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Ommegang Cup O Kyndnes (Cup Of Kindness)Ommegang Cup O Kyndnes (Cup Of Kindness)

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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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."

Added by akorsak on 08-05-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 169 | Ratings: 241
Photo of generallee
4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 750ml corked and caged bottle into a tulip glass. The label has a nice description but with no abv%. There is also a freshness date printed on the glass. ("PKG ON 08/10/10" and "BEST BY 08/2012")

Appearance: It looks dark in the glass and has a garnet red hue when held up to the light. This is capped off by a two to three finger head which has excellent retention. A small light tan layer of foam hangs on till the last sip. As I take each sip the head coats the glass with film of slick bubbles which brakes up and leaves cool lace patterns on the glass.

Smell: I get a lot of the smoked malt right up front with some mild fruity malt notes and classic Ommegang yeast notes underneath. Way off in the distance is a very faint hint of heather.

Taste/Palate: The flavor has a sweet malty character up front with fruity and yeasty notes. This is backed up with very firm smoky malt which covers up the light floral heather notes. Hops are distant and offer only light leafy herbal notes with light hop bitterness. This all comes by way of a smooth softly carbonated palate with a medium to full body.

Notes: When I think of Scottish Ales I think of smoky malts with rich complex sweetness and this one brings it! For me though, the heather was a bit distant but overall I enjoyed this lovely ale more than just a wee bit.

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Photo of Offa
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a wonderful, characterful ale with an interesting and successful combination of Belgian ale and a lightly smokey take on a Scottish ale.

Beautiful, clear deep red-brown-amber, it has a big tan head slowly shirnking and leaving a hint of lace.

Aroma is citrus, Belgian yeastiness with coriander, clove and pear, plus a toasty caramel character and spicy fruits.

Taste is gently but clearly smoky-toasty maltiness and very fruity with light wine element, then lightly woody with a very toasty, lightly smoky finish. It is flavourful with good complexity, yet is smooth and gentle. It goes well with smoky sausages and the like.

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Photo of carpezytha
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in over sized red wine glass.

A: Super fine and voluminous head. Body deep alizaron crimson. Head retracts to a small creamy island on a deep copper pool.
S: Floral notes, carob and caramel on wet wool.
T: Roasted malt with bark, leather and earth. Tar and caramel. Woody finish.
M: A jaunty mouthfeel with a not unpleasant stringent finish.
D: Share this one.

I have to admit I am not deeply familiar with this style, so the notes may reflect that.

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Photo of midnite2sixman
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of a kind.

Dark brown, chocolatey in the glass. Thanks to John Mediate for bringing this down for the beer dinner at Butch's Dry Dock in Holland, Michigan. What an honor!

Smell is malty raisiny with a hint of smoke. With an all-spice brown sugar back end.

Almost like a porter without the roasty toastiness. All-spice baked rye taste. Slight scotch notes. Nothing overwhelming. A meaty grilled characteristic is evident as well.

Mouthfeel is slightly dry. Lots of malt characteristics. Sweet and succinct.

This is a winner. Definitely give it a gulp!

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Photo of elgiacomo
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle.

Pours red/brown with a two finger foamy off-white head with a touch of light tan, leaves some foamy rings of lacing and holds a very solid cap.

Aroma is malty and fruity, along with some herbal, grainy, and grassy character, yeast/bread, can pick up a hint of smoke and some spice...wonder if that is the heather tips? Not familiar with heather so I cannot say for sure. Moderate to good strength.

Flavor features a good bit of dark fruity esters, belgian yeast, some caramel, molasses, toffee, and a touch of chocolate, quite malty and delicious overall.

Mouthfeel is foamy, velvety, rich, and creamy without being too thick or heavy, soft carbonation.

Mmmmm this is what I expect a Belgian-style Scotch Ale to be, wonderfully done!

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Photo of atsprings
4.39/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a tulip glass a deep almost opaque black that shows slight ruby highlights when held to light. The beer is topped with a thin light tan head that diminishes to a ring and leaves almost no lacing on the glass. The aroma is a nice amount of dark malts, burnt caramel, dried fruits, molasses and a bit of spice. The taste is a nice complex blend of dried fruits, dark malts, molasses and a hint of cocoa. The beer is quite light and crisp with smooth mild carbonation. I'm a bit surprised by this one, a Belgian style beer that's better on-tap than it is from the bottle!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

cup o' kindness Traditional Belgian-style Scotch Ale (is that a thing?)

