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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Reviews: 237 | Ratings: 1,118
Photo of KelsoSaaz
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tulip

A: Pours an orange-gold with an off-white, fine and creamy, 2 finger head, also has tons of visible carbonation.

S: Spicy with hints of citrus peel. Rustic bread aromas as well.

T: Citrus and candi sugar. Lots of cereal grains, just as the label says; hints of rye, oat and wheat. General rustic, earthy tones here. Rye tang lasts in the finish.

M: Lots of carbonation that tingles on the tongue with a medium body.

O: One unique beer! Another cracker of a brew from Ommegang. Scythe and Sickle is definitely a Belgian beer for autumn. Would go well with autumn foods and thanksgiving dinner. Get this seasonal when it comes out, it’s definitely one to try.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a chalice. Freshness date of 7/2014. This should be able to take some time in the cellar.

A: Hazy orange color. Four fingers of rocky white head retain very well Lacing is thick and prominent, sticking everywhere and making the walls of the glass look as though they are carpeted.

S: Spicy Belgian yeast. Hints of pepper and cinnamon. Very slight must. Fruity with aromas of dates and dried banana chips. Rich malty scents of caramel and bread. Touch of starch and spicy rye in the background. Hops provide a grassy and slightly herbal character. Complex nose, very good.

T: Spicy Belgian yeast up front. Cinnamon, pepper, and others. Hint of clove. Somewhat musty. Fruitiness pulls through with tastes of dried figs and dates. Tropical esters lay in some pineapple. Hops provide a zing of lemon and citrus pith, but eventually go grassy and herbal. The multiple grains used in this brew provide a great foundation. Bready, slight hints of caramel, bread pudding, treacle, subtle oat starch and rye spice in the background. Dry overall. Finishes with a dry rye spiciness and lingering herbal and citrus pith hop flavors.

M: The overall dryness makes the medium body seem lighter than it is. Ample carbonation scrubs the palate. Creamy and a bit foamy. Light hop astringency.

O: Another great and complex Belgian-style ale from Ommegang. This is a perfect pairing for the Thanksgiving dinner, next time it comes around that is. I consumed this beer out of season, but not out of code. It would make an excellent compliment to a hearty meal on a cool fall day, but it is still very enjoyable even on a warm day in late spring. It's also a welcome change of pace from the mediocre ambers and octoberfests that flood the market in the fall.

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Photo of JGam115
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap, served in a pint glass so the aromas weren't exactly jumping from the glass. Notes from my Untappd history.

A: Nice orange and amber hues

S: unmistakable Belgian nose. Not too different from other Ommegang brews.

T: Banana and citrus notes up-front with a crisp, clean finish. Very nice.

M: Not overpowering, but not fleeting.

O: This is an ideal brew for the fall season. Will definitely seek this out when it's re-released

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Photo of bnes09
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange, semi-hazy, some rising bubbles, ivory colored head with great retention and lacing.

Aroma of apple cider, nutmeg, rye and Belgian yeast.

Has a dry and sweet apple cider character in the flavor. Lots of spices, ginger, rye and nutmeg. Subtle pine hop adds a mild bitterness. Fruity esters

Moderate body with plenty of carbonation. Slick feel, chewy in the middle and with a tart, semi-dry finish.

This may be the first time I've sampled this style. Solid brew. A fresh addition to the harvest ale collection. Similar to some other styles but different enough to be its own. Will be sampling more of this style for sure.

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Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a tulip. $2.70 for the single.

A: Opaque, ruby-colored body with an enormous frothy head. Quite stunning.

S: Bready and grainy with maybe a touch of sweet fruit. Grapes? Slightly floral, but more beery than French versions of the style.

T: Distinctive sweet yeast mingling with baked bread. Sweet and savory. Perfumey late taste that ends abruptly.

M: Relatively full for the style. Nicely carbonated.

O: I was really hot on this the first few times I had it, but that's evolved into more of a casual friendship. This isn't Ommegang's worst 12 oz single, but it's in my bottom few.

