Brewery Ommegang

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Brett Beer
3.91 | pDev: 10.74%
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Notes: Ommegeddon is a Belgian-style ale with a wild twist; a dose of Brett yeast and a blast of dry-hopping. Its dryness and funkiness beget the name.
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nebula1999 from Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Batch #2, March 2008. From my cellar.
Super funky, and not all that hoppy after 8 years of cellaring. But the funk was ever present throughout. Sharp mouthfeel with a very dry finish.
Loved it.

Apr 09, 2016
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Jimmys from Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled June 2007. Batch #1.

A: golden orange hued. Frothy head.

S: barn aroma. Smells dry. House saddle.

T: little bit of bubblegum flavor. Minor oxidation? Touch of grain is fleeting before Brett dryness takes over.

M:ample carb on a medium body.

D: aged well. Wish there was more Brett and farm funk. If you still have any drink up, I don't see this getting any better.

Apr 06, 2014
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BrewerB from North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is Batch #3, April 2008.

Pours a clear fiery orange that reminds me of the explosion portrayed on the label. The explosion was also present in the form of a cork that nearly shot itself out immediately after I uncaged it. Fluffy white foam is well-retained and there's a large amount of visible carbonation. Moderate funk in the nose with hay and a whiff of cheese/musty. Light tart citrus is present in the aroma as well. Barnyard appears as the beer continues to warm up. Flavor is a blend of citrus and light toasted malts, a dash of herbal spicy, and a crisp acidity that's likely coming from the Brett. Sparkling, brisk carbonation keeps the palette on alert and a medium-light body really helps make this a refreshing and drinkable beer. There's some warming from the alcohol but it doesn't hinder the session.

When I found this beer in my cellar last week I was surprised and concerned, wondering how I'd manage to lose track of it and hoping it had held up well. As I continue to pour more into my glass, I'm delighted at how delicious this is. Wish I had another!

Dec 31, 2012
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superspak from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in March 2008. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a 3 finger foamy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of lightly tart apple, pear, grape, lemon, pepper, clove, earth, hay, bread, herbal, and earthy yeast spiciness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance. Taste of pear, apple, lemon, pepper, clove, earth, funk, bread, herbal, hay, grass, leather, and yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of light fruits, citrus, pepper, clove, earth, bread, funk, hay, grass, and yeast spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of flavors; with a nice malt and peppery flavor balance with good brett character; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very crisp, prickly, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with nearly zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent brett saison! Nice amount of flavor complexity and balance; and very smooth to sip on for an 8% brew. Really enjoyed this one.

Dec 09, 2012
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Rutager from Canada

3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Pours a fairly clear gold-amber with 1.5 fingers of off-white head that has great retention and leaves some sexy lacing.

Smell. Green apples and Brett funk, some pineapple and a bit of lime, old wet wood and orange. Smells really good!

Taste. Fruity belgian yeast and booze, some light red apple and bitter citrus fruit. Just a bit sweet.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, medium-low carbonation.

Overall. We started out so good!!! Oh well, I'll still drink the whole bottle.

Jun 27, 2012
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BenZ from Virginia

4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007, first batch.

I had this fresh, and cellared a bottle. At five years it is certainly more complex, but less refreshining.

If any beer should have popped with autority when removing the cork, it should have been this one. Instead, it was only mildly carbonated with a modest head.

Smell interesting, surprisingly not that funky.

Taste is bizzare, way sweeter than i figured. Perfumy smell carries over to taste. Stil significant bitterness. Fruity and lots of saison tastes. I like it.

Unfortunately, i cant help but compare it to orval, and in that light, it falls short. Good beer.

May 12, 2012
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Mora2000 from Texas

3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to djrn for sending this bottle my way.

The beer pours a hazy orange-brown color with a white head. The aroma is full of toffee and orange citrus, with some brett thrown in for good measure. The flavor is similar, with a few additions. I get some nice toffee and brett notes, with some cherry and dark fruit also in there. There is not really any funk from the brett, which is what I expected. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

May 11, 2012
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Phelps from Arizona

3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared by whiterascal and poured into a Russian River glass.

Cloudy apricot, with a one-finger head of off-white. The silky bubbles fizzle away within a few seconds.

Spritzy nose. Lemon lime soda, big citrus notes. Lime peel, brett, wheat, hay funk, maybe even some basil.

A little more honey and oxidation here. Citrus is more muted, maybe some lemon peel. Quickly fades to major honey notes, caramel, funk. After the swallow, some vapors of sweet pear linger. Very dry, hay/wheat finish.

