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Siren's Song | Brewery Ommegang

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4.07/5
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74 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
ommegang.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ancient mariners braved the Aegean, holds laden with figs and raisins. They faced great storms, monstrous sea creatures, and merciless pirates. But all paled compared to the Sirens, whose enchanted songs drifted to sea and drew the sailors to their end.

Our dark ale, Sirens’ Song, pays homage to the lost cargos, with figs and raisins added to the brew kettle. The resulting beer is dark, mysterious, and as irresistible as the Sirens’ seductive song.

Roasted malt and burnt sugar aromas lead, followed by flavors of dark fruit and notes of dark caramel. The finish is smooth and balanced with subtle bitterness.


Added by jhartley on 11-05-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,107
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
74
pDev:
7.86%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
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Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Black opal in color. Two fingers of tan-colored head retain very well. Chunky lacing.

S: Caramel, burnt sugar, hint of molasses and roast. Fig newtons, in a big way. Faint dusty yeast and some mild phenols. Softly earthy.

T: Caramel, molasses, and burnt sugar lead. Soft roast and soot. Raisin and fig eventually take focus. Yeast is much more forward than the nose suggested. Dusty/earthy, black peppercorn, clove. Faint hop spice. Brush of alcohol is barely noticeable. Fading roast and bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Airy and creamy body is whisked away by the aggressive carbonation.

O: He'll of a beer. The raisin and fig contributions are highly noticeable, but fit right in. Yeast complexities and a great fermentation make it noteworthy. This is a fantastic beer, and I'd be happy drinking it alongside some of the Belgian greats.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. No bottling information seen on bottle or label.
Very dark brown body, opaque. One finger tan head settles to interrupted cap, with sheets of lacing on glass.
Aroma of roasted malt, burnt sugar, dark fruits, Belgian yeast.
Taste is much more forward and prominent than the aroma. Taste is full of dark fruit (figs and raisins), caramel and burnt sugar, yeast, and slightly bitter hops at the end. Dark chocolate and coffee.
Medium mouth feel, initial sting on the tongue, no strong bitterness. Alcohol burn is subtle and is present throughout the sip.
Very complex for most American beers, but a worthy American example of a Belgian strong dark ale.

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Photo of jwat
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jsalz21
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Found a new Ommegang, reviewing a new Ommegang. Simple as that.

Pours dark and opaque black like a stout. A large, rocky, off white head pours and it sticks around for quite awhile.

Aroma is typical Belgian yeasty smell. Also getting some dark fruit on the nose from the figs and raisins. Almost black cherry like.

Incredibly abundant notes of dark fruit wash over the palate at first sip. It goes deep into stone fruit and dark fruity character. Figs, unripe black cherry, and raisins all mingle here with the spicy Belgian character taking a slight richness to my surprise.

If there's any Belgian strong dark that is like a stout it is most certainly this one. It has a handful of Belgian character and you can feel the 9% abv, but it still has a smooth-ish mouthfeel.

I love Ommegang. I read do. Going into this is expected a good Belgian style dark ale but this is really up there. It has plenty of character and is still very well balanced. It's fruity, dark, and works on every level.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A beautiful dark cola pour in the chalice produces a billowing, foamy, tan head. Small air pockets line the vessel walls, while the head maintains a strong stance. Visible effervesce was very soft.

S: Sweet dark fruit, plums and sugary figs with some raisins highlights the open. Caramelized syrup adds sweetness with some freshly baked spicy dark bread. Some dried cola, fresh coffee and fresh chocolate add subtle hints and accents. Overall a nice strength and lasting appeal.

T: The flavor was spicy anise, rye, and cola. Dark bread, caramelized malts, and lots of dark fruit bring a freshness and deep sense of flavor, rich, and eloquent in its delivery. Hints of coffee and chocolate show a good support along with some spicy peppery spicing, rye like, with a counter of dark crystal malts that add a sweet raisiny character. The yeastiness is soft but evident, with flashes of banana, dark fruit and malt influence. Cola-coffee is fresh, smooth, with some licorice spicing, tarragon, and some background herbal hops. Ends with a spicy caramel-rye maltiness.

M: Silky mouthful, full feeling, softly carbonated with a nice chewiness on the hold. Warming spiciness on the inner cheeks.

O: Overall a vast spectrum of flavor as well a good aromatic sense. The 9% abv is perfectly fitting, feeling less at times behind the sweet caramelized malts and dark fruit. Amazingly smooth, eloquent, and expect nothing less from Ommegang, which produces some of the most refined and polished beers. High drink-ability rate, high recommend, and outstanding quality all around.

