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Beer Review: Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence

In Belgian Dark Ale, Reviews on July 14, 2011 at 12:05 pm

Welcome to the neighborhood!  Ommegang will soon be available in New Orleans.  This is great news, as it seems more and more breweries are taking interest in the bourgeoning craft beer scene in New Orleans.  This beer was the first Ommegang beer I ever tried and I liked it so much I brought some down from Providence on my last trip.  It is, like all of Ommegang’s brews Belgian, but the special touch is Belgian dark chocolate in the brew.  Here’s my review:

Pours a dark brown to black color with a large head of sudsy khaki foam.

Gives off great coffee/espresso and dark chocolate aromas.  Notes of dry cocoa powder.  This one smells delicious!

Lively carbonation right from the start.  The taste begins as dry cocoa powder, with a transition to bitter coffee, then a fruit and nutty back end with ester and slightly bitter coffee finish that is pretty drying, not a cloying sweetness one would expect from a chocolate beer.  This is the result of the bottle refermentation done with many Belgian ales, which leads to heightened carbonation and a dry finish.

This is a really great dessert beer and a good sipper for chilly nights.  Can’t wait to have one for those few days of winter here in New Orleans!

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

ABV: 7%