Scythe & Sickle | Brewery Ommegang

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Scythe & SickleScythe & Sickle

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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

Style: French 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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Ratings: 1,121 |  Reviews: 238
Photo of Bung
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. Orangey brown pour, gigantic white head. Ah, this is going to be one of those "Belgian" takes on the style. Should expect that from Ommegang.

Aroma, mostly malty caramel and bread. A spicy rye and caraway note as well. There are some floral hop and yeast notes especially as it warms.

Taste, definetely rye malt. Wheat is there, probably helped by the slightly clovey yeast notes. A slight bittering from some herbal hops.

To the left of medium bodied, quite crisp and clean. Drinks easy, though I would prefer less carbonation.
Pretty good as are most I've tried from these guys.

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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler filled at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY ($6.99 for a 32 ounce pour)

Pours lightly hazed, Starts with a large off white head, going to a thicker film and leaves better the ample high fine webs of lacing.

Sniff sniff sniff reveals just a whiff of mild sweet malts.

Flavorful and smooth amber, nice layers of malts. caramel, bread, slight rye presence. Easy drinking and enjoyable.

Fine beer to add to a marinade. Some went right into my jerk pork tenderloin bath.

Not the most sexy style of brew but this is a well crafted and quality new offering from Omme.

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: medium amber body with fluffy head that draped some lace as it settled

S: floral and fruity

T: moderately sweet malt base, some pines and orchard fruits; tart yeastiness and bitter hops

M: slightly chewy, tingly carbonation, medium-to-light body; average aftertaste

O: a decent beer, certainly easy drinking, anything from Ommegang is probably worth trying

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Viciousknishs
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a golden toned amber with an off white head.

S- lots of fresh grain with some spice from the rye. Estery fruity yeast character blends in the nose as well.

T- malty sweetness up front with light caramel, crisp wheat and light rye spice. Slight Belgianesque yeast flavor in the middle. Finishes with a rustic earthy flavor and a touch of bitterness.

MF- slick average mouthfeel with a light medium body. Average carbonation.

D- good drinkability.

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Photo of silentjay
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

huge eggshell colored head on top of a amber/copper hued and translucent beer. head sticks around forever and laces well.

somewhat subdued aroma brings on some cereal grains and belgian yeast fruitiness and spice with some toasted light rye bread.

taste is very bready. a touch of caramel sweetness and fruity esters align with the graininess and rye. kind of like a marzen with a belgian yeast and rye twist. drinkable and flavorful.

semi-light bodied with a subtle and fluffy carbonation. a slight oiliness left behind on the palate and the graininess lingers.

I like this as a "harvest" fall beer. brings in many different grains and all are discernibly present with none taking over a dominant position. The Belgian Ommegang yeast seems out of place at first, but it melds together the more I get through the bottle. Not my style, but a decent quaff nonetheless.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of cavedave
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big off white head, fully five fingers, overtops a clearish amber sparkly brew.

Saison yeasty light aroma, tart, spice and biscuits, a bit of lemon and candi.

Nice medium strength taste, starts with a bit of spice and light citrus, some wheat or rye in there maybe? the flavors of the nose combine and the sip ends with lemon zest and a touch of bitter.

Light in mouth, not overcarbed despite look of it, refreshing and juicy finish.

Quite an enjoyable beer. My comment now is I am going to get another. Recommend you do the same. Thanks Ommegang for another delicious treat.

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Photo of cnbrown313
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 4 pack of 12oz bottles for $9.99.

A - Pours a light golden amber color with 2 fingers of creamy off-white head

S - Smells bready, like Belgian yeast, with a little bit of spice. Maybe allspice? Or clove?

T - Tastes bready upfront, with a little hint of banana and clove. This is a very "sessionable" beer that goes down easy. But, I was a little disappointed because I felt like it was missing that "wow" factor. There wasn't nearly as much spice as I was hoping for and the flavor was a little bland.

M - Mouth feel was medium / full and creamy.

O - This was a tasty, sessionable beer and overall I was glad that I gave it a try. But, with all of the other tasty seasonal beers that are out right now at this price point, I probably won't be re-visiting this anytime soon.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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

Pours a toasted golden color with a huge pillowy head that was rocky and slowly settles into a puffy cap.

The aroma is clovey with some hay and farmhouse funk. Almost seems to be a saison yeast strain. Light coriander. Some lemon and pepper as well. Nice Belgian aroma.

The yeast dominates the flavor with clove, pepper, hay, and farmhouse being forefront. Some metallic notes as well as lemon. The malt is bready and the rye provides some light spice. Some toasted notes from the malt as well.

Moderate feel is fizzy carbonation. Good balance of sweet, toasted malt/grassy hop bitterness and yeasty spice.

Very tasty brew, kind of an amber saison or a yeasty biere de garde. Another winner from Ommegang.

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Photo of ToddT
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Almost clear, the slight haze looks to be the carbonation, deep amber liquid topped with a dense off white head. The head stays thick, lasts forever, and leaves some nice lace on the glass.

S- Hints of spice, clove mostly, grass hop notes, there is a little funk in the background too.

T- Nice malt start to this, slight note of clove and yeast at the middle and a drying slightly bitter hop note to finish out. Well balanced and smooth, just the right mix of malts and other notes to make it interesting. The malt makes a nice sweet counterpoint to the slightly bitter hop finish.

F- Smooth and creamy, not quite what I was expecting in a harvest ale, but the mouthfeel of this is very welcomed. The body is medium and carbonation is the same, finishes clean, refreshing, and somewhat dry.

O- Nice beer, I'll be looking for this again next fall. Interesting and the 5.8% ABV makes it an easy drinker. If you run across this give it a try.

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Photo of MLasoski
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A surprise find once I entered the store. I didn't know this was coming out this Fall.

A: A dark red body with a 1/8" head. Looks like it's going to stick around for a bit as I drink it.

S: As I poured it, it smelled sweet and earthy on the nose. I also picked up a bit of the rye in the recipe, has it's own unique smell.

T: Tastes pretty delicious. As I drink it, I'm getting the farm flavors of barley, wheat, oats, and rye. Goes with the earthy smell. Definitely is nostalgic of the cooler months... I wish I had this beer when it was late October.

M: Crisp and cool up front with a finish of flavorful wheat and rye. Tastes very fresh.

O: I enjoyed this beer, I do recommend you buy it as soon as possible and drink it as soon as possible. It will probably lose its muster as it sits on the shelf. I need to visit this brewery.

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