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 Jason
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml brown bottle with a freshness date.

Color: Clear gold.

Smell: White tea, white chocolate, chalky yeast, peppermint stick, clementine, mango and pita bread.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Very dry, very smooth with a crisp bite. Dried grass, yeast, light alcoholic esters, tropical fruit and lemon grass. A bit phenolic, faint honey, more graininess. Dry dusty finish.

Overall: Drinkable obviously. Packed with flavor, high on complexities. The subtle note of Cascade hops works in the dry hopping. Recommended.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in an Ommegang fluted chalice (or whatever the hell this damn thing is called...cervoise? Tulip? Whatever it is, it has the Ommegang logo on it and came free with that bomber boxed threesome.).

Another of my inexplicable collection of BPAs in the fridge. Held up the window (trust me, it's sunny out), the lion rampant or turns a sable against a light, hazy, sunset-like tenne (ah, heraldry). The bright, seemingly ermine suds leave a lovely halo etched along the rim while the liquid drains beneath it. Plenty of smells comin' offa this guy, including some banana, cloves, wheat, damp straw, a tiny bit o' soap, flowers, and sweet woodruff. The cloves, woodruff, and soap stage their vengeance on the tongue, along with a hint of pepper and a splash of citrus peel. A bit of spice drfits on into the distance. It's all pretty light and breezy, fitting nicely with the sunniness outside and in the glass. Currently the top of the BPA heap right now.

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Photo of smcolw
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Here's my updated review from having this on tap:

Modest head but it leaves a combination of blanket and ring lace. The color is dark gold and is lightly hazy.

The smell is a blend of pale malt, Belgian yeast and a touch of hops.

Fits the category well with a superior balance of the pale malts and a (stronger than the smell) hop pepper. Distinctive Belgian yeast is present but not overpowering. The finish features clove and white pepper.

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Huge starting head. As it settles, it leaves less lace than one might expect. Leaves a dome. Still, there is plenty of spots on the glass side. Hazy, golden color.

Fresh pale ale smell consisting of lighter malt and floral hop. Very mild Belgian yeast in the background.

More yeast in the flavor. Starts with a mild grainy malt flavor but ends with a sizable hop bitterness bite. The body is on the full side but the carbonation is also high. There's also some tartness to the flavor.

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Photo of billab914
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into my Russian River tulip. It poured cloudy and orange amber in color. A thick, foamy white head fills the top inch of the glass. Nice head retention and lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a nice mix of crisp light fruits, earthy Belgian yeast and zesty, floral hops. Everything feels pretty well balanced and comes together well. The hops started to come out more as it warmed giving it a little more of a citrusy, lemon zest presence.

The taste also has a relatively bold citrus hop presence to it with notes of lemon zest, orange peel and a little grapefruit to it. The belgian yeast adds an earthy spice that lingers well into the finish. The crisp light fruits give it some needed balance towards the sweet side.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being on the higher side, but also delicate and a little silky. Overall, it's a very good beer of the style. I really like the use of the citrusy American hops in it. It's well balanced, easy drinking and one of my favorites of the style. Very solid beer all around.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.85/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a few samples of this at last weekends Steel City Big Pour, when I saw bottles of it at D's afterward I was inspired to grab a bottle for myself. Pours a beautiful slightly hazed glowing golden amber hue. Bright off white head forms large bubbles nice and thick four finger depth with chunk scattered lacing. Aroma contains sharp citric, deep floral, and tropical fruit juice. Dry acidic note tickles the nares along with spicy yeast layer, pale biscuit malts bring some mild bready edges. Overall flavor is excellent, I don't think Ommegang does much wrong. Fruity citrus/mango infused mix of hop notes, dry bitterness rules but spicy yeast and biscuit malt with a hint of caramelization balances enough to make this incredible. Mouthfeel is effervescent, dry finish ample sturdy bitterness throughout a beautiful experience that I plan to experience again. Drinkability overall was great a top notch version of a rarely well done style at least here in the US micro brewing scene...been excited to try this since I heard about it.

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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 stakem
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken on 8/13/10.

