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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 phisig137
3.36/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light gold color with a 3 finger head. Decent retention leaves behind a good amount of foam, and thick sheets of lace.

Aroma is fairly mild, dominated by a spicy strain of yeast. Pears and green apples, raw wheat, and only a tiny hint of Brett.

Flavor is considerably more influenced by the bugs, but is not overly funky in anyway. Spicy yeast phenols still play a huge role in the flavor. Not much in the way of maltiness, but a firmly bitter lingering finish is quite refreshing. Bone dry across the board. Mouthfeel is a little thin, even for the style. Drinkability is pretty decent.

I really wanted to love this one, but I'm just not that impressed. I'd take Supplication or La Roja over this one any day of the week. In addition, this is considerably more expensive than other Ommegang beers (like almost 3 times the cost), which I find a little odd. That being said, it is a well made beer, and I'm happy to see Ommegang trying something new. I'd recommend others to try it, but I won't be rushing out to buy another bottle....

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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 Rainintheface
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a large glass mug.

A: pale, hazy yellow with a frothy head that disipates too quickly, nicely carbonated

S: earthy, funky and sour. lemon zest and faint hops

T: slightly sour but not overly bitter, citrus zest

M: light body with fizzy carbonation, crisp and quite dry on the finish

D: very drinkable, though one big bottle is enough. Ommegang never lets down.

I'll need to pick up another to cellar and compare.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange-ish / pale yellow color with a white head. Aromas of a dry tartness and a Belgian yeastiness. In the taste, hops upfront and a tart yeastiness. A smooth small bitterness in the mouthfeel, with a hoppy tart aftertaste. A nice tartness with hops, although, I think it needs more age. It does get more balance when it warms up.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was excited to hear about this beer and I hope that the wide distribution of Ommegang will help increase the appreciation of the style. While this beer is not all that sour now, another year in the botttle should help the brett do its work. I'll try it again then as well. Pours a hazy yellow with a moderate initial head that fades to a thin cap. Lacing is slight. The smell is an interestinginterplay of brett sourness and barnyard, slightly sweet malt, and some floral notes. The taste is very interesting as well. The combination of brett and bitter hops makes an interesting pairing. Fruity and a little sour up front, then a long citrusy bitterness from the hops, followed by a faint floral and bready sweetness at the end. The mouthfeel is effervescent, relatively crisp, and refreshing. Drinkability is great- each sip gives you something new and it goes down easy. 8% abv? Can't tell. My favorite offering from this brewery so far.

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Photo of merlin48
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle, Batch # 1 June 2007. Pours into a goblet a hazy pale yellow body with an enormous and rocky white head. Retention is good and lacing is sticky and prevasive.

Aroma is spicy ginger, clove, and pepper with notes of banana, citrus, and barnyard funk.

Mouthfeel is light medium with a velvety carbonation.

Taste is dry and herbal with sweet basil, ginger, and powdered black pepper, kiwi, lemon rind, and a hint of earthy funk.

Very well done. This was probably too young as the Brett has not fully emerged but quite tasty and enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of mcallister
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost macro looking pissy yellow. Head is thick yet light and fluffy. No signs of carbonation. Decent head retention with a thin lace.

Light sour lemon with hints of spritzy notes. A bit of lime as well with a rind accent. Almost a pain thinner type of alcohol with a yeasty aspect that enlightens things.

Not sure what all the talk is about on this one. Thin and lacking complexity. I could drink it long and often but just missing something for me. A slight sweet tart sugar thick white pepper with the same lemony rind. A good showing of alcohol in the chest with a puckery finish. A nice drinker but nothing I'd go search for.

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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 Shaw
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, but bright golden yellow in color with a meringue-like white head.

It smells of Belgian malt with a bit of herbal hops and also a twang of sourness.

The taste is good, not as funky as I was expecting, but still good. While there is dryness and funkiness, it is secondary to flavors of biscuit. There is also a bit of sour twang, but again, it is well controlled. The high alcohol level is totally hidden, no small feat.

The body is light and crisp, benefitting from a fizzy carbonation level.

This is a fine wild ale and one I would suggest newcomers try before moving on to weirder stuff.

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Photo of sleazo
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Slightly hazy yellow but ever so slightly. Minimal head but I think it was a bad pour.

Smell is da funk. That wonderful funk.

