Seduction | Brewery Ommegang

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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Gehrig on 12-20-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
5/5  rDev +31.9%
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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Photo of ChrisCage
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #500!!

A- This comes in a very heavy glass bottle with a cork and cap system in place....very masculine! The beer is heavily dark in color....super brown and almost black to be exact. The head is thick and dense at first before settling into a generous layer over the is velvety smooth looking! Lacing is superb as thick layers of foam coat the side of my glass and becomes very sticky as it attempts to fight gravity...artistic looking for sure. What a nice looking Ale!

S- Just what it says it is....dark chocolate blended with wild tart is very much like rich black forest cake in smell! Additional hints of licorice, dark fresh cocoa, very toasty malt and even a little funk....almost turning rummy! Super nice and not overly complex, but what is on the nose is done well!

T- The flavors follow the aromas rather closely, but more in reverse order...sweet and sour cherries is what I taste right away, followed by semi sweet chocolate, licorice tones, dark fruits, slight dark roast coffee, coconut infused cocoa, creamy yeast and some Belgian funk. Delicious and well balanced between sweet and sour!

M/O- Medium/full bodied, velvety smooth carbonation and with lots of flavor. This is a well rounded brew that is meant for aging and it is easily bottle was brewed Dec 2011....probably right where it is at its best in my opinion. I hope this one comes out again sometime and well worth the wait!

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Photo of KTCamm
4.48/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from champagne bottle into a Duvel glass.

Pours pitch black (none more black) with tan foam, some layering left behind. Roasted/burnt nose. Dark chocolate too. Very faint cherries below the surface. Taste is a rich roasted malt with an undercurrent of fruit. Get a little cherry cola. Smooth. Chocolately. Like liquid dessert, but certainly not too sweet. Fantastic.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.48/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-black with a thin light tan head

S-smells great...dark currants and dark roasted blegian grains. some spice and some cocoa. smells delicious!

T-comes in with a good dark spicy taste of belgian grains and yeast with a touch of cocoa. some bitterness in there, welcomed bitterness. its a complex taste that is fairly well balanced with a matching after-taste. has a hint of milk chocolate at the end too with some dark currants

M-medium dry carbonation with a creamy finish that becomes dry

O-when i ordered this, i had never heard of it. i was so pleasantly surprised. it tastes like a perfect combination of a stout and a dark belgian ale. it is so drinkable too. it has great complexity. i'll get this again and i recommend it to all.

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Photo of CuteZombieDoll
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark with a thick head

S- Fruity, with some spice notes and some mild hoppiness

T- Mildly fruity. Malty with just a touch of hops. Mildly sweet, with possibly some date notes

M- Full and rich

O- A very nice beer. Worth trying, but not the best ever or anything. Still, if you see this on a menu at your favorite beer bar, it's not a bad beer to get.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark brown with a touch of ruby mixed in and a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some thick lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted dark chocolate malts and sweet dark fruit alongside some coffee and tart and sour cherry, with a bit of Belgian yeast character.

T - Starts off with some sweet dark fruit and roasted dark chocolate malts and cocoa with a bit of sour cherry. Through the middle, some coffee comes through with some tart cherry and some fruity Belgian yeasts. The finish is a mix of sour cherry with some cocoa, roasted malts, and a bit of dark fruit.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate-minus carbonation. Feels smooth and a touch thick with a sweet and lightly sour finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nicely balanced with a great mix of chocolate flavors and the sour cherry flavor.

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Photo of RickS95
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A good example of the style. It's not quite completely black, but awfully close to it with only some lighter brown around the edges. The head is a finger thick, with light tan bubbles. It's got only moderate retention, but leaves a ring around the edge. Lacing is thin and spotty.

A nice combination of malt and fruit in the nose. Both the chocolate and strawberry scents are there, but subtle so as not to overpower everything else...a good thing. As the beer warms, the chocolate becomes more pronounced, but still never overpowering.

The tongue picks up more flavor from the chocolate and cherries than the nose picked up smells. There's plenty of stuff to make the beer sweet, but each ingredient seems to provide enough bitterness for a balanced taste.

It starts off sweet, but never goes overboard. At midsip, the sweetness is tempered a bit by slight bitterness, all ending in a dryish, tart, carbonated feel that cleans the tongue and makes you take another swig. It's only medium bodied, despite the look and flavor. The ABV is just under 7, but the alcohol never fully presents itself so it's really got a desserty feel to it. A little more alcohol would be welcomed, but isn't totally necessary.

