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 tobelerone
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Pinocchio’s in Media.

Nearly black, with an inch of well retained fluffy tan head and nice lacing. Typical Belgian yeast and spice aroma with traces of a metallic undertone. Light bitter chocolate and cherry detected, lots of dark maltiness.

Chocolate in the taste is purely bittersweet; in fact this beer has almost no sweetness to speak of and truthfully I felt it could have used some. Very dry and tannic, vinous, wine-like, chocolate is dry, bitter, and a bit chalky, cherries are tart and downplayed.

Full bodied with medium carbonation, lightly creamy. Lingering tannic wine-like finish, somewhat drying. Sends you back for more, if only to discern exactly what is going on here. Interesting beer but not great and certainly not something I would buy a bottle of in the 20 dollar range. The flavors of this beer don’t seem fully realized, it’s too dry, and not particularly harmonious. Odd.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.39/5  rDev -11.3%
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 callmemickey
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep brown, with hints of chestnut when held to the light. Smallish khaki head. Spotty lacing.

S: Chocolate, brownies, cherry tartness, plums, roasted malts.

T: Where did the cherry go??? It's definitely buried in there. Mostly chocolate... almost chocolate milk. Plums, roasted malt, and a hint of caramel.

M: A bit too slick for my liking and the finish definitely left me hanging as the bittersweetness of the chocolate transitions into the tartness of the cherries but dies along the way.

O: An interesting, but ultimately unsuccessful effort.

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Photo of iBeer16
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
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 sailorastro
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall: Seduction is a choclate beer done well, working as a perfect companion to dessert with its very rich character. Drink with diligence.

Appearance: Dark tar in color color. Creamy two finger head that vanishes slowly. Good lace.

Smell: The chocolate takes over here. Notes of cherry cordial rise as well as the tartness of the beer comes in second.

Taste: Upfront bitter frutiness, conquored by a chocolate that leads into the back fo the palate.

Mouthfeel: Slightly heavy body with a dry finish.

Sampled from an Ommegang tulip glass.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
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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Photo of njstoutguy
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perfect winter warmer beer to snuggle up in front of the fireplace unfortunately I'm out of fireplaces so I'm in front of my favorite bar instead. Enough rambling, A bit of a malty Nutiness on the nose. You can taste some German hop goodness going on, full bodied, chocolate in the end. I got say I prefer the bottle conditioned version to the tap. They say it's a porter, well if they say so then if must be.
I'm a bit sad because this beer replace chocolate indulgence in their holiday line up. That was my favorite ommegang beer ever. This will have to suffice, and it does so very nicely

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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 BEERchitect
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The more I drink of this Kriek (cherry) infused Belgian-style Porter, the more I think of it as Three Philosopher's little brother. A lot of the same flavors are displayed and with nearly the same balance, but with a lighter overall demeanor.

Opening with a rusty brown color and significant haze, the russet brown beer develops a creamy and thinly layered head of egg shell white foam that retained fair, only fading after half way through the session. Light on lace, the beer carries a slightly dull appearance overall.

Chocolate, berry-like tartness, cherries, vinous wines, a plethera of nutty flavors, and spicy notes all emit into the nose with medium intensity, reading into the styles of Belgian Strong Dark Ales, just lighter.

Flavors deliver on the lighter profile with the culmination of chocolate covered cherries, light nutty coffees, mild caramel, light red wines, and cidery notes. The lighter flavors allow for higher rate of drinkability, but forego the complexities of sheer intensity of sweetness and strength.

Medium bodied early, the carbonation leads to a quick mid palate of surprising dryness despite richer flavors to start. This makes the bone dry finish an effortless choice on the drinkability scale, and with a light aftertaste of whimsical malt and fruit.

Though the comparisons to Belgian Stong Dark Ales, especially the Kriek-infussed Three Philosophers will leave the staunch beer enthusisasts lingering for more, maybe the better comparisons are the Ommegang Abbey Ale or something more akin to Grimbergen Double- here Seduction sees very favorable results.

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Photo of Crass3000
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out black as night with a beige, two-finger head with good retention.

Smell is banana, cloves, a little chocolate, and some sweet dark Belgian candy sugars. Taste is bananas and cloves but to a lesser dominance than in the nose. Definately some nice dark malts and chocolate. Really a nice balanced beer and IMO the best of Ommegang beers that have been newly realeased in a while for the first time. Not a let down like Aphrodite. Mouthfeel is a little thin but not bad. Overall a great beer.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.81/5  rDev -26.4%
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 avalon07
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
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 mattbk
3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank on New Year's Eve, poured from a bottle into a wine tulip.

A- Nice big creamy head, brownish-black. The head is beige. Leaving some lace on the glass. Nice.
S- Mostly belgian yeast spiceness, some light fruit and light chocolate. Some light roast also. Not what I thought I was going to get here.
T- Hmmm. A bit tangy, maybe from the cherries. Bitter black malt taste in the background. Definitely spicy/peppery from the yeast, a bit fruity. A lot going on here, but nothing prevalent. I don't get any chocolate.
M- Light mouthfeel, perhaps a bit overcarbonated.
O- Was hoping for a bit more from this. The dark malt, cherries, and chocolate didn't add much to what is otherwise a decent Belgian ale.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
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 nrbw23
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a black maybe a really dark brown color with a nice foam tan head. Head has pretty solid retention and leaves some nice layerd lacing.

S- Pretty tame here. Picking up bakers chocolate, dark fruits, and charcoal.

T- Taste is pretty solid. Again chocolate is most dominant, followed up by a cherry taste, a hint of spice, and figs. The yeast adds a nice dimension to this brew too.

M- Lighter side of medium in body and carbonation.

O- Pretty impressed with this one. Not sure how often I could drink this one but again its solid.

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Photo of buyBinboaVodka
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
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 nebula1999
2.83/5  rDev -25.9%
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 WynnO
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
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 Gehrig
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
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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Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 453 ratings