T-Slighlty citric beginning follwed by light bitterness than the funk for the aftertaste. This is one of the better american interpetations of the style

M- Very reminscent of la fin du monde mouthfeel wise. Good brew

D-I really enjoyed this one and will be coming back for more.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: draft at The Happy Gnome in an Ommegeddon glass

A: yellowish ale with a nice head that lingered briefly and died completely.

S:L lemony, spicey, fruity notes. Light and yeasty.

T: lemon, peppery, sour with a sting but not overly big. The sourness wasn't off putting--I like sour and Brett, but the combo and the balance didn't strike for me.

M: light but not watery, but seemed lacking compared to the taste a bit.

D: very smooth and easy, and disappeared easily even with 8% hiding in it.

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Photo of EPICAC
4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this with dinner at Christopher's in Porter Square on Tuesday night. I noticed that they had Ommegeddon on tap. It was served in a 12 oz. Ommegang glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden. Pleasingly turbid, not so cloudy as to look murky, but enough to give a nice diffuse glow to the light passing through. A thin white head fades to a wispy film leaving patchy lace.

Smell: Bananas, candi sugar, Brettanomyces funk, and a grassy tartness.

Taste: Initially sweet, with a spicy sensation coming from the tingly carbonation. Fruitiness becomes evident, bananas and something I couldn't place. The finish is a mild Brettanomyces finish: lightly bitter with an earthy tartness. The Brett isn't the strongest, but it works well here.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, moderately carbonated, dry in the finish.

Drinkability: Crisp, tasty with a refreshing dryness in the finish.

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Photo of shirfan
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light gold with a touch of haze.

Aroma has a lot of pear, a little apple, a touch of pepper.

Sourness is present in the taste but not overpowering. A touch of sour apple, brown pear, clean and light malts, drying peppery notes in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium in body, crisp, dry.

Excellent drinkability -- would be an excellent pairing with poultry or light fish.

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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 NEhophead
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pt 9.4 fl oz brown bottle, caged and corked.
Served in a snifter.

A glowing-hazed, burnt golden in color. Bright white, slightly fizzy head that holds as an intact sheet. Faint trails of patchy lacing with trouble sticking.

Semi-sweet, ripe fruit: cherry, apple, orange, raspberry, lemon. Hints of corriander amidst a faint mustiness and dry hops. Notes of a gueze-like vinegar tartness.

Touches of sweet, malted grains; wheat, possibly rice, and bland hops. Belgian, candied sugar up front that quickly fades to a stable grain and non-descript hop base; spicy corriander and clove. Heavy phenolic flavors throughout the sip.

A light, medium in body; dry and even filmy on account of the lingering yest and hops.

A unique blend of an American Wild Ale and dry hopping that I think did not blend well together. Bland, very phenolic with intense spiciness at times. Interesting to try, but not one I would go back to.

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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 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 interesting...in a good way.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

When I first heard of this fellow I drooled a little.
When I saw it sitting bottled upon shelves in beerstores I twirled a little.
No bias intended I have to say it looks quite attractive. It seems to glow in my Chimay goblet a bright pale orange color. It really does seem like there is some sort of lightsource in my glass. It looks alive!
Smells quite Belgian. I'd guess it was a strong pale ale just judging by the odor... maybe a saison. Sweet and juicy with a fermented fruit presence.
Flavors cross beyond the normal Belgian yeasty funk into Wild Ale territory.
Has a decent bit of citrus twang going on in there but I've certainly encountered funkier flavors in beers. There's kind of a deep, boozey sweetness that speaks of fermented fruit, with a high pitched bitterness that can only come from a wild ale. Peaches and apricots, tangerines and lime zest. Refreshing, all in all.
Frankly, I was expecting and hoping for more funk... something less restrained and a little more untamed. What I got was a thoughtfully brewed Belgian style brew.
I can't really call that a loss now, can I?
The bottle does say to cellar 6 months for maximum enjoyment and to cellar for up to two years. Okay okay... twist my arm... I'll get another bottle and try it again.

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Photo of Omniscia
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale, cloudy, straw-like yellow in color, into my well-worn, beloved Chimay chalice. Good, thick, white head at first, dissipating quickly and leaving almost no trace behind but a few free-floating suds.

There's not much of a bouquet, which surprised me. Maybe it has to warm a bit more, first, however. At this point in time, though, there simply isn't much of a nose to it at all.

There is also little to none of the sourness I was expecting, in the taste. There are some bitter notes, with a mild astringency, but I also picked up flavors reminiscent of lemon zest, oak, and tart, green apple. If anything, it seems like a Saison with a streak of Brettanomyces, but if it reminds me of anything in particular, it's the very dry hard cider brewed by the Benedictine monks of L'Abbaye Saint Benoit du Lac in southern Quebec.

