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Ommegang XV - 15th Anniversary AleOmmegang XV - 15th Anniversary Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
ommegang.com

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ommegang XV pays homage to the great Trappist ales brewed by monks in the Trappist monasteries of Belgium. Created with deep devotion to the brewing art, using the finest ingredients and made with infinite care, XV is unlike any ale we've ever brewed. Even by our exacting standards Ommegang XV stand alone.

Ommegang XV pours a deep walnut hue, with a ruby highlight, full head, and lively carbonation. The nose is malty and complex. Flavors of toffee and chocolate arise, mingling with molasses and caramel as the ale warms. Fruity esters and hints of raisin follow. The body is full and finishes with creamy smoothness.

Added by generallee on 11-20-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
194
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
21.95%
 
 
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24
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For Trade:
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Reviews: 48 | Ratings: 194
Photo of argock
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 ml corked caged brown bottle into a clear glass tulip. Stored refrigerated at 40F for most of its life.

A: Opaque chestnut brown with 1/2-finger light beige head with a few dots of lace.

S: A huge dark fruit outpouring with raisin, prune, date and light licorice with some coffee and dark chocolate too.

T: The dark malt flavors are a bit lighter than the aroma but still provide medium caramel, fig, prune, and light licorice along with mild spicy yeast character. Mild bitterness.

M: Seems slightly lighter and drier than it should but very drinkable for the abv.

O: A really solid quad but seems middle of the road and not as special as an anniversary beer could be.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"Ommegang XV Reserve Ale is an extraordinary and uncommon ale, even by our refined standards. One year in creation-and brewed but once-Ommegang XV Reserve cekebrates fufteeb years if creating fine Belgian style ales. This celebratory ale honors our ancestry, and pays homage to the world's most desired ales- the legendary trappist ales of Belgium. Like the revered trappist ales, Ommegang XV Reserve is brewed with only the finest ingredients and with devotion and care - creating an ale with strikingly complex aromas and flavors. Deep, dark, and elegant, this ale will delight and satisfy todaym and will age gracefully in the cellar." Brewed in the style of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, available in 750ml. bottles. This is the fifteenth anniversary release from Ommegang.

Poured from a 750ml. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a foamy frothed head of a tan color over a deep caramel brown body. Retention is above average and lacing is light and patchy. 3.75

(Smell) Smooth Belgian bread malts, caramel syrups, candied sugars, rich dark fruit sugars. Undertones of chocolate and roast are subtle and yet both are unique for this style. A slight tang is possibly the only impact of long-term aging, otherwise this beer smells very promising. Potency is moderate. 4

(Taste) The flavor plays up many different characters for a different experience from the aroma. Soft bread malts, candi sugars, light fruit syrups, slightly tangy with a punctuated yeast spiciness and dry finish. Subtle chocolate and roast comes through brightest in the finish. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, lightly chewy, very dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is slightly fruity esters, drying spiciness over sweet. Alcohol presence is modest and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) A very tasty Belgian Dark Ale, and with a solid malt foundation, generating lots of rich flavors, depth of character and yet a high accessibility, nothing is played up too much. This beer has aged quite well with no major flavor flaws or oxidation present. As a beer, it's not overly memorable, but it does happen to be a solid example of a quality American-brewed dark ale. 3.75

Brewery Ommegang's
XV: 15th Anniversary Ale
/5.00

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a clear brown color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some great lacing. Aroma of candi sugar, dry fruits with candy ester is quite sublime. Taste I also a great mix of candi sugar with some dry fruits notes with some candy-like ester and a slight peppery finish. Body is about average for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Great beer and probably something Ommegang can pull out in their sleep.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

excellent quad. nose, palate, everything is spot of for a quad. tons of delicious dark fruits, cherries, plum, raisin. not overly sweet as quads can be sometimes.

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Photo of Way2drunk
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Let's start with I'm a die hard stout fan. I thought it smelled fantastic but wasn't impressed with its overall finish. Surprisingly I got it off the clearance rack 4 $10.99. So I thought it was cool. But no where near the rating of outstanding.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- poured a one finger thick light tan head into a snifter. The body was dark brown with lighter edges.
S- dark fruit like raisins.
T- raisins and chocolate with that Classic Belgian finish.
M- creamy, coating with a bubbly and dry finish.
O- excellent and a terrific sipper.

