BPA | Brewery Ommegang

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Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Belgian-style pale ale

Added by paulieatworld on 03-17-2010

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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Photo of JMforman
4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not your typical Christmas day beer, but delicious nonetheless.

A- A wonderful golden body with a fluffy white head that lasted the entire drink. One of the finest heads that I've witnessed.

S- Citrus bold and upfront. Must, hay.

T- Orange and lemon zest, must, toasted pilsen.

M- Medium with a fair amount of pepperiness.

D- Quite.

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Photo of Patrick999
4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle purchased at Stop N Shop for too high a price, truth be told.

Chose a tulip glass assuming the head would be massive, I was right. The cork came out violently, but the beer didn't gush. Pale gold with a lot of active carbonation. Excellent retention with gobs of foam adorning the glass.

Unripe pear, a little peach in the nose. Strong flowery hops. Even though this was dry-hopped with Cascades, I seem unable to pick them out.

Grainy sourdough-bread underpinning here, yeasty. Bitter and dry, a little crushed aspirin. I don't know that I really smelled much in the way of American hops, but I taste their bright citric contribution...which if this was only dry-hopped with Cascades, would I be able to taste them? Weird, maybe I'm confusing taste with smell here. At any rate, this is one tasty beer. The dryness with that citric hop makes it seem uplifting, light and nimble on its feet.

Yes, yes, YES! It has that soft Belgian feel that you typically only get with real Belgians.

Ommegang has a winner here. This is clearly a very well-done beer, within an under-appreciated style. To say this goes down easy, especially with the reasonable ABV, is an understatement. This brewery has always done a good job replicating Belgian styles, but I think this one takes it to a new level. This isn't just a repro, it stands with the finest BPAs out there short of Orval.

I paid too much for this bottle, but considering how good it is, I can't say I wouldn't go back for another. Recommended, but would love to get it at a lower price point.

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Photo of confer
4.57/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this in the 12 oz bottle.
A- Outstanding right out of the bottle. Gold , hazy and a white head that grows and grows and grows.
S- The smell is truly fantastic. First you smell the citrus hops and then the sweet Belgian yeast shows up. The two smells go together so well. It's almost amazing how the same sequence of smells occur each time.
T-The taste is nearly as good as the smell. Once again the citrus hop flavor comes through and then the sweet Belgian flavors mix in with the hops, it is a great combination.
MO- With this much great flavor I think the feel is a little thin. Overall this is a great beer. I had it on tap a while back and I am glad to say it is just as good out of the bottle.

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Photo of Sreidy12
4.59/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a magnum into an ommegang tulip glass.

Appearance: Nice hazy golden color. Thing white head that leaves lacing all over the inside of the glass.
Smell: Smelled of floral hops and pear. Quite a potent, inviting aroma.
Taste: Tasty floral hops and pear, tastes like it smells. Some spice as well from the yeast. Delicious!
Mouthfeel: Although fairly high in carbonation, this beer is anything from thin. Evenly coats the palate.
Drinkability: Drinkable indeed. Not overly complex that it requires careful sipping, but not a simple chugger either. Very respectable brew.

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4.59/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of avalon07
4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured from a bomber to a tulip glass. Had a bright orange color and a cloudy texture. There was a half inch of long-lasting, foamy/creamy head and good lacing.

S: A sweet, pleasant aroma of citrus, malt, spices and Belgian yeast.

T: Tasted of citrus, cloves, Belgian yeast, malt and other spices. Very focused, pretty complex, and extremely flavorful.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a slightly slick finish. Medium-bodied. A little on the bitter side.

D: One of the more drinkable beers I've tried recently and one of the best Belgian Pale Ales.

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4.62/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glass - Tulip

A - Huge head as expected. The beer looks hazy with a straw & copper color. Lots and lots of tiny C02 bubbles can be seen. The lacing was spotty and not great.

S - I get floral, orange, mango and slightly spicy hop characteristics. The hops merge beautifully with the banana, bubble gum, and soft clove like notes from the yeast. It smells amazing and reminds me of summer.

T - Very bready and doughy upfront with a slight bit of a sour bread like thing going on. Spicy and floral like hop characteristics come through toward the finish. Soft banana and clove are crushed by the hop character. Moderate sweetness with lots of lingering hop flavors and a pronounced bitterness for the style.

M - Airy, soft-medium bodied, smooth and moderate-high carbonation.

O - While the taste wasn't exactly what I was hopping for, the aroma blew me away, and I really did enjoy this beer overall. I picked up a corked bottle for about $6, and it was definitely worth every penny. So from me to you, give it a shot if you like Belgian Pale Ale's!

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4.62/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into 330ml St. Bernardus goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pale amber in color with a thick white head that hardly dissipates at all, leaving behind a thick ring of lace.

Smell: Woody and earthy hops backed up by nuttiness and citrus with bread.

Taste: Begins nutty, rounding out to bready malt and finishing with sweet fruitiness and citrus, along with a balanced bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with balanced, natural carbonation. The middle of the beer is watery, but the finish is dry.

Overall: This is an excellent beer. Faithful to its Belgian roots, but with a great American hop character. I would love to have this again and am disappointed to have not sampled this one earlier!

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4.63/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

popped a 75 cl bottle and poured into a pilsner glass.

a: beautiful CLEAR amber color- honey like. frothy white, billowing head, very finely carbonated.

s: hard to pin down actually, but the inital odor i'd describe as a very "earthy" aroma: stickey and wet. smelled similar to the forest floor after a spring rainfall.

I also detected minor citrus notes: tangerine, lemon, grapefruit, and even a little pear.

t: initally sweet, very sweet. then i tasted a mild hop bitterness, followed by a refreshing medly of citrus flavors, which linger for a good amount of time.

mf: light, lager-like. crisp and clean. a very pleasent lingering bitter/citrus medly.

d: very drinkable. light and refreshing. excellent immediate alcohol buzz at 6.2 abv.

overall, and excellently crafted beer, imo. very drinkable and satisfying.

note: the second half of the bottle was more cloudy and bitter becuase of bottle conditioning yeast sediment. The first half (much sweeter) of the bottle was almost entirely different than the second half (more bitter), which imo, made for a very interesting sampling expereince.

kudos once again, Ommegang!

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4.64/5  rDev +16.6%

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