Getting into Ommegang, suggestions?

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  1. alex_hart

    alex_hart Initiate (0) Feb 28, 2013 Oklahoma

    So recently I've tried my first brew from Ommegang. I was interested after seeing all the love they seem to get here on this site, so I bought a special 8 pack with 2 Witte, 2 Hennepin, 2 Rare Vos, and 2 Gnomegang (for an awesome $20). I've enjoyed all of them so far with Hennepin in 1st and Witte in 2nd. What are some of your favorites?
     
  2. beerinmaine

    beerinmaine Initiate (0) Jun 20, 2009 Maine

    3 Philosophers. Especially with 2-3 years on it. But that's just me.
     
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  3. shirtless_mike

    shirtless_mike Zealot (540) Aug 4, 2010 Indiana
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    I'd recommend getting into a better breweries beer
     
  4. 2GOOFY

    2GOOFY Initiate (0) Aug 19, 2012 California

    2nd 3 Philosophers. Also thought their Abbey Ale was good.
     
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  5. JuliusCaesar

    JuliusCaesar Initiate (0) Feb 18, 2013 New Hampshire

    Hennepin is really good.
     
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  6. kell50

    kell50 Initiate (0) Jul 25, 2007 North Carolina

    Get you hands on some Hennepin. You'll love it.

    Ommegang, top to bottom, makes GREAT beer.
     
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  7. fehrminator

    fehrminator Devotee (450) Jan 26, 2008 North Carolina
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    Honestly, this is a solid brewery and a bit of a sleeper. Try them all. I like these beers better as they warm and prefer to open them just slightly chilled. I'm in a minority there but enjoying a beer through a nice range of temperatures can be an eye-opener if you're still learning what you like.
     
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  8. alex_hart

    alex_hart Initiate (0) Feb 28, 2013 Oklahoma

    ya Hennepin is my favorite so far, but i've yet to try three philosophers or the abbey ale.
     
  9. Jeffreysan

    Jeffreysan Savant (912) Apr 12, 2013 Virginia
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    I'll echo the Three Philosophers, both fresh and aged! It's probably my favorite American quad. right now. The Rare Vos I also really like as well as the Abbey.
     
  10. pitweasel

    pitweasel Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2007 New York

    I'd recommend not taking this advice.

    Rather, I'd recommend getting into additional breweries, as well as the delicious stuff that Ommegang makes. (For the record: Three Philosophers and Rare Vos are my leaders as well. I really enjoyed Obamagang when that was around, but alas, I believe that was a one-off.)
     
  11. BedetheVenerable

    BedetheVenerable Meyvn (1,142) Sep 5, 2008 Missouri

    Hennepin is my fav, but I either love or really enjoy most of their beers...IMO Ommegang makes a couple of so-so/'clunker' brews (generally special-release or one-offs, in my experience) but their core line is rock-solid. I used to have a real soft spot for their Abbey Ale (half the price of a Chimay 4pk as well), though I'd need to try it again. 3 Phils is also brilliant, if a bit unusual.
     
  12. alex_hart

    alex_hart Initiate (0) Feb 28, 2013 Oklahoma

    do you have any way to describe the "unusual" part of the 3 phils? just out of curiosity.
     
  13. BedetheVenerable

    BedetheVenerable Meyvn (1,142) Sep 5, 2008 Missouri

    Just the fact that it's a dark Quadrupel blended with a fruity raspberry lambic...it works really well, just haven't heard of another Quad blended with lambic before.
     
  14. BadJustin

    BadJustin Initiate (0) Dec 18, 2010 New York


    This post makes me smile. Brewery is in my backyard. If anyone does the BBHOF/ Ommegang tour then hit me up. Always down for meeting fellow BA's.
     
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  15. kona650

    kona650 Initiate (0) Jun 12, 2011 California

    Can you recommend a good brewery from Indiana? They make some good stuff!!!
     
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  16. alex_hart

    alex_hart Initiate (0) Feb 28, 2013 Oklahoma

    sounds pretty damn good!
     
  17. kona650

    kona650 Initiate (0) Jun 12, 2011 California

    Gnomegang is a great beer!!
     
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  18. DMXLOX22

    DMXLOX22 Disciple (395) Sep 25, 2003 Pennsylvania

    Hennepin is a great beer. So is art of darkness. Kind of bummed I didn't get a chance to taste Iron Throne. And I also enjoyed rare vos
     
  19. DMXLOX22

    DMXLOX22 Disciple (395) Sep 25, 2003 Pennsylvania

    I'll be visiting the brewery Memorial Day weekend with my girlfriend who is from Cooperstown. We're gonna check out the brewery tour and get some food there which we heard is delicious
     
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  20. Jacurdy60

    Jacurdy60 Initiate (0) Jan 23, 2013 Massachusetts

    Their quad (3 philosophers) is exceptional. I'd split a 12oz bottle with a friend, though, because it is so rich and intense.
     
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  21. shirtless_mike

    shirtless_mike Zealot (540) Aug 4, 2010 Indiana
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    Flat 12
    Bier Brewery
    Brugge Brasserie (if you wanna go with the Belgian theme)

    and there's that one brewery up in northwestern Indiana with a zillion beers in the top 50
     
  22. tzieser

    tzieser Meyvn (1,211) Nov 21, 2006 New Jersey
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    Hahaha yet another moronic, trolling user on BA that does nothing to help the OP but feels the need to post anyway.....



    I think Hennepin might be my #1 but i love omegang abbey too. I bought a cave aged bottle at the brewery years ago and it was amazing. Three philosophers is always good but much better aged as others have mentioned. I dont know if they still make it, but i also enjoyed ommegang adoration winter ale. I aged it for a year or two and was excellent.
     
