dropped to a thin layer with slight retention. Aroma is sweet and malty with brown sugar, green apple, and raisin.

Taste starts with tons of brown sugar and sweet malt. Caramel covered green apples join the party. Following that are raisins and dates. The end is spicy pepper and Belgian yeast with some alcohol mixed in. A bit too sweet overall.

Feel is very smooth and medium-full bodied with a somewhat dry finish. A high amount of carbonation creates a creamy texture. Some alcohol warming. Drinkability is decent given the noticeable alcohol presence.

A pretty good dubbel, but there are better ones out there. Definitely worth a try, though.

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

Served from a twenty four ounce bomber. Pours nice with a three finger head that dissipates slowly with nice lacing. The nose is very fruity with a bit of spice, and the beer is fairly carbonated. Very good first sip with fruits and malts. slight bitterness in the aftertaste mixes well with the fruitiness, and keeps the beer interesting. At 5.69 a bottle this beer is very good value for the price considering the cost of other Abbeys. Highly recommended.

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

This has become widely available in our area and I have continually seen this at great prices making it hard to ignore the value.

A- a walnut brown color with traditional belgian thin head and pearls of carbonation.

S- Brown sugar, salted caramel and candied fruit.

T- Eye opening strength of flavor. Strong bitter hoppy aftertaste suprising for this style.
Thick heavy malt that gives this good promise.

M- medium carbonation but thin bodied in feel.

D- 8.9% alcohol gives a nice warmth while enabling long term enjoyment.

The price of this at $6 along with the general solidity of this beer might make this a go to belgian for all to enjoy. Recommended!

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a pint glass. Pours a reddish amber clear color with a tan heading.Very thick and heavy looking.

Nose has rich maltiness smell to it with a nice fruity crisp smell,also a touch caramel.

Taste is exploding of the palate very rich malts,dark fruit,and a slight spice.

Mouthfeel is heavily carbonated but very smooth going down.Carbonation stings the tongue.

All and all a great beer. You can see why this is in the upper echeleon of beers.

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Photo of bsend
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a pint glass.

The ale pours well into a glass having a deep color. Brown, amber, and a decent level of darkness.

Regarding smell this beer provides a variety of spice, sweet, and fruit smells. All of these ingredients mix together to provide a complex aroma that awakens the senses.

This beer introduced me to the dubbel style. Despite its American brewing origins, this beer stands the test of mulitple tastings of dubbel ales from different regions of the work. The beer has definite fruit, nut, and spice flavors that combine to provide a unique flavor all of its own. The beer is has sweet aspects to it, but none are over powering.

The beer plays well in the mouth with a decent head, medium level carbonation, and a variety of different taste regions being used on the tongue.

The beer goes down smooth, and continues to be one of my favorite to sit down and drink. Definitely a beer to sit down and enjoy alone (or at least) at the beginning of the night.

Final Thoughts - Definitely purchase this beer and give it a try. My favorite of the dubbel style. Each new drinking experience provides new flavors, and additional character. Very affordable at $6-$6.50 for 750 ml bottle.

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

A - Pours a nice medium/dark brown with a very nice dark tan thick head. Quite cloudy from being not completely filtered.

S - Still quite cold so it hasn't quite completely opened up, but I get hints of caramel, sweetness from the malt, and a hint of tart fruit in the background.

T - Again, the temperature is a little too low so the flavor is kinda "tight". To me it is very yeasty, slightly roasted malts, tart apple-like fruit, and toffee.

M/D - There is quite a bit of carbonation, but not heavy. It has a medium to thin body but it's very nice on the palate. Very smooth with superior drinkability.

After trying Hennepin right before this I must say Ommegang has something really good going. They create brews that could rival true Belgians. This particular brew was very dark in color but light in flavor and body. Very nice and complex.

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

A: Pours amber-brown with lots of foamy brown head, good lacing.
S: Sweet, fruity, peach, grapes, spicy.
T: Fruity, peach, malty, spicy, alcohol, light bitterness.
M: Smooth, lots of carbonation.
D: I don't drink too many Belgians, they're something I'm trying to get into more. This was pretty well balanced, very intense flavor, though I felt it was too boozy. Overall an excellent beer. I'll probably have to give it another try.

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Photo of joshuadlight
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Been saving this dubbel for quite a while.
Pours beautiful dark brown with a thick and lasting head. Looks like a perfect representation of the style.
Smells of dark fruit and sugar, tastes not far off. Plums, brown sugar, and almost a buttery aftertaste. No bitterness to speak of. Not overly carbonated or too flat. Good mouthfeel. Pretty potent stuff, couldn't drink too many of these.

