Brewery Ommegang

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Belgian Dark Ale
3.83 | pDev: 9.14%
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Notes: The beer begins as a malty brown ale, comprised of Belgian aroma, caramel malts, and oats. A bit of lactose adds body and some sweetness, and a heaping helping of cocoa nibs in the whirlpool provides further richness, and a deep chocolaty aroma. Hop aroma is nonexistent, and bitterness is there just to keep the sweetness in check.

We worked with our great friends at Stagecoach Coffee in Cooperstown to come up with a custom coffee blend that complimented our base beer. Sumatra, Papua New Guinea, and French roast form a combination with chocolate, earth, spice, fruit, and light roast characteristics. Following primary fermentation the beer is cold crashed and yeast is removed. Coffee is added to a secondary tank and the beer is circulated through the freshly roasted beans to extract even more flavor and aroma.
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Reviews by Cottontown201:
Photo of Cottontown201
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Looks: Translucent Amber with a quarter inch of head from a vigorous pour.
Aroma: Belgian yeast, the coffee and nibs remain hidden
Taste: OK, now the coffee and nibs kick in. Pretty unique combination. Coffee trippel? Nice balance between the coriander/banana base and the Joe.
Mouth: Super drinkable, plenty of body.
Overall: very enjoyable. I wondered if this was a good choice on a triple digit summer day. I'd drink this year 'round. Hope it comes back.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

this beer is awesome, i had no idea they even made this until i saw it on tap at hops and pie. what a treat, a coffee belgian, there arent too many of those in the market, real stoked! it looks alright, hazy and amber colored, maybe a little darker, copper in the light, with good clarity for what it is, and a nice tan head several inches tall. it smell like intense earthy coffee, it is quite evident that the cocoa nibs have influence the aroma, bitter and even more earthy, which is a poor descriptor, unless you know what it means specifically. like wet and organic, i dont really know how else to say it. the coffee is a lot more pronounced than the nibs though in the flavor, balancing bitterness from them only. the coffee has a nice sweetness to it, like espresso with cream rather than drip. the belgian yeast influence with the coffee is not as dramatic as i initially thought, although the flavor is nice, its not quite as belgian as it might be. tastes great though, and feels pretty good too, although i hoped for a bit more carbonation on this. i like the grain not being so dark, lets the coffee shine more and keeps it easier drinking. this is really well done, they should bottle it!

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Photo of utopiajane
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tea like color. Honey gold uplifted by burnt orange. Light tan foam stand that lasts. A woody hue of reddish brown entrances as the beer suggests fruit on the vine. Nose is deep roasted coffee. Chocolate that is light atop an endless eath. Ice cold milk. Taste is huge coffee. Smooth, full and deeply sweet. As deep as the beer is it's not awfully sweet. The mouthfeel is full, slightly chewy even, and has a pleasnt stickiness. The malt is roasty but not black and the beer is strong with coffee which is a lovely contrast . Caramel a touch nutty and the chocolate is so deeply woven into the beer. The mouthfeel is good and this finishes sweet with a pleasnt bit of bitterness that does not stand out. Lingers with mellow coffees and pleasantly sweet earth .

What's so amazing about this beer is that the chocolate seems to be in there by fathoms but meets you as light as air.

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Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours into my Ommegang chalice an amber hued chesnut brown with a thick creamy head,love the color and creamy head,fantastic.Fig and mild coffee esters in the nose with some phenolic spiced notes.The flavors just all come together with the coffee being present but not over the top and it goes well with the fig-like flavors,some caramel and clovey phenols in the finish makes for a rich and pretty complex palate.To me this beer is vastly underrated,I love it.

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Photo of Suds
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a large, heavy, corked bottle, this is a hazy light brown color with a fizzy tall, off-white head. The scent is of caramel, coffee, and Belgian yeast. Peppery and slightly funky. The beer has some slight warming characteristics, and is semi-dry. Medium in body. The coffee comes out more, as you have a few sips. Nice.

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Photo of Magery
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jzeilinger
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEERchitect
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Flirting with the chocolate and coffee- robust and savory combo, the deeply rooted Belgian brewery layers these irresistible rates on a beer of amber and "dubbel" ale fame. What results is an ale of surprisingly light color and unique complexity.

Deep honey in color, the rich amber beer strikes the eye with light burgundy and garnet. As the nose breaches the snifter, the profound scent of cocoa and fresh-ground coffee emits and sets a robust tone. But the sweetness in taste suggests a rugged steely caramel taste that's aligned with pecan and bread crust.

Stern in carbonation, the sweetness lifts easily and allows the fruit and spice of the base beer to slide underneath the coffee and cocoa additions. Peppercorn, clove and fennel begin to lean against date, fig and raison for slight suggestions of fruitcake well before the finish of cocoa and coffee round out the finish.

Medium-full on the palate, the beer wants to be a sweeter and heavier brand. However the militant carbonation and drying warmth of the dubbel ale insist on a winey and digestive approach instead. Joemmegang is a delightful ale that's fitting for the Ommegang portfolio. He simply fits right in.

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Photo of rab53
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of russpowell
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up in NC or KY I can't remember...

Pours an orange/brown with a pinky of sandy colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: A little bit of cocoa & even fainter coffee

T: Coffee, cocoa, a little bit of pepper spice, vanilla & figs up front. More coffee as this warms, figs & cocoa too. Finishes dry with coffee, dark fruit & a little caramel & dryness

MF: Medium body. slight carbonation, thins out once warm, but carbonation picks up

Drinks alright, was hoping for more from this, one & done

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Photo of EMV
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

L: Pours a dark mahogany brown color. Two fingers of thick creamy white head leave great lacing.