I really liked this beer. There was plenty of flavor and a nice complexity as the sweetness transitioned into bitterness. It really goes down easy.

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Photo of SouljaSaia17
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Got this bottle for $5 on clearance and was originally marked at $17, so I thought it was a good deal. Never had a beer by this brewery before although I have seen bottles like these.

A: Pours a nice "Stout Dark" with a 1 1/2 inch caramel colored head. The head fades down pretty gradually and leaves some nice lacing in the glass.

S: Smell consists of dark barley malts and Belgian chocolate. I also get some nutty roast aroma and dark fruit, like cherries or plum. Its pretty strong and I could smell it as soon as I popped the cork.

T: Taste is similar to the smell, the dark malt combined with the Belgian chocolate hit you directly. More of a tart flavor than a sweetness when it comes to the chocolate and the malt. I get a roasty flavor toward the end with a nutty, dry finish. Did not get much of the fruit in the mouth as I did in the nose though.

M: Thick and heavy on the palate for a porter, yet creamy and smooth. The taste definitely lingers around for a bit.

O: A very enjoyable beer. I dont think I would have touched this if it wasn't on clearance due to the original price combined with the lower than my standards ABV. But a very well done Belgian Porter. If you can get a deal on it or you got long money, get it!

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Photo of iBeer16
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a tulip glass

A: Pours extremely dark with about a 3 finger head that is of a chocoaltey brown color. Head lingers for a very long time and leaves a lot of nice lacing.

S: aroma is very strong, has a nice mix of sweet chocolate combined with a nice cherry aroma as well.

T: starts out with a strong roasted chocoaltey flavor, then flavor bursts out an incredible cherry flavor and finishes a bit tart due to cherries but also sweet from chocolate. Very nice.

M: not as thick as a regular porter, great body and a very drinkable porter. Light carbonation but full of flavor. Makes mouth watery.

Overall, as usual ommegang produces another stellar brew. I love the combination of chocolate and cherries, the sweet and sour mix is done very well.

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Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, moderate carbonation, dark reddish brown in color, opaque

Smell: cocoa, cherry, and caramel

Taste: matches the smell with cocoa dominating

Mouthfeel: sweet with a slightly bitter backbone, moderate carbonation, medium-heavy bodied

Overall: I like this beer a lot. It may be the best in the style I have had and certainly prefer it to Chocolate Indulgence.T he base is a solid porter. You then add the slight cherry and dominate cocoa to make this special. The combination really works and is really balanced. I will get this again. Really impressed with this offering.

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review #500

Seduction pours a dark copper/brown with a masterful two finger cocoa head. Great lacing on my snifter glass. The head sticks around forever. The nose is malt, yeast, cherries, and chocolate. Really interesting, balanced and pleasant nose. It almost has a smoky tinge to it as well. Very complex, especially as it warms. The taste is exactly the nose profile, and the smoky smell definitely is there in the taste. There's definitely some cocoa in there as well. None of the 6.8% abv is evident. Feel is full, with tartness, malt, and all kinds of stuff happening. Very complex and enjoyable. Overall, at slightly below room temperature, this is a great brew, very complex. I enjoyed it. Cheers!

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Photo of chinchill
4.26/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours near black with a lasting tan head.

S: Sweet; Dark chocolate stands out; hint of smoke.

T: seductive mix of chocolate, dark fruits and toasted grains. Excellent sweetness level for flavor profile.

M: full body; creamy smooth; very light bite at finish; well-chosen medium-low carbonation.

O: rich and flavorful, as well as very drinkable. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.26/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of the bottle an opaque chocolate brown with a substantial fine-bubbled beige head. Aroma has fruity, woody and chocolate notes plus a hint of smoke. Mouth-filling flavor has woody and caramel notes plus cherry and chocolate underpinnings and earthy and roast malt hints. Rich, firm-bodied texture is quite fizzy and leaves a tingly finish with fruity, chocolate and woody notes. Let this one seduce ya!

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Photo of jjboesen
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

During a brisk January visit to Manhattan, I found refuge near the corner of Madison and East 36th … if you need to guess, you probably shoud not be on this website. Once inside the pubby interior, and nestled at the bar, I glanced at the beer menu and spoke: “I’ll have the Ommegang Seduction, please.”

