Scythe & Sickle | Brewery Ommegang

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Scythe & SickleScythe & Sickle

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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

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.

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Photo of Raime
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
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 Beejay
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
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 BeerNinja007
3.86/5  rDev -1%
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 lwillitz
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12-oz bottle into Belgian ale glass

A - 4+ fingers khaki foam over a somewhat cloudy body of copper/amber, high visible carbonation

S - grains, Belgian yeast, caramel sweetness, fruity notes, just a hint of alcohol

T - grains, light caramel sweetness, ripe fruit, Belgian yeast, hint of banana and clove, earthy; pleasantly complex

M - smooth medium/full body, high carbonation

O - Scythe & Sickle is a very nice harvest ale with an enjoyably complex taste. The carbonation is a bit high for my liking, but par for the style.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.49/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Bottle

Pours a very nice slightly cloudy dark golden orange color, very nice carbonation, with a very very nice off-white three-finger foamy/creamy head, which leaves some very very nice thick/creamy small islands and sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, very slight yeast note, very slight spice note. The taste is very nice, mostly malty, with a very slight yeast note, and spicy. Medium body, with a very nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, a very very nice brew, I like it. Recommeded!

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Photo of jopezu
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

hazy orange amber with a massive head. nose; tart green apple, fig, dark fruit preserves and bread. taste; again, tart apple is big here, with some very light fig, light rye, vanilla, very slight black pepper and a spicy, earthy must mixture that i cannot place. it's fairly brazen to put out an autumn beer that isn't hyper-injected with anything that screams "pumpkin", but i'll be damned if this doesn't fit the bill precisely. there's definitely a spice rack (pie) underpinning here, but it's subtle. maybe nutmeg or clove. good carbonation. apparently ommegang used barley, wheat, oats and rye here, but only the rye stands out a little for me and there's no heavy malt or grain presence here. a very good fall beer that proves pumpkin isn't a requirement for the style and shows some restraint in delivering a drinkable autumn ale.

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Photo of dgmirelli
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

deep super amber hue with a thick rich head that lasts throughout the drink, smells of deep yeast and grain, taste of yeast, spice, malt, grain and in that order, a medium balance of carbonation and a dry finish with an ok length. the dry finish for me shortens the length but overall a great ale for early fall, once it starts getting chillier will need something deeper. a very solid ale that is worth repeat visits.

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Photo of rand
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Extremely hazy amber colored beer with a half inch of tightly packed tan colored head. Heavy lacing. Aroma is subtle with earthy, peppery, and bready malt notes. The flavor is a delicate dance of light malt, earthy esters from the yeast, and delicate peppery notes. The mouth is heavily carbonated and very dry.

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Photo of amorpork
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Complex and tasty. Sweet and bitter with hints of strawberry and honey. You can taste all the grains in this on their own or together. Enjoyable good stuff.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass. The color is a lovely amber with a thick, milk-white head and generous lacing. It's an attractive beer. The smell features spice and yeast. When sipped, the first impression is a sweetness with a spice and maltiness and a lightly rye, bitter finish. Overall, the taste is complex and pleasant. The mouth feel is moderately carbonated and pleasant. Overall, this is a fine autumn ale. As one would expect from Ommegang (one of my favorite brewers), it is complex, unique, and and attractive. I would drink it again.

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Photo of alaskannomad
4.59/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

An amazing, underrated beer.

Innovative use of wheat, rye and oats to add flavor and body. Adjuncts improve upon the biere de garde style. The DMT is toned down by the rye. The bite of the carbonation is balanced by the creaminess of the oats.

Malty, but not too sweet. Just a hint of alcohol bitterness. Very good, very innovative offer from Ommegang.

