Ommegang
Bigger and Bretter

Old bottle (obviously) Oh how the mighty have fallen. Ommegand in 2022 is a shadow of its former self (another conversation altogether), and this beer takes us back to a different time when the brewery was truly a great force in the USA. Tremendous pop on opening which delays my fears of the beer losing its carbonation after this amount of time which is a great thing, BUT if I am totally honest. even though the pour, head, retention and lace are all excellent, it doesn't drink very highly...

Collaboration 2016

One of those absolutely random bottle store finds that keeps me going into just about every beer store that I ever see. I think that I’ve had this before, but I find no notes. A dirty, dubbel-like pour, but the pop on opening is encouraging. The first concern of a beer of any age is always carbonation. We can move on to all of the other problems, but that’s the first port of call and a test that this beer passes. After a little time in the glass it clears to give a much more attractive, dark...

Ommegang Soothsayer

Re-branded Art of Darkness? Not much excites me in the beer world these days, but a new Ommegang beer is always something that has the potential to do so. Strong Belgian Dark makes it even better, and I’m anticipating much joy. The pour into the Ommegang chalice is as expected, and after a mild pop on opening, the body is a dark, dark almost black brown, and a huge, pitted, mocha colored head. It looks fantastic. Some lacing too. Nose and tastes deliver exactly what one would expect. Dark...

Gnomegang

750 mL, corked & caged in the usual Ommegang bottle. Pop on opening is modest, with a little gun smoke. Pour is a beautiful golden clarity, with a smallish head. Lace is present but not tremendous. Considering the ABV all is in order, and the color is truly pretty to behold. Carbonation seems somewhat restrained but again, quite appropriate. The nose is an absolute treat. A huge estery, lightly phenolic pineapple barrage that does not let up. The tastes follow that lead with plenty of...

Ommegang Cup O Kyndnes (Cup Of Kindness)

I always get excited by the prospect of another Ommegang special release and this is no exception. 750 mL corked & caged bottle in the usual Ommegang presentation. Beer opens with a slightly disappointing lack of pop, but the pour is better than the lack of gas might suggest. Although the color is that slightly clouded, not particularly attractive mid-brown, Dubbel like affair, it is pretty much as I expected. The head and lace are much better, and the creamy residue that sticks to the side of...

Rare Vos (Amber Ale)

Apparently the house beer brewed by Ommegang for BXL in NYC, NY is actually not a new beer at all, but it's actually Rare Vos. Reported as an alias. Consumed today at BXL East on 51st. Pour is a mid-amber one with impressive head and lace. The lace is especially pleasing. A LOT of yeasty, bread notes in this beer that dominate both the nose and the taste. Excellent combination of sweetness and competing dark(er) dry character. Some fruit as well, the beer almost has a plum or other dark fruit...

Ommegang Zuur

750 mL corked and caged, Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. Damaged cork pops out ALARMINGLY quickly ( http://beeradvocate.com/forum/read/2851950 ). Pour is a resplendent dark brown with a pretty decent amount of carbonation when considering the style. No lace to speak of, but a thin film on the surface of the beer and a nice collar of foam at the extreme edges. Mild, fruity acidity in the nose but nothing too ethanoic acid based. Tastes are very gentle with the beer not really living up to its name....

Tripel Perfection

The usual, 750 mL presentation with cork & cage from Ommegang. Purchased from Green's on Buford, Atlanta, GA, USA. Decent pop on opening with some gunsmoke. Body is quite a dark orange considering the style. Head is decent, but fades to a collar and some spotty surface note with no lace on standing. A high level of Belgian yest in the nose. More yeast are the initial tastes. Plenty of alcohol and it warms slightly. Also the requisite white pepper but the alcohol comes back (along with the...

Ommegang BPA (Belgian-style Pale Ale)

VERY excited to try any new Ommegang beer and the fact that this is pitched in the way it is (as a somewhat potential "single" or "simple" Belgian Ale) makes me even more interested. 750 mL, corked & caged, packaged on 01/19/10, Best By 01/2011. Color on the pour into the Duvel tulip is a little darker and more orange than I was expecting. Head is not well retained and fades to a thin film on the beer and some scant lace. A little disappointed in the color, I wanted something lighter. Nose...

Ommegang Adoration Ale

750 mL corked & caged bottle. Found this at Mac's, Atlanta, GA, USA. Delighted and surprised, wasn't anticipating getting hold of this. Black dot-matrixed on the neck: PKG on 08/28/09, Best by: 08/2014. Pour is a pretty bright, darkish bronze color but at the same time not quite as dark as I was expecting. Head is good and fades to give a lovely, creamy, spotty film on the surface of the brew. Classic look. Nose and tastes give plenty of layered Belgian candy, winter spices and alcohol. The...

