Pale Sour | Brewery Ommegang

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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

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#5,089
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
145
pDev:
10.17%
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Ratings: 145 |  Reviews: 43
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 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 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 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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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 MGibbons
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 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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Pale Sour from Brewery Ommegang
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