Rouge | Brewery Ommegang

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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Authentic Flemish sour red ale brewed in Belgium at Bockor Brewery and imported to the US. The beer is spontaneously-fermented and aged at least 18 months in French oak casks. It's an unblended "grand cru-style" Flemish sour red ale. Draft only, and an amazingly pleasurable drink.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 200 |  Reviews: 159
Reviews by Douglas14:
Photo of Douglas14
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow! To say that I was thrown off-guard when I took my first sip is an understatement.

Pours a dark, ruby red color with a very nice tan head that has a noticeable touch of red in it. The head has good retention and ok lace. The smell is tart...yeah, the actual smell make your mouth feel like you just ate something tart...crazy. The taste is shockingly and wonderfully tart. It tastes like one of those sour a WarHead or something. It's incredible and plain awesome. I have never had a beer like this before. Very true to style in the sense that you get some great cherry-like sweetness to go with the sour character. Overall awesome and I'm glad I was able to try it.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Zakk
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep blood red in color with a head that
disipates quickly but has hints of red

S: Rich malt and sweet aromas with an apparent
grape/cherry fruit ingredient.

T: Great malt balance with a faint hop finish
that competes with the fruit bitterness.
I liked the competition. The fruit bitter-
ness is face twisting.

M: Hefty but smooth with great crabonation and
a pleasant red winelike composition.

D: Very nice

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Photo of SIRIUS2
4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in an Ommegong Rouge tulip glass at Tyler's Taproom (Apex)

When this tasty beverage was presented it just looked cool! The color was this deep russet brownish red with about 3 fingers worth of white foamy head. Mostly clear so far as I could see. Great head retention and it laced the glass all the way down.

Aromas of sour cherry, old oak, and some sharp acid on the nose. There was an overall fruity smell that seemed to be foremost.

First sip was a careful one because I really had no idea what to expect. Whoa! The first thing that struck was the incredible tart sting on the tongue that eventually spread across the entire palate. It cut right through everything and then just very slowly faded, allowing the other aspects of the brew to come through in somewhat timid fashion. I have no idea if there is fruit in this but it comes across just like a dry Kriek beer - lots of tart cherries & strawberries but lively and refreshing at the same time. That tartness seems to slide right down the throat and echo from somewhere beyond.

The overall feeling in the mouth is a little hard to place just because the flavors had me puckering so much. I tried to get through that and it seemed light, lively and a bit brisk. Carbonation is fine but abundant and it just helps to drive that tart sensation right into the tongue.

This is the first time I have experienced a "Flemish Red Ale" and I have to say that I very much enjoyed it. Drinkability? Well, it took some getting used to but by the end of the glass I was ready for another. This is nothing to quaff - you definitely want to take your time with this one and enjoy it, letting the interesting character take control of your taste buds. It looks innocent, but I'll bet you make a face on your fist sip too!

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Photo of Billolick
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 16 ounce "growler" purchased at Deciccios in Ardsley, NY for $8.99. Pours dark amber, with a ruby glow, clear, low carbonation, with next to no head and very minor lace. Intense sour cherr nose. Flavor is rich and bold and soaking in sour cherry and some musty wood. Simple and to the point, sour dense cherry all the way. Yummy stuff, well worth seeking out for all sour beer lovers

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Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of EllaLythe
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from my kegerator tap into a Duvel glass. No carbonation to speak of. Head is about an inch in height dropping withing seconds to nothing. Lusty red cola in appearance.

Smell is of cherries and granny smith apple.

Taste is at first sip puckering fading into sour cherry and crisp apple fading into a pear sweetness.

Mouthfeel is sharp and crisp like a cold tart apple with a hint of a lemon acidity fading into a slight sweet coating on the tongue.

Drinkability is excellent as I go out for another.


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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice red, gleaming pour, mild 1/4" head on top. Lots of wood, berries, cherries, and lactic sour aroma from this one, enjoyable.

Plenty of fruit flavor with a respectable pucker factor. Some of my complaints in the style tend to be that the more traditional ones emphasize the wood flavor and brown malt like tones over the basic sourness, or if they do amp up the sourness, it takes a very vinegary direction, which is not desireable to this taster. This one, from a pretty traditional brewery, does not falter in its sourness. Nice and clean, not going to impress those who want barnyard funk wet blanket rustic notes.

Also, the fruit taste comes without added sugar, another nice spot. Plenty tart, plenty of cherry flavor, this beer avoided the pitfalls for the style.

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Photo of brow1901
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap, poured in a tulip glass.

A- Deep red mahogany color, slight off white head (slight red tint). Fair lacing not overly impressive, good retention.

S- This beer makes you pucker up before you get it in your mouth. Tart sourness has a scent somehow. Definite fruit tartness, really smells of cherries or raspberries. Slight wood scent, no alcohol.

