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Val picked me up a bunch of Ommegang beers that I’m finally getting around to trying.

grainsoftruth

ABV: 5.2%

Style: Biere De Garde

Trivia: According to beerconnoisseur.com, “Grains of Truth is Ommegang’s ale honoring the harvest season. Using barley, oats, wheat, and rye, we’ve brought the mood of fall to life with vibrant and flavorful passion. Farming is about precision, timing and care. At Ommegang we place the same emphasis a farmer has for his crops into the creation of our beers. Grains of Truth is a testament to the craft and care of farming, from which our farmstead-brewed beers benefit greatly. Brewed with balance in mind, Grains of Truth reveals a smooth and creamy mouthfeel with light toastiness and gentle sweetness. Bright amber in color from the mixed malts, the beer is balanced with delicate hopping to counter rather than overpower the malt profile.”

Random: I’m having turkey meatballs and egg noodles for dinner.

The beer poured with a huge, four finger, ecru colored head. It went away slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was clear and amber. There wasn’t much carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of earthy notes to it along with wet leaves and nutty malts. It had a brown bread note that came along for the ride. The taste had brown bread and a lot of sweetness. It almost had a touch of molasses and sweetness. There was some hazelnut liquor along with brown bread. Clove came through next with wet leaves. It had a light body with light carbonation. The finish was quick and sweet. I don’t recall picking this beer up (it must have been a gift from Val), so no commentary on the price. This beer just wasn’t in my wheelhouse and I wouldn’t grab it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

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Tonight’s beer is another Ommegang beer that is a relatively new addition to their portfolio.

lovelydarkanddeep

ABV: 5.3%

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Ommegang’s adds a touch of frost to new winter seasonal. For the next few months, there will be plenty of snow-filled woods by which to stop and ponder in Ommegang’s Upstate New York, Cooperstown home. It only seemed fitting therefore to seek inspiration from Robert Frost’s famous poem ‘Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening’ when name-storming monikers for the brewery’s new winter-warmer seasonal. Lovely, Dark and Deep, an oatmeal stout, is set to reach retail in early November. ‘Winter is lengthy in Upstate New York and we wanted to brew a beer that we could enjoy throughout the long, cold months,’ says Mike McManus, Ommegang’s Innovation Manager. ‘Lovely, Dark, and Deep not only reflects well the nature of our winters here, but also the beer. At 5.3% ABV the second follows easily after the first, while the chocolate, roast, and coffee characters provide enough to explore. It should be perfect during, or after, a day of winter fun.’ Lovely, Dark and Deep pours deep black with a tan, creamy mousse-like head. Aromas of roasted malt and coffee with cream, coupled with subtle notes of chocolate and dark fruit from Ommegang’s house yeast prevail. Flavors of rich chocolate milk, and coffee and cream are impeccably balanced with restrained sweetness and hints of roastiness. The finish is silky smooth with a medium to full body. Brewed with a rich blend of malts including chocolate malt, midnight wheat, and flaked oats, and given a small addition of lactose, Lovely, Dark and Deep has a hint of sweetness and a smooth body. The beer is hopped with Bravo and Styrian Golding hops and Ommegang’s signature house yeast is used in both primary and secondary fermentation. Lovely, Dark and Deep is the perfect beer to pair with a light meal by a hot, crackling fire on a cold winter’s night. Cozy up and watch the flames while you pair sips with aged cheddar, a hunk of dark bread with natural sweetness like pumpernickel, and slices of cold meats, like rare roast beef, with stone ground mustard. Or even, with some roasted chestnuts. Four-packs of 12 oz. bottles and draft will be available across Ommegang’s 43-state distribution area.”

Random: I think I wrote a book report about Robert Frost in elementary school.

The beer poured with a two finger, fluffy, light brown head. It went away slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was black in color with no visible carbonation due to color. The nose had some smoke, roasted malts, dark chocolate and lactose. The taste started with cream and lactose and quickly went into smoke and ash with some dark chocolate. Oats came through as well. The body was on the thicker side, despite the almost sessionable ABV, with high carbonation. It had a lengthy and creamy finish. A bottle of this was $3, which broke down to $.25 per ounce. I thought this was a great beer and would definitely get this again. I hope they make it an annual seasonal.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

We picked up this beer up awhile ago, although I think we picked it up in New Jersey, not New York. Let’s see how it was.

