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

[Best served in a Trappist glass]

The pour was a thick dark brown with ruby highlights and a large (2-3 finger) light brown creamy head that was mostly lasting, receding down to a large fluffy cap with excellent sheets of sticky streaky lacing.

The aroma was of a roasted chocolate malt, a resin hop and a dark leathery yeast with notes of chocolate, coffee, molasses and a bit of cherry.

The taste was malty sweet and mildly bitter with notes of molasses and chocolate from the onset, and then progressed slowly into a more pronounced bitterness with some nice coffee and cherry characteristics. The flavor lasted a nice long while, allowing the chocolate, cherry and coffee flavors to meld together nicely.

Mouthfeel was slightly under full in body with a dry creamy texture and an almost medium carbonation.

Overall I have to say this brewer has done it again, this time with a fantastic twist on an old style Porter...

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Builds two inches of foamy chestnut that lasts a long time, leaving thick patches of lace. The Ommegang flute brings out deep, dark, red highlights in an otherwise dark rust brown beer.

Seduction is quite fruity with cherry and wine-like character. The background carries lots of berries and some chocolate.

Up front there is chocolate with subdued berries. Seduction starts sweet and ends lightly bitter. Bitterness carries into a modest finish. Warmth brings out currents, dark spices and some pine.

This is a medium to full bodied beer with alcohol about as expected. As is typical of Ommegang beers it is well carbonated. The texture is rough and there is a mild astringency.

This is a sipping beer that works well with a meal but can hold its own.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a dark brown into black coloring with chestnut highlights and a thick, frothy, chunky light brown head that starts around 2 inches and settles into a solid half an inch. Aromas of milk and dark chocolate, as well as some dark and rich fruit sweetness and a slight roasting. Flavors are rich and roasted, with a toasty, chocolate bittersweet backbone, some earthy highlights, and a dark, tart, sweet cherry highlight that brings a combination like a dark cherry cordial. Very smooth and very tasty. The aftertaste is rich and chocolatey, with a dark and bitter richness to it. Great lacing left along the glass as you drink. The finish is slightly cloying, but mostly bitter and dry, with a decent linger that begs to continue drinking. Good, strong flavored beer that makes a great sipper, and with the managable ABV you can really drink this all night. Tasty.

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Photo of corby112
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Capones in Norristown, PA.

Pours a deep dark brown color thats almost black with mahogany edges and two finger beige head.  great retention only slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves thick chunks of lacing behind.

Slightly roasted dark malt aroma with hints of dark chocolate, toffee, toast and coffee along with subtle dark fruit notes.  Hints of cherry, plum and other dark berries.  Decent but kind of an average nose.

Medium bodied with a slight creamy texture and a good balance of silky, dark malt and tart, dark fruit.  Slightly smokey/roasty but still smooth wih milk and dark chocolate notes as well as some toffee and caramel countered by vinous dark berries. Well balanced and very drinkable.  One of the best in the series.

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Photo of DM1293
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - I think this is the blackest beer I've ever seen. If I may quote Spinal Tap: "It's like, how much more black could this be? and the answer is none. None more black." Almost no light gets through..what does though only shows up the darkest shade of brown.

Smell - ...Subtle? I couldn't really place the notes here.

Taste - You could've told me this was Fransizkaner's dunkel and fooled me. Has that same sort of thick semi-spiced nature to it. The porter nature comes out in the chocolate...but I had the hardest time making those notes appear clearer. I really had to flesh out the beer in my mouth, swishing it a little on the tongue.

When it did come up, it was rather faint tartness of cherry and chocolate.

Mouthfeel - Nice and creamy, as it should be.

Overall - I don't really know if I like or hate this beer. Its not quite a porter. I don't think its quite a Belgian Dark either. I think this beer is walking some kind of thin line between styles.

If I called it a porter, it does taste better than other porters I've had. But at the same time, I don't think I'd ever really revisit this beer.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter.