  23. fmccormi

    fmccormi Meyvn (1,425) Oct 24, 2010 California

    Veeeeeeeeery constructive.
    Amen. My favorites from Ommegang (that are still around, anyway) have been Gnomegang and Duvel Rustica, I think. Rare Vos used to be my favorite, but I appreciate Hennepin and Witte more and more as time goes on. Ommegeddon is what really turned me on to the possibilities of craft beer in the vein of Belgian styles, though. It's a shame that stuff isn't around anymore. What I'm really looking forward to is Fleur de Houblon, though, which comes out very soon.

    Lots of other fine Belgian-style breweries / brewers in New England, too. I just had a bottle of Mystic Saison Renaud last night that I enjoyed quite a bit.
     
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  24. mjtiernan

    mjtiernan Initiate (0) Feb 15, 2008 New York

    Three Philosophers for sure. Not sure if it's available right now, but Scythe & Sickle is really excellent but sort of a departure from their usual styles. If you're lucky, Ommegeddon and Biere de Mars are pretty good finds.
     
  25. BadJustin

    BadJustin Initiate (0) Dec 18, 2010 New York

    It is man. Top notch! Let me know if you want to grab a brew. The wife is always up for a tour.
     
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  26. SToneyBrew

    SToneyBrew Initiate (0) Oct 2, 2009 Virginia

    Rare Vos is a great amber. One of my top probably, tastes great and easy to drink.
     
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  27. BfloBrewHound

    BfloBrewHound Initiate (0) Feb 2, 2013 New York

    Three Philosophers is always a great beer to sip on. The Abbey Ale is another personal favorite and the Art of Darkness if you can get your hands on it.
     
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  28. RichD

    RichD Champion (812) Mar 18, 2012 Rhode Island
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    I've only had Hennepin from them, but it's awesome. Definitely one of the best saisons I've had.
     
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  29. biercycle

    biercycle Initiate (0) Apr 8, 2012 Pennsylvania

    You honestly cannot go wrong with Ommegang. Everything I have had from them has been top notch. My highest ratings of Ommegang are the Abbey Dubbel, 3 Phils, and Scythe & Sickle.

    I sadly passed on a bottle of Art of Darkness this past weekend in favor of Firestone Walker's Wookey Jack (which was also fantastic!). I may head back to the store and see if AoD is still hanging around though.
     
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  30. WassailWilly

    WassailWilly Initiate (0) Sep 8, 2007 New York

    Was lucky enough to try some BA Adoration at a beer fest last year !!
    Lets just say it was amazing.
    I have tried many Ommegang products and yes some are world class indeed
    I have to say none that I tried were sub par so find em and love em ALL
     
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  31. kona650

    kona650 Initiate (0) Jun 12, 2011 California

    who??????
    I'm glad I live In California..........beer utopia my friend!!!! LOl
     
  32. alex_hart

    alex_hart Initiate (0) Feb 28, 2013 Oklahoma

    thanks for all the recommendations!
     
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  33. YieldToNothing

    YieldToNothing Initiate (0) Mar 13, 2013 New York

    three philosophers is an excellent beer.
    i really enjoyed goudenhop too. based on your preferences i thin you'd dig it. pretty sure it only comes in 750ml.
    the bpa is a very good beer, nothing mindblowing, but i think you'd dig it.
     
  34. alex_hart

    alex_hart Initiate (0) Feb 28, 2013 Oklahoma

    ive never see alot of these brews around, but im gonna have to look more when i get back home to new england!
     
  35. fmccormi

    fmccormi Meyvn (1,425) Oct 24, 2010 California

    No problem, dude.
    Unfortunately, I believe Goudenhop was a very limited release—like a one-time brew, and only released in a couple of markets (like, possibly just Texas, for some reason, if I recall correctly . . . in addition to the Brewery Ommegang gift shop, of course).
    Not sure how I forgot about BPA—I reaaaaally like that beer. Like YieldToNothing said, it may not be anything "mindblowing," but it's a beer that I appreciate for its subtlety as much as anything else. As in, it's just a really well-made Belgian Pale. Also, freshness is of the essence for this one, because it has a lovely little hop character that fades away relatively quickly. Probably best on draft for that reason, unless you get an über-fresh bottle from the brewery. But still worth trying, even if it's a little older.

    And on that note, I really enjoyed Iron Throne, too. So pale, spicy, and so lemony. Ugh. And again, another beer the strength of which lies in its nuance.
     
  36. BoardwalkBock

    BoardwalkBock Defender (616) Aug 18, 2012 New York

    Had every beer. Rare Vos is my go to. Absolutely phenomenal. BPA is quite delicious as well.
     
  37. dar482

    dar482 Poo-Bah (3,917) Mar 9, 2007 New York
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    I'd go with Gnomegang and Hennepin.

    I like Three Philosophers. I haven't tried many American quads, but this stacks up to the Trappists. Not better, but on par.
     
  38. Jeffreysan

    Jeffreysan Savant (912) Apr 12, 2013 Virginia
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    Damn, I'm a moron! I totally forgot Scythe and Sickle. Love that beer too!

    I'm waiting to try the Iron Throne in a few weeks, when I can watch the first four or five episodes of season 3 of Game of Thrones. Follow it up with an Art of Darkness, or Chocolate Indulgence.
     
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  39. jayhoppin

    jayhoppin Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2012 California

    Art of Darkness, Seduction and Three Philosophers are definitely solid choices from Ommegang. Ommegang is a solid brewery that is always consistent beer. Of course there are better breweries, but these guys are a solid choice.
     
  40. atomic

    atomic Initiate (0) Sep 22, 2009 Illinois

    Is this really a question? They don't exactly have a huge selection, just go out and try them all!
     
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