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 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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Photo of zeff80
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a two-finger, khaki colored head of foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled very fruity and floral. Some sweet caramel maltiness.

T - It tasted of tropical fruits like mango and grapefruit. Good caramel maltiness with some toffee and a touch of bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is an amazing brew. I don't see it as a Biere de Garde, but it it so good.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a tulip glass.

L - hazed orange/amber color with a fluffy white head that stayed as a layer leaving thick streaks of lacing.

S - earthy hops, spices and yeast.

T - very nice blend of spices, sweet malt, earthy hops and yeast taking my tastebuds on an enjoyable journey.

F - light/medium bodied with moderate carbonation and easy drinkability.

O - a good example of the style.

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

Straight pour from 12oz pry-off bottle to a 25cl Duvel Single tulip; a bottling date of September 4, 2012 and a freshness date of September 4, 2014 are printed in black ink (“PKG ON 09/04/12 BEST BY 09/04/14”) on the shoulder of the bottle.

Appearance (4.5): Scythe & Sickle pours with a very attractive, 3.5-finger head that’s just off-white and composed of some very fine, fluffy foam before it dies down, taking its sweet-ass time to do so. The body is a medium amber with deep orange hues, offering a nice chill haze but nothing cloudy by any stretch. A few spots and a couple of broad legs of lace stick around, with much better than average head retention.

Smell (4.0): The malt smells rich and somewhat sweet without being sugary or heavy-handed: some warm, rich barley and a little bit of rye, some of the fruitiness of wheat malt, and I’m sure the oats are in there but their smoothness evades me right now. The yeast adds an unexpectedly nice and very natural complement to the malt, warm and fruity and mildly spicy (and distinctively Ommegang’s house strain) all at once. Very nice.

Taste (4.0): The malt doesn’t come across as quite as rich as in the nose, but rather smoother and sturdier in different ways. The rye stands up a bit more, the barley switches to more of an undertone, the oats remain quiet, and the wheat’s fruitiness shifts towards a mildly tart, lemony character. Still, very tasty. Ommegang’s yeast character is less noticeable than in the nose but still complements the malt bill in the same ways: rich, spicy, and fruity, and I think it accentuates that tart wheat character, amplifying that lemon tone. More flavor and character than might be expected for the size (5.8% ABV) of the beer.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Excellent feel, this is smooth and just on the full side of medium-bodied, but the carbonation is smooth and lush and full—almost velvety. Wonderful complement to the body. And, the head retention adds a smoothness do the body as it passes your lips.

Overall (4.0): Honestly, I’m tempted to bump this up to 4.5—but it’s not near-perfect. It’s more like a 4.25, overall. Very smooth, with more complexity and depth than anticipated for the size of the beer, and its composition is very nicely done for the style. I could see this being an excellent pairing for a wide variety of foods. Very tasty, and worth picking up if you like ambers and / or Ommegang’s yeastiness. And evidently, that includes me.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy amber-orange with a finger of frothy slightly off-white head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of caramel malts, grapefruit, pine, and floral hops, oats, spicy rye, and some bready malts.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet caramel malts with some grapefruit hops, spicy rye, and some oats. Through the middle, some pine and lightly spicy hops come through with some bitterness alongside some bready malts. The finish is a mix of pine and floral hops, some bitterness, some bready malts, spicy rye, and oats.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, lightly bitter, and spicy.

D - Very drinkable. Good overall balance and complexity. Like the rye.

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Photo of BB1313
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 07/25/12; best by 07/2014.12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a transparent burnt orange and has a huge fluffy white head that sticks around and leaves very sticky lacing. Looks perfect like most of Ommegang's beers. The aromas are full of cherries and bubblegum. There's also a touch of banana peel. The flavors match the nose, but has a nice bitterness to it. The hop bitterness is there. There's also a nice spiciness coming from the rye. There's also subtle hints of black pepper. I'm picking up more cherries as well with a touch of wheat. Mouthfeel is spectacular. It's light, fluffy, creamy, smooth, and has moderate carbonation, making this dangerously drinkable. This is a fun, easy drinking beer. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

This is just another really good beer from Ommegang. Very reminiscent of a Belgian Pale Ale. It's a classic example of what they're all about. Great beer.

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Photo of One2Remeber
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Crystal clear orange body with a yellow hue. Lacey white head coats glass.

S: Toasty malts and earthy hops present, far from overbearing. Orange sherbet.

T/M: Wonderful hop presence, full of earthy flavors. Smells like a hop garden, grass, pine and dirt. Toasted malts linger on palate. Mouthfeel is light and flavors are calm making for easy drinking. Almost taste too watered down, very thin body.

O: Not the most familiar with style. Taste like a pale ale with a Belgian influence and a lighter body than an APA. Enjoyable, recommend to break someone into Belgian beer.

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Photo of LeRose
3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not sure I get this one. Nice color, coppery reddish. Not much head, foamy, a little lacing. Lots of malt aroma and taste, some citrus, hops kind of laid back. Get the bready taste, not too much carbonation yet slightly refreshing. Good drinker for a Fall afternoon, but I don’t find anything special about it. Perfectly good product, though.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Opaque amber with a fluffy tan one finger head that lingers. Great lacing.

S: Malty, grainy, Belgian yeast. Light hops. Fresh.

T: Smooth. A nice mix of malts and yeast. Robust and roasty. Light rye finish.

M: Medium, smooth, creamy.

O: Distinct and well brewed. Wish I'd bought more than one. This is a new favorite.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.37/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Beware: my bottle was a gusher...

Large off-white soapy head. Very cloudy orange color in the brew. Lacing is spotty.

Tons of wheat and banana. it's hard to get much more. The wheat is overpowering.

Carbonation really takes a lot away from this brew; it's way too high. Bitterness is a bit odd too. Wheat/rye is nice and well flavored.

A bit of a toss up if I could recommend this brew... It's distracting in appearance and mouthfeel, but it's nose and flavors draw you back for the next sip. This brew could stand to be better blended, but it is refreshing once the carbonation has died down.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Scythe & Sickle from Brewery Ommegang
3.9 out of 5 based on 1,118 ratings.
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