Scythe & Sickle

ommegang scythe and sickleOmmegang has released its first seasonal fall (er, "harvest season") beer: Scythe and Sickle. And apparently it's pretty good.

From a review by Bret Setka at The L Magazine:

It's a nice beer to look at with its hazy copper tone. The amber ale has a malty aroma and a hint of toasty hard candy sweetness like you find in Oktoberfest beer--just the right amount of Werther's Original. But where Oktoberfests stop, Sycthe and Sickle keeps going. Brewed from barley, oats, wheat and rye--all traditionally grown in Upstate New York--it has an added spicy complexity and a bit of creamy smoothness from the wheat. Hops are noticeable but reserved and contribute to the beer's perfect balance.

Here's the Beer Advocate profile for Scythe & Sickle (score: 85). And Paste recently rated it #5 out 16 fall beers in a taste test (#2 was Southern Tier Harvest).

Has anyone spotted this in the wild in the Capital Region -- or, even better, tried it?

photo: Brewery Ommegang

Comments

Heck, if we can't find it around here, it's a lovely drive to Cooperstown this time of year! (But if someone told me this was at Oliver's, I'd be a happy girl).

Yes it's was at Oliver's last week and if you can find it get it this isn't a beer that will age well. It has a little of the Belgian yeast to it so you have a slight hint of the banana friutness and a little bit of rye not over powering and a decent amount of barley which makes for a great harvest/fall beer. There are so many great seasonal beers out there right now it depends on what you want but if you want a good sessionable beer great it while it's fresh.

This sounds really good... "creamy smoothness" mmmm

Rant time: I had this the weekend before last; a friend picked it up from the brewery itself and brought it to camping. Other than their wild ales Ommegang really sticks to their one house yeast for most of their brewing AND all of their bottling, and unfortunately this is extremely apparent in this beer.

I say unfortunately because if you've been drinking Ommegang for 6+ years, then all of their beers start to have that same distinctive "Ommegang-y" taste. If you're relatively new to the brewery I'm sure this is great, but for us regulars it's getting relatively boring.

Ommegang is known as the "definitive Belgian-style brewery" around here (possibly even the US) and my problem with this is that an _actual_ Belgian brewery that brews as many styles as Ommegang does would have 4, 5 or even more yeast strains in house to brew all different tasting beer instead of all of your beer having that common yeast profile.

I'd love to see Ommegang do something new and different and outside of their comfort zone for a change. Maybe then it would spark my interest in the brand again.

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

The Scoop

Ever wish you had a smart, savvy friend with the inside line on what's happening around the Capital Region? You know, the kind of stuff that makes your life just a little bit better? Yeah, we do, too. That's why we created All Over Albany. Find out more.

Recently on All Over Albany

A quick recap of the week

Here are a few highlights from the past week on AOA: + It's the pivot and center of Albany's whirl -- and back in print.... (more)

Today's moment of late autumn

Otto got his first visit to Capital Hills since it closed for the season earlier this week. And by closed for the season, that means... (more)

New blog worth a look: Chefsday

One of our favorite things to do is to ask about people about their jobs. Not just "What do you do?" -- but more "How... (more)

The Anti-Rent War

This week we've been reading a bit about a wild episode of local history that we hadn't know much about: The Anti-Rent War, also known... (more)

Hands on History: 98 Acres in Albany

Two of the historians behind the 98 Acres in Albany project that's documenting the neighborhood knocked down for the Empire State Plaza will be at... (more)

Recent Comments

There is zen-like ritual to using and maintaining a straight razor, especially one that has over 100 years of history behind it. I highly recommend it.

A look inside The Shop in Troy

...has 9 comments, most recently from joe

The Anti-Rent War

...has 6 comments, most recently from Peter Christoph

Morning Blend for Nov 21

...has 2 comments, most recently from Mark H. Delfs

New blog worth a look: Chefsday

...has 1 comment, most recently from mg

That word

...has 4 comments, most recently from Joe A