Scythe & Sickle | Brewery Ommegang

Scythe & SickleScythe & Sickle
BA SCORE
3.87/5
1,119 Ratings
Scythe & SickleScythe & Sickle
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
ommegang.com

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Scythe & Sickle is an-amber ale brewed with a variety of malts, including pils, rye flakes and oat flakes, for incredible depth of flavor and a hint of natural sweetness. Scythe & Sickle brings a new life and flavor to autumn beer lists traditionally filled with Oktoberfests and pumpkin ales. The flavors of the hard work of summer and the celebration of autumn harvest are captured in Scythe & Sickle, creating a unique but traditional Ommegang farmhouse harvest ale.

“Scythe & Sickle is our foray into honoring the harvest season, taking the finest malts and blending them seamlessly into a rich amber ale,” says Brew Master Phil Leinhart. “Farming is about precision, timing and care, and this gently sweet ale is our testament to the craft and care of farming.”

Added by MLasoski on 08-27-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
238
Ratings:
1,119
pDev:
10.08%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
44
Gots:
137
Trade:
0
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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance was a hazy bronzed to heavy burnt orange color with a large rocky foamy white head that dissipated within less than about two minutes. The smell had some Belgian spices, slight yeastiness, some lemon/citrusy notes, slight dry savory grassiness, all combining really nice. The taste took all of those flavors and combined in a sticky sweet fashion. The aftertaste was semi-sweet through slight grassy and citrusy goodness. It’s got a dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a good sessionability about it. Carbonation runs fairly light, feels good, slightly sticky. Overall, as a Belgian Pale ale, it works, I’d have again.

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Photo of bbcamillo
4.49/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mmorris15
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Griphon
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of malfunxion
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beginner2
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AD17
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bylerteck
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Almasi_
4.52/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheDailyBuzzherd
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beerrat
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of whatidrankwhat
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a slight Belgian flavor. A little like the harvest beers flavor s.

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

Photo of Raime
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ommegang Scythe & Sickle.

Im probably one of the only people on here that hasn't had many beers out of these guys. Found a single bottle of this today and decided it might be worth a shot. Not feeling a long entry here, let's get to it

Look - From the twelve ounce bottle slow poured into a dimpled pint glass. Reason for the slow pour being that the head on this one immediately takes up 99% of the glass and would coninu building given any more drippage. The beer itself pours a very murky shade of amber with some noticeable sediment and a high amount of carbonation. The head is extremely dense and long lasting. After the drink is finished, the head sill remains as a thick and super frothy cap and the lacing is extraordinary.

Smell - The nose on this beer is very straightforward without a scent of nonsense. Straight up fresh and juicy apricots and melons. There is nothing else to note here so I'll move right along.

Taste - The melons and apricots also dominate the flavor profile along with a nice dosage of the Belgian style yeasts I was expecting. A bit peppery as well without going the route of fresh urination and barnyard animals. Again, not a huge flavor profile but a good one at that.

Feel - The feel is the only thing that let me down JUST A BIT. Despite the excepionaly well retained head there isn't much in the way of creamyness. However, the cabonation is rather low and it swallows easy with pleasant fruity esters. Sits easily and cleanly in the mouth.

Overall - Not a huge review by any means but this beer also didnt have a whole lot to discect. It is a very easy drinking, tasty beer and would be fantastic for sessioning. Never once becomes overly sweet or cloying in the least which is a huge problem with a lot of beers in this AB range it seems. As always, try it for yourself and come to your own conclusions..

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

Photo of Sabtos
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of harryhops
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drwatson32
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beejay
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with a good amount of haze.. nice full head.

S: Sweet with bread notes and light fruit. Some apricot flavors, and a little bit of earthiness.

T: Tasty. Nice fruit flavor, with apricot and peach.. Lots of sweetness with a great Belgian character, and a hint of earthiness in the finish.

M: Medium to light in body, with very high carbonation. A lot of brews try to attain the Belgian style carbonation and mouthfeel, but this one really succeeds.

O: Overall pretty good.

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Photo of NeubTube
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of firkingroovin
3.04/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of BeerNinja007
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

I obtained this 12 oz single from Craft Beer Cellar, Portsmouth, NH for $2.75. No codes or dates visible. QR code on the label went to a dead URL.

Cold brew gently poured gently into a waiting tulip generated 3 fingers of frothy taupe head which lingered quite well and left a thick creamy layer on the glass as it settled. Brew is cloudy orangey light copper color. Ample carbonation visible in the form of small bubbles whisking upward at a pace which indicates low viscosity. Some sediment from the bottle settles toward the bottom of the glass.

Typical belgian candi sweetness in the nose with a bit of resiny hop, backed by grainy undertones. The smell is semi-sweet and a bit starchy, but in all pretty clean and crisp. Taste is a lot more spicy and bitter than expected, wow. A nice blend of herbal hop bitterness and a ton of rye spice. Finishes with a flash of fructose-like sweetness and then the bitter spice combo lingers for a very long time. The feel is a bit harsh- the rye is really cutting and dry, body thin, and the carbo rigorous.

This is really a ton of rye. If you like that sort of thing then this is a holy grail. It's like an IPA of rye instead of hops. Rye bomb. If you don't like rye, steer way clear. I found it enjoyable as a one-off thing but wouldn't choose it regularly.

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Photo of elamb106
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jrob21
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 1,119 ratings
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