hopstateny

ABV: 5.6%

Style: American Amber/Red Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Brewery Ommegang, located in Brew Central, is once again shining the spotlight on local hop farmers with its 2016 edition of Hopstate NY, an all-NYS hops beer. Brewed in tribute and to raise awareness for local hop farmers breathing life back into the state’s hop industry, this year’s Hopstate NY is an American amber ale brewed with rye, and of course, a healthy amount of hops exclusively sourced from Empire State farmers. The beer will be available on draft and in six-packs, starting in early July. The release of the new brew will be supported through tastings at farmer’s markets around the state, and the second annual Ommegang RV Tour, set to visit cities from Buffalo to Syracuse and Albany to NYC during the month. Just as in 2015, there will also be educational seminars and presentations on the New York State hops initiative across the region and as far as Washington D.C. – at Savor, a national beer and food celebration put on annually by the Brewer’s Association. These are conducted in collaboration with the Cornell Cooperative Extension and their hop advisers who counsel farmers across the state on best practices and manage a varietal research yard at Ommegang. ‘Hopstate NY is a beer everyone at the brewery is extraordinarily passionate about,’ says Ommegang’s Innovation Manager Justin Forsythe, who developed this year’s recipe. ‘For me personally, it is very special as our 2016 version is a vastly different take on showcasing New York hops. It’s an American amber ale by style, but breaking from tradition and expectation, we added copious amounts of the finest NY State Cascade, Chinook, and Nugget hops we could find. I think people are really going to enjoy our take – it’s citrusy and spicy, while being very refreshing.’ The hop industry has deep roots in NY which was the epicenter of hops production in the United States in the 1800s, producing 80% of the country’s hops. Last fall, Ommegang, which is located on the former Lynes Hop Farm in Cooperstown, NY, purchased one ton of New York State-grown and processed hops. The hops were used to brew not only Hopstate NY but were also used in Fleur de Houblon, Ommegang’s summer ale. This is the second year in which Ommegang has purchased local hops for both experimental brews, and local and nationwide releases. At 5.6% ABV, Hopstate NY pours a deep amber hue with a persistent white head. The hopping is almost entirely late-addition, and with two rounds of dry-hopping in fermentation, the beer has bright aromas of citrus and melon. The flavor is citrusy with a bit of sweet honey and caramel from the malt. Moderate bitterness of the taste is of citrus and tangerine with a slight pine resin presence. The finish is a pleasantly lingering resinous hop finish with a touch of sweet malt. Hopstate NY pairs well with grilled, fried, or roast chicken, spicy foods, pizza, and burgers. This year, Hopstate NY will only be available in New York but as the local hop industry grows, Hopstate NY may expand to new states, symbolizing its rebirth and vitality. Hopstate NY will be available next month in 12oz. six-packs for the suggested retail price of $13.99. Ommegang’s website offers a beer finder for locating retailers by zip code.”

Random: Ommegang’s label redesign really updated the brand. I like it.

This beer poured with a four finger, pure white head. it took forever to go away and left a lot of spiderweb lacing on the glass along with a significant crown. The body was a dirty light brown with yellow highlights and moderate carbonation. The nose started with pine hops and some lemon as well. It had some rye too with an herbal note that reminded me of sage. The taste was incredibly hoppy for the style. I picked up grapefruit juice, lemon zest, pineapple and then it transitioned into pine and got some help from the rye spice. The body was on the heavier side of medium with pleasant amounts of carbonation. It had a lengthy and sticky hop finish. A bottle of this was $1.75 ($.15 per ounce), which was a great price for this outstanding beer. I highly recommend this one.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Val actually picked out this beer and didn’t hate it. Given the style, I thought she wouldn’t be into it at all. Let’s see how it was.

