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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) | Brewery Ommegang

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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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Photo of TeamMathis
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Incredible. Lots of spices on the nose. Taste has spices, pepper, and a hit of alcohol. And it's beautiful to behold. Dark, reddish, and cloudy. Get this.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer came highly recommended to me and I finally got around to finding a nice 4 pack to sip on. I served it chilled and poured into a tall curved Pilsner glass. I anticipated a lot of subtle aromas from this beer so the Pilsner glass was chosen. This beer will sneak up on you with a significant 8.2% ABV and an extraordinary drinkability, you’ll be feeling toasty before you finish the first one. It is a great beer for any time of year and could even double as an after-dinner drink with its mild sweetness and smooth soothing taste and feel.

Look: This beer has a beautiful dark golden color with hues of red, copper, amber, and oak. It had a lot of carbonation and so even with a very gentle pour I had to let the huge head settle. There is a distinctive pop that I get when I open one that is more noticeable than any other bottled beer. Notice that the bottle even recommends pouring gentle enough to not disturb the sediments and yeast at the bottom, but vigorous enough to aerate it and let the head blossom. The head grows into a rich soapy foam that is the perfect crown for this Ale.

Smell: It smells of baked apple, brown sugar, banana, caramel, candied cherries, plums, and maybe even some mocha hues. These smells are lingering yet subtle and quite delicious.

Taste: The carbonation is light which allows you to pick up on the amazing flavors that it has to offer. I get rum, smoked red oak, banana, crème, plum, cedar, toasty malts, brown sugar, and all these flavors come delayed slightly. It is as if only after swallowing, waves of flavors cascade over your tongue culminating in a crescendo of aftertastes. The tongue is left with a sort of coating that tastes of smoky oaks and brown sugar. I find the flavors to be refreshing with each and every sip.

Mouthfeel: The mild carbonation levels produce a smooth and silky mouthfeel and I must say that it is rather remarkable. Then the candied coating lingering on the tongue leaves you wanting another sip.

Overall: I’d say that this is a great beer. I was a little bit deterred initially by the promises of sweetness, but was pleasantly surprised to find that it was not excessively sweet and Ommegang has infused within this Ale an extraordinary variety of rare flavors that are great for sipping on. I would recommend this beer to anyone. Cheers!

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Photo of myveryown
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very dry and light for a relatively heavy beer. Malt richness mixes with cooking spice and fruit flavors along with an interesting toasty character. Very complex, very good beer.

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Photo of leantom
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer that made Ommegang famous. A classic that I remember from my younger craft days. Here goes:

A: Dark brown with a slight red tint. Lots of dead yeast floating in solution, but I don't mind. Head is massive and leaves nice lacing. Somewhat cloudy, but this isn't a huge issue (in fact, it's expected of Belgium-style brews).

S: Lots of spicy yeast, coriander, white pepper, candied sugar, plum, raisins, etc. Complex as hell - a mixture of yeast, spices and dark malt.

T: Follows the nose, which is wonderful. Added breadiness.

F: Well-carbonated, bready, and thick. Great.

O: A solid brew. An instant classic.

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Photo of txdadu
3.31/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Perhaps I got a bad bottle, but I found this beer to just not have a great flavor. It did have a good body to it, which I liked. The taste didn't hold up to its look and feel though.

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Photo of E-McFarden
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Amber brown in color with cream colored average head. Strong caramel malt base scents with subtle aroma hops coming through. Caramel malts also dominate the palate with a fruity bittering hop profile trying to make its way in the spotlight. Mouthfeel is heavy and rich with alcohol making a statement in the end.

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Photo of majorbase2
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark reddish color with a small foam head that dissipates quickly. Leaves a very very thin head with a ring of lacing around the edge. Leaves some good lacing around the edge.

Aroma leads with dark fruits, dominated by cherry and red licorice. Sweet caramel malts, spices. Dominated by dark fruits.

The taste is once again dominated by dark fruits. Cherry, fig, licorice, juicy plums. Caramel malts are present. Definitely has some red wine qualities to it. Sweet, slightly bitter candy sugar. I don;t know that I've ever seen such a refined, perfected aspect of taste as Ommegang nails the dark fruits in this one. Pure bliss.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Well carbonated. Definitely more of a sipper. Has a bit of stickiness going down.

Overall, my favorite brew from Ommegang. They absolutely nail the flavors in this one.

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Photo of fscottkey
2.86/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

A: [4.00] Pours a murky brown color. I heard a lot of carbonation/fizz. Which is weird. It formed a 2-3 finger head and I had to stop pouring to keep it in the tulip glass. The head dissipates in a short amount of time. The bottle list the ABV (8.2%) the packaged date (6/12/14) and the best by date (06/2017). Props to Ommegang for giving all of the info!

