Ommegang XV - 15th Anniversary Ale | Brewery Ommegang

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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
Ratings:
195
Reviews:
48
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
10.73%
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
61
For Trade:
7
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Ratings: 195 |  Reviews: 48
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Knapp85
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 zeff80
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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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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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4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
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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Photo of rab53
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -26.8%

Photo of fredmugs
3.74/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spinrsx
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Haybeerman
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip)
A- This beer pours an opaque black body with a faint hint of brown glow at the base of the glass. There is a sticky thin deep beige head that last.

S- The prune esters blend with the classic monastery yeast profile and some dark raw sugar with an odd graphite pencil hint in the finish.

T- dark fruit esters with some spicy phenols in the finish have some faint dark notes of toffee that come through but blend with the other flavors. There is a faint cider-like taste with some treacle notes and a roasted bitter note that lingers for a moment in the after taste.

M- There is a medium mouthfeel with a scrubbing fizz and a big bit of alcohol warmth growing in the finish.

O- The subtle blend of flavors is mysterious with an interesting character. Age might do interesting things to the yeast character but it is nice with the alcohol warmth.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
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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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 mattmarka1
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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