Siren's Song | Brewery Ommegang

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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
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15
Ratings:
48
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
8.98%
 
 
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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 48
Photo of StoutHunter
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Ommegang's Siren Song for $3.09 at The Lager Mill. I was in the mood for something on the darker side today and I thought I would take a chance on this one, so lets see how it goes. 2017 Vintage. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a chalice.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a nice design and it's a little eye catching. It poured a dark black color that took on a brown hue around the edges when held to the light with a little over three fingers worth of fluffy and slightly creamy slightly darker tan head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice rings of patchy lacing behind. This is a very nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the dark fruits being the first to show up and they impart a nice mixture of raisin and fig aromas with neither one sticking out the most and that goes into the yeast which imparts a typical belgian yeast flavor with some estery and spiced aroma with no single spice sticking out the most. Up next comes the malts which impart some dark malt, lightly roasted, light chocolate and sweet malt like aromas. This beer has a pretty nice aroma, it lives up to it's description.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the dark fruits still being the first to show up and they are just a little lighter than they were in the aroma, but they impart all the same aspects. Up next comes the yeast which imparts all the same aspects that it did in the aroma with a little more spices coming through. Up next comes the malts which show up just as much as they did in the aroma and they impart all the same aspects with the roasted and sweet malts seeming to stick out he most. On the finish there's a slightly lower amount of medium bitterness with some dark fruit, lightly roasted malts and a little belgian yeast showing up in the aftertaste. This is is pretty nice tasting beer, it's just as advertised.

M- Fairly smooth, pretty crisp, slightly prickly, medium bodied with a higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel works pretty well with this beer, I have no complaints.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and I thought it was a solid example of the style, all the aspects that were advertised on the bottle showed up just as I hoped the would and those flavors work well with the base beer. This beer has nice drinkability, I could drink a couple, but I think that would be my limit. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance and that it really lives up to it's description, to me those are the highlights of this beer. What I like the least about this beer is nothing, it's fine just the way it is and I wouldn't change anything. I would buy this beer again when in the mood for a beer like this and I would recommend it to anyone looking for the same. All in all I liked this beer and I was a little impressed with how well they balanced it. It's not a favorite Ommegang beer, but it is one of the better ones I've had lately from them and it's a solid example of the style. Nice job guys, this is a tasty beer, keep it up.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cola color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of fruits, sugars. Taste is alcohol, sugars, dark fruits, hints of smoke. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall this beer is a bit boozy. It's decent, but this brewery usually delivers a better effort.

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Photo of Tone
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color. One inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of Belgian yeast, sweet malt, alcohol, fruit, hint of spice, and hint of hops. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a high carbonation level. Tastes of strong sweet malt, strong Belgian yeast, alcohol, fruit, slight spice, candi sugar, and a hint of piney hops. Overall, good appearance, too carbonated, good body and aroma, but the blend is all over.

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Photo of tlema1
3.54/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L: very dark, with a thick cream colored head
S: Belgian yeast, maybe some roasted malts
T: dark fruit, burnt sugar, some roasted maltiness
F: boozy but light bodied not much mouthfeel
O: the Feel should be better

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Photo of Biggtriksta
3.57/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured midnight black with a healthy, thick head on top. No light coming through the glass and the head is dissipating very slowly. As it does dissipate, it is leaving nice lacing. Strong dark fruit notes, malt sweetness, and just the slightest hint of roastiness on the nose. It tastes similar to the smell albeit with a little less punch, which is a little disappointing. I'm getting a little bit of alcohol burn in the finish as this beer is 9% ABV. Raisins, prunes, plums, maybe a little bit of smoke. All are present in the taste. The mouth is a little too watered down in my opinion, which detracts from the boldness of this beer. Overall, I had more promise for this beer. If the body was a bit more pronounced, I think it would have been better.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an inky cola hue with a billowy head. Smell has lots of Ommegang's earthy yeast coupled with some spicey phenols and dried dates, but nothing is very expressive. Taste has lots of dried fruit flavor upfront (fig) with a dry esthery flavor stemming out of that. The phenol spice, pepper, cola and yeast notes are there underneath. Solid beer, but those dark fruit flavors are not as vibrant as they are in top shelf Belgian style darks.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 11/23/2016. Pours murky very dark brown color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, date, cherry, apple, pepper, clove, light banana, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, and toasted biscuit; with light nuttiness, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready/light roast malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, date, cherry, apple, pepper, clove, light banana, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, and toasted biscuit; with light nuttiness, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate yeast spiciness and light herbal/roast bitterness on the finish. Slight tangy yeast tartness. Lingering notes of dark fruit, pepper, clove, banana, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, light chocolate/cocoa, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready/light roast malt flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from bitter/spiciness and carbonation, lightly increasing through the glass. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 9%. Overall this is an awesome Belgian strong dark ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready/light roast malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. Nearly perfectly balanced between yeast and malt flavors; with very impressive complexity from both sides. A really enjoyable offering.

