Brewery Ommegang

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Belgian Pale Ale
4 | pDev: 10.75%
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Notes: Belgian-style pale ale
Reviews: 466 | Ratings: 1,373 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip, the appearance was a hazy burnt yellow color with a light ruddy orange color. Rimmed with a finger’s worth of white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Messy lace ends up becoming stringy. The aroma starts off with some citrus, tropical and grassy hops. Some hay and then lemongrass accompany very nicely. Belgian sugars and a light breadiness. The flavor brings about that Belgian sweetness nicely and rolling into those previously mentioned hops. Belgian malty sweet aftertaste with a touch of spice blend to form the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionability about it. Carbonation feels good. Nicely executed smooth to bitter agreement on my tongue. Overall, nicely done Belgian pale ale with a refreshing American hoppy twist. I would have again.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.24/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Not sure if I got a bad bottle. Pours a nice slightly hazy copper with a lasting, clingy cream-colored head. Unfortunately, that's about the only thing to like. Lemon and pepper on the nose, this smells like something I don't want to taste. Speaking of which, this doesn't taste good. Slightly more malt presence, but still pronounced sour and acidic, it tastes like heartburn. Finish is reasonably clean.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Opaque burnt gold with a white one finger head that held on. Thick-as-hell lacing.

S: Fruity esters featuring bananas and lemons with a pinch of clove. Bready malts. Belgian Yeast.

T: Follows nose with a smooth rush of Belgian funk, bready malts and bananas.

M: Medium with carbonation to kill for. It literally fizzes on the tongue.

O: A great BPA from those awesome folks in New York. You can't go wrong with Ommegang.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a medium gold color with generous amounts of carbonation, and a bright white, rocky head.

S - Lemon, barnyard funk, straw, crisp yeasty bread.

T - Light lemon, bread, crisp malt, peppery with moderate lingering lemon rind bitterness.

M - Light medium body, sprightly carbonation.

O - Crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours dark gold into a chalice with a light haze under a persistent, clingy 3” finely bubbled white foam collar.
S: Fragrant esters, bread, spice, faint pine.
T: Orange, apricot, biscuit, herb, with pepper on the finish.
F: Creamy and soft, medium body, medium carbonation.
O: Very well made big flavored BPA.

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Photo of tedvr
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Amber/orange with a large white head that lingers. Malt smell with a little sweet/sour in the background. Taste sweet malt with a little sour aftertaste, mild fruit taste in the background. Medium carbonation with a nice crisp finish.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with my FW Imperial pint glass - BB 12/2013 lol
Notes taken from 05/29/2014

A: Hazed over peach colored body with an enormous billow of off-white course suds that slowly scatter down to a layer of chunky film. Large gobs of stick are left remaining to the glass. Looks quite inviting and definitely Belgian by nature with its lively head.

S: Smells of bready sourdough twists. Slightly toasted malts with some dried orange peel and dusty spices. A bit of light coriander and some more lemon zestiness. All comes together very nicely like a lemon scented biscuit/scone

T: Tangy orange marmalade with sourdough biscuit and some lightly dusty minerals. Has a little tart twang to it with a real dry finish. Lots of peppercorn and some lemon zest with some lovely pineapple flavors coming through.
This is delish really. A modest hop bitterness breaks smoothly on the palate with some earthy herbal notes. A very refreshing and well crafted Belgian Pale with some real nice balance.

M: Light moderate filling and a touch watered down. Low to moderate level of carbonation gives a decent cream action. Fairly dry with an all around clean finish.

D: Delicately balanced with some real crisp and refreshing flavors. Lots of bready malts with peppery spice and soft fruity undertones. Even at six months past it’s best date this was tasting great. I haven’t ventured too far into the Belgian Ales just yet but this one comes across as done right. Just really well constructed with some brilliant simplicity is all I can say. Will definitely be checking out more from these guys.

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Photo of whatthehull
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted July 25th 2011 (from notes)

Poured into a la Chouffe tulip

A - golden/brass, two finger off white creamy and some lacing

S - tons of sweet yeast, flowers, a bit sour, nice wheat and tons of fresh fruit

T - exactly the same, not even kidding. The smell was the taste and the taste was the smell. I don't believe I have run into this to many times.