Murky brown appearance, under a creamy-toned, lace leaving, luscious head. Looking good.

Aroma: sweet, nutty, caramel and toffee notes, chocolate malt aplenty. Floral and heather-y, no hops to be found. Gorgeous.

Taste: why, yes, let's drink 'er up. Lightly bitter bracing entry on the palate, a little funky and sour, tingles the tongue, then lets loose the lush malty flavor. I'm a bit surprised, and thought I'd get nothing but sweet malt from this one. I like it. Great little trick on the tongue, then all is mellow and groovy.

Not too high in alcohol, but exceptionally warming

I'll take a cup of kindness yet, in days of auld's that song go?

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Photo of hdofu
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very interesting beer. Pour dark brown, has a light tan head. Smell is intensely of spices, like cinamon and ginger. Taste is very wheatish and finishes with a punch in the face of these spices. It has a pleasant mouthfeel and isn't too strong. I have no complaints about this one and would recomend it to people who like a spicyness in there beer (not cajun spicy but spice rack spicy)

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Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, hazy, orange-brown in color, medium-high carbonation

Smell: peat, flowers, toasted malt, and small smokiness

Taste: caramel especially up front, big smoked wood, and peat.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy bodied, smoky and sweet, moderate-high carbonation

Drinkability: There are some heavy smoke beer flavors going on here. An excellent beer, this rivals AleSmith as one of my favorite bombers in the style. An excellent and multi-layered beer, I am glad I have more than one bomber.

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Photo of Gmann
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear brown color with some amber hightlights and a nice puffy cream colored head that slowly settles into a thick cap. The aroma is of clove, banana and candi sugar. Some very light herbal notes towards the end, which may be the heather. The tastes starts off with all of the belgian characteristics; clove, banana and candi sugar sweetness. Then you can see the scottish side pop through. Some rusty metallic notes, light roast, and dry tea like flavor followed by a subtle smoke that shows up in the end and is a nice contrast to the sweetness. Moderate body with airy carbonation; starts off sweet on the palate but finishes dry. This is a very interesting scottish ale and very good. It has some dubbel like flavors along with the traditional scottish malt and a nice hint of smoke.

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Photo of drtth
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in stemmed goblet. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is dark brown with a ΒΌ" off white creamy head that persists reasonably long leaving some nice foam and lacing on the sides of the glass when sipping.

Smell: The aroma is malty with some dark caramel and molasses sweetness combined with some floral, fruity character that leads into a pleasant smokiness.

Taste: The malt flavors (dark caramel with a touch of dark molasses) provide a solid backbone that supports the floral and smokiness components of the taste but never interferes with them. The smokiness from the malt has a surprisingly light character but is definitely present through out much of the sip.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium=full bodied and soft with the creamy carbonation. The finish is medium long and filled with some floral dark caramel/molasses that carries the smokiness nicely almost to the smoky, slightly dry end.

Drinkability: I enjoyed this one quite a bit. Each sip followed from the last easily and I'd be quite happy to have a second. I'm thinking I'll be looking for some of this in the future. One of the nice features of this beer is that the smokiness is definitely present but never strong enough to lead one to say "enough" before getting to the end of the beer.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice red-brown color with a fingers worth of tan head

S: Smoked malts and spices are the focus, with a tiny oak presence in the background most likely due to the general smokiness of scottish ales

T: The smokiness comes out a lot more in the taste than in the nose, and is the focal point of this beer. Subtle spice notes also kick in mid-way through

M: Medium body and carbonation, and the smokiness makes it very smooth

D: Great example of the style, and so easy to drink, especially at 6.6%. If they started brewing this regularly and put it in 4- or 6-packs it would definitely be a popular scottish-style ale

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Photo of bs870621345
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up this and chilled it down for a rainy night.

Pours a deep copper color with an inch of white head. Fades to a collar around the glass with lacing all over the glass.

Smells of malts, smoke, and light flowers.