Ommegang Rouge

Stumbled across this at Summits Wayside, Woodstock, GA, USA last week and was delighted to see it. I thought that I was going to miss out on this brew, but happily got to catch up with it by chance. Served in a Gulden Draak tulip, the beer sits with a brownish-red body and a small head that disappears quickly. Better lace than I was anticipating. Nose and tastes do a great job of replicating the style nicely, but at the same time give a degree of accessibility that is somewhat unusual for this...

Bière De Mars

Obviously a relatively new entrant to the GA market, I picked this up at Tower on Piedmont, Atlanta, GA, USA. $10.99 (I think) for the corked & caged, typical Ommegang presentation. Batch #2, October 2008. Nice, reserved gunsmoke on opening. Poured into the Ommegang chalice, this beer sits in the glass as a clouded, honey orange brew with significant lace and a nice spotty film on the surface of the beer. Nose has a very mild Brett presence and a little English lemonade. A touch shandy-like in...

Chocolate Indulgence Stout

Not at all sure what to make of this - a bit odd in many respects. 750 mL corked & caged. First off I bought this several months ago at Minks on Delk Road, Marietta, GA, USA. When I took it to the register the guy tried to convince me that this was the follow-up to Donkey Punch by Sweetwater - Jeeezzz! When challenged he told me, "that's what the distributor told me". Good God, my six year old knows more. Anyway... ....turbid brown pour into the Urthel stemmed tulip. Spotty head and some lace....

Ommegeddon

750 mL, corked & caged from Green's, Ponce, Atlanta, GA, USA. To be perfectly honest, I was a little wary of this beer. I'm not a huge fan of sour/Brett beers and I was wondering exactly how this would sit with me. On tasting the beer I was delighted that I tried it. Rather light, golden yellow pour with plenty of large head and nice lace. Looks very good. Light, lemon funk in the nose. Taste is super. Nice refeshing combo of Saison funk, with some bitter Brett. A little citrus but it is all...

Rare Vos (Amber Ale)

First time I'd seen this offered as a single 750 mL bottle in GA. Before it was usually only hanging around in the Ommegang, triple sampler packs with Three Philosophers and Hennepin. By no means Ommegang's best offering, in fact I was a little disappointed. That may be because they have set such a high standard with Hennepin, Three Philospohers and Ommegang The pour is a much more orange/red color than I was expecting with a huge head and lacing too. The overwhelming experience in the taste...

Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel)

Additional notes: 2008 Usual corked & caged presentation in the 750 mL bottle. Time to re-visit this old friend. Pour is as impressive as ever wih a high, rocky tan colored head and great retention and lace. Brownish, garnet body with perfect carbonation. Smooooth! Drinkability rmeains huge for me and the alcohol seems much easier to handle than the last time I reviewed this. Everytime I drink this I really don't get the cherry notes SPECIFICALLY, but I do love the Belgian dark fruit...

Ommegang (Abbey Ale)

750 mL, $4.99 Arbor Beverage Depot, Douglasville, GA, USA. Super value for money with this very nice beer. Beautiful, full-bodied pour with an excellent looking foamy, dense head that is retained well. I get marzipan and caramel in the aroma, with deep ripe, forest fruits in the taste. Mouthfeel is very nice too. This is a satisfying beer to me and a really enjoyable beer to quaff. I wouldn't get too caught up with the Belgian moniker, because I think this can be misleading and potentially get...

Ommegang Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)

$4.69, 750 mL, Greens Beverage, Ponce de Leon, Atlanta, GA, USA and subsequently $6.49 at Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. Pours a golden "mustard" color with substantial rocky white head. Looks superb, with an attractive amount of head retention and lacing on the glass. (Bottle pictured is a different, 2021 version). A touch of funky tartness (but muted) with plenty going on. A complex array of sugars, alcohol and diverse spice. Some similarities between this and the Witte by Ommegang - a bit of a...

Ommegang Witte

$4.48, Green's Beverage, Ponce de Leon, Atlanta, GA. Little or no "pop" to the opening of the corked and caged 750 mL bottle, but a lot of effervesence on the pour. Wonderful golden yellow color and decent head with some lacing. Rather thin mouthfeel, but classic clove aroma and taste undertone. (The bottle mentions corriander, and there are certainly spices, but to me they are more clove-like in character) A little prickly in the mouth too, from the carbonation. Somewhat watery feel in the...