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Photo of aasher
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a medium bodied and very smooth cloudy amber in color with a two finger, bright white and creamy two finger head. The nose is soft with nice spicing, moderate dark fruit, some malty sweetness, and Belgian yeast. It kind of smells like a smaller, spicier Dubbel. The flavors are spicy and fruit forward upfront, with a lot of fig and date influence. Ot almost has an old fashioned cola like flavor as well. There is a slight yeast character but it isn't as dominant as in some of the other Ommegang beers, which probably serves this one best. It drinks medium in body and off dry. It has nice flavor and is a standout for a Biere de Garde in my opinion. At 5.8% this is a Belgian ale capable of drinking a few of. Overall this is a fine Biere de Garde and a very nice interpretation of the style with unique spicing. If you're a fan of dubbels this would be right up your alley.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a globe glass)
A- The clear deep orange body has a thick creamy light tan head and a relaxed microcarbonation to it.

S- The fresh malt has some lightly toasted oat notes and some earthy malt hints followed by some dubbel or dark sherry notes in the finish.

T- The earthy grain has some lightly toasted malt notes followed by the classic Ommegang yeast profile. There is a nice cola note in the finish with a herbal green dry hop finish. The dubble yeast flavor and dark candy notes come thru as the beer opens up.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a gentle carbonation and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer has a nice toasted malt and earthy grain flavor with great “cellar” character. Making is a bit mysterious, yet complex and sessionable at the same time.

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Photo of MadCat
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A nice opaque amber color, with a thick tan head that leaves good lacing

Smell: Floral hops, spicy rye notes.

Taste: Bready, earthy malts. Floral hops. Spicy rye notes on the finish. Has that distinct Ommegang yeast profile.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, full smooth carbonation. Very creamy.

Overall: A very good brew, very enjoyable. Gladly will buy again. Has that classic Ommegang essence.

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Photo of Profchaos20
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - Pours a slightly cloudy amber/copper color. Has a two finger off white head. Shrinks to a thin whit cap that hangs on until the end and leaves nice lacing.

S - Light flowery/herbal hops, sweet, caramel malts and bread. Fruity yeasty spicyness.

T - Sweet malty breadiness, light hoppyness similar to the aroma. A pretty pronounced fruity and spicy yeast character. Finishes sweet.

M - Light to medium body, light carbonation. Smooth easy drinker.

O - Pretty tasty enjoyable beer but nothing particularly stands out about it. That being said I would definitely have another.

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

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top with nice (I, for one, enjoy the new artwork) label. Bottled July 2012, best by July 2014. Poured into a Waterford Marquis oversized wine glass.

Appearance: This is the rich color of hardened amber, with lots of ultra-fine sediment in suspension. A beautiful, glossy, and creamy eggshell head sticks around a long time and leaves some thick, patchy lace. Overall, quite a nice looking beer.

Smell: Earthy, sweetly malty, slightly spicy, with an ever-so-slight funky, fruity edge. Perhaps just a kiss of herbal, grassy hops on the finish? Overall, nice.

Taste: With sweet candy and toasted malt notes up front, this is sweet but at the same time, well-attenuated and it ends dry. There's a spicy, slightly sharp graininess, likely from the inclusion of rye flakes. Lightly earthy malts, with a firm, clean bitterness and just a hint of cellar. Toasty and grainy, malty, medium-bitter, and fairly light in terms of esters.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium-bodied.

Overall: A nice, slightly different, take on the Biere de Garde style. I'd say this is worth the $9.99 a 4-pk it costs, and it will be interesting to see how it evolves over the next year or so.

88 = B+

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Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasant satisfying brew. A small retained head. Above average mouthfeel. Good drinkability, a meal in itself. Moderately yeasty. Very good for the style, reminds me of some Three Floyds creations. Satisfying. Slight edgy tartness. Suitably carbonated. Dry finish.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass. Appearance is a dark gold with nice clarity. 2 fingers of pillowy white head upon pour with dissipates to a thin layer that sticks around nicely. Heavy lacing left behind. The nose starts with bread and yeast quality with some Belgian farmhouse quality. Candied lemon and light acidic notes come through. Taste is bright and fruity with floral esters, lemon, orange, and sugar. Towards the end there is a slight tartness with a somewhat bready finish. Mouthfeel is medium with high carbonation. Decent offering of the style, plenty of clean flavors.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: None on bottle (released in fall, 2012)
Glass: New Belgium globe

Note: Not to be aged: one year (fall 2012 in fall 2013) in a cold, dark cellar still led to a flattening of the aromas (just a mild Brettanomyces and grainy sweetness) and flavors (slightly oxidized, muted phenols, light caramel malt sweetness). Pretty sad, when I recall this being such an interesting beer.

