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Bourbon Barrel-Aged Ommegang Abbey Ale | Brewery Ommegang

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Bourbon Barrel-Aged Ommegang Abbey AleBourbon Barrel-Aged Ommegang Abbey Ale

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Dubbel ale brewed with spices, aged in bourbon barrels

Added by WesWes on 01-29-2011

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Ratings: 29 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of nyrblue2
3.69/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hallertau
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of madelf66
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into an Ommegang flute glass. Pours a dark, slightly hazy orange red with a fine, one finger khaki head with good retention and thick lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, oak, dates, figs, dried plums, mild oaky vanilla. Flavor is dry caramel malt with some biscuit character, dates, figs, raisins, light molasses, woody oak, hint of cherry; earthy and woody. Medium bodied with light creaminess and good mouth feel. I have to say that this tastes just like a dubbel aged in wooden barrels. I'm not getting much bourbon here, but the barrel notes are clear and in character. The base dubbel flavors of plum and fruit are detectable, but give way to barrel aged dark dried fruit. Although I kind of wanted to see what bourbon would do to a quality Belgian dubbel, this has turned out quite nicely from its stay in the barrels. ABV well covered making this big Belgian a little too drinkable. My second bottle from the "rare" boxed set and another really worthy ale from Ommegang.

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Photo of tdm168
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Greywulfken
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brewed with orange peel, cumin, coriander, licorice root, and anise... Brewed and bottled at Boulevard Brewing in Kansas City, MO... Dark ruby brown ale under a tan cap a finger high... aromas of dark, sweet bread and muted fruits, like dates and figs... On the sip, a watery molasses-like sweetness was complimented by mild, sweet anise and licorice impressions... The overall character was fruity and herbal, and smooth, with the barest hints of oak and woodsy notes... Easy drinking, with a nice drying finish...

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Photo of superspak
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 7/21/2017. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby red; light copper/brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, date, cherry, pear, red apple, apricot, peppercorn, coriander, clove, vanilla, bourbon, oak, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, and nuttiness; with light notes of chocolate, banana, bubblegum, coconut, orange peel, licorice, toffee, molasses, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, dark/bready malt, spices, and moderate bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge raisin, plum, fig, date, cherry, pear, red apple, apricot, peppercorn, coriander, clove, vanilla, bourbon, oak, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, and nuttiness; with light notes of chocolate, banana, bubblegum, coconut, orange peel, licorice, toffee, molasses, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate peppery yeast; light herbal/spice bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of dark fruit, cherry, pear, red apple, apricot, peppercorn, coriander, clove, vanilla, bourbon, oak, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, light chocolate/banana, orange peel, licorice, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, dark/bready malt, spices, and moderate bourbon barrel flavors; with an awesome malt/spiciness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from yeast spiciness and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, bready/grainy, and lightly sticky/chalky/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Fairly crisp/clean finishing. Minimal warming alcohol for 9.5%, with zero barrel booziness after the finish. Overall this is an amazing barrel aged Dubbel style! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, dark/bready malt, spices, and moderate bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and quite refreshing to drink for the big ABV. Awesome barrel integration; with perfectly balanced yeast, malt, spice flavors. The barrel isn't huge, but has really nice presence. I think the yeast phenols are covering it up a bit. A highly enjoyable offering, and spot on style example as expected.

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Photo of Zoezoeb89
3/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of henryclay_
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of kevintaraross
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of tt_andy
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of VictorWisc
4.75/5  rDev +15%

Photo of phishbone23
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of shick1
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to AndresR for sharing this one at jmgrub's tasting.

Pours a slightly murky dark brown with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, bourbon, and wood. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick and a woody finish on the palate with each sip. This beer has a high level of carbonation with a very crisp mouthfeel that is too much in my opinion. Overall, this is a good beer that smells better than it tastes.

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Photo of drewone
3/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of MAB
3.89/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not what I was expecting, but pretty decent.