rosetta

ABV: 5.6%

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Family is always there for you. Ommegang Brewmaster Phil Leinhart’s desire to create a soured fruit beer wasn’t a possibility at his brewery in Cooperstown. The climate and current infrastructure don’t permit it. Fortunately for him, Belgian sister-brewery Liefmans not only has the capability to make such a beer, they have been definitive standard-bearers for over three hundred years. Several phone calls, e-mails and most enjoyably – taste testings – later, Rosetta was born and ready to hit America. Leinhart’s recipe calls for a perfectly balanced blend of old (aged on cherries at least three years) and young Flemish brown ale (or oud bruin) with a lively and fruity kriek, or cherry beer. The result is a complex yet refreshing mahogany-brown brew that is an intriguing interplay of tartness and sweetness. Its elegance and depth would make Madame Rosa Merckx proud – Liefmans’ former Brewmaster and the first Belgian woman with that title in whose honor the beer is named. ‘I wanted a sour fruit beer that invites you to have another,’ said Leinhart, Ommegang’s Brewmaster since 2008. ‘So many of the ones I find today are either so tart or so fruity, that I think beer lovers struggle to have more than one. Balance and the right blend was the key for me, and I really believe we hit the sweet spot, so to speak. I am looking forward to hearing back from drinkers on what they think and if the response is favorable, consider bringing this beer in draft next year as well.’ Rosetta is a moderate 5.6% ABV and its tart/sweet flavor pairs perfectly with light fare such as salad, chicken liver pâté or a pork terrine, soft cheeses such as Brie or Camembert, or a smooth chocolate mousse. Rosetta is available 11.2 oz four-packs at the suggested retail price of $10.99 each. Arriving to stores now, Rosetta is available throughout Ommegang’s 43-state USA footprint.”

Random: I’ve been listening to a lot of history podcasts lately since I’m out of beer podcasts.

The beer poured with a quarter of cream-colored head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. There was also a small crown left on top of the dark brown body. I didn’t see any carbonation because of the color. The nose had dark cherries and cherry cough syrup. The taste had tart and sweet cherries come through. It also had a cherry wine note to it. There wasn’t anything in the way of hops, but a touch of malt. The body was on the heavier side with moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with cherry pie. A bottle of this was $2.58, which came to $.22 per ounce. I wasn’t a big fan of this beer. It was a bit one-dimensional to me. I wouldn’t rush back to this one.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

I never thought that Ommegang would really embrace IPAs, so when I saw this one, it needed to be reviewed.

nirvanaipa

ABV: 6.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “Nirvana was an American rock band formed by singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic in Aberdeen, Washington, in 1987. Nirvana went through a succession of drummers, the longest-lasting being Dave Grohl, who joined the band in 1990. Despite releasing only three full-length studio albums in their seven-year career, Nirvana has come to be regarded as one of the most influential and important alternative bands in history. Though the band dissolved in 1994 after the suicide of frontman Kurt Cobain, their music continues to maintain a popular following and to inspire and influence modern rock and roll culture. In the late 1980s, Nirvana established itself as part of the Seattle grunge scene, releasing its first album, Bleach, for the independent record label Sub Pop in 1989. The band eventually came to develop a sound that relied on dynamic contrasts, often between quiet verses and loud, heavy choruses. After signing to major label DGC Records, Nirvana found unexpected success with ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’, the first single from the band’s second album Nevermind (1991). Nirvana’s sudden success widely popularized alternative rock as a whole, and the band’s frontman Cobain found himself referred to in the media as the ‘spokesman of a generation’, with Nirvana being considered the ‘flagship band’ of Generation X. In response, Nirvana’s third studio album, In Utero (1993), released to critical acclaim, featured an abrasive, less mainstream sound and challenged the group’s audience. Nirvana’s active career ended following the death of Cobain in 1994, but various posthumous releases have been issued since, overseen by Novoselic, Grohl, and Cobain’s widow Courtney Love. Since its debut, the band has sold over 25 million records in the United States alone, and over 75 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling bands of all time. Nirvana was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014, in its first year of eligibility.”

Random: “Nevermind” was my favorite Nirvana album.

The beer poured with a three finger, beige head that dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a bright, yet hazy orange with moderate carbonation. The nose had a lot of pine with grapefruit flesh and a touch of sweetness from malt at the end. The taste was quite dank with pine sap and pine needles and an earthy dirt flavor. It went into lots of citrus notes with grapefruit pith and flesh along with orange pith. The malt came through at the end with a touch of caramel sweetness. It had a thick body with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy with pine and a touch of malt sweetness. A bottle of the beer was $1.83, which came to $.15 per ounce. I really enjoyed this beer. It drank like a flavorful American IPA, which was executed well by a brewery I know for Belgian styles.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

As I mentioned awhile ago, Val bought me a ping-pong table because I love playing. The cats love being underneath it and chasing the balls. I also love that it makes a perfect table to fold clean laundry on.

collaboration2016

ABV: 7.5%

Style: Doppelbock

Trivia: According to mybeerbuzz.blogspot.com, “Today we get our fist look at a new collaboration coming from Brewery Ommegang (Phil Leinhart) and Urban Chestnut (Florian Kuplent). This Collaboration 2016 release will be a Doppelbock Ale based on Urban Chestnut’s doppelbock and using Ommegang’s Belgian house yeast. Urban Chestnut will also brew a version of Ommegang’s Belgian-style dubbel using their signature house lager yeast. This beer hits 7.5%-AbV and this is a 12oz bottle.”