This is Ommegang’s Belgian dark ale; at 6.8%, it is relatively low in alcohol. It is a beautiful sight to behold. Once poured, Seduction settles into an impervious liquid crowned by a thin veneer of foam. The nose detects a slight wafting of raisins and cocoa. There is a semi-sweet blanket of syrupy molasses, toasty with minor hoppy finish. Somewhere in the back, you can taste a little dash of caramel and brown sugar. The fine balance surprisingly avoids the cloyingness that sometimes endangers a beer of this complexity.

Another surprise is the rather crispy mouthfeel that one associates with an unfiltered Czech pilsner – and certainly not a stout, Belgian or otherwise. This is yet another homerun from the brewers at Cooperstown. There may not be crying in baseball, but there sure is plenty of it (for joy, that is) in the beer drinking business.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
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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Photo of puboflyons
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the corked, caged 750 ml. bottle. Sampled on June 16, 2012, which was also my birthday. This was my birthday gift to myself. The cork flew rapidly across the room when I popped it off and a whole lot of carbonated smoke emitted from the bottle. The color was black as night with a delicate, lingering tan head and plenty of lacing around the glass. The aroma was vibrant with chocolate and other dark malts with a slight coffee grind backdrop and yeast. The body was medium. The taste had a decent chocolate element up front with a semi-dry hop finish.

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Photo of Willytee3
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into a tulip glass. This beer called for more of a pint glass I realized after pouring it.

Pours chocolate black with a huge frothy tan head. Pillowy as it recedes to a thick ring that clings nicely to the glass. Touch of russet coloring around the edges.
Smells of toffee roasted malts and some caramel as well. Not a strong aroma as one would expect but crisp. A bit of blackstrap sweetness and milk chocolate. Tons of lacing coat the glass.
Taste a touch of licorice with some dark fruit up front, light fruit in the middle with only a touch of bitter. Some caramely and milk chocolate toasty malts. All very well in balance and not overpowering. A pleasure to drink and finished with a ski lodge fireplace warmth, almost sherry like.
Good carbonation up front that fades to complement the balance of fruit and chocolate flavors.
Drinks more like a light strong ale.
A bit pricey so I may move on to sample another next time, but definitely worth a try.

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Photo of gustogasmic
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first Belgian Porter. A 750 ML bottle- somewhere around $15 (!)

Opaque- malt-colored, dark tan head develop and cedes, although a tip of the glass at any point in drinking the beer will reveal its presence and beautifully disparate legs/ lacing

Smells like Belgium. Straw, yeast, with interesting and light chocolate. A little acidic sting

The feel and taste are interlaced and inseparable. The maltiness feels like it tastes- smooth, lightly chocolatey, but milk-chocolatey, like cocoa powder. Hints of lemon with the roast and traditional Belgian yeast flavors are unexpected and awesome (have you ever tried a lemon wedge in black coffee? If not, do. I hear it's a Ukrainian thing. You'll get it.). Any acidity the beer carries is washed out with the quaff, and leaves a subtle and delicious roast.

Beautiful. Ommegang is climbing the list for me, with the insane legit-ness of their Belgian-ness. This is my second favorite from them, after a first-place tie between Gnommegang and Hennepin. Wow.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

I was glad to see this on tap, because as much as I do love Ommegang, I doubt I'd have bought a bottle of this. Served in a 9oz. snifter, a solid black liquid with a creamy, overflowing cap of tan head that retained and laced well. I'd naturally assumed this was a stout (actually, it's a porter). Sweet aroma, dark malts, chocolate, subdued black cherries; as it warmed, I got a distinctive doughy aroma, like Christmas cut-out cookies. Very nice taste, sweet with dark malts, toned-down cherries, and dark chocolate. Amazingly smooth favorite characteristic of this beer. I don't know how well it translates in the bottle, but it was velvety creamy goodness on tap. On the heavier side of medium-bodied, and a very drinkable beer overall.

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Photo of avalon07
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a coal black color and a thick texture. There was a huge, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A nice, if underplayed, aroma of chocolate, cherries and malt.

T: Tasted of dark chocolate, malt, cherries, and some yeast. This is definitely not like any other Belgian Dark Ale I've tried. The chocolate content is surprisingly high, but definitely not unwelcome. An interesting flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a slightly slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Not your classic Belgian Dark Ale, but certainly well made and drinkable.

