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Ommegang Unfiltered Sour Hop Ale

Ommegang Unfiltered Sour Hop Ale
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RATINGS: 6   MEAN: 3.48/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
Served at Belgium Comes to Cooperstown, 8/2/08. Amber-style beer fermented with Brettanomyces and dry-hopped with Ahtanum hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kramer (5828) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2008
On tap, BCTC 2008. I know some other folks were talking this up that they liked the way this poured, but I really was rather turned off by the heavy chunkies. Sort of in the same way I have an aversion to Abbaye des Rocs beers. The nose was pretty decent though, lots of fresh green leafy hops with some citrusy notes, light vinegar, and floral notes. The flavor was kind of a murky mix up of sourness, fresh hops yeastiness, some toasty bready grains. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with an odd texture that’s no doubt influenced by the heavy particulate matter. Overall, can’t say I really was digging this too much. I’m guessing that this sample will not resemble what might become available as the comercial product if it makes it that far.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (3548) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - AUG 4, 2008
BCTC’08. Unfiltered indeed. A gelatin pours into the glass and I see a wood chip brew. I think its cool, someone forgot to strain any hops out of this beer. Junk’n’Gunk. Aroma is hoppy and sour, just as advertised. Lets say armpit meets cat piss. Taste has a bit more sourness and less cat pee hops with a bit more sweetness adding anther aspect. The name is a perfect description of the style. Lots of dry hopping here, I feel, and I think thats just the way it comes off with a sour brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
egajdzis (6105) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2008
[BCTC 08] Poured a murky orange red color with a small, light tan head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of light grassy hops, floral, brett, a bit of vinegar, and some citrus. Taste of toffee malts, grassy hops, was somewhat bitter and astringent; though it could be from the yeast, there was also sourness in the finish. Really digging what Ommegang is doing with these sours.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 4, 2008
Draft @ BCTC. Pours a murky, golden-amber color; light-tan head with creamy, fine-bubbled lacing; tons of sawdust-like particules. Lots of lime and mineral bitterness in the nose; nice resiny, fresh hoppiness; toasty grains and very pleasant yeastiness; soft floral, limey nose. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: lime, messy yeastiness, and toasty grains upfront; some wheat, citrus, and soft notes of grapefruit; messy, softly toasty, yeasty, and lime infused; solid stuff, if a touch muddled on the palate. Medium finish: lime, toastiness, citrus, and slight tartness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 4, 2008
Tap at BCTC. The pour on this was downright entertaining, with floaties being absolutely out of control. I mean hell, they clogged the keg. Anyway, on to the beer, just like the name says this is a marriage between bright citrusy hops and a good bit of sour. Filtering this should do it well as it should hopefully brighten the sourness. Interesting, chewy hop flavor with a light sour tang shows a different kind of balance that works well. I like where they are going with this. Comparisons to the hoppy Cantillons are inevitable, so I’ll be the first. Whereas those tend to be full on Gueuze with a light, dusty hop in the back that kind of just feels "in the way", this beer is much more hop-forward, presenting the sourness as a balance, and works a lot better as a full beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (9137) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 4, 2008
Draft @ BCTC. My pour was hazed orange with a small amount of suspended hop particles, a little more attractive than some other people’s pours, which seemed to have a cake of hop crumbs lining the bottom of their glass. Nose has a dry, grainy hop note that comes across resembling fennel seed and tarragon along with a light bread/toast malt note. Texture is somewhat slick and oily, wet and weird, with flavors of nutty hops, dried, stale bread or crust, and then some strange dry, woody white wine notes as well, which seem completely out of place, if that’s the brett showing up then it seems somewhat unrecognizable. With all that said, it’s actually an interesting thing to drink, unique and experimental.

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