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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States | website

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Malts: Pilsner, Carapils, Flaked Oats, flaked Red Wheat, Special B
Hops: two Saaz varieties, 3 additions
Spices: none
Sugar: yes
Yeast: Chouffe yeast in primary fermentation, Ommegang yeast in bottle conditioning
OG: 19.9 o Plato
FG: 2.9 o Plato
IBU: 26

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
428
Ratings:
1,432
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
19.56%
 
 
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292
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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.52/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Bodega. 10oz served in a tulip.

Appearance
A slightly hazed gold with a small cap of pure white foam. Lacing here and there.

Aroma
Lots of nice yeasty esters. Very spicy and floral. Apples and pears add a juiciness to it that really bulks up the aroma.

Taste
Very spicy and yeasty. Almost too much so. There is a little bit of that band aid flavor that really intense Belgian yeast can give off, but it is mostly blanketed by floral and juicy hops.

Mouthfeel
At first this beer was way too cold. I had to wait quite a while before I could fully enjoy it. The mouthfeel is dry and fluffy with a lively carbonation.

Overall
Not a bad beer, but the yeast flavors are very strong. I'd like to see it toned back so that the juiciness of the fruity hops can shine.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazed and bubbly golden yellow, pillow of soft white head. Scent is pale, light watery and sweet fruits, belgian yeasts and faint hints of bread and spice. Taste slightly more aggressive then scent, watery and sweet fruits are the start (apple, citrus and tropical all present), malt is lightly sweet and bready, standard belgian yeast notes in moderation, some spice. Medium bodied, smooth. A nice, easy drinking beer that hides its ABVs very well.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

- from the notes
- 750 ml bottle
A - yellow/amber hazy with a short head.
S - yeasty Belgian spicy smells with light fruity aromas.
T - cloves and other spices with a little sweet.
M - tingly carbonation that I am finding enjoyable.
D - quite drinkable and look forward to another if I can find it.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a nice under ripe lemon color with faint haze. Moderate carbonation produces a 1 inch bubbly white head. Decent retention. No lacing.
S: Nice belgian yeast and spice, citrus, lemon...very fresh.
T: Very nice here...honey, caramel malt, belgian spice, fresh yeast, clove, citrus, banana. More deep, complex, and balanced than the aroma suggested. Excellent.
M: Soft and smooth. Some tingly effervescence from the carbonation. Mild alcohol bite and burn in the finish. Very nice feel.
D: Wonderfully drinkable. Overall a tremendous collaboration brew. Highly recommended. Excellent, especially for style.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from the tap a light cloudy yellow with a quarter-inch of bright white head. Light lacing left on the glass.

Aroma of light tropical fruit, Belgian yeast, apple, lemon and light caramel malts.

Tastes of Juicyfruit gum and cinnamon up front followed by Belgian yeast, cloves, apple and light caramel malts.

Light-to-medium bodied with a sharp carbonation.

An incredibly delicious brew and one I'd defiintely have again.

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Photo of beenitty
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

13$ 750mL Bottle from Decicco's Ardsley

Poured into Delirium Tulip.

A: Pours a hazy orange, with decent layer of white head. Quick swirl reconstitutes a nice layer with ease.

S: Sugar and Belgian yeast up front. Slight fruit notes but cant distinguish, definitely a BSPA. Alot going on in the smell, vvn.

T: Tastes like the aroma, there are clove and spicy flavors up front followed by some candy sweetness and light fruit notes. Taste falls off for me because the sweetness starts to accumulate. Not tasting the alcohol that some of the other reviews are commenting on. After having a few it seems like the flavors clash a bit for me and kind of cancel each other out.

M: Good body with high carbonation, crisp feel but doesnt add to the taste like some beers with nice mouthfeels do.

O: Decent beer, though I have to say I prefer the individual parts as opposed to the sum in this case. Nice to try but not as good as I'd hoped it would be.If not for the accumulation, this would be an A- or A beer IMO. Possibly tastes better on draft or soon after bottling.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First campfire beer of the year!

Hazy, translucent daisy yellow with a goldenrod center. Pillowy white head is fairly reserved compared to some of the foamy monsters that reside within this style but I like being able to walk away with a glass full of beer, not foam. Splashy lace and good retention.

