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 ehammond1
2.3/5  rDev -39.3%
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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Photo of ColdBrains
2.56/5  rDev -32.5%
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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Photo of jsulko
2.56/5  rDev -32.5%
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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Photo of claspada
2.68/5  rDev -29.3%
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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Photo of TMoney2591
2.81/5  rDev -25.9%
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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Photo of nebula1999
2.83/5  rDev -25.3%
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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Photo of Phelps
3/5  rDev -20.8%
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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Photo of snpub540
3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at The Bottle Room.
Pours a dark black hue with a half finger of tan head. Doesn't take long to turn into a ring of bubbles. Leaves some spotty lacing on the glass.

Smell is an earthy yeastyness with some dark bready notes, and a slight hint of roast.

Taste had some tart fruit along with some roast and a hint of esther in the finish. Not much else going on.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and it did a goiod job coating the palate.

A pretty straight forward dark Belgian style ale that doesn't disappoint but never really gets to Wow!

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.11/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

SIngle finger head with lots of lacing on a murky brown body. Some light getting through. Aroma is a little soapy and floral for a Belgian dark ale. Flavor is very cola like with some dark fruit and a bitter fruit finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Overal a different beer than I am used to in this genre. Not my favorite from ommegang.

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Photo of jar2574
3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Obviously a Valentine's campaign beer. Advertised as having chocolate added to the beer and cherry flavors. Where's the chocolate? Not a bad beer, but not what I was expecting.

Looks good - good head and lacing. Smell is toasted malts, not an overly aggressively bitter kind, but a sort of mellow cereal kind. A tiny hint of cherry sweetness in the smell, and if you breathe it in really hard you might get a wift of chocolate.

You get a hint of cherries in the flavor, but I'm not getting any chocolate. Mostly just toasted malts, slight acidic bitterness, a tiny hint of cherries, maybe a few hops to balance it out. Quite a lot of carbonation on the tongue.

Not a beer I'd get again. Underwhelmed.

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Photo of russpowell
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours mahogany with a thumb of mocha colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Dark fruit & a bit of dirt

T: Figs, apple peel, baker's chocolate plus roasty grain up front. Black currant mixes with figs, green apple peels with a touch of charred grain this warms along with dryness & more chocolate. Finishes dry, with some chocolate, some woody hops & fig notes

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, thins out a bit when warm

This is alright, but nothing too special, glad I got to try it but wouldn't buy it again

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Photo of akorsak
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 750 mL corked and caged bottle. In a Duvel mini and shared with ksak.

A: Dark ale? Appropriate, like the new-fangled Belgian stouts that never quite took hold. In this case, the ale looks like a stout - black with a tan-colored head. That head, over a finger and a half on pour, is lacing nicely all around the curvy upper section of my glass.

S: Belgian chocolate and fruits, plenty of sweetness to around. The chocolate is semi-sweet, at times turning bitter while the fruit is fleshy and dark. The yeast is active, adding to the sweetness that, at times, overruns the chocolate.

T: Interesting amalgum of flavors, with the cocoa nibs adding dark sweetness and mild bitterness. The yeast adds a significant aspect, driving dark fruity sweetness - think fleshy fruits, cherries and plums. The yeast lends Ommegang's house flavor to the beer, estery especially near the finish. The roasted flavors, paired with the yeast, are some of the most Belgian that I've encountered.

M: The mouthfeel is sweet but well roasted. All things being equal, Ommegang's special releases haven't been exciting in a few years. This is no exception.

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Photo of charlzm
3.26/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Consumed February 25th, 2012 at Blue Palms, Hollywood, CA.

Beer is a nearly-black dark brown. A thin skin of creamy and very fine tan bubbles provides excellent sheeting in the glass.

My nose detects cherries... and not much else.

Flavor is a rich dark malt up front with lots of sweet cherry. Lots. Some chocolate notes on the finish. Low bitterness. A little more would have been nice to cut the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick but otherwise unremarkable.

