Ommegang BPA (Belgian-style Pale Ale) | Brewery Ommegang

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Ommegang BPA (Belgian-style Pale Ale)Ommegang BPA (Belgian-style Pale Ale)

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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Spring

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Photo of SeamusDoyle
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear bright golden color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some great lacing. Aroma of fruity ester and some dry hoppy notes is very interesting. Taste is a nice mix between some fruity ester with a semi-sweet Belgian malt base as well as some dry hoppy notes. Body is quite full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Portion of a 750mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a semi-hazy golden color with intense looking carbonation. The head is a four finger offwhite shade. Decent retention, but nice texturing and plenty of patchy lacing.

S: The hops give it a strong herbal, piny, and grassy aroma. All of this melds with the cloves, bubblegum, apple, and ripe pear the Belgian yeast gives off. Not sure of its age, but the aromatic qualities still come together nicely - if a bit too bitterly.

T: Seemingly far more balanced in the flavor than the aroma. Initially, there's a lightly grassy and peppery flavor, before it permutes into a grapefruit sensation on the finish. There's a touch of toffee (not caramel, though) somewhere in the midtaste. Complex enough (and I do mean enough. No need to ruin this with a haphazard profile) and incredibly refreshing.

M: This one comes across lighter than it may seem, due to the way the finish dries out the yeast and the slight sweetness. Not as carbonated as it initially appeared. Enjoyably crisp.

O: What puts this beyond the average summertime beer is its ability to transport its drinker from cold, dreary doldrums to a grassy field during a warm summer's day in Upstate NY. Okay, that was really damn corny, but this beer is THAT refreshing. It makes me wish it wasn't 35 degrees out, that's for sure.

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Photo of mattsdenney
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler fill @ Whole Foods Franklin. Poured into NB Globe Glass.

This beer has a classic Belgian look to it. Sparkly gold, clear and bubbly with a thick frothy head. Smells great as well; dried apples, raisins, vanilla essence, malts, and some floral hops. Taste isn't far off either. Nice well balanced blend of dried fruit, hops, malt and spicy Belgian yeast. Peppery, floral hops are there but don't overpower the beer. It's got that great Belgian finish and aftertaste. Mouthfeel is buttery, smooth, and rich. Medium bodied w/ light carbonation, very nice. Overall a solid, well-rounded beer that is highly drinkable and is perfect for all seasons.

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Photo of PintOHops
4.62/5  rDev +15.8%
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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Photo of JosiahS
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: Cloudy dark orange body with a everlasting frothy and pillow-like head.

s: Effervescent aroma. Perfect meld of citrus and mild floral scents from the hops with banana and light clove. The whole thing rounds out nicely with a mild malt base.

t: The flavors are completely balanced no one aspect overpowers the other. Belgian yeast characteristics are at the right level, hops only improve the fruity flavors already present. A sight bitterness with a slight sweetness makes this beer very tasty.

m: Light-medium with heavy carbonation. Finishes pretty clean with no lingering bitterness.

o: Great beer and well worth the money.

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Photo of bigflatsbeerman
4.65/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Copper colored poured an intense head which kepted getting bigger and bigger (bottle conditioned). Not clear which I like in a beer.

Smell - Slightly fruity smell and pleasant.

Taste - I love this beer, the abv is not too high but it brings a lot of interesting tastes to the table. You can taste the funky Ommegang yeast and fruitiness.

Mouthfeel - Medium.

Overall - I love Ommegang and this brew snuck up on me. Not as BIG as their other brews, but it holds it own. If you are looking for a lower abv beer with complexity try this.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Ommegang tulip glass from a botlle.

A- a clear golden bronze color with a fluffy 2-plus finger white head that fades and leaves a lot of lacing. Plenty of carbonation.

S- citrus and floral hops, dry bread, some spice, banana and pear.

T-fruity, banana and pear, with some faint citrus hop flavor. Yeasty, dry bread. A funky sweetness, perhaps from a touch of honey.

M- Lively carbonation gives it snap, hops give it a slight sharpness,which are essential given the dry,bready, alcohol finish. Well balanced.

O- Drinkable and flavorful, not overly hopped, spot on for the style.