Thanks to pmsawyer for sharing! Poured from a 750 into a couple of pint glasses this brew appears a hazed light orange stained shade of yellow. Two fingers worth of white fluffy foam appear and stick all over the glassware.

The aroma is a spicy hopped mixture coming across herbal like mint mixed with orange peel. Some yeasty notes blend throughout the aroma as well. Some grainy malt sweetness that plays well with the spiciness of the hops fills the nose that comes together forming some all inclusive candy-like aroma.

The taste of this offering is both grassy and herbal from the hops. A lingering dry grain character fills out a solid backing for this brew that meshes well with the herbal and spiced character of the hops and the yeasty notes that are evident.

Moderately carbonated over a light feeling brew. Pleasant lingering herbal hops stick and last inside the mouth. I've never been a huge fan of Belgian pales but this one is nice.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear straw color with sediment floating around. HUGE head on a careful pour. Covered with foam for the duration of the drink.

Smell - Light citrus and slight yeasty funk. A fair amount of bread in the nose, also. Smells bright, but not hoppy, really.

Taste - Very similar to the nose. Slight lemon flavor to start, followed by breadiness. There's a hop bitterness that lingers for a bit after the flavors fall off.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation, light body. The finish is dry with the hop bitterness. No residual sugars here at all to give it any weight.

Overall - It's not dominant in any flavor profile, but hey, it's refreshing. I finished playing soccer in 90 degree weather and this sure looked good in my fridge. Hit the spot for refreshment.

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Photo of jwc215
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, poured into an Ommegang glass:
On the neck - packaged on 01/24/2011, best by is, unfortunately, unclear, consumed on 06/09/2011 - reviewed from notes.

Pours bright goldeen with champagne-like bubbles forming a tall, foamy head that slowly descends, leaving wispy lacing.

The smell is fruity - citric (grapefruit/orange) and tropical (banana)with some floral/herbal notes.

Maltiness is laid-back with hops and yeast strain showing through - in a nice way. Very tasty if you like a Belgian yeast strain combined with plenty of American hops. Never too sweet, finishes dry.

The feel is creamy yet crisp. Very smooth.

A well-made BPA with hops and yeast showing over the malt (though it is enough to be noticeable). A dry BPA - nice, especially on a warm day. This should be a "regular" rather than a "limited" edition, IMO.

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Photo of tdm168
3.61/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - bright, hazy yellow with a huge mountain of dense, bubbly, white head that has great retention

S - faint fruit, a bit sweet, light pepper, faint yeast

T - white grapes, a bit fruity, faint spice, yeasty

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a decent beer. It doesn't have an overpowering yeastiness that a lot of Belgians tend to have. It's easily drinkable and offers nice, light fruitiness to keep you interested. I prefer the Rare Vos over this but this deserves a try as well.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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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Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Typical Ommegang presentation, caged and corked bomber, $8.99 @ DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. Medium golden amber, semi clear with a olive oil almost greenish hue. The head is HUGE, slow to fade to a loose fluffy froth merainge. Leaving more loose and thick lace all the way to the top of where the head once was. Pineapple and resiny hop nose, nice, amirillo? Tasty, hoppy, tropical fruity, toss in some light Belgian spiceyness/yeastyness, including the lovable nutty note from the final yeasted up pour. Yum. Great to see another offering from slow to expand their line Omme. Nice job here, nice new beer to enjoy right now and surely as part of some enjoyable summer lunches.

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

Beer served in a snifter. Beer is light yellow and clear. Forms a white head with moderate to low carbonation and the head leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Looks good.

Aroma is sweet and spicy with hints of citrus and some breadiness from that Ommegang yeast. Very classic aroma. Smells good.

Beer is sweet and slightly dry. Not bitter but nice in the midpalate and good esters giving off the illusion of fruits in my mouth. I wish it wasn't as dry as it is but overall its a nice good beer. I would drink it again.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Blue Monk in Buffalo. Served in BPA branded glass.

A - Light to medium orange with a small amount of white head. Very good lacing.

S - Light citrus, bready notes, Belgian yeast, good apparent hop bitterness.

