Ommegang Abbey Ale – Brewery Ommegang

Ommegang Abbey Ale – Brewery Ommegang, 8.5% ABV, (Puurs, Belgium) *(Listed in the “1001 Beers you must taste before you die”)

On the front and back label:

“Brewed and bottled exceptionally in Belgium for Brewery Ommegang of Cooperstown, NY. Ommegang is a Belgian Abbey Ale-top fermented and bottle conditioned, yielding a rich, fruity, aromatic, burgundian brew. Ommegang Abbey Dubbel is inspired by the centuries-old brewing traditions of Belgian Trappist monks.Named after Belgium’s oldest medieval fest, every bottle of Ommegang is cause for celebration.”

My Notes:

  • My Rating: A-
  • Why I like it: deep, sweet, fruity, and bitter all-in-one
  • Where I got it: Brewery Creek, Oct-2011
  • How much: $14, 750ml
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: Yes

Tasting Notes: pours maroon-red/brown, 1-inch foamy head, sticky lacing, long retention, ultra-active fast moving CO2 streams. A bit of malt on the nose, muted. Initial creamy mouthfeel, predominantly 6/10 sweet red fruit (cassis), quickly transitions in to a dark fruit fig and 4/10 bitter dryness that is soft at first but grows stronger. Medium-high complexity, med-high depth, long length, excellent transitions, full-bodied, great carry, excellent drinkability. Overall very smooth and drinkable, gets you buzzed quite fast.