Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Ommegang BPA Belgian-style Pale Ale

Today I'm drinking Ommegang BPA Belgian-style Pale Ale brewed by Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, New York. I enjoyed a Hennepin with my coworkers yesterday afternoon, so when I saw this at Total Wine later in the day, I decided to grab it. The label has a very boring BPA surrounded by an orange oval on the front and the same Ommegana story on the side, I guess required by Big Brother Duvel. On the other side, a story that suggests "plenty of patience" is an important part of brewing this beer. It ends with a quote by Spinoza: "All things excellent are as difficult as they are rare." Packaged 3/25/11; Best Before 3/2012.

Huge, enormorific head. Same thing happened with the Hennepin. Jeez, these guys and Unibroue should start dating! Lemon-rind citrus and yeasty aroma. Crisp lemon flavor start, the whole rind. Strong hoppy bitterness complements the abundant yeasty texture. Some sweeter fruity orange comes next, offering balance, and then some spicy black pepper takes it away. Big carbonation, nicely aggressive. Refreshing. Excellent beer. Welcome 6.2% alcohol session beer!

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dale said...

Spinoza? Ugh! Reminds me of freshman year philosophy class. My philosophy is "I drink, therefore I am" Enormorific head? Lol

Sounds like a tasty beer. I'll put it on my "to drink" list.


dale said...

I had this one last week at World of Beer/UCF. Loved it! My third Ommegang brew, and each one was delicious. If not for your review, I most likely would not have tried this one.


Beer Drinker Rob said...

Glad you got to try it. I was expecting a boring beer and had a great surprise. The label is boring, too. But the beer is excellent.

Bajuna Jewelry and Custom Beaded Creations said...

I love this beer because the after taste is not too bitter. Its almost a fresh bread after taste but still bold. The sudsy head is phenomenal as well as fragrant. I think I would love to take a swim around in this one as well as drink it!

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Yeah, one of my favorites in this style. Swimming would be interesting. :)