High, pinching carbonation breaks the beer into a lot of fizz as it moves. Medium body. Not a hint of alcohol, but the dryness is pretty bracing.

Interesting overall. A funky, bretty, complex, apocalyptic brew.

Apr 16, 2012
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Tschnab from New York

3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- a golden hue with a nice 1 and a half finger and a good amount of lace.

S- when the cork pops the initial rush of flavor is an incredibly tart and chardonay-esque aroma, but when I get it in the glass it is an entirely different smell, with a decent amount of brett and a liver-like aroma.

t- mostly brett with some malt bitterness. This is begging for some sour notes. If only...this could of been pretty good. A pleasent funkiness, carbonation is nice.

O- A decent attempt at a wild and I hope Ommegang does another one, just looking more for that lactic mouth-puckerer I guess, or even in this brett-forward beer some more depth. Instead it isn't remotely sour and it is pretty one-note on the brett.

Mar 10, 2012
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steelerguy from New York

3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Gold edges with an amber core, lots of carbonation, and a big frothy white head.

S - Sweet malt, sour brett, phenolic spice with a musty earthiness.

T - Simple tasting malt profile, with some sourness from the brett but not really that much. A little lingering sweetness and spice at the end.

M - Crisp and refreshing, I think would get even better with a bit more age to thin it out a bit more.

O - A good but somewhat uninspired beer.

Mar 01, 2012
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beerwolf77 from Wisconsin

2.34/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

2009 bottle.

Golden yellow hue. Finger of white head. Nose is full on brett city. Like band aids soaked in band aid water wrapped in more band aids. Flavor is pretty much the same as the nose. If I dove face first into a pool filled with band aids it wouldnt taste this bretty. Medium body. If there were a city named brett this beer would be the drink of choice.

Dec 30, 2011
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BlurryVisi0n from New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served onto 2011 Ommegang flute, they changed it this year. Bottle labeled batch#4, May 2009. Served on 12/04/2011.

Appearance: A golden amber, head is a orange tinted white which unsurprisingly creates a 1" head.

Smells: Smells like heaven, well maybe it smells more a real fine beer. You can smell the yeast, smells also of fruit

Taste: Definitely one of the easiest premium beers I have drank. But I know it's not just me, tastes "champagney". I am pairing this beer with cheese to figure it out... there's hints of fruit, yeast and something else which is hard to pinpoint. Maybe it's the of alcohol.

Mouth: Medium to heavy carbonation which I will say this the flavor is stuck with you like or love. You definitely won't hate it.

Overall: Pretty good beer but Ommegang has wowed me with other gems. Ommegeddon is very easy to drink might come off sweet but not your lady beer you know? Beer is good but hard to have a consistent crowd with it, you be the judge. Love it for what it is or hate it for what it's not.

Dec 04, 2011
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biegaman from Canada

3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch #1 - bottled June 2007, drank October 2011.

A very mild 'pop' from the cork led me to expect little head but this has absolutely none. Likewise, the layers of sediment caking the bottom of the bottle made Ommegeddon's dense haze less of a surprise, even though its colour is so fair and coloured like candied orange peel. Little bubbles chase the beer like schools of minnows as I swirl it. Charming.

According to the aroma, there's no need to be afraid of the funk. If anything, the Brett was zapped at some point over the last few years while this slumbered in the cold cellar. All smells as far as yeast is concerned are normal: bit of citrus fruit, garden herbs, and bread. There is, however, a little hint of pineapple that is different.

Whereas sometimes wild yeasts can make an explosion like that of the mushroom cloud depicted on the beer's label, this beer is depressingly flat, both literally as well as figuratively. Looks like bubbles were part of the fallout of aging - the point of which, by the way, was to allow the yeast to fully 'funkafy'. Too bad that didn't happen...

With no real sourness, Ommegeddon is a terribly underwhelming sour ale. And even as a plain old Belgian ale it leaves plenty to be desired. A bit of honeyed malt comes through, with hints of pineapple and grain, and a lot of grassiness. The little bit of citrus fruit flavour contains none of the acidity. Overall, however, there's not much to note.

The purpose of aging Batch #1 was the hope that some Brett would finally come to life. Unfortunately, that never materialized and now I've grudgingly worked my way through not one, but two, disappointing bottles of this beer. Luckily, Brewery Ommegang has years of banked goodwill and I don't hold this against them. In fact, I'll make a point of buying a more recent batch to see if they've since worked things out.

Oct 31, 2011
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at a recent tasting, purchased at the brewery and cellared, enjoyed chilled from a cervoise.

