Friday, March 8, 2013

Feature Beer Friday! - Ommegang Scythe & Sickle

Alright, back to New York for a second straight week, but this time to Cooperstown as opposed to Brooklyn to check out our first Feature Beer from Brewery Ommegang! Brewery Ommegang is a traditional Belgian-styled brewery which is why they stick to the Belgian convention of putting the word "Brewery" before their actual name.  They are located in upstate New York just a few minutes from the baseball hall of fame, and yes, they are available in Louisiana!

The Scythe and Sickle, as the name suggests, is a tribute to the harvest season and uses fresh barley, oats, wheat, and rye in the grain bill.  It's not intended to be an overly hoppy beer, but more of a take on a Belgian farmhouse ale.  At only 5.8% abv, it's not overly strong at all as well.  This is typically a Fall seasonal, but I've still seen some on the shelves lately, at Calandro's on Government Street if I remember right!  

Reviewers: Eric Ducote (BR Beer Scene), Jay Ducote (, and James Lawson (, and Charles (

Serving: 12 ounce brown bottle, available in 4-packs.

Appearance: Slightly hazy, deep amber with a nice head.

Aroma: My notes were, "malty, earthy, a little sweet, bready, no hops."  Charles picked up a slight perfume aroma, and Jay agreed with the "bready" comment.

Taste: A little hops here but still dominantly malty.  Jay described it as "sweet malty goodness with more going on."

Mouthfeel: Creamy, and easy to drink.  

Overall: We all liked this one, but no one was blown away. Jay enjoyed it the most with a very respectable score of 80, but James said that it was "generally pleasant, but lacks "wow" factor."  I guess James has been watching some Storage Wars. 

Overall Rating: 75.75
My Rating: 72

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