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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Photo of MowryJC
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Hopleaf in Chicago in a pint glass.

A - A slightly hazy Honey color capped with a nice fluffy one-finger head that leaves thick rings of lace down the side of the glass. Yum.

S - Slight banana esters and moderate spicy, bready yeast, moving into just a touch of spicy hops. Not much in the way of both malt and hops though.

T - Lots of banana, with a little phenolic clove flavor as well. A slightly sweet breadiness and some of that nice spicy hop flavor.

M - Lively bubbles coat the tongue, helping the medium body stay refreshing.

All in all, a nice example of a great style. I would definitely drink a couple of these with a nice dinner.

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Photo of emmasdad
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap before dinner at a local Irish style pub in Temecula, California. Poured a nice dark golden color with a good white head. Aromas of spicy/peppery hops, a little floral and some caramel. On the palate, light to medium bodied and deliciously drinkable, with more fruity/peppery/floral hops and some caramel malt. Very good, although not very Belgian.

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

An enormous, lumpy, thick crown of white foam tops a clear golden brew. Orange zest and herbal hop notes blend with sweet spice and coriander. Light and effervescent in the mouth. Grassy, herbal hop bitterness, spicy esters, citrus, and peppery phenolic flavors. Very crisp and drinkable. Light pale malt sweetness lurks beneath. Obviously Belgian-inspired, but with nods to the brewery's true home with the use of Columbus and Cascades. I'll be buying more of this in the fast-approaching, long NC summer!

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Photo of rlee1390
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 750mL bottle from an Ommegang gift pack.

A-Clear yellow, carbonated as all hell.

S-Lemony, some yeast and wheat as well.

T-The lemon and wheat come through in the taste. There is some bitterness in the finish. Balanced.

M-Very light and very carbonated. If it wasn't for the carbonation you wouldn't know this thing was there.

O-On the nice summer/spring day, this beer hit the spot. Light and refreshing, with enough hops to remind you that you are drinking a beer.

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Photo of impending
3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

TapRoom, Pacific Beach, San Diego

Served in proper Ommegang glassware. Nice light hazy golden straw, dense white head, nice lacing.

Upbeat spicy, yeasty and fruity, especially citrus. Hops are evident, very clean.

Classic pale ale with a significant hop finish but low in bitter. Well balanced. Distinctive mellow flavor with short lived crisp aftertaste makes this a good pairing with delicate foods. Light to medium bodied.

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Photo of JRed
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden body topped by giant frothy white head. Aroma of citrus, tropical fruit, grass, sharp pine notes. Some good flavors here: citrus, orange peels, kiwi, echo of wheat, hop bitterness and dryness towards the finish with a yeasty character that lingers. Medium bodied with heavy zapping carbonation. Highly drinkable and refreshing with a superb balance of hops and Belgian yeast flavor.

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Photo of chinchill
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

undated 12 ounce bottle served in pint glass. Appreciate the serving instructions on the label.

Appearance: Pours with a hazy, light orange-gold body and a towering airy bone head ... so much head, I could not get the entire bottle in my pint glass without waiting and drinking. Robust carbonation is also evident in the beer itself. Settling of the head is slow (at least for someone waiting to taste this beer) and leaves blotches of sticky lace on the sides.

Smell: Citrusy hops hit first, from a little distance. Closer sniffing reveals spicy and floral notes, and hints of lightly baked sour dough bread. Nice complex mix of aromas.

Taste: Nice mix of hops, malt yeast and other flavors. Not as yeasty or spicy as some "Belgian style" brews. {This is good thing}. Hints of lemon, generic citrus, pepper, and orange peel. Excellent sweet/bitter balance with little sourness. I also liked the malt/hop balance. Clean and brisk -- not terms that usually come to mind for Belgian style beers.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. High carbonation is soft, and more obvious by sight than on the tongue. Semi-dry finish.

Overall: A fine Belgianesque beer with enough hops to make a real difference in flavor and bitterness. Nicely avoids over spicing, but is a little bit over-carbonated.

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Photo of Riggo
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

attractive orange-yellow. creamy, white head falls to a thin collar. medium lacing and head retention.

very citrusy on the nose--limes, lemons, orange juice. green apple skin, herbs (cilantro? mint?) american hops (cascade?).

dry and effervescent in the mouth. minerals, herbs, apples. juicy, finishes dry. lingering lemons. slightly astringent/harsh. softly carbonated and light.

wonderful nose on this. drinks like a belgian ipa. i feel like the cascade here may be a slight mis-step. there is a slight cloying/astringent element to the hop profile. otherwise, a nice beer i would definitely have again.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $2.69 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, orange-gold body with a tall, proud, airy white head. Splotches of sticky lace on the descent.

Smell: Rustic whole-grain sour dough bread accented by traces of sweetness and a rich array of spicy, fruity, floral notes.

Taste: Bready, coarse-grain maltiness with sweetness hinting at a bit of light caramel as well as a drizzling of basic simple syrup. Next, flavors from both the Ommegang house yeast and American-Slovenian hop mix struggle out competing complexities, giving tastes of pears, lemon peel, acidic grapefruit juice, ground white pepper, cloves, dried herbs, day-old dough, and light underlying cellar-like funk. A generous, though not overblown bitterness is present. Some alcohol warmth bordering the dry, zestful finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-high carbonation. It's got that smooth and sticky yet also fizzing on the tongue thing going on.