T- Expolsion of sourness, quite delicious yet almost un-bearable. Really makes you cringe on the first few sips. Sour cherries or berries overpower quite deliciously, yet seem so delicate. Thats what makes this beer so special, everything seems so fragile, a different ingredient here or there could throw the whole beer off.

M- decent carbonation, medium bodied. Not overly syrupy but pleanty slick. The tartness leaves the mouth really dry.

D- The beer is refreshing, however it can be a chore to drink. The tartness really abuses the palate. But this beer is so interesting it is a pleasure to drink. This beer cost $7 for a 10oz pour, keep that in mind.

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Photo of glid02
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours a deep ruby color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of tart cherries and berries with a slight amount of funk that intensifies as the beer warms.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Tart cherry and berry flavors up front that are a bit more puckering than the smell would've led me to believe. Light funky flavors enter in about midsip before an ending that's equal parts sweet and sour.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could drink a few of these.

Overall this is one of the more tart Flanders Red Ales that I've had, but it wasn't overdone. Certainly worth a shot.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a snifter)

A- This beer has a slightly dense but crystal clear body with a reddish-brown hue. There is a creamy light tan head that sits on top and a gentle carbonation.

S- The smell of tart bright young balsamic vinegar has a light musty note that increases as the beer warms and an almost horsey finish.

T- The big tart flavor has a cherry quality to it with a musty note and a soft cheese rind hint. There is a light cola note followed by a tartness that lingers after the finish.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a faint astringency and a tight fizzy finish.

D- Big bright tart tasty beer. This beer should be a yearly seasonal.

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

Sampled from a hand bottle my cousin krkearney brought to our Christmas tasting. Beer poured a clear reddish amber color with a slight off white head, mainly a ring on the edge. The aroma was tart, very reminiscent of a flemish sour ale. The taste is nice and tart, just how I like it. There is a decent carbonation body to the beer but not too much which makes for a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of Calico
3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Tap & Mallet in Rochester, NY.

A - Deep red, good clarity. Looks like a red wine, but with the lacing that is a telltale sign it is a beer.

S - I didn't get much aroma off this one - some hint of the tart offering that was to come.

T - Definite lactic sourness. Ripe, fruity flavors in the background. Winy notes.

M - A bit astringent - or is that the sourness puckering my tongue? Pleasant carbonation.

D - Low in alcohol, so I could drink more than one, but the tartness is a bit intense for sessioning.

This reminded me of Rodenbach Grand Cru when I had a little sample of it at BCTC. This time around, it reminds me of Rodenbach Classic - only sourer. This is a puckerer. I am a sour beer fan, but the gamut of sourness I like runs between Duchesse de Bourgogne on the sweeter side to Liefmans Goudenband on the tarter side. The more challenging offerings from Cantillon are more of a stretch for me. This beer is just a tad out of that comfort zone. A really good effort, but for my $6.50 I'd rather have had Rodenbach.

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Photo of Stigs
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz pour, served at Fat Head's Pittsburgh

A - dark ruby, crystal clear. thin layer of tan foam, sticky on the way down. on par for the style.

S - attack of oak, cherries, belgian yeast, sourness. vinegar and other fruity sweetness lay beneath. nice and subtle, yet complex.

T - big pop of flavors, cherries and sour smarties, oak, acidic sourness. doesnt mess around. some grape and butterscotch are hidden deep. lovely.

M - perfectly carbonated. puckering with a hugely intense dry finish. one of those rare beers where the mouth adds so much character to the enjoyment.

D - made a sipper only by the intense sourness. in your face yet has the complexities to make it interesting and captivating. have been lucky enough to have this on ta in my area numerous times, and go out of my way to experience it. well done.

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Photo of Sammy
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A very good sour ale, on tap at Cole's. Initially tart sensation and then very flavourful flemish cherry and cranberry well malted down, and some sugar. Good drinkability Americanized by the sweetness. therefore. Reddish with white head and lacing.Will seek out again.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. CBX counter-pressure filled, wax-dipped bomber. Received from Ryan via the WW BIF 4. Bottled date of 8.3.10. Poured into a Darkness snifter and shared with schen9303. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a .5 finger thick, white head with moderate retention that dissipates into a thin white ring atop the brew. Beer is a clear, dark black cherry. Lacing is spotty and string with decent retention.

S: Nose is oak, tart cherry, slight burnt rubber geuziness. Musty, cobwebs, and band-aid. Muted and subtle overall but very pleasant and appetizing.

T: Opens tart cherry, raspberry puree, oak, and vanilla. Retains its sourness throughout. Robust and a mild yeastiness in the middle. Cherry sweetens a bit and dries out. Oak. Wet wood. Puckering raspberry finish with a slight yeasty aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Prickly and filmy and oily in the mouth. Dry. Substantial going down. Finishes dry with little aftertaste.

