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 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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Photo of tone77
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy dark golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is sweet, malty, some fruits. Taste is delicious. Fruits, spice, mats, loaded with flavor, complex and refreshing. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a high quality beer.

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Photo of MRsojourner
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

aroma is of the pilsner type like corn bread and strong caramel. beautiful amber copper color appearance with great clarity and no yeast to be seen in the bottle.
The caramel flavor is what hits at first followed by rich bready notes that finishes with a touch of pepper and spice although its muted fairly quickly leaving just a touch of residual pepper behind. it closes dry and leaves you wanting some more.
I appreciate the use of rye in this but I wish the yeast and rye were a bit louder. it's almost to clean for my liking but obviously its and very well made beer just a bit lackluster imo

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A pale rustic orange shows a strong rate of carbonation filling the glass. A monumental 3+ finger sturdy cream colored head shows a pitted surface while leaving a generous amount of lace coverage. Head retention was long lasting.

S: Aroma was hard to get to due to the lengthy retention of the head. Upon receeding signs of wet bread, yeasty character with some wheat and flour hints. Not very strong would be its drawback.

T: Flavor was grainy, toasty, yeasty and sweet with hints of muskiness and banana. Wheat with a touch of sweet munich grains is lightly toasted upon the fade. Some flowery hops show up.

M: Toasted warmth on the mouthful, good show of carbonation, creamy texture, solid feel.

O: Overall grainy, toasty, yeasty, and of course cleanly brewed providing for multiples.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of pkalix
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

wow! what a head! what a beautiful, creamy, rich but light, beautiful (again) head. hazy orange with bubbles rising in the pilsner glass (yeah, i know, something else would have been a bit more appropriate).
smell is sweet, like a german hefe, yet with some fruity accent to it giving it an almost belgian strong ale aroma.
taste is (again) like a belgian ale, and with a little wheat-iness to it. lots of malt. says there is oat and barley, but the taste is more of a higher abv'd belgian....
mouthfeel... kind of heavy, but still quite clean and refreshing.
overall... a superb try. it's a great brew to sample, but not one i am going to session. but then, i dont session anything anymore except samplers.... so i'm going with giving this one a score of 94 overall due to the pour and the taste. glad i tried it; will recommend it to others....

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Photo of chickenflea
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a partly cloudy light caramel color with a tall off-white persistent head. Chunky lacing. Besides the aroma of the Belgian yeast, the predominant aromas are apricot, clove, white pepper and a touch of baseball glove leather. The taste is mildly sweet, but more fruity sweetness than sugar sweetness. Mildly tart and softly bitter. Medium-bodied. The grains show up in the finish, although I would say the taste is more of raw grain than cooked or roasted. Clean finish. The texture is soft. Body is medium. Medium carbonation. A pleasant beer that really tastes at around 55 degrees F. A very approachable brew from one of my favorite American breweries.

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Photo of tigg924
3.32/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: two inch head, high carbonation, gold in color, clear

Smell: apricot, hay, and funk

Taste: big apricot, some tropical fruit, honey, and funkiness

Mouthfeel: moderate body, funky and slightly sweet, high carbonation

Overall: This to me tastes like an above average to average slightly sweet biere de garde. Not much stands out to me about this. Yes it is good and I would not turn it down, however I will not rush out to get another either.

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Photo of chanokokoro
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into an Brewery Ommegang branded tapered pint glass

Pours a fairly clear cararmel-colored amber with a two finger bright white pillowy head. Everlasting retention and thick, coating lacing. Wonderful nose, rich Belgian yeast, whole-grain biscuit, light spice, and a hint of caramel sweetness. Opens with wheat, oats, freshly harvested grain joined by toffee with just a hint of light butter, rich yeasty esters and hint of light fruit, lightly sweet appleskin specifically, Pleasant light spice and mildly spicy rye. Light to light medium body that feigns heavier at times; pleasant tantalizing carbonation. Slick and silky mouthfeel with a surprising touch of light creaminess. This really is a fantastic brew. So subtlely complex and balanced, a true pleasure to drink. Ommegang adds another amazing beer to an already exceptional lineup of offerings.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.46/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of washburnkid
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber body, bubbly off-white head. Banana aromas dominate. Flavors are bitter fruits, a little earthy. Thin film retains and leaves some soapy head around the interior of the glass. No complaints about the carbonation or body, and I love the bitter residuals left behind.

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