Authentic speciality beer
At the beginning of 2003, Duvel Moortgat took over the American Ommegang brewery, an American brewery that brews speciality beers in authentic Belgian style. Its main brands Ommegang, white beer Ommegang Witte, Hennepin, Rare Vos and Three Philosophers are bottle-conditioned high fermentation beers, a procedure that was refined in close collaboration with Duvel Moortgat. In addition, Ommegang uses Belgian malt and the same hops as the Duvel Moortgat brewery, these being Saaz and Styrie.
Ommegang, a beer in genuine abbey style, is characterised by a deep brown colour and is famous for its complex fruity aromas with conditioned sweetness (honey, caramel and toffee) supplemented with a touch of liquorice and chocolate. The hoppy Hennepin, in the beste tradition of Belgian ’Saisons’, has a delicate sparkle and a soft feeling in the mouth. Rare Vos is comparable to a Belgian amber beer: floury and fruity with a creamy head. Caramel malt and dry, fruity elements are responsible for the refined taste and balance and the soft, smooth aftertaste. In the latest addition to the family, Three Philosophers, the spirit of Belgian black cherries melts with the rich tradition of Belgian high fermentation beers. In this way, Ommegang achieves an attractive, bottle-conditioned high fermentation brew with sweet malt and dark cherry.
With this takeover the group wants to concentate further on the American market for artisan speciality beers.