Scythe & Sickle
Brewery Ommegang

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Farmhouse Ale - Bière de Garde
3.87 | pDev: 10.08%
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Notes: 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.”
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rand from California

3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into an Ommegang goblet.

A: Orange, copper-tan in color, opaque. A bubbly, cavernous head forms...almost looks like the surface of the moon before it recedes. Lacing everywhere.

S: Yeasty bouquet, crackery and grainy. Nuances of fruity esters suggest orange and generic ripe fruit. Touches of alcohol can be sensed.

T/M: Flavors follow with raisins and pitted fruit. Subtle notes of phenols; metallic and medicinal aspects are distinct but distant. A touch of hop snap toward the finish, with a light a bubbly mouthfeel that keeps an easy drinkability. Finishes fairly short for the style, with caramelly sugars and bitter phenols lingering.

Love this beer. It's always available at my local bottle shops and a great value.

Jul 21, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

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

Best by 8/2014.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some earthy, grassy, and herbal aromas. Taste is much the same with a slight herbal bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Nov 17, 2012
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metter98 from New York

3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high off white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a finger high frothy layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of Belgian yeast, grainy malts and spices in the nose.
T: The overall taste is quite malty and also has some hints of yeast and spicy rye in the finish along with a very slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and relatively dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an enjoyable beer if you like something malty with Belgian yeast and some spicy rye. It’s not that difficult to drink and packs in a lot of flavors.

Sep 28, 2012
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subhumans15 from New York

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Oct 04, 2012
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3SH33TS from California

3/5  rDev -22.5%

May 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Oct 23, 2012
LADYBEAST from California

4/5  rDev +3.4%

Jun 16, 2014
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on December 16, 2012.

It pours a bronze copper-amber with a tremendous fluffy off-white head that settles after a few moments.

The aroma exhibits esters of Belgian candied sugar, grainy pale malts, and a slight floral hop note.

The body is medium, smooth but also a little astringent.

This tastes a lot like a Belgian Tripel without the citrus zing. It has more of a sweet caramel malt start with pepper and cloves playing up the rear and lingering momentarily on the palate. I am not sure if I would call it a harvest ale but it is quite tasty no matter how you define it.

Dec 16, 2012
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BeerHunter76 from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Nov 12, 2012
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Betajeff from New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Oct 15, 2013
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SuperMario from California

4/5  rDev +3.4%

Jun 29, 2014
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TheSSG from Illinois

3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a Nice, thick, white head. Sweet banana and clove, with a backbone of yeast, and a touch of grassy hops in the aroma. Golden color. Starts with a touch of hop bitter, moves into a citrus zest/slight pine bitterness, then gets a little more sweet, and the finish is more malty.

This isn't too bad. It's mostly like a hoppier trippel. I would have loved to see more rye in here.

Dec 08, 2012
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Funk, spice and grain aromas greet the nose. The beer pours slightly hazy copper amber, producing a huge 3” rocky, very persistent off white foam cap. Very fine and soft carbonation in combination with the rye, oats and wheat produces very big, clingy, clumpy lace. Big grain flavors dominate the palate with biscuit supporting rye spice, some rye/wheat tang, slight funk and some faint banana. Earthy hops come in at the end to complete this light, well rounded and well composed beer. The grains in this medium body beer provide a rich rye, wheat and oat texture with a little oat slickness.

Oct 15, 2014
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cbord459 from New York

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Sep 17, 2012
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Beestin from Iowa

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

Oct 15, 2014
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trevorpost from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.4%

Nov 12, 2012
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mjrtchie from Canada

5/5  rDev +29.2%

Oct 01, 2014
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Ford from Texas

4/5  rDev +3.4%

Jan 25, 2014
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staaaaalin from Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.4%

Oct 01, 2014
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours golden orange with a fluffy white head. Smells of wheat and slight Belgian yeast. Tastes of wheat and some sweet spiciness. Beer is heavily carbonated finishing nice with a light body. Overall a very good beer.

May 05, 2014
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kirkse from Florida

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Oct 21, 2013
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fossage78 from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Oct 02, 2014
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Skillz from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Mar 20, 2014
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double2chin from California

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Dec 16, 2014
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flayedandskinned from California

3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

2013 vintage
Poured into a standard tulip glass.

Appearance: (4)
Pours an opaque, light amber with a towering and rocky 3.5 finger tall head. The head has fantastic retention and leaves sheets of sticky lacing behind it its wake.

Aroma: (3.5)
Sweet fruits are immediately apparent as you raise the glass to your nose; mostly sweet plums, cherries and bananas. A soft, herbal hop character and a spicy rye undertone offer some contrast to the predominately sweet nose. As the beer warms, sweet oats and wheat surface. The grainy character really lends a rustic edge to this almost cloying nose.

Taste: (3.5)
Spicy, slightly citrus-y hops slap your palate immediately,. The hops are followed by some sweet, banana and clove yeast esters. As the yeast quickly takes over the flavor profile, some spicy rye and tangy wheat help cut the sweetness. The beer finishes dry and grainy, leaving a lightly sweet and bready malt coating on your palate. Long, lingering notes of herbal hops, spicy rye, bananas and cloves

Mouthfeel: (3.25)
Medium bodied with high, stingy carbonation. The oats used in the grain bill lend a creaminess on the backside of your palate.

Overall: (3.5)
A decent Biere De Garde that even with it's rustic, spicy and complex grain bill, is a bit too sweet for my liking. The high level of carbonation is a bit too grating on my palate and really blows out a fair amount of the diverse grains.

Dec 31, 2013
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