BPA | Brewery Ommegang

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

Served on tap at Resto in New York City.

A - Very attractive golden and orange color when poured

S - Classic belgian nose, very IPA

T - Slightly bitter but followed by fruity notes

M - Healthy dose of carbonation hits the palette immediately, medium-bodied but refreshing

D - Very drinkable

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Photo of speter
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy orange with a huge rocky cream-colored head that never quite fades and leaves lots of nice lacing. A gorgeous beer.

S: Belgian yeast overlaid with Cascade hops.

T: Initially surprisingly bitter, but as the beer opens up a bit, the fruity (green apple and [I swear] passionfruit) and spicy elements of the yeast come to the fore. The malt backbone is just strong enough to balance the bite from both the yeast and hops to yield a very nicely-balanced beer.

M: Fairly light in body, but with spritzy carbonation, yielding a creamier feeling than the body would suggest.

D: A wonderful beer. Most of the Belgian PAs I've had haven't been as fresh as this, and this strikes me as a style where freshness is a definite plus. The only drawback is the price.

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Photo of jlenik
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: a pale golden color with a thick head.

s: smells like an IPA but also a bit fruity. the hops are present but are not overwhelming.

t: clean tasting and balanced. the hops don't jump out right away.

m: a little thicker than I expect but nothing to complain about

d: pretty drinkable. I would be more willing to drink a few of these than some American IPAs ;)

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Photo of SkunkWorks
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle with a best by date in June, 2011 poured into an Ommegang glass.

Look: hazy tangerine color with a thick, lively, frothy white head that retains incredibly well and leaves behind a huge amount of lacing.

Smell: light orange aroma, a bit of pale malt, and hints of Belgian yeast inspired esters and aromas. There's also a bit of citrusy hops in the aroma as well.

Taste: follows the nose. Light Cascade hop flavor, pale malt, Belgian yeast characters, a bit of orange. Not overbearing on my palate but rather just enough to keep me wanting another sip after each drink.

Feel: medium thin, crisply carbonated, not much bitterness and not dry.

Drink: could easily drink this all night if you wanted to, and I wish I had more than one bottle.

Overall, I'm very impressed by this Belgian Pale Ale. This is perhaps the most interesting Belgian Pale I've had and its among the best Ommegang brews I've had, and that certainly says something. After almost getting through their entire line up, I'm realizing that Ommegang is an amazing New York brewery! I would definitely try this. Cheers!

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Photo of xnicknj
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into tulip glass

Pours a hazed darker apricot color with a frothy white head. Slowly fades into some thinner film with lighter spots of lacing around the glass.

Notes of faint fruit with some almost syrupy sweetness. Lighter touches of yeasty funk.

Begins with a distinct bite of lemony zest and some citrusy sweetness. Other fruits such as apricot and apple are detectable, alongside a bit of spiciness and pepper. Light funkiness with some herbal qualities, especially towards the finish, which is somewhat long and dry.

Medium body, higher carbonation, somewhat dry but not overdone; pretty accurate for the style. Smooth, refreshing drinking, although this is probably better in the spring/summer.

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Photo of cichief
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy gold, with a thick white head, which dissipates quicly.

S- Somewhat hoppy citrus, with a hint of yeastiness.

T- Well balanced between the hoppiness and malt, just enough clove and yeastiness to remind you its in the Belgian style.

M- Very bubbly, but smooth enough.

D- Very drinkable, a few of these would go down well on a warm day.

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

This beer poured a golden amber color with a three finger high off-white head. The head was thick and frothy, and lasted at about one finger high, eventually dissipating to a thick and sticky lace. The initial smell of the beer was light citrus with a more pronounced yeast aroma. The initial taste of the beer was light citrus, bread, belgian yeast with a light barley finish. The brew had a medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall, the flavors of the beer were quite pleasant and the beer was well rounded. This was a nice and light beer in comparison to other Ommegang offerings. Definitely worth buying, I know I'll get it again.

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Photo of airheadmtrcycle
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absentmindedly poured from a bottle into a Sierra Nevada Becker glass. I poured too aggressively and the head foamed over. I also poured in any yeast that was at the bottom of the bottle. Needless to say, I had a huge rocky head that left lacing galore. The ale is a beautiful cloudy amber. I have another bottle that I will pour properly.

The aromas are strong, and different then I've experienced before in a beer. I get some lemon rind and an unidentifiable spice. Aroma is the most difficult assessment for me in general and this one is really a challenge. I have only been reviewing beer for a year, so I'm a relative newbie. Anyway it smells wonderful, inviting me to take a sip. My first sip yields a pleasant spiced orange rind flavor that lacks the bitterness I associate with American pale ales. It also finishes quite dry on the palate.

The mouth feel is refreshing with perfect carbonation. It would be easy to down a few of these.

I like this ale. The aroma and flavors are completely different than any beer I've had before. I recommend you give this a try. So far it's my favorite from the Ommegang sample pack.