A nice effort, but not something I can see myself drinking again unless the formula changes to tone down the cherries and boost the malts and bitterness a tad.

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Photo of kjyost
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thick, dark, nice head. Very one dimensional and flat nose. Chocolate. Taste is dry with a hint of chocolate and roast. Belgian? Not getting that. More esters needed to make this beer what it claimed to be.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Black color. Two fingers of frothy, tan lacing that is creamy in the middle. Retention is good and lots of irregular lacing left.

3.5 S: Super chocolate-ty. The Belgian yeast comes through big time with lots of clove and pepper. Otherwise, this is dry and earthy with a moderate dark fruitiness and a slight roastiness.

3.0 T: Less chocolate-ty than the nose, but there's still a good presence. Clove and pepper are back, but aren't as strong either. The roast is a bit stronger though. Light plum fruitiness.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good spritzy carbontion. Good creaminess to go along with it. Good here.

3.5 D: Tasty beer, but fairly average for the style. It could use more intensity or complexity or both. Definitely not worth $14, but give it a try if you're curious.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.39/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml brown glass bottle with hood-and-wire cap over a cork served into a Weizen glass in low altitude Orange, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are quite high given the brewery.

A: Pours a four finger head of nice tan colour, fantastic cream lacing, incredible thickness, and amazing retention. Colour is a solid black.

Sm: Cream, chocolate, nuts, and caramel. A mild to moderate strength aroma.

T: The chocolate is nicely subtle yet with just enough richness. Nice caramel. I don't detect any cherry (as per the label), but the dark malts are very well handled and balanced. The subtlety is impressive, obscuring the complexity. Cream finishes her off nicely without being overbearing. It's really a nice beer, if a somewhat timid one. No alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Not too thick or too thin. Suits the flavours nicely.

Dr: Very drinkable, but its ABV is lower than it could (perhaps should) be. I'd like to try this on-draught. It's good, but there's room for improvement.

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Photo of Infamous7100
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: nice tan head and a dark nearly opaque brown with a slighty red tint.
S: nice cherry scent along with a slightly muted chocolaty scent. Rather bland for this brewery.
T: not bad but average. Would like more of the porter to come through, reminds me of Philos with the amount of tart cherries I am picking up.
M: very carbonated but a pleasant aftertaste of sweet and tart.
O: its not a bad brew, just expected more from such a great brewey and their interpretation on a great style. Worth a try.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Barley Oak.

Pours near black, with a light brown creamy head with nice lacing. Aroma is a bit earthy/spicy, with a bit of chocolate and dark fruits and some Belgian yeasty notes. Taste of slight bitter chocolate, with some fruity (cherry?) notes, belgian spicy yeast notes and a slight robust malt sweetness. Body is medium and appropriate.

Nothing wowing in the end, but it was tasty enough and was a unique Belgian strong experience.

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Photo of Beerstorian
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

First, let me say that I'm judging this according to style. I liked this beer, a lot. But it's categorized as a Belgian Dark Ale, while Ommegang is working the chocolate angle. So it's not true to the style, even though it's a very tasty beer.

I poured from a bottle into an Ommegang chalice glass, served at about 50 degrees F.

Appearance: Dark black, with some ruby edging. A bit darker than the style calls for, but with a thick, rich head, and some of the best lacing I've seen on a beer in a long, long time. The lacing remained on the sides and followed the beer all the way down the glass. It was quite pretty.

Smell: Mellow cocoa and malt aroma. Very light to the nose. I got none of the esters, alcohol, and strong maltiness one would normally associate with the style. A tiny bit of caramel was there. But the aroma was rather flat.

Taste: It had a strong malty character, somewhat sharp, and a touch of earthiness. No strong esters or phenols present. No hops, as appropriate. Chocolate flavor is strong as intended, but is not to style. No alcohol notes present. The chocolate and malts provide a lot of complexity. I love the flavor, but is not really to style.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation, smooth, but no alcohol to it.