The color is slightly hazed golden with thick cap of white, visibly carbonated and lace sticks ok, the bead is fine. The smell is very funky, lots of horseblanket type bretty aromas.There is a mild hint of hops which seems to come across mostly as spice. The feel is moderately high carbonation and the brett has really left this kind of dry with slight biscuity texture and mild yeasty spiced finish.

The taste while good was a lot more malt driven when I had it fresh. I kind of like what the brett has done here giving a dimension of slight fruit and spice while accenting the biscuit and toasted malt flavors, the hops have an herbal, spiced accent and are mild in relationship to the yeast which gives the horseblanket character that this particular strain is known for. Overall a good wild ale, I am glad I held on to this for a while to let it evolve, but either way I enjoyed it for being not a carbon copy of every other belgian, a nice experiment that I would be interested in seeing Ommegang try again.

Oct 24, 2011
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch # 4. Bottled in May 2009.

Pours a slightly hazy light orange with a 2 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Chunky rings of foam line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wine, funk, sour fruits, and some grassy aromas. Taste is very much like a dry white wine, some grape-like fruit flavors, funk, and a bitter hop finish. The bitterness from the dry hopping is pretty mild but sticks around after each sip. This beer has a crisp and bubbly mouthfeel and a dry finish. Overall, this is a good wild ale with some nice funky and hoppy flavors. I was expecting this one to be more sour though.

Oct 16, 2011
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mmmbeer from Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL Belgian, cork-n-cage, batch #3 from April 2008; sampled May 2011. Pours a mildly chill-hazed deep gold, with strong enough carbonation to slowly push the frothy white head out of the glass. Clingy lace finally grabs the glass after the second pour. Smells malty and toasty, with citric hops, a few phenols, and perhaps some melon. The palate is similar, but more phenolic and citric (orange zest and pulp, grapefruit, lemon), maybe a bit lactic, and surprisingly hoppy, with leafy/green and spicy/perfumy notes but only a moderate, yet rather sharp bitterness. It is light and smooth, almost silky, with a pronounced, almost tannic dryness. An interesting beer that is kind of in the same vein as Orval, with noticeable, but rather light brett - almost more of a spiciness than funk. Definitely worth a try. It's refreshing, easy to drink, has no trace of alcohol, and it apparently ages very gracefully - if I didn't know for sure I never would have guessed that this was three years old. It would be interesting to do a vertical tasting of this one.

Aug 28, 2011
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

3.21/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a hazy golden color. The head was big and white. The smell of the beer was hoppy and had a big aroma of Brett coming off of it. There was also just a touch of yeast and tart fruits. The taste ofthe beer gives off a sour taste upfront, not really my favorite thing. The there are elements of the yeast and hops in the aftertaste but the sourness holds tight. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side. Overall it's got a sourness to it that I wasn't too thrilled about. Other than that it's not too bad.

Jun 23, 2011
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scbrew from California

3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold with a dissolving white head. Definitely has farmhouse, horse hoof aroma, coupled with Saison spiciness.Flavor is balanced and spicey. I little tart fruitiness, possibly from the ginger. Medium bodied and very drinkable. A funky Saison.

Jun 22, 2011
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ngeunit1 from Massachusetts

4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a rich slightly hazy deep golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down to a thick ring around the glass leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - The aroms is a mix of strong tart and sour elements. There is a lot funkiness and some hay and spices mixed in as well.

T - The beer starts off with some sour and tart flavors right away. There is also some malt in there and some fruitness as well. Through the middle, some stronger funkiness comes out alongside some hay and some spices as well. The finish is a mix of slighly sour and tart and just a bit sweet with a bit of funkiness and some fruits/earthy flavors as well that linger.

M - Medium bodied with moderate lively carbonation. The sour and tart flavors feel great and beer feels really smooth and even pretty crisp. The finish has a nice mix of sweet and sour flavors.

D - Very drinkable. The balance of tart and sour as well as other flavors is really nice. There are also some nice funky elements mixed in as well.

Jun 05, 2011
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THECPJ from Delaware

3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes thanks goes out to Marc for sharing this one.

appearance: golden yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: sour, tart, some funk, citrus,

taste: funk, citrus, sour

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: I hope to Ommegang brew this one again. Enjoyed it quite a bit.


