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Grains Of Truth Harvest Ale | Brewery Ommegang

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3.95/5
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216 Ratings
Grains Of Truth Harvest AleGrains Of Truth Harvest Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
ommegang.com

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with barley, wheat, oats & rye. This seasonal release celebrates “the richness of the grain harvest.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 06-25-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,274
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
216
pDev:
8.1%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of damndirtyape
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle (no date) poured carefully into a tulip glass. Left most of the sediment behind but some of it came along with the pour.

Appearance: Translucent copper-amber. Persistent rocky off-white head with islands and big strands of persistent lacing.

Smell: Yeasty with typical Belgian fruity ester notes. A tiny bit of banana and clove.

Taste: Nice grain bill with this one, with the malt and rye coming out in the beginning and finish. A nice toasted flavor at the finish. Hop bitterness is mild and noble hop in style. Some fruity esters and Belgian yeast notes more prominent at the start of the sip when the beer is cold, and they become a bit more muted as the beer warms up and the grain flavors come out more.

Mouthfeel: Prickly/airy carbonation with a nice smoothness brought by the oats underneath it.

Overall / Drinkability: A nice sipping beer, and a Belgian Pale Ale in style, not an APA. Not sure I'd want another one in an evening, but I am glad I bought a 4 pack of the beer to enjoy slowly. The additional grains are a nice touch to this beer vs. the traditional Belgian style.

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Photo of CHickman
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark hazy copper orange color with a massive 3+ finger billowy, foamy, cloudy eggshell white head that was full of bubble of all sizes and took up most of the tulip glass. The head faded extremely slowly, to the point that I poked a hole in the middle and it didn't collapse and still hung around for a few more minutes...could have drank another beer while waiting for this head to fade. Leaves good foamy lacing, making this great to look at and admire.

Smells of toasted grains, caramel, light brown sugar, cracked wheat, candied sugar, mild funk, biscuit, oats or raw grains, earthy notes like dry peat moss, rye and dry floral hops. It's grainy and earthy for the most part, but there is enough sweetness from either the malt or hops, or both, to add some complexities and balance. I guess the whole "harvest ale" name is a nod to farming these ingredients.

Tastes sweeter than the nose with more buttery and toffee aspects coming out, almost like maple syrup poured over oatmeal that was made from scratch. The flavor is a mix of roasted grains, malty sweetness, brown sugar, cracked wheat, candied sugar, mild funky yeast, green apple or pear, pepper, rye, coriander, earthy notes, peat moss, and dry floral hops. Mild traces of alcohol and a slightly hoppy bitterness add to the dynamics before the musty and almost barnyard notes peek out at the end. After it goes down you realize the sweetness is kept in check and pulls in the supporting cast, like most good Belgian beers do.

Mouthfeel is light to medium with a smooth feel on the tongue, very mild carbonation and a sweet grainy finish that has some spices and hoppy bitterness as it fades.

Overall I enjoyed this brew and after I read the small script under the HARVEST ALE printed on the label I saw it listed "Brewed with Barley, Wheat, Oats and Rye". Glad I picked up the rye on my own as it added nice spiciness to the beer. Bière de Garde is not a style I drink often, but after this I may seek out more.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep and hazy amber with lots of bubbles and a big three finger off white head which slowly settles into a thinner creamy layer.

Smell: A spicy and bready malt forward aroma with good hints of Belgian yeast, grains, rye, and fruit. Upfront Belgian yeast with some spice hints of clove and peppers. Barley malt with hints of rye, toast, wheat, grains, oats, and cracker. Fruit hints of banana, apple, lemon zest, orange, pear, and melon. Also some hints of bubblegum and candied sugar. Subtle hints of earthy and floral hops. A very good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a spicy, bready, and fruity malt driven taste with notes of yeast, grains, rye, and fruit. Upfront presence of Belgian yeast with notes of clove, pepper, and coriander. Barley malt with notes of grains, toast, rye, oats, and cracker. Fruit notes of banana, orange, lemon zest, apple, pear, and melon. Good notes of bubblegum. Sweet taste of candied sugar. Light presence of floral hops. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Creamy, spicy, and pretty smooth with a drying finish.

