In this Fall Beer blog, we are going to get into Ommegang Brewery from Coopertown, NY. This is their first seasonal beer and it is called Scythe and Sickle Harvest Ale. Ommegang Brewery is under the Duvel Moortgat Brewery that brews beer in an old farmhouse and hop field in upstate New York. It was founded in 1997 and they brew several different Belgian style beer with an American twist. Let us get into this great beer.
Ommegang finally came out with a seasonal and they did a pretty good job with it. Scythe & Suckle is a nice dark golden color with a constant white head. There is a ton of carbonation and there is yeast in this bottle so be careful pouring it out in the glass. This beer has the malty smell but the Ommegang smell from their yeast. The taste of the beer is sweet, malty, and unique. There is a nice spicy malty aftertaste. This beer is pretty drinkable.
Here is a description from the beer bottle:
Scythe and Sickle is a seasonal brew that celebrates the richness of the grain harvest. Brewed with Barley, Wheat, Oats and – in a nod to traditional upstate New York Grains – Rye, this fine ale is malty, lightly hopped, and creamy n the palate. The flavors of the grains and the earth shine through so you can enjoy the refreshment of the season and joy of fine brewing.
Here is a descriation from their website (www.ommegang.com):
Scythe and Sickle is Ommegang’s foray into 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. Scythe and Sickle is a testament to the craft and care of farming, from which our farmstead-brewed beers benefit greatly.
Brewed with balance in mind, Scythe & Sickle 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.
Here is their website and twitter addresses:
Closing out the beer tab, I am a huge fan of this brewery. I knew they were looking to do a seasonal and I was pretty nervous to try it. Most American craft breweries feel they have to make a seaonal beers. I did not know how all the grains being used in this beer would go over with my drinking experience. I will be really honest. I did not like this beer at first, however, I have grown to love this beer. It has a ton of flavor, balance, and pretty drinkable. I highly recommend this beer and the rest of their beers. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser