Ommegeddon | Brewery Ommegang

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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Ratings: 557 |  Reviews: 433
Reviews by Douglas14:
Photo of Douglas14
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden straw color with a nice fluffy head that left almost no webbing. Strong citrus smell with hints of sour fruits maybe and some pepper? The taste is wheaty, dry, not too hoppy. Like the smell it has citrus and sour fruit. Overall pretty good, pretty refreshing and a very solid beer. Ommegang doesn't disappoint.

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Photo of nebula1999
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice glowing peachy color with a thinner off white head. First aroma I noticed immediately was a flinty/gunpowder kind of earthy aroma with a background of skunk (I mean the animal, not light-strickenness). Not off-putting but a little unusual. The bottle we were splitting was pretty green, so I'd assume some aromas will mellow with age. Flavor was mostly hop bitterness upfront, a bit of orangy sweetness/citrusiness nearer the finish. Maybe some touches of spearmint leaves. Very earthy. As it warmed, the alcohol showed up a little more and the finish could be described a being a bit like "hairspray". A pretty nice beer that I'll be sure to try agian after it has some age behind it.

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Photo of MMAJYK
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 2--March 2008 on Label

A- Bright and gold, dingy, white wine looking. Head is small, but stays around for the duration.

S- I smell: bubblegum, mint, perfume, lemons, candi sugar, butter, and funky barnyard armoas.

T- Peppery spice, honey, citrus zing/zest, cinnamon, and rose petals.

M- Mouthfeel is light and carbonation is high. Just the way I like it for this style of beer.

D- I paired this with Chicken Parmesan tonight, and it went very well. I loved the spice characteristics with the spices going on with the dish. I highly recommend that pairing.

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Photo of unclejazz
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of tavernjef
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Supremely bright golden hay color with a largely stacked amount of white starchy foam grows up quickly from the pour. Keeps a half inch always present and sits quite thick. Lacing is splotched about in some big blotchy spots and thicker, straggly strings.

Aroma is dryish with a mild tone of lemon grass and chalky basement dirt. Comes across as clean and delighfully so with a very nice dry, spicy-like tone and carries an aspect of a well-crafted nature. Earthy and herbal, ligth and airy with a fine toned little funkyness of heather, leather, lemon must, and white pepper.

Taste is much like the aroma with a fair amount of complexity to the funky brett flavors that really keep a well toned averageness that handles well across the palate. Spices, herbs, funky must, earthlen lemony under current, metalic hints, and is sharply tongued and grabbing right from the get go. Kinda zingy with a well developed dryness over the top that grows as it fades and leaves some spices and peppery funk within the lemony zest and must.

Feel is quite zippy and quickly toned with the construction of heavy carbonation in the front and then tenders up the palate allowing the fun funk and stuff to dry off as it fades into the finish which is fairly complexing and fun to behold.

A pretty solid brew with just the right amount of funk for me that made the bottle a full enjoyment through. Although, still much more of sipper then something I could swig alot of easily. And there's nothing wrong with that when it comes to this kind of Brett induced beer.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

25.4 oz. wine-style bottle, bought at the Lone Hill Liquors in Glendora, CA, with quotations from the exisitentialist legend Albert Camus on the label,

A: Pours a dark, cloudy, yellow, almost goldenrod, with a thick, white head, with excellent retention, a classic Belgian Pale look.

S: Smells of primarily Belgian funk, and brett, sour funk, with some lemons and apples.

T: Mildly sour, some horse blankets, lemon, apple and pear esters, tastes like a mild DT, mixed with a sour ale.

M: Smooth, acidic, mildly sour and funky, medium amount of carbonation.

D: A good beer from Ommegang, I was expecting more though, a good and tasty beer, just not at the excellence that I find in Ommegang's other beers, easy to drink though.

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Photo of jrutigs
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of weeare138
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Phatz for sharing this at his sour beer night...
Appears a transparent light gold with a small white head that slowly fades out. Scattered lacing is left around the glass. Faint streams of co2 slowly rise to the top.
Smell if of heavy pils malt, dandelions, sunflowers, honey, and citrus...very mild brett, if any, detected.
Taste is semi-sweet up front with honey and light tartness found in the flavors.
Mouthfeel is semi-sweet, medium bodied, with honey richness pulling through.

