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 BeerForMuscle
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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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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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Scythe & Sickle from Brewery Ommegang
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