Appearance: Dark brown, honestly it is borderline black. Tan head not too thick but rises pretty high at first to roughly 2 fingers length.

Smell: Mmmm, smells incredibly...sticky with hints of chocolate and yeast.

Taste: Bitter and somewhat sour, you feel the yeast but then the bitter most chocolate feel.

Mouth: Good but not great due to it's funky after taste.

Overall: It is described as a belgian style porter and tastes like one but hard to grasp. I have drank fine porters in my day and this is good but not in the graces of greatness.I will add this is an acquired taste you will like it more as the glasses finishes I figure I would add that so you can take to mind. Salud!

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Photo of Jimmys
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL into tulip. shared w/ nobody. review #450.

A: this is not actually totally pitch black. as i hold it to the light, ruby highlights can be seen around the edges. head starts big and bubbly and is a very light shade of tan. retention is good as is the thick lacing. typical looking brew for ommegang.

S: marachino cherries and dark, roasted grain. more and more cherry aroma as i revisit the glass. bits of char as well remind me that it is still a porter.

T: the cherry aspect grows as i progress through the bottle/as it warms. very similar to the nose. the carbonation make each strong sip slightly refreshing. no heat detected. the finish lingers with a cherry sweetness backed by the the sweet dark malts. the flavors work well together.

M: mouthfeel is a on the more serious side of medium. lots of fizz. success on the bottle conditioning.

D: this porter kind of sneaks up on you. flavor drinks more like a lower ABV porter, while it is in fact pretty robust. the cherry sweetness knocks the roast back a notch and makes every sip enjoyable. wish it wasnt such a pricey bottle, but certainly worth popping for a special event.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
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 akorsak
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
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 nitro0292
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Almost pitch black, tan head that never fully dissipates. Nice lacing down the Chimay goblet.

Aroma of Belgian yeast and dark malts. Chocolate covered dark fruits, like figs and raisins.

Taste is more of the same, dark ripe fruits with smoke and bitter dark malts.

Mouthfeel is typical stout, medium body but with fairly high carbonation.

Not bad, interesting brew from ommegang.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep brown, almost black with a big tan head.

S - Primarily chocolate with some roasted malts and dark fruits.

T - Chocolate, roasted malts, cherries, dark fruits, belgian yeast esters.

M - Medium body with lively carbonation making it seem a bit full.

D - Haven't been a fan of roasted malts and belgian yeasts.

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Photo of ehammond1
2.3/5  rDev -39.8%
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 HopHead84
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


On tap at Churchill's. 

A: Near black with a respectable beige head.

S: Cherry with strong esters of plum and grape. Chocolate is the theme of this beer, but it's a chocolate Belgium. A light tartness is perceivable to the attentive individual. Roast is mellow.

T: Dark chocolate with sweet and lightly tart cherries. Roasted grains are mellow and comforting on this dark San Diegan night. There's a decided Belgian flair to the yeast, giving off impressions of plum and grape. No alcohol is evident.

M: Lower full body with high carbonation. The mouthfeel is spritzy and sticky.

Overall: A nice Belgian Porter.

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Photo of david18
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had a twelve ounce pour of this at the Amsterdam Ale House on Manhattan's Upper West Side. It was a very good Dark Belgian Ale, a style I usually don't love.

Appearance was dark with a little bit of a red hue. Some carbonation and lots of lacing.

Aroma is of dark fruit. Plums, figs as well as a dark roasty bouquet .
Flavor was intense and very balanced. Not a very strong beer but really a lot of character.

Overall another great beer from a great brewery.

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Photo of Phelps
3/5  rDev -21.5%
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 LiquidAmber
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours an opaque dark brown, appearing black. Nice fine two finger light brown head with good retention (actually kept growing) and massive lacing. Looks great. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and light sour fruit. Flavor is mild dark malt, dark fruit, chocolate, faint cherry and light fruit. Very subdued, but very well integrated making it hard to distinguish individual flavors. Medium bodied and felt as if it would have been somewhat creamy if it wasn't as actively carbonated. Nice mouth feel from the carbonation and slight hop kick in the finish. I was expecting something richer in flavor, but the look, feel and flavor of this ale was very pleasant. Another nicely made Ommegang.

