Pale Sour | Brewery Ommegang

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4.03/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A beautifully clean and balanced sour ale that drinks like white wine.

Added by kell50 on 04-14-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,094
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
155
pDev:
9.93%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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2
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Ratings: 155 |  Reviews: 47
Photo of Czequershuus
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pale straw with a large head. The aroma features a strong vinegar tang, with lemon flesh and peel, chalk, green apple skin, and pineapple rind. The flavor is gentle, with strong flavor of grapefruit juice, white grape, white wine vinegar, lemon peel, chalky minerality, melon rind, pineapple rind, pineapple juice, and wheat. The mouthgfeel is light with fairly tame carbonation. Overall a unique and tasty beer - just a hint of sourness, but nicely complex and vinegar like, with other fruit flavors providing the base.

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Photo of MJ64
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wordemupg
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jgunther71
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MemphisSooner
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don’t know if I have ever had a beer with a bigger discrepancy between the nose and the taste. The nose on this is pure funk. It almost smells like old cheese. The taste is off the charts though. Smooth citrusy sour with a ton of banana/clove Belgian yeast on the back end. Such a delicious beer!

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of yungBeerBrat
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I like this beer, but i thought it was a bit too light.

Appearance : deep golden color and foamy white head that lasts about 1 second. Looks like a standard pale ale.

Aroma : Like a mild white wine. Smells like mild tart sour fruits.

Taste : Very straight forward sour pale ale. Not picking up on much hop flavor. Slightly yeasty, a sort of citrus, coriander, green apple white wine sour flavor.

Overall : Very enjoyable, mild flavored sour.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

this is good, it might have even been groundbreaking years ago, but now to me its lost in the shuffle of these a little bit, not as distinctive and high end to me as so many of the ommegang beers are, but still very solid. i like the somewhat mild acidity and clean bacterial tang, mild compared to others, but it makes a more drinkable beer that way. some floral and citrusy hops work well in the nose and in the finish too, an attractive and delicate touch to the dose there. a little maltier than many too, not just pale wheat but a little something richer to it, even a little tannic twang and funk as well, not real evolved, but it doesnt need to be, they have found a nice relaxed approach to this, not trying to beat me over the head with it, and i appreciate one i can drink at least a few of. the more decidedly belgian stuff is what these guys obviously do best, but this is a fine offering in a style everyone seems to want to drink now. ill always love ommegang and be excited for their new ones. pale sour sounds like a simple name, but its sort of an accurate way to describe this one, a pale sour, nothing more, nothing less...

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Photo of Tsn5012
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerAndFilm
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that quickly settled down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of green apples and white wine are preset in the nose.
T: The taste has light to moderate flavors of white wine along with a light amount of sourness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, a little tart, and somewhat dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very drinkable and has some refreshing qualities. It's not that sour.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of MikeWard
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip. best by may 2019, so no freshness issues here. brewed in collaboration with Brouwerij Liefmans in
Belgium.

pale hazy yellow with hints of orange body. good stream of carbonation up the sides of the glass refreshing a small white head. nice lacing initially.

Mild non citrus fruit aroma.

Tart, dry, slightly sweet, a little apple, all of which combine to confirm what the label says as a well balanced, but not overpowering sour beer.

mouth is around medium, finish on the tart & dry side with a faint sweet wash.

Overall, an enjoyable drink, happy to have 3 others in the fridge.

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Photo of Lelampp
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of WadeBridgman
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BltByKrmn
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerPirate
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Heftklammer
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smcolw
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nearly clear, light haze. Pale yellow, nearly straw. Lasting, but small, head. Several spots for lace.

Mildly tart with a bit of a meaty smell. Lightly sweet.

This is nicely tart but not overly sour. The base malt is brief but fairly strong. The finish is less sweet and more tart, but I get a good, balanced aftertaste. The body is rich with a lower carbonation. The overall effect is very pleasant--flavorful and subtly intriguing.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an outstanding pale hazy gold. Excellent head and lacing. This beer almost shimmers. It is a beautiful brew.

Aromas of green apple, pear, lemon, oak, and grass/hay. Just a touch of funk/yeast. Hints of leather and spice.

The flavor is winey-goodness. Tart apple, pear and lemon follow the nose to the tongue. Plum and apricot too. Hints of yeast and herb.

The mouthfeel is outstanding. Light, dry, and crisp. Like a dry white wine.

Overall, a fine tart (but not overly so) pale belgian. Highly recommended.

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Photo of MGibbons
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lucular
3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GeorgiaBeerMoose
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of psoriasaurus
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Hazy yellow with a creamy white head. Fairly good retention and rings of lacing. Floaties the size of corn flakes, though.

S: A good balance of sour lemon and candied lemon. Tart acidity with tantalizing sugar-sprinkled lemon peel sweetness. Popping pineapple and white grape/wine, cracker, and hay on the back end.

T: Tart lemon peel and green apple skin upfront, followed by lemon candy, lemongrass, and pineapple. Medium tartness. Cracker backbone with hints of funk and dry hay on the back end. Finishes crisp, clean, and lightly dry.

F: Medium, well-carbonated, pillowy and soft and yet quick moving across the palate. Finishes just lightly dry.

O: A great balanced sour pale ale, sort of bridging wile ale and sour saison, nothing boundary-pushing, but well-balanced, flavorful, and superbly drinkable.

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Pale Sour from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 155 ratings