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 DrinkNewport
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A beautiful copper pour with a big white head.

The beer's aroma brings the sweetness expected with Belgian styles.

The taste is slightly bitter, but very light.

It's a high carbonation beer that's just...light.

Overall, a very easy to drink beer that's just a little forgettable.

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Photo of delta490
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- a cloudy medium amber with a huge pillowy white head. Very lively pour due to the bottle conditioning.

S- rich malt and spices dominate with hints of yeast

T- subtle, maybe even subdued. All the flavors from the aroma are there but muted. A little bitterness from the hops engages on the finish

M- Just right. Not too heavy, but not too thin either. Right where it needs to be.

O- a really good, almost great Belgian Amber Ale.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A nice golden/copper pour with 2 fingers of foamy white head. Slow head dissipation, great retention, and a good amount of lacing.
A nice Belgian yeast aroma, lots of bell pepper, bready, slight hint if roasted nuts.
The flavor is a bit roasty, like toasted rye bread.. Lots of bell pepper and saison yeast profile.
Medium body with high carbonation, a very enjoyable beer. Nothing out of the ordinary but still a solid beer again from ommegang.

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Photo of Mojo
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle -> Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass

A - never seen a pour this awesome. Clear gold with a foamy two finger head. The retention is beyond incredible. Even 45 minutes after the pour a 1/4 inch head lingers. Lacing is thick and unyielding.

S - This is where I always struggle. I don't have the strongest sense of smell but I pick up a yeasty smell as well as fruity notes and floral hints.

T - The malt is sort of like a pilsner but with a dry accent. Some wheat beer like notes are present with that banana flavor. Lemon zest is present as well.

M - fairly thick but pleasant with great carbonation.

O - not sure I'd go out of my way to get this beer, but it is certainly a decent enough offering. Easy drinking and inoffensive.

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

12oz bottle into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazy copper color w/ a big fluffy eggshell head.

Aroma is bready malt, musty Belgian yeast w/ fruity esters, apple/pear juice, and some floral/spice notes. A little grassy funk. Good complexity.

Taste follows nose. Apple, pear, spice, clove, bready malt, Belgian yeast, and floral Old World hops.

Mouthfeel is soft, medium-bodied, good carbonation.

Overall a very tasty, satisfying fall beer. Better than I expected.

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Photo of jneiswender
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer was poured out of a 12 ounce bottle into a Sam's glass served cool

Thick off Whitehead and the hazy topaz colored body

Smells like cloves and sweet grain

Has a nice front of marmalade with the strong thick middle of Belgian yeast which is slightly Tannic

Will carbonated with a very dry finish

This is an okay beer but very very yeasty the yeast seems to overpower the grain profile but it seems like the Brewers were trying to achieve

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

Single bottle poured into a pint glass. 10/2

Pours medium amber, thick white foam. Very patchy. Fruity belgian yeast strain. Funky. Taste is a huge funk, hearty malt hop, peppery finish. Clumsy malt, all over the place. Hope hold throughout. Pretty good.

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Photo of bum732
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

S: Light phenols, grassiness, soft banana note, touch of clove, fruity

L: Fairly clear, amber orange, big fluffy off-white head with great retention and lacing.

T: Slightly fruity malt up front with a background of soft phenolics. A sort of graininess follows. Medium low fruity bitterness. Some white pepper follows the bitterness. Finishes quite dry with pepper and some stone fruits.

M: Medium full body, almost creamy. Medium high carbonation cuts through the body, keeping it light.

Really nice, phenolics not over the top.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up for a very pricey $4 at Brewforia Eagle... Pours with a 2 finger off white head that dies back slowly... the brew is a slightly hazed orange.

Nose is grainy with a toasted bread crust element... mild grassy hoppiness.

Flavor has all the same elements as the nose with a mild spiciness.

Fuller body is cut back some by a bigger carbonation... very drinkable.


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

12oz poured into a goblet. Best by 7/2/15.

Golden amber body, slightly hazy, 2 finger foamy head which settled down to a one finger creamy head. Good carbonation and lacing.

Smelled a bit like a cider, likely from the spices.

Okay tasting, getting the spices, a bit on the tart side.

Mouth was very carbonated, around medium.

Overall, a nice drink, but not something I would seek out too often. Would be interesting to taste closer to its best by date.

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Photo of wiegs4life
3.24/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had a couple bottles of this the other night at the bar because it looked adventurous and fall like.

It poured dark with heavy lacing that was slow to settle. The smell screamed of spiced bread fresh out of a bakery. The taste was so discrete with the Belgium hops that it allowed the beer to embellish its true characteristics. Had many spices i couldn't distinguish combining with a very rich mouthfeel.

Overall, I wasn't impressed.

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Photo of smcolw
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a 12 oz bottle, almost overflowed the 24 oz glass with the resulting head. Slowly settles in a lumpy fashion. Leaves chunks of lace on the glass. Amber color with a solid haze.

Belgian ale smells of yeast and soured malt.

