jmm635 (966) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy light caramel color with a small beige head. Classic Ommegang yeast is very obvious on the nose. Mild hops with a nice malty sweetness. Well balanced and easy to drink.
mzaar (2412) - Varberg, SWEDEN - OCT 24, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
På fat. Intressanta dofter från säd, jäst och banan. Det smakar lite kantigt, lite som att det är något som saknas. Hittar ingen egentlig karaktär. Det är okey, det är absolut drickbart. Men det är som att ölet inte riktigt är färdigt. Vilket det väl bör vara med tanke på att det är ett säsongsöl.
libertine (337) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - OCT 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a cloudy amber with a huge foamy head. aroma is malty, spicy, banana and clove. flavor is malty sweet. flavors of pepper, banana, and resin and rye.. medium body with a creamy mouthfeel. finishes bitter.. beautiful beer with tons of thick lacing on the glass. flavor is well balanced between malt and hops and very enjoyable.
luttonm (3630) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 23, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle in Queens. Nutty brown, autumn spiced ale. Nice warm, balanced body. spicing is nice from the added grains. Bouquet of other flavors over the usual malt and hop bills. Tasty, a bit rougher around the edges though. Solid, interesting drinker.
Sathorael (158) - Oceanside, California, USA - OCT 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dense amber brown with massive living beer foam on top that slowly dissipates, leaving a pancake in the middle of the glass and thick mousey lacing. Aromas of bready malt and wheat, sweet and slightly spicy esters, banana and a little toffee. Taste is bright and a little spicy up front, quickly moving into banana and clove and further into a sweet malt and mild woody flavors. Finish is sweet and mildly spicy moving into a satisfying dryness on the sides of the tongue.
JohnGalt1 (1209) - , Idaho, USA - OCT 20, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Picked up for a very pricey $4 at Brewforia Eagle... Pours with a 2 finger off white head that dies back slowly... the brew is a slightly hazed orange.
Nose is grainy with a toasted bread crust element... mild grassy hoppiness.
Flavor has all the same elements as the nose with a mild spiciness.
Fuller body is cut back some by a bigger carbonation... very drinkable.
kermis (8485) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Haymarket, Chicago. Pours hazy orange with an off white head. Aroma of yeast, malt, light banana, caramel and other fruits. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
pumpmaster (1298) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
3 ounce sampler at the Grovetoberfest Miami beer festival 10/13/12. Very good!
Chad9976 (1538) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 14, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled on 7/17/13 and cost $4.25 ($0.35 per ounce).
Appearance: An almost glowing golden/orange hue. Extremely hazy body. Pours to a large, white, fluffy head which is slow to dissipate and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.
Smell: Typical Belgian yeast esters with a general fruity sweetness and some spice rack notes.
Tastes: The funny thing about Ommegang Scythe & Sickle Harvest Ale is that it’s not especially complex, and yet it seems to be a good example of a Belgian-style beer. The yeast is accounting for a lot of the flavor and nearly all of the aroma. And since this isn’t a typical Belgian style like a pale, amber or any kind of Trappist style, it’s impressive that a specialty grain brew by an American brewery can seem so authentically Belgian.
The grain bill to this beer is quite interesting. In addition to barley - wheat, oats and rye are used in the brewing process with rye being the most predominate of them. The palette has a familiar Belgian pale ale base, but with a consistent spiciness throughout, akin to black pepper, thanks to the rye. There’s a lightly dry bitterness on the second half, almost powdery or doughy-like, though I wouldn’t describe it as hoppy per se. A hint of banana or vanilla emerges as well, imparting so juicy character to keep the beer from being too arid. It’s a tasty, satisfying palette overall, but a little overpriced.
Drinkability: At only 5.8% ABV, Scythe & Sickle is one of Ommegang’s lighter beers, but it has the flavor intensity of the rest of their line. The mouthfeel is energetic, but contained with a fairly smooth finish. There is a lingering dryness in the aftertaste, but it’s easily tolerable. It’s quite tempting to throw back multiple servings.
smith4498 (3381) - Miami, Florida, USA - OCT 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours cloudy amber color with off white head. Aromas of Belgian yeast, rye and fruit. Doughy Belgian yeast and fruit flavors with toasted malts and a hint of rye. Medium bbody with lively carbonation.