It certainly sits well on the palate. This is a velvety-smooth, creamy ale, with a nice effervescence that beckons you to take another sip; sip it slowly, though, to get the full enjoyment.

Overall, it's a decent ale which is certainly worth drinking. Ommegang has delivered a well-balanced product that represents their brewery well.

That said, at $12 a bottle, it's not going to become a regular staple in my household anytime soon. I'm glad to have tried it this one time, but next time I'm reaching for a Hennepin or a Rare Vos -- they're far more economical, and just as good, if not better.

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

$11.99 at Star Liquor.

Pale yellow straw with some haze and a thin but everlasting, bubbly white haze.

Aroma is spicy and lightly funky. Odors of citrus hops, yeasty light fruit, and pepper.

Taste is very good. Light bodied and highly drinkable with flavors strawberries, apricot, pepper, lemon zest, and a touch of earth. Not a funky as I had hoped and unfortunately like a dumbed down Hennepin in some ways. Clean, crisp, with aggressive carbonation but only no sourness or tartness. Nicely hopped, however, with good bitterness. Bone dry.

Very good but I prefer Hennepin to this.

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Photo of YonderWanderer
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow with a two-finger head of foam. Light lacing left on the glass.

S: This is one complex beer. Hints of hops, citrus, bread, and tartness shine through, all with a bit of funkiness to them.

T: This is one funky beer. A bready, yeasty malt forms the backbone of this while the hops give it a really solid finish. A bit of tartness, bread, citrus, fruit, and more give this a complex flavor that's really enjoyable.

M: This is a beer that finishes really dryly and crisply, with a solid yet mellow hops aftertaste.

D: This is definitely worth trying at least once. Not an everyday beer, but worth enjoying if you want something a little different.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.58/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #1, June 2007. 750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours a hazy golden orange color with a nice white head. The aroma is malty and slightly tart with some funk, citrus and leather. The taste feautres some malt with spices and a touch more of the funkiness. Overall, this brew is one of the best I have had all year and really stands out as one of the finest Belgian style beers this side of the pond. Highly recommended.

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Photo of bosco7
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #1 brewed June 2007

Banana, soap, clove, and some pear in the nose. Quite pleasant.

Wild flavors are definitely understated at this point. Starts a bit sweet with some pear, lemon and green raisin then progresses to spicy/floral hop flavors. Finishes dry and with a bit barnyard.

Chalky dry mouthfeel. Plenty of carbonation. Very refreshing and tasty. Not armageddon on the palate as the label would imply.

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Photo of taez555
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a bright translucent yellow/whitish-orange body with a small foamy head.

Nose has a strong lemon peel, bright orange or grapefruit fruits tone, touches of a sour funk, yeast and lots of bright fruit smells.

Taste is medium bodied but overall has a light texture to it. Starts somewhat soft with loads of fruit flavors then evolves into this extremely strong funky, licking the side of a rotten grapefruit, citrus peel taste. The back-end explodes with not only the citrus peel but a huge citric bitterness. Strong acidic citrus hop flavor is huge and blends perfectly in the finish. It ends with an extremely long dry finish.

As wild ales go, this one isn't over the top at all, and honestly that's what I like about it. It actually uses all you typical Belgian Golden or Triple flavors and blends it well with the wild ale/natural lambic type tastes. It has huge peaks and subtle valleys and they all work well together. A welcome addition to the ommegang line.

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Photo of Rudgers73
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Duvel tulip glass. I looks awesome with a huge rocky head climbing towards the brim. If I hold it up I see a chimney of carbonation rising from the etched Duvel "D". It is a bright yellow with just a bit of cloudiness. It smell like apples, belgian saison yeast, bread, bitterness, but not-so-citrus-derived. The taste is really interesting. Definite "funkhouse ale". Starts with a full bodied saison taste that includes a hint of clove, and citrus. The hop effect is elevated with a bitter, dry, oak taste. There are so many earthy flavors whipping around at once through the entire sip that it is hard to characterize them. With more sips it becomes increasingly dirty and spicy with increasing metallic hints, mainly copper (assuming it's from the Brett). This beer, being my first wild ale, is really doing it for me. It is dry, tangy, bitter, and spicy.

Can't wait until the price starts to drop a bit.

P.S. I wouldn't consider this a beer for people that don't like crafts or appreciate Belgian style. I'd call it an intermediate level of taste.

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