Cup O Kyndnes
Brewery Ommegang

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Style:
Scottish Ale
ABV:
6.6%
Score:
86
Avg:
3.85 | pDev: 11.43%
Reviews:
169
Ratings:
241
From:
Brewery Ommegang
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  12
Gots
  14
SCORE
86
Very Good
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Notes: The Belgian-Scotch brewing connection dates to WWI, when thousands of Scotsmen spent years in Belgium. To satisfy the new customers, Belgian brewers learned to brew lighter "Scotch" style ales. This fine Ommegang ale uses heather tips and a wee bit of smoked malt to bring the taste and aroma of Scotland to the forefront. "Malty, full body, dark, slightly smoky, with heather notes. Flavorful and aromatic, with a gentle complexity and easy-going finish."
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Reviews by mrfrancis:
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4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark, ruby-tinted amber with a billowing white head that lasts for quite some time.

S: There is a pleasant combination of peat, molasses, heather, and cider apple aromas on the nose. Obviously, this is going to be a malt-driven ale.

T: Opens in a surprisingly fruity, floral fashion with heather tip, spiced pear, and cider apple flavors being most pronounced. Around mid-palate, notes of chocolate, peat, heavy cream, and molasses briefly come into focus. The finish is mellow, gentle, and a bit warming with heather, apple, and peat notes being most noticeable.

M: This ale is rather full bodied and dry, though it is still smooth in the mouth. Carbonation is spritzier than expected. It probably needs to be toned down slightly, but is not all that troublesome.

O: This is another impressive ale from Ommegang. I think it would be especially nice on a snowy evening. I do feel, however, that the flavors could stand to be a little better integrated and that the carbonation could be reigned in a bit. In my opinion, these minor tweaks would make what is already a very good, very interesting ale an absolute knockout.

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Hazy darker brown color, one and a half fingers of foam that lasts for about a minute, leaving minimal lacing behind on the inner surface of the glass. Smells of caramel, toffee, milk chocolate, and just a garnish level touch of peat smoke. Flavor contains all of these elements and also a medium strength nutty element and some suggestions of plums... Body is smooth and silky, medium carbonation. If I had to criticize something, it would be that I had a hard time finding the Heather promised within. It only appeared as a ghostly faint presence once allowed to warm up.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single finger head with scattered lacing in a murky amber body. Nice lacing. Aroma is toffee, caramel, candy sugar and sour cherry. Flavor follows with cherry, caramel malts, candy sugar and toasted malts. Mollasses and toffee late in the finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Nice maltiness for the style. Light on the hops. A few surprise notes for the style.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

- from the notes and a bomber bottle
A - dark rich clear brown with a finger of head and some lacing.
S - a sweet and ever so slight smoky aroma.
T - malty sweet with a mostly sweet finish despite touch of bitter.
M - syrupy thick feeling.
D - not tremendous but not bad either.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle, split between 2 stemless red wine glasses. Nice loud pop of cork.
Pours with a nice 1/2" head, fades quick. High carbonation. Clear, deep, dark red in color. Smells like a sweet red wine. Berries, and booze, like red licorice and cotton candy sugary aroma. First sip carries over sparkling grape juice and scotch. Fruits get more bitter as it warms like cassis berries or pomegranate. Best quality is the undertones of spicy wood on the tongue.
Feels very watery.
Not bad, but for Ommegang, definitely not one of their best, was much better before it started warming.

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Had from a bottle. Poured a reddish brown color with a nice white head that retained well. Small amounts of lacing. Aroma was sweet, earthy...a bit of of a raisin smell as well. Toasty. Tasted of cherries, toffee, spices, sweetness and raisins. Well-balanced, but each flavor was minimal for the most part...could have been more complex. Perhaps TOO blended in flavor.

Medium mouthfeel with light carbonation. Drinkable, but I wouldn't have it again. One bottle was good enough!

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Cup O Kyndnes from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 241 ratings