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Monday, November 14, 2011

Ommegang Ommegeddon Funkhouse Ale with Brettanomyces

Ommegang Ommegeddon Funkhouse Ale, a Belgian-style farmhouse ale infected with a healthy amount of Brettanomyces by Ommegang Brewing, poured creamy lemon hue into the glass with a miniscule amount of carbonation and a stiff, foamy white head.  The aroma of the ale was subdued (maybe expectations were raised too high based on the label), with lemon, white pepper, and only a touch of barn funk detectable.

Ommegang Ommegeddon Ale opened with lemongrass and the white pepper hinted at in the nose and a healthy dose of Brett, which was surprising given the lack of evidence in the aroma.  The tartness was complimented by even amounts of bitterness, herbs, lemongrass, pepper, and horse sweat.  The ale polished sharp and crisp, with a somewhat withering effect on the mouth as it faded.

Ommegang Ommegeddon Funkhouse Ale is an interesting take on the farmhouse ale… lighter and less aggressive than most.  Some of that lightness translates into a slightly more shallow drinking experience, as the ale lacks the depth of most wild ales I have tried, but that’s not always a bad thing.  The mix of all the earthy flavors is both accessible and rewarding.

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