T - Grassy hops flavours, cloves, some light citrus notes, Belgian yeast.

M - Medium body with a nice chew. Very smooth. Light carbonation.

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

I picked up a bottle from Abe's Cold Beer for $9-10 and split it with a couple friends. The beer appeared a slightly hazy amber with a tall white head that left lacing. At first I was struck by the delicate bready malt and candy character, then I was amazed by the citrus and apricot hop flavor. That's quite a pairing of malts and hops in a Belgian pale, but the flavors are expertly balanced and sublimely subtle. Find this beer. It's not quite like anything I've tried straight from Belgium, but there's no doubt about its heritage.

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Photo of WesWes
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a beautiful gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has an excellent pale malt scent along with a dry, fruity yeast aroma. The hop character is crisp and bitter and really compliments the Belgian yeast esters. The taste is great as well! Wow, what a serious hop flavor. It's dry and bitter with a serious amount of yeast character. The malt bill is relatively simple and it acts as a base for what is a terrific example of hops and Belgian yeast compliment each other. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine beer. It's one of the best Belgian/American pale ales on the market.

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

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with some yellow highlights. A 2" head lasts a long time. Spotty lacing develops during the session.

Smell: yeast, sugary sweetness, caramel, and some floral bitterness is pleasant on the nose.

Taste: yeast, caramel, lemon zest, oranges, green grapes, pears, and a mild floral bitterness creates a well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout. Long lasting aftertaste.

Drinkability: this beer was very easy to quaff and satisfied the tastebuds. Great beer from Ommegang.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Commonwealth Lounge in Newport Beach, on to the beer:

Pale gold is the color of this Ommegang offering. Only a small patch of thin foam sits on top as I received my serving, eventually going away and leaving a few spots of lace on the glass. Its nose is clean and surprsingly hoppy since it calls itself a Belgian styled pale ale; crisp pine is the easiest to pick out of the bunch, floral and melon trail alongside.

It's a hybrid. BPA borrows characteristics that define both the American and Belgian schools of brewing. The American side brings to the table a clean profile, cuts of pine, orange, and vague citrus. The Belgian side, while light, pulls in faint apricot (presumably from the yeast). As the beer goes down, it leaves a little "hoppy bitter" aftertaste.

Whatever this is, it is a joy to drink. After finishing my glass, I kept thinking of Eisenbahn Pale Ale, which is what BPA reminds me of most.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy golden orange color with a white head. Thea aroma is yeast, lemons, oranges and alcohol. The flavor is very similar. I get notes of grassy hops, yeast and oranges. The beer is very hoppy for a beer of this style. The bitterness is low to medium and the hop flavor is very apparent. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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

Served on Draft at The Drafting Room and I had a Bottle as well with some family.

Golden pale yellow looking like straw in a pile. Bubbles are seen rising up creating a semi thick but not all the way Belgian looking head with a sharp mountain of pointy foam. Small pockets of lace on the way down. On second thought this looks fine.

Smells are of the Belgian persuasion including at least a few malts working nice but not overpowering the yeast which is putting off esters hardcore. A nice bread goes along with some faint fruit and some citrus juice. A little bit of apple and trace juicy fruit gum. A rewarding whiff to say the least.

First off, bready malts that aren't major but first in line. After that a blast of columbus which is also not huge. After that some yeast action with esters and fruit and a Belgian vibe. I cant help to get some candi, gum and some nice sweet action, i'm liking the mix on this pale. The hops are more type spicy and a little earthy and far from west coast style, but there is some bitterness.

Yes, there is small amounts of bitterness along with some spice, but there's also five malts backing that so, there you go. BPA is in between light and medium in stature but high in taste and carbonation, this beer is very active when it does it's thing. The yeast is big and bold so get in line.

Ommegang does Belgian's right, It's a no brainer. BPA is well balanced and does it's thing with Ommegang's house yeast strain. A great addition to the lineup and one i'll be trying again soon.