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Photo of DarthVorador
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of drstalker
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of faatcase
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip, the appearance was a dark brown close to black pour and ended up having the same black color-ed body with a thick super foamy eggshell white head. Slid off at a slow pace.
The aroma captured a nice slow clean caramel malt bill up front flowing over some Belgian sweet candied dark fruits, some brown sugar, some earthiness, dark bread and a light fig sweetness. Light whiff of dark chocolate. Light Belgian spice at the end, somewhat like clove.
The flavor was somewhat Belgian sweet conjuring up a nice spiciness coming in nicely making a decent effort to blend. Lingering bready sort of dark fruity smooth aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt appropriate. Slight chewiness in the texture. Sly caramel to Belgian malty and semi-spicy sort of finish.
Overall, pretty nice Belgian strong dark ale that I would have again. Not exactly sure why I had it this time of year, but that was my own fault and would rather speak highly about this beer in hopes of finding another bottle for cooler weather.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a single-serve bottle into a tulip

Pours a dark brown (prune juice is the first thing that comes to mind so--not spectacular but true to the style in its own way) with a good head, and solid lacing. Not a pretty beer, but not ugly either.

The aromas are excellent, though simple and subdued for the style. Solid malts with dark fruits balanced with very-present spicy/earthy yeast. Just a hint of ester and booze in the background. A nice aroma, but left me wanting more of it.

The appearance and aroma weren't knockouts, but the first taste delivers. The flavor is awfully expressive compared to the aroma. Dried dark fruits (cherry, fig, prune) mixed with estery notes deliver the malts at the front, but, in true Ommegang fashion, the yeast is the thing that brings it into balance, with just a light hop bitterness at the finish. As the beer warms, the dark fruits give way, and the yeasts become the dominant note, perhaps to the detriment of the overall presentation--though I love the yeast that this brewer brings to the table. The ABV is extremely well hidden, providing only a hint of warmth, not bite or burn. Ultimately, this take lacks the complexity of a true Belgian SDA, and doesn't quite measure up to Ommegang's other forays into this general style. but it is a fine effort in its own right.

The mouthfeel is possibly the best aspect of the brew. The carbonation is solid throughout the brew, and the yeast and booze dance on the tongue with just a touch of hop bitterness. For such a high ABV, this is remarkably drinkable (but don't session without a DD!).

Overall, this is another solid contribution from Ommegang. It lacks the complexity of the brews that inspired it, but is a fine stateside BSDA.

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Photo of chinchill
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Pour Taproom (SC).
Pours with a Very dark brown colored body that's opaque in the snifter and topped by a sizable semi-durable, creamy, beige head. The head leaves plenty of spotty lacing on the glass. This looks appropriate and worthy of a Belgian.
Medium+ carbonation; medium body.
Lots of ripe and dried fruit in the rather spicy aroma.
The flavor is bolder and less sweet than the aroma suggests. Mildly bitter, this is more bitter than usual for style.
Partially hidden 9% ABV.

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Photo of JayQue
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Really good take on a BSDA!!! Another winner for Ommegang. Pours a dense black color from a 12 oz bottle into my Chimay goblet. Big foamy tan head with excellent retention and thick patches of lacing on the sides of the glass. This is a good looking beer!!! Aroma is dark fruit (raisins and figs), maltiness, Belgian yeast and cloves. The aroma is fairly robust and very pleasant. Flavor is more of the same. The Belgian yeast is fairly prominent up front as is the dark fruit. As you drink it, the malt and sweetness become more apparent. Very tasty. Mouthfeel is outstanding. It is rich and very smooth. Very little alcohol presence despite the 9% abv. Goes down real easy. The flavors rather than booziness are featured here. You could drink this happily until the 9% catches up with you!!!! This beer is well worth seeking out.

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Photo of stortore
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle into a tulip snifter. Had 2/21/17.

Pours dark, near black and opaque, with a one and a half inch foamy head and lots of foamy lacing. Smells of Belgian yeast, raisins, figs, cloves, malt, brown sugar, candi sugar, light spices. The taste is more malt forward, then yeast, figs, raisins, spices- cloves, allspice, caramel, some chocolate, brown sugar, candi sugar, light molasses. A little bitterness on the finish. Smooth, very creamy, a solid medium body, highly carbonated.

