Pale Sour | Brewery Ommegang

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4.02/5
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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:
#7,338
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
175
pDev:
10.2%
 
 
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2
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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hot damn this is a good one. And I swear, every time your main man pops a Belgian freshy, he thinks to himself, “I need to drink more Belgians!” But Raul digresses!

Just hot, just tart, just fresh! Now, don’t get Raul twisted, it’s not, ‘hot,’ it’s like Beyoncé fresh out da bubble bath, ‘hot.’ I’m talking on fire!!! As we move on, we get to the beautiful tartness. Kind of like my baby mama leaving a chocolate on my pillow after she leave for trabajo. Yeah girl, that’s cute, I like dat. And as far as it being fresh, it just is cuz Raul says so...

Think of yourself in Belgium. You don’t even need to know the name of a city, but you are there, in the middle of it, in the thunderstorm. And all of a sudden Mrs. Brussels grabs your hand and whispers in your ear, “Want to go for a ride?” And you know you do.

Cheers.

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hellpop65
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sqpat
3/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Dillinger
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of probert
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AmyAnn
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I had this on tap at a show there and it’s amazing. It made me think man I’m gonna get into sour beers hard now, then I tried others out in the world and, nope, it’s just this one. So refreshing and perfect.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MDDMD
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of egrandfield
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5 oz. Sample pour from the brewery on 9/8/18

Tasting Notes :
Sharp and medicinal notes
Fruity vinegar
Clear and golden color,
Medium level sour yeast bite
Rounded out with sharp fruity tones.

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Photo of robebo44
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of craigdb
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.1/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

APP- Dull brass with clarity just shy of brilliant with thin but persistent bright white head with fine lace. Effervescent, some floaties despite careful pour and a week at least of settling in the fridge.

Aroma - medium high sweet pilsner malt , really nice big floral hop aroma with an herbal element, some low tones of clover, minor lemon juice aroma, faint notes of ripe mango, melon rind. No overt sulfur or D.


Flavor - low malt sweetness, balanced mostly by a high but not especially aggressive acidity. Some strawberry / rhubarb fruitiness, Herbal hop character is barely discernable and no bitterness in the finish really. Has a distinct "sweet tart" flavor that is often indicative of food grade lactic acid being added to the beer. That really about all that's going on here, not very complex. Slight rubberband note in aftertaste.


Mouthfeel - lactic acidity retains soft creamy character, medium-light bodied with high carbonation.

Overall - Theis beer has no real flaws to speak of and even manages to bring a high level of lactic acid without being sharp or unpleasant, but its just kind of a bore. Not much complexity or depth of character. Needs more Pale, less Sour. Wheres the hops? I probably won't finish this, but if I was going to I'm sure I'd find it to be a chore halfway through the glass and it would probably upset my stomach. Love Ommegang but I had high expectations for a beer like this from them and this, while not bad, just doesn't live up to expectations.

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Photo of XanaduBarnes
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at George Keeley's, had after Industrial Arts Wrench (NE style), not a fan of sours but this is mild in the pucker and full in the flavor, a warmth in the taste and all around great drink.

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Photo of kelseyr713
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Jame515
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of wlfmaldon1
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great sour!

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Photo of Knickfan3
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Czequershuus
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
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 -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wordemupg
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jgunther71
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MemphisSooner
4.14/5  rDev +3%
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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Pale Sour from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 175 ratings