20th Anniversary Ale 2017 | Brewery Ommegang

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4.27/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
53
pDev:
6.56%
 
 
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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of Shaun_S
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of craigdb
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into an Ommegang flute glass. Pours a dark reddish brown with a one finger khaki head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of fresh and dried plums, caramel, vanilla and light bourbon. Flavor of mildly caramel malt, dried and fresh plums, raisins, vanilla, bourbon and suggestions of cherry and light oak. Medium bodied with light to moderate creaminess and fine mouth feel. A rich, fruit forward strong dark Belgian with a very nice level of barrel oakiness and bourbon flavors. The fruit, caramel and bourbon are well balanced and flavorful. A fairly complex lingering flavor of oaky bourbon and light toffee as well as the dark fruit notes. A very worthy 20th Anniversary ale from one of the best brewers of Belgian style ales in North America. Kinda wish this was annual and available in smaller bottles all the time. Still glad I picked up one of these to enjoy now. Happy anniversary, Ommegang.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Super dark with a tan head. Leaves a few globs of lacing behind. Smells and tastes of all of these: bourbon, raisin, vanilla, oak, chocolate, toffee and caramel. Nice and fizzy. Pretty great beer.

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Photo of brentk56
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours cola colored with a dense one finger ecru head (not up to Ommegang's Belgian standard but this is 11.5% after all); spotty lacing all around

Smell: Plum and caramel with a shot of Bourbon; mixed in are oak and cherry tones

Taste: Plum, caramel and Bourbon, forward, with the Bourbon tones building, through mid-palate; through the middle, layers of oak, cherry and coconut flourish; the finish marks a return for the Bourbon and caramel

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; warmth in the gullet

Overall: Every time I drink a BSDA, I hearken back to the early days of BA when this was a style to be reckoned with and the Trappist ales were among the top 100; I don't drink the style often these days but it is always fun to try a new one; here, we have the marriage of American Bourbon barrel aging techniques with a traditional Belgian style; we need more creativity like this around the Trappist styles

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Photo of sunsjammer
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sampled with Arizcards and Maclagerhead on 5/18. Thanks Bro!

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Photo of KensWorld
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Radcpa
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bigpoppa67
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigred89
3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jakecattleco
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JayQue
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another winner from Ommegang. Pours a dense mahogany color with some light coming through when held to a light. Poured from a corked and caged bomber into my Chimay goblet. Small off-white head that fades fast. Very little lacing. Aroma and Taste are great. Aroma feature bourbon, vanilla and oak with some dark fruit and a little Belgian yeast. Taste is even more robust. The dark fruit (raisins and figs), Belgian yeast and toffee compete very well with the bourbon barrel flavor. The bourbon, oak and vanilla are still there but only elements of the overall rich Belgian flavors. Mouthfeel is rich, slightly sweet, smooth and a little boozy. The booze is more of the warming variety rather than alcohol burn. Very good BSDA. Happy anniversary to one of my favorite breweries!!!!!

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Photo of ajm5108
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich, deep mahogany with a quarter inch tan head that fades pretty quickly. Aroma features warm chocolate malt upfront with supporting notes from the bourbon (caramel / toffee) and a faint whisper of Belgian yeast that helps manage the sweetness.

The chocolate flavor is less pronounced on the tongue, which is really an intertwining of Belgian dark ale notes (prune & fig phenols, cola) with the bourbon (more toffee / caramel, noticeably sweet). It approaches being too sweet, but otherwise the flavors compliment each other even if they don’t necessary work together (all that bourbon flavor comes in on the back palate). Finishes pretty dry, but that didn’t bother me too much.

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Photo of bb-magic
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Grinky
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JdubsNY
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MikeBogert53
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ScubaLeon
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hallertau
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RickS95
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bshefftz
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lupercmda
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Roguer
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Head production and retention are volatile; in two glasses from the same bottle, one produced a fizzy head that completely disappeared as soon as the pour was complete, while another produced a solid finger of tan foam that lasted a couple of minutes. The body is dark brown with purple hues.

Nose is filled with dark fruit and toffee, bourbon and oak, vanilla, nuts, and chocolate. Inviting and a touch boozy.

Sweet and boozy on the palate; waves of dark fruit and malts. Reminiscent of booze-filled chocolate truffle - with nuts and cherries. Dark fruit finish: plums, prunes, cherries, and coconut (from the bourbon), along with a kiss of vanilla and oak. A touch too sweet up front.

Fizzy mouthfeel; does not hide the ABV particularly well, either, with a decent amount of boozy heat. Acceptable of course, given the 11.5% ABV and bourbon barrel aging.

This is a solid anniversary beer, but I'm not crazy about it. I think BBA 3P is a much better beer overall, based on one experience with each.

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Photo of DrKarl
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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20th Anniversary Ale 2017 from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 53 ratings