A little spicy and farmy at first whiff but that soon settles in with a sweet, floral apricot-ness. Peach fuzz and Wherther's Orange Creamsavers. Like lemoncello but with apricots instead of lemons.

Sweet start, clean fade and an extremely satisfying sweet/clean resurgence after each swallow. Fruit basket includes juicy golden pear, white grape, and peach. Appropriately the alcohol is well hidden.

A collaboration ale that actually lives up to the billing!

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Photo of argock
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Purchased at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA) for $13.99.

A: Peach-golden hue with 1-finger of big-bubbled off-white head with average retention and a few crusts of lacing.

S: Hoppy and tart, horsey aromas dominate with a mild barnyard yeast note up front that smooths out to more of a tart and herbal hoppiness. The malts are pale and bready.

T: A very flavorful ale to be sure with big juicy fruitness with light funk factor and big, very Belgian IPA-like flavor profile. The maltiness is to be respected and comes through with much more power than in the nose. the hoppiness is staunch and herbal with some lemon features. The yeast flavor is tart, slightly medicinal, with a barnyard, wild aspect to it. This is a very lush brew all the way around with a complex roundness. I still think it fits Belgian IPA stylewise, but the ABV power, which a bit hot but not at all intrusive, does tend to tip towards the BSPA style.

M: Very viscous, lush mouthfeel with a nice moderate dryness in the finish.

O: A really surprising beer as collaborations tend to be either spectacular successes or letdowns. This one works really well with a very interesting, complex brew that puts a heavy-hitting twist on the style.

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Photo of n2185
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy brownish-gold with a finger of white head that recedes into a thin layer with little lacing.

S: Some spice and clove notes up front followed by bubblegum and candy sugar. There are some pear notes and floral aromas in there as well. The finish is of slightly bitter yeast.

T: Similar to the aroma, there are clove and spicy flavors up front followed by some candy sweetness and light fruit notes. Then comes the bready backbone with some yeast notes as well and a light bitterness provided by the hops. A surprisingly noticeable alcohol burn on the finish as well.

M: Light body with high carbonation, this beer is nicely attenuated to give it a light, crisp feel. Unfortunately, the alcohol burn detracts from it.

O: A good beer overall and among the better BSPAs out there. The main drawback of this beer (other than the price) is the obvious alcohol presence. While it's not super hot, I feel like the best versions of the style hide it better.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bomber poured into a tulip

Pours a cloudy golden color with a fluffy, bubbly little cap that filled the tulip beautifully.

The aroma is soft and spicy. Lemon peel and orange zest, coriander, doughy undercooked bread and a touch of band-aid funk for good measure.

This is soft and delicate on the palate. It cascades beautifully over the tastebuds and then washes away with ease. Coriander, oranges, lemons, tart yeast, banana, and that band-aid funk adding just a touch more complexity. This is extremely playful and enjoyable.

The finish here is great. A spicy, citric, crisp, dry finish that lingers forever. Light bodied with perfect carbonation.

Overall, this is a win for everybody involved. A great example of style and another successful collaboration. Let’s hope we see more of these guys in the future.

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Photo of RedSpecial1
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, carbonated, yellow with a half finger of white foam that clings to the sides of the glass. It has a very typical Belgian nose, lots of clove, phenol, and maybe a hint of banana at the end. The taste matches the nose fairly closely with clove, and a nice sweetness at the end. A nice, light mouthfeel, very refreshing. Overall, a nice, tasty, Belgian.

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Photo of itsfreeasinbeer
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: tawny gold with a finger of head

S: fruity forwardness and spices

T: Malt flavors and belgian yeasty spiciness battle each other in for the forward taste, withthe peppery yeast adding an interesting twist to the citrus.

M: Bubbly yet moderately thin

D: definitely not an everyday beer, but an excellent rare collab to stumble upon.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: A cloudy yellow body with a moderate head and mild lacing.

S: A nice and fruity nose of citrus zest, bananas, pear, clove, bubblegum, pepper, and Belgian yeast. Pretty standard, but very pleasant.

T: Belgian yeast and sweet pale malts makes an immediate role in the flavor, followed by some spices (pepper & clove) & fruit (pear or apple), and finishes slightly warm and citrusy.

M: Medium body; Medium-high carbonation; Very crisp and refreshing mouthfeel.

O: Really enjoyed this beer. Can't see myself getting it again due to the fact it was a once time release. Great collaboration however.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL poured into a shaped pint glass.

