Ommegang XV - 15th Anniversary Ale | Brewery Ommegang

Ommegang XV - 15th Anniversary AleOmmegang XV - 15th Anniversary Ale
BA SCORE
91.4%
Liked This Beer
4.15 w/ 197 ratings
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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
197
Liked:
180
Avg:
4.15/5
pDev:
10.6%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
61
Trade:
7
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Ratings: 197 |  Reviews: 50
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1/5  rDev -75.9%

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2.25/5  rDev -45.8%

Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -27.7%

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3/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of rdilauro
3.46/5  rDev -16.6%
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 TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Mundelein Craft Beer Festival shaker pint glass.

These damn breweries nowadays know just how to lure in tickers like me: put their bottle in a port-style tin. Dammit. Anyway, this stuff pours a deep black-brown topped by a finger of ashy tan foam. The nose comprises fig, light plum, dark fruits, Belgian candi sugar, brown sugar, clove, and light licorice. The taste is a blast of spice-laden figs and licorice, to the point where it becomes almost painfully monotonous. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a nice enough BSDA, but the high concentration of fig and licorice, with little else to distract therefrom, didn't do all that much for me taste-wise. Beyond that, though, this was some enjoyable Belgian-y goodness.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A-Pours dark brown. Big head. Decent lacing. Head retains for an while.

S-Smells dark and Belgiany. Dried, dark fruits. Molasses, caramel and brown sugar. Some light chocolatey notes and Belgian yeastiness.

T-The sweet caramel and molasses along with the raisins figs found in the nose. Has some Belgian Stout qualities too.

M-Not thin at all but the body doesn't necessarily match the ABV too well. Soft bubbles.

O/D-Pretty boring. Doesn't taste bad but there at a ton just like it or better for half the price. Save your money.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.59/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours an opaque black with hints of amber and brown. Very dark for a BSDA. Two fingers of light tan head forms with superb lacing and retention.

S: Quite complex - nothing comes out as overly strong and nothing takes center stage over other flavors. I get a nice plum fruitiness with a bit of prune, but lots of spicy flavors keep this beer from being sweet. I get a spicy, slightly musty oak presence with some nutmeg, peppercorn, and a touch of orange peel. Fortunately the oak adds to the complexity and does not overwhelm.

T: Prunes are now stronger with a solid bitterness for the style which I attribute to the oak. Peppercorn comes out more in the flavor than the aroma, but the other spices are pretty subdued.

M: A touch on the thin side with high carbonation.

O: The aroma is very nice with this beer, but the flavor is a bit dry, bitter, and straight-forward. Still a solid attempt at a BSDA from an American brewery.

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Photo of LukeK
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MGibbons
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bylerteck
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
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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3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks black when first poured, but when held up to the light, it is a very deep red. Formed quite a bit of a tan head, but I did pour a touch fast. Good looking beer for the style.

Complex smell to it. Mainly a mix of dried fruit and candy. There is raisin in there, as well as toffee and caramel and maybe a hint of chocolate.

Taste is similar to the smell. Starts out a touch sweet, dried fruit like raisins. There is toffee and a touch of chocolate, also a little coffee. Also has a bit of the Belgian candy sugar flavor in it, which I have rarely had in a beer of this style made outside of Belgium.

Very nice feel, goes down smooth as silk.

A really nice beer, but not quite the best of this style I have had. It is very much in the style, except has a little too much bitterness. Still, hard to go wrong with this style, and very much a beer worth checking out.

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3.74/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
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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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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Ommegang XV - 15th Anniversary Ale from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 91.4% out of 100 with 197 ratings
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