Brewery Ommegang

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Belgian Dark Ale
3.82 | pDev: 11.78%
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Notes: Ommegang Seduction is lovingly brewed with six dark malts. Chocolatier Callebut provides the chocolate, while Liefmans brings the cherries. This international romance is consummated with a full body, alluring aromas and flavors of Belgian chocolate, and tart cherries. Seduction is an ale to be lovingly embraced.

Beautiful, rich and smooth, roasty and malty throughout, Seduction offers balanced chocolate-cherry notes, a bit of caramel sweetness, and a long, slow finish. Seduction is welcoming and warm-hearted, gently hopped and harbors no bitterness, leaving only a lingering glow.
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Photo of Naugros
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell, NJ.

Dark like a stout with a stout-like mocha head which was only about an inch thick, but very dense and long-lasting.

Didn't get much in the nose and was surprised to only detect the malts without any yeast aromas coming through. But the taste came through very nicely on the first sip. Burnt toast with a thinness of flavor that I've come to expect from Belgian stouts. Hard to explain that, but anyone who has had a Belgian stout and compared it to an American stout knows what I'm talking about. The chocolate and cherries are very subtle and I really expected to taste them a little more. In fact, I may not have found them at all had I not realized after I was halfway through the glass what this beer was. All the Ommegang names get similar that they're easy to confuse. They're like Lost Abbey in that regard.

Note: BA categorizes this as a Belgian Dark Ale, which I guess is the only place that a Belgian Porter could be listed. I am reviewing it the latter and ignoring the style it had to be grouped into.

The mouthfeel is spot on for what I'd expect from a porter brewed with Belgian yeast. At first I wasn't too sure what the point was of brewing a porter with Belgian yeast, but I'm glad they thought to do this and I really did enjoy this beer until it warmed up too much. So there's one place where it really departs from a Belgian stout. Those get better as they warm.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a corked and caged 750 ml bottle, courtesy of Nick. Thanks for sharing! Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Dark brown on the pour, looking densely black sitting in the glass. A huge foamy, fluffy tan colored head dissipated somewhat quickly, but did leave some nice clinging lace around the glass. This seems signature Ommegang, well carbonated by the looks of things.

S: Dark chocolate, roasted dark malts, caramel, spice, cherry flesh and a overall sweet fruitiness towards the back. I get everything the bottle says, namely the chocolate and cherry they are quick to point out. Nothing is overwhelming though the cherry could be a bit more pronounced to compete with the rich roasted malt aromas.

T: Bakers dark chocolate is instantly coating the palate, along with some robust malt qualities. Certainly some roasted notes and coffee beans mid-palate with the cherries trying to come in towards the back end. They struggle and struggle, but it's not enough to make a pronounced appearance on the flavor. In this regard, it's a bit of a let down though you do get some of it.

M: Highly carbonated, not fizzy and it does retain a nice feeling body. Bubbles on the palate gives it a nice smoothness.

I thought this was pretty good. Some of the others who sampled with me thought it wasn't as good, but I enjoyed the combination of flavors. I do wish like everyone else that the cherry came out a bit more to compete with the dominant roasted/chocolate malt flavors. Good beer, but a bit overpriced ($15.99 here) for what you get, in my opinion.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Poured to a dark brown almost black color with a half finger of light brown head.
S - Tart, acidic, dark cherries upfront followed by a very roasty malt. Medium sweet chocolate and light hints of caramel and coffee follow at the end.
T - Delicious. Medium sweet and tart black cherries, warm roasty malt, medium sweet chocolate and lightly sweet cappuccino at the end. Amazingly smooth and medium/fall bodied. Perfect winter sipping beer to be sure.
O - A five star porter. One of the best porters I've ever had in my life. I strongly urge you to try it if you can get your hands on it.
V - Very worth it.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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1.59/5  rDev -58.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Pours a very dark opaque color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has chocolate and malt cherry hints
T-The taste follows the nose with chocolate and cherry flavors
M-A medium bodied moderately carbonated beer
O-A nice porter

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4.56/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a Duvel Tulip glass

A: Pours an extremely dark and deep black with more than two fingers worth of very fine bubbled mocha colored head that lingers for an extremely long time and leaves a ton of very fine lacing in rings around the glass
S: chocolate and coffee malts and possibly a small amount of licorice
T: nice smooth chocolate malts in the beginning with a nice depth then it moves into a dark section in the middle with a slight coffee malt character, at the end the Belgian yeast comes straight through and a slight dark chocolate not lingers on the mouth afterwards
M: medium carbonation tingle, drinks thin but leaves a kind of thick feeling on the palate like dry chocolate
O: what ive come to expect from my friends over at ommegang, a great tasting brew with an extremely high quality note, its a nice one

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Seduction from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 453 ratings