I love figs and raisins, so this was right in my wheelhouse. While both were prominent, they could have been more so- but that's quibbling. Great malt/yeast balance. Really good, nice price point, well worth a purchase.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Brewery Ommegang "Siren's Song"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BESTBY11/18"
$3.79 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Interesting label, I had no idea this was brewed with figs and raisins when I picked it up but that sounds great. It pours a very dark brown that reveals only a glimmer of mahogany at the base of the glass. Some visible sediment can be seen resting there. Initially it had a big fluffy head of dark tan but that's dropped to a densely foamy half inch. The aroma, not surprisingly, suggests figs and dark malt. Let's have another whiff... yeah, I get raisin as well, but both of those fall into what I normally just call dark skinned fruits. If I didn't have fig tree in my yard I probably wouldn't have got that one so easily. The dark malt is a little harder to fathom, it's not chocolatey, nor roasty, nor really caramelish but there is a dark sugar component to it, almost burnt sugar I guess. There's also something else that's like fruit skins or leaves, or something vegetal but I'm not sure how to describe it. It's not off-putting though, so let's move forward. The flavor is a little bit like a cola with fruit added. I initially thought cherry but I'm only finding that in the finish now. Let me try again... yeah, fig and raisin and something else but I can't put my finger on it. Maybe it's from the yeast? It's mineralish, earthy, spicy, leafy, and herbal. The bitterness is limited but it breaches the surface of the sweetish malt throughout, eventually leading to a dry finish where it lingers along with dull spiciness, cardamom, wet leaves, and dried herbs. Ha ha, there's also a dollop of sweet malt left on the tip of the tongue at the same time. I get a very subtle note of anise, or fennel perhaps is more like it, in the lingering finish. And would I call that molasses? Yes, I think so. There is some roastiness to it but it's in the far background. What about mouthfeel? Smooth, but with a little zest, and medium-light in body. I can't fault it there. It was a little more zesty to start with but I'm halfway through at this point; and looking at my glass it's got solid curtains of lace about it and it still has a thin but full surface covering. Overall I'd call this almost a perfect shot, it's just slightly off the center mark of the target in my mind. The brewer can do whatever they want, however, and I appreciate it as it is; and I'll guess that it would have scored much better so far if it had actually come from Belgium! Given the price as compared to some of the fairly expensive hoppy beers I've purchased lately, this is a bargain! Very enjoyable. Very drinkable. And the alcohol never comes through. I could see having this at any time that I'm looking to have just one beer to relax with and enjoy - no special time or event is needed. Of course I'm not sure how I would pair this with food. I'll have to think more about that. I'd guess it would go with stuffed grape leaves, beef biryani, or just a simple grilled steak with black pepper. Worth trying!

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Photo of BB1313
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a very dark brown with a huge chunky tan head that stays leaving great thick retention and sticky frothy lacing. The aromas are very nice. Lots of cherries and dark fruits. Lots of caramel along with some hints of toffee. The yeast aromas are mild and the malts do their thing. The flavors follow the nose for the most part. More cherries leading the way along with some raisins and plum. Lots of caramel along with some hints of toffee and vanilla. Strong malt backbone. The yeasts are subtle, but do their thing. Mild warmth in the finish, but the alcohol basically goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's very fluffy and creamy. This one is smooth and dangerously drinkable.

This is a great brew from Ommegang. The craftsmanship is very impressive. Balance is ultimately the key with this one. It might not be the craziest beer ever, but it's highly enjoyable. It's probably even better than my "numerical score" might indicate.

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Photo of Shade1951
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ommegang makes some outstanding beers! This one is also good. But I admit to being a bit disappointed.

The very dark color with the rapidly dissipating head is appealing. There really IS dark fruit - figs and such - on the nose, However, the taste doesn't quite live up to the smell. Pleasant enough. Earthy. Just not very memorable.

Carbonation feels about right to me. Mouthfeel is on the thin side. Alcohol seems pretty well hidden.

This ale is okay. It doesn't really do it for me, though.

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Photo of Lukass
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LennyBound
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tohibii
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of evanwoertz
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of Vixie
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very dark beer with a huge tan head. The head sticks around for a long time, leaving a lot of lacing on the sides of my glass.

Very fruity smell, a lot of raisin and dried fruit in it. Slight roasted notes, along with yeast and brown sugar.

Nice and sweet up front, fruit and sugar notes. There is a bit of pepper spice, and alcohol warming at the end.

Smooth and full feel, goes down smoothly for such a big beer.

Definitely a very nice beer. It is very Belgian, Ommegang is one o the best at the Belgian style. It is not quite the best of this style I have tried, but still very good, and well worth trying. This is one I would buy again.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of swanfungus
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of calcnerd
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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