Overall: My score for this, again, is based on the style. I really liked this beer, and I'd get another one. It's got a complex and (to me) tasty chocolate and malt flavor to it. Ommegang isn't necessarily brewing to style--they definitely do their own thing, and make some of my favorite beers. And since they brew Belgian style beers this is in along those lines. So, tasty, but not to style.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: black body, finger khaki head, splendid lacing

S: light cocoa nose, nutty, malt, mild
whiff of ripe fruit

T: mild chocolate, fig/date fruit, malt,
belgian yeast, mild roasted bitter finish

M: med body, mild smooth mouth

O: Little disappointed in this brew.
Love the brewery, but was expecting more.
Body and nose could be improved.
Still fun to try.


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Photo of Aml42000
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark brown with a reddish tinge on the bottom of the glass.

S- Nothing to write home about. A little cocoa.

T- Something straddling the line between Belgian Dark Ale and American Porter. Some nice chocolate and roasted flavors mixed with sweet malts. It made me long for one of the other more than enjoy this one.

M- Full bodied, but lacking some roundness. Good effervescence.

O- A bit of a mixed bag. Pleasant enough, but lacking the excellence one expects from this producer. Good to pick up as a limited release.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

A- Finger width mocha colored head. Dark color.

S- Roast malts, some mild hops and chocolate.

T- Boozy notes, but subtle. Caramel and chocolate.

M- Heavier, not quite syrupy thick but closer.

O- Tasty and smooth for a low abv.

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Photo of WynnO
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Chimay goblet.

Weak aroma. Slightly gritty on the tongue. Darned tasty though. Seduction is an appropo name for this jewel. Head is a bit weak, but it's color and texture is appealing. Abundant chocolate notes, similar to Youngs Double Chocolate, bottled variety. Less gritty than Youngs though (good).

I can find no off flavors, no disagreeable notes. All in all---very good.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice

Appearance – A deep brown color with a very light just off white head. The head fades leaving a thin film on the surface of the beer and a very small amount of lacing.
Smell – A nice bitter chocolate aroma is initially present. These mix with a sweet cherry aroma which lightens the bitter chocolate giving a sweeter chocolate aroma.

Taste – Sweet chocolate flavor hits the tongue initially. The sweet chocolate mingles with dark fruit flavors in the middle of the taste. The fruit is largely cherry, but some raisin and prune are in there as well. The flavors blend, but not in the best way, bringing an almost artificial cherry flavor of a cherry cordial. The sweetness seems to start to fade toward the end however, turning more bitter and leaving a slightly bitter chocolate flavor which is more agreeable with the tongue then the sweet cherry chocolate flavor.

Mouthfeel – Rather thick for the strength of the brew. It has good body and carbonation which makes it quite easy drinking and enjoyable.

Overall – A rather nice brew, but there are better of its class and for its price (bottle or draft) there are better choices out there.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Paid the price for this one 3 dollars for a measly 5oz. pour.

A - Well it looks nice in the glass a very dark brown with good ruby highlights that's clear with a 1/4 inch of creamy opaque colored head.

S - Initial smell really is kind of lackluster, not getting much chocolate or wood. Just some cherry and a touch of fruity yeasts.

T - I am torn on this one. It's really quite a good Belgium dark ale with a nice fruity finish and little cloying yeast or alcohol. But to call this "Seduction" it's really quite mild. At best just mild cocoa nibs, semi sweet cherry's and a touch of wood make up this beer.

M - Light to medium for a dark it was very easy to drink. Best part of the beer actually.

They really should have named it something milder like "Foreplay" or "French Kiss"
With such light flavors and light ABV this really wouldn't be worth the full 8 bucks for a 10oz pour. This makes me miss Chocolate Indulgence even more even though that one was OK at best too...

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