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.
Reviews: 144 | Ratings: 453
Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Opaque, jet-black hue with a two-finger, light brown head of bubbly foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of chocolate, dark fruits and currants.

T - It tasted of chocolate, roasted malt, plum, raisin, currants and some mild bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a delicious brew. It felt stronger than it was. Sneaky strong.

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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recently acquired bottle. A masterful craftsmanship of a chocolate dessert. Only a drop of cherry. My first sips led to a nice hop finish. I liked that. Then just too much chocolate. I finished most of the bottle, I would serve it as a good transition beer, but it was too much chocolate for an all purpose beer. Thick chocolate syrup colour.Above average mouthfeel.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pour is jet black with tons of thin bubbly light brown head. Nose has notes of cocoa with lightly ashy coffee and sweet malt and licorice. Taste had a note of olive, faint roasted coffee, touch of peat, fair amount of dry bakers chocolate and malt sweetness. Body is light and creamy with low carbonation and a clean semi dry finish.

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Photo of chinchill
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours near black with a lasting tan head. Revisited in February 2018.

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 wordemupg
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
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 Billolick
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes, enjoyed on tap at Park Slope Brooklyn's High Dive bar

Pours pretty darn near black, under a dark tan head, that leaves a rich and thick film, as well as coating sheets of lace. Nice looking beer.

The sniff reveals milk chocolate notes and ripe sweet fruit.

Dense layers of flavor, chocolate and the advertized cherry sweetness, covered nicely by ample hops in the finish.

Flavorful and well crafted dessert kinda brew.

Glad to get to try this one on tap after passing the pricey bottles by for the past few months.

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Photo of jsulko
2.56/5  rDev -33%
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 axeman9182
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle, allowed to warm a little before being poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

Ommegang Seduction pours a solid black, with almost four fingers of light mocha foam threatening to erupt out of the glass. Head retention is excellent, and lacing coats almost the entire glass. The nose is a bit tame, but there are some nice aromas of chocolate and cherry and plum dark fruits. The flavor profile doesn't meld together quite as well. Some dark chocolate leads things off, but clashes with the light clove phenols that follow, almost making the chocolate seem bitter. The very subtle sour cherry finish is a nice touch though. The beer comes across almost like it's a Belgian stout. The body's just a little bit more full than you might expect, and the carbonation a bit less bright. In fact, I think the mouthfeel trends too far in that direction, especially with regards to the slightly dull carbonation. Seduction's a decent beer, and it's better than Ommegang's other chocolate beer (Chocolate Indulgence), but it's not quite to the standards I've come to hold Ommegang to.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Black (brown while pouring), one finger off white head.

S-Cherries chocolate and roasted noted.

T-Mix of cherries and chocolate. The tartness of the cherries doesn't balance well with the sweet chocolate flavors.

M-Light and highly carbonated.

O-An interesting blend. However it doesn't seem like chocolate and tartness makes for a great beer combination.

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

A bottle into a glass at Monk's Cafe.

Seduction pours out a very dark black but not the deepest dark I've seen. Some seams of brown towards the edges up to light. A semi dense layer of darkish tan foam that sticks around and to the glass. Smell is roasted malt with some chocolate scent and some minimal Belgian finesse. I get some dark fruit in the nose with plum and some clove. Not hoppy in the nose. And the taste is all malt with some dark fruit. Not getting any hop flavor here as well, maybe they all faded. The clove addition blends in nicely with roasted malt, a blend of chocolate mixed in with dark fruit. Reminds me of Russian River Rejection. Feel is medium with carb fading over time smoothing this one out. A decent beer but 25.4oz's to the dome would be a chore, better to share this one.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black and cola brown mixture. Great tan head and I can't see any bubbling. Pretty good lacing too.

Light tartness to teh cocoa nib and cocoa powder aroma. Also some nicely roasted dark malts and some faintly burnt fruit aromas form the yeast. Not very predominate though.

Thin palate from start to finish. Watery chocolate nibs and powder. A little bubbly, but not enough effervescane to make up for the watery palate. Nice malt, yeast, and cocoa flavors. The whole flavor profile seems watered down and subdued for the style and from such a well known and respected brewery.

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Photo of scootny
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice black brown fluid with a light brown head of a good size and consistency with decent lacing. Smell has roasted graininess and malt with a fruity note topped by cherries and other yeast esters. Taste is quite roasty with the aforementioned fruits and cocoa showing quite nicely. Good dark malt backbone as a good porter should have. Feel is dry and crisp with just a touch of weight and smooth creaminess. A nice brew that lend itself to a bit of sessioning.

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Photo of charlzm
3.26/5  rDev -14.7%
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 wvsabbath
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 22 oz caged and corked bottle

Appearance - Dark tanish black/brown with a insane 4+ inch head and tons of lacing.

Smell - Roasted malts, cocoa,chocolate, fruity notes and spices, cherry, grapes and belgium yeasts.

Taste - Starts with cocoa and belgian spices, sweet cherry and grapes. Creamy, fruity yet the backbone is cocoa and chocolate. Malts are a little buried as is the yeasts. The more it warms, the more porter comes out. Finish is a little bitter/sour with added sugars and a pine/lemon flavor.

Mouthfeel - Thick, bold and plenty of flavor. Tounge gets alot of cocoa and chocolate, were the palate gets more spices and fruits. Afertaste is a little sour and dry with a trace of cocoa.