Taste is of smoke and caramel with a herbal and flowery finish. Very enjoyable

Mouthfeel is moderate and not sticky. Nice amount of carbonation, not prickly but lets you know its there

Very good drinkability, the bottle goes down easily and very enjoyable.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11 ounce goblet - $8.75 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Dispensed a dark brown body, some darkened amber tones at the edges, and capped with a slim, off-white head.

Smell: Sweetish nose of toasted bread paired with caramel, dark brown sugar and cocoa, and mingled with a welcome whiff of clean smoke and notes of dark fruits and spice akin to nutmeg and cinnamon.

Taste: Toasted bread layered in caramelized sugars given an additionally sweet sprinkling of date sugar and Nesquik chocolate powder on top. Fruity mix of dates, Bing cherries, and green raisins. Quick flourishes of ground spices. Underlying smokey peat malt character takes a bit of warmth to come out. Lightly earthiness with a little bit of bitterness lurking inside. Dry maltiness and a bit more fruit on the smooth, warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-light carbonation. Nearly sticky mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Quite nice. Personally, I never got much from the Belgian yeast underneath all the maltiness and smokey peat, not that that detracts from the pleasantness of the beer.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours dark brown with a creamy, frothy, two finger off-white head. Retention is great and plenty of sticky lacing is left behind.

S: Slightly earthy Belgian yeast, subtle spices. Faint heather and alcohol. Fruity esters. Bready malt aroma and smells of toffee, smoke, and faint coffee. It basically smells like a good Belgian Strong Dark ale with some roasted and smoked malts worked in.

T: Earthy Belgian yeast and some brown bread. Subtle spices, but nothing specific that I can nail down. Fruity esters are very apparent and lend tastes of pears and green apples. Raisins come out as well. Esters give way to lots of malt flavor. Molasses, caramel, and some very woody/smokey burnt tastes in the finish. Only slightly dry.

M: Full, luscious, and creamy. Strong carbonation from the bottle conditioning.

D: Good. Tasty and full bodied, but easy to drink.

Notes: An interesting marriage of styles, but one that works well. I really enjoyed this beer. I take issue with it being entered as a Scottish ale though. It's really more like a Belgian Strong Dark Ale with some smoked and roasted malt subtleties.

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Photo of soze47
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cracked the cage and cork on this one tonight! I love Ommegang, so I'm interested in getting their take on a Scottish Ale.

Appearance: Thick, bubbly creamy tan head of 2+ fingers. Ruby, deep brown body.

Aroma: Deep dark fruit maltiness. Raisins and spice on the nose. Complex

Taste: Nice mix here. Caramel and toasted malt combine well with the spices and heather to make a rich diversity of flavors. Because the body is lighter than most Scottish Ales, the taste gets around your mouth and palette much easier. Smokey quality is there too, with nice craisin/raisin taste to finish.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied as mentioned. Smooth and easy on the palette. Like white wine, this one makes your mouth feel alive without weighing it down.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable due to the lower ABV and lighter body. While complex in flavor, it is not overwhelming in the least. I drank this whole thing by myself in a relatively quick amount of time for a bottle its size.

Overall: I really enjoyed this and would love to pick it up again when looking for a Scottish/Scotch Ale. I usually stay away from this because they can be cloying and muddled. Because this one is so light, it allowed all those same flavors to dance around and make for a refreshing, complex brew.

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Photo of tchenery
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer shows a deep rich chocolate color. Very brown. The head is nice and big with an off-white color to it.

It smells of rich malt aromas with a slight bitterness smell on it and a smell of slight sweetness.

The taste is very rich and thick of chocolate malt. The Belgian carbonation helps to keep it light on the tongue and probably mask a few flavors as well. There is a slight raisin flavor to it. I'm sure it will change as it warms. There's a marshmallow hint coming in now too.

This is a great cold weather beer. The mouthfeel is not drying and slightly sweet. I'll be going back for this one again for sure.

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Photo of taigor
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 8oz glass.

A - Poured clear dark red color with medium head that dissipated very quickly leaving light lacing around the glass.

S - Malts upfront with lots of fruit scents and a hint of smokiness.