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

Chilled and poured into Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: Dark brown with reddish tinge and beige head about 1 ½ " thick. The head persists for several minutes, leaving behind some lacing on the glass and rim of foam around the glass. Sipping results in lots of lacing on sides of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is of sweet rich fruits, dark brown sugar and a bit of alcohol.

Taste: Bitter sweet plum and/or raisin, yeast, some brown sugar and/or molasses a faint touch of alcohol without any hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin but filled with nice creamy carbonation and a long finish.

Drinkability: A rich enough flavor that one is very drinkable but one a night is enough.

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Photo of ToddT
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Mahogany colored beer with a big three finger cream head. Head lasts forever and leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

S- Light nose of fruit, apple, bananas, malt and spice.

T- Sweet, honey and caramel at first then tempered by the malt. Fruit notes come next, very complex in the mouth and layered in the flavors, apple, banana, and raisin. Finish is slightly bitter with cloves and other spices and slightly dry as well A little warmth of the alcohol in the finish too.

M- Very light in the mouth, well carbonated but not overly so. Medium in body and very smooth.

D- For a dubble this is highly drinkable. No real notice of the 8.5% ABV, complex in flavor and leaves one wanting just one more sip.

Glad to see an American beer that can hold it's own with the Belgians. I can see why this brewery has received the accolades it has and it deserves them.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Dark brown body with a real big tan head. Really good head retention.

Smell: Yeasty and fruity. Hints of bananas, apples, and raisins.

Taste: The flavors are fairly fruity and herbal. Dried cherries, cloves, and more raisins. This beer definitely delivers.

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Photo of droomyster
4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy, very dark burnt copper with warm, reddish edges, and billowing tan head that lasts and lasts. Sweet smells of raisins and molasses with a nice yeastiness. A taste that makes me throw both hands in the air..."shoots, scores!" This beer is right on the money: a complex array multi-layered malts,rich toffee and dark fruits like raisins and dates. This is an exceptional beer. Body is very finely carbonated and holds together in a way that allows you to appreciate its heft (whereas some dubbels are overcarbonated and practically explode on the tongue without giving you the chance to savor the flavors).

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Photo of colts9016
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to aeminter for this bottle.

Poured into a Chimay Chalice at 45 degrees.

Appearance: A dark amber color with dark copper hues. There is a one finger head that is tan and has some retention to it. The clarity of the beer is somewhat opaque but there still is some highlights that are visible. There is lacing on the glass.

Nose: There are a nice toasty malt aroma with dried cherries, fruity esters which are banana and apples, and some spicy phenols. In the background of the beer is a spice like cloves, caramel,and peppers.

Taste: A nice toasty malt, with dried cherries, fruity esters which is green apples, spicy pepper, and cloves. The beer has notes of bananas, caramel, and a soft alcohol.

Overall: The mouthfeel is carbonated, spicy, medium body, and warm. The finish slightly bitter and medium finish. The beer is good and very easy to drink. The body to me is not quite there. It has a nice rounded and spicy flavor to the beer.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 75 cl bottle.

Pours a dark cloudy nut brown with a thick tan head with pretty good retention. Looks deep cherry red when held up to the light.

Smells of nuts and a bit woody with a hint of alcohol. Additionally, there are some dark fruits in there.

The taste is not as sweet as dubbels I've had in the past. Malts, barley, a hint of bitterness like licorice, and an aftertaste of warmth from the alcohol.

The mouthfeel is full and the carbonation is apparent but not aggressive.

Like this one a lot. While not a big fan of the sweetness of some dubbels, I feel like I miss it a bit in this one, but I suppose its a nice break from the routine. Definitely worth a look; Ommegang seems to consistently have the best beers in the Belgian style outside of Belgium.

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Photo of unclejimbay
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ommegang (Abbey Ale)
Brewery Ommegang
Style: Dubbel
ABV: 8.50 %

Reviewed @ home 12/14/09, bottle>chalice
A 4.5, deep amber color, 2.5 finger head, excellent head retention
S 4.5, dark fruit notes (plum/cherry/raisin) on a rich malt base
T 4.5, same as it smells, as I would expect for a dubbel, rich fruit notes on finish
MF 4.0 Med+ carbonation (more than expected, but I like it), medium+ body
D 4.0, It's a rich intense dubbel experience. I like the higher than usual carbo, but this one is a sipper given it's dense dark fruit notes. Not a session beer in my book, but a solid dubbel for sure.

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Photo of matty
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber colored beer with a rich slow fading head.Aroma is dark fruit.Taste is the same dark fruit,sugar cane and caramel.This is the fourth beer I've had from this brewery and I have enjoyed them all.Something I believe everyone should try at least once.Recommended and I would buy again!!