Edit: 11/30/08 - Original bottling. 1 year after the initial tasting of this beer. I'm not going to change my ratings at all for this. The brett is only a tad more evident but not enough to warrant any major change from the characteristics originally detected. If anything, I would call this a pretty good saison but certainly not a "wild ale".

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Photo of Overlord
3.08/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very pale yellow with a gigantic white foam head. Coats the glass with foam.

Smells ... off. I love wild/sour ales, and I haven't come across a scent like this before. Almost a herbally, medicinally, lemony stank. I'm definitely not 'whelmed.

Taste has some sourness, but none of the raw, bracing vinegar/citrus zest that I get from a good Russian River/Lost Abbey/Geuze. Some rotten lemony ... and a bunch of weird, bitter, herbal notes.

Really not that great.

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Photo of MikeRMII
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of sulldaddy
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I split this bottle with Stopper.
Poured at cellar temp into a snifter the beer is a clear gold at first but gets a little hazy with some bottom of the bottle treasure, then becomes completely cloudy, lots of sediment.
Bleached white head of 2 cm sticks around throughout sampling. Aroma is green apple, a hint of must and fair doses of floral and grassy hops.
First sip reveals an average body with smooth texture and very fine carbonation. Flavor is sweet for a short hit and then rolls to grassy and bitter hops that linger as well. Not too funky on the flavor or as complex. A decent enough beer but I was a little let down in the funk department.

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Photo of muffins
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2007 Bottle, consumed 3 Nov.
We shared a bottle during a BYOB sarod and tabla concert. I knew I'd rather have it with some food, but found it to be a nice pairing to the music. It is, as these things go, a bit of a peculiar brew. It's rather saison-y, with the added brett. Pleasantly complex but not overly tremendous or anything-- I won't trade in the Euro wild beers for this, but I'd have it again, sure. Cost is reasonable. Nice effort from Ommegang.

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Photo of Chugs13
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Gavage
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally got to have a glass of this at Max's 72 Hr. Belgian Fest.

Appearance: hazy pale yellow in color with a one finger head that slowly falls. Light lacing develops during the session.

Smell: pepper and a general spiciness is bold and easy to pick up.

Taste: big pepper tones here, with yeast, lemon zest, honey, alcohol, and an overall earthiness that makes this pretty unique. Bold flavors are well balanced.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Crisp from start to finish. The finish is a bit dry too. Long peppery aftertaste.

Drinkability: a wonderfully tasty beer that is pretty is to quaff. Great beer I wish I could see around more often.

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Photo of Deus1138
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After months of passing this up on the shelves of Total Wine and More in Kennesaw, I finally decided to give it a shot.

I was unfamiliar, or so I thought, with Brett yeast, so I read a little about it before sampling. Thanks wikipedia!

Poured into a goblet. I figured it's Belgian, so why not? Plus, I think just about every style tastes better from a goblet. Color is a hazy yellowish gold. A little bit of sediment is present. There is good head retention and lacing.

Smell is somewhat sour.

Taste is nice. Grassy, sour, lemony, and a little funky. The funkiness of Brett yeast (didn't know that was also used in Rodenbach until tonight) is subtle. Finish is dry and bitter.

Drinkability is good. I'll probably buy it again to mix things up.

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Photo of Edwaka01
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of clvand0
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy yellow color with a nice head that has great retention. The aroma is spicy, citrus, and some wheat-beer characters. The flavor starts out as a slightly spicy and smooth belgian with some citrus thrown in, but it finishes with a very smooth and mellow brett character. It seems that they threw the brett yeast into the secondary so the sourness only comes across on the finish. The body is medium and the drinkability is great. I'll have this one many times in the future.

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Photo of damienblack
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 1 dated July 2007, thanks to akorsak for this extra!

An apple-juice like gold in appearance, very well carbonated, has a champagne-like ephervescence to it. Head quickly fades despite the more than ample carbonation. Nose is a slightly fruity mustiness, little bit of pepper in there as well.

