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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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Cylinsier
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours a slightly hazy amber with a white lacing.

Smells of caramel and biscuit malts.

Flavor of caramel, biscuity malt, some non-bitter nut flavors, a mild hop, and a bit of butterscotch.

Medium body with a tingle of carbonation on the tongue.

Really good ale, especially good flavor and flavor balance. Very enjoyable and worth trying.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of utopiajane
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange amber with a golden hue. Fat luscious head that took forever to fall and left scads and dabs of clinging lace. Fell of to a tall and rocky cap then a layer over top. Streaming effervescence. Nose is Light and toasted grain. light belgian yeast with a dry rye and a little dry wheat. Bit of pepper and the rye and the yeast are both a touch sour. There is a light sweetness and some terrific fruit on this. Light banana, apple, pear, and sweet orange. There's also a bit of clove to round out the nose but lightly. Grassy and with some must and earth.

Taste is marvelous. Little toasted grain and light bread. Citrus is tart and sweet and the rye is sour and also sweet. It's like all the opposites have come together on this palate. Sweet and tart. There's some apricot and the apple and pear really are the main sweetness in this rather than a caramel sweetness from the malt. That's how it stays so light in the body. There is a hint or a suggestion of sweet potato or yam but not any real flavor of it. No heavy winter spices either. No nutmeg or pumpkin spices. The pepper is graceful. This finishes dry, with a touch of hop bitter and oil and a light lingering sweetness that's entirely from the fruit.

This beer is the perfect bridge between summer and fall. It has a tremendous fruit character that continues to evolve. The belgian character gives it a stately manner and a dry quality overall. It reminds you of everything that's good about summer with ti's sweet fruits and then shows off all it's tartness and sour to lead you toward fall and winter flavors. The banana and bread are so light on the palate you hardly notice them. It even shows you a hop bitter in the finish.

Flavorful, rousing, deep, complex but also simple in it's approach, stylish and pretty. Ommegang hasn't disappointed me yet.

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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of thecheapies
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ommegang Scythe & Sickle. Poured into a Dos Equis green-rimmed pint glass.

Decanting the beer could've gone a little better, so I must describe my pour as fairly cloudy and auburn in color. The head is craggy and dry with an appealing rocky surface. Bubbles slather against the inner glass walls causing blanket lace.

Steeped tea bags and rye earthiness characterize the prominent malt notes. Grains are evident, but smooth. I can detect wheat, too, amongst hearty barley grain. It blends well with a rustic Belgian yeast note that surfaces with light nuttiness, mustiness, and earthiness. Any hops are well-cloaked beneath a sea of aromatic malts. Quite the showcase.

Malty, but fruity esters from the yeast are seeping out, also. Apple and pear notes with browned fruity flesh counter with tea notes from the malt combo and the hops. There is a slight citrus-like twang that is probably humulus-induced. The booze is hush-hush. An all-around smooth drink with majestic flavor.

The mouthfeel is excellent. Smooth body with medium viscosity. The carbonation is velvety, yet exciting. Drinks very quickly, so enjoyably.

I was lukewarm about springing for the four-pack blindly, but I'm delighted by this first bottle. The other three will be enjoyed with ease.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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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%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of DMXLOX22
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single of this brew at my local establishment, Civera's Deli in Drexel Hill. Loving the Ommegang beers so far. Lets see how this brew contests.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, dirty orange hue that has the copper-brown aspect to it. Very inviting, and totally reminds me of a cool, slightly breezy Autumn night. Tops off with a frothy, foamy white head that is ever so welcoming. Quite nice.

Smell: First hint produces sweet grains, some grassy-like malts, clover spices. Not so bad since there is a fresh grassy, sweet grains and a spiciness to it. Also noticed is a very slight hint of banana with some possible squash or pumpkin spice.

Taste: First sips I noticed a husky grain flavor thats back up with sweet and modest rye character and is rounded out by a nice balance of spice cloves, yeast, possible squash, and apricot and orange peel. Quite well-balanced and delicious.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a medium carbonation. Finishes semi-dry and is pretty damn good.

Overall: First opening this beer i was pretty excited. I've been a pretty big fan of the brewery lately and enjoyed a lot of their releases. This beer didn't disappoint one bit. First noticeable aromas were the grainy and offers a different and bold alternative to all the pumpkin beers about to hit the market. I enjoyed this and was satisfied to try it out. I will have again and will definitely recommend to a friend. Cheers!

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ommegang Scythe & Sickle Harvest Ale has a medium, creamy, off-white head, a brilliant, bubbly, orange appearance, and a thin lacing sheen left behind on the glass. The aroma is fruity and spicy, and the taste is of peppery rye, white bread, white bread crust, fruit, and there is a nice hop bitterness at the end. The mouthfeel is medium and prickly, and Ommegang Scythe & Sickle finishes dry, sweet, and easily drinkable. Overall, this is a most excellent beer.


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5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of RobertRedmoon
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip

A- Almost opaque deep Amber. Marslike

S- Buttered sweet rolls, hint of dry grass, Belgian yeast, with some carmel notes

T- Some clove, candied yam, slight rye spice, bread and biscuit

M- I didn't notice the pronounced carbonation many raters did, instead there was light carbonation, and something felt slightly unbalanced, perhaps the medium to heavy density with thin viscosity

O- A very nice Belgian-style take on a fall brew, would pair well with a large, Thanksgiving style meal.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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