Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Ommegang Abbey Ale

Oops! Got dressed in the dark this morning and picked out this shamrock green colored shirt that I wear at least once per week. What bad timing. Well, at least it says Gap on the front.

All day I was bombarded with St. Patrick's Day this, Luck of the Irish that. Until one article on MSN's home page caught my attention, not exactly in a good way though. It was about Green Beer, but not the kind where they added color, the kind that is organic. What a trick on me, Mr. Leprechaun. I checked out the list and probably some of those beers are good or even great, and I will drink them and love them. However, I don't even go out of my way for organic fruits or vegetables, so forget organic beer because it's green.

For my second from Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, NY, I decided on Ommegang Abbey Ale which is a Belgian-Style Dubbel. You will probably recall that a few days ago I had their Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend, which I thoroughly enjoyed. This beer is slightly less alcoholic at 8.5%, but still the pouring and 50 degree F serving instructions on the bottle.

The beer has a spicy and fruity aroma. The flavors are very alcoholic like a whiskey that I don't think plays or shares well with the others. There is definitely a dark fruit and caramel-like roasted taste left on the palate, and this beer is very malty and carbonated. The alcohol and spiciness does leave a good warm feeling in your body. For me, the beer just didn't match up to its Three Philosophers cousin, but it's worthy of a try.

See you tomorrow.

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