Crisp and sharp up front, like a saison without the in your face barnyard flavor. Almost like a light cider, with a good deal more acidity behind it. Quick burst of sweetness in the middle before it evolves into a mild tartness that lingers on the tongue and palate the rest of the way through. Fairly light body, and not as dry as some beers I have come across so far, it's more of an off dry that accentuates the other flavors going on. Lots of citrus, almost grapefruity. The tartness opens up more and more as the beer warms, not a mouthpuckering sourness by any stretch, but quite pleasant. Not the most complex beer out there (and I would imagine sour as well, from my limited experience), but high carbonation leads to a smooth and slightly creamy mouth experience. It keeps fresh on the palate far greater than I expected. Amazingly drinkable, I've drained my tulip by this time and am now getting more. If this is the introductory beer to sours, I can't wait to get more into this wonderful world.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of brewandbbq
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch #1 as reviewed on 6/22/08

Pours hazy gold with a one-inch head of fizzly white.
The moderately porous foam retreated quickly, leaving behind zero lacework and a placid, bare surface.

Aromatics lead off with lemon zest, quanine, fresh cut hay, and grapefruit pith.
Hints of musty cedar, pine bark, crushed orange seeds, and menthol follow through.

Medium bodied, with a drying and lightly tart mouthfeel. Crisp and quenching.

A tonic-like dryness starts the pallet, with lemon pith, pepper-laced menthol, bitter orange rind, and clove-studded apple skins.
A drying bitterness picks up, and the tart, citic bite continues.
Some faint dried pineapple skins and tannic white grape flesh follow through.

Finishes with lingering crushed juniper on wet hay, spritzed with lemon oil.

The Brett has really started to take hold, but the base beer is faded, and I'm missing the vibrant hop character and freshness that I enjoyed a year ago.

I guess the trick is to get the Brett kicked in while the beer is still young. Orval seems to have figured that one out!

Batch #3

Pours cloudy, orangy gold with lively carbonation. A myriad of bubbles cling to the goblet, and a half-inch head receded to a skim coat.

Aromatics are lightly tart and dry with citrus fruit. Wet grass, pineapple skins, menthol, and cloves. Hints of lemon zest, grapefruit follow through.

Light to medium bodied. Crisp, snappy, and drying.

Dried citrus fruits, cut grass, lemon pith, pinapple skins, and cloves lead off the pallet. Light malt and a drying yeast bite follow through along with hints of white pepper, peach skins, and grapefruit.

Finishes with a light, drying bitterness and lingering lemon-spritzed hay.

Much more brett is apparent in this fresh batch than in batch #1, which is now over a year old.
Also, the hops and malt are much more vibrant than batch 1.

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Photo of garbercury
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch #2 aged about 2 and a half years...curious, poured into chalice.

A---Straw color, no lacing.

S---Faint nose. Funk for sure, a little pungent, but faint.

T---Pretty good, this screams cheese plate, wish I had some. I guess the flavor has mellowed a bit. Lemon zest coming out of the finish.

M---Pretty carbonated, a bit thin. Nothing special.

D---Probably the fourth or fifth time I have had this brew. I keep wanting more from it, certainly not bad at all, in fact, its quite decent. Just does not make me wanting more.

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An almost glowing yellow holden body hosts an off white head that only reaches about one finger even with a strong pour. Fades to just a skim in a couple of minutes. Nose is a doughy mix of soft fresh fruit and raw wheat. There is a hint of sweetness also. Enters the mouth realatively smooth without the sharp sour that I would expect from the style. A bit of wheat mixes with a nice hop profile and glides thru the mouth with just a bit of sour feel wraped around an almost pilsner like bitter feel. I really dont think the Brett bacteria has really taken its true effect yet. Mouthfeel is very much of a German style and dry feel. Solid drinking brew. Maybe it should have had a little higher dose of the Brett or needs longer in the bottle. I'm not complaining though since I'm not a huge fan of the sour beers.

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Photo of franksnbeans
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this on tap and had to give it a shot. Looks cloudy golden orange with a nice offwhite head. Smells of pine, spice, some hops, citrus, cloves. Tastes tart, has earth tones, some hops, very floral. Delicous fruit, kind of reminds me of Fin Du Monde. Feels full and foamy, finishes a little dry. Tasty brew, especially on tap. I wont seek it out but I def wont turn away from it.

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Ommegeddon from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 557 ratings