Ommegang Abbey Ale
Malts: Pils, amber, Munich, aroma
Hops: Styrian Golding, Spalt Select
Spices: Coriander, sweet orange peel, star anise, licorice root, cumin
Abbey Ale was Ommegang’s first beer, and it’s no wonder that the brewery quickly made a name for itself based on their first effort. Abbey is a gorgeous deep red-amber whose full body pours smoothly and settles with a thick head. The directions on the bottle suggest that you tip the bottle carefully to avoid disturbing the yeast residue. Having noticed that instruction too late, I ended up with a lot of yeasty flavor, which I didn’t mind at all. For me it added to the earthiness of the ale and only enhanced the spices. The licorice and anise lend a cooling effect, while the coriander and cumin warm the palate. The result is a multilayered flavor that blossoms on the tongue. This rich quaff is best enjoyed on its own or accompanying a dessert course.
-Jes, Divine Wines.