Brewery Ommegang

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Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Ranked #67
Ranked #8,621
4 | pDev: 7.5%
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
Very Good
Notes: The Soothsayer sees in the shadows a glass of black vision, indeed. A dark future that’s all in the making. Tempting good folks to share in the deed. What he sees is the old way of brewing with no spices, no voodoo, no spells. Just the grains and the yeast and the ancient black art. Can’t you feel how it darkly compels?

With Soothsayer, we forgo any spicing to explore the art of dark brewing. Simple grains and Ommegang yeast alone portend notes of licorice, coffee and chocolate under a thick tan head.
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Photo of stortore
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into an Ommegang Belgian glass. Had 3/8/19.

Pours near black with a two inch head of thick foam with good retention and lots of foamy lacing. Aromas of malt, Belgian yeast, spices- cloves, coriander, black pepper as it warms, raisins, molasses, chocolate, dates, light smoke. The taste is mostly similar- malt, Belgian yeast, raisins, dates, chocolate, some cola, spices- lots of cloves, molasses, light licorice. Smooth, a little creamy, a very good medium body, well carbonated on the high side.

A pretty classic BSDA, maybe a little heavier on the darker fruit. Very good aroma and flavor, very enjoyable.

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Photo of Suds
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a tall, thick, corked, Belgain-style bottle, this brew is dark brownish in color with a thick, tight-bubbled tan head. The aroma is of dark bread, candied fruit, and brown sugar. The taste is similar, with some alcohol warming and deep malt notes. Spice and fruit. The body is full and the taste is very Belgian. Approachable and enjoyable.

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Photo of Tony210
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

***aged 3 years***
Pours pretty dark with foamy head. Very yeasty aroma. Flavor is yeasty, dark malt, raisins. Typical Belgian micro carbonation. Overall an ok dark Belgian, not my favorite

Bomber, no date, purchased 3 years ago.
3.75 rating

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Photo of LifesAnesthesia
4.31/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - Deep brown with mahogany highlights and a medium tan head that dissipates somewhat quickly leaving behind minimal lacing
S - bready yeast, dark malts, caramel, dark fruits - the smell is pretty faint though
T - follows the nose with dark, slightly roasted malts and bready yeast along with a lot of caramel and dark fruits - figs particularly - as well as some chocolate, brown sugar, licorice, and some vanilla notes
F - Medium to full bodied with a moderate among of carbonation. Smooth but fizzy with a lot of microbubbles
O - A really nice belgian dark ale that hits all the right notes - I really enjoy the rich caramel and figs that stand out in the flavor profile

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Photo of VABA
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a very dark opaque color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has chocolate and licorice hints
T-The taste follows the nose with chocolate and licorice flavors
M-A medium bodied moderately carbonated beer
O-A nice Belgian Dark Ale

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Photo of bushbeer75
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 1pt. 9.4 fl. oz. caged and corked brown bottle - not dated

Ommegang Soothsayer Ale poured a deep dark brown - almost black. A thick tan head was formed and shrunk slowly to a thin film on top and left spotty lacing on the walls of my chalice. The aroma is one of brown sugar, caramel, and yeast. The taste begins sweet with flavors of chocolate, brown sugar, toffee, and caramel. The Ale has just enough hops to balance it. Mouth feel is high-medium to full with medium carbonation.

Soothsayer is a good example of the Belgian Strong Dark Ale style.

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Photo of EMV
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip

L: Dark dark mahogany brown pour.. nearly black with 3 fingers of fluffy off-white head. Great retention and lacing.

S: Dark sugars and darker fruits.. plum and raisin. Molasses.

T/F: Rich toasted malts mix with Belgian yeast and candy sugars to give a rich complex Belgian style dark ale. Great dark fruit character... plum, fig, and raisin. Mild vanilla and molasses. Medium in body... smooth and carbonated. The finish has some mild hop bitterness to go with all of the above.

O: A damned good Belgian Strong Dark. Great flavors and true to style. Yes please!

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Photo of mactrail
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is smooth and dark, sudsy and malty. Pours a very dark brown with lots of foam and lacing in the Brigand chalice. Melt in your mouth carbonation. Malty body but just a touch of sweetness. A mild spice cake aroma.