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

A big amount of chill haze has formed in this beer since I put it in the fridge two days ago. A steady pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces almost four-fingers worth of nicely tanned foam. The head slowly falls with pillowy mounds of froth that leaves a rocky surface on the top fo the foam. The beer is a murky, light amber color that shows a rich haze and lighter copper hues when held up to the light. Earthy yeast notes mix with spicy herbal hop aromas followed by citrus hop notes in the first whif of the aroma. My second waft of the aroma sees me noticing tropical fruit hop notes much more with notes of lychee, floral peach and perhaps a touch of kumquat or tangelo zest. Earthy, spicy malt character is accentuated by fruity fermentation notes, and spicy phenolics; this last is a touch musty, a hint of medicinal, with some solid, supporting clove aromatics. The malt becomes more noticeable as my nose adjusts to the hops, toasted whole grain bread aromatics, rye crackers and fresh crushed grain notes all are apparent. In addition to the hops, there are other fruit notes of pear and perhaps a light melon like character. The aroma on this is interestingly complex, and I am quite enjoying the interplay of Belgian yeast, American Hops and malt.

Sweet grapefruit hop flavors are noticeable as the beer first hits my tongue. The beer dries out quite a bit as it rolls across my tongue though; the malt character is overall dry, but the hops accentuate an up front sweetness that just lingers on the palate even in the long finish. Both the peppery carbonation and the hops provide a biting, bitter note that is found throughout the flavor profile, but especially lingering in the finish. Touches of pine and a definite herbal edge also linger towards and into the finish of each sip. The malt contributes a soft dough-like flavor, some toasted cracker notes as well as a rustic, crushed grain character that lingers in the finish. It is interesting that the fermentation character accentuates a lychee / tropical fruit flavor from the Cascade hops. The texture of this beer is fizzy from the ample carbonation, but well tamed by a creamy texture; overall this is quite quaffable and certainly light enough to be what I was expecting labeled as a BPA. Fermentation spice notes of clove (this is actually quite big and mixes quite well with the hop character), woody black pepper and pink ginger play a bigger and bigger role as the beer warms up.

In a world were there are few commercial examples of American hops and Belgian inspired yeast strains (especially under 7%) this is a really nice beer. I can't see this standing up if a lot more of these get made though. As it is though, I am thoroughly enjoying this beer. My biggest complaint is that the malt seems to muddle things a bit; it does add complexity, but seems to get in the way of the crisp hops and interesting yeast character, though it does add extra complexity, which isn't really needed in a beer chock-full hops and yeast character. This would also be a bit lighter and more refreshing without the extra malt character; and I don't think that would be a bad thing.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ommegang BPA, On-tap

Appearance: Clear, copper in color, small head, no lace.

Smell: Big time banana aroma from munich malts I imagine. Some toffee and hints at sweetness.

Taste: Toffee, malt, faint caramel. Sugar. The banana prevalent in the nose does not really pull through in the taste. Leafy tobacco hop bitterness rounds it out. Light on overall bitterness and bite, expected a bit more but the subtle Belgian qualities make up for it. A well balanced pale ale with authentic Belgian flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, tingly carbonation, drying, chalky finish.

Drinkability: An easy drinking pale ale. One I would recommend to those impartial to hops. Mellow and good.

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Photo of biegaman
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
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 Halcyondays
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle,

A: Pours a translucent to hazy goldenrod with a firm 2-3 finger almost gushing white head, leaving tons of lace, very good head retention.

S: Lime peel, orange peel, coriander and white pepper. Yeasty and attractive Belgian smells.

T: Quite a yeasty taste. Bitter spice on the back end with a lot of citrus peel. Noticable hop character, hay and earth, appealing, this would make a great food beer.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth with soft but biting at times carbonation, very easy drinking.

O: This is fantastic domestic Belgian style beer. Great flavours, blind I could believe this is Belgian-made which is always a plus. Well done Ommegang.

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

Light amber colored beer with a furious amount of head formation. Very strong and thick head.

Smells sweet malty and spicy coriander is mild but present.

Starts out mildly sweet with a taste of raw coriander and honeysuckle. Bitterness level is medium. Medium spicy mostly cinnamon and coriander.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Drinkability is good. A good BPA but not one I will buy again.

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