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 LifesAnesthesia
4.34/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Deep, opaque black with a large tan head that sticks around for some time and leaves behind a decent amount of lacing. A really nice looking porter.
S - Notes of chocolate and dark, roasted malts along with a hint of sweet cherries - overall the smell is pretty faint though.
T - Follows the nose with semi-sweet chocolate up front and throughout intermixed with the dark, roasted malts with a slight hint of sweet, tart cherries on the back end along with slight notes of bready yeast.
F - Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Smooth and creamy. Soft - overall a nice feel but could maybe be a little heavier on the body.
O - A really nice porter - not overly complex, but unique given some of the belgian yeast and sugar characteristics as well as the addition of the tart cherries makes this a nice, enjoyable brew.

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Photo of VABA
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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Photo of jzlyo
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma and flavor is cherries/fruit, big chocolate/dark chocolate, dark malts, mild/medium dark fruit, Ommegang's stock ale yeast and a slightly sweet/tart finish.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
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 StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

shared an ancient bottle of this with my man claystation this weekend. im not sure how old it was, because there didnt appear to be a date on it, but it was oxidized to a degree, and tasted extremely mature. at least three years i would guess, maybe more. lots of sediment in the matte black pour, settles out quickly though, and holds a full inch of lighter brown airy head. looks rich and smells it too. through the dusty impact of time on this, you can still smell sweet cherries, like preserves, and can get a whole bunch of syrupy mil chocolate. i think originally made for valentines day, it definitely has a regal special occasion romantic vibe to it. lots of carbonation is uncommon in a rich dark beer like this, and its belgian roots show through just enough. the cherries are a little more faded in the taste, artificial there to a degree, like a cough medicine for a second, but it works with what else is going on. it turns tart there too for a second, which i really like. the chocolate is definitely the dominant flavor, smooth and silky feeling, sweet and bitter at the same time, seemingly dairy heavy, is there lactose in this? amazing how it all works out in the finish, almost bitter more than sweet despite the rest of the experience. i didnt realize this was as low alcohol as it is, and as such, it probably could have been consumed a little earlier, it was definitely on the down slope at this point, but still an excellent beer. i hope they brew this one again, would love to try it fresh...

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Photo of zac16125
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ommegang Seduction
750mL bottle into a tulip
no bottling dates

A: Very dark brown, nearly black as it sits in the glass, with a huge 3 fingers width of khaki colored head. Head has good retention before dissipating down, but leaves only a few small patches of lacing. 4

S: Big dark cocoa chocolate notes, accompanied by sweet and tart cherry characters. I also get roasted malt. 4.25

T: Lots of chocolate and roasted malt. Not as much cherry as the aroma, in fact cherry is essentially not noticeable. Much more of a stout than a Belgian IMO, but good. 3.75

M/D: Medium body, carbonation appropriate, drinkability is average. 3.75

O: Good beer, would like more cherry/dark fruit/beligian characters, but still quite enjoyable. 4

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

Bomber poured into chalice

Black with two finger dense taupe cap

Aroma of raisins, cherries, chocolate and coffee

Smooth sweet coffee on the tip of the tongue , cherries on the middle , tart finish

Good carbonation, medium sudsing, tart aftertaste

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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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Photo of kjyost
3.31/5  rDev -13.4%
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 BMMillsy
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On draft at The Top Gainesville into a small snifter. Pours black with a tiny head. Aroma of sweet candy malt, belgian yeast, maybe a little roast and cherry. Mouthfeel close to a stout with low carbonation. Creamy up front that goes into a cherry flavor that takes over the palate and lasts a bit. Sort of a cherry cordial but not overly sweet. Touch of bitterness keeps things in check. Nicely balanced.

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Photo of RickS95
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
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 +13.4%
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 TappaKeggaBrew
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark brown, a tad hazy, with a thick head of dense, khaki-colored foam. The head lingered well, although lacing was scant. Points off for the rather coarse residue in the bottom of my glass.

S: Bread, burnt malt, cocoa, plums, and a touch of floral hops. Fairly pleasant.

T: A lot of sweetness from the malt (not cloying, but definitely in the forefront). Mild bread taste for a moment, then a mix of bitter chocolate and tart plum which last a while; perhaps a drop of molasses in the mix as well. The bitter hops is fairly late showing up, and it's accompanied by a slightly perfume-like taste (sharp and sweet at the same time). The final, lingering flavor is mild, bitter-tart hops.

M: A little over-carbonated for my palate, with the mouthful turning to foam -- I suppose this forced me to slow down and sip. Slightly chewy. Finish was dry, bordering on astringent.

O: Good, but not worth the price I paid. Cocoa was present, but fairly subdued and less than I was hoping for.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 750 ml brown bottle, caged and corked. Pours out a thick dense black shade with wafer thin dark brown highlights around the nimbus, crowned by a tall light tan spongy head that retains well and slowly depletes over time. Leaves a casing of thick sticky lacing behind in its wake.

