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

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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 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 cosmicevan
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip.

A - Poured a burgundy maroonish brownish purpleish color with a nice frothy head that leaves some good lace on the glass. Ommegang brews typically have a hefty top and are usually really nice looking in my opinion. This one has a lot of the appeal of their other beers.

S - Subtle. mint and darker fruits, some soft spicing in the background.

T - There's a lot going on, but everything is blended in a way that nothing really stands out too much. Peppery maple syrup. Reminds me of a spicy sour bubblegum with a cooling/refreshing finish. Mostly just spices.

M - Feels spicy and cooling. Not as thick as I would've expected but full-bodied still. Seems like a good match for the cooling autumn weather.

D - I had tried this one at BCTC a few months ago and remembered it being not as good as I'm finding it now. I had found it to be much thicker and filling...although it wasn't the first beer I tried of the day (...and in all likelihood probably wasn't even the 30th) so can't really trust my memory from that day, but my overall impression of not being too impressed compared to all the other options from Ommegang. An interesting take, but not my favorite scottish ale and not my favorite Ommegang 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 saintwarrick
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is a very dirty brick red with a thin, lacey white head while the nose holds some familiar Belgian sugars and the sweet, bready maltiness of a Scottish ale. Taste is a perfect blend of the two styles, starting off with some light sweetness and dark fruits befitting a Belgian ale of its shade before showing some smoky characteristics like a good Scottish ale. Overall a very good and drinkable brew. I have loved each of these new brew Ommegang has been throwing out there, so keep em coming!

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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 merlin48
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged bottle pours a slightly hazed ruby chestnut body with a medium sized tan head that is thick and pillowy. Good retention and some lavish lacing in sheets and spiderwebs.

Aroma has some dark fruit esters from the Belgian yeast, molasses, herbal hops, and a hint of smoke.

Solid medium body has an appropriately subtle carbonation.

Taste has a toffee/molasses malty base accented by a hint of dark fruits, Belgian yeast, floral/herbal hops, and a prominent earthy smokiness that is much more evident in the taste than the aroma.

Tasty and very drinkable. Nice to see Ommegang do such a fine job with this style.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A Belgian Style Scotch Ale, Why not.
Pours a deep ruby color with a finely bubbled off white head that dissipates quickly but leaves some sticky lace on the way down. The nose is sweet with cherries and plums, spicy wheat notes and a hint of smoke. A swirl of my glass releases some phenolics and a hint of bubble gum. Taste is smokey with a hint of herbal almost minty tastes. A chalky roasted grain vies for attention in the background but is overwhelmed with smoke and bubbly carbonation. Spicy wheat becomes sweet dark fruits that linger on the finish. Taste is a little sweet, but never becomes cloying. Medium to high level of tightly held bubbles, Medium body, Bubbly syrupy mouthfeel. I love a good Scotch ale, I love a good Belgian Style ale. I'm not sure I love them mixed together. Some of the flavors I feel clash with each other right now, but maybe with some time this will be more harmonious. As is I could take it or leave it. There's nothing really objectionable here, but nothing really excites me either.

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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 Billolick
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Omme bomber, caged and corked, $11.99 @ DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY.
Pour is darkest shades of amber, thick and frothy mocha head, reaches high, then falls to a nice film and leaves nice looking bands of thicker lacing.
Malted up nose, with a hint of mushroomy earthiness.
Malty and pleasing Scottish ale. Nutty, maple infused, more malt.
Decent take on the style, that doesn't really do a great deal for me. Respectable, quality, drinkable and all that, but not likely I'll be drinking too many more bottle of this stuff

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

750 mL bottle.

A: Pours a medium brown with light beige head that leaves solid lacing.
S: Smoky, sweet, and spicy.
T: The smoked malt dominates this brew, with a hint of spice on the finish (this must be the heather that the bottle indicates).
M: Well carbonated and medium bodied.
D: Not too bad, and at 6.6%, it goes down pretty easily.

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

Found this on tap, so I don't have notes for the pour.