M- Medium plus body, simple balance, simple complexity, medium minus acidity and a lovely easy to drink finish

D/O- Very well rounded, easy to drink, thirst quenching, hell of a beer!

Final thoughts - Easy to drink 6.2% abv, lovely and refreshing

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured bottle into glass. 6.2% alc

Appearance- Great lively look. High carbonation with thick head. Color is a light orange with cloudy appearance.

Smell- Very inviting and quite citrus like. Smells of orange peel and fresh lemon.

Taste- Smooth and refeshing. Bready sweetness with lively crispness. A light yet pronounced hoppy finish that lingers appropriately.

Mouthfeel- Light to mod., but not watery. Because of the nice finish to the taste, this beer is quite inviting.

Overall- A solid beer. Ommegang beers appear to scream quality. This is a beer I think would be good for any month. I think both ipa and lager lovers would find this beer enjoyable.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on-tap at Ancora New Orleans. Served in a New Belgium goblet.

A- Pours a semi-hazy medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before reducing to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of surface foam. Thick, semi-resilient lacing slides slowly down the glass.

S- Spicy Belgian yeast bounces off the sturdy malt. A bit soapy, even a bit hoppy.

T- Spice, bready malt and a decent amount of hop bitterness. Smooth and slightly fruity from the yeast. Notes of banana, clove and a little bubble gum. The hops become more and more apparent as the drink goes on which is a good thing.

M- Quenching and soft with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- A well-rounded Belgian Pale that has a pretty big hop presence. Ommegang almost never disappoints.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Bar Hop.

Beer has a large white head, good retention. Some lacing. Clear copper in colour.

Nose contains orange and some other light fruits. Honey. floral notes. Some sweet malt and a touch of yeast.

Flavour is focused on light fruits, with a bready flavour and a bit of Belgian yeast. Honey. Fruits are quite strong, much more than the yeast. A bit of caramel. Malt focused.

Medium bodied and highly carbonated. Irritatingly so.

Overall. quite nice.

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Photo of 1sophrosyne1
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into tulip and snifter; enjoyed over 40 minutes.

The appearance is a rich hazy gold with a big, bubbly egg shell cap. The head retains fairly well, and as it falls, leaves clumps of shimmering lacing that hold on all the way through a savored glass. Enough light passes to show the carbonation that feeds the foam.

It smells both bready and fruity (tangerine and lemon, and a squirt of pine dipped grapefruit), with nice spice notes--clove, a touch of cinnamon and ginger. Grassier and a little dank with warming. Fully up to temperature, it's downright perfumy tea with a hint of marshmallow. It's a bit muted, overall, but what an inviting blend of the Belgian influence on a well-hopped ale.

The flavor is quite yeasty and toasted out of proportion to its other elements. The lemon is there and the bitter hops come through. But the spices are tied up under a pillow of cakey shmoos. A bit more hop profile than in the nose, but the Belgian style spice is spot on. Fruit acids (orange, pear, and date) seep through in the finish along with white pepper, with a soft but still bitter ending.

It's medium bodied and almost fluffy in the mouth--not as bright or carbonated as I expected. It's nice, with oils that lay out over the tongue to allow subtle flavors to pop up as a glass goes down.

Overall, this is a more subtle creation in the mouth that it suggests after the initial sensory experience. I certainly appreciate the craft. Would be really thrilled if the flavor profile were bolder and livelier.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review taken April 2013. 2nd time having it. 1st review.

12 oz brown bottle with classy looking neck and body labels. I love Ommegang's style and approach to their labels. This one is as good as their others. I actually got 2 of these out their variety 8 pack. I poured this into a stemmed standard Belgian glass/port glass as some English lovers may call it.

A - golden yellow to a light orange color with a massive white head on the pour. Some real bright beauty to BPA. Good looking stuff sits in the glass leaving some nice slow motion stick.

S - fruity with an excellent yeast aroma. Zesty lemon peel with a bright fruitiness followed by a quick note of Belgian spice.

T - similar to the nose with the yeast strain that's almost too pleasant. Zesty lemon rind and semi sweet orange. A bit more hop profile than in the nose, but the Belgian style spice is spot on. Fruitiness and peppery spices balance out a soft bitter finish.

M - good texture and easy going. Great feel for a wide crowd. Just about anyone could drink and enjoy BPA. Really easy drinker and very session like yet still keeps a good texture in the mouth.