Average appearance, with lots of head.
Very interesting aromas. Yeasty/ bready, and fruity
The taste was a bit odd. Lots of sweetness but followed by almost a sour cherry flavor.
Once I got used to it, it went down smooth.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

been sittin on this for a while. thanks a ton to dmeadows and Henrici who answered the call when i couldn't make it to the brewery for st nik's fest 2010.

a - popped the cork from the cage and filled my ommegang chalice. opened with a HUGE pop and some collar smoke emerged. the brew poured the classic ommegang abbey plum purple with a generous creamy belgian yeasty head. i'm surprised as i've found that barrel aging kills any semblance of head on a brew...but this is a belgian...should be interesting.

s - the wood really comes out in the smell giving a strong chocolate presence at first. the creaminess of the original is there as is the ommegang yeast, but a dark caramel woody glaze on it. quite nice. not a bourbon bomb by any means. the wood seems to be more present than the booze that was in the wood. as it warmed and my taste buds got into the bourbon, i definitely notice the bourbon in the nose...it is not overdone, it is nice.

t - wow, much different then the nose would suggest. the booze is heavily present here. it is bourbony a-la a backwoods bastard or mother earth barrel aged tripel overheard. beneath that is the dark plum flavoring of abbey. a bit of tartness in the finish.

m - the booziness seems to take away from abbey. it loses the creaminess and after vibe. prickly.

o - it is an interesting thing to put a dubbel into bourbon barrels. i've had the barrel aged adoration and although i dig adoration more than abbey, the barrel aging seemed to compliment the belgian strong dark more than a dubbel. i'm quite excited to pop the barrel aged three philosophers. i appreciate that ommegang decided to give a try to the new craze of barrel aging, but i'm not sure all their beers are suited for these types of treatments...one i would love to see happen would be hennepin on (white) wine barrels...YUM, that sounds good.

what i can say for sure is that this ain't no 8.5%. i drink pretty big beers pretty regularly and i can't remember the last time i got so knocked on my rear from a 750. the angel's share is in the bottle.

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Photo of buckyp
5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of Edwaka01
5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

amber color with a light hint of caramel around the edges, big head comes up and over the top and settles down gently into a firm and long lasting pillow with loads of side glass lacing. Aroma is nice, much sweeter then I was expecting. Lots of caramel and malts right up front here, light hint of an herbal note boucning along with deep oak around as well, but not terribly strong. Warming brings out a yeast note and loads of vanilla and boubon that is quite intresting and adds a light fruit touch to it, but very sweet still. Flavor again is very intresting and not what I was expecting. Rich notes of caramel and almost candied like sugar abound here. Light touches of hops play on the tongue now as well, very intresting. Comes across almost like an amber ale to me, has that bready maltiness and caramel flavor I associate with it.

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Photo of corby112
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml generously shared by shadowane. Thanks again Rich!

Pours a dark chestnut brown color that's opaque with a half finger yellowish-beige head that quickly fizzles into a thin ring. Minimal spotty lacing left behind.

Strong barrel presence in the nose with lots of bourbon along with some vanilla and toasted coconut along with spicy bourbon. The base beer gets kind of lost with only faint malts, spice and subtle dark fruit.

Medium bodied with tight carbonation and a strong barrel presence but the base beer is more prominent than the aroma suggests. Lots of toasted oak, sweet bourbon and vanilla notes.  Plenty of bourbon flavor without much heat or wamrth in the chest resulting in a pretty quaffable beer.  Although this is the most prominent flavor, I'm still picking up some zesty spice as well as some sweet malt and drak fruit notes. Hints of dark cherry, plum, raisin and fig. Boozy flavor but the Abv is well masked resulting in a complex, flavorful beer that's easy to drink. Much better than the Bourbon Barrel Aged Three Philosophers.  

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Photo of THECPJ
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes thanks goes out to Marc for sharing this bottle.

appearance: dark murky brown, with 1 finger off white head

smell: bourbon, vanilla, sweet, caramel, dark fruits

taste: molasses, vanilla, dark fruits,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: I wish Ommegang will do this beer again so I can stock my closet. Such a rare treat but damn it was good.

the CPJ

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Photo of chiccabeer
3.74/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a dark murky amber look to it. It pours with a lot of head which has a darker yellow tinge to it. There is a light spice smell to the beer. The beer has a nice refreshing feel to it that is easy to drink. I taste apricots, spice, nuts, and a hint of apple in the finish of the beer. I would suggest this beer as a dinner drink, probably paired with a steak. Cheers.

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