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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Photo of buschbeer
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle
Bottled May 2009 Batch 4
Served in a flute

A - It's a hazy golden color. I got three plus fingers of off white head.

S - The best way to describe it is musty and dunk.

T - I get that mustiness in the taste as well. The brett yeast is also apparent. Dry finish

M - Moderate with plenty of carbonation

O - It's a solid beer. I wouldn't call it great but its another quality beer from Ommegang.

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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 bigfnjoe
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay 300! This puppy is batch 1, and I bought it at a store last, no idea where THOSE were hiding.

A- pours a cloudy shade of dark yellow with a paper thin white head that fades quickly, as you'd expect in a sour. Tons of bubbles hanging on the glass...a lot of carbonation in this bad boy

S- FUNK!~! But it's a little mild from the glass, compared to when I popped the cork on it. Getting some notes of orange in this too...maybe a little pear coming out of the woodwork as well. Pretty nice

T- not overly funky. Tastes like a sour witbier, to be honest with you. Getting a lot of orange rind and coriander in addition to the funk. Really interesting combination

M- not overly thick, but thicker than a regular witbier as you'd expect. Real solid

D- this is excellent. If only it were possible to package this in smaller formats...calling it a sour, it's alright. Calling it a witbier, it's amazing. And dammit, I'm going to classify this as a witbier in my mind

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

Review from notes taken on 1/16/11. 750ml corked and caged bottle. Batch #1, June 2007.

Bottle shared courtesy of wishuwerebeer, thanks Bryan. Poured into a sniffer, this brew appears a hazed golden orange color with a finger of quick dissolving white head. Lacework sticks in patches and spots about the glass.

The aroma is orange-like with rinds, spices and an earthy component. A light sweetness is evident which gives way to the more familiar scent of Belgian yeast and clove. Lightly funky and musty mixed with light fruits and flowers.

The taste is fruity and dry with some citrus rind flavors. The hops come across both grassy and spiced like herbs. A bit of funk and dry earthy clean flavors mingle and are very enjoyable. The clove that was evident in the back of the nose comes out in the flavor as the brew warms.

This is a medium bodied offering with a light level of carbonation. The alcohol is warming in it's effect but is seemingly nonexistent in it's flavor. Quite drinkable and well balanced. Could use some more funk to make it really standout but as-is it's a quality product that I would enjoy again.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.73/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - This is a dark orange in color, maybe even a deep copper you could call it, with a small white head.

Smell - I didn't smell anything right after opening the bottle so waited half an hour and still very little. I don't find any aromatic hops, the beer is supposedly dry-hopped, and really just a faint whiff of Brett.

Taste - The flavor is a bit more funky but not by much. I get some very mild horse blanket and a bit of sweetness that seems off. The only hops I'm finding are some leafy flavors but they are kind of flat and don't really pop out at you like they should.

Mouthfeel - This is a solid medium-bodied with way too little carbonation for the style.

Drinkability - This is the first Ommegang that I haven't liked. It was way off style even for a style that is ill-defined, was flat in both body and flavor, and really lacked the kind of depth that you expect from this otherwise wonderful brewery.

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Photo of CharlieMurphy
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Batch #4 '09

A: Nice lush 1" head, tons of bottle conditioned CO2 rising, this fat head is staying, almost appears to keep rising

S: Smells VERY sour, almost like wine, almost like raspberry ginger ale. I'm Excited.

T: Not nearly as sour as it smells, lots of carbonation - thins it quite a bit, get a thinned, dry saison + champagne finish, my impression goes downhill throughout the drink

M: Tons of carbonation, reminiscent of dry champagne, not much residual

D: It's fairly drinkable but I can't imagine anyone ever wanting more than a whole bottle in one sitting, I was set with half

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

750 ml corked bottle. Batch #3, April 2008. That's going on 3 years, but its been in my beer fridge for at least a year of that time.

Appearance: Light orange and perfectly clear. Nice fluffy white head with pretty good retention and some sticky spots of lacing.

