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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Ratings: 1,121 |  Reviews: 238
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%

Photo of dgherm
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Samp01
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark hazy orange with a large beige head, some lacing. Aroma and taste of sweet caramel malt, some earthy spicy rye and fruity notes, yeast and lightly toasted barley. Palate is a medium body with sweet spices and good carbonation. Finishes with sweet malt, spicy fruity notes, rye, yeasty and bready notes with some spicy hops bitterness on the end for balance. Overall a very good and flavorful seasonal brew.

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

A: Pours a deep amber color with a fair amount of eggshell white bubbly head. This retains reasonably well, leaving lots of lacing.

S: Slightly grainy malty sweetness, with light fruit notes.

T: Mild sweetness and light grain throughout. There are some interesting floral hops through the finish that leave a lasting sweetness/fruitiness in the aftertaste.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation.

Overall, a very nice and drinkable beer. It's not crazy or super inventive, but it's good and not too strong; nice for summer afternoons.

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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%

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle, poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous orange/gold amber with two and a half fingers of an off-white head, that lasted forever. Held up to the light, there’s plenty of red, orange highlights sparkling throughout. Beautiful beer to look at.

Aroma: Floral, and spicy. Black pepper, citrus, saffron, and brown sugar. Freshly baked bread.

Taste: Sweet, yet nicely balanced by the spices. Good citrus notes, finished by nice bready notes from the rye, oat and wheat used to make the beer. Oatmeal with fresh fruit, in the best possible way!

Mouthfeel: Effervescent. There’s a lot of nice carbonation that cleanses the palate and makes you want to take another drink.

Overall: Even though I had this beer out of season, it is still an excellent beer. Can’t wait for autumn to come around again and have it in season. Another excellent offering from Ommegang!

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Photo of KelsoSaaz
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tulip

A: Pours an orange-gold with an off-white, fine and creamy, 2 finger head, also has tons of visible carbonation.

S: Spicy with hints of citrus peel. Rustic bread aromas as well.

T: Citrus and candi sugar. Lots of cereal grains, just as the label says; hints of rye, oat and wheat. General rustic, earthy tones here. Rye tang lasts in the finish.

M: Lots of carbonation that tingles on the tongue with a medium body.

O: One unique beer! Another cracker of a brew from Ommegang. Scythe and Sickle is definitely a Belgian beer for autumn. Would go well with autumn foods and thanksgiving dinner. Get this seasonal when it comes out, it’s definitely one to try.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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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 ryan1788a5
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a chalice. Freshness date of 7/2014. This should be able to take some time in the cellar.

A: Hazy orange color. Four fingers of rocky white head retain very well Lacing is thick and prominent, sticking everywhere and making the walls of the glass look as though they are carpeted.

S: Spicy Belgian yeast. Hints of pepper and cinnamon. Very slight must. Fruity with aromas of dates and dried banana chips. Rich malty scents of caramel and bread. Touch of starch and spicy rye in the background. Hops provide a grassy and slightly herbal character. Complex nose, very good.

T: Spicy Belgian yeast up front. Cinnamon, pepper, and others. Hint of clove. Somewhat musty. Fruitiness pulls through with tastes of dried figs and dates. Tropical esters lay in some pineapple. Hops provide a zing of lemon and citrus pith, but eventually go grassy and herbal. The multiple grains used in this brew provide a great foundation. Bready, slight hints of caramel, bread pudding, treacle, subtle oat starch and rye spice in the background. Dry overall. Finishes with a dry rye spiciness and lingering herbal and citrus pith hop flavors.

M: The overall dryness makes the medium body seem lighter than it is. Ample carbonation scrubs the palate. Creamy and a bit foamy. Light hop astringency.

O: Another great and complex Belgian-style ale from Ommegang. This is a perfect pairing for the Thanksgiving dinner, next time it comes around that is. I consumed this beer out of season, but not out of code. It would make an excellent compliment to a hearty meal on a cool fall day, but it is still very enjoyable even on a warm day in late spring. It's also a welcome change of pace from the mediocre ambers and octoberfests that flood the market in the fall.

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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%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

Scythe & Sickle from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 1,121 ratings