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Photo of Antc2382
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Leave it to Ommegang to unleash another unique beer, lots of good stuff coming from them. Look- burnt amber with a sudsy, generous head that sticks around and coats the top as it subsides. Smell- not too distinctive, mainly yeast notes. Taste- sweet, earthy, you really get the harvest grainy tastes the beer is shooting for. It's like fall in a glass. Feel- smoother as the beer goes down, nice with an abv under 6. Overall- good, hearty beer for fans of Belgian style amber ale

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Photo of Suds
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A golden color with some haze and a beautiful, tall, puffy white head. The smell has a little estery-fruit, a lot of pale malt, and a touch of yeast. It has a highly carbonated, peppery, but subtlety malty taste. Sharpness...tastes as if it has a higher ABV than it does. Long finish, and medium in mouthfeel.

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Photo of Grugalug
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a deep copper/amber color and is cloudy. Poured a thick 2 finger head that lingers for a time. Sticky lacing along the side of the glass as it goes down. Lots of bubbles visible as well. Looks really nice. (4.25)

S- Spicy rye and funky Belgian yeast. Very little hop presence, but it is there and it's herbal/earthy. The rye is the most prominent malt aroma in my opinion, but there I can tell that there is a sharp wheat character as well, along some type of candi sugar/syrup seems to be here as well. The yeast is certainly complex, but the dominant character that I get is a cherry quality. A lot going on for a beer under 6% ABV. (4)

T- That spicy rye character is even more evident here, and it is a really nice compliment to what the fruity yeast brings along. There is even a very small amount of alcohol warmth, which is surprising considering the ABV, however it is really nice here and compliments the boldness of the grain bill well. Just enough hop bitterness to keep it from becoming too sweet. (4)

M- Typically highly carbonated Belgian ale. Effervescent and finishes very dry, and is light-bodied. (4)

O- A great beer for the fall/winter. A very bold and characterful beer that would stand up very well to most any hearty winter meal, and has just a touch of alcohol warmth to bring it all together. Personally, Belgian beers are not my usual pick, but this is one that I would get again. (4.01)

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.41/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Malty aroma is not strong, has an earthy undertone. Pours a nice bubbly orange-amber with a thick and rather persistent cream head. Flavor has malt, wheat and rye components with an earthy undertone and just a whisper of hoppy bitterness. Texture has about average body and a decent amount of tingle. Finish is earthy with hints of rye and wheat. Overall, not great, but interesting!

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

December 30, 2014

12 oz bottle, nonic pint

A – Dark gold to orange and then moderately-deep amber. A couple inches of foamy, craggy, thick head, with very long retention. Beer is hazy. The colors are brilliant, beautiful to look at.

S – Deep aroma of caramel, baked brown bread, and Maillard sweetness. A slight impression of breakfast syrup. Hop aroma is floral, fairly bitter. Also getting some mild vanilla and lemon.

T – Caramel malts and browned biscuits, with an even mix of floral hop flavor and bitterness. A touch of lemon here as well. Malty sweet, but carbonation and bitterness balance it out well.

M – Again, sweet from the malt, with off-setting bitterness lasting through the finish. Moderately high carbonation, very sudsy. Somewhat heavy body, with only a touch of dryness on the swallow.

O – With the high levels of maltiness and carbonation and the heavy body, this is nearing liquid bread. Love the balance of all of that with light but flavorful hops and perfect level of bitterness. A fantastic brew.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.74/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Scythe & Sickle - Brewery Ommegang. Poured from the bottle into a glass seidel, this beer's got a 2 finer thick frothy white head, sheer lacing, and a clear golden amberish body. A very appealing brew in this discipline.

Smells like the harvest grains mentioned on the bottle. Like I'm right at the farm. Great job!

I taste the rye and extra barley right away, but its not overpowering by any means. Just enough to coat the tongue. Its a very well balanced taste. The rye is not sharp or vicious. The oat is noticeable, too, serving as kind of a mellowing agent. This was certainly a great choice for my first Bière de Garde.

Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp. There are zero lingering elements associated with this beer. A very refreshing feel, indeed.

Overall, a 4.75 is given to Scythe & Sickle - Brewery Ommegang. A great fall and even winter brew to mix things up from cinnamon/clove/nutmeg and allspice/molasses/cinnamon. I will definitely buy this again.

