Gnomegang Blonde Ale - Brewery Ommegang
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Ratings: 52 | Reviews: 8 | Display Reviews Only:
4/5 rDev -2.4%
I poured most of a 12 oz bottle into my 10 oz snifter.
A: A murky amber with a finger of head and awesome retention. Clarity was a bit suspect for a blonde, but not unappealing.
S: Cotton candy and bubble gum, with fruits. Almost smells like a Tripel.
T: Candy and esters with a pear aftertaste on the back end. The high ABV is not really notable until you drink it.
M: Medium bodied, full carbonation, and very, very fresh. This is carbonation in a bottle.
A great beer, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it, and at this price level, it is not an economical purchase. What Ommegang does, they do very well, but they are a once a quarter brew for me, not my frequent drinker.
08-09-2014 04:35:24 | More by RyanPoff
4.81/5 rDev +17.3%
Poured from a 12oz bottle (no freshness date) into a Libbey 16oz Munique elongated tulip glass.
A- A conservative pour reveals (at just above refrigerator temperature) a hazy, light orange/golden color with a massive 3-finger, soapy/rocky white head that sustains forever...taking a sip is the only way to force it to subside. (5.0)
S- Despite the absence of adjuncts (of which Ommegang is known), this is an immensely aromatic beer and highly phenolic...spice and bubblegum are immediate followed by slight banana, melon and tangy citrus (orange, lemon and lime). (4.75)
T- Yeasty/Bready malts up front quickly transform into a honey sweetness mid-palate. The sweetness does not linger long and finishes dry with a healthy dose of pine resin. Although not overly complex, the 9.5% ABV is non-existent in both the nose and flavor. (4.75)
M- Massive carbonation not only prevents any residual malt sweetness to linger, it increases the drinkability of this hefty Belgian Golden Strong Ale. Not surprisingly, Gnomegang sports a pronounced body...certainly on the heavier side of medium. (4.75)
O- Wow...the convergence of (Chouffe and Ommegang) yeast strains seem to have culminated in a monumental beer. Although I do not know the freshness of the bottle (of which I purchased at the brewery, so I can only assume it to be 3-6 months old...if not younger) this is one aromatic and flavorful Belgian Ale. Gnomegang drinks much like a hybrid between a Tripel (think Unibroue's La Fin Du Monde) and a Golden Strong (a la Duvel)...the former felt in the flavor & mouthfeel while the latter is reminiscent in the finish. Assuming this is now a year-round offering (12oz 4-Packs), this is something I will seek out on a regular basis. (5.0)
06-21-2014 21:55:52 | More by threeviews
Gnomegang Blonde Ale from Brewery Ommegang
90 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.