Scythe & Sickle | Brewery Ommegang

Scythe & SickleScythe & Sickle
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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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Ratings: 1,119 |  Reviews: 238
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Cloudy orange body with an amber hue to it. Head is huge and frothy, and takes forever to settle in the glass.

S- Saison yeast aromas dominate the nose. Yeast aroma is somewhat fruity with some pear and orange zest coming through. There is also a fresh grain scent that actually reminds me of dried hay.

T- Rich grainy malt that sets the table for the beer. Saison yeast comes through, bringing fruit flavors and a slight hint of funk. Hops come through just enough to make their presence known. Big flavors, nothing over the top, very nice.

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, a slight creaminess to it. Light enough to drink a few, but satisfying enough on the palate to savor.

O-This is a unique beer for it's subtlety. It just provides great aroma, flavor and feel without any hoopla. Really nice offering.

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

Appearance: Color is a light, orange-tinged amber, and clarity is somewhat hazy. The eggshell-colored head is creamy, yet unstable. While its traces last 'til the end and leave light lacing on the glass, it's once large presence melts into an uneven half-hearted foam party straight away.

Aroma: Citrus hops, tropical fruit, and toasted malt mix together to create an attractive aroma, but also one that is a bit fruitier than the typical Biere de Garde.

Taste: Light citrus and tropical fruit are mixed with spiced tea and toffee flavors. these sweet tastes are well-balanced by toasted malt and a vibrant flash of medium bitterness that is best detected in the finish. Very little aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light, with medium-high carbonation. The finish is slightly dry.

Overall: A pleasant, sessionable, and fruity beer with mild complexity. Solid and tasty, though a bit fruit-forward for the style. More emphasis on the malt would have made this more of a Biere de Garde, in my opinion.

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Photo of sabitu
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Swedgin
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of morrowd3
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of jhawth
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: poured into a goblet. Pours a murky orange with a generous, solid 2.5 finger head that sticks around for a good long while.

Aroma: Spicy, some clove and allspice, almost a funky character as well. Fresh bread malt notes also present.

Taste: Follows aroma, plenty of sweet malt flavors as well as that spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, head is almost creamy, but with a subtle tang.

Overall: Very good. Very drinkable but offers a pleasant complexity as well.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Digimaika2
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(4.0) A: Deep copper with a sizeable marshmallow-like eggshell head. Long lasting retention and good lacing.

(4.25) S: Fresh grasses, clove, banana, pineapple, and peanut brittle. Farmhouse-like with vibrant and bold aromas.

(4.0) T: As per aroma with barnyard-funk qualities in the form of fresh grass and spices. Tropical fruits including banana along with that sweet peanut brittle taste (or maybe roasted peanut) evident in the finish. Generously dry with a sweeter taste from the tropical fruit.

(4.0) M: Medium bodied with higher carbonation that’s agreeable. Slick with a creamy texture.

(4.0) D: Considering the lower ABV this is a very flavourful and well crafted harvest ale.

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Photo of IronLover
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep burnt orange in color with hints of brown with the expected belgian murkiness. Poured with a huge frothy foam with good retention that left tons of sticky lacings on the glass. Grainy malt and belgian yeast aromas with tart fruitiness in the background. On the lighter side of medium bodied with aggressive carbonation. Earthy, grainy malt fla or uo front with a hint of rye. Belgian yeast flavors through the middle followed by slighty tart under-ripe banana toward the end. Finishes with a hint of rye and lingering belgian yeast aftertaste.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of usechopstix4soup
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured very nicely into a weizen glass, head was full and lasted pretty much until the end which is a plus. Keeping a full head while you enjoy your beer is a nice add-on that just makes the beer that much more appetizing. Lacing was plentiful, on appearance alone this beer looks great.

Taking a whiff, I smell strong hints of oats, yeasts, followed by fruits. Its a very grassy kind of smell, raw and earthy. It reminds me of a pilsner by smell alone.

The taste is wonderful. Ommegang crafts another beer perfectly. I am a fan of their Rare Vos beer and if you like that, you will definitely like this. Sweet beer, very bready which probably comes from the abundant yeasts, with a lasting after-taste of pumpkin and other citrus rinds. The sweetness at the beginning is readily matched with the bitterness at the end.

The body is a little bit on the thinner side although not thin enough to be swallowed like water but the drinkability is very high on this one. Perfect end of September, going into October seasonal beer. The pumpkin after-taste sets the mood for a great fall season. Would definitely recommend this to those wanting to try a different beer this upcoming season.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Scythe & Sickle from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 75% out of 100 with 1,119 ratings
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