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Photo of FLima
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber color with a thick head with medium retention and leaving lots of laces.
Sweet aroma with predominant red apple puree notes, honey and sort of a duck sauce.
Flavor mutates with notes of oat, rye, apple and pear juice, yeast, honey, lemongrass and sweet grains. Dry aftertaste with some chalkiness and a medium herbal bitterness.
Medium body with mild carbonation.
Great malt and grains complexity in pair with fruits from colder lands.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.17/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: [3.50] After a super aggressive pour I got 4 fingers of pillowy white head. The head covers an apricot colored brew. The beer is very cloudy and unfiltered. The bottle lists an AVB (5.8%) and the born on date (6/25/14).

S: [2.75] Wet grass and wheat.

T: [3.25] Slightly sweeter than a typical Belgian style. The sweet outplays the wheat and earth tones.

M: [3.50] Nice carbonation level - feels rich on the tongue.

O: [3.25] I am not a fan of Belgian style beers but this one is better than most. The typical wheat and grass forward taste is there only on the first few sips. Then the malt takes over and this is really a sweet tasting nice beer.

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Photo of RexBanner
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Pours a nice dark amber with a voluminous head that lasted the whole session.
Aromas of wheat, malt, grains and spices.
Taste followed the nose closely. The spices were more pronounced however.
Very crisp and bubbly mouth feel. It's obvious that this beer is highly carbonated. I felt this beer displayed more of the buttery characteristics of a lager as opposed to the clean taste of an ale. Refreshing and welcomed change from all the ho hum Oktoberfest beers saturating the market today, although this is not a Marzen bier. This will probably be my go to fall beer henceforth.

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Photo of microbrewlover
4/5  rDev +2.6%

This brew pours an opaque copper color with a foamy white three finger head and heavy lacing. The head also leaves a nice collar.

The smell is mostly sweet malts, lemongrass and grain, musty and earthy.

The taste follows the nose with sweet and some roasted malts, gritty lemongrass taste combined with a musty earthy dank taste, some fruit, maybe pear and a little gritty. Sweet malts dominate. No real hop presence is detectable. Overall a very good malty beer.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, packaged on 07/11/14, best by 07/2016. Slow pour into a tulip glass and stopping right as the sediment tried to come out.

Appearance: Hazy golden to coppery amber with a dense rocky light tan head. Lots of thick strands of lacing all over the glass.

Smell: Leafy, lightly herbal and floral. A hint of yeast.

Taste: Clean and crisp up front, lightly toasted malt in the middle, and then a mild noble hop finish. I'm not detecting any Belgian-like fruity esters, but I do get some toffee-like buttery flavors from time to time. Rather mild in flavor for a beer of this style. More flavorful as the beer warms up to room temperature, but still not as flavorful as I thought it would be.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation, a bit thicker than water underneath. Cleans the palate with each sip.

Overall / Drinkability: I wonder if this beer would get better if it sat a bit longer. A great looking beer, but not as flavorful as I had hoped. It does make me think of a beer good to have after working in autumn out in the fields, but not something particularly flavorful as advertised on the bottle. One is enough and I don't feel a need for another.

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Photo of 57md
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light and cloudy copper color. The nose is yeasty and funky. The body is light and the flavor is dominated by that classic funky Belgian flavor.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

BOD 7/10/14. Pours a hazy medium amber with an exceptional head, lacing and retention. Nice, but light, nose of sweet malt and Belgian yeast fruit (banana) over a light spice (clove). Almost medium bodied with a nice slick mouthfeel. Superb carbonation with a nice effervescent finish. The flavor profile is a bit complex, superbly balanced and reasonably intense. It begins with an effervescent rush of sweetness - biscuit malt and fruit - that yields to a mild bitterness. As the bitterness fades, rye flavor and it's associated touch of spice come forward over a slightly phenolic note. The finish is somewhat crisp, a bit dry and the light bitterness lingers over a light sweetness with a clove phenolic note. Quite nice.

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