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Photo of tdm168
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at World of Beer at North Hills on 2/17/12

Poured a deep, dark black with a soft, white, creamy head that had decent retention. The nose is roasty with notes of chocolate. The taste is rather unique to me. Initially it tasted to me like an oatmeal cookie with chocolate. After a few more sips I get some fruity sweetness and a mildly astringent finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and very smooth with a small amount of carbonation.

This was a nice beer. It was unique and complex, drinkable and enjoyable. I would definitely have this again.

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4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours almost black with reddish brown highlights around the edges. There is a good 2 finger khacki head that leaves a little lacing and sticks around for a little while.

S - Not a very strong smelling beer. I get the dark chocolate, tart cherries and a little maltiness coming through but overall, it has a light aroma.

T - The taste is bolder than the aroma with dark chocolate, sweet and tart cherries shining through and dark fruits such as figs and raisins. The taste is complex yet simple with the different flavors coming through at different times. As the beer warms up, I taste more of the bitter chocolate and tart cherries.

M - Medium bodied with slight carbonation. The flavor left a nice balance of sweet and tart in the mouth.

O - A very good beer that I would bay again and perhaps eat with a chocolate dessert of some sorts. A little pricey, but not an everyday beer.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Listed on the bottle as a Belgian-Style Porter.

Arriving early at the magnificent Neil St. Piccadilly has its privileges, for I bought the first Seduction possible at the store; just stocked and listed soon after the truck delivered it. Hats off to my favorite local purveyor of fine wares at Neil St., to JD, Sam, and the gang for providing a fabulous selection for my 800th beer review.

Two pillowy fingers of light tan froth top a dark brown porter body. Lots of decorative lacing adorns the Ommegang glass, with nice duration--very nice looking beer. Lots of roasted barley, some dark chocolate, a bit of cherry, and cocoa in tow provide a nice, fragrant nose.

The flavor is delicious, complex and indeed seductive. My first mouthful brought tart cherry, with dark chocolate, some roasted coffee, and maraschino cherry in the finish. Tart cherry to me outweighs sweet in Seduction, with a distinctly boozy flavor as it proceeds. The second half brings a more prominent porter taste as it warms a bit, with loads of dark chocolate, some roasted coffee bean, and cocoa in the finish.

The mouthfeel is complex, alternating between effervescent Belgian ale and smooth, densely malted porter. I found that the effervescence care first, the malty texture in the finish, and was really well balanced. Although there were some times when I wondered if Seduction achieved a synergy in the taste, the mouthfeel left no doubt in me about the blend in styles.

Incorporating the chocolatier Callebut, as well as Liefmans Cuvee Brut for the cherries, Seduction is a distinct, creative blend from Ommegang. There were times when I had hoped for a bit sweeter taste, but Seduction overall negotiated a fine balance between sweet and tart, and certainly between styles. Delicious, smooth, and seductive, this is terrific.

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4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 30/9/12

A very dark brown with a cola edge, large light mocha head retains well and leaves a few random spots of lace, my second pour leaves a couple partial rings of lace

S coco powder, milk chocolate and cherry come out strong, chocolate covered cherries and chocolate covered coffee beans. The chocolates in charge but the cherry compliments it quite well, simple but brilliant

T toned down version of the nose, still very nice but the nose was stronger, a little cherry coke syrup with even more coco

M not as thick as expected but far from water, a few extra bubbles and a little slick in the mouth

O nice mix of quality chocolate and cherry never thought it was near 7%, no booze at any point and pretty well rounded stuff

Simple but great, not overly complex but what it has it has big. I can’t even recall where I picked this one up so perhaps it’s the only one I’ll get to try.

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Photo of psuKinger
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle brought to a *tasting* at a local BYOB BBQ place by my buddy Griff. Poured into one of my Dogfish tasting glasses.

A: Deep dark brown with a fluffy tan head on top, one fingers worth, with a little sediment at the bottom.

S: Very *roasty*, with cocoa discernible.

T: Cocoa up front, and very pronounced. Dark, roasted malts, and touch of *coffee* flavors arrives near the middle and dominate all the way to the end. A hint of cherry can be detected near the middle as well, and it finishes with a delicate display of Belgian yeast and candied sugars.

To my surprise, the bottle confirms that this is essentially a "Belgian porter". I've never had anything like that

M: Light and creamy, with great carbonation. Finishes dry.

D/O: Tasty, but a bit of a novelty beer. Would certainly repeat at a future date, but wouldn't want more than 10-15 ounces at a time.

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Seduction from Brewery Ommegang
3.79 out of 5 based on 440 ratings.
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