Pale Sour Ale | Brewery Ommegang

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Pale Sour AlePale Sour Ale

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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by kell50 on 04-14-2017

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Ratings: 129 |  Reviews: 38
Reviews by utopiajane:
Photo of utopiajane
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light sunshine yellow. Good white foam that falls fast. Lemon and spice. A bit of funk and lemon peel. No hops on the nose to speak of. Malt is a sweet craker under lots of vibrant lemon.

Taste is just to the point of sour . Lemon , spice and good firm malt. Travels the palate swiftly to reveal all the flavor at the end when your mouth waters. champagen bubbly. Without too big a sour this is very food friendly.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange. Moderate amount of bubbles and a solid finger of white head that settles into a thin creamy patch.

Smell: A funky and fruity Belgian style Sour with a scent of spices and sour fruit. Belgian yeast with a scent of pepper, clove, and farmhouse funk. Good scent of brett lacto funk. Fruit scent of green apple, lemon, pear, orange, and banana. Malt hints of wheat, grains, and cracker. Some candied sugar sweetness. Hints of floral hops. A very nice aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a funky and fruity Belgian style taste with notes of fruit and spices. Belgian yeast with notes of pepper, clove, and farmhouse funk. Funky and sour notes of brett lacto yeast. Fruit notes of banana, green apple, lemon zest, pear, and orange. Malt notes of wheat, grains, and cracker. Sweet taste of candied sugar. Also some notes of earthy hops. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Creamy, spicy, and juicy.

Overall: A very nice sour spin on a Belgian Pale Ale. Good mix of spice, funk, and fruit notes.

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Photo of chinchill
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33ml bottle with a Jan. 2017 bottling date.
Pours slightly hazy golden with a generous size white head that has excellent retention.
Strong, tart flavor with good balance allowing some nice toasted grain flavors.
Medium-light body with medium+ carbonation.

Overall: Excellent version of the style.

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Photo of Brolo75
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a pale golden with a slight haze, creamy head, slight lacing, looks nice.

A: Barnyard, hay, funk, sour, tart, wheat, slight lemon, crackers, not very aromatic but lots going on, very nice.

T: Tart, slightly sour, green apple, lemon peel, grassy notes in the finish along with some crackers and a tinge of honey, it's very balanced and easy to drink.

M: Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation, smooth mouthfeel, very dry finish.

O: Very enjoyable, not too tart, has a nice balance of citrus, wet hay, and malts, very drinkable. This is a beer I would reach for again.

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(I will have to write a better review later. Writing this a few weeks after drinking it)

I got this at Randall's Manchester in the "Cheap Beer" cart for $2; I bought it because I remember liking another Belgian Pale Ale I had tried this past winter.

I was VERY impressed with this beer, especially because it is a sour (Not a big fan). Great flavor, very well balanced. These beers are a special treat (especially at $12.25 a 4-pack) to me; I remember feeling like I was drinking some high quality wine or something. This may be the sour beer that makes me a convert.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, best before 1/2019. Pours slightly hazy pale golden/yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of tart lemon, lime, plum, cherry, peach, apricot, red apple, pear, green grape, white wine, hay, straw, herbal, grass, wheat, cracker, light pepper/musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/funky/spicy/acidic yeast and moderate pale malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of tart lemon, lime, plum, cherry, peach, apricot, red apple, pear, green grape, white wine, hay, straw, herbal, grass, wheat, cracker, light pepper/musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tartness and light yeast spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart lemon, lime, plum, cherry, peach, apricot, red apple, pear, green grape, white wine, hay, straw, herbal, grass, wheat, cracker, light pepper/musty funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy/acidic yeast and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/tart/sourness balance, and zero puckering flavors after the finish. Slight dryness from tart/sourness, lightly increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately grainy/acidic, and slightly tangy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 6.9%. Overall this is a very nice sour blonde ale. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy/acidic yeast and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the balanced tart/sour/lactic finish. Very unique profile for a sour ale. Massive amounts of pome/stone fruits with mild funk; and nice levels of tart/sour character in balance with pale malts. A very enjoyable offering.

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

Photo of Billolick
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
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 ledouge
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of dertyd
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brewery Ommegang "Pale Sour Ale"
330 ml brown glass bottle, "BEST BEFORE 01 2019"
$3.79 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Wow, it pours a pretty nice sized bright white head and keeps it, you don't usually find that in sour beers. The body is a slightly hazy gold. The aroma is tart with mineral and lemon over a light malt base. The flavor delivers more malt though, and it's sweetish. Basic golden malt, not quite grainy, perhaps a little cereal-like. The beer is not that sour either. It's tart but not biting. More lemon appears, and there's some grassiness as well. Some more mineral, but limited. It's nice but I was hoping for a little more complexity. Balanced though, very easy to drink. I could see having this at lunch. What's the strength on it? 6.9%, ahhhh, but it's a small bottle. Medium-light in body with a gently crisp, fine-bubbled carbonation. Impressive head retention and lacing. I could certainly go for more of these, but not at the price it's at, I'd put that towards something a little more funky and fruity.