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Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.41/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wish I read the best by date on the bottle before purchase. Bottled 6/21/11/. Best by 6/2012/. Opened 12/28/12/.

Pours hazy gold with a big foamy white head and lots of lacing.

Belgian yeast and mild spice in the nose. Restrained hops, mint, orange/citrus notes.

Spice notes and phenols upfront, yeasty, less citrus than nose.

Tight carbonation, fairly light body.

Would love to try this again from a fresh bottle.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.52/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Massive head and took 5 min just to pour a 12 oz. Golden orange in color. Smells like honey, citrus, bit of banana and yeasty funk. Flavor has more banana, with some dry and sweet flavors mixing in like hay and honey. Sweet and velvety mouthfeel for the style, without much carbonation. Carbonation somehow comes in flat. Decent beer, but pretty disappointed in this one.

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Photo of Murrhey
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at Slater's 50/50 in Huntington Beach, Calif. Reviewed from notes.

A- Finger width white head. Very little retention. Sticky white lacing. Dull gold color with wonderful clarity.

S- Floral and spicy hops with a fruity smell as well.

T- Never had one like this. Hoppy but very sour. Like a wild ale met an IPA and had a sudsy little baby. Wonderful flavor with a bitter and sour linger.

M- Medium bodied with aggressive carbonation. Finishes wet.

O- Very nice beer, wonderful surprise!

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Photo of psuKinger
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into Ommegang tulip. Cap comes off with a loud "PFFFT". Sounds like it might be overcarbonated.

A: The pour confirms the opinion. Massive 4-finger heard. The whole 12-ounce bottles doesn't even fit into the tulip.

Pours a surprisingly darker shade of hazy orange than I would have expected, with a massive fluffy white head on top.

Leaves good lacing on the glass as I work through it.

S: Big nose of banana. Bready yeast. Maybe a touch of pepper on the back end?

T: Lemon zest is prominent, and lends a touch of sourness to the taste. Banana not nearly as present on the tongue as I thought i was sensing in the nose. Lots of bready sweetness here, but a nice touch of dry bitterness steps in towards the finish line to round things out and keep everything in balance.

Finishes with a touch of pepper, as well, as I expected based on the nose.

M: Highly carbonated, and a lot heftier than I would have expected from a 6.2% ABV BPA. Very dry finish.

D/O: An enjoyable, repeatable, balanced brew.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 4/25/2012. Pours very cloudy golden orange color with a nice 2-3 finger fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice frothy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big pear, apple, lemon, pepper, grass, hay, earth, bread, herbal, and yeast spiciness. Very nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity. Taste of lemon, pear, pepper, grass, orange zest, apple, hay, earth, clove, herbal, bread, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of light fruits, citrus, grass, herbal, earth, pepper, clove, bread, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of flavors; no cloying flavors at all after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly slick and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian pale ale! Very well balanced with nice complexity; very smooth and crisp to drink. Really enjoyed this, will be on the lookout for some fresher bottles for sure.

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Photo of Nutwood
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this nice refresher on tap today on a spring-like day in mid January.

A: 20 ounce pour into a mug; slightly hazy sunshine gold with a finger of dense, nearly white head, receding to a lasting cap and nice even, delicate lacing.

S: floral and earthy aroma with a hint of honey and distant barnyard.

T: nicely balanced, with soft clove, light malt, a touch of funk, and a grapefruit note bitterness on the finish. Hops come forward as the glass warms. Very clean and fresh, a nice prelude to spring.

M: body fits the taste perfectly, a bit to the full side of medium with just enough carbonation to accent the freshness of the flavor.

O: great take on the style with just enough hops to let you know it's American. This beer has all the integrity I have come to expect form Ommegang.

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Photo of garuda
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden/tangerine, hazed, thick white head has great retention and good lacing.

S/T - Yeast, pale malts, grassy hops, hay, lemon candy, light breadiness, finishes with a touch of pine bitterness and light spice

M - Light body and a bit overcarbonated. Feel starts out creamy, then the carbonation explodes in the mouth which causes it to lose that smooth consistency.

O - A bit overcarbed, but otherwise has a nice depth of flavor to it that is fairly easily drinkable.