Overall: A nice Belgian-inspired beer where the hops and yeast steal the show. The alcohol is up there, though not entirely disproportionate. Still, I appreciate the 12-ounce portion, instead of having to drain an entire bomber bottle.

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Photo of JunkYardJake
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip.
Pours a golden color with a dense white head. There's some chill haze going on but it's still pretty nice looking. Smell is yeast driven, despite the dry-hopping efforts. Clove, spice and orange make up the bulk of the nose with a mild floral note. Palate is sweet and spicy. Fruity esters and spicy flavors are backed by a modest malt profile. The citrus hops are prevelant but this is more Belgian than American for sure. Mouthfeel is very lively. Lots of carbonation with a semi-dry finish. Another solid effort from Cooperstown.

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Photo of birderbeerer
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light golden beer with a slight amber tint. Billowy head abounds. And keeps abounding. Needs multiple pours to get it in the glass.

Sweet and spicy scents with a solid yeast presence and a slight herbal hop aroma. Good and intriguing. Smells a bit like a tripel.

Light but full flavor. Doughy bread, pears, white grapes, and earthy/herbal hops. Leaves a nice dry and tangy finish.

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Photo of greybeardloon
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on January 24, 2011. Best by January, 2012.

A: Golden with a thick, fluffy head that didn't fit into a 16 oz tulip.

S: Spicy, fruity phenols. Some bready malt. Some hop aroma from the hops, but not as much as expected. A bit minerally.

T: Expected spicy, yeasty flavors. Fruity hops. A bit of caramel (?) as it warms. A long aftertaste. I would prefer if there were some more malt present.

M: Medium to thin with lots of carbonation.

O: Very drinkable. Lots of different flavors going on here, but it all works together.

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Photo of blackie
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: served in a unibroue tulip, clear golden-amber in color, producing a full, glass filling white head, thick with heavy retention and nice lace

s: clean pale malt body with floral and citrus hops and lots of vibrant, peppery and herbal phenols, underripe fruits - maybe pear and peach, pineapple, quite nice

m: carbonation lively, around moderate-high, with a light body

t: pale malt body with a slight grainy bread flavor, lots of floral and citric hop flavors, peppery and herbal, lightly yeasty, finishes clean, drier, and moderately bitter, refreshing, very nice

o: a great little bpa, awesome yeasty phenolic character, balanced and drinkable

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Photo of DIM
3.43/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a: This was a clear golden color, a bit on the dark side. It poured with a big fizzy head that left light lace in its wake.

s: Strong mineral components plus some peppery lemon zest. I also noticed some faint tropical fruit phenols.

t: Very dry overall, I tasted rough, earthy grains, pineapple, and bitter citrus up front. Towards the finish I found a mineral flavor and a long, lingering clove note that became a chore after awhile.

m: Medium chewy body and very active, fizzy carbonation.

o: Overall I enjoyed the smell more than the taste. That clove at the end just wore me down. Not bad, but I expected more from Ommegang.

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Photo of MrOH
4.73/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy gold with a big fluffy head that doesn't seem to want to die. Had to wait 5minutes after the intial pour to fit the rest of the 12oz bottle in my SA perfect pint glass.

Bright citrus, woody herbs, slight earthiness, a touch of esters, and a nice dose of phenols jump from the glass, with a nice bready malt lying underneath. Nice lace.

Lemon and orange, green hops, white pepper, crepes? a lot going on. Tastes great, I enjoy drinking it more than thinking about it, so I'll move on.

Nice med-light body with high carbonation keep this beer quenching.

If it weren't for the price, this would be in heavy rotation all spring and summer.

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Photo of John_M
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a solid gold color with very good head retention and considerable sticky lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose, but what I get is pretty attractive, consisting of light ginger and clove, and something of a balsa wood aroma. The flavor profile is more pronounced, with light honey, dry citrus, and a fairly bitter finish. The beer is pretty dry, with a fairly long, hoppy/bitter finish. Drinkability is pretty good, as one would expect with this level of alcohol.

Nothing extraordinairy here, but still a pretty solid beer from Ommegang.

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Photo of biegaman
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Cole's, in Buffalo.

In setting out to brew to a Belgian-style pale ale, it certainly looks as though Ommegang is on the right track: the beer's sheeny golden body is perfectly clear, properly bubbled and has such a puffy head you'd swear someone used an air pump to inflate it.

As for aroma, however, I'm not so sure that grapefruit, pine and citrus are really all that emblematic of Belgian ales. Seeing how they used the appropriate yeast - and judging by their track-record of pulling off Belgian ales better than many actual Belgian brewers are capable of doing - I'm sure Ommegang was well aware of that when crafting the recipe.

Turns out, my knee jerk reaction was right: this could probably pass for what many call a 'Belgian IPA' in that it marries plenty of citric American hoppiness with the more typical Belgian pale malts and effervescent yeast. A toasty, lightly sweet, faintly toffee-like maltiness is tasted, but hops quickly pipe up with an endless supply of floral qualities.