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Photo of metter98
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a two finger tan head that had excellent retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface..
S: There are light aromas of chocolate in the nose along with notes of cherries and other dark fruit.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of chocolate, cocoa powder and dark malts along with notes of cherries. The cherry flavor becomes a bit stronger as the beer warms up. No sweetness is noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied, somewhat smooth and a bit chalky on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The chalkiness makes your mouth feel a bit dry.
O: I think I would have enjoyed this beer more if it had some sweetness and a fuller body.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
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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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.26/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of the bottle an opaque chocolate brown with a substantial fine-bubbled beige head. Aroma has fruity, woody and chocolate notes plus a hint of smoke. Mouth-filling flavor has woody and caramel notes plus cherry and chocolate underpinnings and earthy and roast malt hints. Rich, firm-bodied texture is quite fizzy and leaves a tingly finish with fruity, chocolate and woody notes. Let this one seduce ya!

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Photo of neckbracesub
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a fairly smooth porter with an extra chocolate aroma that is combined with a semi-sweet, fruity aftertaste. It didn’t stick with me after drinking as much as I had anticipated it to, and among the world of porters I would say that it is middle-of-the-road, but definitely worth trying.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, corked and caged. 6.8% abv. Very deep brown color, with just some faint mahogany highlights. Rocky beige head provides a nice contrast, holding well for a nice period of time.

Sharp, roasted malt with a hint of cocoa powder comes to mind first in the nose. Slight sour cherry and berry aroma.

Roasted malt up front, and quite dry. A bit of dark chocolate leads into a subtle but nice sour cherry and berry flavor. Some earthy flavors hit a bit hard, while the slight sourness lingers for a while.

Lighter body, with a good amount of carbonation, creating a bit of a fluffy feel. Alcohol is hidden pretty well. The somewhat harsh earthy feel in the back end detracts a bit, but overall a nice beer.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, this beer was a very dark brown color with a small tan head.

Aroma was roasted malt and chocolate primarily. There was also a bit of sweet fruit.

The taste was mostly chocolate, with a cherry background.

I thought the sweetness of the chocolate and the tartness of the cherries balanced each other very well.

A nice after dinner beer.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 02/18/12 notes. Had on tap at Ginger Man in NYC.

a - Pours a deep mahogany color with a reddish tiny, one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of chooclate, roasted malts, cherries, sweet dark fruits, fruity malts. Very sweet, but pretty nice.

t - Tastes of chooclate, roasted malts, cherries, sweet dark fruits, fruity malts. A nice mix of fruits and chocolate here, and not as sweet as the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and prettye asy to drink.

o - Overall I liked this one more then I thought I would. A nice mixture of sweet dark fruits, especially cherries, and chocolate. Worth checking out.

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Photo of tdm168
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at World of Beer at North Hills on 2/17/12

Poured a deep, dark black with a soft, white, creamy head that had decent retention. The nose is roasty with notes of chocolate. The taste is rather unique to me. Initially it tasted to me like an oatmeal cookie with chocolate. After a few more sips I get some fruity sweetness and a mildly astringent finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and very smooth with a small amount of carbonation.

This was a nice beer. It was unique and complex, drinkable and enjoyable. I would definitely have this again.

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

Drank a pint on draft at Malt & Vine in Redmond. Nice dark, translucent pour, with a liberal amount of head that clings well to the side of the glass. Nice complex Belgian brown aroma, with caramel,apple malt and some cherry and chocolate. Flavor starts somewhat sweet, with a sour finish. Substantial body due to the high malt concept. Not highly carbonated. Really easy to drink. Overall, another very nice offering from Ommegang!

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