Roasty malt, dark dried fruit and cocoa on the nose, rich yet not overwhelming. Tart cherry blooms faintly in the background as it warms and opens more.

Cocoa rises intensely up front in the flavour, a bitter dark chocolate accompanied by roasty dark malt. Sour burnt astringency follows in the middle, while spicy, earthy hops become strange bedfellows with mild sour cherries on the finish. Earthy, nutty notes from the cocoa nibs join the party into the aftertaste.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel on the lighter end, velvety smooth texture, with moderate carbonation that adds a bit of pep.

There are some pleasant elements to this ale, however to my personal taste the hops tend to throw things off, and after a while dominate the whole show. A shame because they hog the spotlight from the Callebut chocolate and the Liefmans Cuvee Brut, either one of which would add to the overall flavour profile, and combined would rock it in theory. I can't get an angle on them though from the more dominant hop presence. I never thought I'd be so disappointed with a hoppy soul kiss as I am at the moment. In the end an okay ale, but in my opinion doesn't live up to what its full potential could be given the ingredients list.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
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 babaracas
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy dark brown with thin light brown head, settles to a thin ring with a few spots on the glass. Smell: light roast, tart plum, dark chocolate, earthiness. Taste: toasted grain, vinous, caramel, roast and dry chocolate notes, cherries. Starts off a bit light in body, then creamy carbonation kicks in mid sip to push it to medium plus. Easy drinking, but a bit muddled... also priced far above its grade.

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Photo of Brenden
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thick and nearly black, this is a big, rich-looking brew. It's topped by a bit of tan head that stays around as well as sticking around in patches, even after the head drops (though the foam left is thick).
It's not so distinctly Belgian in the nose or on the tongue as Ommegang tends to be; the yeast isn't as much the focus, it seems, as they typically like to make it. The major factors are cherry and some bittersweet chocolate, certainly by way of chocolate malts and possibly by further addition to the beer. The cherry is tart and fresh. I would be interested to see how it would work out if the yeasty presence was upped. Good stuff, still.
Thick and rich without being sticky, this one has a good bite and a good, creamy flow developing a delicate smoothness in the big body that takes a master's touch.

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Photo of Willytee3
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
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 Beerstorian
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
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 superspak
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 11/10/2011. Pours pitch black color with a 2-3 finger dense and fluffy tan head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of raisin, cherry, prune, milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, clove, pepper, earth, and yeast spiciness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roasted notes and yeast esters. Taste of cherry, raisin, milk chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, toast, dark bread, clove, earth, light pepper, and yeast spiciness. Slight fruit and cocoa tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruit, milk chocolate, cocoa, toast, roasted malt, dark bread, earth, and light yeast spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of roasted chocolate flavors and yeast esters; with zero cloying flavors present on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very creamy and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian style porter! Very nice balance and complexity of roasted chocolate flavors and yeast esters; and extremely smooth to drink. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.48/5  rDev +17.3%
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 tastymug
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a dark brown/black with a nice head that disappears quickly but has some retention.

Smell: Sweet with a hint of fruit like cherry, and chocolate.

Taste: Tart, which would be expected with the cherry, definitely has some chocolate taste as well, light roasty and malty flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, crisp and smooth. Very easy to drink with a nice finish.

Overall: This is a well-balanced beer, and I found it very enjoyable and flavorful to drink. I’d definitely drink it again.

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

750mL corked bottle, poured into an Ommegang tulip glass...

A: Dark brown / near black with a thick, creamy, 3-finger head of lively foam; dies down, but the retention leaves some sticky webs of lace on the glass.

S: Chocolate; light roasty notes; some earthy aromas, too.

T: Dark chocolate; very characteristic porter tastes provides the foundation; a touch tart on the finish (cherries, I presume). I slightly more complex taste than your average porter, for sure.

M: Full bodied; high, lively carbonation. Leaves some stickiness on the palate.

O: An interesting beer; definitely a good dessert beer. A lot of interesting nuances in the taste. A nice change of pace. I'd have it again -

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Photo of alk3kenny
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Creamy, dark appearance nice head but goes away quickly. Sediment is apparent on the sides of the glass. Sweetness in the nose chocolate is evident. Not really getting any roasted malts or anything hopefully it comes through in the taste/when it warms a bit. Slightly sour upon first tasting but pleasant. The roast malts are there on the back of the tongue. Overall, very tasty and easy to drink. Really good beer overall.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Big frothy offwhite head and lots of sticky lace. Deep brown/black body.

Nose is Belgian yeast and spice but maybe chocolate.

Body is rich, but not too sweet. Faint cherry, dry chocolate. Pretty darn well balanced, doesn't beat you over the head. Faint metallic aftertaste.

Kinda clingy and a bit coarse. No real complaint.

This was a 2011: around a year old. Good but won't get again for the price ($15.50).

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Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 453 ratings