4.25/4/4/4/4.25 = 4.07

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Photo of dannydetox
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

pours a semi-hazy golden hue with a frothy white head sticking to all sides of the glass. sharp, tangy nose of lemon, hints of banana, maybe a touch of cereal grain. on the tongue there is more of the sour tang, but also a pleasant creaminess that coats the palate. seems more sour than belgian pale in my opinion, but a refreshing quaff. hides it's 6.9% abv completely. full mouthfeel and minimal bitterness on the finish.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.52/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

On tap at the House of Brews Jensen. Hazy pale orange with a thin collar. Smells of acetone, a touch of vinegar, and some bready malt. Tastes fruitier, but still has some of that chemical flavor. Not that sour. Lemon, acetone, more bready malt. Substantial sweetness covers a lot of the acidity. Medium light. I don't much like that acetone flavor, though it isn't as bad in the taste as it is on the nose.

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Photo of hophugger
3.54/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of atlbravsrno1
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a bronzed yellow color with a slight transparency about it. Some carbonation could be seen bouncing it's way upward. Finger's worth of white foamy head quickly slid off to leave a nice messy filmy look of lace.
The aroma shaped a nice blend of peach skin, apricot tartness, white grape/vinous character, lemongrass, lemon, light white bread, and some Granny Smith apples.
The flavor was moderately sweet with an ample sour taste that glosses over a little bit of funk and that white bread - noticeable but not distracting. Aftertaste was somewhat sour with the apricot tartness and peach skin amping up just a wee little bit.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt appropriate. Finish was a bit sticky and slightly sour with the vinous character and peach skin.
Overall, pretty nice "sour ale" that I could come back to.

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Photo of VeganUndead
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of jaydoc
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BennyProfane
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DoubleMalt
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutHunter
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Ommegang's Pale Sour Ale last week for $3.19 at The Lager Mill. It's been a little while since I've tired a new Sour from Ommegang and I'm interested to see how this one turns out, so lets see how it goes. 2017 Vintage. Poured from a brown 11.5oz bottle into into a teku.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a classy look to it and it's just a little eye catching. It poured a poured a nice golden color that looked more yellow when held to the light and it had almost three fingers worth of fizzy white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left a little bit of spotty lacing. This is a pretty nice looking Sour, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the fruits being the first to show up and they impart a citrus, citrus juice, lemon and apricot like aromas with the lemon seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes a little bit of Belgian yeast like aromas with a slight estery flavor and noticeable spices coming through and that leads into the malts which are on the lighter side and they impart a pale malt, doughy, bready and sweet malt like aromas. This beer has a pretty nice aroma, I like the nice sour fruit aromas.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but sweeter than I was expecting and it starts off with a higher amount of sweetness with the fruits still being the first to show and this time it has more of sweet fruit juice like aspects to it and this time no single fruit seems to stick out the most and it has a little bit of a fermented fruit flavor to it. Up next comes the yeast which is imparts all the same aspects, but this time they are lighter and it's followed by the malts which imparts all the same aspects and they are just as light as they were n the aroma with the sweet malts seeming to stick out the most. On the finish there's a lighter amount of medium sourness with some sweet, fruity and tart flavors showing up in the aftertaste. This is a nice tasting beer, but I thought the sweetness was just too high and it held this beer back.

M- Smooth, a little cloying, not overly sour, a little fizzy, on the light side of being medium bodied with a higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is nice, but I wish it wasn't a little cloying.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and I thought it was a solid example of the bad, it's not bad, but it's not as good as the aroma led me to believe and there's for sure some room for improvement. This beer had ok drinkability, one is enough for me, anymore than that and the sweetness would start to wear on me. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance and aroma, to me those were the highlights of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the sweetness and lack of complexity, those two aspects could use some work. I wouldn't buy this beer again, but I might not turn one down and I would only recommend if you want a beer that's more sweet and fruity than sour. All in all I didn't mind this beer, but I didn't love it and I think it could use a little more work. It's not a favorite Ommegang beer and it's a solid example of the style. This is solid, but it could be better, better luck next time guys.

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Photo of drtth
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The clear bright golden colored beer pours out into a Duvel glasss with a 2" snow white head that slowly recedes, eventually leaving a large ring of lacing on the sides of the glass. A nice cap of foam persists for a long while. Sipping creates some sheets of lacing that quickly break up into patches and skinny legs of lacing.

The aromas include some crackery malt and a noticeable acidity that seems a nice mix of lemon zest and spiciness all backed up by some bready or crackery malt.

The flavors include some slightly acidic lemon tartness and some spice, all nicely supported by the crackery malt and it's light touch of sweetness that isn't really very noticeable since it blends in so well with the tart lemon zest flavors.

The mouthfeel is light bodied and prickly with the persistent finely bubbled carbonation. The fairly long finish begins as most of the well balanced tart lemon and crackery malt sweetness fade away to a clean crisp very slightly tart and bitter finish.

On the whole I'm enjoying this beer and could easily see substituting it for a sparkling wine in a beer-food paring. Seems like it would be quite effective at washing away the fattiness of some foods. I expect i’ll be trying it in a beer-food paring before much longer. Indeed, in someways this beer just calls out to be paired with some nice rich, fatty food.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Looks like ginger ale. Has that sulfuric/vinegar kettle sour smell. Whoa, after bashing it in the look and aroma, the taste really jumps nicely and is quite amazing actually. Sweet, tart, sour play off each other very well here. At 6.9% ABV it is quite the easy drinker as well. Fully bodied, nice malt and yeasty characters balancing it out as well. Highly recommend this beer for lovers of the sour styles. Most closely resembles a Berliner Weisse IMO than any other sour style, but with Belgian yeasts in the background. This is certainly not your typical Belgian Pale Ale.

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