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Photo of rdilauro
3.46/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The pour was nice and dark with a long lasting, no everlasting dirty cream head.
Typical Belgium yeast aroma with some added malts. There was definitely something else in the nose, but I have not been able to identify it.

The taste was soft with some fullness, but not a lot of character.
The aftertaste was the same, soft, some fullness, but nothing really shinning.

It may be just because I am not a big fan of Belgium style beers

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 7/20/2012. Pours very hazy nearly opaque dark brown color with a 2 finger fairly dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, prune, plum, pear, fig, molasses, toast, toffee, dark bread, light chocolate, clove, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark malt, candi sugar, and fruity/spicy yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, prune, plum, fig, pear, molasses, caramel, toast, dark bread, toffee, light chocolate, clove, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of raisin, plum, pear, fig, molasses, toast, toffee, dark bread, light chocolate, clove, pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance, robustness, and complexity of dark malt, candi sugar, and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; with a great malt/spicy ester balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy, slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian strong dark ale. All around great balance and complexity of dark malt, candi sugar, and fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml cork and caged bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.
9.6% ABV, Serve at 50°F,

A - It's hard to see any color but straight black come through the bulbous part of the glass as this heady beer pours with a large cap of tan foam. Wonderful retention keeps the suds afloat, lace fighting to stick to the glass as alcohol "legs" wash it down.

S - Ommegang's 15th Anniversary dark Belgian ale has an intoxicating aroma of fresh dark fruits; moist fig newton, plump raisin, and molasses-dipped black cherries with brown sugar and dark candi sugar sweetness following through, punctuated by notes of vanilla bean and warming alcohol.

T - Contrary to the robust aroma, the flavor profile of Ommegang's 15th Anniversary ale is very subdued, conservatively releasing it's dark fruity bouquet to the palate in the midst of toasted bread and Munich-like malt.

M - Incredibly smooth and nicely carbonated, this beer smells like it would be big and boastful on the palate but it follows the flavor's subtlety and is medium bodied with a reserved sweet finish that's overpowered by dry, thin alcohol; no heat mind you.

O - Ripe with deep complexity, the aroma is inviting and frankly quite stellar but unfortunately the flavor thins out considerably from what the nose leads you to expect, drifting into slight disappointment. Don't get me wrong, the beer is fantastic overall, but it's thinning alcohol presence takes away too much of the flavor and waters down the otherwise robust feel leading me to believe that this bottle would be a prime candidate for extended aging. 2 years from now I can imagine it being incredible.

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Photo of ikantspel
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 into a tripel karmeliet tulip

Pours a dark mahogany brown with subtle carbonation and a small thinly veiled head flowing over white sediment

Dark fruits dominate the smell followed by spicy phenols and the slightest hint of alcohol

Taste is textbook Trappist some molasses and toffee mixed in with fig

Light mouthfeel goes down so smooth

Waited a year for this and wasn't disappointed. Could give gulden draak a run for its money

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Photo of BuffaloBill91
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Got this for Christmas last year, kept it in the cellar till today for new years.

A - Deep brown but when put to light is actually a lovely ruby tone to it...good carbination. Thick, lasting 1 finger head with nice lace sticking to my glass.

S - Smells earthy, in a good way, I smell dark fruits, molasses, sugar and alcohol.

T - dark nutty flavor with dark raisins and cherries and other fruit along with a nice mix of the yeastie beasties. I taste a lot of hope and the alcohol but its well balanced, especially for a high alc beer. Nice, Very nice.

M - Pretty smooth beer overall, especially for being near 10%, didn't have the bite they sometimes do---it had a very full body with a dry alcohol finish and good carbonation for the style. I agree with another reviewer, its quite "prickly" to the tongue.

Overall- I love everything that I have ever had from Ommegang- This one was another winner. I have visited their facility twice and didn't even bother with the baseball hall of fame in Cooperstown, NY on either trip. This was sure one nice Belgian, I wont say it was the best I have ever had, but one of the best American made Belgians for sure.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of chanokokoro
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark amber capped by a one finger fluffy, cream-colored head. Excellent retention; the head slowly reduces to a thin foam film. Lacing coats the inside of the glass as the brew is consumed. Belgian candi sugar, plums, caramel and fruity yeast on the nose. Dates, dried dark fruit including prunes, raisins, and dried black cherries upfront. Rich toffee and caramel join in with an accent of brown sugar. Finishes semi-dry with caramel coated mixed fruit notes. Lighter side of full bodied, smooth, syrupy with a touch of creaminess. Moderately carbonated. An outstanding American brewed quad. Ommegang tends to knock traditional Belgian-style ales out of the park and Ommegang XV is no exception.