Random: Val bought me fuzzy socks that are perfect when it gets cold in the house.

The beer poured with a three finger, cream-colored head. It dissipated quickly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was cloudy and mahogany colored with light carbonation visible. The nose was filled with nuttiness and sticky caramel along with candi sugar. It had a touch of hand soap along with Belgian yeast. The taste was also quite nutty with the same caramel and candi sugar. It also had a touch of dough and light raisin flavor. It wasn’t overly sweet though, and I would have preferred a little more sweetness. The booze was apparent on this one. It had a thick body with moderate carbonation. The finish was quick with dough and Belgian yeast. The bottle was $3, which broke down to $.25 per ounce. I wasn’t a big fan of this beer. I’m not normally a fan of sweetness, but this beer needed it to be dialed up a bit.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

I haven’t tried any IPAs from Ommegang, but when I saw this one, I knew I had to try it. They do Belgian styles well, so I figured they couldn’t be bad at IPAs.

greatbeyonddoubleipa

ABV: 8.8%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Tucked between lush hills and alongside a lazy river, beyond the lights and crowds and bustle, is a brewery unlike any other. From this bucolic setting in Cooperstown, NY, comes a very special new beer: Great Beyond Double IPA. More so than any other beer ever crafted at Brewery Ommegang, this beer was designed to be transcendent – to transport drinkers to an idyllic Upstate NY state-of-mind and being. The new brew ships nationally throughout June in six-packs and draft. The first beer Ommegang has released since it was named Champion Brewery and Brewmaster for mid-sized breweries at the 2016 World Beer Cup, Great Beyond Double IPA is a build upon the highly successful Nirvana IPA. Nirvana debuted almost exactly one-year ago throughout the brewery’s northeast backyard of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. In only 12 months, as reported by IRI in NY Food data, Nirvana is already the #3 selling NY-IPA. Overall, it is the #13 selling IPA 6-pack despite having weighted distribution well below 50%. ‘Double IPA is a style we were excited to brew – it’s a further exploration beyond the Belgian-styles we are known for historically,’ said Phil Leinhart, Brewmaster for Brewery Ommegang. ‘Nirvana received such a great reaction, of course we wanted to see if we could take that to another level. And I’m really excited we are sharing this beer nationally – unlike Nirvana which we restrict to our heartland, fans everywhere can enjoy Great Beyond and tell us what they think.’ Great Beyond pours a hazy light copper color with a thick white head. The aroma is intensely fruity thanks to massive hop editions; notes of mango, pineapple, and apricot dominate the nose, with underlying hints of sweet citrus. The flavor is full of juicy, fruity hop character with resinous pine undertones. The body is pleasantly full with a silky mouthfeel and big balanced bitterness. The finish lingers, finally resolving to a pleasant hop presence. Great Beyond is 8.8% ABV and 83 IBUs, a true palate-wrecker. Brewed with pilsner and Munich 20 malts, along with additions of flaked oats, and dextrose, Great Beyond has a beautifully smooth mouthfeel. Hopping is done throughout the brewing process with a blend of Columbus, Cascade, Centennial, Mosaic, Calypso, and Mandarina Bavaria hops, and the beer is fermented with American ale yeast. Great Beyond pairs with big bold flavors like smoked and cured meats, barbeque, curries, and all manner of spicy food such as Thai stir fry. Bold rich chesses like extra-sharp cheddar and bleu cheese are excellent as well. Find Great Beyond in June throughout Ommegang’s distribution area in 12 oz. six-packs and on draft.”

Random: I still haven’t made it up to the brewery yet.

The beer poured with a two finger, slightly off white head that dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a dusky orange color with light, visible carbonation. On the nose, I picked up bright citrus and grass with a hard candy note. The taste was interesting. It started with some grass and bitterness from the hops but quickly went into malt and sugar sweetness. The hops also imparted a fresh orange note. The flavor was well-balanced between hops and malt sweetness. Some simple syrup came through as well. The booze was insanely hidden. It had a thick body with moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with malt and grass. A bottle of this was $2.42, which came to $.20 per ounce. Despite how expensive this beer was, I was impressed by this offering and would have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0