D: Surprising how much this one reminds me of a geuze lambic in the nose and taste. Very robust overall and an incredibly enjoyable and complex beer. Almost perfect feel too. Well worth the hype and trouble to acquire.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

excited to find this one on tap, healthy pour at Dexter's

cellphone notes

appearance: served in a large hennepin chalice...very dark garnet body, light bubbly beige head

smell: glorious tartness. i had forgotten what exactly this beer was when i ordered it but quickly realized it was going to be a nice tart flanders...tart cherry, sour cranberry, red wine vinegar

taste: ever since la folie took over chicago, it has been the summer of sours for me. this one draws immediate comparisons to new belgium by all 3 of us at the table...sharpy woodyness, tart cherry/cranberry, sugary tongue buckling sourness, vinegary but not overwhelming. lovely

mouthfeel: tart, tongue twisting

drinkability: after a few hours at the taste of madison (read: very full), this one required some attention to plug through

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Photo of cjgator3
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark reddish color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is sour cherries and oak. Very nice and appealing aroma.

T- The taste like the aroma has some sour cherry flavors with some oak flavors as well. Very tasty and thirst quenching.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Its always nice to see breweries outside of Belgium take a crack at this style. Great job Ommegang, this is a fantastic beer.

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Photo of tempest
3.67/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Blind Tiger

Served in a tulip glass, this Belgian was a fairly, though not entirely, clear red with a short head. The aroma was rich with wild barnyard character, but the flavor couldn't quite match it. For the style this beer was too clean, it didn't have enough funky depth. The basic elements of a slightly fruity and puckering sourness were there, but I wanted more. Overall, it's good beer, but there are better examples available.

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Photo of miketd
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Beer Engine. Pours dark copper with almost no head...just a few bubbles rimming the glass. Aroma is sour cherry and some barrel. Flavor is quite tart with some vinegar. Don't taste a ton of barrel but it is there. Nice palate and a smooth beer. This is pretty awesome and one of the better sours I've had outside of Belgium.

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Photo of MiScusi
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Lucky Baldwin's Delirium Cafe.

A- Served in a goblet, deep maroon red, the head died down really fast. Fairly clear although it's dark nature prohibits seeing though it.

S/T- I wasn't exactly sure what I was going to be getting from this beer but by the first whiff/taste it was obviously a sour cherry beer. Reminded me a lot of La Folie except a little less sour.

M- fairly light, prickly carbonation.

Possibly the best Flanders Red I've had.

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Photo of heliosphann
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass. Enjoyed with some tasty wings at a local establishment.

A. Very little head. Pours a stunning Crimson, with an almost darker body at the center. Very minimal lacing.

S. Tart cherries and wood with some sour earthy funk. Some medicinal notes as well. Nice...

T: Strong sourness, but not quite puckering. Just like it smells, tart cherries and oak dominate. A little acidic, but not overpowering. Sweet on the finish. Mmmm, yummy.

M: Medium-light bodied. Nice carbonation despite appearance. Feels great on the tongue.

D: Insanely good. I had a few pints and could have drank a few more. The sourness doesn't factor in much at all.

This is a great American take on a Flanders Red. Easily one of, if not Ommegangs best offering. Why they don't bottle this is criminal. If they did I'd be drinking it on a regular basis...

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Photo of MMAJYK
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A. Deep burgandy color with chocolate tones. Whispy, creamy white head. Brilliantly clear. An amazing looking brew.

S. Ripe cherries, barnyard funk, lemons, sweat, and fresh strawberries.

T. Lemons, tart cherries, lemon peel, vinegar like acidity with a lactic sourness too. Very fruity but tart. Great complexity and intangibles out of this world!

M. Medium feel with nice carbonation. Maybe a tad thin.

D. I could drink a truckload of this stuff. Simply amazing and fresh! Totally refreshing brew.

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Photo of OsirisStokes
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first review so its clearly going to seem amateur. I had to review this beer because I think its amazing. I have recently discovered sour beers and this one is my favorite. It has a great sour flavor without being overpowering. It has a rich red color and a sweet smell. No head if I remember correctly. I could drink several of these which is more than I can say for almost every other sour I have ever had. I strongly recommend this as a jumping off point for getting into this genre of beers.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on-tap....

Poured into a 12 oz. snifter

A- Glowing light ruby color with a nice thin tan/somewhat off white head. Translucent, reminded me of a sparkling wine.

S- Smell was strong and pungent. Vinegary and very sweet. Sour apples, candy, green apples, sugar.

T- This is extremely sour, just the way a flanders red ale should be. Those sour apples that were in the nose also appeared in the taste. Multiple sips revealed an herbaly, grainy and medicinal flavors. Overall, the sour fruits overwpowered this beer, very pleasant.

M- Slick and smooth. Well-carbonated and mild.

D- I could sip on this all night. So smooth, tasty, and full of that sour punch that I cannot get enough of.

Ommegang, you have done it again!

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Rouge from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 200 ratings