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Photo of Daktyls
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a dark mahogany color with tinges of red around the edge and a solid finger high dark mocha colored head that slowly recedes leaving a ring around the edge of the glass.

S: Dark fruits, figs, dates, prunes, and that distinctly Belgian yeast smell are most dominant, with hints of cocoa and a little bit of dark roasted malts.

T: Much like the nose, predominantly the darker fruits, figs and date mostly, with a backing of a mild molasses and light maltiness.

M: Slightly thick on the tongue, a nice feel for a quad. Mild amount of carbonation, fits well with the flavors and thickness of the beer.

O: Overall, terrific. It's been a while since I've had a Belgian, much less a quad, but it's great. I'd definitely have this again, though it is a bit on the expensive side. Certainly worth it at least once though.

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Photo of DubbelTrubbel
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bought last November and cellared since then. Poured into Chimay chalice

A- Black-Brown with ruby highlights. Two-finger dark khaki head, decent retention

S- Dark raisins and prunes, bright cherries, caramelly malts, milk chocolate, strongly yeasty

T-Noticeable hop bitterness, nutty malts, caramel, pie crust.

M- Lightly prickly, very smooth. Body is perfect for the style, only a little heavy

O- I am impressed. On the one hand, a typical Ommegang product (high quality), on the other, one of their best. Excellent Belgian abbey ale. Did not have it fresh, but turned out very well cellared.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this at the IGA in Potsdam. From notes.

A - Deep brown colour. Strong carbonation. Thick, light brown two finger head. Nice spotty lace and a finger of retention.

S - Yeast, brown sugar. Alcohol heat.

T - Grape juice, yeast, sugar, alcohol. Nice dark fruit character mixes well with the yeasty elements. Nice.

M - Strong carbonation, full body, very dry finish.

O/D - A nice Quad, but a bit hot and underdeveloped. Less enjoyable than I was hoping given the price tag, but good nonetheless.

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Photo of corby112
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chestnut brown color with plum hues and a one finger beige head that has great retention, only slowly settling into a lasting cap/ring.  Splotchy lacing left behind.

Slightly smokey, chalky aroma with dark malt sweetness and estery Belgian yeast notes.  Hints of plum, raisin and fig along with subtle oak, caramel and roasted chooclate malt.

Medium bodied with a dry, slightly chalky texture and a nice balance of peppery spice, sweet and roasted malt and estery dark fruit notes.  Subtle roast with chocolate, caramel and toffee flavor along with faint peppery spice. Lots of dark fruit sweetness on the back end with vinous grape, cherry, currant raisin and plum.  Nicely balanced with a slightly dry finish.  Complex and flavorful with a well masked ABV making it very easy to drink.  Another nice beer from Ommegang.

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Photo of oberon
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours into my Ommegang chalice a deep walnut brown with ruby hue(like the label says)an almost creamy-like beige head atop that leaves one broken ring of lace as it settles slowly.Dark fruit dominates the nose along sweet alcohol.Flavors of dark fruit and candied sugar dominate,some toffee notes and light chocolate in the finish,some alcohol heat becomes more prevalent as it warms more.A nice smooth creamy feel makes it even more decadent.A big sipper on the sweeter side but it's very lush and warming.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - pours a deep dark nearly opaque brown with lovely ruby red highlights. Over three fingers worth of frothy light tan foam. Decent retention but does quickly recedes. Leaves a bit of lacing.

S - classic quad/bsda aroma. Intense but balanced notes of fruit and spice. At first notes of juicy plums, raisins, blackberries and even some vinous notes of strawberries and raspberries. As the beer warms the spice notes come through clear. Dusty cinnamon, black pepper, and mocha and fresh baked dark bread round out the nose.

T - flavors of doughy brown bread up front. sweet fruit flavors follow quickly. Very vinous-like notes of figs, raisins, and blackberries. The flavors of fruit skins create the idea of tannin. The center is juicy with even more fruit flavors. the backend is festively spicy with notes of cinnamon, allspice and pepper. finish is slightly sweet and fruity with a hint of spice.