O - is it special? Probably not to most. But for me, this is a real gem from Ommegang. We live in a world where hops, massive amount of abv, and huge stouts rule every inch of our country. This offers something everyone can enjoy. Lighter beer drinkers will appreciate its generously fruity palate, there is some hops there for the everyday hop head, the belgo freaks get a traditional Belgian style all the while those looking to expand their hop palate will find this a great beer to gradually bring you to those gifted places. All in All, BPA is a fine little ale and a part of the Ommegang family of fine American- Belgian ales. This is the perfect spring time beer. I know it'll be in my fridge when we start seeing green in nature again next spring.

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Photo of brurevu
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The BPA poured a golden color with a robust head that lingered the entire sitting. The taste was light and peppy with plenty of bright carbonation that kept it easy to drink. The hops hit my tongue first with citrusy notes and the Belgian yeast flavors of cloves lingered on my palate. The BPA was a brilliantly balanced brew that kept things light while cleverly concealing its complexities.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a chalice with care taken not to disturb the yeast.

A: Hazy golden color. Three fingers of rocky white head retain very well and leave gobs of foamy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: BIscuity pale malts, shortbread. Floral hops with a faint lemony zest. Yeasty, white pepper, reserved phenols. Tropical esters of tangerine. Hay and dried grass.

T: Biscuit and shortbread. Orange and tangerine start to pull through mid palate. Yeasty spice, white pepper, mild clovey phenol. Oily and grassy hops drop a mild bitterness toward the back end. Dry grainy finish.

M: Medium bodied. Soft creaminess is cut by sharp, aggressive carbonation.

O: Not the most complex Belgian pale out there, but it's charming enough and very easy to drink. Great as an introductory beer for those who aren't familiar with the style.

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Photo of USArmySteve
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. I tried a sampler originally at an Oktoberfest celebration at a local winery, liked it so much that I picked up a bottle. It was caramel colored in the glass, very rich looking with a fair head. Smelled of citrus with wheaty overtones. Very smooth taste, wheaty but not too bitter. My only complaint was that at the final few sips the citrus was a bit too much. Great beer!

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Photo of mhaugo
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle decanted into a tulip. 6.2% ABV.
Appearance: Big, fat, soapy bubbles cover a reservoir of dirty copper. The head is substantial and apparently has the idea of being the last one to leave the party (3.75/5).
Aroma: Very yeasty with a citrus chaser. I get the characteristic apple aroma as well, but I really have to hunt for it (3.75/5).
Taste: I immediately see the pilsner malt base, which is quickly complimented with pineapple and papaya. This is followed by a citrusy, American hop bite that rides the line between subtle and noisy. Nothing lingers. It’s very dry and super-easy to drink (4.5/5).
Mouthfeel: Light body, medium carbonation. A touch of astringency in the finish (4.25/5).
Overall: This is the perfect example of a beer that is designed to be restrained, yet remains interesting. None of the flavors jump out and hit you over the head, but there is enough going on in there that you are highly motivated to finish the pint. I really enjoyed this beer and have ranked it among my favorites for the style (4.25/5).

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Photo of Lukewarring
4.44/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look 5
smell 4
taste 4.5
feel 4.75
overal 4.5

Lots of citus, smooth, medium body drinks like a light
- great with a sandwich for lunch, really love the head it was super foamy. very aromatic head. Fun bear to drink out of glass
- refreshing, top BPA; great carbonation

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Photo of usechopstix4soup
3.52/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pilsner glass, light orange with yellow hue. Very nice head that sustained. Okay amount of lacing.

Smells of coriander, lemon and orange zest, some bread and biscuit notes. Very pleasant smell, subtle hints of other spices.

Taste is subtle just like the smell, surprisingly not bitter like most pale ales. Goes down easy, leaves lingering hints of citrus zests, which I am a fan of.

Body is very thin, would have liked a bit more body but cannot deny how readily it goes down.

Overall, if you are a proponent of subtle tasting beers, this is for you. There are so many faint tastes and smells that you'll have a ball detecting them all day. Personally, I am for the heavy hitting scents that are obvious, but this was not a bad beer if you are a supporter of Ommegang and pale ales.

