Soothsayer | Brewery Ommegang

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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by alcohline_trip on 12-24-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 118 |  Reviews: 34
Reviews by Loveyourbeer:
Photo of Loveyourbeer
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More User Reviews:
Photo of jzeilinger
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy raisin color with a very creamy, caramel colored head.

S - Bread crust, yeasty, some spice, dark fruit, some clove.

T - Bread crust, dark roasted malt with some chocolate, dark fruit, finishes with moderate bitterness of bitter chocolate and cloves - lingering. No alcohol presence, very well hidden.

M - Medium body, velvety carbonation.

O - Enjoyable.

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Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Ommegang chalice a deep rich chocolate amber with a one finger light beige head atop that never really completely settles.Big raisin in the nose along with yeasty phenols,some alcohol sweetness in there as well.A pretty complex palate with some earthy dryness and yeasty phenols melding into a deep dark frutiness in the finish,it never gets too sweet and the alcohol isn't to large.Like others have noted this is a big fruity beer that's on the drier side making it reasonable to drink,well done.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This is solid black in color with an explosive brown head so pour it easy.

Smell – The nose really takes while to open up, I left the mug on the counter for an hour, but once it does the raisins and plumes come out beautifully. I was also able to find dates, classic BSDA spicing, a hint of cinnamon, and a dose of raw sugar.

Taste – The flavors here follow the nose with luscious dark fruits, a bigger sugar especially after opening up, and bold spicing.

Mouthfeel – This is full-bodied and surprisingly bitter.

Drinkability – I can’t stress enough how important it is to let this beer open up, at least for an hour, and get close to room temperature. Your patience will be duly rewarded as this is an incredible complex, satisfying ale.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
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 generallee
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
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 petewheeler
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jason
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
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 MattyG85
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark blackish brown with a lot of bubbles. Big three finger light tan head that slowly settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A roasty, fruity, and yeasty Belgian style aroma with a scent of chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit. Belgian yeast with a scent of clove, pepper, and funk. Roasted malt with hints of dark chocolate, coffee, grains, biscuit, and yeast. Hints of candied sugar and black licorice. Dark fruit hints of fig, raisin, and cherry. Also some hints of banana and pear. Hops are pretty light. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a roasty, yeasty, and fruity Belgian style taste with notes of chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit. Belgian yeast with spice notes of clove, pepper, and funk. Roasted malt with notes of bitter dark chocolate, coffee, grains, biscuit, and yeast. Some notes of black licorice and candied sugar sweetness. Dark fruit undertones of raisin, cherry, fig, plum, and grapes. The dark fruit comes out much more with warming. Subtle earthy hop bitterness. A pretty nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Prickly and pretty drying. Alcohol is hidden well.

Overall: A pretty nice take on a Dark Belgian Ale. More roasty than typical of the style but it works well. Much better closer to room temperture.

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Photo of alcohline_trip
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
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 KTCamm
4.1/5  rDev +3%
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 VABA
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Brutaltruth
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
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 jaydoc
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of logicalparadox
3.44/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of user785335
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of shadyside
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mwilbur
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
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 DoubleMalt
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fx20736
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bought a 750ml bottle from Beers of the World, Jan 2016. Served at cellar temp in a Duvel tulip.

Look: Dark brown, big mocha head, decent lacing

Smell: cloves, licorice

Taste:dark fruit, molasses, cloves

Feel: buoyant, silky

Overall: this totally works! Excellent beer.

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Photo of JohneHoodlum
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DesertFox24
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bushbeer75
4.02/5  rDev +1%
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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Soothsayer from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 118 ratings