Ommegang Joemmegang

Posted: September 26, 2015 in Belgian Dark Ale, Brewery Ommegang, Reviews

The next brewery that we went to that day was Maine Beer Co. The brewery opened at 11 AM and we got there around 12. I noticed that there were only 3 bottles of Lunch left. We got a sampler and I decided to buy 2 of the 3 bottles. We tried a few of their other beers and they were all incredibly hoppy, well-crafted and very, very tasty. My only complaint (and it is a very small one), was how heavy their sampler paddle was. I was lucky not to spill it on the way to the table. Their tasting room is a modest size with other tables outside. The place was packed and as we were leaving to visit the L.L. Bean store, the Brew Bus pulled up.

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ABV: 7.5%

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This beer begins as a malty brown ale, comprised of Belgian aroma, caramel malts, and oats. A bit of lactose adds body and some sweetness, and a heaping helping of cocoa nibs in the whirlpool provides further richness, and a deep chocolaty aroma. Hop aroma is nonexistent, and bitterness is there just to keep the sweetness in check.”

Random: I have never seen bottles leave a brewery so quickly. People came in and bought a case and would leave. We saw at least 7 states worth of license plates in the parking lot as well.

This beer poured with a one finger, off white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy mahogany color with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose had weak coffee and some yeast as well. The taste was not surprisingly, coffee-dominant with light chocolate and vanilla notes as well. It had a touch of lactose as well. Yeast came through at the end. It had significant caramel sweetness as well, but it wasn’t cloying. It had a medium thick body with high carbonation. The finish was long with instant coffee. This was $16.99 for the bomber, which broke down to $.77 per ounce, which is a bit on the pricey side. Despite that, I enjoyed the coffee flavor and it paired well with the yeast. I would have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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