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Photo of thain709
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A beautiful deep amber/mahogany body...big fluffy light brown head that sticks around for a long time until it settles into a thin cap...laces the entire glass

S - Very sweet...caramel malts...honey

T - Pretty well rounded beer...nice and sweet...the caramel and honey notes really come through...a strange spice in the background that leaves me guessing

M - Coats the palate nicely...very smooth

D - This beer goes down so smoothly and so nicely...I really enjoyed it...I hope I can find some more Ommegang around here

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Photo of tlinner
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Very dark brown. Fluffy tan head. Good lacing.

Smell - Bit of a disappointment. Yeast, banana, bubblegum and grapefruit. Not very strong. Kinda mediocre, if you ask me.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Better. Banana still present, but now yeast is more pronounced. Some spiciness, and sweet malt. Mouthfeel is the crowning achievement here. It seems to evaporate in your mouth. Very nice!

Drinkability - A very good Belgian, but hardly Ommegang's best. Not terrible by any stretch of the imagination; I struggled because I really wanted to love this, but I can't forgive the weak nose.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful mahogany brown body, a little cloudy with sediment with a very fine creamy head of bubbles. Lacing is great, body is thick and rich. Looks wonderful.

Yum, just delicious deep sweet and dark notes on the nose. Dark plum pudding, fruit cake and rum-soaked raisins. Just a lighter acidic note of orange peel leavens it a little. There's the rich dark plummy sweetness, and the lighter fruitier characters over the top. Just wonderful, absolutely top notch for the style.

A little lighter than expected on the palate - certainly not a full blown dried-fruit darkness, but the palate is still much layered. Initial bitter notes slide into a sweet-sour fruit character, before drying to a long, raisin-toast kind of character on the back. Not a hint of alcohol except for the slight uptilt in the tail which just flings back a whiff of rum or brandy. Mouthfeel is nice - smooth, but lightened a little - not syrupy.

A truly excellent and enjoyable beer. Quite complex, but very smooth and drinkable as well. Possibly one of the most drinkable Dubbels I've ever tried. This one yet again established Ommegang as a top-notch brewery with me.

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

Poured from a growler into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a deep reddish amber with a thick beige head. The head laces quite nicely and stays around for long time.

S: Malty, spicy, sweet, honey, alcohol, dried fruits and molasses.

T: The taste is excellent and agress with the nose, yet not as sweet as expected. The malt comes through nicely, as well as the sweetness. The hints of cherries, yeast and the alcohol, as the beer warms, make the taste very well rounded, complex and delicious.

M: Very traditional Belgian mouthfeel, medium to full body with fizzy carbonation

D: Excellent drinkability as with a friend split a 2 liter growler over the course of day.

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Photo of epk
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

notes from 2-14-09

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a delicate chalice (roughly 17 oz.). This dubbel has a fairly dark cloudy amber color and pours with a large off white and frothy head - like others of it's belgian kin. A very aromatic brew with the smell of fruit as well as an earthy hoppiness - very interesting and complex.

Tastes of fruit and spice. The higher alcohol content of this dubbel is definitely present, as opposed to some other belgians which hide it more, yet still subtle and not at all unpleasant. Full and well balanced body. As you swish this delicious brew across your taste buds the hops do seem to shine even more.

Drinkability is high and I could enjoy this any time of the year in probably any situation.

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Photo of Nascartailgatefa
3.27/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

A 750ml bottle. Dark brown in color, carbonation evident through the dark color. Small cream colored head which fades somewhat quickly. Minimal lacing. Aroma is a rush of fruits and sweet malt. Very syrupy taste, like maple. Not bad but not what I was expecting. Smooth finish. Not very drinkable, one is more than enough to be sipped over an extended time frame. Almost tastes like cough syrup after awhile

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Photo of beertunes
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into sturdy Chalice. Poured a deep, dark reddish-brown with an off-white head that left a moderate amount of lacing. An assertive, fruity nose with a slight spice aroma. The flavors follow the aromas, with the fruity taste prominent on the front of tongue and a lovely spice finish. A full, balanced, well-rounded body that wants to curl up and snuggle with you. A versatile drinkability, if you're just having one with dinner or several with other activities. An absolutely marvelous beer, either as a treat or a daily staple.

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Photo of dakid618
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL bottle. Pours a reddish brown color with tons of frothy off white head. Smell is sweet and all candy malty scents. Taste is very sweet and in your face Belgium malt, yeast, and cane sugar sweetness. Taste is bold but leaves the palate quickly. Medium bodied mouthfeel that really coats the mouth. This is extremely drinkable as I'm easily putting down this bottle alone. Hides the alcohol very well. Very good Belgian style ale.

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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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