Scythe & Sickle is an excellent autumnal Belgian ale that features well-blended Belgian yeast characters with its diverse grains and European hops. I drank the beer effortlessly, and enjoyed each moment of doing so. A solid offering from Ommegang that works well in the fall, but is tasty enough to enjoy in any season.

Pours a generous 2.1cm tall head of slightly off-white, small bubbles which make up a fairly dense-looking foam. Head retention is above average, lasting about two minutes as it declines to a thin cap atop the body of the beer. The lacing it leaves is quite good, rune-like etchings and patterns coat the inner walls of the glass. The beer's body is a reddish-orange-brown color, perhaps copper with stronger red tint. Light brings out brighter orange tones. Carbonation is easily visible and quite vigorous through the slightly hazy body.

Aroma is of Belgian yeast (slight funk), mashed grains (primariy oats and corn), with modest bubblegum and phenolics (clove, "spice"). The scent definitely makes itself known and I can see how this fits in quite well with an autumnal atmosphere and feeling.

The flavors are well-mixed between the yeast, grains, phenolic byproducts and slight spiciness from hop usage. Front of palate picks up Belgian yeast with slight wet hay, wet mashed grains, phenolics and bubblegum. Mid-palate finds mashed grains; a bit of spicy pepperiness; Belgian yeast with wet, moldy hay; slightly medicine-cabinet like. Back of palate discovers slight tartness, continued wet grains, a bit of coconut (don't ask me how...), Belgian yeast with hay characters, and modest phenolics. Aftertaste is similar to very yeasty bread dough, with mild bitterness and phenolics.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body, with carbonation of medium-high intensity, creating a fizzy, crisp beer that foams up somewhat on the palate, remaining crisp, but developing a smoother mouthfeel as the duration of the sip increases. Closes semi-dry, with very little stickiness remaining on the palate.

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Photo of sommersb
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 02-02-2013
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Ommegang cervoise glass
Purchased: Single from Whole Foods, Nashville

Clear amber/golden color in the pour, with a massive white head showing both excellent lacing and retention. Aromas have spiciness of rye malt, fruit sweetness, herbal hops and the spiced smells of Belgian yeast.

The taste starts with spices and is then followed by some caramel malts. The herbal hops add a moderate amount of bittering. Overall a fairly dry beer. Medium-bodied, with a high carbonation level. Finishes dry, with aftertastes of spice and light bitterness.

All in all, a solid lighter-ABV Belgian ale. Another quality brew from Ommegang.

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

Picked up a single from EuroMarket for about $3. It's poured orange-amber with little floaties and a long-lasting white head. The beer is surprisingly dry and bitter, but I guess that's appropriate. There's a big spicy, peppery finish with orange peel and light caramel up front. The aroma is fruitier with a little pear and apricot over doughy grain and toast. It is an earthy, herbal Belgian, and it really needs to warm to cellar temp for the edgier notes to balance out. It's certainly interesting, but I might not want to go through an entire 6-pack. Still, glad I tried it.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a clearish gold with reddish tints with a solid head and lace combo. Earthy, piney, wet resiny hops are prevalent and so is the rye malt. Bready as well, getting very little sweetness and wheaty, yeast tones but they're in there. Light to medium bodied, with a mix taste of the rye that gives it a fuller body and that bready edge as well, along with some fluffy yeast and floral hops as well as mild sweetness. Easy passing beer that hits all the notes and is a great beer to session as well.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.74/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy orange amber with a monstrous rocky white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is subdued - grainy malts and a little fruit with some floral perfumey hops.

The flavor is sweet grainy malts, a little fruit and a little rye with a medium bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, it's a decent amber but a bit uninteresting and pricey at $11 per 4 pack.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into my tulip glass. I immediately got a ton of foam (over four fingers). The coloring on this beer is a hazy, dark orange.

