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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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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5/5  rDev +22%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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 Pineal7
5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of HattedClassic
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Pours a very rich tan head. The beer itself is an opaque dark brown with bits of red.

Smell:
A nice bouquet of dark fruits and Belgian sugar with a hint of caramel. The dark fruits that I get are plum and raisin.

Taste:
The main tastes that I get are dark fruits and the Belgian sugar. The aftertaste is very sugary and not pleasant but the overall drink is.

Mouthfeel:
Biting carbonation. However, the feel is surprisingly smooth and crisp for such a medium bodied beer.

Overall:
A very good beer. One that I hope they bring back or top with their 20th Anniversary ale.

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Photo of djs467
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of Rope
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance-
Murky brown, but a lovely swirl of red, two finger straw colored head fritters away in a minute or so.

Smell-
Delightfully rich in dried fruits and caramel.

Taste-
Sweet, a touch of sour, and it melts into a smooth Belgian yeast finish. The only detractor is a smidgeon of alcohol peeks through, this may be mellowed with aging.

Mouthfeel-
For as rich and smell in flavor, it doesn't leave a heavy presence. The delightful sharp carbonation helps to scrub mouth and throat clean.

Overall-
A fantastic entry for Dark Belgians, shame I picked up the last one on the shelf for I would have liked to have aged one for comparison.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.59/5  rDev -12.4%
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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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of spointon
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a 750ml corked and caged brown bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

A= This ale poured a super clear, dark mahogany brown color with ruby highlights. The beige head rose over an inch with a medium strength pour. Steady carbonation release.
Lots of lace stickage on my glass.

S= I smelled rich malt, dark fruits, and a sweet boozy alcohol note. Nothing over the top, with the aromatic components in balance.

T= Started off with a restrained sweetness, just a kiss really, followed by some rich and complex malty notes. The esters are where this beer was really exceptional. Flavors of dark fruit, raisins, and figs were all detectable. The yeast character was appropriately Belgian, with the aforementioned esters and some spicy phenolic character coming through. The alcohol was big but not hot, and it gave a perfumey sweetness to each sip. Finish was on the dry side, but with a kiss of malt that made me want to take another sip right away.

MF= Medium bodied with a firm carbonation that still felt pretty soft on the tongue. Not hot or boozy and no astringency.

D= I found this to be a very drinkable beer. The flavor was all Belgian Dark Strong but the drinkability was more in the range of a good Dubbel. A nice tribute beer to a wonderful brewery's 15th anniversary. Highly recommended!

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of Dope
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a clear and very deep ruby red. Huge, enormous effervescent and fluffy light brown head. Fades obnoxiously slowly. Top notch retention, huge island of foam. Decent but thin lacing left behind.

S: Very malty. Lots of sweet caramel and some toffee. Raisins but not overpowering. Even has some decent cocoa. Nice and mellow with lots of sweet notes.

T: Again, loaded with sweet malts. Very sweet in fact. Caramel is most prominent but there are hints of toffee in there. Nice sweet chocolate covered raisins into the middle. Finish gets a little drier but not much, mainly the chocolate and raisin with caramel coating everything. Mild belgian yeast earthiness and spice too. Lingering spices and cocoa in the aftertaste. Mild alcohol spiciness in the finish too. Not quite perfectly hidden.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and almost silky. Just a touch spicy and dry in the finish.

O: A great BSDA. Super sweet and malty from start to finish. No sharpness to the flavors at all, very mellow with nice layers of flavors. Good balance too. Easy drinking, goes down very easily. Overall a really nicely crafted brew. It honestly reminds me a lot of Westy 12 with the smooth, sweet flavors and overall easy drinkability. Just not quite as perfectly refined - not a knock on this beer but more of a testament to how good Westy is.

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4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml bottle at cellar temperature into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark opaque brown with a two finger creamy foam head that doesn't last long, but leaves some nice sticky lacing behind.

Smell: A lot going on in the aroma. Funky yeast, spices, coffee and fruit aromas. Also a boozy alcohol beneath it all.

Taste: Like it smells. Big flavors of dark fruits, raisins, spices, yeast and dark roasted malts. Also a definite alcohol taste and initial burn. This is a good sipping beer, and at cellar temps it warms quickly and releases the flavors even more. Has a very spiced winter ale flavor to it, with the Belgian yeasts and sugars to keep it firmly in the Belgian Dark Strong style.

Mouth feel: Crisp and sharp, with a little bitterness and bite on the back end.

Overall: Wow. A very flavorful Belgian Dark Strong style for Ommegang's anniversary, and it's perfectly fitting for the brewery. I received this as a gift and planned to cellar it, but I just couldn't wait (which is too bad, this one would probably cellar well and mature nicely over a few years). But the impatience paid off, it was a damn fine ale and I enjoyed it tremendously.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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5/5  rDev +22%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Ommegang XV - 15th Anniversary Ale from Brewery Ommegang
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