May 16, 2011
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SubpoenaDeuces from California

2.96/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ommegang Ommegeddon Funkhouse- wild ale 8% abv

A: deep gold with yellow hues near the edges, 1/2 inch head with mild lacing, middle carbonation throughout. a second pour generates a huge fomay head

S: lots of funk, winey, leather notes, a sweetness with a burnt cotton candy note to it

T: not a ton of sour, more funk and buttery notes from the brett, the sweetness lingers, but more sourness would be welcomed, it lacks some core elements of a wild ale, namely that drying finish which it replaces with a gooey sweetness and loads of funk. The farmhouse/funkhouse appeal is fleeting without more complexity to back it up. Still interesting for the genre, but certainly not one of the crowning achievements

M: the mouthfeel is creamier than anticipated, not as light as the color would imply, a mild chewiness, with regular coating levels. It is the "Mario" in the Kart Racer sense. Again nothing to write home about, but interesting to give to someone unfamiliar with the genre. An entry level drug into brett, you could slip it in without her knowing, assuming that is your modus operandi, clandestine bacteria provisions on the reg.

D: With the sweetness and mouthfull pulling this overhyped sled, i dont feel that it is exceptionally drinkable. I dont finish a 22oz and wish for another. Certainly not an Aladdin's lamp, just some murky candy factory that has been overrun by barnyard animals. If you are a soggy sweet lover or enjoy glazed hay, here is your jam.

May 04, 2011
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zep9865 from Indiana

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brought this bad boy to a tasting with aasher by his suggestion. Poured into new belgium snifter with an apricot or orange cream soda like color and two fingers of light-orange foam head. Sediment hangs in the foam head before sinking to the bottom of the snifter

Smells like a wild should with a sharp, sour tanginess. Hints of orange rind and lemon contribute to its unique smell.

I'm having all kinds of trouble describing the taste of this beer. Carbonation is pretty intense. Hops are that of pale ale. Tastes like a cider without an obnoxious sweet finish. Not as tangy as i expected.

Pretty happy with this beer. I was worried that the taste wouldn't match the smell, like mikkeller it's alive.

Apr 28, 2011
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aasher from Indiana

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle brought to the tasting courtesy of zep9865. This one is Batch #1, June of 2007. This beer poured a very cloudy dull gold in color on the verge of a dull orange with a light white head that laced the glass. A decent amount of dusty looking sediment sprawled out upon the bottom of my snifter. The cork literally shot out of the bottle and hit the ceiling. It smells very tart and has a lot of peach skin to it. You definitely get a healthy dose of brett. The flavors are a little subdued once again. You get good tartness and the brett brings the dry sourness. As the bottle says, this is a funkhouse ale. The funk is out of this world, nuclear holocaust apocalypically so. Wowzers it is tart and bitter. It drinks fine and dry. It is almost cider like but not quite there. Did I mention it was dry? This is a solid wild and not as fruity as most. Being a batch #1, I might have to pick another one of these up. It's a solid wild.

Apr 28, 2011
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Stigs from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle

Batch #2, March 2008

A - pouring gently (lesson learned) yields almost two inches of loose, yet thick bright white foam. as the fuzz slowly falls, coats the walls of the glass, quite sticky. the beer is somewhat clear at first, getting more hazy through the bottle, pale gold in color.

S - a healthy amount of that characteristic Brett: bandaids, funky fields, hay, farm, touch of soiled diapers. big whiff of fresh, wet grasses, and actually a tiny bit of hops still.

T - begins with a lightly fruity kick, lemon peel and pears. turns more to the funky side, with musty basement, dryer lint, stale cardboard, and grassy hops.

M - light body, sharp and lively carbonation, very crisp in the mouth. makes this actually very refreshing and hides the alcohol dangerously well.

D - admit i was a bit worried about this one, but was in the mood for something funky and it was cold, so i dove in. going down easy enough, and complex to a point that its keeping my interest. solid beer here, though maybe drink it fresh if its released again.

Apr 07, 2011
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FosterJM from California

3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

362nd review on BA
bottle to wine glass
750 ML C/C
Batch 4 May 2009

App- Nice vibrant Orange with a little hazy notes. A big fluffy three finger head that retains some nice cling and leaves a layer of bubbles on top after each sip.

Smell- Funky, damp, small citus. Not much here, hard to pull from it.

Taste- I imagine this is what fog tastes like. In a sense wet, in a sense dry. Its a little damp tasting with a funk behind it. I like it's direction.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level. Nice tangy flavors and a decent abv that is well hidden.

Drink- Good, A little weird but good. I like the dicotomy of flavors from damp/citrus/funk. Had a different feel for me which I liked.

Apr 03, 2011
Ommegeddon from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 557 ratings