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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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1.59/5  rDev -58.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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2.25/5  rDev -40.8%

Photo of ehammond1
2.3/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Nearly black in color with a moderately sized light brown head. This doesn't leave much stick to the glass and the body of the beer looks thin.

The aroma is the best aspect of this beer, and it isn't very good to begin with. There's some mild, artificial chocolate notes, along with a hint of medicinal, tart cherry.

The flavor doesn't work. The chocolate flavor seems hollow and stale, the cherry medicinal, and the overall flavor of the yeast slightly tang and tart, which clashes with the other flavors.

Thin body for the style without a lot of active carbonation.

I won't have another.

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2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

Photo of ColdBrains
2.56/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

In a word: disappointing. I've tasted most Ommegang brews over the years (and regularly purchase a few) and this is my least favorite. Honestly, there's nothing in this beer that necessitates a repeat drinking, for me.

Appearance: the beer looks great--dark with a massive head. In the second glass, though I poured too much and got the yeast, which left tons of white specks churning in the beer.

Smell: Overwhelmingly sweet. I also didn't get much Porter character--very little roasty-ness or even chocolate. Just sweet.

Taste: Honestly, I tasted some chocolate, little roasted character, and mostly sweet cherry. Maybe I'm sensitive to that cherry-flavor (for example, I don't love it in 3 Philosophers either), but nonetheless, I found it overpowering.

Overall: Again, my least favorite Ommegang (I've previously drank regularly Rare Vos, Hennepin, Witte, and, on a few occasions, BPA, 3 Philosophers, Aphrodite, and Chocolate Indulgence). Just not very balanced and cloying. Much preferred Chocolate Indulgence to this "chocolate" Porter. Sorry Ommegang, but Seduction is a miss for me.

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2.56/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into a snifter glass

Pours a dark brownish black with a decent off-white to chocolate head.

Smell is slightly hinted with cherries. Little going on here.

Taste is dark fruit with the cherries at the forefront. Nothing else there.

Don't know if it was the age of the bottle or the beer itself but I was very unimpressed.

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2.68/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a brown color with a creamy light tan cap of foam that recedes and leaves a solid lacing.

Aromas begin with chocolate, berry-like tartness, cherries and spicy notes all emit into the nose with medium intensity, reading into the styles of Belgian Strong Dark Ales, just lighter.

The tastes begin with the culmination of chocolate covered cherries, light nutty coffees, mild caramel and cidery notes. The lighter flavors allow for higher rate of drinkability, but forego the complexities of sheer intensity of sweetness and strength which is necessary for the style. Really tastes a lot like cherry cough syrup after a little; artificial cherries ruin what might have been a nice Belgian-style Porter.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, firm carbonation, thins out a bit when warm.

Overall this was a big let down and the worst beer I had of the evening. Lacked depth and quality. Just sampled another similar ABV porter in Smoke of the Oak (Wine Barrel) and that beer has so much more flavors and depth. I am pretty much done with this brewery as they continue to disappoint me beer after beer. Ever since they were purchased by Duvel their quality has gone down hill. Fool me once, shame on me, won't let them fool me again.

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2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

Photo of TMoney2591
2.81/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Billed as a Belgian-style porter (whatever the hell that means) blended with Liefmans Cuvee brut cherries. Sounds like a plan. It pours a bleakly murky black-brown topped by over a finger of golden tan foam. The nose comprises mild cocoa powder, light coffee, a touch of roasted malts, and a faint sense of slightly artificial/slightly medicinal cherries. The taste takes things even further downhill from expectation, leaving a blunt sense of cocoa-dusted cherry cough medicine on the tongue. There's some mild toffee and nuttiness in there as well. This just makes my tastebuds sad (and given their numbers, that's an awful lot o' Prozac that needs dolin' out (yeah, they're all pill-poppers, baby)). The body is a straight medium, with a moderate carbonation, a lightly grainy feel, and a slightly dry finish. Overall, this was a major disappointment, a huge miss-o'-the-mark. I kinda want to find another Belgian porter, if for no other reason than to see if the style can be pulled off...

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2.83/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Saw this one at the local Packi and the write up on the label caught my interest. I'm walking up to the register anticipating a nice, roasty, malty decadent brew to enjoy later on in front of the Christmas tree and roaring fire. But....

Ok, it pours nearly black into an oversized wine glass with a frothy tan head that fades to a light foam.

The aroma isn't all that special. I anticipated noticeable chocolate smells with cherries in the background, but not much there. Really had to go back several times then finally got some cocoa in there like unsweetened chocolate. No cherries whatsoever. Kind of bland, and hoping it tastes better than it smells.

Nope. Some roasted malt, and a hint of chocolate. A drying tartness from the cherries finally breaks through, but I was really anticipating a malt bomb with richness throughout. Billed as a porter; I have had better beers in a straight-up porter.

Mouthfeel is picky. Not really smooth like I hoped it would be. Some warming from the 6.8% abv, which is appreciated. I can drink the whole thing without getting tanked. Does every beer in a fancy bottle have to be an alcohol bomb these days?

This beer is just okay for me. Certainly not worth the $10 price tag. I feel ripped off in some way. Not a bad beer, just wasn't what was expected. In fact, had I known this is what it would be I would not have bought it. Others will surely like it though.

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed in a tulip at Papago.

Pitch black, with no highlights. Atop sits a big, foamy ring of light tan.

In the nose: tons of plums, a little fig, some brown sugar. Not very complex.

Raisin, plum, ethanol, raisin bread and some toffee in the flavor. As it warms, some brown sugar and maple syrup emerge. It’s kind of like a bad quad.

Very light, tingly carbonation. Light, watery body; very little fizz; a tiny bit of heat in the mouth.


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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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