T - Same as smell suggests malt sweetness upfront with fruits, caramel, possibly even honey. Did finish a little bitter but overall very well balanced taste.

M - Medium bodied with just enough carbonation.

D - Very smooth and easy going. Would definitely recommend it.

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Photo of MadCat
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased October 2010, so its go a bit of age on it.

Appearance: Brown with good tan head that lasts for a while and leaves good lacing

Smell: Caramely and chocolatey malts, with a soft smokiness of heather, which is present but not overwhelming

Taste: A soft smokey heather flavor is the first thing to notice, along with caramel and chocolate. Earthy, roasty, and smokey, with some fruit hiding in there, it is a bit more unique than most brews. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, good carbonation, very smooth

Overall: A very good brew, not too complex though. I wish it was regular production at a price similar to their other regular production brews. Not the most special for a limited, pricey brew. Also a note, many brews mention Belgian yeast flavors, and I don't pick any in particular out. Not sure why though.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice tan head of two fingers after the pour that slowly recedes to nothing after some extended sipping. Very Belgian bubbling.

The aroma is a caramelized fruit, prunes and cherries, with caramel malt and a little smoke. Very inticing aroma.

The taste is alive with a great malt base, giving off flavors of caramel and fresh baked beer bread. The heather adds some fruity and earthy flavors in the middle Dark cherries and plums stick out the most. Add to all this with a little smaoke and this is a pretty dynamic tasting beer.

Well carbonated, but silky, although at times metallic and twangy. Still an awesome beer worth buying again and again.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, picked up at Hi-Times,

A: Pours mahogany with a soft off-white to tan head, one finger at most. Solid, but not thick lace. Good head retention.

S: Dark bready malt, hint of smoke and flowers. Has a bit of a dark cookie scent.

T: Has a moderate peat smoke flavour of the bat which resonates throughout the brew which I really liked. Dark malt, spice cookie. Hard to get the heather, but the overall flavour is excellent.

M: Light to medium-bodied, which feels a bit odd since I usually recognise these flavours with heavier brews, the Wee Heavies and their ilk. Quite smooth, strong flavours but easy on the palate.

D: The Belgo-Scotch tradition is certainly alive in New York. Ommegang continues to impress and shows why they're arguably the best American Belgian-style brewer.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From notes.
Look: Brown/plum with a 3/4 inch head. Very minimal lace.
Smell: Smoked malts, pear, a little bit of fresh mint leaf.
Taste: Mirrors the smell with a bit of spice and cigar wrapper. A very mild floral hop background.
Mouth: Very light for the style, heavy on carbonation.
Drink: Not high on the ABV and very tasty. A little pricy but I certainly went through a bottle pretty quick. Mmm mmm delicious.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

ruby amber with a nice clarity to it and adequate carbonation visible trickling up from the bottom of the glass. This gathered at the top and combined to form a delicate head

nice delicate notes of nuts and caramel were mixed and intertwined with a deeply rooted grain filled back. This was a malt monster for sure as the only thing that was easily picked up through all this was the dark roasted malts that made up the majority of it. nice bit of caramel and sweetness right from the start and this really never faded as any other flavors that were here simply mingled and swirled around this. There were hints of roasted nuts as well

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep, deep chestnut color with a sizeable tan head on top. Belgian like aroma-mildly sulfurish and yeasty. Slight metallic twinge. Nice and solid malt flavor upfront. Really nice caramel touch, very slight peat or smokish tinge. Has enough hop bite to be noticed, as well as a soft yeasty/bread like flavor. Really well balanced with a fair amount going on. Good body, seems to get fuller as it warms, came off thinner at first. Really an enjoyable beer-great Belgian Scottish ale. Nice job Ommegang!

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 25.4oz bottle into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper color with a large brown-tinted head that dissipates very slowly then stops almost completely, and leaves behind a thick ring and some spots of lace.

Smell: Sweet caramel and sugar along with some smokiness and some berry-like notes.

Taste: Begins with a strong, rich, smokey malt sweetness, finishing with apple and a unique flavor which I'm guessing is the heather.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body with sharp carbonation initially that goes away quickly, finishing sort of dry.

Drinkability: A very, very good and quite unique beer. I'd want to have this again and would definitely recommend it.

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