Some raisin taste, a hint of licorice, and dark gingerbread. Really not at all bitter, but the dry yeasty finish gets your palate ready for another sip. The sudsy mouthfeel is still there even after the bottle sat open overnight. I'm thinking they still make this, but in limited editions. From the 750 ml corked bottle purchased at Grapevine Liquors in Denver.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque dark brown with a dense and creamy tan head.
Aroma is toffee and dark fruit, brown sugar and a light funk.
Taste is toasty with dark chocolate notes, almost stout-like. Fig and licorice flavors as it warms a bit.
Smooth, creamy and luscious on the tongue. Quite tasty.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Very dark body, tan head, fluffy, lacing scattering down the glass.

S - Nose is quiet, with mild wet-rind cheese and toasty bread and a bit of alcohol.

T - The flavor is more raisin and almond, cherry cola and toffee, cocoa and molasses.

M - The feel is moderate, hefty enough to carry the flavor.

O - A great close out pickup. Tasty Belgian dark, with good depth and feel.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 750 ml bottle in a snifter. This fine BSDA pours a deep brownish
black with a fantastic head of light tan foam that settles to a thick ring, thick layer,
and features very nice lacing. Nose of dark berries, moderate herbal hop notes,
brown sugars, and moderate booze. Flavors follow the nose with dark fruit notes
of cherries and cranberries awash in brown sugar topped raisin bread followed by
strong herbal hops that carry through and cut the sweetness down with a touch of
earthy yeast on the back. Solid mouth feel; medium body. medium carbonation,
and a sweet moderately dry finish.

Of note; dark fruit notes intensify with warmth and are delicious with
prune and fig notes. Excellent!

Overall this is a fine strong dark ale.


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Photo of zeff80
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a deep dark brown color with a large head of tan foam. It smelled of dried dark fruits like cherry and plum. Tasted sweet with a hint of maltiness. A good dose of fruitiness.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 12/8/2016 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large beige head that fades very slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, brown sugar, caramelized malts, some spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character. Then some mildly sweet flavors of brown sugar, chocolate, caramel and spices come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

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

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

9/27/16...pours dark black, thickness of look, decent tan head of foaminess. Deep grape chocolate cherry nose, richly fruity. Thick mouthfeel, oaty malted open that flattens out into a boozy, fruit filled ride. Touches of yeasty bitter. Heavy to light.

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Photo of JayQue
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not the best BSDA I have had, but a good solid US take on the style. Corked and caged bottle. Pours a dense almost black color with no light showing through my Chimay goblet. Bubbly, frothy tan head with good retention and filmy lacing on the sides of the goblet. Aroma and flavor include bready malt, Belgian yeast, a little candi sugar, chocolate and licorice. The flavor is very pronounced. Mouthfeel is rich and smooth. Absolutely no alcohol burn. Goes down very easy. A bit expensive at $15 a bottle but worth it, like most Ommegang beers.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the House of Brews. Deep Reddish brown, almost black. Smells of banana, lots of yeast, licorice and dark fruits. Strong roasty aroma. Tastes like lots of bananas. Licorice behind it. Then a heavy roasted malt. The licorice and sweetness comes back in the finish. Medium body. Well carbonated. I expect a lot of Ommegang dark Belgians. This one didn’t quite hit the heights of their others.

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Photo of crob3888
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very dark slightly cloudy raisin color with tan head with lacing that sticks around nicely. Aromas and flavors of luscious dark fruits, ripe plums, earthy dryness, yeasty, dark bread, some chocolate, and plenty of raisin and fig to go around. Moderate bitterness/dry finish. Gets better as it opens up. Sip slowly.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a very dark brown with 2-3 inch tan head with tight bubble formation producing a foam-like head. Excellent retention. Nice thick lacing.
S: Dark caramel malt, spearmint, clove, and other earthy spices.
T: Dark caramel malt, candi sugar, clove, brown sugar, spearmint, and a hint of cinnamon.
M: Light-medium body. Darkly sweet. Wish there was a bit more here.
D: A decent example of style, but certainly not outstanding. A step below the usual Ommegang brew (which is excellent).

