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.

Added by John on 03-01-2005

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Photo of Sammy
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Funky aroma, although levels off as it warms to room temperature. Very light colour with white head. Very little spices other than pepper. Like a Cantillon unfermented ale. WIld ale, and not harsh on the palate. Slightly acidic requiring food, but no different taste by course.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a complete re-review. A Funkhouse Ale with Brettanomyces. Pours a medium/light clear orange with a very short, almost non-existent white head that very quickly fades to nothing. Nose is pleasant mildly assertive floral "waxy" esters; simple but pleasant and no Brett funk at all, despite the use of Brettanomyces yeast. No funky nose in this purported "funkhouse" ale.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery and without much charachter. Pleasant champagne like carbonation but pretty thin.

Flavors are pleasant and subtle, at first insignificant but actually they really grow on you and are elegant and appealing. Still, flavors are short and not long lasting but with a cooked fruit, light sweet malt and light burnt toast layered character..again...light, integrated and elegant.

Finish is light citric coffee and with some funk and brett in the flavors in the finish.

This is not a big beer with big flavors; this is an almost elegant beer with a nice funk in the finish. I like it; lighter style all around but with a lot of appeal and very universally food friendly.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Knapp85
3.21/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It seems that I could not wait until I got my hands on this beer. Finally available on the shelves of Central KY retailer shelves. Although the lable suggests to celler this beer for 6 months - 2 years... hell with it, I drink now! The beer opens with an airy and carbonated pour into the chalice. A brightly colored, canary yellow brew chased an airy rocky head quickly to the top of the glass. The head settles to a film and lasts the session. No hints of thickness, or gravity; but a thin look of champaign, with a solid beer look. Aromas of mild pilsner malts and aggresive dry-hopping set the tone for a very tart (slight of sour), vineous, berry, woodsy, sweaty, funky goodness character. Flavors skipped right by a mild sweetness and right to a very complex yeast, estery, peppery, musty, bitter, citrus concoction. all rolled into tastes of lemons, granny-smith apples, good pilsner malty flavors, earthy / grassy hops. A touch of dish soap flavors ride on the edge of complexity / deterant. Finishes very airy and soft, with a background astringency and increasing sourness. The Brett yeast certainly has a grip on this beer, but leaves a lot of hearty beer character to be enjoyed. This beer is certainly on par with the best of Jolly Pumpkin's. Can't wait til this bottle matures.

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #1, June 2007.

Bought this when it first came out, paid too much for it, and cellared it due to the disappointed initial reviews. I'm hoping that 2 years is long enough for the Brett to develop in the bottle.

Lemon zest and minerals/wet stone aroma on the first pass, some light fruit & medicinal notes come out that strongly resemble Brett characteristics. The body is a ghostly pale yellow more like a witbier. The crackly white foam glistens on the surface, and becomes more active with each pour. A swirl easily produces a finger of foam. Some fairly biting carbonation that lends itself to a spritzy tartness. Feel is light and almost reminds me of mineral water, but it finishes quite dry which is a nice touch. Vague fruity flavor, ambiguous starfruit, pear, or apricot. The Brett is there, but it's not in the funky, horsey, barn stall direction, it's more just pleasant fruit and mineral qualities that have manifested. Overall it was good, though it may not live up to it's extreme name.

If you like this, seek out the De Proef Flemish Primitive series...

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Photo of zeff80
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden hue with a small, bubbly, creamy, white head. Not much lacing to speak of.

S - It smelled of horse blanket and funky aroma. Lots of yeasty smells, too.

T - It tasted fairly sour and very funky. Lots of yeasty and grainy flavors.

M - It was soft, smooth and dry. A medium-bodied beer with a warm alcohol presence.

D - This is a nice wild ale. Great funky/sour flavors.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy lemon color with a quality head that leaves dancing shards of lacing on the chalice

Smell: Smells like a lemon meringue pie with a touch of funk

Taste: Opens with a lemon meringue pie flavor that grows increasingly tart and funky by mid-palate; after the swallow, the funkiness takes a bigger role but the finish is quite dry, though there is a hint of residual minty sweetness on the tip of the tongue

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with an abundance of carbonation

Drinkability: Not as wild as many of the great Belgian wild ales or those from Russian River; nevertheless, I am not the biggest fan of funk and to have a funky element to an otherwise tasty beer is just about right for me

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a light golden yellow color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of light Brett with some very minor notes of horse blanket. Taste is also dominated by some light sour notes with some Brett notes and light horse blanket notes. Body is quite full with some good carbonation. What a big disappointment from the rave reviews I was reading 2 or 3 years ago. Brett character is really too subtle and hops presence was not as I was expecting it.

