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RATINGS: 477   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
Scythe & Sickle Harvest Ale is brewed with barley, wheat, oats and rye. 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 and creamy on the palate. The flavors of the grains and earth shine through. Enjoy the refreshment of the season and joys of fine brewing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GhostHardware (9) - Maryland, USA - NOV 3, 2013 does not count
12oz bottle into brandy snifter. Deep, hazy orange with thin bright white head. Carbonation appears high. Aroma earthy, spicy Belgian yeast with subtle citrus and floral hops. A touch of leather, straw and sweetness on the nose. Flavour - yeast notes strong but also mellow. Hops more pronounced in the flavour than aroma, and linger on the finish. Tangerine, pine and pepper. Carbonation high, mouthfeel thin. Pleasant but not exceptional.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BubbleBeerBabe (3) - Maryland, USA - NOV 3, 2013 does not count
12oz bottle purchased from Dawson’s market in Rockville, MD. The head is thin. Appearance is orange and hazy. Subtle pepper and apple fragrance. It is slightly sweet and crisp with high carbonation. The flavor reminds me of an apple picked off the tree in autumn.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
rlpeeler (93) - Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA - NOV 3, 2013
On tap is light amber slightly cloudy with off white head. Taste is bread malts with floral hints all too subtle. Overall it is thin to my taste could use more body and alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
merc7186 (2957) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 2, 2013
A: Amber/Golden Straw Hue, Passes Some Light, White Head Ring, Mild Head S: Biscuits, Yeast, Mild Lemon, Mild Rye T: Yeast, Biscuits, Rye, Mild Lemon M: Average Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Yeasty, Mildly Grainy Overall, a nice bready, grainy ale from Ommegang...very yeasty if you like that sort of thing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
EvanFriend (480) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2013
I generally hate wheat beers, and this has a little too much wheat for my taste. There’s also spicy rye notes and Belgian yeast, which saves it, but I won’t be buying this one again.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
smashweights (29) - Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2013
Pours hazy amber with copious head even when careful! Nose full of fruity Belgian yeast. Taste is big, bold, Belgian yeast-fermented heaven. Fruity, thick, gentle malt, mildly floral hops. My absolutely favorite fall seasonal!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EithCubes (5634) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 28, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2015 Bottle best by 07/2015. Nose is lightly sweet and dusty, has a strong yeasty component not unlike that of a Saison or Belgian table beer, though with less spice/flowers. Vibrant golden body with a dense, sudsy off-white head. Very crisp and dense full body, tastes sweet with light but not insignificant bitterness and a faint tang; sweetness is the strongest of those three. Citrus, especially lemon and orange, but not strong; more of a lavender and hyacinth florality under a denser wheat blanket. Touch of spice but but not strong, chalky coating on the tongue and generally hollow impression. Enjoyable enough, but seems like something of a missed opportunity. [2013.10.28: 2.8]

Fresh bottle as Grains of Truth, best by 07/2017, this one much more orange with ruby highlights and a long-lasting, dense, lacing beige head. Much more enjoying the subtle spiciness and very strong zinging orange peel/citrus. The floral character is really nice and blends well with the citrus, hops in a supportive role but very prickly (and the carbonation is turned up a few notches, quite effervescent and refreshing despite the added fullness). Gentle tartness around Saison level, touch of oaty/non-barley character but that’s not overplayed (subtle, reminds of Cheerios). That floral/citrus combo is really something, really juicy, got a lavender/rose/hip/hibiscus thing going on, probably too much -- I might need to let this one sit a bit for slower sipping. Could well be a bit much depending on your mood, but I like this one more, assuming the recipe has been tweaked. [2015.10.27: 3.4]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Miked1687 (608) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 27, 2013
Bottle to glass. Reddish gold body with a thick foamy white head. Nose is dominated by some yeast, wheat, and some hops. taste is generally bitter with a malty wheat body. medium high carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
joshmod (20) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 27, 2013
For a beer coming in under 5.8% ABV, this beer is extremely complex. The nose is definitely reminiscent of the banana and clove esters from a German Hefeweizen. The flavor is tricky. It still has those Hefeweizen flavors in the back, but the rye gives it some wonderful peppery dryness. Definitely smooth in the mouth feel, but with a contrasting high carbonation that makes this beer very complex. If you are looking for something fun to drink with a couple layers of flavor, but want to stay low on the ABV, give this one a try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmm635 (994) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2013
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.

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