S: [3.50] Smokey caramel. Brown sugar. Molasses.

T: [2.50] I get the Belgian yeast/wheat taste up front. The sweet nose does not come across in the palate.

M: [2.25] This feels way over carbonated. I have never really heard a beer in the glass. It sounded like soda-pop.

O: [2.75] I think all Ommegang beers have the same flavor profile and I don't like it. I am sure it is some peoples' thing - but it's not mine. This one looked decent in the glass but it went downhill from there. I have had this one in the fridge for a long time. I kept passing it over in fear that I would not like it. I was right. The Belgian flavor profile just doesn't work for me. Lesson learned.

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Photo of hophead723
4.61/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This is my second Ommegang beer that I have tried so I am excited to give it a go. It was poured into a claret glass from a twelve ounce bottle from a four pack that cost me $11.99.

Look: Deep burgundy in color, topped by a dense tan head. The light shines through revealing a multitude of dark red hues that shimmer sublimely.

Smell: The smell is dominated by dark fruits, brown sugar, plums, and candied banana with sweet complexity. It has a nose similar to the expressive character of a Cabernet Sauvignon.

Taste: The taste is divine with waves of dark fruits, candied banana, rum, and caramelized sugars. There is a depth of flavor that is luxurious and sensual. Absolutely titillating.

Feel: Excellent carbonation that is often likened to champagne. Smooth and satiny as well but with enough scrub to make the mouth beg for another sip.

Overall: This is an exquisite beer. Ommegang knows exactly what they are doing when it comes to this sort of beer and they have yet to disappoint. This is an absolute knockout beer that I have as of yet been able to consume more than one of at a time. Definitely seek this one out and you will not be disappointed.

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Photo of PatrickCT
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into a tulip.

a: Nice beige head on a this dark rich Burgundy beer.

s: Malt and honey, currants and anise.

t: Malty, with spiced fruit...sour cherry

mf: medium bodied, nice carbonation, dry finish.

o: My favorite Ommegang.

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Photo of dhfreak
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding example of a Dubbel. I'm still learning to distinguish one taste and smell from another, but I drink enough of these things to know when one is good, and one is not haha.

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Photo of dodge408
4.82/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Wow! Such a well balanced Abbey. Mild notes of fruit, hints of spice, and yeast backbone are just right too me. There is not one negative thing to say about the tastes from start to finish. For a 8.2% ABV, it's only noticed with a slight warming tingle. Will buy again...by the case. Well done again Ommegang!

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Photo of Foxybrau
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Exceptional brew. Ruddy color with a fluffy tan head that lingers nicely. Seems to keep the aroma opened up. Swirled in snifter it conjures the sweet dark air of bananas foster. Feels every bit the Abbey Ale moniker going down, but with a very complex blend of malt, spice, and root. Stellar and a great looking bottle.

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Photo of Joshuafzylatra
4.85/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great abbey style ale..nice lacing ..poured into a snifter from bottle..wonderful yeasty abbey ale aroma..8.5 % abv but the alcohol is not overwhelming..very well balanced has a yeasty bread taste found in traditional Belgian abbey ales.just a excellent well balanced beer. I am biased because abbey style ales are my favorite brews.. If you see it give it a try this is a world class beer IMHO

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Photo of babaracas
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red-brown with fluffy light brown head, settles in a minute to a thin ring, delicate rings of lace halfway down the glass. Smell: pear and prune, note of brown bread, earthy cumin, notes of plum skin and perfumey coriander. Taste: plum, unripe pear, pepper, note of dates, brown sugar, (surprisingly harmonious) black licorice and clove round it into a peach skin finish. Medium bodied with pillowy carbonation.

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Photo of thebeers
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reddish brown in color, slightly cloudy, with a beautiful tan head. Sweet malt aroma, with burnt sugar and faint dark fruits. Complex taste with some caramel and fig sweetness, bitter orange peel marmalade, some clove and other spices, a mild hop balance and some slight pepper notes and warming alcohol. Light, slightly syrupy mouthfeel with a peppery, alcohol twinge. Very solid offering.

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Photo of mchegash
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 25.4oz bottle (Bottled 9/18/14) into 16oz Belgian glass

Appearance - 4.25/5
A beautiful deep red color, with a lot of medium-tan colored head. Slightly clear, but also dark in color, so can't see through easily. Carbonation is abundant and lively

Smell - 4.5/5
Spicy and bready, reminiscent of many saisons. Dark, slightly fruity, slightly sweet aromas as well

Taste - 4/5
A medley of deep fruity notes, dark candy sugar, breadiness and slight spiciness.