Smell: Very lemony and a little Brett funk-- more as it warms. Not even close to the funk the nuke on the bottle suggests, but nice. There's light sweet fruitiness, sweet pale malt, and a grassy, herbal hop note.

Taste: Lemony and a lot of spicy phenolic flavors. It definitely has some funky Brett flavor and a nice bitterness from the hops. Finishes with an abrupt dryness, but leaves a sweet crackery malt as that fades. No alcohol anywhere.

Mouthfeel: If this were a saison, it would have too much mouthfeel, but if we're calling it an American wild, its a medium mouthfeel I guess. Nice, lively carbonation.

Drinkability: Its a good beer, but not overly exciting really. It needs to be either funkier or they need to sour it to make it really great.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #4, dated May 2009. Poured into a stemmed tulip: Two fingers' loose pearly head over transparent, golden-brass body with tons of big, fast nucleation. Leaves brushes of lacing.

Smell is dominated by moderate green apple & a strong, vinous alcohol. The two vie a bit & keep a subtlely sweeter smell just out of reach, that soft peachy/custardy smell that shows up in Hennepin. Interesting dynamic, but that dry, hot smell is not my fave.

Starts with a big, sweet apricot & booze one-two, then backs off & reveals that soft, rolling character of herbs, vanilla, white grapes, & a soft doughiness (crepes?). Really, very little brett character here, I'm surprised. Nice lingering, very mild honey & apple in the aftertaste. I'm impressed, some interesting movements here. And this is the rare (for me) beer that scores higher on taste than smell.

Full-bodied, active without being abrasive. A little heat from booze, but not overpowering. Turns velvety smooth midway.

I've had this "fresher" & it had a distinctive sour character to it. This was the same batch from almost a year later, & there's practically no sourness. I'm not complaining, really, because we still have a good beer here, but does this make sense? Could finish the bottle with no problem, & I think I'd go for it again.

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

Well it's a nice looking beer, decent head, nice lacing, and a slight chill haze, yellow to lightly amber in color.

Smells funky and slightly yeasty, a bit lemony with spices and a definite fruitiness.

Tastes mighty fine. Definitely funky, without a doubt. Some rather pungent sourness is slightly overpowering, but that's what I expected here. Lightly fruity once again, with a touch of yeastiness and a slightly spicy lemon-tart flavor too.

mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, plentifully carbonated, lingering sour-bitter aftertaste.

Drinks pretty well for the style. I'd certainly love to have this one again.

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

2007 rate.

Cloudy apricot pour with huge lingering head. Kind of nondescript aroma of dry, sour brett and yeast. Flavor is a an explosion of sour fruits -- orange, grapefruit, lemon, with strong leather and barnyard tones and a really dry finish. There is a kind of harsh lingering flavor too. Looking back on this it was probably a lingering brett on the finish that I didn't find was integrated like I wanted.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.52/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch #4 from May 2009

This is my first ever American Wild Ale or Gueze. I'm really excited!

A-burnt orange colored with a nice thick, pale cream colored head. a lot of bubbles.

S-I smelled it a few times and I think every time I picked up something new. Its very zest with a lot of grapes, orange, and...for some reason i pick up the scent of caramel. yes, i think its the barley...smells almost caramelized. there's a slight maltiness to it as well. a bit of banana as well.

T-hits with very crisp banana-esque malts. It transitions smoothly in to the caramelized barley with hints of banana. This dominates the after-taste. There is a really slight tanginess toward the end, nothing over powering. I didn't pick up the sourness or the tartness in this one.In the end there also some good belgian sugars that come in to play. This is quite a balanced and complex beer. I am really looking forward to the next wild ale i get to taste!!

M-a good medium and creamy carbonation with a good dry finish

D-wow, this is just such a smooth beer. as the drink goes on, the tastes do sort of blend together. i might have rather had this in a regular 12oz. bottle but i still did enjoy every sip of this beer. I definitely hope to have more of this some day, and I definitely will be telling my friends about this one!