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Photo of avalon07
4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a dark dark brown color and a thick consistency. There was a small amount of tan-colored, foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not a whole lot of lacing.

S: A very enticing aroma of dark fruit, yeast, spices, and malt.

T: Tasted of light malt notes, a good shot of dark fruit (fig, plums, etc.), some spices (cinnamon, clove), Belgian yeast, and a slightly bready quality as well. The flavor here gets better as it goes along. Complex, interesting and flavorful.

F: A well carbonated beer with a lively finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Soothsayer has its minor flaws, but overall it's a solid beer. Easy to drink.

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Photo of generallee
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: it was poured from a 1 pint 9 .4 fluid ounce bottle into and Ommegang tulip glass. The label has a nice description of the beer and it lists the alcohol at 8.9% abv.

Appearance: the body has a dark brown almost black color with a thick Light tan head on top. The head hangs on well and leaves some slick leasing behind as I drink.

Aroma: aroma is fairly light overall but brings mellow dark-roasted malts along with subtle hints of dark fruit. The nearly 9% ABV adds to the nose as well.

Taste/Palate: Up front I get light almond and mellow roasted malt notes. Sweet dark fruit notes of figs, plums and raisins move in with caramel like sweetness as well as some sweet boozy alcohol notes. Hop bitterness comes in late and adds mild herbal bitterness to the finish. The palate is full and somewhat sticky yet well carbonated as I would expect from a big Dark Belgian Ale.

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

750ml brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Very dark brew, tan lacing stays. Treacle, brown bread, ripe plums, bread crust, and fruit esters in the nose. On the dry side, fruity and earthy. Toasted bread and warming alcohol. Ripe plums and a modest hopping. Very well put together.

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Photo of nwshull
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this while preparing and then eating a ribeye for dinner. The beer was unimpressive though not unpleasant while drinking it. However, when drinking it with the ribeye its higher ABV and caramel flavor was really brought out. I would not recommend this on its own, but I would recommend it if pairing with a fatty red meat.

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Photo of brentk56
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours like a Belgian should, with an impressive head stacked on the espresso brown liquid; streaky clumps of lace hang around

Smell: Toasted brown bread with dark fruit tones of raisin and plum; hints of cinnamon and clove

Taste: Toasted brown bread and candi sugar flavors lay down the base, with the raisin and plum tones building; through the middle, the cinnamon and clove spice arrive along with yeast phenols; the finish is slightly chalky, but very earthy and fruity, with characteristic Belgian sweetness

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with buoyant carbonation

Overall: It has been a while since I have consumed a BSDA, which was one of those gateway styles that led me into the world of craft beer so long ago; Ommegang does as good job as anybody in the US with this style and this one is no exception

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Photo of ajm5108
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep cola hue, head is fluffy with good lacing. Aroma is primarily spicey phenol (undertones of fig, clove and cardamom) with some earthy Belgian yeast & just a faint chocolate malt. The taste profile is fairly pedestrian, but everything works & there are no off notes. The Belgian yeast & clove are upfront, the phenols come in at the end (a tad unmasked for my preference), undertones of cola & herbal spice. It was a bit thin / watery, but that is the biggest miss. Not an exciting or unique, and perhaps not quite an authentic Belgian, but Ommegang consistently makes very solid, under-the-radar beers & this is no exception.

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Photo of teromous
3.17/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I don't see any bottle date.

Appearance: Black bodied beer with a short creamy white head with hints of light tan. Not much head retention or lacing.

Aroma: Sweet aroma of dates and some clove. Mild alcohol aroma.

Taste: Light sweet fig flavor with some alcohol and raisins. Not a huge variety of flavors. There is a touch of bitterness at the back of the palate which is similar to the aftertaste of a strong tea.

Mouthfeel: It is light bodied and very effervescent. It is smooth across the palate with very fine bubbles.

Overall: It is a decent beer but as a Belgian Strong Dark Ale it lacked a lot of flavor. I can sit here and enjoy the rest of my bottle but I probably won't buy it againn.

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Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 131 ratings