I enjoyed Ommegang’s Belgian-style Scotch Ale this evening. Its complexity was pleasant, evidencing good craftsmanship.
It poured up a dark ruby-brown, somewhat darker than I expected for an ale of this sort, and it had a nice tan head that lasted for a good bit. The nose had some of the sweet straw smells that reminded me of the Scottish ale tradition, but also an intriguing roasted orange aroma was present. I didn’t detect any of the banana esters that are typical of the Belgian style ale.
Medium bodied but a little watery on the palate, this ale was pleasantly complex with a wide variety of flavours. Here the Belgian musty fruits appeared along with some of the sweet caramel of the Scottish style. There were layers of distinctive spice which also revealed the Belgian tradition, mixed with tea flavours possibly from the heather with which this ale was brewed. I also detected a distinctive smokiness, like the pleasant aroma of wood smoke, that developed as I enjoyed this beverage! The label reveals that the brewers used a “wee bit of smoked malt” to achieve this.
At 6.6% ABV, I estimate this ale to be approximately 286 calories for a pint.