Mouthfeel - 3.75/5
Medium bodied, crisp yet smooth. Light amount of medium-light intensity carbonation.

Overall - 4.25/5
Overall I thought this was a great beer. It had a great flavor, looked beautiful, had a nice aroma. The weekest aspect I thought was the mouthfeel. The beer could use a little more carbonation.

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Photo of car2052
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to Belgian style goblet.

A: Pours a deep garnet, hazy. 1 in. tan head that leaves a ring of foam on the glass.
S: Dark, sweet malt. Yeasty aroma. Hint of bananas and brown sugar.
T: Very sweet and malty. More banana taste with some clove. I taste a bit of the licorice they mention on the bottle. Hint of alcohol in the finish.
M: Full mouthfeel. Creamy.
O: This is the first abbey-style beer I've had. I've never had a Trappist beer yet as well, but if this is just a glimpse into what the style is, I like it.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoying this in my Ommegang goblet...
A - Pours a dark reddish brown with 1/2" head of tight bubbles that settles quickly to a tan cap.
S - Aroma is not as strong as you might expect or hope for. A little bit of dark fruit perhaps.
T - Maybe some wine, definitely dark cherry notes. A little bit of spice too.
M - Medium mouth feel and very carbonated.
O - This might be my favorite of the Ommegang offerings. Very enjoyable and reasonably priced. Do yourself a favor and let this one warm up - don't drink it straight out of the fridge.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The nose is filled with dark fruits like prune, date and raisin. I also get a cola nut and malt backdrop.

The flavor is rich with prune and date, some crabapple, light fig and a touch of molasses. The finish is just a touch spicy with ginger and nutmeg.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.69/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a ridiculously dark mahogany ruby. Forms a finger of quickly dissipating lightly tan head.
S - Not much going on here, mostly just malts, maybe light touches of wine if you search for it hard.
T - Medium wine notes, nice savory grape, lightly sour, lots of malts. Really well balanced between the sweet, savory and bitter. Makes this sessionable.
O - I'm normally not a fan of the Dubbel style, but this one I enjoyed, so it must be good! I'd recommend this to both Dubbel and Belgian fans in general.
V - Medium value, got in large, corked bottle.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber in color with a dark crimson hue and a foamy off white head that retains nicely. Aroma has notes of figs, dates, and some slight spice. Mild alcohol and an almost savory aroma near the end. Taste is more phenolic spice forward than the nose. Notes of fig plum and cherry follow before a big dry yeast and husky malt flavor finishes. Mouthfeel is medium bodied highly carbonated and very dry.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Dark burgundy color with some chestnut hues. Creamy beige head retains very well even in the wide glass. Thin rings of lacing.

S: Fruity and spicy aromas. Plum, prune, cherry, and some lighter notes of pear. Vague herbs. Yeasty. Black pepper phenols. Rich malt scents of fruitcake and molasses. A very deep and complex nose.

T: Candied fruits. Plum, cherry, dates. Yeasty overtones. Slightly musty. Dry herbal backing rides up with some bitterness. Brush of alcohol. Light peppery phenols. Rich malty flavors of fruitcake and molasses shift into carob and cocoa powder as the beer dries toward the finish. Cocoa, stone fruits, and dry herbal bitterness on the finish.

M: Round and creamy in the mouth with a sense of weight that presses in gently. Very fine and aggressive carbonation scrubs briskly.

O: Pit this against any Trappist or Belgian brewed dubbel in a blind tasting and it will hold its own just fine, if not take the crown. This is truly one of the world's best dubbels as I see it. Great pairing with rich triple creme cheeses, hearty dishes like beef burgundy, or even sticky desserts like fruitcake or bread pudding. This is a landmark beer for American-brewed Belgian ales, and it set the bar pretty high for everyone else.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a St. Bernardus glass.

Look: Rusted cherry body with a tan colored head. The head recedes to a light film with only spots of lacing.

Aroma: Fresh baked bread with candied fruits, cinnamon spiciness, and tangy fruitiness.

Taste: Sweet and malty, a nice fruit cake comes to mind -- but not the punchline kind of fruitcake we all know of. Nice pepper and cinnamon bring some spice and great flavor. Tangy cherries in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slightly dry.

Overall: Really delicious, I would love to drink this during Christmas Eve as it has a lot of great holiday feel to it.

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Photo of Mikefriedman90
4.94/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Outstanding beer, exactly what I've been looking for. Dark brown pour, strong at over 8% but masked by rich, malted fruit flavors. Very easy to drink, very enjoyable- definitely going back for more

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