Sour flavor but with plenty of spice notes in the background. Lightly hopped to give it a more malty feel. Not as dry as most rye beers. Moderate body but with a very high carbonation level. The aftertaste has elements of milk and a bit of sour-bitterness.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Ancora New Orleans. Served in a pint glass.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains decently before lowering to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheer of surface foam. Resilient cobwebs of lacing.

S- Grainy malt aroma that's slightly sweet with small notes of banana from the yeast. A bit rich and Bready.

T- More yeast flavor comes in but is abruptly swept aside by the husky malt making it somewhat sweet and, once again, Bready. Some spice is present. Very drinkable and moderately tasty.

M- Smooth and slightly crisp. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Finally, a Biere de garde I can get down with. I'm just not sure if I like it because it's brewed true to style or not true.

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Photo of DIM
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

a: Slightly hazy gold tinted copper; poured with big, fluffy, uneven head.

s: Husky grains, spicy rye, vague fruity yeast, and a healthy dose of barnyard funk.

t: Nice balance between grain and yeast. Slight caramel sweetness and the rye stands out in grain bill I think. Long yeasty finish, more spice than fruit. Mild lingering medicinal bitterness.

m: Incredibly soft, light, and airy.

o: Great beer from Ommegang, no surprise there. A definite repeat purchase for me.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light to medium coppery amber with a fine two finger white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of bready, slightly toasted malt, stone fruit, root spices, mild citrus, intriguing. Rich flavor of bready malt, cinnamon, rye, cloves, graham cracker, dark and light stone fruit, spicy and earthy. Finishes spicy with a mild hop bitterness and more of the tart saison yeast character I'd expect for the style. Nice creamy medium body with excellent mouth feel. A pleasant, very tasty fall beer that leans in the direction of a winter warmer in character, if not ABV. If this is a biere de garde, I will have to reevaluate the style, which I've been avoiding after some over bretty, dry ones. I liked this very much and will get some more for the holidays.

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Photo of JeffBrenner
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle to a pint glass. Pours an amber/orange with a nice head that sticks for a bit with decent lacing. Smells of citrus - lemon, orange, maybe grapefruit. Tastes wondeful. Sweet up front with a citrus taste after. Drinks very smooth and despite being billed as a "fall beer" I would gladly drink on a summer day

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

Pours a cloudy murky darker tangerine color really pretty color. Head is light tan and huge from easy pour took two pours to empty bottle, lots of lace left behind as one would imagine from this head.

Aroma is nice yeasty notes, earthy some good ripe banana malty with touches of grain. Nice toasty treat malty goodness with fruit and spice notes nice aroma.

Taste is nice malty goodness lightly toasted good banana notes mingled with tasty yeast. Finish is linger banana malt with a good dose of earthy spices. Very nice brew could get use to this as a fall seasonal, lover this style.

Mouthfeel is only medium surprising the carbonation level isn't as high as your would think from the pour. Lightly peppy but not over done as far as I am concerned, that's coming from someone who dislikes fizzy bear.

Overall this is yummy, did not pickup originally then I found out it was a Bière de Garde and I went back and got some, love this style very nice brew.

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Photo of burnstar
4.46/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark slightly murky gold with a huge head. Lots of lacing. Phenolic and earthy yeasty smell. Great complex grainy taste. You can definitely pick out the sour rye. And there is a bit of pronounced wheat character as well. Bananas and cloves. Obviously barley. What is there to say about barley- what you're used to, toasty in this case. The oats are less noticeable but make their presence known a little bit in the mouthfeel. Lots of yeast characteristics too. Earth and fruit. Some bitterness from hops- maybe a little roasted malt bitterness too? Pretty fantastic. Well carbonated and full bodied. Drinkability is fairly low. This is a sipper, not a session beer. Strong and heavy. And I know fall beers should probably be sessionable.... oktoberfests etc. But still, this is an awesome fall beer. I'd like to have some of these on a cool night around a camp fire. I'm actually tempted to try something like this as a homebrew. Memorable and great overall.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.49/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

You don't see many beers out there honoring the harvest season with a MALTY beer. With Ommegang, what were you expecting, an IPA? With 12 ounces of it and a ribeye/pasta/garlic bread dinner, this should be a great meal. On to the beer:

Like the season, Scythe & Sickle is dark autumn orange and topped with a large frothy head which lasts all the way down to the end. Many spots of lace stick the tulip as the beer's level drops. First smell, you wouldn't expect it to be a showcase of 4 cereals, as the succulent yeast brings banana, cake batter, vague spice, and phenolic aromas. Simply great.

Flavor orgasm follows. The fruity yeast shows itself first. Spicy bananas become defined along with white pepper, a kiss of orange, phenolic notes, and sweet bread. Not only complex, but very very tasty without become too malty. It's also working as it washes down my dinner. The beer is medium bodied and very relaxed, putting the final touch on this beer.