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Photo of mschind
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ML bottle. I didn't notice that it was out of date until I really looked for a freshness date. Best by date is 6-2012. If these things are important, they need to be more legible or Total Wine needs to have better inventory control.

A- Great looking beer with a powerful fluffy white head. Good retention and nice lacing. Slightly hazey deep gold color.

S- Floral lemon and mild spice; pepper and cardamom. Belgian yeast and malt.

T- This is where I wonder if the date is influencing my palate. All is consistent with the nose but there seems to be a sherry like after taste. Not getting any hops.

M- Excellent for the style. No lack of carbonation, medium light body. Goes down easy.

O- I want to try another with a date within the stated limits. I can tell this is an excellent Belgian pale but I don't know if I am tasting this at its best.

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Photo of Altrurian
2.99/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A voluptuous, bright white meringue-like head floats atop a slightly hazy, pumpkin-colored brew. The head slowly dissipates, revealing a handsome cling.

The aroma is of hops, with a suggestion of mango.

The beer is satisfyingly full and effervescent in its physical presence on the palate, but for all this promising buildup, its flavor disappoints. It is understated to a fault. Lacking fulsomeness, it is refreshing, I suppose, but veers, if anywhere, toward the metallic. There is a pleasant, but oh-so-mild, hoppy aftertaste, almost imperceptibly seasoned with pickled spiced lemon. Alas, its BPA is not this esteemed brewer's most appealing product, if you're looking for a beer with a robust and definite character.

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Photo of Blackwolf
4.65/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle into an oversized wine glass.
**side note, as soon as I untwisted the crown cap the cork just popped right out of the bottle and scared the living hell out of me, I don't know if I was the only one who experienced this, but be careful opening the bottle.

A- Poured a hazy rich gold body, with a nice two finger creamy white head. Retention is great, held on for a minute or two and left a nice thin creamy cap to settle on top, a little bit of sticky lacing but not too much. Some sediment in the body and lots of uniformed carbonation. Beautiful!

S- RICH! Very floral, grassy hops, some yeast notes, light malts and a little breadniness. I want to say there is a persian lemon twist in there too. The aroma is just astonishing for lack of better words. WAY too inviting!

T- Very well balanced with a not too overly complex transition in taste. Sweet persian lemon, earthy, light notes of citrus peel (grapefruit), yeast, dry hops, mango and biscuit. It really floods your taste with a wow factor. I was told this had a very interesting taste, honestly.... This is there and beyond on what I was expecting. Great, great, great tasting bpa!

MF- Light-medium body, VERY smooth, tickly carbonation that plays with the tongue. This has a very crisp to dry finish, the alcohol is covered up very well also. You are definitely left with a floral/light-citrus taste between sips that won't let go. I really enjoy the mouthfeel on this intriguing ale.

O- Very impressive! Everything about this ale just stands out of the norm... The style, the smell, the taste/feel. So worth the buy! I have been investing a lot more into corked bottles lately, and an exceptional beer just like this one reminds me on how much more it is worth to to go that extra mile (or dollar in this case). I was going to grab the tripel karmeleit this evening, but I am glad I made this choice. This is a must try beer, hands down! ENJOY!!!! I know I did!

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 22oz caged and corked bottle

Appearance - Golden yellow with a 3+ inch white fomay head and tons of lacing.

Smell - Pale malts, belgian yeasts, spices, floral hops, farmhouse/saison aroma. Banana and lemon with some hints of oranges and pineapple.

Taste - Very bitter, tart pale malts with the spices and sweet yeasts at first sip. Theres some underlying caramel notes also. Very floral, orange, lemon and banana are a main flavor. Minor warming alcohol at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Its light, but theres some bitter sourness that will pucker up mouth at first sip. TOunge gets tons of pale malts, yeast, banana and lemon. Palate gets some sweeter hops, more malts and funky belgian spices. Aftertaste is dry and sour.

Overall - Very tasty and enjoyable. Very pale mixed with the spices, adds alot of sweet and sour. One of the cheaper brews ommegang makes, and a good representive of the style. Worth a drink for sure.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A slow pour into my snifter got me 3 fingers of foamy, creamy head. Body is a nice bright yellow-orange. A sediment cloud is noticed hanging in the body.