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Photo of jayhass
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Color is a light orange hue with a big white head that fades fast.
Aroma is orange peel and lemon grass with a light bubblegum and light piney note.
Taste- Lemon peel with light sweet grainy malt. Light pine from the dry hops that keeps this beer very dry. Some esters and spice from the yeast.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.69/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Brewery Ommegang's BPA a couple weeks ago for $4.75 at Boyne Country Provisions. I haven't tried any beers from Brewery Ommegang before and since I'm in the mood for a Belgian Pale Ale I thought I would give this one a try so lets see how it goes. Bottled May 2013. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Tulip.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a clean and classy look to it. It poured a hazy light orange/gold color that took on a darker orange color when held to the light with three and a half fingers worth of fluffy and chunky white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and and left tons of lacing behind. This is a very good looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by some malts that impart a nice grainy and wheat like aroma and it's followed by some citrus zest and a slight coriander like aroma. Up next comes a light amount of citrus hop aromas followed by some Belgian yeast that imparts some spicy and slight bubble gum like aroma. The aroma was nice and pretty true to style, I have no complaints.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma but not as complex and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness and some grainy and wheat like flavors followed by some nice citrus and slightly earthy hops. Up next come some orange rind flavors followed by some Belgian yeast which imparts a mix of spicy flavor with no bubblegum showing up. On the finish there's a lower amount of medium bitterness with a grainy and slight citrus hop like aftertaste. This was a nice tasting beer, but I was expecting a little more out of it, it was a little bland compared to the aroma.

M- Fairly smooth, crisp, really fizzy, not filling, fairly dry, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a pretty high amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice and pretty true to style, but it was a little too carbonated for me.

Overall I thought this was nice Belgian Pale Ale and an above average example of the style, but it had a couple flaws that held it back from being as good as it could be. This beer had decent drinkability, it was fairly smooth and not filling, the taste did an ok job at holding my attention, but I think the carbonation would really start to wear one me if I had more than one. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance and aroma, I thought they were both good and pretty true to style. What I liked the least about this beer was the taste, it was just a little bland and it didn't really live up to the good aroma. I wouldn't buy this beer again, it's pretty pricey and there's a few other BPA's that I like much more than this one, I would recommend it if you really like the style but I don't think I would recommend it to any of my friends. All in all I wasn't too impressed with this beer, it wasn't bad, but it for sure wasn't on the same level as some of the better ones of the style and it doesn't come close to being as good as my favorite Belgian Pale Ale which is Orval, I tend to prefer a Belgian Pale Ale with a slight bit of funk to it. This made for an ok first impressing of Ommegang, I got a few more of their beers to try so I can get familiar with them, but so far i'm not really impressed, but we will see how I feel after I try some of their more popular beers.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cool that it tastes like it came straight from a brewery in Belgium rather than a North American brewery adding some Belgian yeast to their PA. The head is huge and rocky with a slightly cloudy dark gold colour. The nose is pure brewery with a yeasty tang( plus the hops of course). I really liked the way the beer tastes like a fresh beer straight from the keg, all yeasty and thick in the mouthfeel. Unlike any pale ale I have tried. At times it feels like an English bitter with the taste of the hops and the slightly under-carbonated mouthfeel. Great beer

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Photo of Andrew041180
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Really nice straw-copper color; slightly hazy. Beer arrived with a thin head, which I attribute to the pour, as the carbonation maintained what was there and left nice lacing on the glass. Beautiful to look at, especially in the sun.

S - Again, outdoors from a pint glass, hard to give a solid explanation. But I could detect both hoppy and Belgian-style characteristics.

T - The flavors really meld together nicely in this one. Unlike some others that I've had where the flavors jostle for attention, these really build on one another.

M - Really nice medium-bodied beer. Just enough carbonation to make the beer lively, but not so much to make it feel light.

O - Pleasure to drink. Would be happy to buy more of these, either at the bar, or at home.

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Photo of mikefuski17
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The BPA from Ommegang was terrific. The pour was nice and has an orangeish hue to it. There was a nice frothy head that lingered as well. The aroma was fruity with hits of citrus and light hops. The flavor was also light and crisp with a nice minimal hoppy after thought.

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Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a cloudy orange hue with a huge, frothy, 4-finger, white head that lasts forever leaving a great trail and persistent lace.

S: Spicy Belgian yeast aroma.

T: Smooth and dry Belgian fruity flavors with hints of citrus and hops in the background

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Solid Belgian ale – great flavors and aromas.

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