Pours a straw like golden color that is opaque from the cloudiness (I like to go against Ommegang's suggestions and disturb the yeast.) Nice carbonation with a one finger head.

Smells very light, almost too light. Some belgian yeast and fruit esters.

Flavor makes up for the lack of aroma, but this isn't a heavy hitter in the flavor department, but rather, the subtleties make this beer great. Starts very sweet and bready with the aforementioned fruit esters. This ends with the nice spice from the yeast which mingles with a slight alcohol heat (not burn) to really bring out a contrasting spiciness to fight back the sweetness. Overall very mild.

A little on the dry side with light carbonation and some alcohol heat.

Very drinkable and light for 9.5% ABV, I was able to patiently finish off the bomber without too much struggle or too much of a buzz.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: The beer pours a very strong head that is white and very foamy. Gotta love that bottle conditioned beer and two yeast strains. The beer itself is a clear pale gold.

Smell: The smell consists of the bready Ommegang yeast strain and some nice but not too bitter hops. The Belgian yeast strain is a bit a sweet bready note. It's probably the two different strains mixing together. The Chouffe strain tends to run like a sweetbread while the Ommegang is bready. The smell also has a light earthy bitter note to it. It's strong enough to keep the yeast from being powerful but light enough to keep from overwhelming the smell. The beer smell also has a very strong Belgian sugar note.

Taste: The hop notes are a bit stronger in the taste and give it a slightly more bitter note than the smell. The sweetbread yeast note is still there but it's not as dominate in the taste as it is in the smell. The Belgian sugars as still present but it is not as forward in the taste as it is in the smell.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation with a crisp feel to it. The beer goes down smoothly as expected. The beer has a slight body to it but it still goes down rather well.

Overall: A pretty good beer and still a favorite after several years. While this beer is a pretty strong blonde ale, it's a nice collaboration worth getting.

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Photo of adamette
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Live review. Poured from the 1 pt., 9.4 fl. Oz. corked and caged bottle that I bought at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor, Ohio for $9.99 last week into (what else?) my Brewery Ommegang Westvleteren style gold rimmed goblet. Stamped on the neck of the bottle is the following:
PKG on 02/08/11
BEST BY 02/2013

A Brief very light brown head over a golden yellow, opaque body with lots of carbonation rising up from below. Additionally, very small, not immediately obvious yeast sediment floating about makes the look not only appropriate but attractive. 4.0

S Great Belgian yeast smells rise up from this “Belgian Style Blonde Ale” as announced on the neck label with some light malt and nearly no hops. Great, classic Belgian Blonde smell. 4.5

T Yes, a really good, classic Belgian taste of medium sweet malt, Belgian yeast and a touch of hops. I can just about taste the Brasserie D’Achouffe influence with that great Belgian yeast taste. There is also a nice tart citrusy note that I really like and the taste is a strong one, not weak like some in this style. 4.5

M The tart citrus brings some kick but the physical feel is certainly smooth with the silky head and body. It is actually a really great example of the style. Somewhere half way through the feel there is even a nice, thick, sticky, syrupy feel that I did not expect and do not always sense in beers of this style. I am really thinking that the mouthfeel cannot be improved upon. 5.0

D Very, very good for the style. It is so delicious I found myself halting my review to take a few more sips! 4.5

Notes: This is my 17th Brewery Ommegang review. A really excellent example of a successful collaboration beer in that Ommegang has always excelled at the Belgian Styles but now, with Brasserie D’Achouffe, they have created a really classically made version of the style that really could be considered THE example of the style. Bravo!
I do not recall being this positive on an Ommegang beer since I first had Three Philosphers. That is really saying something because 3 Phils is one of my sentimental favs!

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Photo of THECPJ
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: hops, malts, yeast, spice

taste: hops, lemon, spice,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body

overall: enjoyed this beer quite a bit. glad I was able to pick up an extra bottle to bring home.

Cheers,
The CpJ

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Photo of waldoiverson
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml into tulip

A: golden with very aggressive, fine white carbonation, slightly turbid

S green apple, rich yeastiness, slight biscuit nose

T: bright, clean smooth carbonation, light caramel, sweet but not cloying, a little alcohol at the end

M: Rich, rich, rich but it is nicely cleaned up by the carbonation

O: Fantastic. This beer is dangerously drinkable for the ABV thanks to the perfectly executed carbonation. Well done.