Color is a very deep opaque brown. Decent light tan head, though doesn't linger. Very minimal lacing.

Aroma is faint, malty, sweet, hint of smoke.

Flavor brings initial smoke and sugars, breaks to mild booze and raisin, finishes dry and bitter.

Mouthfeel is a bit full up front but thins as you drink.

Drinkability is very high.

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Photo of mntlover
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brown with some copper highlights mixed in sporting a big fluffy khaki colored head that falls so slow and laces well.

Aroma is malty some noticeable molasses, hints of peat and smokiness. Some hop notes floral mingled with spicy notes.

Taste is like the nose nice malty, molasses mingle with some smoky peat good earthy notes. Finish is lingering earthy notes some smoke with floral hopy notes, hops seem to turn lightly medicine/spice like towards the end.

Mouthfeel is nice seems bigger then it is a big medium to start but lightens towards the finish. Nice mellow carbonation.

Drinkability is good almost goes down to fast, very favorable. Defiantly worth a try, fairly tasty brew certainly for a lower ABV brew.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 25 fl. oz. corked bottle brewed on 08/02/10 and good until 2012. Sampled on September 20, 2010. If I had n't been so anxious to try it I might have let it age a bit since it has another two years of growth left in it. A gorgeaous dark amber pour with rub hues and a generous, foamy, beige head. The aroma is full of wheat with a nice balance of roasted malts, yeast, and maybe some coriander. The fuller body leads to a bitter taste that brings out the Scottish malts and yeast more so than the wheat.

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Photo of jjboesen
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A Belgian brewery that attempts to produce a Scotch Ale. Gotta give them a nod at the attempt, one which was rather interesting - in any case, it's frequently difficult to obtain a really exceptional version of this style outside of Scotland.

This reveiw stems from a draft of it partaken at DC's Churchkey (where else?); it opens splendildly with a monumental head of vanilla-colored froth. The nose detects a surprisingly subtle hint of tapioca pudding. The body is viscerally dark in color - nary a dot of light'll pass through this un, laddies. The palate is overwhelmed by a heavy and chewy mouthfeel that gently fades into a sweet molasses finish. (Or is it molassie? - Yikes!) A strange brew; however, one to try if the chance could be gotten.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ah, yippee, looks like I get first crack at a bottle review. Picked this up today at Beverage King in West Lebanon NH for $9.99. Served cold in a chilled tulip.

Dark brown brew turns deep cherry red against a light. The head is a thick jiggly mass of tiny tan bubbles that builds from the very bottom of the glass to form a 3" tall tower of foam from a moderate pour. A significant portion of it lingers on the glass as it settles. The nose is very unique. I recognize the heather from the little anti-stink caplets that we put in the autoclave at a previous job (but here it is much nicer, and not for purpose of covering up bacterial odors). It has an attractive smooth warm spicy herbal floral aroma. Taste is similar to the smell on a pretty sour backbone, an interesting twist. Feel is very smooth, carbonation is soft, medium-bodied.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a becher at ChurchKey.

Reading the description of this guy on the CK menu forced me to try it. It pours a translucent garnet topped by a finger of ecru foam. The nose comprises black cherries, maple syrup, brown sugar, molasses, and a fairly nice couple slices o' honey-baked ham. The taste changed things up a bit, with notes of moss, molasses, orange rind, grapefruit peel, some very light charcoal, and some light, tart berries and black cherry. Honestly, it's a bit fruitier than I imagined it would be. The body is medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, almost syrupy feel. Overall, an interesting brew, one I'm glad I got to try, but one I don't really see myself looking for again in the near future.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had to order based on the name alone. Beer is dark brown and really hazy, lots and lots of lacing from a pretty big head. Scottish ale eh...looks fine.

Aroma is mild malt, some sweetness, some smokiness.

Beer is overall very smokey, a little too much for my palate unfortunately. There is some sweetness in there as well, finishes a little dry, some roasty / smokey bitterness in the back. Its OK, I doubt I'd have it again.

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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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