Excellent excellent! Scythe & Sickle is the type of high quality I've come to expect from Ommegang, perhaps the USA's best Belgian-style brewer. Along with Leann Follain and Firestone Pivo, this trio are three new (to me) excellent beers which I've tasted in the last two weeks which are easy to obtain and don't require a golden ticket.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured chilled from the 12 oz into a teku chilled.

The color is light amber honey like look with thick beige head with fine bead, thick streamers of lace. The clarity is lightly hazed and retention is very good. The smell is yeast oriented with some light spice and mild fruitiness in the aroma with a light stone fruit ester with mild nutty scent. The feel is very good, very high carbonation with toasty texture with a mild sweetness level and low alcohol.

The flavor has a nice malt quality which brings a mild toasted flavor when combined with the yeast. There is a slight fruit tinge from the yeast which brings a mild date-like dried fruit and tropical aspect. The hops are mild and the flavor of alcohol is mild but there is a slight phenolic almost metallic hint which isn't too noticeable, but there and the dryness of the finish is practically to the bone with the extremely high carbonation which is almost seltzer like with a mineral carbonic quality. Overall I enjoyed this a lot and it is very good for the style, I would definitely drink it again

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Aroma of toasted malt, hard candies, wheat, faint bubblegum.
Taste of semi tart Belgian yeast, malt, toast and citrus. Lemon pith, dusty yeast phenols, little alcohol flavor. Somewhat hoppy, woodsy and earthy flavor comes forth. Medium bodied feel with a high drying carbonation. Overall this is a very good ale.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up in Totowa yesterday, finally glad to see a Fall beer that wasn't a Marzen or full of canned pumpkins. I'm not too familiar with this style but I love what Ommegang has put out in recent years and this was certainly no exception to that. While it could have been just a hair more full, there was a lot to love about this and how easily it went down.

Hands down, this had the fullest head I've ever seen on a beer.


It filled up half of my pint glass and just wouldn't quit throughout my session, as I had some of it left once I polished this off. Toss in a radiant copper hue and a persistently bubbly carbonation and the result was one of the most pleasing appearances that I've seen out of a bottle in a long time! Lots of grass and clove here like a Farmhouse or Saison in the nose and even more in the taste, with a somewhat toasty and buttery moutfeel reinforced by hints of lemon zest and tropical papaya. Lots of carbonation gave this a light touch on the tongue and helped to ease the spiciness of this. A subtle funk was underneath all of this but never did this feel too uneasy or sour and even though I couldn't taste the oats, it gave this beer the body to be taken seriously as a Biere de Garde appropriate for the changing seasons. The best attribute of this beer was the carbonation, which was so light that when I swished this around in my mouth, I couldn't tell where the bubbles ended and the liquid began. Had I not seen this bottle, I would never have surmised this this was brewed in Upstate New York.

While not a session beer, this would be easy to get rid of in a sitting since it only came in 4-packs. While part of the Duvel family of beers, something like this almost needs to take that relationshop and turn it onto its head. Duvel should be part of the Ommegang family of beers, as this was better than its European counterparts and pushed the limits of what's possible as an Autumn Seasonal. Pleasant surprises are why I drink so many new beers and this was no exception - this was well worth seeking out and a joy in every sense of the word and most importantly, proof that Ommegang's best offerings don't necessarily come in big bottles. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Scrapss
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into into Stella Artois goblet style glass.

A: beautiful copper with a vigorously poured three finger head, which dissipates into a think half-pinky finger disc that hangs around for a while. Slight haze. Some tight bubbles.

S: Fairly faint and gentle on all notes. Malty notes e.g. toast, biscuit, caramel. Yeasty notes of esters, banana, mango. Some funk, extremely faint. Not much in the way of hops. Might be a bit too gentle and muted?

T: smooth malted milk ball centers wth that slight caramel leads into a very slight lactic funk, followed by a crisp tang out to the left and right sides of my tongue. Toast. Gentle notes of clove and ginger.

M: Creamy, medium carbonation, nice mouthfeel Slightly sour finish, slightly dry finish. Very gentle ultimate finish.

O: So, this is farmhouse Biere-de-garde? Ommeagang delivers a solid 1-2 and this is extremely good beer. Me likey.

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Photo of johnso98
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a translucent brown/orange with a white head. Nice fall colors. Initial smell was like other Ommegang wheat beers. Taste was sweet and light like a thin brown ale at first... finish was more bitter, but still light. The overall lightness makes for an easy-going mouthfeel.

Similar quality to other Ommegang beers: well made, bold complex taste, and full flavor.

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Photo of mattsdenney
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into globe glass. Pours amber-orange in color, cloudy, thick white head. Scents of bananas, bready malts, caramel, a little pepper. Typical yeasty Belgian flavor, banana, clove, pepper, some hop bitterness. It's described as an amber ale; definitely not your typical example. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly dry, with heavy carbonation. It's good but I'm not catching the autumn beer tie-in.

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Scythe & Sickle from Brewery Ommegang
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