Sunday, November 30, 2008

Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence

My loyal readers (ok basically me) know that Im not a big fan of Belgian beers... But I decided to give this "Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence" a shot on the recommendations of many very well respected beer snobs... Mainly Bubby, JH and the crew from SIDT.

The bottle is a classic Belgian style large bomber with cork and safety wire... There is a slight pop with removal of the cork that leads some anticipation into the process. Upon the initial pour, the "onyx black" stout pours fills my snifter with a great presence and nice dark brown head that stands tall and proud. I am able to pick up a very slight but dense dark chocolate aroma mixed with a large malt backbone. Upon initial taste I don't feel any of the 7% ABV, nor do I taste ANY chocolate!! Uh Oh... I recheck the bottle... yes it is indeed called "Chocolate Indulgence Stout" but there is no initial chocolate flavor. As the beer begins to warm I do pick up a very, and I mean very (in all honesty it might be all mental) slight actual dark chocolate flavor. Now, I DO taste a TON of chocolate malt... in fact this is a very malty beer... with only a slight bitterness added from the perle hops. this is a very nice malty beer... Again with my lack of knowledge of "true Belgian" beer styles I would say that this being characterized as a "stout" would be a stretch... I would lean more twords a dubbel than a stout.

So overall a very nice malty Belgian that unfortunately falls short of the "chocolate" moniker. If you are looking for real chocolate flavor may I suggest this stout...

In review... Very balanced malt flavor, with little chocolate flavor or aroma... So it gets a rating of...

"Decent representation of the style"

choc indulgance

4 comments:

McKBrew said...

Looks like you at least got partly lucky with this one. I've had it once and read other reviews from guys on my Homebrewing forum and we've all dealt with a nasty metallic taste. This is a very poor offering from such a respected brewery.

Alpha King said...

copper penny taste when we had this on The Good Beer Show. I have a couple in the fridge. I am going to redrink soon. According to legend, Sickpuppy at http://shouldibrewthat.com made a clone of this.

JeffreyT

JustHarmless said...

Nice review! I picked up one from THE beer store (Buyrite) and I guess I got a good bottle, because mine was pretty darn good. Admittedly, it wasn't as good as last years, and its sad to see that there is a definite lack of consistency in this product.

scott.tyler said...

Yeah I had no copper taste... but also no chocolate taste!!