S: This part I didn't like as much. Some roast coffee, but faint... and a sort of funk that didn't entirely work.

T/F: Malty up front... dark fruits dominate. Mild coffee and cocoa, but subdued.... and this is definitely a good thing as it lets the other flavors take charge. Dark candies and caramel... creamy mouthfeel and very smooth. Definitely warming.

O: Absolutely delicious beer. Wasn't a huge fan of the aroma, but great flavor profile and it was not overwhelming with the coffee or cocoa... basically a Belgian strong with some added ingredients. Very nice little beer. Glad I grabbed two bombers.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On-tap 6/6/2015 at Natty Greene’s Tavern in North Attleboro, MA served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, some coffee, caramelized malts and some fruit.

T: The taste starts out smoky with a mild coffee flavor and some background flavors of dark fruit. Then some breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The hops presence is very mild and there is not much balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly smoky.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, not the best representation of style, not a very good beer overall.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this last night up at the Cloverleaf to finish out the Spring PhD beers that I needed to check off. I love most of Ommegang's offerings but for some reason, this just didn't do it for me. Was it bad? No, but the coffee was faint and the cocoa from the nibs never really came through either. The yeast base was the same as their other brews that I've enjoyed over the years but nothing about this stood out to me and I was surprised how easily the liquid in the snifter went down once I let this warm up and started to sip it.

This beer was poured into a snifter glass and the appearance was decent - dark copper with not a lot of visible carbonation or head and a hint of lacing that slid down the side of the glass. The look was nearly clear and not quite what I'd expect from a Belgian Dark Ale, which stylistically didn't match up with the coffee and cocoa nibs that were purported to be in here. I only say that because as much as I know they were here, I just couldn't detect much of them. The coffee wasn't that bitter and there was a cloying, chewy undertone to this that held the majority of my attention. Some tobacco gave this depth but I didn't get any chocolate or cocoa bitterness, or even powder for that matter.

There was enough booze here but it wasn't anything that added or detracted from this beer. Slightly dry and with enough of Ommegang's yeast strain to link it to their other offerings, this didn't seem as different from those as I had hoped. If I find it in it in a botltle, I'd love to give it another go. I still find it hard that they would brew something as unmemorable as this but for a gentle after dinner beer, this would be a relatively unassuming choice.

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Photo of Doomcifer
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hellpop65
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Burt
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jaxon53
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gmann
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with some light ruby highlights. The head is dense but smallish; settles into an uneven cap.

The aroma is interesting; like two different beers in one. The base beer is a Belgian amber. Lightly sweet with hints of clove and pepper. The coffee aroma is excellent. Nice mild roast notes, fresh ground coffee and subtle cocoa nibs.

Light caramel from the malt, some clove and pepper from the yeast. Again, the base beer seems to be a Belgian amber. The coffee and cocoa nibs really shine through. The coffee flavor is excellent and the cocoa nibs add just enough chocolate flavor to provide depth. Just a really nice fresh ground coffee flavor.

Moderate feel with quite fizzy carbonation. Sweet on the palate but plenty of coffee flavor so it doesn't seem too sweet. Perhaps a touch sticky in the finish.

A very good beer from Ommegang. Nice to see something a bit different from them. The coffee and cocoa nibs are just fantastic. My only improvement would be to the base beer. It could use more of a malt body to complement the coffee.

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Photo of JohneHoodlum
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of metter98
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is relatively clear amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a short off white head that died down, leaving a thin collar around the edge of the glass and some wispy lacing on the surface.
S: Light aromas of Belgian yeast are present in the nose along with some hints of coffee.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of Belgian yeast along with some notes of coffee towards the finish. Some notes of cocoa nibs also become noticeable as the beer begins to warm up.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The coffee flavors in this beer are subtle, but this is a nice beer if you want something that is Belgian and has some coffee and cocoa flavors.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of bobhits
2.88/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Sugar is unacceptable in coffee.

Well carbonated yet the pour yield and retains minimal carbonation. Not flat by any means but nothing specially. Amber if not golden honey with a lot of cloudy yeast.

Coffee, belgian yeast, sugar.

This is like overly sweet coffee (more than 0 packs of sugar of course), meets boring yeast and finished with light cocoa nibs.

Ommegang is always a risky purchase. They don't always miss the boat but they rarely get things right. This is no exception. A lot of good flavors mixed into a package that doesn't get the job done. At 13.99 for the bottle I can't recommend this one.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Bung
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SLeffler27
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dogfish Head snifter fills with a thick, creamy, yellowish head that towers above for the duration. Tiny bubbles of carbonation rise as a curtain within a clear reddish-amber. A thick coating of lace forms bulbous rings with each sip.

Coffee is barely perceptible, under a soapy vail. Otherwise there is little of note, and all rather faint.

Given the aroma, I found the flavor to be surprisingly rich, though muddled. Some spice, fruit, and grains mix with coffee as an afterthought. The sweetness and bitterness balance well, while spicy malt covers all but a suggestion of tartness or sourness. The finish lingers, carrying grainy flavors.

Full bodied, with alcohol as expected, or slightly lighter than expected. The texture is soft and doughy, with fine carbonation.

I had hoped for bold aroma and flavor characteristics, and was disappointed. However, as I released my expectations, this beer fit well will a relaxed atmosphere.

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Joemmegang from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 134 ratings