And these bitter hops - which may be slightly subdued in the bottle due to competition with bottle-conditioning yeast but are absolutely brimming in this fresh draught sample - only become increasingly pithy and vine-y and noticeably earthy as the tasting goes on. Together with an enthusiastic carbonation, this is immanently refreshing.

This is my kind of Belgian Pale Ale! It's not that Brewery Ommegang can't do wrong in my eyes, it's that they *haven't*. Among all their year-round offerings and the always expanding limited releases (the vast majority of which I've tried), every single damn one of them seems to be a world class example of the style and all around top-notch beer.

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Photo of 7UCK
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on Tap in a BPA glass that I got to keep

A- A gernerous white head, with a gold/copper coloring.

S- light citrus with a wheat and with a bit of spice.

Taste- the taste is more pronounces than the smell. the hops really hit you, something that you can't smell all that much. Has a nce carbonation and a subtle citrus taste.

Opinion- i enjoyed this beer, a very well done BPA

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Photo of legalpete19340
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Came to the table dark and dim gold with one finger of head that lingered as a thin skim throughout the drink.

S: Crisp unripe pear and mild grassy hop notes with slight white bread. Very unassuming.

T: Crispness dominates with some herbal and grassy hop notes upfront. The middle comes through with a hint of banana in the background and then a dry finish. Pale malt comes in and out along with some sour and yeast notes. Finishes clean.

M: Lighter than medium with a slick icy presence.

O: Crisp, clean refreshing brew with a hint of belgian spice. Interesting and glad I tried it.

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Photo of gopens44
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy and golden with a perfect 1/2" foam head

S - A nice whiff of spice with touches of malt came up initially, followed by a fruity smell.

T - Belgian yeast spice flavor with a touch of clove dominates the gentle fruit taste that creeps up just before a nice bitter hop taste.

M - Clean, crisp and dry on the finish with just a bit of bitter aftertaste

O - Fantastic! I could drink this thing all summer and be plenty happy. Great representation of the style and thoroughly enjoyable!

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Photo of chicagoabbot
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a snifter...I like the Spinoza quote on the back; even if it isn't all that indicative of his work, it does apply to brewing. Poured my yeast in too, by the way...it is supposed to be in the beer, I'm not sure why the trend is to try to pour carefully without the yeast for bottle-conditioned beers. Yeasties away! Yum.

Plenty big head on top of a medium straw body. The funkiness of the yeast is a little light for the style, although I do like it. The dry hopping with Cascades was also a good choice, it serves this beer very well in the aroma department. Respectable malt profile, although not huge, and it properly takes a back seat to the yeast and Cascades in the nose.

Not as much depth on the tongue as I'd like, but otherwise it is solid, with funk and fruit and mellow bread tones. Good mouthfeel rounds out this all around excellent beer. As far as value, I can get Trappist beers for this price, but I would recommend this one as worth trying.

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Photo of jester5120
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Poured a golden color with a thick white head. decent lacing

S- strong fruit and malt aroma with little to no hop.

T- has a fruity taste of bananas and sweet beets. little to no hop flavor.

M- Average mouthfeel. medium bodied. crisp smooth flavor

O- A decent beer that is light and crisp.

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Photo of coasterfreak75
2.94/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pour was light copper with a one finger head. Head was slow to dissapate and left slight lacing on the glass throughout the drink.

Smell was tart with citrus floral in the front of the nose and slight hop spice in the rear of the nose. Mixed in was the standard import smell you get from lagers for some weird reason.

The front of the beer was nearly non-existent the hops were very prominate in the mid and the rear of the drink. Slight hop oil finish but still clean with a slight sweet aftertaste.

All and all a very drinkable beer, quite refreshing.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.17/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap in a branded BPA glass. Pours a deep golden yellow with an inch or so of resilient white foam. Offers good retention and sticky lacing.

Nose is pretty simple and straightforward with pale bready malts and a light hop profile. Yeast notes that draw me to this style are seriously absent, instead you get a lot of gummy nothingness. The aroma isn't bad, it just plain isn't, save a subtle spice and a hint of grain.

Flavor is a bit better but expands only slightly upon the aroma void. The same bready pale malts are accompanied by a bit of spice but offer little variety and clarity. The feel is thick and cottony in nature which doesn't allow for any lingering flavors on the finish.

An interesting though not gratifying beer from Ommegang. I guess I would expect a better beer, something with more pronounced yeast notes and a cleaner and brighter flavor. This brew is easy and unobtrusive, though perhaps to a fault. I generally prefer this brewery's offerings bottle conditioned though I don't envision an improvement here as the pour was the best aspect and not lacking whatsoever.

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Photo of b3shine
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 1/6 barrel for my kegerator. I should preface this review by saying that I was compromising with my wife on something because I wanted her to enjoy it too, as I usually like hop-heavy brews. And she loves it. It's good to me; just not distinctly memorable (although I remember every barrel I try in my kegerator). That being said, it's smooth, like a Belgian Sierra Nevada, so its drinkability is excellent.

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