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 NeubTube
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of firkingroovin
3.04/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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 elamb106
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jrob21
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 LeftHanded666
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 sporklift87
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No visible date.

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

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

Photo of shawndenton
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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 D_K
4.98/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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 Prospero
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of zak333
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oneguynamedjosh
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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 mangoman39
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

historical ratings from personal notes

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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 Moejen1
4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Scythe & Sickle from Brewery Ommegang
3.9 out of 5 based on 1,119 ratings.
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