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RATINGS: 472   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kermis (9985) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 20, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pumpmaster (1353) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2013
3 ounce sampler at the Grovetoberfest Miami beer festival 10/13/12. Very good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChadPolenz (1651) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - OCT 14, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
smith4498 (3500) - Miami, Florida, USA - OCT 14, 2013
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bamsen78 (4906) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - OCT 14, 2013
Draught @ Tryst, Washington, D.C. Pours slightly hazy amber with airy off-white head. Clear aroma of hops with notes of citrus and flowers. Sweetish and sourish flavour of grain and flowers and citrus, with regular, bitter hoppy notes. OK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (9268) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2013
Tap at The Blind Tiger. Deep amber pour with a thick pillowy white head. The aroma is nice - some soft earthy hops over a full moderately bready profile. A bit of spice and some dank sort of basement character. Lightly fruity and a touch of soft sweetness rounding it out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
agl108 (1039) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2013
On draft at Sharp Edge Brasserie. Poured hazy orange with eggshell white head. Flavor of sweet malts, yeast, cloves.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jooooyce (5) - - OCT 9, 2013 does not count
10/9/13 Pours a nice copper/caramel color with a thick head. Beautiful lacing that lasts throughout the drink. Not as hop forward: I taste more of the wheat and rye. Has a delicious creamy feel with a nice dry finish. A very drinkable, solid seasonal brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Art (3034) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2013
At beer dinner at Solomon's. Pours a clearish orange. Tangy Belgian aroma. The taste follows.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerman6686 (6172) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2013
This poured a lighter brown with a beige head. Aroma was of rye, yeast, and dark fruits. Flavor was similar, slightly rustic, but yeast driven and a bit too sweet.

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