Overall - Tasty, and different, a specialty beer, for sure worth a drink. Its pricey but not something you'd drink all the time. Nice combo of a porter and strong ale, the balance is surprizingly good and quite enjoyable. Give it a try.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
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 biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml caged and corked bottle. "Malt Beverage" - what a poor connotation for what I presume is intended here.

This beer pours a deep, dark cola brown hue, with slight reddish highlights, and a ton of puffy, foamy, and somewhat creamy beige head, which seems nice and tight, as it forms a tiny honeycomb-esque vista my vantage point. It settles quite slowly, as expected, leaving some very random splotches of lace here and there around the glass.

It smells of sharp yeasty, toasted wheat grain, bitter dark chocolate, and astringent black fruit esters. Yes, the nose is bit of a prickly one. The taste is more lightly roasted malt, a whole lot more gritty chocolate than wheat grain at this point, with a nice undercurrent of mildly sour cherry fruitiness. Some dusty, leafy hops lend to the cause of this impressive flavour profile.

The carbonation is quite sprightly at first, but settles down to a low stupor soon enough, the body a sturdy medium weight, some pithy fruitiness taking away just a bit from a generally luxurious smoothness. It finishes fairly off-dry, though the tempered sweetness of the cocoa and fruit are kept well in check, mostly voluntarily, it would seem, the hops really just content to perform their behind the scenes drudgery.

One sexy-ass beer, this. Chocolate and tart cherry, ensconced in a dense, dunkel-like environment. It took a little more than a hello, but not much more to have me - oh my. Too bad about the 26 dollar price tag then, eh?

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

Beer is a dark red/brown colour. Minimal tan head; good lacing.

Roasted malt and chocolate in the nose. Quite nutty. Belgian yeast is there as well.

Chocolate is the biggest flavour, along with dark fruit and sweet malt. Yeast and a nutty flavour.

Full bodied, moderate to full carbonation. A bit too fizzy.

Overall, a nice beer. Chocolate is big and so one can only drink so much of it. I would slot this in the Belgian Stout category.

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Photo of matjack85
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes in a wire caged and corked 750ml brown bottle with no freshness date, but with a hefty price tag of $13.49 from the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL.

Dark brown color with a 2½ finger tan head that took over 3 minutes to go down. Lacing was decent.

Chocolate, roasted malt,, dark fruits, and a touch of alcohol in the nose.

Good amount of chocolate flavor in here along with roasted malt, Belgian yeast, cherries, and a touch of alcohol.

Medium bodied with a slightly higher than average carbonation level.

I liked this, but it didn't seduce me enough to want a second bottle at that $13.49 price.

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Photo of psuKinger
4.05/5  rDev +6%
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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Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
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 Brewmeist
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap into 10oz snifter.

Appears to be a dark brown nutty color, has some average lacing, opaque. Smells of clove, and maltiness not so much of any hop or alcohol presense. Tastes like a Belgian dubble, has a nice malty sweetness about it, and its pleasant to drink, a touch roasty. Has some belgian yeast in there. Not rough on the pallette, good carbonation. I'd say try it on because its a limited release, but if you want the real deal drink a bornem xx.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been cellaring this for a few months now to use for a nice BYOB in the area. I just opened it last night to use at a local restaurant that specializes in meals that feature beer as an ingredient. I felt like a blend would pair with many different dishes.

This belgian/porter blend really hit the spot. In the nose you get some coffee and sour yeastiness. I tasted a good dose of cocoa in each sip. There was a lot of different flavors going on with each pull.

This was a good beer. I'd recommend it if you see it on the menu, but you don't need to go out of your way to get a bottle.

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

A: This poured a nearly opaque black cherry with fluffy tan head.
S: It smelled like bitter dark chocolate with some wild Belgian yeast and roasted coffee and pumpernickel.
T: It tasted like dark chocolate and wild Belgian yeast, with some sour cherry and roasted coffee and fresh wheat and pumpernickel bread. It had a clean and smooth sour aftertaste.
M: It was thick and smooth with lots of natural carbonation. Nice slick body.
D: This was a nice Belgian Dark Ale, but not terribly unique. I wish it had more cherry character. It still had a nice scent and taste and body otherwise. The alcohol wasn't noticeable, and it had a mellow finish, so it was easy to drink. Seemed like it could really age well, but it was definitely nice fresh (even if not extremely memorable).

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Photo of martyl1000
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Cooper's Tavern, tail end of Madison Craft Beer Week. Was great to get to try all these Ommegang beers on tap.

Lacing like I'd never seen before -- we're talking meringue-like coating on the glass that really stuck around. (Still don't really know what that represents as far as quality goes.)

Was expecting more fruit flavor, like the cherry so many other reviewers have mentioned, and was expecting a lot of chocolate, too. Instead, flavors were tame, diffuse, hard to pin down. That's fine. Was very drinkable. Good feel in the mouth, medium- to full-bodied, no, more medium, that head and lacing worth a second mention.

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Photo of Beer_Runner
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No "enjoy by" date.
Poured slowly into a standard pint glass.

A: A very thin beige had that disapated quickly into a thin ring around the side of the glass. The beer is dark brown and opaque.

S: The aroma is very light. Some chocolate and tart cherry, and just a touch of booze, too.

M: Very smooth and creamy. A full body but not really heavy. There is just a little carbonation. The creaminess makes the beer seem lighter.

T: A sweet dark malt in the begining, but not too sweet. Then there is a blend of chocolate and cherries.

O: The tastes blend together very nicely. It is a very pleasant beer. The creamy mouthfeel also makes this beer standout.

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Seduction from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 453 ratings