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Photo of FanofHefe
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Chimay chalice. Very hazy light yellow body with a one-finger white head. Decent retention and a little lacing.

The aroma is a sharp combination of lemony zest and spicy yeast notes. A little apple and some light bready malt follow in the background.

Very nice flavors that follow the aroma. Definitely more of the spicy yeast in the flavor than in the aroma. Fruity lemon, sweet pale malt, and a particular notice of the noble hops come through in the flavor. Overall, very rich and complex taste.

Medium mouthfeel with a bit of the alcohol heat being noticeable. Excellent offering that should age very well.

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Photo of rootbeerman
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours pale orange to yellow. Head is about a finger or so, but settles to a halo around the glass. Minimal lacing.
S: light lemon, a bit of yeast spice, some malt sweetness. Some floral hops.
T: light malt sweetness. Must be hops giving a little lemon to this. Also a light mix between yeast spice and very light banana.
M: rather crisp. Good carbonation and smooth.
O: doesn't taste a hint near 9.5%, but is a new favorite yet it is a limited edition.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is fairly strong and rather fruity, equal parts apple/pear and lemon, not too sweet, with a malty underpinning. It pours a pretty clear golden yellow with a thick and fluffy, it not persistent, white head. Refreshing flavor is fruity and malty, having tones of apple and butterscotch, a little malt and a bit of hops, a touch of sweetness, and a fairly strong alcohol bite. Ragged, fizzy texture has a good edge and leaves a persistent tingle with some fruitiness and maltiness as well as a nip of alcohol.

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Photo of WesWes
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a killer yeast nose that compliments a solid pale malt base. It's fruity with a touch of funk along with a bit of malty sweetness. The taste is great as well. It has a silky smooth pale malt flavor that's light and easy drinking with little alcohol warmth. The yeast provides a ton of character and adds a good deal of depth to the flavor. The mouthfeel is near perfect. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tremendous beer. I'm a huge fan of collaborations and this one is no exception.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at a grill in Clarendon, VA poured into a snifter glass. Pours a tan/blonde color with a heavy haze and some light brown sediment floating around near the bottom of the glass. On top there is an off white cap of foam that slowly settles and makes some nice slick lacing on the glass. There is a big classic Belgian yeast character coming to the nose. With it comes fruit, funk and wet hay mixed with some sweet bready malt and solid notes of floral/spicy hops. It starts with a nice base of sweet bready malt and yeast with a light touch of funk and wet hay. Inside this are some nice fruity notes as well and I get white wine grapes, light unripe peach and mild orange blossom. This is all backed up by a firm floral and spicy hop bitterness that adds a pleasant balance and dryness to the finish. It’s well balanced on the palate and fun to drink. Overall it is an outstanding Belgian which to me seems to fits somewhere between a Blond and a Triple. Also of note here is the very well hidden 9.5% abv. Went extremely well with the grilled burger and asparagus I ordered.

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Photo of billab914
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Allagash glass. It poured a hazy, pale amber color with a big, white, rocky head to it. The head faded to a thin layer, but remained there through drinking it.

The aroma shows a zesty, lemon citrus mixing with some of the Belgian yeast, spice flavors. Behind that I get some sweeter, bready, malt flavors coming through. Very nicely balanced and flavorful.

The taste starts out with some of the zesty, lemony, citrus flavors. Midway it starts to get more malty with more of the Belgian yeast showing through. Some nutmeg and clove like flavors linger along with the bready, sweeter, malt flavors. Pretty good flavors overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being above average. Overall it was a pretty nice beer. It had some nice flavors to it and felt pretty balanced overall. Enjoyable beer to sip on this evening.

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Photo of Pencible
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured a cloudy gold with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like crisp citrus zest, with some grassy hops and sour Belgian yeast and a bit of spice.
T: It tasted like lemon and sour yeast, with some grassy hops and candi sugar and light caramel. It had a very clean and mellow bitter aftertaste.
M: It was thick and creamy, with moderate natural carbonation. Excellent body!
D: This was a very nice BSPA, with clean and balanced scent and taste. The body was fantastic, and the alcohol was very well hidden, so it was quite easy to drink. One of the better examples of this style. Definitely recommended.

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