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Photo of mothman
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Brad, Mistofminn for sharing this one

Batch 2, March 2008
Poured into Ommegang Ten Year Chalice

Pours a 2 finger fizzy white head. very good head retention with some splattered lace. Color is a golden straw yellow.

Aroma: Big brett smell, but seems to have a little wildness going on. Some sourness going on, mixed with a saison farmhouse funk going on. Reminds me a little of a saison. I kind of like the smell. Very unique.

Taste: Well, here the brett sticks out a lot more. Doesn't taste sour like I thought there might be, but it's not bad. Big farmhouse taste with spices. Some citrus fruits are present behind the big hay taste.

Mouthfeel: Very, very crisp with some funkiness. Light bodied with a super amount of carbonation. Ends with a big brett aftertaste. Fairly clean.

Overall, I like this beer, but I will stick to one glass of it. I would classify this as a saison and not a wild ale. Either way, I was glad to get to try it.

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Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of vfgccp
2.54/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

March 2008 bottle, drank 2/22/11.

A - Light, golden apple juice. A lively head that stacks 4 fingers high and setles into a loose foam.

S - Sour, hints of manure, hay.

T - Sour, dry grass, into tangy funk - like a bitter blue cheese.

M - Dry finish with a rolling tart-tang. Heavy carbonation.

D - If you dig the funk this would e a 3, for my palate though it's on the lower end.

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Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first foray into the American Wild Ale territory to be honest Iam not a big fan of the "funk" but I have wanted to try this style for some time.Poured into an oversized wine glass a slight hazed dull light golden with a hint of orange hue a lacey 1/2 finger white head atop,there is some definant funk in the nose with a bit of iron and lemon pith.Not as much funk as I envisioned on the palate yeah there is a bit of barnyard there but it is just part of the package I pick up a big dose of citrus and toasty malt a light iron note as well,with a lingering vinegar type flavor.I like it maybe a little more conservative than many of the style I dont know but this was a good way.

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Photo of nickfl
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Large, rocky white head that quickly settles down to a thin film, with a hazy golden body.

S - Sour and wheaty/ grainy. Slight aroma of acidic golden raisins and bright fruitiness. No perceptible hop aroma.

T - Strong hop flavor up front followed by earthy wild yeast flavors and surprisingly low acidity. The finish is citrus and bitter, very reminiscent of grapefruit; oddly, the bitterness is strong but not sharp and in some ways it reminds me of roasted grain or coco bitterness rather than hop bitterness.

M - Smooth with a high level of carbonation. It has a moderate body and is not as dry as one might expect.

D - Highly drinkable. This beer could make a good introduction to the world of wild beers for an uninitiated craft beer drinker. It is easily drinkable and has a nice funky brettanomyces character without being too sour or earthy. The dry hopping made for an interesting beer, but I can't quite decide if it was successful in this case. On one hand the hop flavor seems to accentuate the earthiness of the wild yeast, but at the same time I can't help but think that the hop flavor may be so strong that it masks some of the complexity of the yeast and leaves the beer a bit unbalanced. In any case, I plan to pick up another bottle of this and let it age for six months or so to see how the character develops.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch #2, March 2008 release poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wild yeast, citrus, spices light caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste is sour up front with flavors of tart citrus fruits, wild Belgian yeast and complementary spices that all provide some bite. There is a good hops bitterness that comes in next. The malt character is on the thin side but on-target for the style. The after-taste is slightly sour and slightly spicy.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Flavorful, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, nice representation of style, this is a nice sour-style but not overly sour beer to drink for a long time.

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Photo of smcolw
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

3/4 head, 1/4 liquor. Recedes in a rocky fashion. Leaves large bubbled lace. The color is straw with a very light haze.

Yeasty and mildly hoppy. Strong farmhouse aromas. Fresh and citrusy.

Peppery with strong lemon zest flavor. Lots of yeast bite to the drink, which lasts through the swallow and aftertaste. Not much hop; this is mostly dry malt. Thin body and highly carbonated.

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