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Photo of eclaycamp
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bomber. Aroma is quite funky, with a big barnyard smell going on. Peppery brett hits the nose first, followed by straw and grass. Taste is caramel sweet, but very dry in the finish. Some alcohol burn as you drink it. Easily quaffable and quite good.

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Photo of bobsy
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank this as a follow-up to Saison Brett.

Hazy gold colour with a finger of white head that left some nice spotting on the glass. Funky, leather and cider nose with peppery spice. The brett character is far more pronounced in this effort, with a great funky dryness. Pretty awesome, actually. Everything underneath it is obscured a little, but you can tell there's a good saison character with hints of hay, citrus and spicy yeast. Medium body with a smooth carbonation is pleasing. Has the expected dryness.

A really nice drinkable beer, and a great showcase for how to use brett. I find Ommegang don't really set a foot wrong and I enjoyed this immensely.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
3.11/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this beer at a recent tasting

poured into a pint glass, the beer had a nice white head, that quickly dissipated.

There was a very slight barnyard funk aroma, other than that not much going on in the smell department

as this was not wild fermented, just had the brett added after fermentation, there were very little funky flavors having been drank so young. just tasted like a slighlty old farmhouse beer

the mouthfeel was light

drinkability is not to high, would much rather move onto another beer.

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

A: The beer is hazy and orange with a small head that fades rather abruptly, leaving a few faint traces of lacing on the glass.

S: I was surprised by the lack of any prominent wild / funk / brettanomyces character. The most present aromas were fruits, most notably apples, and alcohol.

T: I found this beer to be a bit too sweet. While I realize that the addition of wild yeast does not necessarily indicate that the beer will be a sour / funk bomb, I was expecting much more from Ommegeddon. Overall, I found this beer to relatively bland, while I felt the label and addition of wild yeast suggest the exact opposite.

M: Medium - thin in body, with a subtle alcohol presence throughout. Sweetness is also prevalent throughout, which often limits my enjoyment of a beer, as is the case here.

D: Overall, I found this to be rather bland and unexciting.

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

Bottled May about a year and a half old. Pours an almost clear, light orange color with big, white head. Lookin nice! Aroma is quite funky, grassy, and sweet. I pick up light notes of cheese and a bit of sour apple aroma. Taste is very unique. Initially, I get green apple flavor, followed by EXTREMELY MILD sourness and lemon zest. A lot of Belgian yeast and funky flavors with grass and hay. End fairly sweet with a bit of alcohol on the back of the tongue. I find this beer to be very delicious. Mouthfeel is nice and crisp...very dry. This beer reminds me of a good saison. Drinkability is fairly high.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It has been a little while since I have had a good Belgian-Style funky brew. This one did not disappoint.

The funky aroma burst forth as soon as the cork the popped. The beer poured golden yellow with a slight haze and nice pillowy head with good retention. The evolving aroma moves from fresh to funk. Starting out with some effervescent green apple peel, sourness moves to grassiness, then earthy yeast funk with a twist of dank cellar.

The beer dances across the palate leaving crumbs of spice between the boulders of funk. Sour apple, tall grass, lemon and funk form the collusion, but the booze emerges just as it is swept away. I could drink way too much of this!

Embrace the Funk!

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Photo of thagr81us
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch #4; May 2009. Served from bottle into a Duvel tulip. Poured a dark yellow-orange with a two finger slightly off-white head that subside to half a finger slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, funk, and slight golden apple. The flavor was of sweet malt, funk, dark fruit, and alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this one wasn't that bad, but it also wasn't that great either. The followthrough was kind of pungent with alcohol while cold, but mellowed out just a hint upon warming up. Decent aroma and flavor here, but nothing too memorable though.

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Photo of bminor7
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 as a gift from the Woodstock VT Farm Store. Batch #2

A - golden, just a touch of turbidity...coarse foam disappears quickly, leaving cloudy lacing across the surface.

S - green apples, eugenol. wheat malt

T - funk, wheat malt, belgian yeast...very dry. a bit of alcohol in the aftertaste. my first of this type.