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Photo of Lolli1315
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pale golden stray yellow with a massive white foamy head. Lacing can almost immediately be seen sticking to the glass as much as possible. A slightly hazy look to it, but still can be seen through.

S- Yeast characteristics are strong as fruity esters come through. The spicy yeast characteristic lingers as a sweet malt and biscuit sneak through as well.

T- The beginning brings the malt characteristics out with bread and biscuit leading the way. The yeast characteristics appear lending to a noticeable spiciness as some fruit esters and phenols as well. The lingering spice and yeast characteristics stay with the beer into the aftertaste and are accompanied by a slight bitterness that rings out as well.

M- Medium bodied with a smooth carbonation. Leaves the mouth dry when finished.

D- Good Belgian Pale Ale. Not as forward in the flavor profile as some of the others I have had, but nonetheless a good beer.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy amber with huge, billowy head of foam.

S - Nose is spicy and fruity with big yeast and tropical fruit. Some bandaid and herbal notes.

T/M - Dry and lightly bitter. Typical Belgian yeastiness and complexity. Stone fruit and bitter orange/lemon.

D - Fairly easy drinking but very, very dry.

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Photo of donteatpoop
4.36/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Damn it this is a good beer.

Pours a beautifully hazy amber-blonde color with a nice firm cap of white head. Truly beautiful.

Smells great grain, wildflowers, light citrus.

The taste is extraordinary. Beautifully balanced, a nice bite accompanying a floral and citrus hop and a nice dose of grain; all working in perfect harmony.

Must. Buy. Again.

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Photo of CHickman
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy orange gold in color with a 2-3 finger beige head that was thick and creamy, and lasted a long time; the head looked like a cloud and left good spotty lacing clinging to the glass.

Smells very hoppy up front, with a blast of citrus hops followed by floral hops, yeast, sweet malt, piney hops, coriander, orange peel, lemon zest, brown sugar and then soft whiffs of grains, hay, toast or biscuit and some slight funky-ness; a very nice overall aroma. The hops were the strongest odor, but the malt and yeast seemed to make the general dynamic soft and sweet.

Tastes much more malty than the hop aroma, and the yeast was present in the flavor as well, which includes sweet malt, citrus hops, floral hops, yeast, coriander, orange peel, lemon, light brown sugar, candy sugar, pepper, grains, hay, biscuit, grapefruit, light caramel, wet bread, pear and some very, very light alcohol; this was very complex and the interaction of the malt, hops and yeast gave a very balanced attack on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth and almost oily, with a medium body, light, fizzy carbonation and an overall refreshing feel and ease to it.

High drinkability as it went down easy with a long bitter lingering finish that was very tasty. This is a session beer to me as I could drink this all night or with a meal anytime.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Off tap at Grami this beer was a clear golden color with a one finger-thick cap of khaki-colored foam. The retention of the head was good and the lacing impressive in bands that streaked like curtains all the way down my glass. The aroma was of candi sugar, spicy hops, some floral notes, caramel malt, crystal malt and a touch of honey. The flavors were excellent for the style and very much like the aroma in every way. Sweetness from Belgian candi sugar first hit me but buried beneath that was caramel malt, spices, complex Belgian yeast all leading up to a definitive, yet not heavy handed, hoppy finish. Clean. The mouthfeel was creamy, the body medium and the carbonation light.

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

A: Two fingers of white fluffy head that last for a while, with a clear copper body. Absolutely beautiful.

S: Tropical fruit aroma. A little floral and a slight hint of bananas. Lots of citrus as well.

T: Very tropical like the nose, with pineapple and citrus fruits. It is strangely musty and spicy. A bit of bready, malty sweetness is present. The bitterness comes in towards the finish and mixed with the spice flavors make this beer a little harsher than I wish.

M: Great carbonation and a medium body, which works well.

D: The mouthfeel and taste would typically lead to an extremely drinkable. Something about the finish throws me off a little though. I really did enjoy this beer though.

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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 philbertk
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ommegang Brewery--BPA--Belgian-style Pale Ale--Dry Hopped--Limited Edition--2010 25.4 oz. Bottle. 6.20% ABV. 55 IBU's? (3.75 / 5.0) New Style? IPA BPA CDA? Huge pillowy white foam lace head. Big Bottle Conditioned Sediment. Cloudy fizzy bright orange color. Aromatic Cascade dry hop mild Belgian ester front. Thin textured dry crisp zesty too fizzy Belgian fruit mild citrus refreshing Pale malt body. Balanced hop spice citrus end. Sampled 12/24/2010. Purchased for $7.99 @ Whole Foods--Magnolia, Seattle on 4/21/2010.

