Pale Sour | Brewery Ommegang

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Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

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

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Ratings: 142 |  Reviews: 41
Photo of Mortarforker
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WadeBridgman
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BltByKrmn
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Heftklammer
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smcolw
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
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 +5.2%
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 +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lucular
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GeorgiaBeerMoose
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of psoriasaurus
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
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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Photo of paleoplant
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IronLover
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tarnished golden yellow in color with a heavy haze. Poured with an effervescent, soapy, bright white foam that quickly dissipated. Fresh tart fruit aromas, green granny smith apple, apricot and green banana with sweet bubblegum and yeast notes. Medium bodied with assertive carbonation and light warmth near the finish. Sweet fruit briefly up front followed by tartness that intensifies into the middle. Sour green apple and apricot flavors. Green banana and sweet bubblegum notes emerge as the tartness subsides along with malty flavors. Finished with a salty, puckering dryness along with tart fruit notes. Sweet fruit esters balance the tartness very nicely. Crisp, dry, and tasty.

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

Has a nice citrus yeast aroma. Taste is similar, flavors of lemon, lime, and orange peel, and yeast. Not overly sour or tart , really flavorful and easy to drink. Definitely a beer worth giving a try

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Photo of Jyork1969
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheAce
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ER527
3.21/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ajm5108
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pale straw color, extremely thin bubble lacing, good carbonation. Chardonnay-like. Aroma features tart wheat, freshly cut grass, overripe apple and a hint of champagne yeast. Light & earthy. Taste has a little more citrus fruit vibe going on - lemon, a bit of orange zest - that helps mellow the tartness. Supporting notes of apple must, white grape and barnyard yeast. I liked the balance on this beer, too often you see sour / tart beers crank-up those notes & drown out the other flavors. It falters a little on the mouthfeel - I like my tarts to be dry & crisp, this has a fuller body & finishes slick, but that is purely preference. Overall a very well done beer, if like easy-going tart beers seek it out.

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Photo of Billolick
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle, Best before dating (10 2019) printed on the label.

Pour light near golden and lightly hazed, lasting off white cap leaves some thicker strands and webs of lace all up and down the glass.

On the nose I get some sweet fruit and tart fruit notes.

Tasty Belgian style ale, from one of the my favorite American brewers of these kind of brews....sweet n fruity, tart and sour, complex and tasty....easy drinking, kind of like an entry level sour beer...well worth a try

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Photo of Act25
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Snifter of sunshine, earth, grass, and orchard rows.
a) Bright, shiny golden body with slight haze. White fizzy head that lasts, rings, and massively laces like ocean water.
s) Nose has a better than white wine astringent fruit aroma of grapes, green apples, yeast, cider house.
t) Follows the smell but grows more complex. See saw of sweet and sour, better than any astringent wine could do.
Great apertif. I could have another. like a white wine, lighter, and the fruit sours at just the right progression.
f) Wine like, minerally gentle prickle, bright cleansing bubbles, that finish long and scrubbing with a wine, dry, light, sun-baked conclusion.
o) Complex and complete. I enjoyed it more as it warmed.

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Photo of Fenix2009
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of woodychandler
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am delving into my Brewery Ommegang backlog this evening, having scored a bottle of Fleur de Houblon while meeting an old friend at Dominion Pizza this afternoon.

From the bottle: "Delightfully tart and refreshing, with a pale golden hue and a white head. Gently malty, with balanced tartness and sweetness. Visit us for daily tours & tastings"; "Part of the Duvel Family of Fine Ales"; "Pour slowly so as not to disturb the yeast sediment, but with enough vigor to create a luxurious head and release the rich bouquet."; ""Where Heaven met Earth and stayed a while."; "We believe that balance is a heavenly quality in beer. Our elegantly balanced sour ale is created in collaboration with Brouwerij Liefmans, where they have brewed and blended extraordinary sour beers since the 1600's. Our fresh exploration is beautifully made, carefully blended, and precisely balanced. Tart, complex, and with a touch of sweetness, our Pale Sour Ale offers your palate the opportunity to fine-tune its appreciation of sour ales."

Oooh, an opportunity, eh? Sheesh! Arrogant, much? Hey, I'll be the first to admit that such beers are not my first choice, but I do know the ones that I like without being given this opportunity.

I Pop!ped the cap & once again, I was a bit confounded by their seemingly contradictory directions. There was a goodly amount of lees visible on the punt even before I began my standard gentle pour. I was hoping that it might act like the previous Fleur de Houblon & form a head on its own, but to no avail. I also noticed that the yeast cake let go 3/4 of the way into my pour & so I immediately stopped to retain the clarity. Color was a gorgeous Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity, prompting The Gelt Gang to come rushing in from my living room where they were watching the U.S.A./O.A.R. Men's hockey game on my telly. A vigorous in-glass swirl, which is my answer to their directions, raised a brief finger of foamy, fizzy, bone-white head that quickly faded to wisps. Nose had a white wine-like vinousness, sour grapes, green apples, slight funk, all adding up to a curiosity for me. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not watery, but I was hoping for more, especially with the initial carbonated spritziness. The taste was very evocative of a dry white wine, more towards tart than outright sour, and quite grape-y, at least initially. As I allowed it to swirl around on my tongue, I began to get an apple cider vinegary flavor also. Nose of it was unpleasant, but it really was not my thing. Finish was bone dry, proof that the yeast that formed those lees had done their job well. It made me very curious to try that final pour of the now-swirled & decanted lees. It was muddy, as you might imagine, but I adhere to the "Waste not, want not" philosophy in life. The funkiness was much more pronounced on the nose. The tartness was just a little more pronounced, but not much unchanged. Finish was still quite dry. I recommend a gentle decanting and then a final pour after the first pour has been drank.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It pours golden and with a nice big head like any good Belgian-style beer, even though this is a sour. The aroma is very vinous with some hints of cider and ripe apples. The taste is well balanced between sour and sweet, with more vinous and cider notes, with some floral hints and a somewhat strong element of intensely ripe fruit such as apples and pears. Mild carbonation. A great sour that is easy to drink.

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Photo of shelby415
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Pale Sour from Brewery Ommegang
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