M - crisp and highly effervescent

D - not bad once the carbonation is quenched. nice one to sit around and enjoy alone. if you don't consider that a leading characteristic of alcoholism.

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Photo of BigMike
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch #1

A: Pours a very pale straw yellow. Tons of creamy fluffy off white colored head. A very nice looking beer.

S: Wow tons of funk on this one. The Brett has certainly had time to work it's magic. Lots of barnyard and horse blanket. Some musty basement all. A small amount of citrus mostly lemon.

T: The funk is right there on the tongue as well. Lots of lemon zest and spicey pepper.

M: Light bodied with a ton of carbonation. Very lively.

Overall: A verynice wild ale. Something I would like to pick up and try fresh to
compare the hops to an older batch like this. This is extremely drinkable.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Batch 2 (March 2008).

Public Service Announcement: Watch out for the cork. It shot out of the bottle and bounced all over the room.

A: The pour is a slightly cloudy golden orange color with with a big white head that settles down to a thin layer of foam.

S: Definitely some funk going on here. Grass and tropical fruit notes (pineapple, mostly) with some grapefruit and orange notes as well.

T: The flavor starts off quite nice with the grass and fruit characters that are present on the nose making their way to the tongue. The finish has a sharp alcohol heat and some cork.

M: The body is medium with a heavy level of carbonation and cork, heat, and dryness on the finish.

D: I wish this wasn't so boozy, because I did like the rather funky qualities this beer has.

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Photo of digitalbullet
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottle
Apperance: Murky brown. thin head with small champagne like carbonation
Smell: predominately sour apple, light malt. Some lemon peel also present in the nose
Taste: not as sour as expected, but good nonetheless. tart bitter lemon peel, green apple and yeasty breadness
mouthfeel: good clean carbonation. very dry
drinkability: damn good beer. i think the aging took some of the sourness. i have had it fresh and it was much better. good beer however

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Photo of deskim
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml from Capones. Aged about 2 years. split with mmercede.

appearance: The cork popped delicately and poured a minimal head with light lacing. Cloudy golden blond/copper color.

Smell: Funk dominates the smell. Light lemon zest and Belgian yeast are present as well. Malts are detectable as well with smells of molasses and brown sugar.

Taste: Surprisingly less funky than we expected. We guessed the age might have mellowed it out a bit. Light citrusy/sour flavors...very subdued. A nice belgian malty flavor with many spices. Almost saison like. Very well balanced

Mouthfeel: very nice carbonation and a surprisingly light bodied beer. Once again similar to a saison.

Drinkability: A very nice beer. However, i feel there are way better examples of the style at a similar price.

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

Batch 2 Bottled March 2008

Appearance- Pours a clear gold, with a large chunky off white head. Active carbonation. Good retention and extreme lacing.

Smell- The aroma is filling the room upon opening the bottle. Earthy funk and grassy. Lighter citrus notes, mostly orange and lemon.

Taste- Lemon and orange, with a lot of funk. Kinda musty, but in a good way?! Really dry on the finish. I have heard the term "cobweb" as a flavor before, this might be it.

Mouthfeel- light and crisp. Very dry, but refreshing none the less.

Overall- This is awesome! The label deffinitly caught my eye and this does not disapoint. Has held up nicely after 2.5 years

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Photo of designergeoff
2.43/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

served from a bottle
very disappointed with this one.

poured into a oversized wine glass

A: light golden color with slight off white head

S: very barnyardy smell, some lemon, but mainly wet animal

T: at first not bad, very very dry, lemon zest, some pepper, a bit of funk. but as it warmed it became a little foul, almost started tasting how it smelled. like a dry zoo. dont mean to bash it but this clearly isnt a sour/wild ale. its more of a dry ale.

M: carb good the entire time, went down very dry

D: i got down to about 3/4 and couldnt finish it. wouldnt ever get it again, rather pay a little extra and get jolly pumpkin or russian river.

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