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Photo of JasW
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Highly recommend a Duvel tulip to accommodate the gorgeous and massively fluffy tan head here. (I just went with a Speigelau tulip, not yet knowing better.) Spectacular mouthfeel. As in OMG spectacular. Taste of lovely dark fruit and caramelized coffee, not too sweet Belgian candisugar, with a musky hop undertone. Ommegang: I salute you.

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Photo of Suds
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown, almost black beer. The head is tan and leaves a nice lace. The aroma is fruity, with dark malt and spice in the background. Full in flavor, just a little dry, with a fruit-juice undercurrent. Peppery Belgian notes. The finish is lightly bitter and there is some warmth as you work through the bottle. Solid.

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Photo of bmeehan
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This kind of lacks the distinct Ommegang flavor you associate with most of their beers, but its richness is nice and reminiscent of a barleywine, but without the high ABV punch. The figs and raisins are present as promised, but not very strong. The beer itself is richer than the individual parts, and it's a fun time.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

there is not and will never be an ommegang beer that is anything less than amazing, at least from a quality standpoint, they just rule. innovate on classic styles in the right way, and nail what they do better than anyone. that said, i wanted this to be somewhat better than it is. it looks and sounds so sexy, but really, as good as it is, is a tad short of that. the figs are awesome, and i will say, that we often go to costco and buy the dried figs, this beer does have some of that taste, its all right in the middle, but it sure is there, and whatever the raisins add, it seems to work. dark as night, matte in finish but luscious, heady, big but not boozy. it has some body, some roast, but is refined to a degree one does not commonly see in craft, just special in overall quality, but not overdone, just sensational. the figs are tasted most in the middle, with a real genuine dried fig flavor, dead center, while the raisins are more of a general sweetness with the roasty malts. complex but also somewhat approachable, borderline perfectly done, whether or not you like the style, and that is truly my highest compliment. good carbonation too. i would not have wanted four or six of these, but one is pretty awesome. good use of the dreid fruits too, ill remember this one...

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Photo of DaverCS
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, murky brown. Yeast was included, which is suspended and ample. 2 fingers of a fluffy off-white head.

Aroma is a bit citrusy, some dark fruit characters, and a generic spicy yeastiness.

Taste gives some molasses notes. Has flavors akin to the center of a fig newton. Jam-like dark fruits. Medium-to-high carbonation levels. A bit citrusy also.

Overall, the beer is just okay, but still very enjoyable. By no means the best beer from ommegang. I see it pairing well with ... fig newtons. It gets a 86/100.

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Photo of spursfaninla
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look is dark, with a nice light-brown head. It has a lot of carbonation, so I prefer to carefully pour to avoid too much head. Feel is fairly thick, which matches the taste. Sweet, roast malt, and matches the description they provide. Aftertaste is stellar, lingering burn.

Rivals 3 philosophers but much more economical, which I factor in heavily.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark blackish brown with a hint of ruby red. Moderate amount of bubbles and a big two finger tan head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A fruity and spicy Belgian aroma with a scent of spices and dark fruit. Belgian yeast with a scent of funk, pepper, and clove. Sweet scent of Belgian candied sugar. Big presence of dark fruit with a scent of raisins, fig, prune, dark grape, plum, cherry, and dates. Also some fruit hints of banana, apple, and pear. Malt scent of wheat, grains, cracker, caramel, toffee, and biscuit. Subtle hints of earthy hops. A very good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a fruity and spicy Dark Belgian taste with notes of dark fruit and spices. Belgian yeast with some funk, clove, and pepper. Sweet taste of Belgian candied sugar. Lots of dark fruit with notes of raisins, fig, dark grape, prune, cherry, plum, and dates. More Belgian fruit notes of banana, pear, and apple. Malt notes of grains, wheat, cracker, caramel, toffee, and biscuit. Light notes of earthy hops. A really good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and very smooth.

Overall: A really good take on a Dark Belgian Strong Ale. Big dark fruit flavor with some nice spice and candied sugar notes.

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Photo of KevCan
4.64/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bought a 4-pack of 12 oz. bottles from Total Wine in Arlington, VA. Best by 11/18. Poured into a tulip glass.

Look: Dark brown with a healthy, foamy, light brown head.

Smell: Sweet, dark fruits. Deep malt. Funky yeast.

Taste: Rum raisin. Tons of dark fruit flavor. Tart bite. Lingering dryness in the aftertaste.

Feel: Lots of carbonation, but creamy and so smooth.

Overall: One of their best brews yet, I think.

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Siren's Song from Brewery Ommegang
4.01 out of 5 based on 48 ratings.
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