Scythe & Sickle | Brewery Ommegang

Scythe & SickleScythe & Sickle
1,119 Ratings
Scythe & SickleScythe & Sickle

Brewed by:
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%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives cloudy, with a copper color topped by a nice head that leaves a few strands of lace

Smell: Graham cracker, cloves and dark druit, with spicy phenols

Taste: Comes at you from a number of directions; sweet elements, such as caramel, graham cracker and dark fruit; herbal aspects, with cloves and other spicy phenols; the finish is a bit crisp and tangy from the rye

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A surprisingly complex beer; I didn't love it but enjoyed trying to wrap my mind around it

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Photo of imbibehour
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Real great looking beer. Deep orange body, almost red, with a good rising column fire of carbonation in the middle, with some white carbonation etching the edges of the glass. Head is creamy and frothy out of the bottle, off white in color and just slightly tan. Whipped up shampoo with lots of retention, and very impressive clumping. A real impressive looking brew.

Solid nose on this. Spicy rye warmth and some good brett like yeasty action. Spices hint at sharp brown burnt cloves, and almost burnt tree bark. Sharp spicy brett action on this is very pleasurable with a good amount of earth and dirt.

Magic is expected on the palate, but it's not exactly happening, but a good beer follows. Sharp brett and somewhat banana like estery qualities. Matching sharp rye and spices and dark burnt wood in the palate. Clean finish and borderline crisp, with a light wetness but easily carries the flavors through.

Overall very unique and interesting brew.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of thezach
4.36/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Try this beer, let it age, try it again! I picked this one up last fall, around August 2012, and figured I'd love it. Boy, was I wrong. It was puckering and astringent and smelled like musty hay and grass and just, wow, I did not enjoy it. Thankfully, I said "well enough of THAT beer, and put one aside for about a year until I found it yesterday and figured, ", why not?"

So now, one year later, this beer poured a crystal clear burnt gold with a towering rocky white head that lasts. It presents a wonderful spiciness (maybe pepper, plus what I feel is a warming, spicy alcohol note*) that struck me immediately upon pouring it into my glass. This blends wonderfully with a subdued soft herbal hop note. This was difficult to distinguish from the whifs of light caramel malts that came forward as it warmed. A little toasted biscuit going on there too. Nice clean bitterness that lingers a little bit after the finish alongside the mellow caramel sweetness. It finishes clean and fairly dry, there's even a bit of a puckering note in there too, maybe from the rye, probably also the yeast.

*I figured I must've been mistaken, as the beer falls just shy of 6%. How could that light of a beer have such a prominent alcohol note? Apparently this is the norm for the style. ...I looked it up.

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Photo of ooms
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of cjgiant
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Initially I was unimpressed by this beer. Then I started analyzing it and noted some interesting characteristics. It didn't lead to a much higher rating, but it was interesting.

Cloudy amber golden with with some head, decent retention and good lacing. Smells a little peachy and bready. Taste reminds me of Anchor Steam initially, but with a little note of honey; then a nutmeg/cinnamon taste comes on pretty strong, before fading without much dryness.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of emerge077
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy dark amber orange, full fluffy head of foam with a halo of drippy lace in the glass. Head dissipates after a few minutes, lasting skim on the surface.

Aroma has a signature Duvel-esque quality to it, a slight earthiness and spice, mellow grassiness.

Flavors are supple and complimentary, specialty grains and an understated hop character that lends some light bitterness. Mildly toasty with a brief hint of sweetess upfront, moving into a dry finish with a Duvel yeast aftertaste. Overall it was good, though not wildly unique.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hops are in abundance, malts are in abundance- this means only one thing: Brewers Gone Wild will make it to a beer isle near you!

Yet, in conservative and charming fashion, Ommegang opens with a classy French-style Biere de Garde Ale. Its rich bready character is easily captured by the eye as the foam slowly separates from the rich body underneath. Mid amber in color, its hazy appearance even looks like bread crust. An ivory white head builds upon the ale with strong retention and lacy rings that commemorate each drink taken (turns out there's fewer of those than you would have thought!)

A bready, fruity and spicy culmination strikes the nose as the scent of fresh baking bread, citrus fruit, orchard fruit and wine-like spiciness entice the nose. Lemons, oranges, peppercorn and pleasant tartness all teases the nose as the first sip falls near.

To taste, the strong bready and yeasty taste is of light bread, vegemite, and the crust of freshly baked bread. That richness is soon met by a balance of two classes. First the fruit complement is of orchard and citrus but then the peppercorn and rye spice all culminate into a complex structure of flavor. None of the flavors pull ahead of the other- this reaches a perfectly balance taste in the middle before the acidic fruit and pepper spice pull ahead of the bread to finish.

Medium bodied throughout, the beer's incredible richness seems heavier at first but its bready weight lightens considerable in the middle in order to allow the fruit acidity, peppery spice and alcohol warmth to dry the taste with certainty to close.

Ommegang has hit an absolute home run with this style. It's French in character and complex in delivery. Just enough earthiness really sells its taste but still its not as charming or distinctive as in could be. More straw character, higher dryness and even (dare I say) a pep of butter could really round this thing out!

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of KYGunner
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Amber color is deep, rich and proud while the head was thickly cohesive and had "to the end" retention.

The nose is filled with light malt, grain, biscuit ,cracker and toast. There's a sweetness like apples near the back that gives a certain orchard like scent. Coupled with the grains there is that outdoorsy farm like smell.

The taste is malty with some cracker and toast. Rich grains come alive in a rather robust texture. The sweetness from the scent is apparent in an Apple or pear, but it's a rather earthy natural flavor. There's also a spiciness, peppery, that is light on the tongue yet apparent. All these characters round out to the farm or orchard atmosphere the brewers were going for.

Overall this is a wonderful and fascinating beer that seems to tell a story with its characteristics.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Scythe & Sickle from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 1,119 ratings
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