Overall: A very good take on a Rye beer. Good mix of Belgian spice with grainy malt notes and fruit.

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Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours into a nonic a clear rich burnt orange with a large fluffy off white head atop.Earthy hops and some yeasty notes in the nose.Peppery spice upfront on the palate along with yeasty clove,a earthy drier finish.Like others have noted this isn't an APA,the yeast gives off more off a BPA,either way it's a pretty damn good beer.

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Photo of generallee
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Billolick
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, couldn't find any bottling date or similar info.

Pours clouded medium amber, lifts a larger khaki head, that slowly fades to a frothy film, thicker collar and dense low sheeting.

Malted up nose, with some biscuity sweetness

More smooth and tasty maltynesss up front. I get some vanilla, biscuits, lite caramel, also some rye does make its presence known towards the finish. Tasty and enjoyable

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Photo of JC333
4.51/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DrKarl
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GOBLIN
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of KrissyKat6
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

High alcohol taste.

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Photo of JMS1512
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of alcohline_trip
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Wesley_Legg
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewery Ommegang "Grains Of Truth Harvest Ale"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "BEST BY 07/2017"
$2.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

I wasn't sure what to make of this beer as it's labeled a "harvest ale", because really, what is a harvest ale anyway? I initially thought it might be a bigger beer, but it's not, and I found it a little confusing that the price was so high given the standard alcohol content. It's not barrel aged, nor does it use multiple yeast strains or anything like that.

It does have a varied grain bill that includes barley, wheat, oats, and rye - and you can taste it. The rye comes through clearly with its signature spiciness, as do the oats and wheat. It's malty, but not in a "malty beer" kind of way - it's balanced towards dryness with a solid bitterness and lots of spice (spiciness from the rye combined with a peppery spiciness from the yeast).There's a nice bit of clove-like character from the yeast as well, and perhaps a hint of banana, but it's also got the usual apple and perhaps a bit of pear as well. Typically Belgian in character, there's not that much hop character to it (which agains makes me wonder why it costs more), although I think you will find some leaves and grass in the lingering finish.

Overall it's a fairly decent beer that's got a nice malt component, and some complexity if you look for it, but a lot of that is overpowered by its stiff bitterness and raspy spiciness. In the end I could take it or leave it, but given the elevated price I think I'll just leave it.

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Photo of Furbato
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chrishiker1409
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not sure how this is classified an American Pale Ale.

L: Pours multiple fingers of head with high retention. Golden brown .

S: Belgian yeast, bready, some lemon.

T: Citrus and floral notes. Not much hop presence.

F: Lightly carbonated, medium bodied.

O: A great beer. More of a belgian pale ale than american. Should be reclassified.

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Photo of sisterofba
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a hazy bronzed to heavy burnt orange color with a large rocky foamy white head that dissipated within less than about two minutes. The smell had some Belgian spices, slight yeastiness, some lemon/citrusy notes, slight dry savory grassiness, all combining really nice. The taste took all of those flavors and combined in a sticky sweet fashion. The aftertaste was semi-sweet through slight grassy and citrusy goodness. It’s got a dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a good sessionability about it. Carbonation runs fairly light, feels good, slightly sticky. Overall, as a Belgian Pale ale, it works, I’d have again.

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Photo of SFNC
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle in a snifter via a friend from work---Thanks Randy!
This rather nice Biere De Garde pours a hazy amber with a nice head of
off white foam that settles to a thick ring and rocky pooling layer with
very nice lacing. Nose of strong grain bill with spicy rye and definite strong
barley notes mingling with earthy yeast and Belgian candy sugars. Flavors
surpass the nose with strong rye and barley that is mellowed out by wheat and
oat notes that are awash in earthy yeasty goodness as well as candy sugars with
a touch of apricot and light herbal hops. Nice mouth feel; medium high carbonation,
medium body, and a sweet herbal finish laced with grain and yeast notes that finishes
lightly dry.

Overall an excellent ale.

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Photo of DJoe
3.59/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.87/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mrcraft
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 216 ratings
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