M - full bodied. hovering between slick and creamy texture. High carbonation with full round bubbles.

O - great beer. Smooth, flavorful and balanced. I am really looking forward to seeing this beer change over time.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A one-inch, rocky, chestnut head turns creamy as it settles and lingers at a quarter inch. Patchy lace clings above a clear, dark brown to dark copper (SRM 23-25) beer.

Candy sugar immediately jumps off with dark fruits following. The entire pantry of dates, plums, figs, etc. forms a cacophony of malt. Warmth settles this down, presenting cantaloupe and allowing molasses to be discerned.

The flavor is very sweet with cherries up front followed by pomegranate bitterness. Spicy phenols are fruity while the finish is mild and lingering.
The palate is as expected with abundant carbonation and alcohol, while residual sugars lead to a fuller than typical body.

This is a nice sipping beer that can be enjoyed on a cool, shady, Spring day while waiting for guests to arrive.

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Photo of Hex92
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ommegang has made yet another fantastic beer. I bought this for myself for Christmas last year and just opened it tonight...September 20th.

Looks amazing in the glass with nice lacing. Smells and tastes of dried fruits. Nice alcohol warming and the mouth feel is perfect.

Overall a beer well worth trying. If you can find it, buy it.

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Photo of GRPunk
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml caged and corked bottle from the collectors' tin, poured into a Chimay goblet.

A- 1-finger, dense brown head. Very dark brown body that is just short of black. Held to the light, it exhibits reddish hues. Killer retention at a thick film and great stick.

S- Lots of raisin at first. Some chocolate. Fortified or mulled wine? Other stewed, stone fruits and berries. Just hints of the higher ABV with warmth.

T- Much as aroma suggests. Raisin, tart cherries and dark chocolate. Complex. Sweetness is kept in check by tart qualities. Slightest alcohol in finish when it comes to room temperatures. A tiny bit of ash at warmer temps.

M- Rich, full-bodied. Viscosity tamps down the carbonation. Absolutely no alcohol burn, maybe some warmth very late.

O- Quite the treat. This bottle had a few months on it. Richness lends itself to a dessert or nightcap. Would definitely pick up for a special occasion to share amongst friends.

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Photo of ImperialPerfection
4.59/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Begins with a neutral malty base, the mouthful builds slowly as sweetness intensifies. The flavor profile begins with a toffee/caramel profile and ends with notes of chocolate. Comes to almost a crisp finish but stops with room to spare. The head retention balanced the complex flavors and transitions. Fantastic Trappist Brew.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.77/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours a deep amber to brown-ish to black color with a light brown head. In the aroma, dark fruits and candy sugar. In the taste, dark raisins, candy sugar, and a small alcohol note. A small alcohol bite, but mainly smooth, with a medium to bigger bodied mouthfeel, with a dryer dark fruit, especially raisins, and a small alcohol bite in the aftertaste. Great flavors of dark fruit, a small alcohol presence, and well, fan-freakin'-tastic!

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Photo of Jonada
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a murky reddish brown color with a finger of tan head that settles to a light coating and collar. Leaves some light spotty lacing.

Smell: Dark fruity esters, candy sugar, chocolate, cherries and red apples.

Taste: Sweet ripe dark fruit, raisins, figs, chocolate covered cherries, bread. Just as in the aroma, there's a semi strong red apple character that's noticeable as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, soft mouthfeel. Carbonation is both lively and subdued at the same time (if that makes sense). Goes down smooth with the alcohol being well hidden.

Overall: Another really good beer from Ommegang. It doesn't reach the level of some of the traditional Trappist beers, but its a very good American interpretation of a Belgian strong dark ale. Worth picking up a bottle if you can still find it.

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Photo of MetalMountainMastiff
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured in to a Snifter.

A:Dark with a foamy head that dies down into a foamy lacing

S: Smells of belgian yeast, slightly tart/sour smell. Dark fruit smell( plums, cherries)

T: tastes the same, Yeast, Dark fruit.Doesn't taste tart to me at all. Instead toffee, carmel flavors.

M:The head is very bubbly and crisp, though the body is medium , thinner then i would expect from such a head.

O: overall it's a solid beer. Nice smell , good flavor, But nothing I would buy more then once.

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