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Purchased a bottle of this from Boonton Liquor Outlet in Boonton, NJ. Into a stemmed Stone IPA glass, it poured a translucent, highly-carbonated golden copper, with three fingers of white, that retained and laced well. Smelled of apple and pear; fragrant, but not very bitter or herbal at all. The taste was very floral in nature; big apple flavor with a thin dry bitter finish. Very thin, highly-carbonated feel. Not a very dynamicly-flavored beer to being with, and the poor texture just killed it for me. As such, I didn't find this to be very sessionable.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 3/28/2010. Bottle. Pours a cloudy light orange with a thick white head. Aroma of light citrus hops, light fruits, orange peel, Belgian yeast, and bready malts. Flavor of sweet fruits and Belgian yeast with some citrusy hops in the finish. Not overly hopped but rather the hops blend well with the base beer. Quite enjoyable!

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

Pours a nice golden straw color with big pillowy white head. Nose and flavor are pretty congruent: yeast, pears/apples, light malt, and some nice spice notes. MF is light but not spritzy, easy drinker here. Not a perfect example of the style, but definitely enjoyable!

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Photo of JoePat
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a pale staw color with a thick white head.

I get a lot of banana and pilsner sweetness along with some orange peel and floral hops.

Floral/perfumey hops, orange peel and a light maltiness.

This beer is dry and epervesent and a little chalky (not in a bad way). A little less drinkable than one would think in a 6% beer.

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Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear dark yellow in color and poured with a three finger high off white head that slowly died down but consistently covered the surface. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of floral hops, fruits, spices and yeast in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has flavors of fruits, spices and yeast.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a very high amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is very drinkable, especially considering its relatively low alcohol content.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A vibrant golden straw or copper beer. A dense thick white head awaits you after the pour.
Fairly aromatic beer with a nice sweet malt character spicy yeast and sutle hints of citrusy hops and banana.
A nice tasting malt bill with maybe even some toasted malts. Hops are present but not over powering, more soft and sutle.
with a lightly citrus flavor.

Medium mouth feel that doen't get watered down or flat as you progress through.
Spritzy with above average carbonation.
Since I'm not that much of a wine drinker this would be an excellent choice to a BYOB.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Light, crisp golden orange color with a large, foamy, light, sticky, fluffy and rocky, white head. Really good retention that sticks around for a long time and leaves a nice layer of lace.

S - Strong Belgian yeast characteristics. A touch of spiciness and lemon citrus. Subsequent whiffs get more American hop aromas on the nose. Some tropical fruit with pineapple, mango, tangerine, and apricot. Also a nice amount of ripe golden fruit. Just a little bit of a musty finish on the nose.

T - Really nice combination of Belgian yeast and American hops. Starts with a big kick of tropical fruit and golden fruit. Pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, peach, and others all present coming in and out. Slightly sweet flavor but a faint bitter bite. Then the spicy Belgian yeast flavors come into play. Faint candi sugar and dry bready flavors in the background.

M - Lighter side of medium body with average carbonation. Nice sprizty feel, but just a little too thin.

D - Really enjoyed drinking this. It went down easy with the nice mix of Belgian yeast and spiced characteristics and the American hops bringing a fruity aspect. Sweet and spice nicely balanced.

Notes: I really enjoyed this beer. Sweet, fruity flavors present, but the spice really cuts it and provides a nice contrast. Really zesty and refreshing to drink.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes.

A - pours a clear bright glowing golden hue with some orange highlights and a big pillowy pearly white head. Good retention.

S - lots of fruity spicy Belgian yeast. Some mild malt sweetness. A nice citrus hop note as well.

T - the sweetness from the malts is up front and smooth, followed by the yeast flavors of pear, apple, and some light peppery spice which adds to the citrusy bitterness at the end.

M - smooth. Silk. Medium bodied. Medium carb.

D - excellent. Well balanced and flavorful. My only wish is that I could find it in 12 oz bottles.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ommegang BPA ..."part of the Duvel family of fine ales"

"This fine pale ale offers citrus and tropical fruit aromatics coming from a well balanced--yet ample--hop character. It uses our own Belgian yeast, five malts, two hops and plenty of patience. Finishing touches include dry-hopping with Cascade hops and warm-cellaring."

POP! goes the cork, and away we go...

Highly clouded, burnt orange coloration, half inch head, snowy white, rocky and bumpy, lace=leaving and long lasting.

Lovely aromatics, lemon and yeast, abundant spice, very peppery, with hops aplenty. Don't want to take my nose away from the glass.

Tasting it: Hops are dazzling on the palate, a torrential downpour, a blitzkrieg bop of hops, peppery, with a lemon twist. Zesty, spritzy, light bodied and easy drinking. Mouthfeelnever quits with the hops and the spice. Pilsner malts keep it bouncing below.

This would be a fantastic food beer, so more's the pity I haven't anything better than frozen pizza. Better than that, it's an excellent drinking beer. I'm a bigger fan of Ommegang's heartier ales, but this was a fine attempt at the style. Only drawback is the flavor thins out much too early, leaving me wanting.

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