Yeast, biscuity wheat and banana opens the nose up on this one. A light mango/citrus zest follows up, then a return to the biscuit with some spice finishes her off.

Lightly caramelized malt, a hint of sugar and yeast start off the flavor. Banana and generic citrus follow up, finishing with dry biscuit and spice. As it warms, the citrus seems to blossom and fill out the flavor even more.

Body is light to medium. Goes down rather quick and smooth. Leaves a light coat on the back of the tongue. Dry finish.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On my way to the Greenwood Lake Airshow on 17AUG12, I stopped into the Bridge View Tavern for lunch. Started off with a pint of OBPA, at $5.00.

Shaker glass was filled with a clear, medium golden offering. Had sparse carbo and a thin, super-fine head of white bubbles, leaving behind some nice lace. Nose was mild, with some biscuity action and rindy hoppiness. Had a solid, basic mouthfeel of medium body and light prickle on the tongue.

Had some crisp, light sweetness right off from the pale malts. A bit biscuity and crackery, even a touch bready. Was decently bitter with rindyness well displayed here. In addition to the citrus action, there was some funky, Belgian yeast characteristics in the dryish finish. Nothing that knocked my sox off, but it was tasty and satisfying from start to end. Prosit!

3.93/5 rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gotta love Ommegang. Looks great on the pour. Nose is real strong dough and some floral tones. Strong and unabashed flavor. Real in your face, er, mouth, and just doesn't slow down. Consistent and strong delivery. Lots of dough, which may be a turnoff to some people. Either way, this is a good belgian ale. As I would expect from Ommegang.

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Photo of Thickfreakness
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy golden sun yellow into my DFH glass. A thick sea foam head lays gently upon this golden elixer. Lacing sticks, and drips gently all over the glass. This is really nice to stare at while it warms up some.

S- Hints of funky yeast, lemon zest, and a fresh spring dandalions. Some island citrus (mango, pineapple, papaya), and some good old CA/FL orange, lemon, grapefruit squeeze. Little touches of light caramel in the back round.

T- Lemon, mango, honeysuckles, grapefruit, and some tartness and funk from the yeast. It has a really nice earthiness... seems I can almost taste the terroir. It has a nice spank/carbonation that opens everything up and makes it pop! Tiny hints of caramel sweetness lay underneath.

M- A touch of Belgian funk, tart citrus, bubbly carbonation, with an underlying sweetness. Nice floral notes as well. One of NY's finest brewery's scores again!

O- Not tops in the world, but certainly fantastic! This brewery can do no wrong IMHO! Lets hope they don't start that friggin' micro fracking in NY... otherwise they may be forced to move! I gotta not take this one for granted and put it into the regular rotation.

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Photo of Dosgoat
4.75/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Holley Molley, this was one surprisingly good beer. I am always in search of next great Pale Ale. This beer was a new addition to our are market. I was pleasantly surprised. It is excellent blending of Belgian style beers and IPA's. Very good beer at a very reasonable price.

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Photo of TheRealBigC
3.43/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Kind of a so-so beer for me. Pours alright - a bright yellow color. Big time floral smell and it comes through in the taste as well. It's very dry, with notes of grass, grain & lemon. Complex, yet quite drinkable. Definitely on the lighter side, but it's not very refreshing. Other folks might take to it a little better than me I would understand.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. A “BEST BY” date is printed on the neck but it is hard to make out.

Appearance: Served in a tulip. The color is hazy orange. Three fingers of thick, meringue-like white head dissipates slowly.

Smell: Light Belgian farmhouse funk, floral hops, orange, and maybe kiwi.

Taste: Excellent mouthfeel; very thick and creamy. There is a little bit of funk but the floral and citrus flavors create a strong and prominent backbone. Floral hops, orange and peel, kiwi, maybe a little tangerine and grapefruit, too. There is a little clove and pepper spice. Very smooth and easy drinking.

Drinkability: This is a very well-crafted brew. Nothing about it is over-the-top and none of the elements dominate, but it is a very tasty and pleasing experience.

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Ommegang BPA (Belgian-style Pale Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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