Off the top I smell pilsner and harvest presence. There is a lot of lager flavors in the nose.

The flavor is very malty. There is also a decent amount of spices. The balance is a little off, where the bitterness is more present than expected.

This is a decent beer. I wouldn't go out of my way for this beer, but if it is on tap or on a menu I would try it out.

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Photo of Gavage
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a orange-amber color with a 2" head that really lasts a long time. Thick lace paints the glass.

Smell: caramel and some light fruit sweetness rise from the glass.

Taste: bread, caramel, a bit of spicy rye, golden apples, yeast, and a moderate bitterness are the main flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp at the start, less crisp and a touch of dryness arrives at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste here.

Overall: this a hearty ale that has just enough spiciness that makes it interesting. Easy to quaff. Definitely a different style for a harvest ale.

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Photo of teromous
3.08/5  rDev -21%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper color with an enormous white head. Loads of carbonation, and crazy good lacing. Tons of carbonation bubbles visible through the slightly hazy body.

S: I don't smell much of anything. I get a hint of what smells like old flowers in a vase, but that's unfortunately all there is.

T: Very mellow malt characters and a slightly earthy hop character. The malt comes across a bit like rustic bread. I get some Belgian yeast character, which probably stands out the most in this beer. I could be wrong, but that's what it tastes like to me.

M: Mouthfeel is medium to light, with very light bitterness and some very light astringency (emphasize "very light" because it is noticeable but not strong). Feels very wet but not filling.

O: Overall I thought this was a pretty good beer. It would make a good session beer, but it's not something I would go out of my way to buy. I felt it could have used more flavor from the grain and less from the yeast. It seems like the rye is a bit unpronounced, the oats don't come through in the body, and the wheat doesn't seem to contribute much (maybe the head?).

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Photo of RoninTK3
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A nice golden/orange hazy color with a thin layer of head that leaves some lacing behind.

S - Very nice, probably the best quality of the beer. Sweet fruits like peaches, apples, and pears. A bit citrusy.

T - Wheat, grains, dark fruits. Sweet with a hint of bitterness. Not incredible, but this is a very drinkable beer.

M - Medium body with a lot of carbonation and a flavor that doesn't linger for long.

O - This is a very nice beer. I'm not always a fan of the style, but I like this quite a bit. For the price I'd easily pick this up again and recommend it to others.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: two finger foamy head with lacing on a cloudy copper with golden hues body.

S: both dark and citrus fruits, yeast mustiness, champagne, caramel malts.

T: spicy, red apple, caramel, champagne, breads, citrus and banana, yeast. The earthy flavors and hops round this one off in the finish.

M: medium body and high carbonation with a dry finish.

Overall: Nice fruity and spicy brew. I was surprised I was able to get the earthiness out of this one which is well pronounced in the finish. Complex and dynamic, a must try.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A white, long lasting froth fills the top of the oversized wine glass before leaving patchy lacing over a dark amber to coppery-hazed honey beer.

Opens with earthiness and pepper, followed by old leather, banana, celery and light citrus.

Flavor is a light combination of bitterness and tartness that overall makes for a nice, earthy profile.

The body is medium to full with soft prickly carbonation and a silky texture.

This is a cozy beer, suitable for cuddling on a cool night by the fire. The autumn season is captured in this bottle.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very attractive pour... Glowey deep orange color with a bountiful foamy head. Good retention + nice clumpy lace. Aroma is crisp malt and fruit. Apples, honey-like, fresh grains, and floral notes. Very pleasant sniffing. Flavors are good as well. Refreshing, fruity, lightly phenolic, and plenty of fresh toasty cracker malts. Body is a solid medium. Good carbonation prickle combined with a dry and ever-so-slightly gritty texture make for a delightful mouthfeel. I enjoy this.

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Photo of wedge
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber-gold with a lovely, thick, frothy head that drops to a lovely, lumpy topping. Soft, doughy malt and flowery hops, mild toasted caramel, and earthiness in the aroma. Dry, earthy, malty, almost nutty, spicy phenols, citrus peel, and light herbal characteristics. Medium-plus bodied, drying, and crisp. Pretty nice, as usual, from Ommegang...

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